26 Jan 2006
Always a favorite. Dr. Z gives four stars this year to five crews: Ron Pitts and Tim Ryan, Kenny Albert and Brian Baldinger, Ian Eagle and Solomon Wilcots, Kevin Harlan and Randy Cross (sort of Dr. Z's "most improved" award) and Al Michaels and John Madden -- important games only. Dr. Z gives MNF two grades: four stars when it is an important game, zero starts for unimportant games because, "when it was a clunker, and the Monday night crew had its share, M&M would simply leave the game and roam the pastures of discourse and debate." By the way, speaking of voting for the best and worst announcers, the third annual FO awards balloting should be up in a day or two, with those categories, the usual other categories, and a couple of new ones like Most Overrated Special Teams Player and the Art Rooney Jr. Award for Executive of the Year.
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An upset-fueled Week 4 led to new expectations for surprising teams like Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Texas A&M, but poor performances at LSU and Notre Dame led to early-season firings.