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Who is your favorite play-by-play color commentators for NFL games

Joe Buck/Troy Aikman
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Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« on: January 07, 2018, 06:41:43 PM »

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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2018, 03:36:06 AM »

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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2018, 03:46:57 AM »

Out of all the crews that are currently calling games, Nantz/Romo is clearly the best one, but I don't think you can really compare them to Summerall/Madden back in the day.
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2018, 10:06:57 AM »

I was never a Madden fan.  He did not have a good voice to be a broadcaster.  (And a face for radio.)
Pat Sommerall though; he was great. 

Romo is the first new broadcaster to impress me in a long time.  He's a way better commentator than he was a quarterback.
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 03:23:00 PM »

Romo has made some great calls.
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2018, 05:37:25 PM »

Out of all the crews that are currently calling games, Nantz/Romo is clearly the best one, but I don't think you can really compare them to Summerall/Madden back in the day.

Agree 100%.  Also including Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen, and the Michaels/Gifford/Dierdorf version of MNF; I'm a little too young to remember Curt Gowdy. 
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2018, 10:00:49 PM »

Out of all the crews that are currently calling games, Nantz/Romo is clearly the best one, but I don't think you can really compare them to Summerall/Madden back in the day.

Agree 100%.  Also including Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen, and the Michaels/Gifford/Dierdorf version of MNF; I'm a little too young to remember Curt Gowdy. 

I hate I forgot Enberg/Olsen & Michaels/Gifford/Dierdorf. They both did great jobs calling games.
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2018, 08:16:34 PM »

To be honest, I don't like anyone calling the games. It's just inane chitchat, in my view. If all the commentators  just went away, I think the experience of watching the games on tv would improve immensely. Clearly, though, I am in the minority.
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2018, 08:24:33 PM »

To be honest, I don't like anyone calling the games. It's just inane chitchat, in my view. If all the commentators  just went away, I think the experience of watching the games on tv would improve immensely. Clearly, though, I am in the minority.

NBC actually tried that once:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Announcerless_Game
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2018, 12:25:40 AM »

I'm a fan of Gumbel/Dierdorf, also Ian Eagle and Nantz/Romo. Generally CBS has the best broadcast teams.

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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2018, 08:43:23 AM »

CBS main team of Nantz and Romo. No to Fox, and I can deal with NBC for the Super Bowl
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2018, 11:29:08 AM »

Don Criqui was a good announcer on NBC.  He was first paired up with John Brodie and then someone else.  His style and voice were like that of Dick Enberg.  Curt Gowdy was another great voice.

And yes.  Joe Buck is one of the most annoying play-by-play announcers ever.  I'd take Howard Cosell or Marv Albert over him any day.
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2018, 06:15:45 PM »

Now, if Phil Simms were to replace Romo for some reason...

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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2018, 06:48:53 PM »

Well I have always been neutral on Joe Buck.  I will admit that he was showing emotion on the Diggs TD at the end yesterday.

CBS bringing in Romo was a slam dunk IMO.  Phil Simms made me dread watching any games on CBS.
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2018, 06:52:00 PM »

To be honest, I don't like anyone calling the games. It's just inane chitchat, in my view. If all the commentators  just went away, I think the experience of watching the games on tv would improve immensely. Clearly, though, I am in the minority.

NBC actually tried that once:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Announcerless_Game

That was a very interesting article. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. It appears that the general reason it hasn't caught on is the contextualization that the announcers bring. I hadn't thought about that.
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2018, 07:14:54 PM »

I will take anybody but Chris Collingsworth
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2018, 12:50:41 AM »

Don Criqui was a good announcer on NBC.  He was first paired up with John Brodie and then someone else.  His style and voice were like that of Dick Enberg. 

That someone else was Bob Trumpy.
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2018, 02:27:58 PM »

I like Jerry Glanville after all he is they guy who traded away Brett Favre.
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2018, 02:44:57 PM »

Romo, for being an average quarterback at best, and hated by much of the country when he was a quarterback, is surprising a very good announcer.  His stock went way up this year for the way he has been calling and analyzing games.

If anything, I prefer the pre-game show on Fox.  The commentators there have fun.  It's loose.  It's scripted in such a way that it's obvious they informed the graphics teams their game picks and such, but non-scripted in that they can have banter between each other without everyone. looking. at. the. camera. as. if. they. are. talking. to. us.

CBS's pregame show on the other hand is much too rigid.  It's football.  I already have a beer in hand.  Relax!
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2018, 03:59:48 PM »

Romo, for being an average quarterback at best, and hated by much of the country when he was a quarterback, is surprising a very good announcer.  His stock went way up this year for the way he has been calling and analyzing games.

If anything, I prefer the pre-game show on Fox.  The commentators there have fun.  It's loose.  It's scripted in such a way that it's obvious they informed the graphics teams their game picks and such, but non-scripted in that they can have banter between each other without everyone. looking. at. the. camera. as. if. they. are. talking. to. us.

CBS's pregame show on the other hand is much too rigid.  It's football.  I already have a beer in hand.  Relax!

I also agree that Romo was a pleasant surprise this year. 

As for pre-game, I'll usually flip back and forth, depending on the segments and if it's a person/team I care that much about.  I'll usually watch more of CBS, just because they seem to be a little more AFC oriented, and FOX seems a little more NFC oriented (which makes sense given the networks mostly cover those conferences), and my team (Steelers) are in the AFC.

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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2018, 06:34:52 PM »

and hated by much of the country when he was a quarterback
Not reddit. Reddit loved and still loves him.
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2018, 10:32:44 PM »

Can't say that I've ever seriously watched a pre-game or post-game show. I'm usually doing something else in that time.

and hated by much of the country when he was a quarterback
Not reddit. Reddit loved and still loves him.

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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2018, 05:24:54 PM »

Jay Cutler was supposed to do play-by-play on FOX before he decided to "bail" Miami out of their QB shortage. Does he seem like he would do a good job? I'm skeptical.
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« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2018, 04:54:07 PM »

Jay Cutler was supposed to do play-by-play on FOX before he decided to "bail" Miami out of their QB shortage. Does he seem like he would do a good job? I'm skeptical.
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Re: Favorite crew to call NFL football games
« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2018, 10:33:41 AM »

When I was following da Bears during their glory years of the 80s, the CBS duo of Summerall and Madden were the team to watch (they later moved to FOX when it took the NFC package away from CBS). Today, the closest thing to that is Nantz and Romo, the main voices of CBS' AFC package. I try to avoid FOX as much as I can for two reasons: Joe Buck's atrocious announcing, and the fact that they keep playing the NFL theme on their baseball telecasts (what was wrong to the old theme? It was miles better than the current out-of-place song, though I like the marching-band variants for their college telecasts).
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