Analyzing the new NFL analysts
ESPN toots its horn with the fervor of
New England's come-from-behind victory over Buffalo drew 14 million viewers and a 10.3 rating, topping the previous cable mark set with the June 22 episode of TLC's
Gruden: The three-man booth can be a logistical nightmare because of the number of chefs cooking the groceries. But Gruden instinctively found his place with colleagues
Obviously, it wasn't a perfect debut. Gruden referred a couple of times to Patriots lineman
Collinsworth told SI.com earlier this year that he knows he's not for everyone. "I offend people," Collinsworth said. "I know that. There are a lot of people who don't like a football analyst on the games doing that. They just want a straight calling of the game and there are a lot of places that they can hear that. But that's not what I do."
One of his critics last week was Cardinals receiver
Collinsworth's coverage analysis was also interesting. "I really think that
"When I saw that postgame press conference last night, I thought he looked completely immature. He acted like he didn't even care."
"Thirty other teams told us who the starting quarterback was going to be, and for competitive disadvantage, he decided he wasn't going to tell us.
• On a plane with
• I've listened 2 Mike & Mike for 5 minutes and I already want to turn the game off. Why does ESPN think this is a good booth combo? My god."
• The next time either ESPN or the NFL Network has an opportunity to interview NFL Commissioner
• ESPN and CBS analyst
• Say a prayer for former
"On his last baseball season, 2002 or 3 or 4, Rod was stuck in a couch and could not get up," wrote Beaton's wife,
• Props to ESPN's
• If Twitter serves as an indicator of real-time opinion, ESPN's decision to assign Greenberg and Golic to call the Chargers-Raiders ranked somewhere between allowing that horse into the city of Troy and
• One of the great traditions at the Grand Slams is that the champions get to address the crowd. Unless, of course, CBS is running late on Monday night. It's tough to give
The silencing of Del Potro angered plenty of viewers, especially Spanish-speaking ones. My SI colleague
"There were elements of the presentation that had to take place before we got off the air," said CBS spokesperson
Enberg's class isn't at issue, nor is his storied broadcasting career, but he should have improvised and allowed Del Potro his time, damn the consequences. Also, his weak-kneed defense of
• Someone needs to increase the size of the graphics during CBS's
• I've written it before: CBS and ESPN need to stop putting
• Memo to NBC:
• If Tennis Channel wants to be taken as seriously as the big boy sports networks, it needs to upgrade its U.S. Open studio host next year.