On the day earlier than Christmas in Alberto Riveron’s home, what “catch” received’t be a “catch?”
What weird sequence of occasions will the NFL’s Replay-Overview Grinch pull out of his sack of rule interpretations?
Tony Romo might be questioning. In any case, CBS’ No. 1 NFL analyst, given a delicate place to land by those that fastidiously eyeball his performances, got here off completely clueless final Sunday on the way in which to Steelers tight finish Jesse James’ TD catch in opposition to the Pats being worn out by Riveron and his merry elves. Jim Nantz, Romo’s play-by-play associate, wound up bailing the previous Cowboys quarterback out. It was manner too late.
This was a complete breakdown for Romo, an analyst who has been lauded and applauded for his means to foretell performs earlier than they occur. The hype has led to excessive expectations for Romo to see what others can’t in relation to analyzing each performs and conditions involving the principles of the sport.
On this event, Romo’s crystal ball was as soggy because the Heinz Subject turf. Following James’ obvious TD, the necessary evaluate started. So did CBS replays of James’ catch. After the second replay, Romo stated the TD would “stand” until James was touched by a Pats defender earlier than he caught the ball ultimately zone.
Nantz seconded that emotion following the fifth replay, saying: “There’s little question it’s going to carry up.” Romo, after the sixth replay, stated: “… Nobody is touching him (James), that (landing) goes to face.”
With about two minutes having handed the eighth replay aired and it was Nantz who introduced the primary little bit of readability to the state of affairs, saying: “… Until the ball moved, wiggled on the bottom or one thing, that appears like a landing to me. … Are they taking a look at him probably dropping management of the soccer right here?”
Romo: “Oh, that’s what it’s Jim. They don’t assume he caught it. Oh, boy!”
Then, Romo waffled. “This one is hard. This might go both manner.”
That wasn’t ok. If Romo needed to reside as much as all this hype about him being the following nice NFL analyst, he would have delivered a definitive opinion on whether or not he thought James’ landing ought to have stood. No maybes allowed.
In any case, Romo didn’t hesitate to criticize Ben Roethlisberger for attempting to power a move in the course of the top zone, that was intercepted to seal the deal for New England, reasonably than throwing to the nook.
So, Romo failed miserably — on two counts. Regardless of CBS’ ice-clear replays, he didn’t know instantly what the evaluate was truly about. And when it got here time for him to take a stand and make the decision, the quarterback punted.
Earlier than his subsequent broadcast, Romo could need to borrow Troy Aikman’s crystal ball.
Little doubt Riveron needs to be named the NFL’s Man of the 12 months for 2017.
There’s not an NFL swimsuit who has the flexibility to affect the end result of a recreation greater than Riveron, the league’s senior vp/officiating.
Final week, Riveron put out a video explaining his ruling on the James “catch.” Little doubt in our thoughts this was an audition tape. With all the principles controversies persevering with, the community’s with out “guidelines analysts” may look to rent one. So why not Riveron?
Based on an NBC Sports activities spokesman, the “Sunday Night time Soccer” crew already has “a direct line to Riveron” for each recreation. As for the possibilities of NBC bringing in a “guidelines analyst” for its Tremendous Bowl LII telecast, the spokesman stated NBC has not “finalized” its Tremendous Bowl plans.
WORLD W AGENDA
Within the aftermath of ESPN boss John Skipper’s resignation, attributable to a substance abuse drawback, a lot of the evaluation has centered on issues the following Dean of Bristol Clown Group School might be going through.
Listed here are a couple of extra which have not often been talked about.
— ”The Catastrophe,” aka “NFL Sunday Countdown,” wants some huge time fixing. And that’s being form. The scores are down excessive double digits in comparison with final season, when Chris Berman was internet hosting, and the solid is nothing to put in writing house about, particularly Rex Ryan, who’s a significant disappointment. Ryan appears to be extra involved together with his subsequent teaching job and has pulled his verbal punches in order to not tick anybody within the league off.
— The brand new Mike Golic/Trey Wingo ESPN Radio/ESPN2 simulcast. The TV scores for the present on ESPN2 are down between 30% and 40% in comparison with Golic/Mike Greenberg’s scores on ESPN2 on the similar level final 12 months. Wingo is having issues freshening up Golic’s tackle consuming doughnuts and sizzling canines. Poor man.
— When it comes to visitors, ESPN web sites, ESPNW and The Undefeated are extra just like the Mojave Desert than 42nd Road. The automobiles, er, eyeballs are simply not coming to take a look at the content material.
— SC6, with Michael Smith and Jemele Hill, is within the means of turning issues round. It won’t be as huge a headache for the brand new boss to take care of. SC6 got here off as an expanded model of the duo’s “His&Hers” present. Lately, SC6 has turn out to be extra information oriented than persona pushed.
— Can Michelle Beadle deal with each her roles on the brand new Mike Greenberg morning present (if it ever launches) and “NBA Countdown?” The school is placing rather a lot on Beadle’s plate once they might have moved another person in to one of many gigs. Ya assume ESPN is operating out of expertise?
The world of native sports activities radio, rocked by the departure of Mike (Sports activities Pope) Francesa, is about to get wilder, whackier and, most likely nastier.
It appears to be like like The Savant, The Recalcitrant One, the last word Mastermind, Dino Costa is returning to NYC. His web site not too long ago posted a teaser: “Coming Quickly, Sports activities in a single day with Dino. … The quintessential New York Sports activities speak radio present coming quickly.”
Radio moles affirm Costa is closing in on a take care of an area station and can seemingly hit the air as quickly as Monday Jan. eight. Dino ripped it up — actually — 4 years in the past when he yakked for SXM’s “Mad Canine Radio.” He discovered himself in sizzling water — often — for trashing Chris Russo and different radio personalities, together with Francesa.
With Dino operating his mouth on a NYC station, nobody is protected.
JOE B’S ABC’S
Between trashing Todd Bowles and Mets brass, WFAN’s Joe Benigno stated, on Wednesday, that Giants co-owner John Mara “may be very attuned to his fan base.”
Look, we all know Joey B is a humorous man however he sounded severe when making this assertion. His reward of Mara is stunning. Are the followers who acquired gouged for PSLs cool with Mara? Have been followers applauding when Mara bungled the Josh Brown state of affairs?
What in regards to the current Eli Manning fiasco? Have been followers standing up and cheering Mr. Mara for that? What about all of the dropping? And sticking with Jerry Reese too lengthy? Have been the followers praising Mara for that?
Attuned? Regardless of the nice Benigno’s phrases methinks the fan base has tuned out Mara.
DUDE OF THE WEEK: DAN LE BATARD/STUGOTZ
For his or her no-nonsense interview with Rob Manfred. As a rule, radio Gasbags wind up melting when going one-on-one with an individual they’ve beforehand ripped. Not these two ESPN mouths. DLB went proper after Manfred, eager to know if the Commish knew prematurely that the Marlins’ new possession group, which incorporates Derek Jeter, would instantly begin tearing down the group? Manfred, extra accustomed to fielding Twinkies, was rattled, particularly when DLB needed “a sure or no reply.” Manfred’s non-answers supplied all of the proof wanted to know he knew what would go down in Miami. Stugotz added depth to the spot together with his follow-up inquiries. Good job.
DWEEB OF THE WEEK: BRIAN BILLICK
For suggesting Ben Roethlisberger ought to phony-up. After the Steelers QB revealed his true ideas with regard to Sunday’s crushing interception by New England that sealed the sport for the Pats, Billick admonished Roethlisberger for being too candid. Apparently Billick, of the NFL Community, forgot he’s now a media member. Huge Ben’s insights and reflections are what followers and the media crave, proper? Possibly Billick simply has a factor for Roethlisberger. Final season he referred to him as “a drama queen.”
What Magic Johnson stated (to Isiah Thomas): “We’re gonna all the time help one another. I miss our friendship and it’s coming again, brother.”
What Magic Johnson meant to say (to Isiah Thomas): “Tickets to our ‘Cry Me a River” tour needs to be out there someday in March.”