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ESPN Sees Gains For Week 15 "MNF" Overnight With Ravens-Lions Telecast
Published December 17, 2013
RANK AND FILE: SPORTS ON EARTH's Aaron Gordon lists the "best and worst NFL announcers." Gordon: "I listened to 32 NFL games -- two per crew -- charting every foolish, false, annoying, ridiculous and downright dumb thing each of them said" to determine "which NFL crew is the worst of the lot." Gordon divided announcers' "verbal infractions into six categories," including clichés, factual errors, nonsense, self-references, plays off and off topic discussion. Gordon notes the CBS crew of Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf committed 70 infractions, which were "largely Dierdorf's fault." Gumbel is "actually quite respectable, with a mere nine infractions over two games." However, Dierdorf "has a whopping 61 infractions, giving him the honor of the statistically worst commentator in the NFL." Meanwhile, Fox' Chris Myers and Tim Ryan committed 87 infractions. The crew "holds the honor of worst tandem." Ryan "loves him some clichés, as 20 of his 55 infractions came in that category." NBC's Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth had just 20 infractions. Gordon: "They're generally regarded as one of the best in the business, and I agree." When this crew "screws up, it's because they're bending over backwards to compliment a superstar or head coach" (SPORTSONEARTH.com, 12/17).
FUNDAMENTAL FOCUS: In Jacksonville, Brian Hodges noted he listened to a portion of the Bills-Jaguars radio broadcast Sunday on WOKV-AM. Play-by-play announcer Brian Sexton and analyst Jeff Lageman were "doing the postgame show, expounding on the success" of Jaguars RB Jordan Todman. Sexton and Lageman then "focused on the fact that there were only two games left in the season and they were meaningless games." Hodges: "I arrived at work and jumped out of the car -- without knowing the final score. Fundamentals are important. Even in broadcasting" (JACKSONVILLE.com, 12/16).