Here's my vote for the best TV post-game show of the year: ESPN's Trent Dilfer and Steve Young ripping the New York Jets like I have not seen an NFL team ripped by analysts in some time.
Their commentary was so informed, passionate, fearless and honest that I literally wanted to get up out of my chair at 11:30 p.m. and cheer. And that's not something I expected to feel after sitting through a Monday night game in which a team, the Jets, actually played worse than the Baltimore Ravens did on Sunday. (And the Jets opponent, the Tennessee Titans, were almost as bad.)
Check Dilfer and Young out in these two videos. The short one at the top is from the start of the rip by Dilfer, by far the angrier of the two, at the way Rex Ryan's team laid down like a bunch of whipped dogs. I love the way he and Young chronicle the absolute "dysfunction" of the team under Ryan in the longer video below.
I am not saying the Ravens and Flacco are as bad as the Jets and Mark Sanchez. On the other hand, I didn't see Sanchez lay down in the middle of the field like Flacco did either.
I wish Dilfer and Young had been there to critique the Ravens Sunday.
And I hope some of our local suck-up broadcasters, who start genuflecting before the Ravens in July and don't get up off their knees until the team is eliminated in the playoffs, will take a look at what big-boy analysis looks like. I'm sorry, some of the local radio and TV folks genuflect during the draft as well. In fact, that's where they do some of their most serious bowing and scraping.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun