CBS play-by-play man Jim Nantz became an overnight sensation, and not in a good way, in Cleveland a couple of weeks ago after he started praising new Browns Director of Player Personnel Michael Lombardi. There's a difference between simply saying, "oh, I think the Browns will be fine," and then going the extra mile like Nantz did.
I joked with someone before the AFC Championship, "what's the over/under on the number of times that Nantz mentions Lombardi during the game?" While I don't recall Nantz uttering Lombardi's name then, I couldn't help but laugh when Nantz made a point to credit Lombardi for bringing John Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh into the league during the Super Bowl. We're talking about the grandest stage of them all -- a show that set a record in Super Bowl viewership. For those who missed it, the praise began seconds before the opening kickoff of the second half:
"Of course, John Harbaugh came in to the league as a special teams coach for years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He, along with his brother, both coming into the league, were hired by Mike Lombardi, who is the new general manager of the Cleveland Browns. It was Joe Banner and Lombardi actually who brought John Harbaugh out of Indiana University to the Eagles and later on it was Lombardi bringing [Jim Harbaugh] out to the Raiders."
Nantz' remarks continued into David Akers' kickoff to Jacoby Jones to open the half. Had Jones done what most people do on that long of a kickoff (take a knee), Nantz probably would've gone on even further about Lombardi. Believe it or not, had Vegas put an over/under of 0.5 or 1.5 on the number of times Lombardi would be mentioned, the over would have won. Lombardi got mentioned more times than Nantz or Simms referred to the game as the "Harbowl!"
Anyway, I want to thank everyone who participated in our Super Bowl game threads! Here is our Dawgs By Nature roll count for those threads:
DBN Roll Coll (Super Bowl XLVII)
In total, 48 people participated in the open threads for a total of 1,116 comments. Here is a tally of how much people posted in the three open threads for the Super Bowl.
|5||Ted Washington's Belly||68|
|7||Full Bred Dawg||55|
|26||Mr. Bad Example||10|
|27||The Outside Shot Underdog||7|