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SBD/February 6, 2012/Media
NBC's Analysts, Hosts Praised For Pregame Performance As Net Receives High Marks
Published February 6, 2012
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praising his analysis and candor
RODGERS MAKES PEOPLE TAKE NOTICE: The TAMPA BAY TIMES' Jones writes, "Wow, was Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers good on NBC's Super Bowl pregame show." His performance "guaranteed that if he wants, he can be a broadcaster in his post-playing days." What is "stunning is how much faith NBC put in him." Even though Rodgers has "never been a broadcaster, NBC's plan all along was to give him significant air time." He was "smooth, calm and insightful, and he sounded like a broadcasting veteran." It "was surprising how good he was" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 2/6). In L.A., Tom Hoffarth writes Rodgers "offered up insightful information, was very personable and didn't try to upstage anyone." Twitter reviews of his performance "came from all over the place, including James Andrew Miller, author of the recent ESPN oral history book who tweeted: 'How much money will ESPN try to throw Aaron Rodgers way one day to have him as an analyst -- and keep him off NBC, CBS and Fox? A lot'" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 2/6). In California, John Maffei writes Rodgers was a "show stealer." From start to finish, his analysis "was outstanding" (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 2/6). SI's Peter King writes Rodgers "was splendid" during the pregame show, as he was "not afraid to be a little irrevelent" (SI.com, 2/6). In Milwaukee, Bob Wolfley writes both Rodgers and Ward "had presence, were well-spoken, seemed relaxed and had some fun." Rodgers "provided some engaging insights" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 2/6).
PLENTY OF SELF-PROMOTION: In Miami, Barry Jackson writes all networks use their Super Bowl pregame shows to promote their primetime lineups, but NBC "took that to particularly blatant extremes, to the point of absurdity at times." Stars of a dozen NBC programs "belted out a 'brotherhood' song that served no purpose other than to waste everyone’s time." NBC "aired highlights of a Boston-Washington NHL game ... simply because the network owns NHL rights." Jackson: "What about the TV series stars who were interviewed by Nick Cannon in NBC’s 'celebrity suite'? Well, what do you know? -- all four appear in NBC series" (MIAMI HERALD, 2/6). The AP's Coyle writes while NBC "kept the festivities closer to the game than some, it still offered the cringe-inducing 'Super Suite' red carpet show." Cannon "awkwardly and superficially interviewed celebrities such as Adam Sandler and Katharine McPhee, the star of 'Smash.'" Few of NBC’s stars "didn’t make cameos of some kind, from Brian Williams to '30 Rock' sketches" (AP, 2/6). In San Diego, Jay Posner writes if someone would have "misplaced Nick Cannon's credential, it would have been a pretty good show." There was "much less insanity than in previous years on CBS and Fox" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 2/6).
HIGHLIGHTS FROM OTHER NETS: In Houston, David Barron writes NFL Network "did a good job with a show that was light on taped features and heavy on wall-to-wall chatter." NFL Network "pulled off the chatfest relatively well, but eight hours is just too much for any pregame show." It is a "punishing experience to watch eight hours of pregame TV" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 2/6). The TAMPA BAY TIMES' Jones writes ESPN and the NFL Network "had impressive days as well." It is "impressive the NFL Network was able to produce 8 1/2 hours of pregame coverage and never have the coverage get stale." Same goes "for ESPN and its four hours." ESPN's coverage was "highlighted by Bill Parcells, Mike Ditka and Jon Gruden, Super Bowl-winning coaches who turned their experiences into first-rate analysis." Any time any of them "was on camera, ESPN's broadcast soared." But Jones writes it was "hard to listen to ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi on Sunday and take anything he said seriously knowing that two weeks ago, in the AFC Championship Game, the former Patriots linebacker was sitting in the box of Patriots owner Robert Kraft" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 2/6).