NFL Week Fourteen Open Thread

Sunday, December 09, 2007


Should be a great day of action leading up to the Colts-Ravens game tonight. I'll be around most of the day in this spot commenting on the action and the announcing. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments and I'll see if I can get them in the mix.

Chris Berman actually used the nickname Wendy "Stevie" Nix. Ugh. Way to start they day.

"We're not losers, we're just not winning games."- Jason Taylor

That's nice.

"I agree with Tony."- Mike Ditka talking about his on set partner Tom Jackson

Wow. Keyshawn makes a great point about previous coaches building their teams and the following coach taking them to Super Bowls in regards to Owens. He used himself in Tampa with Tony Dungy building the team but Gruden winning the Super Bowl, and the same analogy with Emmitt, Jimmy Johnson, and Switzer. This could actually be the case in Dallas this year. Good stuff.

For those of you who said earlier in the week that Cowher's gameplan was going to be boring and a bunch of cliches.....Congratulations! You win! My personal favorite was, "you have to control the line of scrimmage."

Also saw Jay Glazer's report on how other coaches are pissed at the league over the Travis Henry suspension. They want to see the report in case they have players on their team that fall under the same category. Quoting him, "The NFL opened a can of worms with this one."

"Mike Martz is suffering from Al Gore syndrome. Al still thinks he's the President and Mike still thinks he's head coach."- Howie Long

Umm, Jillian Barberie just kissed Terry Bradshaw on the lips. I think I'm going to lose my lunch.

Hey Emmitt actually said "Right The Ship"! He got it right!!! He can be taught my friends.

"Maybe it's frozen. Sometimes the pee(a) freezes inside the whistle." - Kevin Harlan (Via Trevin Wagener)

Craig Davis appearing to fall over untouched on a punt return: "In the NFL he could have gotten up and kept running with it."- Dan Dierdorf (Via Joe D)

"Josh David Booty"- Brian Baldinger (Via Random Ranting)

"I hope you guys got a chance to watch the Giants-Eagles game. Moose Johnston just turned in one of the worst announcing performances of the decade. He was rooting--ROOTING--for the Eagles, all the way down to the end, when, I believe, he called the ball on Akers missed FG "crooked," as if it were conspiring with the Giants against the Eagles. I don't have a tie to other team, and was looking forward to a good divisional game, which it was, until Moose had to put on an absolutely embarrassing performance."- Anon

I caught the very end just now. He was rooting for that FG pretty hard....that was odd.

"There's a winter chill in the air and we could have weather before the end of the game". - Jim Nantz, Uh Jim there's ALWAYS weather. (Via Steve)

That's hilarious.

God damn that Dropkick song is played out. I love the band and love the movie The Departed, but enough is enough. Every damn rejoiner is that song when Boston sports are involved.

Wow that play was crazy....only the Patriots would luck out like that after Randy Moss dropped the lateral.

And now the Pats are talking a ton of trash and fights are breaking out. Jim Nantz calls it nonsense....I call it pride.

Jets-Browns Game: "Familiar with the term ball skills, Dick?" - Randy Cross to Dick Enberg (Via Anon)

My favorite part of the Steelers-Pats game is Phil Simms dissecting to similar plays from the QBs. Brady throws high to Moss who drops it and it's Moss' fault....Roethlisberger throws high to Nate Washington who drops it and it's Big Ben's fault for throwing it too hard. I understand that Tom Brady is a great QB, but he does make mistakes Phil.

"And there are the two Oregon High School teammates Kellen Clemens and Derek Anderson with an embrace. The two competed against each other all through High School."- Dick Enberg

That would work Dick if they went to the same High School.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 11:08 AM

33 Comments:

My impression, as a Cowboys fan, is that Parcells wanted no part of Owens. Jerry Jones shoved that idea down Parcells' throat.

matskralc said...
Dec 9, 2007, 12:44:00 PM  

Did Cowher mention you have to give 110%?

Dec 9, 2007, 12:44:00 PM  

I'd like to shove something else down Parcells' throat. What a jack ass.

Anonymous said...
Dec 9, 2007, 12:56:00 PM  

That's dirty, anonymous.

Dec 9, 2007, 1:17:00 PM  

I bet Bradshaw is in his dressing room whacking it til half time.

and what gives you the idea that Parcells didnt want TO? The fact he called him the "player" much like when he didnt want to draft Terry Glenn he kept calling him "she"? That topic of TO/Tuna was run into the ground over a year ago.

Steve said...
Dec 9, 2007, 1:39:00 PM  

So glad to see the Iggles know clock management. Two time outs within three pays.

Steve said...
Dec 9, 2007, 1:40:00 PM  

"penalties and turnovers have really hurt the Raiders in recent years, really put them behind the 8-ball" - rich gannon

Dec 9, 2007, 1:54:00 PM  

"maybe it's frozen. sometimes the pee(pea) freezes inside the whistle." -kevin harlan

Trevin Wagener said...
Dec 9, 2007, 2:01:00 PM  

One if the commentators in the Chargers game on Craig Davis appearing to fall over untouched on a punt return:
"In the NFL he could have gotten up and kept running with it."

RandomRanting said...
Dec 9, 2007, 2:11:00 PM  

Someone should tell Greg Gumbel that there was a penalty call where the referee said 'False start. Everyone but the center. Five yard penalty, repeat the down.' Paul Maguire couldn't stop laughing. It was a Sunday Night game on ESPN.

BTW, Greg Gumbel is a much better announcer than his brother.

I noticed Pat Summerall had no problem with T.J. Houshmandzadeh, but the Rams defence was a challenge.

Anonymous said...
Dec 9, 2007, 2:22:00 PM  

Forgot to mention, that penalty call was made a few years back.

Anonymous said...
Dec 9, 2007, 2:23:00 PM  

"Josh David Booty"- Brian Baldinger.

Joe D said...
Dec 9, 2007, 3:12:00 PM  

I hope you guys got a chance to watch the Giants-Eagles game. Moose Johnston just turned in one of the worst announcing performances of the decade. He was rooting--ROOTING--for the Eagles, all the way down to the end, when, I believe, he called the ball on Akers missed FG "crooked," as if it were conspiring with the Giants against the Eagles. I don't have a tie to other team, and was looking forward to a good divisional game, which it was, until Moose had to put on an absolutely embarrassing performance.

Anonymous said...
Dec 9, 2007, 4:14:00 PM  

"There's a winter chill in the air and we could have weather before the end of the game". - Jim Nantz

Uh Jim there's ALWAYS weather.

Steve said...
Dec 9, 2007, 4:17:00 PM  

My God, I think I've seen 5 plays in the Pats-Steelers game, and 5 commercial breaks. This gives "3 1/2 hour long commercial occasionally interrupted by a football game" new meaning.

RandomRanting said...
Dec 9, 2007, 4:52:00 PM  

One play from scrimmage, one kickoff, two more commercial breaks.

RandomRanting said...
Dec 9, 2007, 4:57:00 PM  

I can't stand that either RR. That kickoff commercial kills me.

Dec 9, 2007, 4:58:00 PM  

Yeah. It'd be soooooo much better if they broke out "Tessie." :P

NHZ said...
Dec 9, 2007, 5:21:00 PM  

@nhz

I was just going to make the same joke. :>

odessasteps said...
Dec 9, 2007, 5:34:00 PM  

lol. Well, they could go back to playing "Dirty Water," I suppose...

NHZ said...
Dec 9, 2007, 5:37:00 PM  

Tomlinson on 60 Minutes? really?

You can tell that sweeps month is over.

odessasteps said...
Dec 9, 2007, 6:18:00 PM  

Jets-Browns Game: "Familiar with the term ball skills, Dick?" - Randy Cross to Dick Enberg

Anonymous said...
Dec 9, 2007, 6:38:00 PM  

I think somebody at CBS needs to take Enberg out back and tell to call it quits. He has been brutal tonight.

Anonymous said...
Dec 9, 2007, 6:49:00 PM  

If by "call it quits" you mean "double tap, back of the head," then yes.

NHZ said...
Dec 9, 2007, 7:00:00 PM  

"And there are the two Oregon High School teammates Kellen Clemens and Derek Anderson with an embrace. The two competed against each other all through High School."- Dick Enberg

You can compete for a position, you know.

Anonymous said...
Dec 9, 2007, 10:34:00 PM  

Thanks Anon....that would work (if you read) IF THEY WENT TO THE SAME HIGH SCHOOL!!!!!!!

Dec 9, 2007, 10:41:00 PM  

I watched the entire 2nd half of the Stillers/Pats game with the sound muted.

Why is it that nantz and Simms turn every fucking game they broadcast into just another episode of some shitbag Lifetime channel soap opera...

can someone tell those two morons too discuss some aspect of the game called football being played on the field. Anything, a formation, a blocking assignment. Maybe something other than simply that Anthony Smith guaranteed a win. Do you THINK there might be something more compelling in the game than that???

Incredible that those two assholes get paid to put that level of performance out there. I could find a hundre high school guys who could call a better game. Enberg and Denny Green can actually call a football game without delving into the weird "backstory" crap. talking about potted plants and feelings is something that should be kept on the HG channel.

I don 't give a flying fuck about what Tom Brady told someone about something last week in a meeting somewhere with Jim Nantz.

I must say, I liked watching the game with my Dad, without those two stupid fucks going on and on about shit Oprah would talk about. Why do they do it? are they gay for TOm Brady or something? Is that it? Are they told to push Tom Brady as a gay icon?

I much preferred the game with no commentary.

Hear that CBS?

Sorry for the rant, but I have had it with those two jagoffs. I will mute any game they call from now on. It was just ridiculous.

hollywood wags said...
Dec 9, 2007, 11:46:00 PM  

Funny how everyone came out and whined about how ESPN was anti-Patriots last week (some idiots even said to the point of it being unprofessional) during the MNF broadcast when it was nothing but a New England love-in with Nantz and Simms today. And yet, you don't really hear a peep. I've never heard a more one-sided 'national' broadcast in my life.

Anonymous said...
Dec 10, 2007, 12:56:00 AM  

You could hear the nastiness in Nantz's voice towards Anthony Smith...like "how DARE you sir talk badly about my Tom!!!"

It was Olbermannian.

I would have punched that guy in the face if I were near him.

hollywood wags said...
Dec 10, 2007, 8:45:00 AM  

Moose Johnston and Siragusa are the absolute worst. Johnston especially will make a wrong point and when the replay shows he is wrong, will just keep going anyway even though everyone can see what really happened.

Anonymous said...
Dec 10, 2007, 11:44:00 AM  

Why couldn't Moose just come out of his fan closet and just admit he was rooting for the Eagles? He did everything else but that. He was even wearing his fur lined green panties. The ones with the Eagles logo over the spot where his balls would have been.

Anonymous said...
Dec 10, 2007, 12:56:00 PM  

Also in the Eagles-Giants game, Kenny Albert called Eli Manning "McNabb" at least twice during the third quarter alone.

Even as an Eagles fan, I must say that Moose was annoyingly pro-Eagles yesterday. Maybe he was trying to make up for the Divisional Playoff against the Saints last season, when he was all but waving black and gold pom-poms.

mplant said...
Dec 10, 2007, 1:33:00 PM  

Troy Aikman after the Cowboys scored in the final seconds, "The Cowboys did a great job of knowing the situation!" ---Troy do you mean the score of the game? Yes, they did a nice job of keeping track of the number of points they needed to win.

Anonymous said...
Dec 10, 2007, 3:55:00 PM  

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