ESPN's Brent Musburger became a topic of national conversation when he got a little too excited over the presence of Katherine Webb during the BCS National Championship Game. Brent's comments drew so much attention that ESPN apologized, saying the veteran went too far in admiring Webb's beauty. For her part, Miss Alabama's newfound fame has taken her to the Today Show and the SI Swimsuit Issue.
Thus far, Musburger has declined to speak and answer his critics with regards to his comments about Webb. That was until Monday night's Baylor-Kansas game when he signed off the air with this pipebomb...
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has several months of rehabilitation ahead of him after successful knee surgery on his torn ACL and LCL. Griffin seriously injured his knee playing hurt in Washington's Wild Card playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. It's too early to know whether or not Griffin will be ready to return for the start of the 2013 season with an 8 to 12 month recovery period.
While Griffin is working to get back to full health, a DC radio station took a brief, yet extraordinary step in showing support for one of the most popular players in pro sports. WPGC 95.5 became WRG3 over the weekend as a show of solidarity for the injured quarterback.
Oklahoma City Thunder play by play man Brian Davis was not happy with this sequence at the end of Sunday night's Blazers-Thunder game in Portland. OKC had a four point lead late on and after a Blazers three, Portland needed to foul with the shot clock turned off. A couple Thunder players almost get tackled in the backcourt and amazingly, no whistle is blown. Luckily for the Thunder, Portland missed the ensuing layup and OKC went on to win 87-83.
As the ball is stolen in the above clip, Davis totally abandons any sense of actually calling the play and shouts "THAT'S GOTTA BE A FOUL, WHY IS THAT NOT A FOUL!!!" Thank goodness he didn't leap over the scorer's table and charge the court with a flaming torch. While that kind of bloodthirsty indignation sounds like the play by play incarnation of Tommy Heinshon, Davis is probably right in this case.
Last week, we brought you the news of Bill Cowher saying he'd likely coach again and return to the sidelines in the future. This weekend on The NFL Today's Saturday edition, Cowher said that he had no plans on returning to coaching.
Wait, back up a minute.
Here's Cowher's exact quote saying he's not going to coach again, courtesy of CBS's press release on the Saturday pregame show:
The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Denver Broncos in a classic double overtime playoff game Saturday. While the dramatic defeat was a tough one to swallow for the Denver faithful, it was Nuggets analyst and Denver sports talk host Scott Hastings who seemed to have the toughest time accepting it. Throughout the game, Hastings sent some very strange, horribly misspelled, and at times nonsensical tweets about what was happening. Looking back through his timeline, Hastings has one of the more... well... unique Twitter pages we've encountered. Hastings has tweeted about everything from MMMbop to calling out Blake Griffin to whatever this is.
Saturday, that uniqueness was taken to a new level.Although it's seriously hard to understand any of Hastings' tweets, the general message conveyed is Roger Goodell fixing the game in the favor of the Baltimore Ravens in some sort of grand conspiracy. Hastings says the NFL commish should be investigated, throws out the word "cheat" multiple times, calls the NFL sketchy, and even asks who has the bigger market to prove his point. Hastings also laments the "vag" of Broncos coach John Fox taking over the game. Eep. Be forewarned, you may develop a migraine trying to read these tweets...
NFL announcers are like NFL officials. Fans tend to hate them all, which means the least hated ones are -- by default -- the most liked. In both cases, it's almost impossible to keep everyone happy. They all assume you have a bias or they feel you're adding too much or not enough to the game. Or all of the above. The point is that calling games is tougher than most of us realize. But that doesn't mean we're going to go easy as we wrap up the 2012 football season with an assessment of the top broadcast teams from each of the four major networks and a look back at the year that was in NFL broadcasting.
The Baltimore Ravens' thrilling 38-35 double overtime win over the Denver Broncos on Saturday in the AFC's Divisional playoff round was a ratings bonanza for CBS. The game averaged 35.3 million viewers, far and away the highest rated game this season.
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.
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.
CBS will broadcast the Super Bowl February 3rd, starting with pre-kick coverage (coin flip, National Anthem) at 6 PM, but you can start your day off with Super Bowl coverage before noon on the network. CBS will air seven hours of pregame coverage this year.