TV GEEK: Bad References For a Bad Game

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CBS Broadcast team of Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts ~ Photo by Russell Street Report

It was one of the two weeks that all Ravens fans look forward to all year, Steelers week. Even if the game was missing a lot of the old stars that were mainstays in this rivalry and neither team is performing to the level that we are used to seeing, it’s still Ravens-Steelers. The history of this rivalry with all the one-possession games is enough to get anyone excited.

Anyone except Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts that is…

Usually there’s one thing you can be sure of when Dan Fouts is covering a Steelers game, Big Ben’s “greatness” is going to be brought up as much as possible. Apparently, the Ravens found the way to make that stop.

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Joe Flacco in the midst of a mediocre season at best (not all his fault by any means) was being spoken of like he’s an All-Pro by the broadcast team. I guess that’s what happens when you are knighted the Super Bowl MVP. This was quite possibly the most unbiased, down the middle, call of a Ravens-Steelers game I’ve ever heard.

Fouts and Eagle for the most part called a good game. They gave both teams credit when it was due, and called the teams out for stupid, boneheaded plays.

That being said, it’s Dan Fouts, so you know he said some stupid, non-sensical, completely off topic things that left you wondering whether or not he was even watching the game.

Dan started using the route highlighter so much in the first quarter, I thought there was an 11 year old in the booth highlighting a social studies book.

While I’m on the subject of highlights…

How is it possible that after all the games between these two teams that there was no montage of previous meetings? No build-up video? It’s the best rivalry in football. Terrell Suggs vs. Ben Roethlisberger, Torrey Smith’s game winning catch last year, Troy Polamalu’s interception return for a touchdown in the playoffs. GIVE ME SOMETHING!

Instead, I’m listening to Ian Eagle have a conniption every time a ball is thrown deep in the air and out of bounds. Eagle is almost as bad as Gary Thorne at tracking fly balls. GOODBYE 4TH DOWN!

The only thing that was more frustrating than listening to Ian Eagle try to decipher prayer throws to the sideline was the transfer from the 3rd to the 4th quarter. Marlon Brown caught a ball that would give the Ravens a first down and run the clock out and send the game to the 4th quarter. Mike Tomlin throws the challenge flag, the call is eventually reversed after a complete cluster-$&@# by the referees.

So, while I’m waiting for an explanation as to why it’s 3rd and 1 with the clock running, Dan Fouts is making random references about Back to the Future, DeLoreans, and Doc Brown. I still don’t know what the hell happened in that series of events.

It’s alright though; Ian Eagle tried to one up Fouts at the end of the game with a Karate Kid reference. While Shaun Suisham is in his back swing to possibly end the game, Eagle drops the hammer “Suisham, sweeps the leg!”

Bad references for a bad game…

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3 Raves on “TV GEEK: Bad References For a Bad Game

  1. plantsman on said:

    How about missing live game action on three different occasions because they were still playing replays. That was quite possibly the worst coverage and broadcast job I have ever had to endure.

  2. Carla on said:

    At one point Dan said the EXACT SAME THING immediately after Ian said it. TVs are getting too expensive to throw things at anymore.

  3. FoCoRaven on said:

    I don’t know if you caught one of Eagle’s new catch phrases, “He got stamped!”. He was so desperate to use it he was saying it when guys were just getting wrapped up and tackled. Fouts must have liked it though because in the second half he started using it too.

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