Jim Nantz Nearly Jumped Into The Stands During The Super Bowl Blackout

CBS got hammered for its dreadful coverage during the Super Bowl blackout, and Jim Nantz is finally ready to talk about it. When the lights went out, the announcer says, he called his producer and offered to jump into the stands from the broadcast booth and race down to the field to offer aid to struggling sideline… »4/22/13 5:10pm4/22/13 5:10pm

Saturday Night Live's Cold Open Spoofed The Super Bowl Blackout

It's been a week since the Super Bowl, but Saturday Night Live is a weekly show, unfortunately airing the night before Super Bowl Sunday, so they just got around to pointing out the uselessness of studio shows. Keenan Thompson as James Brown guides the skit and has some fun when, at his wit's end, he resorts to… »2/10/13 9:15am2/10/13 9:15am

CBS Had A Reporter In The NFL Control Room When The Stadium Went Dark And Didn't Use Him

CBS had at least one honest-to-God reporter at the Superdome on Sunday: Armen Keteyian, who was on assignment for 60 Minutes Sports. When the lights went out, he was wrapping up an interview with an NFL exec, Frank Supovitz, senior VP for events. Paydirt! The cameras were still rolling, and Keteyian was getting an… »2/05/13 9:35am2/05/13 9:35am

"You Couldn't Help But Think, Where's Bob Costas?" An Ex-Producer On How CBS—And ESPN—Screwed Up Last Night

So CBS really, really shat the bed during last night's 34-minute power outage. How could they have handled things differently? We checked in with Those Guys Have All the Fun co-author Jim Miller, who used to be the senior executive producer of Anderson Cooper 360. »2/04/13 3:00pm2/04/13 3:00pm

What Was John Harbaugh Ranting About During The Blackout? We Asked A Lip Reader

One of the highlights of last night's Super Bowl broadcast was watching John Harbaugh berate a poor old man during the 34-minute power outage. We don't know who the old guy was (Update: He is the NFL's vice president of game operations, Mike Kensil), but we assume he was some kind of stadium official. Like the rest… »2/04/13 2:50pm2/04/13 2:50pm

Watch CBS Herp And Derp Its Way Through The Super Bowl Power Outage

Drew already highlighted how last night's Super Bowl blackout led to some spectacularly bad television. From repeated assertions that the game would resume "in about 15 [or 20] minutes" to sideline reporters fumbling for words, the Tiffany network spread fecal material all over the Superdome and our living rooms.… »2/04/13 12:06pm2/04/13 12:06pm

It Took A Blackout To Show You How Truly Useless NFL Broadcasters Are. Let's Blow Up The Studio.

I avoided the pregame shows yesterday. This isn't unusual. I never watch pregame shows for the same reason YOU never watch pregame shows. I showed up at my friend's house just as they were getting ready for Alicia Keys to spend eight minutes doing a national anthem/"Fallin'"/Jazz odyssey medley. And that was fine by… »2/04/13 11:30am2/04/13 11:30am