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September 14, 2007
"The Tooth Fairy, NBA refs and Bill Belichick. ... It's not a good state of affairs ... when we now believe in politicians more than ... the NBA and the NFL." Cris Collinsworth On HBO's Inside the NFL
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
It was true last year, and it was true again Thanksgiving night: No one does the NFL like “NBC Sunday Night Football.” From the opening aerial shots making even old Baltimore look all glittery and glam, to Bob Costas welcoming tens of millions of viewers to M&T Bank Stadium, NBC made the Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game seem like the only place in the world to be Thursday night. After weeks of CBS Sports, what a pleasure it was to be in the skilled veteran hands of coordinating producer Fred Gaudelli, director Drew Esocoff, play-by-play announcer Al Michaels and analyst Cris Collinsworth.
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By Ray Frager | October 19, 2008
Seahawks@Buccaneers 8:15 p.m. [chs. 11, 4] You can hear a different voice working with Al Michaels tonight - Cris Collinsworth. Before the season, NBC suggested John Madden (right) take the week off to avoid a third straight cross-country trip in his bus. Combined with next Sunday's schedule containing an open date for NBC, that gives Madden, 72, a couple of weeks off. However, it halts his streak of 476 consecutive games worked on the air.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2012
'NBC Sunday Night Football' isn't just in a league of its own when it comes to NFL telecasts. It lives on another planet so far away from the nearest competition that it can't even be judged by the same standards. And last night's broadcast of the Baltimore Ravens 13-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers was another gold-plated example of that truth. There's a reason it's the highest rated prime-time program on network TV -- there is nothing else like it. If you started with the "Football Night in America" pre-game show at 7 p.m. Sunday, you were treated to five hours of the best highlights, perspective, analysis, pop culture conversation and live game coverage that you are ever going to see on TV on any one night -- five hours of excellence!
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By Edward Lee | October 31, 2011
The Ravens may repeat the “A win's a win” refrain popular among athletes, but they didn't win any style points from former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison. Harrison, an analyst for NBC, was unimpressed by the Ravens' 30-27 victory over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, lumping the Ravens in with the New York Giants, who barely nipped the Miami Dolphins, 20-17. “Two teams that won today that still have some issues are the Ravens and the Giants,” Harrison said.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2011
The Ravens' overwhelming 35-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday earned the team a measure of respect from Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth. Collinsworth, a commentator for NBC's Sunday Night Football, pointed out that the Steelers were one of four division winners from last season who flopped in their season openers. “The thing that is most interesting about today as far as I was concerned, four division winners from a season ago - Pittsburgh, Indy, Kansas City and Atlanta - none of them scored more than 12 points on the afternoon,” Collinsworth said.
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By Edward Lee | October 7, 2011
During the NBC broadcast of the Ravens' 34-17 victory over the New York Jets, analyst Cris Collinsworth pointed out on more than one occasion how running back Ray Rice impacted the opposing defense when he lined up as a receiver. When Rice flared out as a wideout, the Jets shifted their coverage and occasionally assigned cornerback Antonio Cromartie to shadow the tailback. When safety Eric Smith got the assignment, Rice ran a quick slant, caught the pass from quarterback Joe Flacco, slipped out of Smith's diving grasp, and didn't stop until he had completed a 52-yard gain in the first quarter.
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By Milton Kent | September 24, 1996
Though the Redskins are beating out Rams and Bears and Giants on their schedule, they're unable to top spiders and worms on the local TV schedule.Sunday's Redskins-Rams game on Channel 45 was easily the least-watched of the three afternoon contests available for local viewers, according to Sharon Walz, Channel 11's chief numbers cruncher and this week's sole and official Media Watch ratings provider. The Redskins game, airing at 1 p.m., did a 3.2 rating, and 8 share of the audience for Channel 45.Meanwhile, the 1 p.m. Broncos-Chiefs game on Channel 11, did an 8.5/20, while on Channel 54, a movie doubleheader of "Tarantulas" and "Slugs," starting at noon, did a 3.4/8 and 4.3/10, respectively.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2011
Maybe there is a TV Santa Claus. CBS Sports televised the Baltimore Ravens against the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Eve, and the network didn't force local viewers to endure Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf in the booth. Happy holidays to you, too, Sean McManus, former Baltimore resident and current president of CBS Sports. Thanks for having a little mercy on us. I'm not saying the broadcast team CBS gave us, Spero Dedes and Rich Gannon, was great guns. But it was better than we have been getting lately on the home of “Hawaii Five-O” and the 10,000 other prime-time shows I saw endless promos for on Saturday afternoon.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2012
'NBC Sunday Night Football' isn't just in a league of its own when it comes to NFL telecasts. It lives on another planet so far away from the nearest competition that it can't even be judged by the same standards. And last night's broadcast of the Baltimore Ravens 13-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers was another gold-plated example of that truth. There's a reason it's the highest rated prime-time program on network TV -- there is nothing else like it. If you started with the "Football Night in America" pre-game show at 7 p.m. Sunday, you were treated to five hours of the best highlights, perspective, analysis, pop culture conversation and live game coverage that you are ever going to see on TV on any one night -- five hours of excellence!
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2012
I was supposed to review NBC's telecast of the Super Bowl itself. You know, what kind of job did Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Bob Costas do? And I will deliver a short, fast version of that. But you cannot review the Super Bowl without talking about the ads and the halftime show. The ads are a barometer of our culture. And what they said to me is that we have become a truly dumbed-down, crass, trashy and even cruel society -- and somehow proud of it. And if seeing that kind of straight culture talk upsets you, stop reading now, because when I get through the game review and get back to the ads at the end of this piece, you will really be angry.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2011
Maybe there is a TV Santa Claus. CBS Sports televised the Baltimore Ravens against the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Eve, and the network didn't force local viewers to endure Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf in the booth. Happy holidays to you, too, Sean McManus, former Baltimore resident and current president of CBS Sports. Thanks for having a little mercy on us. I'm not saying the broadcast team CBS gave us, Spero Dedes and Rich Gannon, was great guns. But it was better than we have been getting lately on the home of “Hawaii Five-O” and the 10,000 other prime-time shows I saw endless promos for on Saturday afternoon.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2011
When it comes to TV analysts, there is NBC's Cris Collinsworth. And then, there is everybody else. And he was at his best Sunday night in the Baltimore Ravens' prime-time matchup with the San Diego Chargers, explaining the games within the games like nobody else on TV can. In fact, no one even comes close. Start with his energy and presence. Because of Collinsworth's  laid-back manner and casual form of speech, you think of him as easy-going at first glance. But in the first half Sunday night, there was hardly a play that went by that Collinworth didn't follow with some piece of analysis.
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By Edward Lee | October 31, 2011
The Ravens may repeat the “A win's a win” refrain popular among athletes, but they didn't win any style points from former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison. Harrison, an analyst for NBC, was unimpressed by the Ravens' 30-27 victory over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, lumping the Ravens in with the New York Giants, who barely nipped the Miami Dolphins, 20-17. “Two teams that won today that still have some issues are the Ravens and the Giants,” Harrison said.
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By Edward Lee | October 7, 2011
During the NBC broadcast of the Ravens' 34-17 victory over the New York Jets, analyst Cris Collinsworth pointed out on more than one occasion how running back Ray Rice impacted the opposing defense when he lined up as a receiver. When Rice flared out as a wideout, the Jets shifted their coverage and occasionally assigned cornerback Antonio Cromartie to shadow the tailback. When safety Eric Smith got the assignment, Rice ran a quick slant, caught the pass from quarterback Joe Flacco, slipped out of Smith's diving grasp, and didn't stop until he had completed a 52-yard gain in the first quarter.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2011
The Ravens' overwhelming 35-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday earned the team a measure of respect from Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth. Collinsworth, a commentator for NBC's Sunday Night Football, pointed out that the Steelers were one of four division winners from last season who flopped in their season openers. “The thing that is most interesting about today as far as I was concerned, four division winners from a season ago - Pittsburgh, Indy, Kansas City and Atlanta - none of them scored more than 12 points on the afternoon,” Collinsworth said.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
It was true last year, and it was true again Thanksgiving night: No one does the NFL like “NBC Sunday Night Football.” From the opening aerial shots making even old Baltimore look all glittery and glam, to Bob Costas welcoming tens of millions of viewers to M&T Bank Stadium, NBC made the Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game seem like the only place in the world to be Thursday night. After weeks of CBS Sports, what a pleasure it was to be in the skilled veteran hands of coordinating producer Fred Gaudelli, director Drew Esocoff, play-by-play announcer Al Michaels and analyst Cris Collinsworth.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2012
I was supposed to review NBC's telecast of the Super Bowl itself. You know, what kind of job did Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Bob Costas do? And I will deliver a short, fast version of that. But you cannot review the Super Bowl without talking about the ads and the halftime show. The ads are a barometer of our culture. And what they said to me is that we have become a truly dumbed-down, crass, trashy and even cruel society -- and somehow proud of it. And if seeing that kind of straight culture talk upsets you, stop reading now, because when I get through the game review and get back to the ads at the end of this piece, you will really be angry.
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December 20, 2009
Michaels says ... Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson could each have big nights. The Vikings are looking to wrap up a first-round bye, and that should be motivation enough to keep them interested against an overmatched opponent. The Panthers do have a running game, and they've got one of the better backs in the league in DeAngelo Williams, but he'll have to have a very big game for the Panthers to have a shot. And against Minnesota's vaunted run defense? Good luck. Collinsworth says ... For Brett Favre, he has a chance to go out in a dream scenario.
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November 22, 2009
Al says … "The Eagles are what the NFL has become: very unpredictable. They were playing pretty well, then inexplicably lost to Oakland - how did that happen? - come back and kill the Giants, close game against Dallas but can't deliver, fall way behind in San Diego and rally but lose again. The one thing about the Eagles that people should know by now - the last few years this has happened - is they'll look like they're dead, and all of a sudden they play extremely well down the stretch."
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