CBS's coverage of Super Bowl XLVII opened with one of the best Super Bowl openings ever, as the legendary Joe Namath and others asked you if you remember the best day of your life.
Unfortunately, it was the highlight of CBS's game coverage, which was not the best day in the network's life. The broadcast was bland and, worse, left viewers craving more — more replays, analysis and information.
It started on the first snap, when the 49ers lined up in an illegal formation that wiped out a 20-yard gain. Analyst Phil Simms said after the play that he saw the 49ers were lined up illegally. Hey, Phil, about 110 million people knew after the play that the 49ers were lined up illegally. Your job is to tell us before the play.
It was a rough day for Simms. Too many times, play-by-play man Jim Nantz had to prod Simms for a comment. Nantz, who called a good and enthusiastic game, had to ask Simms to speak out on a brawl, as well as a fake field goal by the Ravens.
In both cases, Simms did little but relay what we already saw, failing to give the strong opinions that a good analyst should. Simms never said anything dumb, mostly because he hardly said anything at all.
He was better in the second half, although I'm already looking forward to next year's Super Bowl, because it will be called by Fox's Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.