A moment of silence for Bryant Gumbel.
Bryant Gumbel was the NFL Network’s go-to-play-by-play man for two years. He recently decided to forego another season.
Gumbel is an accomplished journalist. He’s the younger brother of another accomplished journalist. But he sucked on the NFL Network and that’s putting it lightly.
Number one, he called Tony Romo " Rick Romo" after the Green Bay game. It sounded like he said a curse word during a Bears-Redskins broadcast. I really don’t know what he was talking about here. Sounds like some fuzzy math.
My problem with Bryant is that ... he’s boring. Really really boring. Like Ben Stein in "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off." I mean, the Dallas-Green Bay game was exciting and I almost dozed off listening to him. And I was in a bar.
The other thing that bugs me about Bryant Gumbel is that he’s kind of a jerk. And some of the things he’s a jerk about are diction and accuracy. He’s super anal about those things. He speaks like my high school English teacher and I hated her. So how do you explain his numerous gaffes on the NFL Network?
And for that matter get rid of Cris Collinsworth too. I still haven’t forgiven him for talking about how ecstatic he was that Dallas lost to Carolina in the playoffs in 1996. He’s had some gaffes himself here and here.
So who replaces Gumbel?
The DMN Blog suggested Greg Gumbel and others. Boo. I’m through with the Gumbel family. Boo. I hate to say it but I don’t want any former Cowboys either. I like Deion but he’s kind of annoying. Emmitt is, well, Emmitt. Don’t speak. Just sit there and look classy. Troy is a little too dry for my tastes.