The former Bengals coach sounded like he was trying to lull the audience to sleep.
Former Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was in booth last night for Alliance of American Football action between the Arizona Hotshots and Salt Lake Stallions. If he was as lifeless as a coach as he was as a broadcaster, it’s a miracle he lasted 16 years in Cincinnati.
The game was easily the most exciting of the four AAF games of the league’s debut weekend, with Arizona winning 38–22, but Lewis’s color commentary made it sound like a funeral. No matter how exciting the play, Lewis barely raised his voice. This miraculous escape by Stallions quarterback Matt Linehan didn’t seem to impress Lewis much.
The second video, where Lewis blandly says “That’s what he does” is equally subdued.
One of the great things about the AAF is that players are mic’d up in the huddle, so you can hear the play call before they run it. As a coach, Lewis is able to translate that into regular English, but with 5% of the enthusiasm Tony Romo has.
Marvin Lewis with his Tony Romo moment. pic.twitter.com/uXiMqRlQXU— #NobodyDied (@ftbeard_17) February 11, 2019
Viewers picked up on Lewis’s comatose delivery and roasted him on Twitter.
Marvin Lewis brings the energy you'd expect from a head coach who never won a playoff game in 16 years.— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) February 11, 2019
Marvin Lewis described picking up 6 yards running on 2nd & 10 as a huge play. That's how coaches think— Kevin Cole (@Cole_Kev) February 11, 2019
Marvin Lewis is color commentating like he got the news that his dog died right before the first play. :/— James Williams (@YmmyYames) February 11, 2019
Lewis will have two chances to redeem himself next weekend, calling games in Birmingham on Saturday and San Diego on Sunday. The San Diego game starts at 8 p.m. ET, if you want to plan your bedtime accordingly.
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The Knicks—who everyone knows are desperate to land Kevin Durant—actually took the photo down after it started gaining traction on Twitter.
“Game action photos are used all the time for marketing purposes, but given everything going on, we took the precaution of taking the photo down,” the team told the New York Daily News. “To be clear, it was one of several rotating photos on the website.”
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The debut weekend of the AAF saw mixed results. Few of the games were actually competitive and offenses were sluggish, even with rules (like a maximum five-man pass rush) designed to facilitate scoring. But everyone went nuts for this one sack by San Antonio Commanders linebacker Shaan Washington.
Oh, and Jets bust Christian Hackenberg was predictably horrible and kept cursing on a hot mic.
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