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REVIEWS ARE IN FOR NFL'S ROOKIE BROADCASTERS
Published September 5, 1995
The announcers in the booth were under as much Opening Weekend scrutiny as the players on the field. Excerpts: J-O-E: In Atlanta, Prentis Rogers writes that rookie NBC studio analyst Joe Montana "proved to be more frank in his commentary than expected and perhaps should re-think making just five more appearances during the regular season" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/4). Richard Sandomir writes that Montana "was sometimes insightful, sometimes obvious. ... Time will tell how far Montana will stretch beyond reacting to questions" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/5). SIMMS HITS THE BIG TIME: In NEWSDAY, Steve Zipay notes that NBC believes Phil Simms, part of the network's No. 1 announcing team, "can be a media star" (NEWSDAY, 9/5). Rudy Martzke notes, "NBC's new No. 1 team of Enberg, Simms and Maguire mesh superbly, becoming network's best ever, topping Enberg-Merlin Olsen" (USA TODAY, 9/5). In Boston, Jim Baker writes, "Not even a blown fuse just before his Foxboro debut distracted NBC rookie Phil Simms" (BOSTON HERALD, 9/5). OTHER VIEWS: Sandomir writes, "The most important hire by a network was by TNT, making Verne Lundquist its NFL announcer, replacing Gary Bender" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/3). Rudy Martzke writes, "Contrary to all of last year, Greg Gumble-led NBC's pregame beats Fox's in content and pace" (USA TODAY, 9/5). Prentis Rogers notes, "(Sterling) Sharpe demonstrated he will have no problem filling the shoes of Phil Simms on 'NFL GameDay'" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/5). In Minneapolis, Rachel Blount writes of Warren Moon's two live broadcasts during TNT's NFL coverage Sunday night: Like Montana and Simms, Moon "gave a solid, if not outstanding performance" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/5).