Times staff writer Tom Jones looks back on Sunday's Bucs-Falcons broadcast on Fox.
. While the outcome might have been heartbreaking for Bucs fans, Fox's broadcast was outstanding. Announcers Dick Stockton, top left, and Charles Davis were not special, but they were solid and called a professional broadcast. What put Fox's broadcast over the top was outstanding direction and production. There was a generous use of replays, but they weren't gratuitous. The best replays were sideline reactions after key plays. Those replays never get old. And it was nice to see a director think like fans, who love to see what coaches, players and even owners are doing on the sidelines.
. "That's a 1-9 play."
Fox analyst Charles Davis after the Bucs had forced the Falcons to punt late in the first quarter but ended up giving Atlanta a first down when linebacker Quincy Black jumped offside.
. Show of hands: Who else is already tired of those Kay Jewelers commercials of the couple in the cabin in the woods during a storm? Can that woman be any more wimpy? If I were a woman, I'd be a bit irritated about how helpless she is and how she needs a big, bad man to protect her from a little thunder.
. Can we go one week without somebody wearing a throwback uniform? On Sunday, it was the Falcons. You watch the highlights, and sometimes, it takes a minute or two to figure out exactly which team it is because they've pulled out a uniform you don't even remember. Now and then is okay, but it's every week.
Enough already. If these uniforms were so great, why didn't the teams stick with them in the first place?
Best point about Raheem Morris
. Fox analyst Charles Davis after the Bucs recorded their fourth sack of the game in the second quarter: "This team is playing for their head coach and now their defensive coordinator."
Worst point about Raheem Morris
. Fox analyst Charles Davis during a replay of Raheem Morris doing a flying side bump after a defensive stop: "That's the exuberance he showed when he was a defensive backs coach. But when you're a head coach, some of that exuberance has to go away."
Actually, and Davis should know this, Morris showing that kind of "exuberance" has been seen all season regardless of his job title.
. So, with a little less than 13 minutes left, the Bucs were up 17-13 and faced fourth and 8 from the Falcons 39. Instead of punting, the Bucs tried a fake, and the pass fell incomplete. Not that it mattered too much because the Bucs were called for having an ineligible receiver downfield.
"I don't mind the call," Fox analyst Charles Davis said. "You're 1-9 and trying to find a way to gain an advantage in a football game."
Great job by Fox on the replays showing Bucs blockers going out on routes then the eyes of punter Dirk Johnson, above. Both replays showed it was a planned fake and not a breakdown by the punt team.
And not to sound like sour grapes, but didn't it appear that pass interference could've been called on that play? At least the penalties would have offset and the Bucs could've taken fourth down over and punted.