The Wise Guy: Week 1 NFL Announcer Lineup
By: The Wise Guy | Posted: September 09, 2012
Ah, there’s nothing like that feeling of waking up to your first NFL Sunday. If you’re like me, you go through a morning ritual of popping corned beef in the slow cooker, grabbing a case of ice cold Coors Light (and twins!), doing a set of push-ups (to stay healthy, you know?), setting your fantasy line-up and then, most importantly, checking to see which announcing crew is doing your team’s game. That last part is the most important because, let’s face it, the quality of the announcing crew often determines the quality of your Sunday experience. For some reason, however, this information is often difficult to find in one place. But fear not, because the The Wise Guy is here to help by breaking down the full NFL Week 1 announcer line-up schedule.
1pm [All Times Eastern]
New England Patriots @ Tennessee Titans: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms (1)
Indianapolis Colts @ Chicago Bears: Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf (2)
Miami Dolphins @ Houston Texans: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts (3)
Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets: Marv Albert, Rich Gannon (4)
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Minnesota Vikings: Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots (5)
Talk about depth, CBS’ top 5 announcer crews absolutely blow the other networks away. Kevin Harlan as a #5 announcer? That’s crazy talk. The only crew I’d quarrel with is Gumbel/Dierdorf at #2, just because Dan Dierdorf is often over the top and just plain wrong, but from top to bottom this group gives you straight football analysis with little fluff. Well, except for Jim Nantz’s cheesy puns.
No 4:25 games for CBS due to the U.S. Open men’s finals. I don’t get it; can’t CBS push tennis to the evening? Why would they voluntarily accept about 1/10 of the ratings they would get from a football game?
If you’re a Dolphins or Texans fan, take note. Eagle/Fouts are probably the most underrated booth in the business. Insightful analysis and deadpan humor.
Washington Redskins @ New Orleans Saints: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (2)
Philadelphia Eagles @ Cleveland Browns: Dick Stockton, John Lynch & Jennifer Hale (3)
Atlanta Falcons @ Kansas City Chiefs: Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick & Laura Okmin (4)
St. Louis Rams @ Detroit Lions: Chris Myers, Tim Ryan & Jaime Maggio (5)
San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Pam Oliver (1)
Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals: Sam Rosen, Heath Evans and Heidi Androl (6)
Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ron Pitts, Mike Martz and Kristina Pink (7)
Basically, the opposite of CBS. While I prefer the Buck/Aikman #1 crew to Nantz/Sims, the rest of the line-up is just plain weak. Dick Stockton is bordering on senile, Tony Siragusa is a joke, Thom Brennaman thinks he’s a color analyst (but doesn’t know the game), and the network is replete with random sideline reporters who bring nothing to the table (except Pam for Oliver). And don’t even get me started on Mike Martz.
Speaking of Siragusa, I will be waiting with baited breadth to see whether “The Goose Cam,” which was unveiled in the preseason, makes its way onto the regular season broadcast. Seriously, why does Fox think Tony Siragusa needs more exposure? Don’t you get it Fox; we watch the games in spite of Tony Siragusa, not because of him.
I’m predicting the Panthers-Buccaneers game features a total of 30 sacks just by virtue of Mike Martz’s presence in the booth. (Bitter Bears fan here)
NBC Sunday Night (8:20pm)
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Michelle Tafoya
Not much I can say here. Great game, great crew. Though, for the record, this is the game where I predict the replacement refs will foul something up so badly that the union gains the upper hand in negotiations with the league. At least that’s my hope, because you know Michaels/Collinsworth will be merciless if it happens, unlike some of the company men on the other networks.
ESPN Monday Night Football
(7pm) Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens: Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden & Lisa Salters
(10:15pm) San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders: Chris Berman, Trent Dilfer & Rachel Nichols
If you’ve had a chance to check out my “Positively Gruden” series where I chronicle the Top Ten “Grudenisms” from each MNF broadcast, you know I’m eagerly anticipating Gruden’s first regular season in a two man booth. More airtime=more positivity!
And I know I’m in the minority, but I’m actually looking forward to Berman-Dilfer in the late game. Berman is schticky, but he knows the game and has a quick wit. And Dilfer is just a solid analyst. Judging by the preseason game, they also seem to have a pretty good chemistry.
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