I will start off by saying that I am indeed a fan of the Baltimore Ravens. No, I do not plan on complaining about the referees, our defense, or our offensive line. I am not talking about what happened in the game itself, for the most part.
There is, however, one thing that needs to be mentioned – or some of you may say “complain” about. That is the NFL Network’s team off commentators and their work on the game last night.
The trio in the booth last night were former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann, former great executive Matt Millen, and full time sportscaster Bob Papa.
Last night was an unprofessional display by all three of them, mainly Theismann and Millen.
[pullquote]“Are Matt Millen & Joe Theismannthe Stockton & Malone of Horrible Announcers? Last night was brutal!” – Bill Simmons
“BREAKING – The NFL is investigating inappropriate texts sent from commentator Joe Theismann to Falcons QB Matt Ryan. More to come.”
“If they legalized gay marriage tonight Joe Theismann would have proposed to Matt Ryan. #nfl #Matt Ryan #Ravens #Falcons #nflnetwork”
“I’m scared for Matt Ryan if Joe Theismann is really going home and watching his DVD?? He likes him a little too much”
“Joe Theismann is spending so much time on Matt Ryan‘s jock, he’s about to get pregnant. #NFL #Falcons #Ravens”
“@pastapadre yeah , it’s almost creepy how much JoeTheismann is talking about Matt Ryan.”
“@SI_PeterKing do we need to keep listening to Matt Millen andJoeTheismann‘s love affair with matt ryan?”
“Joe Theismann is going overboard with the Matt Ryan love. And I love Matt Ryan. #ifeelbetteraboutmyselfnow”[/pullquote]
Besides the fact that Theismann consistently called Ravens’ All-Pro defensive tackle Haloti Ngata by the name “Halati Ngota” and the others messed up the first names of just about every Raven not named Ray, the broadcast team could not stop being enamored with the Falcons.
After they stopped commenting on how unattractive, nonathletic, yet talented as a core the Falcons’ offensive line is, they took aim at Matt Ryan.
Joe Theismann made a comment that he was going to get a DVD of all of Matt Ryan’s throws, take it home, and watch it over and over. What ever other action is going to be involved is left up to the imagination. Joe then proceeded to talk about how “aerodynamic” the throws of Ryan were. If you were playing a drinking game with the rule “drink whenever we hear Matt Ryan’s name said by a color commentator,” you are dead. D-E-A-D.
Type the name of Joe Theismann into the Twitter search system and these are some of the things you get (to the right):
The love for Matt Ryan ran so deep in Theismann and Millen that they compared him to Tom Brady AND Peyton Manning. Brady had two Super Bowl MVP’s in his first three full NFL seasons and Manning had already lead the league in yards passing and touchdowns. Matt Ryan is struggling to get his quarterback rating into the 90′s.
I fully admit to Matt Ryan being a great quarterback in the NFL. After last night, I would even say he is better than Joe Flacco.
However, the job of the broadcast team is to remain unbiased throughout. Not only were Matt Millen and Joe Theismann making idiotic comments all night, but they just couldn’t seem to stop crushing on Matt Ryan.
I highly doubt NFL Network will do anything about the duo since they all seem to stand by their broadcasters; but for our sake, please make it stop.