04 Jan 2005
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times criticizes the CBS No. 2 announcing team of Dick Enberg and Dan Dierdorf, and I'm with him all the way. I cringe at the thought of these guys doing a divisional playoff game. Sandomir writes:
Dierdorf had a notably weak day. Analysts are paid for their opinions, but he had some disputable ones Sunday. He praised a dubious challenge by Jets Coach Herman Edwards of a reception by the Rams' Torry Holt, saying it was a good tactic to stop the Rams' momentum. The challenge was denied, and in the context of Edwards's history of bad clock management, the Jets lost a possibly crucial timeout. When the Rams scored two plays later, Dierdorf tried to justify his praise of Edwards's decision by saying that Edwards made the call because he "sensed this coming." Huh?
"Last team with the ball wins" is a cliche, but sometimes cliches are the best way to get across the central narrative of an important game. If you like great quarterback play, you have to watch the NFC Championship Game.