I was doing some research last night when I stumbled upon this old article in The Victoria Advocate in 1956 tearing apart football legend Red Grange’s broadcast of the December 16, 1956 Detroit Lions-Chicago Bears game. Reading it, you have to laugh at the similarities to many of the criticisms writers hurl at their colleagues in television today. Grange favors the Bears (Irvin/Aikman and the Cowboys), Grange described something entirely else than what happened on the field (Phill Simms), “How not to win friends” (Joe Buck).
You cannot help but love the final line:
Most televiewers probably hope to hear Grange alibi a sound thrashing of the Bears by the New York Giants in the championship scheduled for Dec. 30 at the Polo Grounds in New York.
They got their wish. The Giants beat the Bears 47-7 on December 30, 1956.