The Ravens’ last-ditch play at the end of last night’s loss to the Falcons was derailed when T.J. Houshmandzadeh was amusingly side-swiped by Donte Stallworth, making his first appearance in a regular season game since that little bout of killing a person with his car. The announcers did their best to tiptoe around it, with Bob Papa mumbling about an incident with “a DUI, and someone was killed in Florida.” Why, he makes it sounds like they are barely connected happenings.
Anyway, I think I stumbled upon a fool-proof test of how the league might cull out its worst announcers. Simply get them to try to pronounce Haloti Ngata’s name. Terrible announcers can’t do it. Even after their colleagues have been doing it properly all game. Observe:
Dierdorf from Sunday:
Theismann from last night:
Make this quick test mandatory to enter a broadcast booth and we might even reduce commentary retardery by as much as nine-tenths of a percent. Huzzah!