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Tom Jones' Two Cents: A look at the Chargers-Steelers NFL broadcast

Best speedometer

How awesome was that replay showing how fast, in mph, the Steelers' Santonio Holmes was running on a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown? It's a question viewers probably always wondered — just how fast is a player running? At one point, the speedometer had Holmes clocked at more than 20 mph. Hard to believe, isn't it?

Strangest compliment

CBS analyst Phil Simms, in talking about the Steelers' great linebackers tradition, said there "was a nice story on television this morning.'' It was on ESPN, so it was cool that Simms mentioned it, but it would've been even cooler to mention the network. But that's about the worst thing you can say about Simms as an analyst. He never seemed like the TV type as a player, coming off as aloof, arrogant and a little boring. But he is a good analyst, explaining what's going on in simple terms. Funny how he is now engaging instead of aloof, down-to-earth instead of arrogant and far from boring.

Best stat

Sometimes, announcers break down the number of first downs for each team, or look at turnovers and points off turnovers to show why one team is winning. But CBS announcers Jim Nantz and Phil Simms came up with an unconventional number that was just as telling: Because of halftime, three long Steelers drives and two Chargers turnovers, the Chargers were on the field for only six plays in a real-time period of an hour and a half.

Tom Jones' Two Cents: A look at the Chargers-Steelers NFL broadcast 01/11/09 [Last modified: Sunday, January 11, 2009 9:00pm]
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