Sunday night was perfect in almost every way–except for just one thing. If I could go back and it over again, I would have synced up 94WIP with the NBC telecast. Generally, I roll with the assigned television broadcasters, but Super Bowl 52 was a tough listen as Cris Collinsworth fawned over the Patriots and Al Michaels struggled to muster excitement in a game that featured 1,151 total yards of offense, 74 combined points and some of the most memorable moments in Super Bowl history. Typically, I disagree with those who chide Collinsworth–he usually provides meaningful insight, but his analysis was occasionally incorrect and often lacked depth on Sunday night. For those of you like me wondering what they missed out on with Merrill Reese and Mike Quick on the call, here it is:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) February 6, 2018
“Brady lines them up. He’s back again. He steps up. He’s hit. He stumbles. He is throwing it deep for the end zone and it is…batted around and incomplete! And the game is over! The game is over! The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl Champions! Eagles fans everywhere, this is for you! Let the celebration begin!”
He nails it. The emotion in the call is obvious and it is palpable for Reese, who has been calling Eagles games since December of 1977. No matter how many times I watch the highlights or videos like this, it still doesn’t seem real. Incredible.