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A review of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-New Orleans Saints broadcast

St. Petersburg Times staff writer Tom Jones looks back at Sunday's Bucs-Saints broadcast.

Worst pregame

. NFL.com reported early Sunday that CBS analyst and former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, left, had been contacted by the Bucs about becoming head coach. The report picked up enough steam that it started showing up on national Web sites. ESPN's pregame show mentioned it, too. So what did Cowher say on the CBS pregame show? Not a thing. The subject was never mentioned. One can respect Cowher's policy of not discussing a coaching job that is not open, but CBS dropped the ball. If it had been Mike Shanahan's name associated with the Bucs job, would CBS have addressed it? The fact that it was one of their own and he was sitting there available for comment made it more imperative for CBS to address it. It would have been Cowher's right to say whatever he wanted, even if that was nothing at all. But CBS could not do what it did: ignore the story, especially when its viewers were waiting to see what he would say.

Most mediocre analysis

. Fox play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert is as solid as they get, but I just can't warm up to analysts Daryl Johnston, top, and, in particular, Tony Siragusa, bottom. As I've written in the past, announcers are in the ear of the beholder, so there are no right or wrong answers here. I like plenty of announcers that readers have e-mailed to say they dislike — Brent Musburger and Tim McCarver, for example.

But the issue with Johnston and Siragusa is how often they say things we already know. It's too much second-guessing and analysis after the play and not enough anticipation before the play. Both men played the game (at a high level) and know more about football than you or me. Too often, however, you wouldn't know it.

Worse use of replays

. If you like replays, Sunday's game was for you. Holy mackerel, it seemed like Fox couldn't go more than a play or two without dialing up a replay. Replays on big plays are expected, but there were too many replays on insignificant plays such as incomplete passes, punts and short runs. One half-expected a replay on the extra points.

Best use of replay

. How about the shot of Saints owner Tom Benson celebrating before he realized New Orleans had missed a field goal at the end of regulation? Priceless.

A review of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-New Orleans Saints broadcast 12/27/09 [Last modified: Sunday, December 27, 2009 10:13pm]
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