Broken wind didn’t help keep Nantz-Simms from fracturing

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Sometimes, some things need to be said. I’ve tried not to say this one, but given the speculation that Jim Nantz had a say in the Romo-for-Simms swap (and surely Nantz didn’t object or it wouldn’t have happened) it makes sense to ponder the potential impact of one specific moment from the wild-card playoff game between the Dolphins and Steelers.

The video says it all, even though it’s never said what actually happened. Whatever term you choose (and there are several), let’s just say Simms apparently exposed Nantz to a certain specific type of noxious gas that is sufficiently lighter than air to travel from, somewhere above the knees and directly to the nose.

Watch closely. There’s a not-so-subtle hand-wafting by Simms. Of the air. On the air.

And the look on Nantz’s face, just before he walks out of one of the few in-game shots of the guys in the broadcast booth, says plenty about what he thinks of what Simms has just done.

“My man Phil playing hurt today,” Nantz eventually says.

While it’s unlikely that this specific moment prompted Nantz to decide he wants a new partner, it’s safe to say that Nantz was not waxing nostalgic about the time Simms was breaking something other than news when the time came to use the thumb that was at one point pinching his nose to give approval to the decision to make a change.

So as Tony Romo begins to learn the things he needs to do while sharing a confined space with Jim Nantz, there’s one thing Romo can put at the top of the list of things to never do.

52 responses to “Broken wind didn’t help keep Nantz-Simms from fracturing

  1. The motivation in eliminating an experienced rival shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. It will be years before Tony is anything other than his sidekick.

  2. It’s the company culture. For example if that happened at FOX nobody would give it a second thought.

  3. Probably the funniest damn article you’ve ever written! Maybe I’m 12…maybe I’m high…but I laughed from beginning to end and watched the video over as well!

  4. Nantz cheats on his longtime wife with a gal young enough to be his daughter, but is aghast at the thought of someone having the nerve to fart in his presence ..okay Jim

  5. Toxic Butt gas sinks Phil Simm’s broadcasting career. That couldn’t been the 1st time Simm’s broke wind in the booth with Nantz. Maybe he had some of the special Pittsburgh chili, couple of Iron City brews the night before the broadcast and that created a stench that Nantz never wanted to smell again.

  6. That’s nothing. I have a brother that would have cleared the entire stadium. Including the players from both teams.

  7. I had a roommate in college who was a body builder and only ate tuna and bananas. One day while driving I challenged him to a fart competition. I let one rip.. he smiled and laughed. He let loose the tiniest little squeaker. I had to pull over the car and get out. My eyes were watering.

    Not all noxious gas is created equal.

  8. Looking for very juvenile motivation as to why Nantz wanted Simms gone.

    I suspect there were far greater issues between them and if this “incident” was a factor in Nantz pushing for him to be gone is says nothing good about Nantz.

  9. upperdecker19 says:
    Apr 7, 2017 11:14 AM
    Kevin Harland > Jim Nantzzzzzzzzzz
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    Kevin Harlan provides a great call. Al Michaels is still the best out there.

  10. Simms’ downfall was that he sucked. The fart was just a release of all the sucking. Fun fact – Benjamin Franklin actually wrote a very funny book about farting.
    an excerpt from Fart Proudly

    ” It is universally well known, that in digesting our common food, there is created or produced in the bowels of human creatures, a great quantity of wind. That the permitting this air to escape and mix with the atmosphere, is usually offensive to the company, from the fetid smell that accompanies it. That all well-bred people therefore, to avoid giving such offence, forcibly restrain the efforts of nature to discharge that wind.”

    Nantz – “Word”

  11. Not only Nantz, but every one of us was exposed to Simms’ noxious gas, every time he opened his mouth. As for Chris Simms, all I can say is that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  12. damcmp says:
    Apr 7, 2017 11:58 AM

    must have been a fart for the ages!!!!!
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    or a fart unlike any other.

  13. bordner says:
    Apr 7, 2017 12:29 PM
    damcmp says:
    Apr 7, 2017 11:58 AM

    must have been a fart for the ages!!!!!
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    or a fart unlike any other.
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    A fart that could not be denied.

  14. Nantz is an excellent announcer. I do have to admit his attempt to use voice inflection to convey upon The Maters and Augusta National some elevated level of respect strikes me as a kiss ass.

  15. We saw several occasions in which Simms inulted Nantz over the years.
    Payback.
    So be it.

  16. I highly doubt Nantz would get a guy fired for passing gas. I think it’s just the that Phil Simms is a very bad color commentator and Nantz wants the kind of chemistry John Madden had with Pat Summerall.

  17. jimmy nants is a pro and i’m sure one little fart from phil is nothing compared to the farts in the butler cabin he has to deal with. i’ll give phil a mulligan on this one.

  18. When they are on, I don’t pay any attention to what Nantz is saying. Phil, I listen to. So, whatever

  19. Simms was bland and never very interesting has a color guy. He’s lucky to have lasted as long as he did. Color guys are always pushed out of their seats by guys with more recent star power. Lanny Wadkins was, I believe, the No. 1 golf color commentator on CBS with Nantz for a few years, and was good–but when Nick Faldo became available, he was out. Agree Harlan is better than Nantz. Nantz is better at golf–zzzzz—than football.

  20. Simms was bland and never very interesting as a color guy. He’s lucky to have lasted as long as he did. What’s interesting about that video is how pissed Nantz gets over a fart–that tells you that there was some tension in the relationship.

    Color guys are always pushed out of their seats by guys with more recent star power. Lanny Wadkins was, I believe, the No. 1 golf color commentator on CBS with Nantz for a few years, and was good–but when Nick Faldo became available, he was out. Agree Harlan is better than Nantz. Nantz is better at golf–zzzzz—than football.

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