Marshal Yanda (73) of the Baltimore Ravens carries teammate Torrey Smith (82), who scores a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The Ravens won, 20-17 in overtime. (Christopher T. Assaf / Baltimore Sun/MCT / November 10, 2013)

Sunday's CBS telecast of the Ravens 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals was so much better than anything else the network delivered this season that I thought I was watching on Bizarro Planet where everything is the opposite of what it is on Earth.

Well, let's qualify that: Most of the telecast was better. Analyst Dan Dierdorf was his usual gasbag self by and large.

You can read my review here.

But readers, viewers and fans didn't react so much to the positive things I had to say about the stellar direction of Suzanne Smith and the overall production led by Mark Wolff as they did Dierdorf.

Bill, in Baltimore, sent this email of announcer annoyance before the game even ended:

Dan Dierdorf...Q?

1) Does he ever shut up...?
2) And why does he think that every play requires him to speak 3-5 phrases...?
I can't stand it.

Z responds: Neither can I, Bill. Neither can I.

Kenny, a Baltimore native and Ravens fan now living in South Dakota, wrote:

"My favorite Dierdorf quote of the game was the following: 'Both teams are playing good defense except the Cincinnati Bengals.' ... Dierdorf's terrible."

Z responds: How can I top that?

And here's Dennis taking the Dierdorf critique to a new level of excellence:


Love your Dierdorf comments. In Dierdorf's case the old saying is true, "You can always tell a Michigan Man, but you can't tell him MUCH!" I cringe every time that pumpkin-headed village idiot does a Ravens game.

Z responds: "Pumpkin-headed village idiot" -- You definitely challenge me to raise my game, Dennis. Gasbag seems kind of tame by comparison. And I like the seasonal theme.