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FOX announcer misses calls, spars with fans on Twitter

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Mike Goldberg made his debut as an NFL on FOX play-by-play announcer during Sunday’s Lions-Vikings game, and many fans came away unimpressed. When those fans told him so on Twitter, Goldberg did not react well.

In a series of tweets, Goldberg dropped the F-bomb on one fan, called another fan an “a–hole,” and a third fan a “douche.” Not exactly the most professional way to conduct himself.

In fairness to Goldberg, some of those fans were being jerks about it. But when you’re a public figure and someone acts like a jerk toward you on Twitter, you’re better off ignoring it than responding with an F-bomb.

And in fairness to the fans, Goldberg really did make quite a few mistakes. He stumbled over names, got faked out on play-action passes, misidentified players and coaches and lost track of the down and distance.

One mistake was particularly telling: Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw a pass to receiver Greg Jennings, and Goldberg at first said the intended receiver was Golden Tate. Obviously, Tate was not the intended receiver as Tate plays for the Lions. Jennings and Tate both wear No. 15, which suggests that Goldberg saw a player in a No. 15 jersey, looked down at a roster in front of him, and called the name of the wrong No. 15. It’s easy to understand how that mistake was made, but hard to understand why Goldberg needs a roster to identify players like Jennings and Tate, who are their teams’ leading receivers. A well-prepared announcer should know prominent players like Jennings and Tate without having to look up their jersey numbers.

Goldberg’s primary job is working as a commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and FOX broadcasts some UFC events, so that connection is apparently how he drew the NFL assignment. But perhaps FOX needed someone with more experience in the NFL. An obvious choice would have been veteran sideline reporter Pam Oliver, who seems to be getting phased out at FOX and has been removed from the network’s top broadcast team. Amid accusations that shoving Oliver aside smacks of age and/or gender bias, FOX has insisted that it respects the work Oliver does. So why not demonstrate that respect by putting Oliver in a high-profile position like calling play-by-play?

Instead, FOX turned to Goldberg, and the reviews of his work were harsh: Sean Yuille of the Lions fan site PrideofDetroit.com called it, “the worst broadcast of a football game I have ever witnessed.” But just because the reviews were harsh doesn’t mean they were wrong. Goldberg would be wise to spend less time sparring with fans on Twitter, and more time preparing for his next game.

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157 Responses to “FOX announcer misses calls, spars with fans on Twitter”
  1. cafetero1075 says: Oct 13, 2014 1:55 PM

    Sam Rosen was bad also. Got a few mistakes.

  2. i, flounder says: Oct 13, 2014 1:56 PM

    he’s still doing a better job then the officials this season.

  3. beardinals says: Oct 13, 2014 1:56 PM

    Goldberg does UFC and Cardinals Preseason games.

    Creepy close-talker comes to mind.

  4. cafetero1075 says: Oct 13, 2014 1:56 PM

    What do you expect from someone associated with UFC.
    Really.

  5. niners816 says: Oct 13, 2014 1:57 PM

    I didn’t watch that game, but Thom Brennaman was horrid yesterday. I thought Joe Buck was the worst just after Phill Simms, but Thom was/is terrible. I actually enjoy listening to Troy Aikman. Get him a better partner!

  6. donny1rodriguez says: Oct 13, 2014 1:57 PM

    They shouldn’t have fired Brian Billick in the offseason

  7. reptar310 says: Oct 13, 2014 1:57 PM

    Not to sound sexist but I think most men agree women play by play callers aren’t all that great sounding. Sideline reporters sure, but a woman’s voice just gets annoying as a play by play announcer. I love Pam Oliver tho, she’s still a hottie for being as old as she is.

  8. nfl4days says: Oct 13, 2014 1:58 PM

    Goldberg made mistakes as a UFC announcer which Rogan had to constantly correct. Who thought he would be any better at football?

  9. buzzardpointlookout says: Oct 13, 2014 1:58 PM

    Goldberg called Mike Zimmer “Don Zimmer” at least once. Don’t give Ryan Ayabandejo a pass, either. He may have been worse than Goldberg.

  10. pooflingingmonkey says: Oct 13, 2014 1:59 PM

    Goldberg may have to revert to his fall back career of being the starting QB for Oakland.

  11. theauger says: Oct 13, 2014 1:59 PM

    Goldberg was still probably better than the Stockton/Quinn combo that did they Was/AZ game. A comatose lost old guy with a rookie former player. It was cringe worthy to say the least.

    Bad news for Cardinals fans. we get that duo again this week versus the Raiders.

  12. goldbloodedindfw says: Oct 13, 2014 1:59 PM

    As a long time MMA fan I was surprised to hear he was gonna call an NFL game and I’m not shocked he wasn’t exactly great. Replying to the twitter critics with insults with F bombs was completely unprofessional.

  13. lordfletcher says: Oct 13, 2014 1:59 PM

    no worse than what Barber has been doing.

  14. 2difshoe says: Oct 13, 2014 1:59 PM

    Maybe Goldberg can do voice overs for adult films….he certainly has the vernacular !

  15. onermedboxer says: Oct 13, 2014 1:59 PM

    Listening to both college football and NFL announcing this weekend absolutely amazed (and horrified) me.

    Can we really not find better people for these jobs? The only two guys I can listen to without wanting to punch myself are Joe Buck and John Lynch. Everybody else manages to lower my intelligence level

  16. bolt50000 says: Oct 13, 2014 1:59 PM

    That’s it? He got personnel and players and situations wrong and he got faked out? I thought it was something serious, like he said “Redskins” or something.

  17. nflinsider711 says: Oct 13, 2014 1:59 PM

    Goldberg cant be as bad as Dick Stockton. Dick Stockton called Larry Fitzgerald “Desean Jackson” a billion times yesterday.

  18. jimmysee says: Oct 13, 2014 2:00 PM

    This is spot on. Pam Oliver deserves a shot doing play by play. She is always prepared and knows the game.

  19. Jason Saidoo says: Oct 13, 2014 2:00 PM

    It was absolutely the worst broadcast I have ever heard. It was as if they grabbed two guys off the street who knew nothing of the teams they were broadcasting; and barely knew any football at all.

    Announcing that players ran for a first down when in fact they were 4 yards short (i.e. not even close), mis-identifying players all game long; in some instances repeatedly during replays with the back of the jersey plainly visible.

    Couple that with the insistence on showing the ENTIRE overtime of the Cincinnati/Carolina game instead of switching to their heavily advertised “Game of the Week” – and it was a brutal day for Fox.

  20. thehuckster404 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:00 PM

    The next time a woman is in the booth calling an NFK game will be the first time. Time to stop using females as eye candy and let them have a crack at the big time announcing gigs. Could be a major improvement over this anger management prospect.

  21. scoops1 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:01 PM

    maybe he needs to go back to the Connecticut School of Broadcasting

    after all, Joe Benigno went there

  22. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Oct 13, 2014 2:01 PM

    This guy managed to take a story about a play-by-play announcer making mistakes and being unprofessional on Twitter and turned it into a rant about Fox being misogynist. Unreal.

  23. sosuhme says: Oct 13, 2014 2:02 PM

    FOX needs to apologize for putting such a sub-standard broadcast on the air. It really was an embarrassment.

  24. moneymike23 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:02 PM

    All of the Fox guys were atrocious yesterday. They are an embarrassment to broadcasting.

  25. purpleguy says: Oct 13, 2014 2:02 PM

    Hey even as a Viking fan I’m surprised that many people were still watching that game to notice his mistakes.

  26. abqhawk says: Oct 13, 2014 2:03 PM

    Sounds like he was AUI – announcing under the influence…

  27. vikefan284296 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:04 PM

    Ayanbanejo was awful too. It was painful to listen to. Their confusion on Detroit’s first timeout was absolutely hilarious.

  28. runninwild88 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:04 PM

    Was thinking to myself during this game: These guys get paid a lot more than we do to call a game a week, you’d think they could do a little better than this. “Gains a couple ( gain of 8 )

    Dick Stockton is basically Senile.
    Buck is horrible to listen to but is usually straight on putting a sentence together correctly or putting together words in unison to what happened on the field.

  29. wydok says: Oct 13, 2014 2:06 PM

    Am I supposed to know who Mike Goldberg is?

  30. bobleblah says: Oct 13, 2014 2:07 PM

    If only there was some way to use the internet to make the Pam Oliver idea go viral…

  31. izlez says: Oct 13, 2014 2:07 PM

    I feel bad knowing it was his 1st game, but man he was bad.

    My favorite mistake was when they came back from commercial and he welcomed back the audience to a 3rd and 17 play… it was 2nd and 2. The score was 3-17

  32. cadan24 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:08 PM

    They would have been better off hiring Goldberg the wrestler

  33. xli2006 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:08 PM

    Well it is FOX, not exactly the best track record for getting things correct.

  34. richrob81 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:08 PM

    And you know what Mike Goldberg is still better than that POS Dick Stockton.

  35. abqhawk says: Oct 13, 2014 2:08 PM

    niners816 says: Oct 13, 2014 1:57 PM

    I didn’t watch that game, but Thom Brennaman was horrid yesterday. I thought Joe Buck was the worst just after Phill Simms, but Thom was/is terrible. I actually enjoy listening to Troy Aikman. Get him a better partner.
    ============================================================================

    Aikman thought he was doing a Dallas home game, but at least I didn’t have to hear his little bootlicker Joe “Jiminy Cricket” Buck.

  36. kirbylaw says: Oct 13, 2014 2:09 PM

    He was terrible. Very unprepared. FOX should be ashamed. Of all his errors I think he corrected one, the Jennings/Tate blunder. The rest went uncorrected, probably because to do so would not have left no time to call the game!

  37. izlez says: Oct 13, 2014 2:09 PM

    Also, maybe Pam Oliver would’ve gotten a shot as the play-by-play announcer if, you know, she was a play-by-play announcer.
    Being a sideline reporter, breaking in game news, is in no way related to play-by-play

  38. jschmus says: Oct 13, 2014 2:11 PM

    thats funny. huge vikings fan in pa and i watched the game on directv. first i was asking myself who the heck are these guys and then all the mistakes. fox does a great job so i will not be as harsh as some, but the mistakes were bad.

  39. edenprairieballer says: Oct 13, 2014 2:11 PM

    Let’s not let Brendon Ayanbadejo off the hook he was just as awful. He called Mike Zimmer “Don Zimmer” Zimmer is the freaking head coach! He also went minutes without speaking and at one point said “the Lions are going for the end zone or first down here”

    It was as if these guys never watched a down of football in their life. The whole thing was just weird.

    The worst part is these guys are doing the Vikings-Bills game next week. Terrible news for Vikings fans everywhere.

  40. farmmbig says: Oct 13, 2014 2:12 PM

    CBS announcing teams are so much better than FOX— Buck and Aikman would probably be CBS’s #3 or #4 team…

    My son and I shared alot of laughs on the stumblings of Goldberg and Ayenbadejo yesterday.

  41. fwippel says: Oct 13, 2014 2:13 PM

    Not saying that he should be fired after one game, but Goldberg needs more work. It was obvious that he wasn’t familiar with which players played on which teams, which is a sign of someone who hadn’t done due research.

    That said, if he can’t take the arrows (that are going to come at any public figure on Twitter) with more grace than that, then maybe he’s not cut out to be an NFL announcer. Either get thicker skin, or find another line of work.

  42. bassplucker says: Oct 13, 2014 2:13 PM

    Couple that with the insistence on showing the ENTIRE overtime of the Cincinnati/Carolina game instead of switching to their heavily advertised “Game of the Week” – and it was a brutal day for Fox.

    ————

    Yeah. What was up with that? In my market we missed the entire 1st quarter of Bears / Falcons to watch two teams we couldn’t care less about, play to a tie. Ridiculous.

  43. Doctor G says: Oct 13, 2014 2:13 PM

    Rule #1 NEVER get into a Twitter fight

    Rule #2 NEVER get into a fight with FANS

    Rule #3 Take your lumps as a newbie and do your Job

    Rule #4 If you cannot comply with the rules above. Go find another job.

  44. brent1395 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:14 PM

    It was the worst announcing, EVER. “Norv Turner is happy to be working under Jim Caldwell.” Someone named “Sheriff” Floyd plays for the Vikings. Golden Tate plays for the Vikings. Shamar Stephen plays linebacker for the Lions. “If they can’t get the run or the pass going, it’s going to be tough sledding for this Vikings offense.” Etc etc etc

  45. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 13, 2014 2:14 PM

    David Diehl was no better. John Lynch is getting there. If I hear Robbie Gould referred to as Ghoul-d one more time. Calling out wrong players.

    Refs no better. I laughed when they threw a flag on #34 of the Bears…”Sweetness that you?!”

  46. ninersphan says: Oct 13, 2014 2:15 PM

    Nothing to do with the topic at hand, but does anyone know why the Bills/Patriots game was broadcast by FOX instead of CBS?? I thought FOX was NFC & CBS was AFC, and when there are cross conference games the away team conference handles the broadcast FOX doing Panthers Bengals yesterday for example).
    I have NEVER see an instance of a regular season switch of conferences between the networks. Anyone else notice this and or know of an explanation??

  47. iceicebaby32 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:15 PM

    Not surprised. His boss at the UFC does this stuff all the time so of course he takes after him.

  48. onlysane1intheroom says: Oct 13, 2014 2:16 PM

    Why all the lobbying for Oliver? She has absolutely no experience in play by play, and if she is half as bad as Goldberg, she will get shelled in the press.

  49. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 13, 2014 2:16 PM

    reptar310 says:
    Oct 13, 2014 1:57 PM
    Not to sound sexist but I think most men agree women play by play callers aren’t all that great sounding. Sideline reporters sure, but a woman’s voice just gets annoying as a play by play announcer. I love Pam Oliver tho, she’s still a hottie for being as old as she is.
    ____________________________

    You sound sexist. Putting a disclaimed in front doesn’t make it less sexist. Plus, what does this have to do with a female play-by-play announcer and how she would sound.

    I guess a male may be incorrect and have his facts mixed up…but at least he sounds better than a female.

  50. steelerfanjo says: Oct 13, 2014 2:19 PM

    espn employs Ray Lewis… if anybody is outraged… it has to start. “Mumbles” should be his nickname. Plus with his record, it is joke that he is on the air. Try and explain how he has a job to your kids.

  51. easternshoresfinest says: Oct 13, 2014 2:19 PM

    Awful showing in general for Fox announcers. I heard whoever was calling the Skins Cards with Brady Quinn call Larry Fitzgerald desean jackson at least twice. Unreal. CBS continues to be the superior network on Sunday afternoon coverage.

  52. mclovin07 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:19 PM

    This guy was so bad honestly, I almost muted it. At one point, he actually had our backup DT (Stephens) tackling our RB(McKinnon)!!!

    He clearly didn’t prepare at ALL for this game. I gurantee you, 90% of PFT could have done a better job just off knowledge alone….

  53. tennis22drew says: Oct 13, 2014 2:19 PM

    UFC guy raging at people?!

  54. it's not gold.....it's yellow says: Oct 13, 2014 2:23 PM

    Slightly off topic – Why don’t the announcers on Fox recognize the stadium as TCF Bank Stadium? CBS did in the game against the Patriots. They announce the stadium names for every other game. Goldberg would only say “here on the University of Minnesota campus.” Chris Myers was worse a couple weeks ago – calling it “University of Minnesota Stadium.”

  55. sonoco says: Oct 13, 2014 2:25 PM

    That’s alright . . Dick Stockton identified Larry Fitzgerald as DeSean Jackson yesterday.

  56. FlashPatterson says: Oct 13, 2014 2:27 PM

    Of course it’s age and gender bias. Women are only included as NFL sideline reporters if they are young and hot. Seriously other than Chris Mckendry there are no ugly women in sports news. It’s not a coincidence.

  57. theuglitruth says: Oct 13, 2014 2:29 PM

    Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn were terrible on Sunday! Is it really hard to study the teams, and understand how to pronounce the names prior to a game?

  58. mn2long says: Oct 13, 2014 2:30 PM

    He also said about Prater “it’s his first game back with the team” as if he was with Detroit before the suspension. He didn’t even know the circumstances of the new kicker when it was a HUGE story in Detroit ALL SEASON LONG. He did absolutely no homework prior to the game.

  59. nvl004 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:31 PM

    Vikings fans taking their frustration out on the announcer. Classic.

  60. bam5239 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:31 PM

    I’d take Pam Oliver over Ronde Barber any day of the week. You’d think he’d have some great insights in the game, but he can barely get out of his own way.

    Why the push for Pam? She’s been reporting for nearly 20 years in the NFL. I have no idea how she’d do as a play by play, but I bet she knows the difference between the AFC East and AFC North. I think Barber may have taken a few too many hits to the head, or needs some quick lessons from his brother Tiki who is far superior on the air.

  61. roadtrip3500 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:31 PM

    Knowing the game and having the skillset to do PBP are two different things. Vin Scully still calls Dodgers games because he can still do it competently. But Dick Stockton should’ve retired years ago. His mistakes make a game almost unlistenable. And Pam Oliver has never demonstrated that she would be a good PBP announcer – nor has any sideline reporter.

    As for Goldberg, it’s the network’s responsibility to give a new PBP guy a quality veteran spotter who can quickly get in his ear and point things out or make corrections. We’ve heard Al Michaels mention his spotter, “Malibu” Kelly Hayes, for decades – that’s as much an important partnership as the analyst.

  62. mn2long says: Oct 13, 2014 2:31 PM

    “Women are only included as NFL sideline reporters if they are young and hot.”

    UMMMM, Have you seen Michelle Tafoya? She looks like a bulldog…

  63. jchipwood says: Oct 13, 2014 2:32 PM

    Follow anyone around work for 3 hours and they are going to make a few mistakes.

  64. mn2long says: Oct 13, 2014 2:32 PM

    “Vikings fans taking their frustration out on the announcer. Classic”

    Pretty sure the article mentioned Detroit media criticizing him…

  65. footballfn says: Oct 13, 2014 2:36 PM

    “Not to sound sexist”–but sir, you do sound sexist.

  66. FlashPatterson says: Oct 13, 2014 2:36 PM

    Goldberg said on multiple occasions that the Vikings would love to get the ball back and score here. DUH, why wouldn’t they? I get that you’re bound to mess up once or twice if you’re talking for 3 straight hours but this was bad.

  67. stevent92 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:36 PM

    I’m glad I wasn’t going crazy. A couple of these calls, and I did a double-take wondering if I really heard that right.

    On a Viking punt return, Sherels was tackled at the 30, but Goldberg announced, “He brings it up near the 38, where he is stopped.” When play resumes, we’re staring at the 31. I’m thinking, “What the heck happened??!”

    Just awful. Fox can do better than that.

  68. msmith954 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:37 PM

    He was terrible… Messed up names, including the Vikings’ head coach, identified Mike Priefer as a Lions coach… on and on… a complete train-wreck.

    My favorite of his more than a dozen obvious errors was calling a play by the Lions on 1st and 10 that went 10 yards right to the first down marker as “a 7 yard gain”.

  69. nec1est1tempus says: Oct 13, 2014 2:37 PM

    Play by play is tough work! Really makes you appreciate those that do an excellent job every week, year in and year out!

  70. crubenst says: Oct 13, 2014 2:40 PM

    How you twisted this into a story about Pam Oliver is mind bottling.

  71. skawh says: Oct 13, 2014 2:41 PM

    Aikman has his moments too. Y’day he literally called the game as a Dallas win, with over a minute 25 seconds left in the game…problem for him was, Seattle got the ball back with over a minute left with a chance to tie or win.

    Clearly Aikman was cheerleading for Dallas most of the game…Buck does that alot too….you saw it during the SB when it was clear both of them favored Denver to win….if you’re going to be a pro broadcaster don’t show your bias, otherwise you turn people off real quick.

    Aside from that, I’d rather not watch any sporting event on the Fixed Newz channel.

  72. juliusevola98 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:42 PM

    To add to the list of women in sports broadcasting, there’s Doris Burke, who actually does play by play on ESPN basketball games. And she sucks, and she sounds like a man. Don’t put women in the booth. You don’t see men campaigning to host shows like The View.

  73. realfootballfan says: Oct 13, 2014 2:46 PM

    Somebody’s about to go on an extended vacation. Idiots, stay off Twitter. No one cares about your “fresh take.” But it’s good for losing 6 figure jobs.

  74. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 13, 2014 2:47 PM

    buzzardpointlookout says:
    Oct 13, 2014 1:58 PM

    Goldberg called Mike Zimmer “Don Zimmer” at least once. Don’t give Ryan Ayabandejo a pass, either. He may have been worse than Goldberg.
    ________

    I agree with you, but it’s kind of funny that you got his name wrong.

  75. schmitty2 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:47 PM

    Not sure what Fox was thinking putting him on the air. He makes tons of mistakes calling UFC with 2 guys fighting. How is he going to deal with 22 guys on the same field?

  76. purpleten says: Oct 13, 2014 2:48 PM

    He also said that “Norv Turner is really excited to be working under Jim Caldwell…” This guy was terrible; I actually turned the sound off.

  77. bringbackwayne says: Oct 13, 2014 2:48 PM

    I noticed a couple of mistakes. However, I watch the games and can tell what is happening. I don’t really pay too much attention to the talking heads in the booth.

  78. staffordsyear says: Oct 13, 2014 2:49 PM

    Maybe he should stick with the fighting thing.

  79. yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says: Oct 13, 2014 2:50 PM

    “Amid accusations that shoving Oliver aside smacks of age and/or gender bias..”

    Does this site have a single female writer? Just curious.

  80. pretendarchitect says: Oct 13, 2014 2:53 PM

    Couldn’t have been as bad as Andrew Siciliano is week after week on the Redzone channel

  81. jcbadger34 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:54 PM

    What do you expect? It was a Vikings game. The regular announcers don’t want to be associated with this hapless, tasteless team, so FOX has to pick guys off the street to call the games.

  82. whatjusthapped says: Oct 13, 2014 2:55 PM

    You got to give credit where credit is due. Fox Sports finally found a sportscaster that is just as awful as the team on the field. Ya, Goldberg is bad but the Vikings are even worse.

  83. Big D says: Oct 13, 2014 2:56 PM

    Didn’t know who that Goldberg guy was and don’t care. He was terrible as was the color guy. Why do you think FOX or CBS put women on the sidelines? They’re never ugly women either, coincidence??

    Some of the jokers on here who immediately feel the need to take shots at fans for making comments on refs or announcers are just looking to put down others for their allegiance. They’re the same ones complaining when their favorite team loses.

  84. dvdman123 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:58 PM

    In Aikman’s defense it’s hard not to be biased toward a team you won a Super Bowls with. He (or any player with ties to an opponent) should not be allowed to do color analyst games for the a team they once played for.

  85. commonsense1986 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:58 PM

    brent1395 says: Oct 13, 2014 2:14 PM

    It was the worst announcing, EVER. “Norv Turner is happy to be working under Jim Caldwell.” Someone named “Sheriff” Floyd plays for the Vikings. Golden Tate plays for the Vikings. Shamar Stephen plays linebacker for the Lions. “If they can’t get the run or the pass going, it’s going to be tough sledding for this Vikings offense.” Etc etc etc
    __________________________________
    The Caldwell being excited to have a veteran like Norv on the staff really caught me. And their pronunciation of the names was really weird. Every time they’d say Robison it sounded like Robitussin and I couldn’t figure out what they were talking about. They had no idea who was involved in plays and as has been mentioned, usually got the names wrong when they tried. I was frustrated with the game as it was but that just made it worse.

  86. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 13, 2014 3:01 PM

    This reminds me of a time I got snowed in on a connecting flight, in Detroit a little over 20 years ago.

    Northwest Air put us up in an airport hotel, so I head to the bar to kill some time and ask the guy next to me, “If there were absolutely no limitations on the ages of the players (i.e., all players were just entering their prime), what player would select out of any human who ever lived if you were starting your own NFL team that night?”

    He paused for a moment, and said “Gino Torretta.” And that old guy wasn’t kidding.

    Wow.

  87. limitfive says: Oct 13, 2014 3:02 PM

    Didn’t hear that game, but it’s not just him. Happens every weekend. Don’t know what’s going on this year, but the commentators are no better than the ref’s.

  88. jlinatl says: Oct 13, 2014 3:03 PM

    yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says:
    Oct 13, 2014 2:50 PM

    “Amid accusations that shoving Oliver aside smacks of age and/or gender bias..”

    Does this site have a single female writer? Just curious
    ********************************************************************************************

    Perhaps the most insightful comment I have ever read on this board.

    To the best of my knowledge, could be expanded to the sister sites for baseball, college football, pro and college basketball. I don’t read the others but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was across the board.

  89. larryboodry says: Oct 13, 2014 3:04 PM

    I miss the days of Madden and Summerall.

  90. renbutler says: Oct 13, 2014 3:06 PM

    I’ll second the criticism of Thom Brennaman. It’s bad enough that I have to see him do play-by-play for the Reds. His dad is a regional legend, and that has to be the only reason why he is now such a prominent voice on FOX.

    He wasn’t always bad, but he gets worse every year.

  91. dowhatifeellike says: Oct 13, 2014 3:06 PM

    The only perk of watching a game with the sound on is to hear how many times my wife says “he just said what you said 10 seconds ago!”

    I usually watch at a bar with sound, but not high enough to make out what they’re saying. Based on camerawork alone, I prefer CBS. Fox is last behind ESPN and NBC.

  92. Frazier28/7 says: Oct 13, 2014 3:08 PM

    Most have been thinking they were packer fans, because as we all know most of them are a-holes.

  93. pioniere says: Oct 13, 2014 3:09 PM

    You don’t need to wonder where the term “talking head” originated from.

  94. elimvp says: Oct 13, 2014 3:10 PM

    i, flounder says: Oct 13, 2014 1:56 PM

    he’s still doing a better job then the officials this season.
    ———————————————————

    It’s than not then.

  95. 12rocks says: Oct 13, 2014 3:13 PM

    Fran Drescher and Gilbert Gottfried would have been less annoying.

  96. truenorth84 says: Oct 13, 2014 3:16 PM

    He’s better than Joe buck

  97. larryboodry says: Oct 13, 2014 3:16 PM

    Brennaman sucked in Chicago, too…And when WGN let him go he threw a hissy fit.

  98. Slapshot says: Oct 13, 2014 3:19 PM

    I’ve always been amazed by the inept hiring of game announcers by the networks. I’m glad I have NFL Red Zone and don’t have to endure CBS and Fox having two guys in the booth that don’t really do a professional job most of the time.

  99. bobnelsonjr says: Oct 13, 2014 3:19 PM

    When you are truthful during a vikings game, the viking types don’t like it and accuse you of not being a good announcer.

  100. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 13, 2014 3:20 PM

    A couple times Goldberg would say something obvious like, “it’s important for the Vikings to convert this third down,” and Ayanbadejo would follow up by repeating exactly the same thing.

    Then there were the times the running back would get stuffed for no gain and Goldberg would say, “gain of one, maybe two.” Just little things that make you wonder if you’re watching the same game they are.

    My hope is that the Vikings improve enough this year that the network doesn’t assign the interns to do their games every week next year.

  101. vikingofny says: Oct 13, 2014 3:22 PM

    What’s the difference between Iceberg and Goldberg…one sank a ship and the other sank himself

  102. tamboafl says: Oct 13, 2014 3:27 PM

    Years ago, for one game only, NBC experimented with having no announcers, just the sound of the crowd and stadium PA. Back then there was limited on-screen graphics. But today, with all the graphics telling you down and distance, time remaining, and everything eles you need to know, who needs announcers. Maybe do this on your lower tier games, since the on-air talent is usually the worst. Networks can save some money too.

  103. otistaylor89 says: Oct 13, 2014 3:28 PM

    “Mike Goldberg is awful. I’ve had better announcing on the subway.”
    Ouch

  104. dexterismyhero says: Oct 13, 2014 3:28 PM

    Pam Oliver would not be any good at PBP. I think she is still concussed since getting hit in the head with a football.

    Quinn & Stockton were a hoot. The bar I was at turned the volume up on that game for about 3 minutes and everyone said turn it off!!!

  105. pftisawful says: Oct 13, 2014 3:28 PM

    Pam Oliver??? That would be a worse mistake than having Goldberg do it in the 1st place!! Michael David Smith, stop trying to be a liberal Douche as Goldberg would tweet…if Pam Oliver could do anything close to play by play it would of happened in this way too politically correct world by now.

    Jesus!!!

  106. channer81 says: Oct 13, 2014 3:29 PM

    You wanna find good announcers. Look up any young man that does E-Sports..

  107. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 13, 2014 3:31 PM

    Still better than silence-on-air Chris Berman.

  108. wellthatsinteresting says: Oct 13, 2014 3:32 PM

    Many people won’t agree with me, but I miss Dick Enberg doing the Chargers games with Fouts. I know the game fairly well, so I don’t need announcers to really explain the NFL to me….just have some fun with the game. Just to hear Enberg describe a long Thomlinson TD run and punctuate it with an “Oh, My!” was fun to listen to.

  109. ravenswhat says: Oct 13, 2014 3:33 PM

    Goldie is an idiot.

    Sincerely,

    UFC fans forced to listen to his garbage the last decade.

  110. conormacleod says: Oct 13, 2014 3:33 PM

    buzzardpointlookout says:
    Oct 13, 2014 1:58 PM
    Goldberg called Mike Zimmer “Don Zimmer” at least once. Don’t give Ryan Ayabandejo a pass, either. He may have been worse than Goldberg.
    —————————————-
    I hope it isn’t lost on you that you picked the wrong guy who said Don Zimmer, and that his name is Brendon Ayanbadejo.

  111. kevjones75 says: Oct 13, 2014 3:38 PM

    I like the idea of Pam Oliver as a commentator. Give her a shot.

  112. longtimefanhtr says: Oct 13, 2014 3:46 PM

    Well the Vikings are confusing.

  113. mezanine10 says: Oct 13, 2014 3:50 PM

    Twitter gave trolls a louder voice. Avoid the idiots by staying off it. Problem solved.

  114. metitometin says: Oct 13, 2014 3:51 PM

    Is FOX just pulling people off the street to call football games? Goodell should yank the NFL from FOX and give them to a real network that will give us real professional announcers. Everything about FOX has been a joke for a long time now.

  115. timmmah10 says: Oct 13, 2014 3:51 PM

    I agree with rest of the fans… he was horrible. I would have rather had Joe Buck.

    Felt like I was watching a local high school game broadcast.

  116. wmelch says: Oct 13, 2014 4:00 PM

    Considering all the typos you guys at PFT had this weekend, it might not be wise to criticize others for similar infractions, lest you lose credibility.

    Also, why no female writers at PFT? I’m sure Christine Brennan or Nancy Armour would love to help out.

  117. chrisanalisa says: Oct 13, 2014 4:00 PM

    My 12 year son even noticed all of the mistakes made by the announcers!!! Here are just a few: (1) several times he confused the coaches and players regarding their proper teams; (2) almost every team possession he would screw up the distance that the player traveled. One time included the Lions player running out at the 1st down marker (it was a 10 yard run) but he said so-and-so for 6 yards (WTF – yes, my anger was increased due to the beating the Vikes were taking); (3) the worst one was when he wanted to get cute with his words and said something like, “Twice the the Lions defense brings the house down and twice the vikings throw an interception.” Well, it was actually the third time he threw an interception – PAY ATTENTION. At that point, I was hoping FOX would try that experiment from 30 years ago when NBC did a game with no announcers!!!

  118. stealthjunk says: Oct 13, 2014 4:02 PM

    The most surprising part about this story is that people actually watched the Lions-Vikings game. Maybe the blackout rule isn’t such a bad thing…

  119. jr507 says: Oct 13, 2014 4:02 PM

    Pam Oliver? Give me a break. Maybe this article from the NY Post can help explain her “falling out of favor”:

    “If this is how Pam Oliver works a room, she
    might want to stick to sideline reporting.

    The Fox Sports NFL reporter flopped as host of a New York-New Jersey Super Bowl breakfast for regional business leaders Thursday, drawing gasps, groans and more than a few boos for her odd and insulting comments during a roundtable with owners of the Jets and Giants.

    Oliver surprised and angered the crowd by alternately ridiculing Jets fans, coach Rex Ryan, the Giants’ current woes and New Yorkers in general during the 30-minute session.

    The Times Square breakfast for roughly 50 area business executives was sponsored by the Association for a Better New York.

    When Al Kelly, chairman of the New York-New Jersey Super Bowl Committee, was asked by Oliver how the committee would make sure people dressed appropriately for an outdoor game in February, he said there would probably be “a couple of idiots” who wouldn’t do so.

    “Probably Jets fans,” Oliver said, prompting groans.

    Oliver later showed her apparent ignorance of the Jets’ surprising 4-3 start by asking team owner Woody Johnson: “How does Rex [Ryan] keep his job?”

    The 1-6 Giants weren’t spared, either. Oliver asked one of the team’s owners, Jonathan Tisch, to explain “what in the hell is the matter with the Giants?”

    The most insulting comment from Oliver, however, was reserved for New Yorkers as a whole.

    The crowd roared when she ask the team owners and Kelly how they planned “to instruct people of this area, particularly New Yorkers, to be nice? To say ‘please,’ ‘thank you’ and ‘I’ll get that’?”

    Oliver quickly qualified that by saying, “I’m sorry — I’m from the South.”

    But Tisch wasn’t pleased.

    “I’m from New York City, and I take exception with that,” Tisch said. “New Yorkers are unbelievably hospitable.”

    Oliver suffered a concussion before a game earlier this year when she was hit in the head by a football.”

  120. rajbais says: Oct 13, 2014 4:05 PM

    Sounds like someone is getting suspended.

  121. 33vikes says: Oct 13, 2014 4:06 PM

    Ayenbedajo or whomever it was did the Don Zimmer routine at least 3 times, then I lost count.

    That crew provided NO meaningful information whatsoever and was wrong constantly.

    Example:

    Hands to the face call against Minnesota.

    Announcer: You just can’t get your hands in the receivers face after 5 yards.

    NO, Idiot. You can’t go hands to the face ANYWHERE, as any fifth grader knows.

  122. tomthebombtracy says: Oct 13, 2014 4:08 PM

    I saw the last 5 minutes of regulation time and the whole OT in the Cincy-Carolina game and Ronde Barber was terrible. He was so out of sync with the game situation. Great game, though.

  123. eddieapoc says: Oct 13, 2014 4:11 PM

    I see a lot of negative comments with exactly 1 thumbs down. I’d just like to Welcome Mike Goldberg to PFT.

  124. titlelessincincy says: Oct 13, 2014 4:18 PM

    Pair Goldberg with Ronde’s on color and run that loop in Hell’s sports bar.

  125. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 13, 2014 4:18 PM

    oh no. somebody made a mistake. let’s fire everybody.

  126. jwcarlson says: Oct 13, 2014 4:21 PM

    yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says:
    Oct 13, 2014 2:50 PM
    “Amid accusations that shoving Oliver aside smacks of age and/or gender bias..”

    Does this site have a single female writer? Just curious.
    ——————————————–

    Nope, but they have some pretty obvious agendas. And as we all know, the truth should never get in the way of pushing an agenda.

    Now be a good little soldier and “thumbs up” all the comments in favor of propping up a woman who probably doesn’t even want to have a job that the ding dongs on here are pushing for her to get.

  127. linemanguy74 says: Oct 13, 2014 4:23 PM

    After further review “they did a terrible job”

  128. tvguy22 says: Oct 13, 2014 4:29 PM

    Chris Myers is a joke doing PBP. I don’t know who has pictures of in the FOX offices…

  129. saparker1 says: Oct 13, 2014 4:49 PM

    If anyone watched the Carolina/Cincinnati game those announcers were terrible too. Ronde Barber said at least 3 times that Gio was on his fantasy team. I could care less who is on the announcers fantasy team…why don’t you provide some analysis into the play (which is what you’re getting paid for) instead of just being a privileged fan who gets to talk on TV.

    I’m pretty sure there aren’t even interviews conducted in order to be on a broadcast with that company. Fox assumes former players can easily transition to speaking on TV when none of them went to college and earned a degree in such a field. I watch plenty of football all weekend long and I know can provide more analysis than 50% of the commentators that are employed currently

  130. Ridley Me This says: Oct 13, 2014 4:52 PM

    ninersphan says:
    Oct 13, 2014 2:15 PM
    Nothing to do with the topic at hand, but does anyone know why the Bills/Patriots game was broadcast by FOX instead of CBS?? I thought FOX was NFC & CBS was AFC, and when there are cross conference games the away team conference handles the broadcast FOX doing Panthers Bengals yesterday for example).
    I have NEVER see an instance of a regular season switch of conferences between the networks. Anyone else notice this and or know of an explanation??
    ______________________________________________________

    This has to do with CBS and FOX each gettings 1 exclusive game per week at either 1 or 4. Thats why CBS or FOX always broadcasts at 1 and 4 and the other will broadcast at 1 or 4.

    However, this can get tricky when local markets are put into play because the Patriots game broadcast has to be available in New England at 1pm, but Fox has the exclusive rights to be the one to broadcast a game at 1pm that particular week. That means they get to do an AFC vs AFC game, and we have to suffer thru an extra FOX game.

    As far as I know, when there are weird broadcast schedules on TV its almost always for this reason.

    On a side note, even though the FOX team that called the Patriots game wasn’t bad as the stories I’m reading, one of them went to Syracuse so they were all rooting for the Bills hard.

    I wish every game had a sister feed w/o commentary so I could hear the sounds of the game without two morons talking over it.

  131. bengalsofthenorth says: Oct 13, 2014 5:01 PM

    The day PFT has the authority to lecture anyone on “professionalism” is the day I fart fire-breathing pigs

  132. stung4ever1983 says: Oct 13, 2014 5:05 PM

    “Sean Yuille of the Lions fan site PrideofDetroit.com called it, “the worst broadcast of a football game I have ever witnessed.””

    I guess he didn’t watch any of the games Bryant “Al Gore” Gumble did for the NFL Network.

  133. sactogary says: Oct 13, 2014 5:16 PM

    I regularly get the impression that PBP guys are not seeing what the viewers are seeing. Typical example: just before Nugent’s missed field goal for Cincy, Dalton took the snap, centered himself between the hash marks, and fell to the ground to set up Nugent. From the camera angle showing on my TV, that was obvious, yet the announcer excitedly called it a fumble. I often wonder what those guys are looking at.

  134. mvp43 says: Oct 13, 2014 5:21 PM

    Calling Greg Jennings a receiver was bad enough.

  135. buckeye044 says: Oct 13, 2014 6:07 PM

    As long as it isn’t Berman I can listen to anyone.

  136. sweetnlow44 says: Oct 13, 2014 6:56 PM

    I would pay extra money on top of my NFL Sunday Ticket subscription to have Will Ferrell and Norm McDonald do the play by play. And Kenny Mayne down on the field for the on field updates and interviews.

  137. fourthand20 says: Oct 13, 2014 8:19 PM

    FOX would have been better off simulcasting the local radio team.

  138. jonsilver1947 says: Oct 13, 2014 9:17 PM

    The problem with trying to listen to a local radio team while watching a game is that if you use Directv (or Dish Network, I guess) for local tv stations as well as the networks, the few seconds delay in the picture required to bounce it off the satellite makes too great a disconnect between picture & sound…otherwise, I’d listen to Sterling & Waldman while watching the Yanks, for example…

  139. mnvikingsfan says: Oct 13, 2014 10:25 PM

    The announcing yesterday was absolutely horrid at best! I watched the entire game and am not sure which announcer made the most mistakes. Every play was called wrong! (I’m obviously exaggerating, but sure seemed like it)

    I don’t think either one of them got the yardage right (ie RB gains 4 yards, announcer says 2 yards gained).

    A 16 year old broadcasting his/her local high school games could have done a better job!

  140. lionswinsuperbowl says: Oct 13, 2014 10:38 PM

    My favorite was when Bell ran to the sidelines and had passed the first down line for 11-12 yards and the announcer goes “A solid 5-6 yard run for Joique Bell”

  141. bengalsfan20 says: Oct 14, 2014 1:09 AM

    You’re not in the UFC where dropping F Bombs at people is ok. Your boy Dana might think it’s ok in the UFC but you can’t bring that stuff to the NFL not going to fly.

  142. Ed Bandell says: Oct 14, 2014 4:41 AM

    One of my all time favorites was the lovely Rich Gannon who seemed to always get the call for Ravens games. He of course hated the Ravens since Tony Siragusa fell on him and essentially ended his career.

    Aside from bashing anything the Ravens did all game long, he apparently is the only one in the football industry who didn’t know how to pronounce Haloti Ngata’s last name. It was either on purpose, or he was just really that bad.

    “In on that tackle was big number 92 for the Ravens, that’s…..Hi-Lou-Tee No-Ta-Ta.”

    I’ve been waiting for Bilukidi to get more reps on the Ravens so I can hear people butcher that name.

  143. Ed Bandell says: Oct 14, 2014 4:44 AM

    Oh, and for the longest time Baltimore Orioles fans have had to put up with some really wonderful announcers. Right now we have Gary Thorne who might be an awesome hockey announcer, but is horrendous at baseball. He will announce the lineup for the other team when they are fielding. Meaning if the Orioles are at bat, he will give the order as if their opponent is hitting. He never gets the pitch location right. A ball will miss the plate low and outside and he will say it was high. He forgets outs, counts, and will sometimes go on and on and on forever about stupid stories nobody cares about anyway.

  144. ymca2014 says: Oct 14, 2014 7:24 AM

    Definitely the worst broadcast game ever (including pro, college, high school). My favorite was when he called Sharrif Floyd “Pinky Floyd.”

  145. fargovikesfan says: Oct 14, 2014 9:04 AM

    The only thing worse than the Vikings offensive line performance on sunday was Announce team performance…. Don Zimmer? Norv Turner calling plays for Jim Caldwell? Mispronouncing every player’s name? (hell they were so bad I think they even mispronounced “Smith”). Then to go get in a twitter fight over it when you get called out on the carpet? And to top it all off we get the same two morons this week. Hopefully we’ll get to hear them make a classic call for Freddy Bilgewater throwing a home run to Courdoroy Peterson while Don Zimmer looks on approvingly.

  146. twelsh36446 says: Oct 14, 2014 9:37 AM

    Just like Fox to give us half asz announcers.

  147. yippeekaiay says: Oct 14, 2014 11:23 AM

    Goldberg obviously has no concept of the game. He does not understand time-outs, yardage, a teams goal when they have the ball (and don’t have the ball), or what down it is. That’s okay with me. He clearly should never have been hired because of that alone.

    What’s not okay, was his effortless attempt in knowing any of the player’s, what teams they are on, the coach’s (and team they coach for) and the resume of the players…i.e. Matthew Stafford being 2 pro-bowls. Really?

    Memorizing or recognizing the above is something a 6 year old can do. Epic Fail!

  148. ducks4remi says: Oct 14, 2014 1:41 PM

    If minny wants better anouncers maybe they should put a better team on the field.

  149. drunkwino says: Oct 14, 2014 3:19 PM

    I actually remember listening to a woman do play by play for some obscure college football game a year or two ago. She obviously did her homework and knew how to pronounce all the kids names and paid attention to the lesson in announcing school that says the play-by-play announcer is the one who’s supposed to keep to calling the plays on the field and set up the color announcer’s comments. She sounded fine to me, maybe no Pat Summerall, but better than a whole lot of well known play-by-play twits today.

  150. wnstonchill says: Oct 14, 2014 4:06 PM

    Short NFL broadcasting career for you “Goldy”….. if you can’t handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

  151. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 14, 2014 7:32 PM

    Boom goes the dynamite!

  152. aut1111 says: Oct 15, 2014 10:56 AM

    Let’s team Goldberg up with Ronde Barber and see how many tvs in the broadcast radius melt. Pam Oliver (or frankly any casual NFL fan) would be a way better than Goldberg, there really isn’t any serious argument after Sunday’s game.

  153. peoriaviking says: Oct 15, 2014 7:06 PM

    Play by Play calling is a skill. Just ask Mike Greenburg of Mike and Mike, about his one and only play by play of a Monday Night Football game a few years back. He must have used the word “nice” or “nicely” a thousand times. It was his crutch word after every other play. He was terrible in that role.

  154. 72shovelhead says: Oct 15, 2014 11:28 PM

    Why is Fox even in this position, like a tennis player replacing a football player, Fox cheap not enuf play by play people, Grab someone off the street next time

  155. theaints says: Oct 16, 2014 5:56 PM

    Justin Gilbert was bad this week too

  156. autumnwind999 says: Oct 18, 2014 12:47 PM

    Mean Gene Okerlund never would’ve pulled crud like this. Inexcusable.

  157. mytights says: Sep 19, 2016 1:47 PM

    Watching the NFL games is terrible the commentators are so bias they make watching a game that you just don’t enjoy a game any more. They praise one team so much like they are gods and their opponents as nothing what ever happened to open minded towards sides instead of bias towards one side they are destroying the enjoyment of watching a game.

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