TV GEEK: Michaels’ Wingman Flies Like a Turkey

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Ravens v. Steelers.

The best rivalry in sports.

Throw the records out the window because you’re going to see a phenomenal game with hard hitting, memorable moments… and a whole lot of Ben Roethlisberger love.

It being a Sunday night game on Thursday night, we were treated to the third best broadcasting team in football – Al “Do you believe in miracles” Michaels and Cris Collinsworth.

When I say one of the best broadcasting teams in football what I’m really trying to say is that Al Michaels carries Cris Collinsworth to the end zone week after week. Collinsworth does as good of a job hiding biases as Fox News.

One thing I have learned from paying close attention to the broadcasts this season is that the Super Bowl Champions will always get the early nod when it comes to praise. Michaels made quick work of informing viewers how incredible Joe Flacco’s playoff run was last year. At the same time, it’s easy to give a guy respect when he marches his team to a quick 10-0 lead over their division rivals.

Collinsworth, on the other hand, just had to bring up Troy Polamalu at some point during the game, so on a play where he is lined up in a linebacker position and literally stands still, Cris starts going on about how much of a game changer he is!

Don’t get me wrong; I understand Polamalu is a big time player in this game but you couldn’t wait until he at least he got a tackle? Maybe I’m not giving Collinsworth enough credit; maybe the broadcaster knew that the safety would be a complete non-factor in the game and brought him up knowing there would be no opportune time for it.

Now, we all know there is no bigger Ben Roethlisberger fan than Dan Dierdorf but, the former Bengal Collinsworth might be a close second. On a play in which Big Ben was under heavy duress, he moves through the pocket and throws a dying quail over the middle that is completed.

Collinsworth in total awe: “That’s how you know Ben’s getting right when he makes those plays!”

This just after we watched him throw two one hoppers to receivers 10 yards away!

He wasn’t done yet…

Emmanuel Sanders ran a route straight up the sideline makes a great effort on an incomplete diving catch and Collinsworth says, “That’s an easy catch you gotta make.”

Wow, I know you went to three Pro Bowls Chris, but let’s take it easy on the guy who was fully layed out for the grab.

Michaels didn’t have an unblemished broadcast either. Le’Veon Bell was getting the majority of the workload early on for the Steelers and Michaels referred to running back as “the bell cow” for the Steelers. Al made up for his corny-ism immediately saying “Slap me for saying it.” Michaels also referred to Suggs’ multiple Super Bowl appearances, but that’s being knit-picky.

The All-World play-by-play-man did have a great observation on the missed Suisham field goal, saying that the kicker could’ve been called for a false start.

An awkwardly comedic moment of the broadcast came when a flag was thrown on the field and stadium announcer Bruce Cunningham’s feed came through on NBC’s broadcast. Collinsworth and Michaels, completely silent at the time hear clear as day “There is a flag on the field” from Uncle Bruce. Michaels quickly responds with a sarcastic “We know!”

If you thought Cris was done slamming his foot squarely into his mouth yet, he was not. Marlon Brown hauled in a big first down and Collinsworth starts going on and on about his monster preseason.

Umm, you do realize he has five touchdown catches in the regular season right?

Cris did have some good commentary about Michael Oher needing to step up his game in the midst of a contract year. Oher made him look foolish immediately while being flagged three times for false starts.

The worst part of the broadcast, aside from Collinsworth constantly crying about his lack of Thanksgiving dinner, came on the Jacoby Jones kick return that was interfered with by Mike Tomlin. Not only did the team not bring it up at the time of the initial replays, it took them until the ensuing Steelers drive! Meanwhile every Ravens fan that is watching the game is ripping their hair out waiting for the replay of the return.

Look, I understand there’s a lot going on in the booth but how do you go a full drive without bringing up a potentially game changing incident on the sideline? Even after they went back to the replay neither Michaels nor Collinsworth were willing to say it interfered with the return. (Surprise, surprise)

Sorry Chris, can’t blame that lame effort on the turkey hangover buddy.

Consider yourself lucky if you got leftovers.

14 Raves on “TV GEEK: Michaels’ Wingman Flies Like a Turkey

  1. Bryan on said:

    You forgot two horrible things with regard to Collinsworth. The fact that he laughed off the interference from Tomlin like there was nothing to it was completely irresponsible and unprofessional. And, his constant comments of Joe Flacco “doing a pretty good job of imitating Ben Rothlisburger” had me screaming at the TV. After 6 years in the league, I think we can safely say that Joe does not imitate other quarterbacks but has carved his own reputation. Collinsworth is a total hack.

  2. skaughtz on said:

    I know all of the cool kids all hate Dierdorf, but as far as I am concerned Collinsworth is the single most obnoxious “commentator” I have ever had the misfortune of suffering. I watched the majority of that game on mute because of him.

    If I found a magic lamp and a genie granted me three wishes, I would wish three times to punch Chris Collinsworth in his smug, state-the-obvioud mouth. Three punches for Captain Hindsight. I truly loathe that man.

  3. Brandon for Bel Air on said:

    I am sick of the general lack of respect and attention for the Ravens. Last year they win the Superbowl, but if you watch Inside the NFL (which has really gone to pot since it moved from HBO), I would bet the Ravens were on the “Wrap around” for at least half or their games, and even when there was a “full” recap, they rarely received any banter from the commentators. This has been going on for so long that I no longer watch the show at all (the Raven make the play-offs five times with Flacco, who was the first rookie to win two play-off games and the first QB to go to the post season each of his first five years, as well as a rookie coach who then takes his team to the play-offs 5 years in a row and then wins a Superbowl). Still no attention from good ole C.C. and his crew. JB is the only one that I really care to listen to on that show.

  4. Chris on said:

    Collinsworth is to football commentators, as Jim Palmer is to baseball analysts, especially when the game’s a blow-out. “Well Al, when I was a wide receiver with the Bengals and we were in this exact situation, we played (insert team name here) it was a day game, sunny and about 65 degrees, it was a 3rd and 5 and coach told us to pick up the first down, so in the huddle our quarterback called a pass play and I ran a 6 yard out-route and picked up that first down, and that’s what the team needs to do down here on the field, Al” I’m sometimes amazed Al Michaels doesn’t roll his eyes so hard that don’t fall out of his head!!

  5. Theresa on said:

    I am glad we are in agreement on Collinsworth. So sick of him. Now if we can focus on whoever runs the NFL twitter feed. I went on twitter towards the end of the game & it was alllll about rooting for Pittsburgh. Sure they would give the score from time-to-time but it was mostly woo-hoos for yellow & black. Totally immature, unprofessional & obnoxious. On the other hand, Tony Dungy did give his support to the Ravens being a wildcard contender a few minutes ago.

  6. lynn on said:

    Enough with the liberal bias in your reporting…why not inject any of the 3 letter news outlets or MSNBC which is the official most bias news outlet on tv…enough said for now

    • Rich on said:

      Well, anyone would be wrong to suggest that any other news organization compares to the level of bias and lack of facts that one hears and sees from Fox “news”.

      • Rich on said:

        I am the “Rich” that commented on Collinsworth and the fact that tv sports broadcasting is television and not journalism; I am not the “Rich” who made the comment about Fox News. The comment by “lynn” taking exception to the article writer Mr. Constantini’s liberal bias was wholly appropriate. It was Mr. Constantini who brought politics to a sports fight. He deserved to be called out for it. Maybe Bob Costas would disagree.

  7. Rich on said:

    With the exception of the film junkie Mike Mayock on NFL Network and Jon Gruden, which color analysts really actually add anything to the game? What I mean is, what color analyst even manages to accurately describe what you can already see for yourself let alone gives you insight into what’s happening or points out something you never heard or thought about before. Collinsworth does the job he is hired to do…he hits the preconceived talking points that are rehearsed in show prep and tries not to get in the way of Al Michaels while he reads the promos for The Blacklist and Chicago Fire. It’s not journalism…it’s a TV show. Every town thinks their teams get the fuzzy lollipop. I don’t spend any time worrying about what others think of me or my teams.

    • Eric on said:

      Agree completely with this comment. Mayock and Gruden do a nice job as analysts. I also think that Brian Billick is the closest to Mayock and Gruden to answer your question.

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