CBS opened its NFL season in the Baltimore market Sunday with strong game coverage of the Ravens’ 47-3 shredding of the Buffalo Bills.
From Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon in the booth, to Steve Tasker and a rain-sopped camera crew on the field, it felt like everyone on the CBS team showed up focused and ready to go at M&T Bank Stadium even though it was a telecast featuring two small TV-market teams.
But when you factor in the pregame and halftime shows, it was a decidedly different story. The pregame show has backslid into more jock-talk joking and self-congratulatory laughter than I can remember. And I long thought it contained too much of both.
I clocked a total...