23 August 2011

NFL on CBS 2011 Commentator Pairings

The commentator pairings for the NFL on CBS in 2011 are out with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms remaining the top crew. Who didn't see that coming? Anyways, here are the crews for the 52nd season of the NFL on the Tiffany Network plus my analysis of each.
NFL on CBS schedule

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts
  4. Marv Albert/Rich Gannon
  5. Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Bill Macatee/Steve Taskers
  7. Spero Dedes/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Don Criqui/Randy Cross
Now here's my take on each of the crews.

  1. Nantz is not as good on football as he is for golf and college basketball but he's a solid, smooth play-by-play guy. Simms knows his stuff but there are times he seems aloof.
  2. Gumbel is a great studio host but I've never been a fan of his when he's calling a game. Dierdorf just hypes up the stars and is often just an old curmudgeon.
  3. I love this crew. Eagle and Fouts are a fun crew but also very informative. This is my favorite NFL TV crew.
  4. I love the addition of Albert as despite his age, he's still one of the best announcers in the business. Unfortunately, he's paired with a mediocre analyst as Gannon very rarely offers anything insightful and is pretty dull.
  5. Harlan has always been one of my favorite as he has one of the best voices in the business and he's very excitable as well. Wilcots is a pretty underrated analyst as well, although he will at times say things that make no sense. 
  6. Macatee is very solid on golf and tennis but he doesn't seem comfortable in an NFL booth to me. Tasker is ehh.
  7. I'm getting really fond of Dedes as a play-by-play guy and not just because he's from around where I live. Beuerlein is a pretty bad analyst who does not articulate that well what he's breaking down.
  8. Criqui is a legend but it's time he hangs it up because he simply does not have the voice for it anymore. Cross's analytical work has also really fallen off over the years. 

1 comment:

  1. Nantz and Simms ruin more good football games, flapping their jibbs just to hear the noise they make.
    I have nerev heard so many words spit out, with nothing being said.
    Both of you, please sit quietly until the game is over.