It’s a good thing Jim Nantz and Phil Simms aren’t calling the Super Bowl this year. After their bumbling commentary during the AFC championship game, it’s clear they both need to take a long vacation. The low-light of the telecast, which featured it’s usual mix of Simms malapropisms, came when Tom Brady fumbled the football on a QB sneak in the third quarter. Though the officials awarded the ball back to the Patriots, Steelers lineman Javon Hargrave emerged from the pile with it. That prompted Mike Tomlin to throw the challenge flag.
Prior to reviewing the play, referee Terry McAuley said he was looking into whether there was a fumble and clear recovery. But for some reason, Nantz kept insisting McAuley said there was a “clear recovery by Pittsburgh.” This prompted Simms to admit he had no idea what was going on.
“OK, so I’m confused. So you’re saying you are, too?” Simms asked.
Announcers are supposed to add clarity to the game, but Nantz and Simms often do the opposite. Their inane babbling distracts from what’s happening on the field.
While Simms has been like this for years, Nantz’s cluelessness is a new phenomenon. But then again, there have been some signs recently that he’s losing it. Last year, Nantz said in an interview with Golf Digest he carries a picture of burnt toast in his wallet.
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