Mike Tirico served as the voice of Monday Night Football for a decade, and when he announced his departure from ESPN to join NBC, it was widely reported that he’d be serving in the play-by-play role for that network’s new Thursday night NFL package. But that’s not going to happen, because the NFL said no.
Here’s some good news for people who hate Jim Nantz and Phil Simms but love watching Thursday Night Football: You only have to deal with them for five games next year.
Al Michaels is one of sports broadcasting’s best-known conservatives, and the NBC announcer cracked wise with one of the right’s most classic myths: that income taxes these days are extraordinarily high.
Here is Al Michaels reading a script about Roger Goodell and the recently released Mueller Report—we have included the feed from Michaels's microphone for the minute before he reads, so you can hear him consulting with his producer and shuffling the papers of the prepared statement—and the conversation he had with…
The O.J. Simpson car chase had its share of memorable moments. For you, maybe it was the absurdity of a white Ford Bronco leading a phalanx of police well under the speed limit, or the knowledge that Simpson had a gun to his head, or Al Cowlings telling police "You know who I am, goddammit" or just the realization…
If there's one thing we know about Al Michaels, it's that he's not afraid to talk about sports gambling on the air. During a segment on NBCSN this morning, Michaels got to chatting about curling with Rebecca Lowe, and he couldn't resist the urge to put a little money on the Great Britain-USA matchup.
Washington thought they had a first down. The chains moved. The stadium scoreboard said first down. Kyle Shanahan called the next play as if the Skins had a new set of downs. But the one person whose ruling mattered, referee Jeff Triplette, signaled third down. Chaos reigns.
This is Al on Friday night, shortly after being arrested and charged with DUI. Is that a coy smile we see? An I'm Al Michaels, and I could do this 10 times before I lose my job smile? I think it might be.
According to TMZ, the Sunday Night Football play-by-play man drove through a DUI checkpoint near his home in Santa Monica and when he spoke to officers, they detected alcohol on his breath.
Last night's prime time football game gave us some of the most exciting action of the day—a rarity this season.The Giants-Cowboys game was full of lead changes, and Al Michaels was on top of it, constantly providing an updated tally for the viewer.
Howard Cosell, who died in 1995, ruled sports broadcasting from the 1960s until the 1980s. He commentated on Monday Night Football from its inception, called boxing's biggest fights, and popped up on Olympics and baseball telecasts, too. In his new book, Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of…
Because it's too early for flex scheduling to kick in, America was forced to endure yet another nationally televised game involving the Curtis Painter-led Colts.
Throughout the first three quarters of the Bears-Vikings game last night, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth mentioned Christian Ponder, as well as "ponder" puns, as many times as they possibly could.
Why, yes, of course this is news.
The Steelers beat the Colts on a field goal in the waning moments last night, and one would think that in such a surprisingly close game, NBC's focus would remain on the field. One would be wrong. All evening, Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels would talk about the injured Peyton Manning, take a breath, and then…
Can we drop the charade and acknowledge that the only people watching the fourth quarter, third stringers of a preseason game are degenerate gamblers? The announcers analyzing a "meaningless" safety certainly knew how to play to the crowd.
I don't know if this was Al, a phlegmy Cris Collinsworth, or one very sick statistician, but who the hell hocked up a (presumably) gigantic loogie on air last night? Do they have spittoons in the booth? [Video via NBC]