Athens, GA (Dec 10, 2007) - Chicago Tribune Columnist Ed Sherman is adding to the voices citing the weaknesses of the NFL Network's Bryant Gumbel as a play-by-play announcer. In his December 7, 2007 column, Sherman wrote:
The network gambled on Gumbel, who before taking the assignment last year hadn't called a game since the 1970s. Thus far, he hasn't paid off as critics have panned him for everything, including his voice. It lacks the authoritative tone usually heard from NFL play-by-play men.
Gumbel makes no apologies, saying "It's the only voice I have."
Of greater concern is Gumbel's ability to call a game. Thursday, he violated an announcer rule when he didn't wait for the referee to signal the result of a field goal: He said an attempt by Washington's Shaun Suisham was good, only to see it fall short.You can read Sherman's full column over on the Chicago Tribune web site.
"My bad," Gumbel said.
There were other "my bads," which shouldn't be accepted at this level.
I'm a big fan of Gumbel's "Real Sports" on HBO. That's his arena. The football booth, it appears, is not.