After John Madden retired from the announcers booth in early 2009, NBC picked Cris Collinsworth to take his spot and provide analysis alongside play-by-play man Al Michaels. Not including preseason games, they have called 150 games together, but not a single one of them has involved the Cleveland Browns. The streak ends Thursday.
This season, the NFL reached a unique agreement for its Thursday Night Football package where CBS would produce the first half of the season and NBC would produce the second half. This happens to be NBC’s week to take over, so that means Michaels and Collinsworth will call their first Browns game together when they travel to Baltimore to host the Ravens. To contrast, the duo has called 12 games in which the Ravens were playing.
It'll be Michaels' first Browns game since September 14, 2008, when he and Madden called the Browns' Week 3 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 10-6. One Twitter follower had an appropriate response to Michaels and Collinsworth having to call a Browns game:
If Michaels and Collinsworth are set to have their 150-game streak snapped, though, maybe it’s a sign that streaks are meant to be snapped this Thursday. The Browns are on a 12-game regular season losing streak, dating back to last season, and some fear has started to mount that the club will go 0-16 in 2016. Even head coach Hue Jackson is talking about it:
#Browns Hue on Kirksey saying won't go winless: I support him 100%. Somehow, some way we'll find way not to be 0-16. We don't want to be 0-9— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) November 8, 2016
Hopefully the Browns can compete this Thursday, but if we’re treated to the same old result, at least we’ll have (in my opinion) the best announcing duo in football calling the action.