The NFL-N's Play By Play Answer Is Right In Front Of Them

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Everyone is calling for the NFL Network to make a huge splash. Whether it's a smart choice like hiring Marv Albert, or an idiotic one like hiring Pam Ward, the choices are out there. I'm not even going to touch the Pam Ward thing again, but Marv Albert is an interesting choice. There's just one small problem, when the NFL Network gets their schedule underway in Week 10.....Albert is calling Thursday Night NBA games for TNT. Sure Albert does the Monday Night Football game on radio and he would be great, but there's no way TNT is sharing him on Thursdays.

So who does that leave? Well how about the guy that filled in for Gumbel during the Week 14 matchup between the Broncos and Texans?

Tom Hammond worked that game with Cris Collinsworth and I was shocked at how well they did as a team. They poked fun at each other at times and had fun with a game that had the Texans blowing away the Broncos in the 2nd Half. Most would have found a 31-13 game boring, but Hammond kept me watching somehow. He was so good that night that I wrote this following the live-blog....

As far as the booth goes. I don't know what to say. Tom Hammond is everything that Gumbel isn't. He was clear and concise, spoke with conviction, and didn't make mistakes (or cough up phlegm in the booth). Did someone say Wally Pipp? I hope the NFL Network is reading.
I hope they're reading again as I'm begging them to hire Tom Hammond to work with Collinsworth. Marv Albert would be great, but Hammond would be better.

18 Comments:

What would be the best is to scrap the dumbass idea to put games on the NFL Network and stop alienating fanbases.

GMoney said...
Apr 15, 2008, 4:02:00 PM  

I still say Harry Kalas would be the top choice; he IS the voice of NFL Films after all.

I'd also prefer Hammond over Marv because of the perv factor.

[pbielka] said...
Apr 15, 2008, 4:11:00 PM  

hammond and collinsworth used to work notre dame games together on nbc. they have also worked wild card saturday games together.

he would be a good choice but i don't think nbc would let him do it since he still does ND games with pat haden.

-dan

-dan said...
Apr 15, 2008, 4:12:00 PM  

I think Tom Hammond would be a good choice for NFLN, because when he filled in for GUmble he and Collinsworth relaly did a good job woriking together. I don't see Marv Albert taking the NFLN job becaue he does TNT games on Thurdsy night.

Anonymous said...
Apr 15, 2008, 4:13:00 PM  

He does olympic swimming. He can do anything after that.

The Zoner said...
Apr 15, 2008, 4:25:00 PM  

Why wouldn't NBC let Hammond do games on NFLN? They did it last year when he filled in. They let Collinsworth do it. I prefer Marvelous to get the gig.

MileHigh said...
Apr 15, 2008, 4:26:00 PM  
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Apr 15, 2008, 4:26:00 PM  

I remember some of the initial reax when Gumbel left. Most of the suggestions (Marv Albert, Wayne Larivee, Gus Johnson) all either have basketball commitments or other NFL jobs. I don't mind Tom Hammond, but I'll stick with my vote for Dave Sims, and certainly not Chris Collinsworth as the PbP man.

Apr 15, 2008, 4:28:00 PM  

I'll throw out a nod to Pat Summerall. What does he do like one game a year for FOX? If he's still interested in commentating but not doing a full schedule, this would be perfect for him and I think he and Collinsworth would work well off each other. One of the better PbP guys I've ever listened to.

Cam Jones said...
Apr 15, 2008, 4:30:00 PM  

How about Jim Lampley? I liked him calling games for NBC back when they had the AFC contract.

Anonymous said...
Apr 15, 2008, 4:40:00 PM  

Collinsworth was (and is) a bigger problem for me than Gumbel. I can't stand him. Dump him and I'll be fine with just about anybody they hire.

Anonymous said...
Apr 15, 2008, 5:29:00 PM  

Wayne Larivee would be perfect for these games. We miss him so much calling Bears games. Thankfully we still have him town calling Bulls games on WGN. But with the TNT package on Thursdays with limited other games, the odds would be slim he would have any conflicts there.
I think he's one of the top non-major network announcers in the country!

Anonymous said...
Apr 16, 2008, 12:31:00 AM  

I'd love to see them lure someone like Kevin Harlan to do double duty. It certainly could happen - after all, doesn't Dick Enberg do the Westwood One call for the Thursday night games and then take a CBS game on Sunday?

Willmott said...
Apr 16, 2008, 7:22:00 AM  

The voice of NFL Films is Jon Facienda not Harry Kalas. True indeed Kalas does most of it now since Facienda has been dead.

Hammond is definitely one of the best in the business. I cant forget his call Knicks v Pacers game 1 Knicks in 95 up 6 with Miller stealing the last 20 seconds. No screaming or bullshit schtick just the game. Hes better than Jim Nantz or Joey Buck or anyone else. NFL Network probably is going to hire Tim Hardaway.

madnice said...
Apr 16, 2008, 9:12:00 AM  

Hammond would be terrible. He makes too many mistakes calling the game. If you've ever watched Raycom during the SEC basketball season, you'd see what I'm talking about.

MoonDog said...
Apr 16, 2008, 1:03:00 PM  

ANYBODY would be a good replacement for Bryant Gumbel. I think all of the suggestions given are great ideas, but mine are Marv Albert, Harry Kalas, Scott Graham (The other NFL Films narrator), and Tom Hammond, who pretty much makes the most sense in a situation like this. Marv could do these games, because the other three broadcasters on TNT (Dick Stockton, Kevin Harlan, and Matt Devlin) could hold him down until the NFL season's over, but, like I said, ANYBODY would make a good replacement for Bryant Gumbel.

Anonymous said...
Apr 16, 2008, 8:37:00 PM  

Hammond is the best choice. He needs to get rightly rewarded for being the voice of Notre Dame football. He lets Collinsworth be himself and not try to one-up him like Joe Buck use to do when it was him, Troy, and CC.

Anonymous said...
Apr 17, 2008, 12:35:00 PM  

Jim Lampley is out of network sports and Pat Summerall is all but retired.

The obvious solution in the NFL Network booth? Bob Costas and Bob Trumpy. Best announcing team in the NFL, EVAR! (NBC 1981-83)

chuckyinjersey said...
Apr 17, 2008, 3:39:00 PM  

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