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The NFL season has again reached a point where top TV analysts have crossed over into the Land of the Overexposed.
The more we hear from them (games, pregame shows, and countless sports-talk radio appearances) the more we need to tune them out. Yet these men are not collaborators in their own demise.
They are cogs – well-paid ones – in a network’s promotion machine. It doesn’t matter whether they are repeating the same theories and analysis leading up to Sunday. Or dusting off the same tired lines concerning games already contested.
The priority for the suits who employ these analysts is always the same: Steering eyeballs to the next slate of NFL games and the gazillion hours of NFL shoulder programming.
We are not here to throw a Pity Party for these former NFL players and coaches paid to pontificate. It’s what they signed up for. If they appear to be robotic, regurgitating the same line in that Wednesday Michael Kors For Women interview you heard in the Tuesday one, well, it’s just an occupational hazard.
Any mouth who can keep things fresh is a rare commodity, an oddity. Enter Phil Simms. He’s been running his mouth for Michael Kors Site quite Michael Kors Rose awhile, all the way back to 1994 when he started with ESPN before moving to NBC then landing at CBS. His rise to the mountain top was relatively fast.
Phil Simms celebrates during Super Bowl XXI victory over the Broncos in 1987.
With CBS Sports suits fingerprints now all over the cable side (Showtime Sports/CBS Sports Network) Simms became one of the stars of ”Inside the NFL” and a new show, CBSSN’s ”NFL Monday QB.” It is reasonable to believe Simms is not giving CBS a hometown discount to appear on these shows, which also includes his main gig as CBS’ top NFL analyst and appearances on ”The NFL Today.”
What Simms has managed to do is to go way beyond mind-numbing football analysis. He provides the unexpected. It’s spontaneous. Very entertaining too. What’s this guy going to say next? Simms cannot take this approach Michael Kors Wallets during a game telecast. In that venue he must analyze what’s unfolding on the field in front of him, not melt Jim Nantz’s microphone.
With the studio stuff,MK Bags Sale Cheap Michael Kors Outlet Online (38), he can freelance. Like on the most recent episode of ”Monday QB.” Reporter Jason La Canfora went into an all-too-serious soliloquy about the NFL trade deadline and who might be available and where they could be headed. This cat made it seem like NFL GM’s were deciphering ObamaCare.
The normal response would have had Simms chiming in, saying: ”Jason, in conversations I’ve had around the league …” Instead, Simms went against the grain, casting aspersions on the report.
”I love Michael Kors Large Hamilton Tote hearing this trade rumor stuff. I do love rumors, but most of the stuff is just media created,” Simms said. ”If there are two (trades) I will be shocked.”
Last week, prior to a discussion about the Oct. 27 Vikings-Packers Sunday night mismatch on ”Inside the NFL,” Simms mocked his partner, Cris Collinsworth (NBC’s ”Sunday Night Football” analyst), saying: ”I can’t wait to watch it. It’s going to be a great game.”
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Phil Simms shows off the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 2012 during ceremony at MetLife Stadium.
Simms knew he what he was doing. He forced Collinsworth into the uncomfortable position of defending the tilt. ”This is going to be a great game,” Collinsworth said. ”This is going to be an epic game.”
Simms: ”You can be a used car salesman. You really know how to sell it.”
There are plenty more examples. Like when Simms takes not-to-subtle shots at other NFL analysts. Or Simms suggesting ”Monday QB” host Adam Schein ”take off his pants” and do the show. Or Simms telling Schein ”you know you suck the life out of the show.”
Simms makes this all fun. Michael Kors Jet Set Tote In a world of NFL analysts who force-feed their audiences technical terminology, shove statistics down viewers’ (at least anyone dumb enough not to hit the mute button) throats, Simms doesn’t take every second seriously.
He makes us laugh. That’s a good thing.
The man should get his own show.