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Daily Whimsy (2/2) - The NFL Media Coverage
Pittsburgh WR Santonio Holmes
Pittsburgh WR Santonio Holmes
Posted Feb 2, 2009

The horrific coverage of the Super Bowl shows just how much better the college coverage is ... in the Daily Whimsy for Monday, February 2nd.

Fiu's Daily Cavalcade of Whimsy

The NFL Announcers ... Feb. 2

a.k.a. Frank Costanza's Festivus Airing of the Grievances ... or the obvious attempt to keep readers coming to the site on a regular basis during the off-season.
By Pete Fiutak   
What's your beef? ... Fire off your thoughts  

Last Week's Whimsies:  
Friday - The Mark Sanchez situation
Monday - The NFL Playoffs vs. The BCS

Past Whimsies:  
- Why Florida really is No. 1
- The Jagodzinski situation
- Auburn's big coaching moves
- 10 Reasons Why Fla Will Win
10 Reasons Why OU Will Win
- The Andre Smith suspension
- NFL Mock Draft (top 10 picks)
- Holiday Wish List For All 119 Teams

- Chizik, Gill, & the Race Card
- Why Paterno isn't too old

Past Whimsies

- 2008 Season
2008 Preseason Cavalcade
- 2007 Season
- 2006 Season

"The road to the Super Bowl is long and pointless. I mean, when you think about it. But now, the two conference champs must survive a harrowing bye-week that no one enjoys." ... We all love the NFL for one reason or another. It's America's past time, 33% for the gamblers, 33% for the fantasy football types, and 34% for the superfans, including those who gamble and play fantasy football. Then why is it amateur hour when it comes to the talent level of the announcers when it comes to the showcase moment?

As a college football fan, hit your knees tonight and thank whatever god you pray to that our sport, for the most part, continues to do it better than anyone else when it comes to the commentators and announcers.

There's no one better in the game than Chris Fowler, and it's not even remotely close. This was proven once again as he masterfully handled his duties at the Australian Open to show just how much most of the talking heads at ESPN, NBC, and any other media outlet you tuned into, are so lacking in style, talent, and most importantly, substance.

Howard Cosell once called it the jockocracy, the concept that former jocks, who weren't qualified or trained in the skills of being a TV personality, were given jobs because of the misguided belief that name value would translate into proper analysis. While that's not necessarily fair for every sports figure, there are obviously several former players and coaches who are brilliant announcers and studio personalities, but the Super Bowl coverage was a disaster.

Would Jerome Bettis, John Madden, who failed to provide one piece of relevant insight throughout the entire game, Matt "This is what the NFL is all about" Millen, or the abysmal Keyshawn Johnson, have a TV job if they hadn't been an on-field success? Is this really the best we get? And it's not limited to just the former players. The Inside the NFL show has gone into the tank since switching to Showtime, Chris Berman hasn't had an original comment since 1989, and Stuart Scott remains the ultimate channel-changer, even in the lead role of highlight reader immediately following the tremendous Pittsburgh win.

The nightmare that was the media coverage this weekend just makes the relatively understated work by the college football media stand out that much more. Oh sure, a Lee Corso might be outlandish with his headgear schtick, and I don't agree without about 83% of his analysis, but he's good at what he does. The same goes for Lou Holtz. Kirk Herbstreit, Rece Davis, Mark May, Brad Nessler, Verne Lundquist, and Gary Danielson are all tremendous personalities who enhance the game (I throw Brent Musburger into that mix, but I have a hard time convincing anyone of that) who all get dogged from time to time, but remain night-and-day better than higher-profile personalities handling the NFL.

More Troy Aikman, less Mike Ditka. More Chris Mortensen, less Cris Carter. More talent in the NFL coverage, less unnecessary noise.