Sunday’s game between the Ravens and Patriots was the absolute worst game I’ve ever had to endure in my life featuring terrible play by the Baltimore Ravens, awful coaching, mind numbingly painful refereeing, and a broadcast team that wasn’t prepared for the buzzards to start circling this nearly dead on arrival blow out.
If you read my posts every week about the broadcast teams you know that I generally enjoy Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. The only time I can’t stand their broadcasts is when Tom Brady is involved.
Disclaimer: Yes, I am aware that every broadcast team; whether it be CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBC, or even Gol TV will spend 40% of their time slobbering all over Brady and Belichick.
CBS did one thing right during this game. The opening montage that set the tone for the game was phenomenal! It showed all past games that have made the Ravens-Patriots a rivalry for the ages… Unfortunately, the game didn’t live up to it.
It was more like Rudy doing Oklahoma drills with Vince Wilfork.
The game started out ugly from the very beginning for the Ravens. Jimmy Smith was flagged for pass interference on the second drive of the game. Phil Simms in an unbiased fashion explained why he thought that was a tough call on Smith and the Ravens.
By the beginning of the 2nd quarter you started to get the feel of how the game was going to go. Usually statements like “…nothing’s going the Ravens way today” are held off for the end of the 3rd or early 4th quarter. Not this week, when phantom defensive holding calls start showing up on Brady sacks, it is that kind of day. The fact that the flag was thrown (later picked up) was bad enough, but it was magnified because CBS didn’t show a replay until 2 minutes of conversation by the officials ensued. I’m not waving the favoritism card but it’s a little odd.
One thing that broadcasters can never have enough of is Tom Brady quotes written up before a Patriots game. Brady goes off to the sideline and starts yelling at one of his coaches and Phil Simms says “When you’ve won 3 Super Bowls you’re allowed to yell at your coaches.”
My personal favorite was the graphic that showed stat lines of Joe Flacco vs. Tom Brady in their head to head matchups, “Probably the first graphic we’ve ever shown where the other quarterback had better numbers than Brady.”
I hope it wasn’t too painful giving another QB some credit with the Almighty Tommy on the field.
Once the game started becoming unwatchable (mid-2nd quarter-ish) the zings came. Ron Winters called 16 penalties throughout the game totaling 141 yards. Naturally with that many penalties viewers and broadcasters are going to rely on the referees microphone pretty heavily. Winters mic was horrific, cutting out constantly throughout his calls. Nantz threw down a walk off at the end of the half joking, “Ron Winters mic is working at the same efficiency as Joe Flacco’s passing!”
Ouch. Sorry for the shot football friends.
This, of course, was during the 3 straight plays at the under 1 minute mark that were all flagged. The 4th play was a punt, and Phil Simms says with total excitement, “No flags!” Sorry to disappoint you Phil there’s another penalty for good measure. At this point, we all felt Phil’s pain, even if the call was on the Patriots.
When the second half started Nantz and Simms tried to give the Ravens the benefit of the doubt but at this point the Ravens may as well have enjoyed a team Old Spice 40 minute shower and miss the second half of the game.
Perhaps there was one statement that summed up the entire game on Sunday and it came on Justin Tucker’s missed field goal.
“Even Tucker, who has been automatic [this year], is off today”
I hate to say it, but when a team has everything to play for like the Ravens did and they show up looking like a Division II high school team… they deserve the public mockery.