I assume not everyone saw the NFL Network spectacular last night, but if you did, I think it can best be summed up by a co-worker who said on the elevator this morning -- "I really missed the national network -- the local station doing the game was pretty bad." Which was an insult to the local station. Among the highlights:
1) Bryant Gumbel pretending this was the PGA's Phoenix Open, and calling the game with similar excitement. I didn't think Anthony Fasano had caught the first touchdown because Gumbel announced it like a PBS Nova special. And perhaps it was made worse by the fact the broadcast chose to entirely block out what was described as the loudest crowd noise in Texas Stadium in 12 years. I don't say this as a homer, I say it as someone who enjoys hearing the crowd because it adds excitement.
2) Gumbel's referring to Romo as "Rick Romo".
3) NFL Network advertising several times for the Indianapolis/Atlanta game ... which was played a week ago.
4) The camera shaking like a Woody Allen movie during sideline takes with Deion Sanders.
5) Deion not having his mic on the first time, and then the vision of his production woman running around trying to hide behind him the second time.
If you saw it, you know there are plenty more examples. Let's just say it wasn't the best enticement for TimeWarner and Comcast to pay for TV rights -- midway thru the second quarter, I switched over to the local radio broadcast, and even though it was 2 seconds behind, was much more satisfied.