Brian Billick wasn't the only NFL analyst to have a brief brain malfunction at the end of a playoff game this weekend. Not to be outdone, CBS's Phil Simms advised the Houston Texans to kick a long field goal trailing 41-28 against the New England Patriots with 20 seconds left in the game... a field goal that would leave the Texans still down by 2 scores. Jim Nantz has to gently correct his broadcast partner's wrong and Simms is left to admit he has no idea what he's thinking.
It's a great time to remind you that Phil Simms will be analyzing the Super Bowl this year for CBS.
Perhaps this clip explains why Simms went into the broadcast booth and not into coaching. We shouldn't be too hard on him though, sometimes math is just plain hard.
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Plenty was made out of Fox's decision to replace Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa with Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick for a Divisional Round playoff game this year. Unfortunately for Brian Billick, he picked the wrong time to make a mental mistake with the entire country watching. After Seattle's last ditch hail mary attempt was intercepted and the Falcons hung on for a victory, Billick said this:
"This win right here legitimizes the Seattle Seahawks as the number one seed and makes them the team to beat."
D'oh! Of course Billick meant the Falcons, but yikes, bad timing to make that flub... especially right after being given a huge promotion by the network and calling a playoff game. Daryl Johnston surely threw one of his weird looking jackets at the television in disgust. It was reminiscent of this call from Chris Myers earlier this year.
However, it wasn't just that one sentence after the game as it was a rough afternoon for Billick overall, leading to comments like this from around Twitter:
Brian Billick said a lot of really weird stuff during last few minutes of Seahawks-Falcons game.— Neil Best (@sportswatch) January 13, 2013
Brian Billick had a stroke somewhere in the last three minutes of that game. Only explanation— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) January 13, 2013
Brian Billick has no idea what he's talking about today. At all.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 13, 2013
Perhaps Billick's mind was elsewhere today? This may be the lasting memory of him as an announcer as he may be leaving the booth for a return to coaching with the Philadelphia Eagles.
UPDATE: Via @WorldofIsaac is video of another Billick brain freeze in the closing minutes. In this clip, the analyst suggests Seattle should kick a field goal and then try an onside kick down 6 points with just 44 seconds left. It was a rough Sunday for NFL analysts attempting basic math.
I have so many feelings about this column Dan Wetzel wrote I don’t even know where to start. Between that and what we posted earlier in the week about the dumbest question ESPN has ever asked, my head is about to explode.
ESPN asked, “How much do you blame Jay Cutler for RG III’s injury?”
What they meant to ask was, “How much do you blame the backlash of Jay Cutler’s MCL sprain during the 2010 NFC Championship game and subsequent vilification for RG III’s injury?”
What they SHOULD have asked was, “How much do you blame the vicious jackholes comprised of both current and former NFL players in addition to media members lambasting Cutler for being a wimp for RG III’s injury?”no comments
Do you need more Bob Costas in your life, baseball fans? Well, MLB Network has you covered. Starting on January 14th and continuing for five weeks until February 11th, MLB Network will air a classic baseball movie each Monday. Each one will be preceded by a half hour long interview between Costas and someone related to the film, typically the star or the director. discussing the evening's featured film. Here's a list of shows this winter:no comments
Check out Kenneth "The Manimal" Faried cursing on live TV in the above video around the :45 mark. It's great because it's totally "innocent" and out of shock, when he was told he had a monster 19 points and 19 rebounds in a win over the visiting Orlando Magic. He didn't know his exact stats for the game, as evidenced by his candid response. A 19-19 game is not entirely atypical from one of the hardest-working, best-rebounding players in the NBA. He's only been in the assocation for a short while, but his non-stop motor is already very well renowned.
With many more games like this surely on the horizon throughout the rest of his potentially illustrious career, let's just hope he's a little more cognizant of what he's saying on live TV. But with that said, Faried is seriously awesome.
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Doc Emrick is one of our favorites here at AA, and his return to our collective consciousness is perhaps the best part about the end of the NHL Lockout. During the lockout, Rock Center with Brian Williams sent Emrick to Troy, Michigan to give play by play of a game, but not just any game: a 12 and under girls game between the St Clair Shores Saintes and the Troy Lady Sting.
If you were one of those girls, could you imagine the thrill of having a broadcasting legend like Emrick chatting with you before the game, and then calling your game? Imagine if Vin Scully provided play by play for your Little League game, or if Al Michaels did commentary on your peewee football game. It would be something you'd remember for the rest of your life, and it's really cool that Emrick took time out of his schedule to do this.no comments
For many, the Rob Parker saga may seem like a trilogy; he arrived on the national scene with appearances on a variety of ESPN platforms while saying controversial things about stats and other topics, took controversy to new heights with "cornball" comments about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, and then was suspended for his Griffin comments and saw ESPN decline to renew his contract. Veni, stupidi, departi. Yet, just as the preceding isn't entirely a correct Latin translation, the Parker story is a little more complicated than that. It's worth exploring what led to Parker's comments and if they've really meant the end of his national prominence.no comments
One of my favorite things about this website are the clips from all over the country of announcers that we'll never see on ESPN, but still sound genuinely excited about what they do. Genuine excitement is perhaps the best way I can describe this string of highlights from a Hillsboro high school game in Nashville, Tennessee. A half court buzzer beater and two monstrous jams produce uncontrolled screams that sound like the announcers are actually riding a roller coaster instead of calling a game. I particularly enjoy the "Lord have mercy" and "MAN DOWN! MAN DOWN!!" calls though.
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