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Review of Fox's Super Bowl coverage; Sunday night UM recruiting update; Fins, Marlins, Heat


Fox’s Super Bowl telecast began with Troy Aikman contradicting Joe Buck about the reason for the game’s early safety, and Fox stubbornly sticking to its short-sighted approach of not displaying graphics for either team’s starting lineup.

Fortunately, Fox improved from there, serving up a telecast that was generally solid, despite the lopsided score, but clearly short of exceptional. Aikman offered a bunch of cogent points but delivered several head-scratching moments, too.

The good: Aikman correctly predicted before the game that Seattle’s Percy Harvin would be a factor; adeptly explained what Seattle was doing to frustrate Peyton Manning; noted that Denver’s receivers often couldn’t get into their routes because of the Seattle pass rush and tight coverage; and weaved in useful information gleaned from pre-game meetings, such as Seattle’s Earl Thomas questioning Manning’s arm strength.

He spotted nuances, including the fact Seattle safety Kam Chancellor was downfield on his interception against Manning but is usually lined up near the line of scrimmage. He noted Denver didn’t throw a pass against Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman until more than 31 minutes had elapsed. He bemoaned in the fourth quarter: “I don’t know what Denver’s doing – they’re playing so soft” in coverage.

But Aikman, either confused or not particularly skilled at math, asserted that Denver needed “four touchdowns and three three-point conversions” to rally from a 29-0 deficit. Buck either didn’t hear that or understandably didn’t want to embarrass Aikman by correcting him, even though Aikman earlier disputed Buck’s assertion that noise contributed to the first-quarter safety.

Aikman probably overstated matters in claiming this loss would not affect “one thing” about how Manning is remembered. It will to many people, Troy. Also, Aikman curiously spoke of Sherman possibly needing six months to recover without knowing his specific injury.

Because the Super Bowl audience includes millions of viewers who don’t have football PhDs, Aikman should have explained his reference to “natural rubbing action” on a passing play. And Aikman continues to irk grammar teachers everywhere by repeatedly saying “many a times.” (Troy, it’s many a time or many times.)

Aikman spewed more than a handful of master-of-the-obvious statements, but all analysts do that.

### From a production standpoint, Fox's work was exemplary, including a terrific slow motion replay of the shock on Manning’s face when the first snap of the game sailed over his head for a safety.

### Fox studio analyst Terry Bradshaw missed the broadcast while mourning the death of his father, Bill, who passed away on Thursday. Michael Strahan took his place handling the postgame trophy presentation.

### Among the highlights of Fox’s pre-game show: a classy retrospective on legendary Pat Summerall; Jay Glazer’s emotional interview with Broncos coach John Fox and his wife about his mid-season heart surgery; and Bill O’Reilly’s sometimes contentious conversation with President Barack Obama.

O’Reilly, who interrupted Obama 48 times in their pre-Super Bowl interview in 2011, interrupted him 26 times in 10 minutes on Sunday, prompting Obama to say at one point: “I’m trying to explain it to you if you want to listen.”

O’Reilly asked Obama if telling people they could keep the health insurance they already had, if they wanted, under the Affordable Care Act was the biggest mistake of his presidency.  “Bill, you have a long list of my mistakes of my presidency,” Obama responded.

Obama, denying there’s corruption in the IRS, told O’Reilly that “these things keep surfacing because you and [Fox News Channel] support them.”

But O’Reilly ended the interview by telling Obama: “Your heart is in the right place.”

### Fox’s red carpet interviews again served partly as a promotional tool for stars of the network’s prime time series. And even though viewers saw video of CBS’ Charlie Rose walking down the red carpet with Bill Murray, Fox’s Charissa Thompson didn’t acknowledge his existence.

The red carpet interviews weren’t as mindless as usual because Chris Myers, who was summoned at the last minute to handle some of them, came up with decent alternative questions to: “Who’s going to win?” Thompson, unfortunately, still felt compelled to ask most celebrities for their game predictions and fawned over Jennifer Garner, among others.

### Pre-game factoids I found interesting: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll rehearsed the 30-minute halftime with his players, according to Pam Oliver… Jimmy Johnson said he ordered his Dallas teams never to watch anything to do with football before their Super Bowls because he thought it would drain them mentally...

Sherman told Erin Andrews that his NFC Championship postgame personal attack of 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree was “uncalled for.” Sherman had called Crabtree “a sorry receiver.”... Glazer reported Manning called Saints coach Sean Payton and Cardinals coach (and former Colts interim coach) Bruce Arians for insight on how to attack the Seattle defense. It clearly didn’t help.        



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Lloyd Heilbrunn

They screwed up the mention about the Dolphins' '71 winning SuperBowl team.


Golden keeps losing players. Serves him right.

joe r

the radio broadcast was much better, as it ALWAYS is and now with nfl audio pass you can listen to each teams radio feed if you wish..this makes regular season games tolerable to view and listen


Grammar teachers also are "irked" by using "comprised of" instead of "composed of" ...

long time cane

If Miami had a DC who was a talented,known and proven winner at his position (such as a RS type)then the defensive recruits would overwhelm the talent we ve now got.It s no coincidence recruits are thinking long and hard about playing at LSU and Alabama whose schools have a recent,great reputation for developing players and making them NFL ready.Miami doesn t have that now and Golden better hope Thomas sticks.He got lucky/or I ll give him credit of course for reaching out again to Wyche to get him to recommit back to the U.That Valentine would even want to leave from Dade County when he KNOWS the U needs him badly is only because he has strong reservations obviously about Miami s awful DC.Golden s class is a good one but should have attracted even better recruits to make it an outstanding one.


The announcing team is OK. Joe Buck couldn't hold his father's microphone. Boring voice and very obnoxious! Zero personality.

long time cane

Once Miami has a new,proven DC they will begin getting big,talented studs like Bama and LSU get.Until then it will just continue as hit and miss.Also,a loyal HC will inspire recruits to come play for him as well.Miami has suffered hiccups under Golden s tenure.Truth is the truth.

[]_[] got to be kidding

Where's the UM recruiting updates on this post? It clearly says Sunday UM recruiting update right after Review of Fox's Super Bowl Coverage.

Barry Jackson

Yes. It's on the last post. I will add it here as well.


re: Aikman, obviously just a typo (three three-point conversions) unlike Aikman who boldly declared "If you do the math" before incorrectly explaining how the Broncos could tie the game.


we have a top 10 class going into last 2 days with 11 of espns top 300 players.........11. move on, each school gets flips at this time of year........You cant get everyone.

top 10 with about 6-8 slots open means we have a shot at top 5 class..........


Barry, if you're going to make political comments, then isn't it fair you allow a contrasting opinion on said BLOG?
I wouldn't have thought you'd remove my posting from last night.
I would always BELIEVE you're better than that.

Barry Jackson

IMA Writer: I did NOT remove your comment. Please re-post it.


To the readers, I also received an email from Barry J with the same message as posted above. Other than messing up my USER name (LOL) Barry is DA MAN.
It was, of course, removed by moderators.
briefly, I just questioned a few points in Barry's commentary regarding the Obama/O'Reilly interview. Just 2 Irish guys verbally duking it out! LOL.

Goes to show how politics on a blog even INADVERTENTLY can lead to misunderstandings. My abject public apology to Mr Jackson.

Back on topic, I BEG Mr Valentine and a least one of the other DT's to give UM the benefit of their talent. They will receive a top flight education, and a treaty TV showcase. UM ALWAYS draws well on TV.


Good news: Bill O'Reilly admits that Obama has a heart.

Bad news: do we feel comfortable that O'Reilly, so lacking in character, has a sense of where Obama's heart is?

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