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The 7 - Football - When Did Cris Collinsworth become such a tool?
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#1 Posted on 18.11.02 0839.08
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I think the thread title says it all, but I'll elaborate for those of you who weren't fortunate enough to get the San Diego/San Francisco game (I love Directv). When CC was on the pregame show, I always thought that he was a tolerable commentator although there were much better options out there for actual insightful commentary. Now that he's in the booth, he's become an incompetent hack. While I often think that the quality of commentary has gone down over the past few years, CC is apparently intent on setting new standards for bitter explayer.

Example 1: Brees throws an interception in the end zone as the Chargers are attempting to get back in the game. CC comments that the throw was a disastrous mistake by a rookie quaterback and one of the worst throws he's ever seen. Brees isn't a rookie. It wasn't a bad decision, merely a poor throw. Brees shortarmed the throw and left it about 2 feet short. If that's one of the worst throws CC has ever seen, he apparently hasn't watched very many games and fell asleep during most of the film sessions when he was a player.

Example 2: The Chargers go into a no-huddle with about 3 minutes left and down 7 points. Collinsworth immediately begins criticizing Brees' decision to go no-huddle and wonders why go hurry up so early. Somehow, I'm thinking that Marty or Cam Cameron might have had more to do with going no-huddle than did Brees.

Example 3: After the game, both Aikman and Joe Buck, the other two announcers in the booth, make pointed references to the play of Brees and how well he played he played when the game was on the line. Collinsworth either says nothing or isn't given the chance to say anything. I think it's a bad sign when both of your co-commentators praise the player you've been busy burying all game.

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#2 Posted on 18.11.02 1150.57
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I actually did notice this as well, Tim. I usually like Collinsworth because he isn't afraid to say things criticizing players. But in this case, he seemed to be badgering Brees incessantly. He also stated that he didn't step into a throw late in the game that one of his receivers "would have easily turned into a score. You have to step and take the hit" or something to that effect. I thought it kind of harsh. Maybe he's pissed that he has to travel and lost his cushy pre-game slot to that dumbass Jimmy Johnson who adds absolutely nothing to the pre-game show.

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#3 Posted on 18.11.02 1255.45
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    Originally posted by pieman
    I actually did notice this as well, Tim. I usually like Collinsworth because he isn't afraid to say things criticizing players. But in this case, he seemed to be badgering Brees incessantly. He also stated that he didn't step into a throw late in the game that one of his receivers "would have easily turned into a score. You have to step and take the hit" or something to that effect. I thought it kind of harsh.


I've noticed that the last couple of times that I've watched one of his games. Collinsworth seems to pick one player early in the game and decide that he is going to criticize them unmercifully, even if they don't really deserve the criticism. By the middle of the fourth quarter, both my wife and I were wondering what Brees had done to piss off Collinsworth. Finally, we figured that Brees had paid more attention to one of his boyhood idols, Aikman, than he did to Collinsworth and that offended CC's sense of propriety.

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#4 Posted on 18.11.02 1255.49
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    Originally posted by pieman
    I actually did notice this as well, Tim. I usually like Collinsworth because he isn't afraid to say things criticizing players. But in this case, he seemed to be badgering Brees incessantly. He also stated that he didn't step into a throw late in the game that one of his receivers "would have easily turned into a score. You have to step and take the hit" or something to that effect. I thought it kind of harsh.


I've noticed that the last couple of times that I've watched one of his games. Collinsworth seems to pick one player early in the game and decide that he is going to criticize them unmercifully, even if they don't really deserve the criticism. By the middle of the fourth quarter, both my wife and I were wondering what Brees had done to piss off Collinsworth. Finally, we figured that Brees had paid more attention to one of his boyhood idols, Aikman, than he did to Collinsworth and that offended CC's sense of propriety.

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#5 Posted on 18.11.02 1326.23
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I learned a few years back that it's generally in the greater interest to ignore football commentators entirely when watching games. Glad to know that Collinsworth is proving me right. (Granted, I normally ignore football color commentators because they have a brilliant ability to state the obvious, but still...)
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#6 Posted on 18.11.02 1333.12
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Was he as bad as Joe Theisman starting every sentence with the word 'I'?
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#7 Posted on 19.11.02 0713.55
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I did notice Theisman using the term "Chinese Fire Drill" during the Sunday night game. That can't sit very well with the higher-ups at ESPN.
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#8 Posted on 20.11.02 1105.38
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No color commentator not named John Madden is worth listening to if you want insight into the game. That said, I love listening to certain guys just to hear exactly how stupid they can be. My current favorite is Randy Cross. A couple weeks ago, the Bears went for a first down on 4th and 1. He was bitching and moaning about how stupid a move it was. So, of course, the Bears get their first down easily. Then Randy has the audacity to say, like a petulant child, "I still think they're nuts to go for it." Both fortunately and unfortunately, he was shut up when they turned that drive into a scoring one.
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#9 Posted on 20.11.02 1136.29
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I hate Collinsworth's incessant whining about dirty plays. He's never seen a hard hit that he didn't think the player delivering the blow should be fined and suspended. I saw one during a Bears preseason game in which a player actually caught the ball, and run several steps, and then got nailed by a safety right at the goal line causing a fumble. If that hit doesn't get made, in just that way, the player scores (because at that point, if he gets knocked anywhere but backwards, he falls into the endzone). Collinsworth starts his whining how it should have been a flag, and it's dirty, and all that. I suppose the defender was suppose to say to the receiver "Excuse me, if you could stop for a moment, I'm about to hit you from the side, and I noticed you weren't looking. If you could look in this direction, I will now proceed to attempt to hit you. Thanks for your patience." Other than just let the guy score, I don't know what else he could have done. Just one of many examples where Collinsworth whines about a dirty play that I think most of us would just call football.
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#10 Posted on 20.11.02 1618.51
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Collinsworth officially became a tool the week of the Lions @ Packers game, when he was doing some interview in an empty Lambeau Field, attempted the Lambeau Leap (on the easier part of the wall, mind you)...and got stuck at the top, able to go neither up nor down. Stranded like f'n Shamu. Nice ups, assclown.

Honorable mention: The Sporting News's photo from Super Bowl XVI, where he looks like a total jackass, pursuing a 49er DB who just picked off a Ken Anderson pass. (No, not Kamikaze Ken Anderson, indy fans.)
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