1. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman moved from Fox to ESPN. Al Michaels moved from NBC to Amazon. Mike Tirico was elevated to the voice of Sunday night football. Kirk Herbstreit added an NFL gig and joined Amazon. Kevin Burkhardt became Fox’s main player in the NFL. And then Tom Brady and Fox announced a shocking wedding.
There was still one domino to fall after all this movement: who would become Burkhardt’s partner on Fox until Brady decided to hang him up for real? This domino fell yesterday when the New York Post Andrew Marchand reported that Fox will elevate Greg Olsen to the No. 1 role (meaning he’ll call this year’s Super Bowl) until Brady is ready to become a broadcaster.
It’s a fascinating storyline for several reasons. This begs the question: Will Olsen be the No. 1 guy for a season? Two seasons? Three seasons? No one in the world, apparently including Tom Brady, knows when Tom Brady will be finished as a quarterback. Personally, I would be amazed if Brady only played one more season. I don’t think you go through a five-minute retirement just to come back for a season. Brady clearly wants to play until his ability wanes and that hasn’t happened yet.
Will Olsen be fine returning to the No. 2 team when Brady is done playing?
And who will be Fox’s No. 2 analyst? The network has yet to name one, but the #2 analyst role is important as they get playoff games. Marchand also flagged Drew Brees as a possibility as Fox’s No. 2 analyst.
There could possibly be a scenario where Olsen is the #1 analyst, Brees is the #2 analyst, then Brady retires after this season and Olsen AND Brees have to be demoted, which would be crazy.
Obviously, it is obvious for Olsen to follow this plan. He has a chance to show off his abilities and call the top plays. Many people will think this could also be a tryout for Olsen. If he shines in his new role, you’d assume he’d become a commodity for other networks when Brady comes along and bumps into Olsen.
There is only one problem with their theory. There won’t be many, if any, No. 1 gigs open for some time.
Tony Romo signed a 10-year contract with CBS in 2020. Troy Aikman just signed a five-year contract with ESPN. Kirk Herbstreit just signed an agreement with Amazon to Thursday night football.
Olsen’s best shot for a longtime No.1 job could may be to be NBC? Obviously, NBC was considering leaving Collinsworth when it brought in Brees, but it didn’t work out.
The one thing we know for sure about all of this right now is that we still have a big NFL broadcast move ahead of us.
2. It was the best content to come out of Thursday’s Nick Saban – Jimbo Fisher drama.
3. Jayson Tatum’s son had some high fives (in fact, they were low fives) for the Celtics after their win over the Heat last night. Watch this video till the end to see what happened with the youngster and Grant Williams.
4. You’ll recall JJ Redick and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo debated Chris Paul vs. Bob Cousy a few weeks ago on First take and Redick dropped the line, “He was guarded by plumbers and firefighters,” regarding the Celtics legend.
It took about a month, but Cousy, 93, answered the diss Thursday on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
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“Less talented people will always try to make a name for themselves by criticizing others and hopefully gaining attention and maybe increasing their credibility,” Cousy said.
“So when you respond to something like that, you’re playing into their hands. I won’t, but I will defend the firefighters and plumbers he referred to. And I’m just going to give you some of the names of those firefighters I’ve played with and against over the years. How about Bill Russell, the aforementioned, not too bad player. Wilt Chamberlain, do you remember this guy? He wasn’t bad. I guess he had to fight fires too. But either way, Wilt Chamberlain.
5. It’s simply the most perfect intro for an NFL game.
6. This week IS Media Podcast is an edition composed entirely of Traina Thoughts. Sal Licata of WFAN and SNY, who joins me weekly for the segment, is on the full show, where we discuss the following topics:
– NFL Thanksgiving and Christmas games
– Phil Mickelson’s wager
– The worst bets we’ve ever made
– The future of Drew Brees
– The best sports quote of the week
– Tom Brady’s Upcoming Roast
– Carmen Electra joins OnlyFans
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: If you know the Nextdoor app, you must watch this.
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