1. Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams and Mason Crosby were the protagonists of Sunday night football last night in a thrilling 30-28 win over the Niners, but, as always, there was another star in SNF.
Play-by-play player Al Michaels was as on top of his game as ever calling for the wild return of Green Back. Al’s voice has a great game feel to it. Al’s work improves a great game. And everything was exposed last night.
Here are just two examples of his featured calls at the end of the game.
Watching the game last night and listening to Michaels, I couldn’t help but think about the news that Andrew Marchand broke last week. According to Marchand, Michaels will end up calling Thursday night football on Amazon below and Mike Tirico will replace Al on Sunday night football.
This has nothing to do with Tirico because he’s cool, but I don’t understand this move on any level.
NBC could have Tirico, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Ian Eagle or any other high-level player waiting behind the scenes and it still wouldn’t make sense for Michaels to be sidelined.
I went in depth with Marchand on this topic over the past week. SI Media Podcast And I still haven’t heard a legitimate reason why Al is getting kicked out.
If anyone has a reason, I’d love to hear it. I’m serious. Email me, tweet me, Instagram me, whatever. I’d love to know why you’re moving.
Here’s the truth: There is absolutely no reason – no, zero, nothing – why Al Michaels shouldn’t be the caller. Sunday night football.
The ugly truth is that there is only one possible reason people could give: Al’s age.
Unless someone can give me a solid reason why Al Michaels is going to lose his job, I have to believe that it is solely because he will turn 77 in November.
And that sucks.
2. Whether you’ve heard Gus Johnson lose his mind to the Jaguars’ 109-yard field goal return touchdown zero times, once, five times, or 20 times, you need to listen again.
As I told Marchand last week at the SI Media Podcast, Gus Johnson was made to call the NFL.
3. Legendary David Letterman introduced himself to the Nets media today and asked Kevin Durant some fun questions.
Four. Surprisingly, the Lions’ radio call about Justin Tucker’s game-winning 66-yard field goal wasn’t filled with as much pain and anguish as you might think. The Ravens radio booth had just the right amount of insanity.
5. And so begins a week full of Tom Brady’s hype against the Patriots.
6. In addition to Andrew Marchand, as mentioned in item no. 1 Today, AEW fighter Bryan Danielson, formally known as Daniel Bryan, was also at last week’s event. SI Media Podcast.
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7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: HBO has been rerun The sopranos in anticipation of the prequel movie due out on October 1. On Saturday, I was changing the channel and I saw my favorite murder of all time during the run of the show.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.