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Good on ye Stun for mentioning Gowdy & DeRogatis. Back in the days of the AFC on NBC,
they were the Game of the Week guys before Enberg & Merlin Olsen.
As for today, Tirico & Michaels are the PBP guys I would rather hear, though maybe some
of the others who do smaller-market games might be OK, I just haven't heard them often
enough to pass judgement. I watched Pats-Bucs at the pub, so I don't know how well that
PBP guy with Lynch did.
As for the analysts, Collinsworth was vocal in his Bill-bashing during CameraPlacementGate,
so I'll always hold that against him. Mayock knows the players; he just needs to learn how
to get his points across before the next play is run. I don't mind Moose & Goose, but Dick
Stockton was always just an OK PBP guy. Dierdorf was OK on MNF, but has regressed since.
Buck & Aikman are the worst, for obvious reasons. Simms is too often effusive in his praise,
and Nantz is mediocre. Gruden's ball-washing is embarassing.
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Seriously, any competent local radio team is better than the best TV team, probably Simms Nance. The Eagles preseason announcer was great, obviously did some homework and announced the names of who made blocks, tackles etc.
That's really all I want, plus down and distance and maybe a little insight into the strategy on D or O.
When the powers that be decided we really weren't interested in the game, but just wanted to watch something while being entertained by people that aren't funny, or particularly interesting and don't tell stories well, they lost me. I'd be just as happy to hear only the grunting noises and have the tackles/down and distance flashed on the screen.
And an aside. I noticed in a recent Fox (the worst) game that sideline reporter Erin Andrews(?) (the one who got publicity by someone looking through her keyhole?) stopped the action to tell us some incredible insight, while not being shown on camera, just her name in a graphic.
Does Fox Sports think we all await breathlessly Erin's outstanding insights into the game of football? At probably 120 lbs soaking wet, I'm guessing she hasn't played the game. Pardon my cynicism, but isn't the reason they go to the sidelines for some insipid, obvious commentary ("coach says they need to improve in the second half, back to you") is to show the face and body of the picturesque reporter? Like going to see Hendrix to find out he's only going to play kazoo that night.
Gil and Gino (in their prime) were pretty good. Loved Gil's signature "Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown!"
Watch closely tomorrow night. Collinsworth will go into elaborate detail on what happened in a play and the replay will show that what actually happened was completely different. He's an amiable know-nothing.
I like both Mayock and Simms as color guys because they are focused on the play on the field and make a good faith attempt at telling you what really happened. Mayock is the best at diagramming a play on the fly.
Michaels and Tirico are competent play-by-play guys. Nessler is non-descript but has decent pipes and doesn't try to call attention to himself. Nantz is a sychophant who wears his Peyton Manning footie pajamas everywhere he goes. Ugh.
Bottom line - Nessler and Mayock aren't bad and are the only redeeming feature of the ongoing nightmare that is Thursday Night Football. So if I had to pick somebody ...