Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Well at least according to Neil Best he will be. The Newsday writer has confirmed with a few sources close to the hiring process that Papa is the choice....
I don't know when the network is announcing this, but three people familiar with the situation said Wednesday that Papa would be the choice.Not a bad choice in the least, and it's good that they finally have someone to get ready for the season (just over one month to go!). Hopefully Cris Collinsworth will accept the choice though because we know how much of a bear he can be on PBPers he doesn't get along with (see: Joe Buck).
Other candidates are believed to have included Spero Dedes - like Papa a Fordham alum - and Tom Hammond, who was the presumed leading contender when Bryant first departed.
Papa, the Giants' radio play-by-play man, received national attention during the team's Super Bowl XLII run. He is a veteran broadcaster who has done extensive work outside New York, but having his calls replayed over playoff highlights introduced him to a wider audience. He also calls boxing for HBO.
NFL Network to hire Bob Papa for its play-by-play gig (Newsday)
So What's Going On With That Vacant PBP Spot Over At The NFL-N? (Awful Announcing)
Posted by Awful Announcing- at 1:29 PM