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The Best and Worst NFL Announcers

Aaron Gordon of Sports on Earth watched 32 NFL games to determine the best and worst NFL announcers.

  • After all is said, here are your Bad Commentator Awards:
  • Worst Crew: Chris Myers and Tim Ryan
  • Least-Bad Crew: Dick Stockton and Ronde Barber
  • CBS vs. Fox: Fox has the less-bad crews, with 37 infractions per crew beating out CBS’s 45.
  • Worst Prime-time Crew: Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden (ESPN)
  • Worst Commentator: Dan Dierdorf

As I suspected, Chris Collingsworth (NBC) and Mike Maylock (NFL Network) do pretty well.

The embarrassment that is Warren Sapp right now

Despite being a Notre Dame fan which automatically makes me hate any player that came out of the University of Miami, I was a Warren Sapp fan.   After reading this, not so much any more.

Warren SappFormer NFL star Warren Sapp owes more than $6.7 million to creditors and back child support and alimony, according to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing in South Florida.

Sapp’s $6.45 million in assets includes 240 pairs of Jordan athletic shoes worth almost $6,500, a $2,250 watch and a lion skin rug worth $1,200. He also reported losing his 2002 Super Bowl ring with the Bucs and his 1991 national championship ring from the University of Miami.

The court documents were filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Fort Lauderdale on March 30. TMZ.com first reported the filing. A phone message and e-mail left Saturday with his attorney, Chad Pugatch, were not immediately returned.

Sapp’s average monthly income is $115,881, according to the filings, and includes $45,000 for a final contract payment with Showtime, $48,000 for an appearance with CCA Sports and $18,675 as an advance for a book deal. His contract with the NFL Network ends in August, the filings show, and it was unknown if the contract will be renewed.

First of all, I am not sure that I believe him that he “lost” his two championship rings.  You don’t lose Super Bowl rings.  You may gamble them away but you don’t lose them.  He makes over $450,000 a year from the NFL Network and as the article states, almost a million a year in income and yet he is declaring bankruptcy.   According to his ex-wife, he hasn’t made consistent child support parents since 2010 and is behind nearly $700,000.

Update: Sapp is likely to be tossed from the NFL Network at the end of his contract.

Start Your Tim Tebow Comparisons Now!

Apparently Tim Tebow had a really bad first practice at the Senior Bowl.  Since I have a disproportionate amount of Florida State Seminoles fans who read this site, I thought I would toss in the juicy bits below.

But when he showed up Monday for the first day of heavy scrutiny at the Senior Bowl, all the old alarm bells started ringing at maximum volume — Tebow reportedly flubbed his first snap from center, and it only got uglier from there:

Performing drills with fellow South team quarterbacks Zac Robinson of Oklahoma State and Jarrett Brown of West Virginia, Tebow fumbled the ball at least twice while taking snaps under center.

Later in team drills, Tebow fell into his same old habits — holding onto the ball too long, locking onto receivers and throwing wobbly passes.

The scouts noticed.

"He looks like the third QB out there," one NFC South talent evaluator said.

Of course, the two QBs in front of him, Robinson and Brown, also come from shotgun-based spread schemes that featured a steady dose of quarterback-as-runner, and former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach — as prominent an acolyte of the "college spread" as you can find — hilariously mocked the NFL mantra when his prolific protegé, Graham Harrell, met with failing grades from the scouts last spring. ("How could you possibly look yourself in the mirror and consider yourself an NFL coach and not be able to teach a guy to run back three steps, five steps and seven steps? I can teach a child that!")

So start your Tim Tebow comparisons now to other highly touted QBs who could not play in the NFL (or in the CFL for that matter).  The easy one is to Steve Spurrier but feel free to add your own.  That being said, according to the NFL Network, most teams have him between a first and third round pick, depending on how much value they place on having a wildcat quarterback (it worked well in Philly last year didn’t it).

NFL Network Sunday Morning

Michael Irvin I have never been a big fan of Michael Irwin as a pundit.  I have always liked him as a player but his commentary has always been a little too Michael-centric for my perspective.  Last week he made the declaration that he would give up his three Super Bowl rings and his Hall of Fame bust for one 19-0 perfect season.

Today they debated his statement again and it was amazing television.  Warren Sapp, Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, and Michael Irvin all had their say but at the end Irvin gave this passionate rebuttal that actually gave me goose bumps.  His basic argument is that there are no perfect human beings but if you have a chance to be perfect as a team, why not give everything up for it.

A couple of years ago when the NFL Network started to have panels, I remember thinking that it was a network of B level football celebrities.  Not only are they greatly superior to FOX Sports, they rival NBC’s Sunday night crew. 

I would be curious to know if Michael Irwin’s improvement as a commentator and host came from just being more comfortable on television, more experience, or if has to do with the production team at the NFL Network and the situations they put him in.  I used to turn the channel when he was on and now I find myself looking forward to his thoughts.

For the record, I found myself agreeing with Michael Irvin, if you have a chance to go 19-0, go for it.

The Confessions of a NFL Addict

The NFL season is almost here and I am coming to grips with my ongoing addiction to NFL football.  Since it is a changing addiction, I thought I would offer up where I am at this year.

  • I am planning to take Thursday and Friday of the NFL draft in 2010 as vacation days.
  • I can only follow about 300 people on Twitter without missing Tweets all over the place (hint if someone says they are following 3,000 people, that aren’t following anyone).  I have had to make some tough choices on who to cut since I am following @richeisen, @OGochocinco, @YahooSportsNFL @Adam_Schefter, @RealMikeSilver, @SI_PeterKing, @tim_micallef, @Denver_Broncos, and @jamiedukes.  Sadly it meant that there were some cuts that had to be made.  I’ll follow @wendycooper, @coopermark, and @mcgrowl in the off season.
  • I have recently made a couple of dinner reservations under Steve DeBerg and one under Ron Mexico.  Speaking of Mr. Mexico, every time I have ever prepared a sermon, I have looked for an appropriate place to make a Ron Mexico reference and after years of study, I have concluded, there is no appropriate place.  That being said, I do think that would make a worthy topic of a Masters thesis.
  • Instant Replay by Jerry Kramer I recently re-read Instant Replay by Green Bay Packer great, Jerry Kramer.  If you haven’t read it, it is one of the great sports biographies of all time and shows how close those Green Bay Packer’s teams under Vince Lombardi really were.
  • I bought Wendy some Denver Broncos ear rings last year for our anniversary (actually she picked them out).
  • We woke up to Mark watching the NFL Network last week.  I cried a tear of joy.
  • Not only did the original pre-season game with Kyle Orton throwing all of those touchdowns make me upset but so did both times I watched the rerun of the game.
  • Speaking of Kyle Orton, I am thinking of growing a really bad neck beard as a sign of solidarity.

Kyle Orton and his beard while with the Chicago Bears

  • Today I got out my combination of John Elway cards, including the 1989 Pro-Set John Elway card, which I count as my favorite card of all time, dusted them off and displayed them in a tacky place to drive Wendy crazy until the Super Bowl is over or she threatens me with a divorce.
  • I tried to convince Wendy that we name Oliver, Thurston Goal Cooper.  That didn’t go over well either.

Maybe I do need some professional help… at least until the Kyle Orton neck beard grows in.