After another season of mainly singing the praises of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and the NBC broadcast crew as the best in the business, I can¿t tell you how disappointed I was by their Saturday performance in telecasting the Ravens 35-31 loss to the New England Patriots.
It doesn't happen often, but Sunday the guys in the CBS broadcast booth got it mostly right in their keys-to-the-game talking points just before kickoff. Give them credit for that in their call of the Ravens 23-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins Sunday.
In his post-game press conference after Thursday night's 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked why he didn't challenge a pass reception by Wes Welker early in the third quarter.
'NBC Sunday Night Football' isn't just in a league of its own when it comes to NFL telecasts. Last night's broadcast of the Baltimore Ravens 13 to 10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers was another gold-plated example of that truth.
The TBS team of Ernie Johnson, Cal Ripken and John Smoltz was outstanding. Johnson, the play by play guy, sets a table as well as anyone this side of Al Michaels. And he was superb all series long at drawing the best out of Ripken and Smoltz, who provided original and insightful analysis.
This is the kind of thing they used to teach in journalism school and I wish they still did: The way one careless mistake can diminish an otherwise strong performance and bring embarrassment instead of praise.
I know I will probably never hear a seriously negative word about the NFL on its owned and operated cable channel. But I have to admit, I almost always enjoy watching the Baltimore Ravens on the NFL Network.
The ESPN "Monday Night Football" crew earned my respect before the game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals even started. It came during the pregame moment of silence for former Ravens owner Art Modell.
Nobody does pre-game like NBC¿s ¿Football Night in America.¿ The telecast came out smoking Sunday with Bob Costas, Chris Collinsworth and Al Michaels sounding amped even for the pre-game to the matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.
What was going on with ESPN¿s ¿Monday Night Football¿ during the first quarter? The primary camera shot was so far back and wide, I thought I was looking at high-school game film shot with a Kodak from atop press box ¿ in 1967.
From great pre-game interviews with Bart Scott and Ray Rice, to perfectly predicting the big first quarter story line of the Baltimore Ravens mauling the New York Jets rookie starting center, NBC¿s Sunday Night Football crew was textbook in showing how to do a winning telecast.
On Tuesday afternoon, Baltimore was shook by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake in Virginia that will likely go down as the strongest on record in Maryland history. Downtown, buildings rattled, offices evacuated and sirens blared. But as of 3 p.m., no injuries had been reported in the city, according to police and fire spokesmen. Contrary to what some may believe, Kevin Cowherd never saw this one coming.