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By Bill Fleischman and Bill Fleischman,Knight-Ridder | October 16, 1990
PHILADELPHIA -- As the door to ABC-TV's booth at Veterans Stadium swung open early this morning, Dan Dierdorf looked up, smiled and said, "Is Andre Waters coming up after me?"Dierdorf wasn't joking during the fourth quarter of the Philadelphia Eagles-Minnesota Vikings "Monday Night Football" telecast.After Waters, the Eagles' veteran safety, honed in on the knees of Vikings quarterback Rich Gannon as Gannon headed out of bounds, Dierdorf called Waters "the cheap-shot artist of the National Football League.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
With Greg Gumbel and Trent Green as the CBS broadcast team on today's Ravens game, I was eager to see how Gumbel would fare without his old, gaffe-prone partner Dan Dierdorf. I figured Gumbel had to be better, right? Wrong. “Welcome back to an absolutely beautiful day in Baltimore, Maryland,” Gumbel said in his opening remarks as viewers saw an overhead shot of M&T Bank Stadium. “The sun is shining, the temperature is 78 degrees on this last day of September ...” Oops.
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By RAY FRAGER | January 14, 2007
CBS was carrying a football game, not a history lesson. Around here, the buildup to yesterday's Ravens-Indianapolis Colts game was heavy on remembrances and regrets related to the Baltimore version of the Colts, but CBS gave the past just a nod or two. And it wasn't until the post-game that someone -- studio host James Brown -- stumbled and called the current team the Baltimore Colts. Was it a bad omen that, just before kickoff, CBS showed clips from the last playoff game for the Baltimore Colts at Memorial Stadium, with the Raiders' Dave Casper scoring in Oakland's victory?
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2013
On Sunday afternoon, CBS Sports delivered a telecast of the Ravens' 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that was worthy of prime time. In fact, the first half was as good a half of NFL TV coverage as I have seen all year -- and that includes my adoration of “NBC Sunday Night Football.” For those readers who are about to faint at the notion of me praising CBS Sports so lavishly, all I can say is facts are facts. And the fact is CBS delivered the goods Sunday. And don't worry, I'm not going to get totally carried and ignore all the ways analyst Dan Dierdorf still annoyed me. I'll get to him later.
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By MILTON KENT | October 13, 2000
Amid all the humdrum games in the middle of the NFL schedule is a gem like this Sunday's Ravens-Redskins tilt, and CBS analyst Dan Dierdorf, who will call the game with Dick Enberg, is feeling lucky to get a piece of something so good. "This is one of the better games of the year," Dierdorf said by phone this week. "You've got the old-time NFL in [Ravens owner] Art Modell and the new breed in [Redskins owner] Dan Snyder. The excitement level is there. This is the kind of game where, right after the national anthem, as a former player, I have to resist the urge to smack Dick."
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By RAY FRAGER | September 15, 1991
I can't tell exactly when it happened, but, at some point, Dan Dierdorf changed from an announcer to a pronouncer. Dierdorf, though still one of ABC's great assets on "Monday Night Football," keeps making pronouncements instead of just being the intelligent, entertaining analyst he once was.And another thing I like is the way you once called games.*If a baseball divisional race goes down to the last day, you might get to see the deciding game on ESPN. The cable network will be finished with its Sunday night games by then, so it has the option of picking up another game on Oct. 6, an ESPN spokesman said.
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By John Steadman and John Steadman,SUN STAFF | January 28, 1996
TEMPE, Ariz. -- It was a momentous occasion for Joe Gibbs, as the soft-spoken Southern gentleman was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame yesterday for his coaching deeds with the Washington Redskins -- including the unprecedented feat of winning three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks.Gibbs led the way in the election to the sport's highest honor. Four former players will join him in the class of 1996: tackle Dan Dierdorf of the St. Louis Cardinals; wide receiver Charlie Joiner, who played with the Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers; defensive back Mel Renfro of the Dallas Cowboys; and offensive tackle Lou Creekmur of the Detroit Lions of the 1950s.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2013
Each week during the football season, I write about the Ravens telecasts on my blog and in the Monday paper. And each Monday and Tuesday, network publicists, executives and announcers, directors and producers write or call and say I am being too harsh. But each Monday and Tuesday, die-hard Ravens fans, who watched the team on TV, also email, call and tweet. And you know what they say? I wasn't being harsh enough. Fans from other markets write, too, with the same message. So, in an effort to help educate outfits like CBS Sports about how discontented some fans are with their cut-rate telecasts, starting today, I am going to try and do a post with reader comments on the telecasts each week -- usually Monday afternoon or Tuesday 6 a.m. posting at Z on TV. If you want credit for your critique of the bozos in the booth, add a line to your email or call telling me it is OK to include your name.
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By Los Angeles Times | January 8, 1994
LOS ANGELES -- John Madden may eventually end up in ABC's "Monday Night Football" booth, replacing Dan Dierdorf, but he said yesterday that reports that a deal has already been completed were not accurate."
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By RAY FRAGER | January 28, 1991
That was a pretty good "Monday Night Football" game, huh?During much of last night's Super Bowl telecast on ABC, such was the thought that kept running through my head. This game felt like another of ABC's "Monday Night" telecasts.There was the "MNF" announcing crew of Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf and Frank Gifford. There was the telling camera work. There was illustrative use of the telestrator. There was even Hank Williams Jr. singing to open the game.ABC covered the game little differently from a normal National Football League telecast.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2013
Each week during the football season, I write about the Ravens telecasts on my blog and in the Monday paper. And each Monday and Tuesday, network publicists, executives and announcers, directors and producers write or call and say I am being too harsh. But each Monday and Tuesday, die-hard Ravens fans, who watched the team on TV, also email, call and tweet. And you know what they say? I wasn't being harsh enough. Fans from other markets write, too, with the same message. So, in an effort to help educate outfits like CBS Sports about how discontented some fans are with their cut-rate telecasts, starting today, I am going to try and do a post with reader comments on the telecasts each week -- usually Monday afternoon or Tuesday 6 a.m. posting at Z on TV. If you want credit for your critique of the bozos in the booth, add a line to your email or call telling me it is OK to include your name.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2012
I did not think Sunday-afternoon football, one of the great pleasures of my life, could get any worse than watching the CBS team of Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf calling the game back in October with the Houston Texans whipping the Ravens. But it got worse Sunday with Gumbel and Dierdorf at the microphone while Denver dismantled the Ravens 34-17. It was worse, because the offense and Joe Flacco now look totally lost. But I'll leave it to The Sun writers who cover the team to dissect the problems on the field and in the locker room.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2012
I cannot remember watching a football telecast and learning less than I did from the CBS crew Sunday in the Baltimore Ravens 25-15 win over the Cleveland Browns. And the reason for that is simple: Rich Gannon is almost as lazy in his commitment to explaining what's happening on the field as my other favorite CBS Sports analyst, Dan Dierdorf. In fairness, Gannon didn't have stretches where he seemed to be asleep or totally out of it as Dierdorf does, but I can't think of anyone in any booth covering football, or baseball or basketball, for that matter, who seemed less interested in taking me inside the game than Gannon was with the Ravens on Sunday.
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By Edward Lee | September 13, 2012
PHILADELPHIA // After Michael Vick tossed four interceptions, was sacked twice, and finished with a 50.9 rating in the Philadelphia Eagles' 17-16 win against the Cleveland Browns, the quarterback has been poked and prodded by media and fans alike. One line of questioning has involved Vick's state of mind as the Eagles prepare for their home opener against the Ravens this Sunday. But offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg simply pointed to Vick's ability to engineer the game-winning, touchdown drive against the Browns as Exhibit No. 1 in his faith in Vick's confidence level.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2012
At M&T Bank Stadium, it's all about the noise. So says Dan Dierdorf, the CBS commentator who'll work Sunday's AFC playoff between the Ravens and Houston Texans. Dierdorf believes the fans hold the wild card in Baltimore's march to the Super Bowl. "The teams have some similarities — both run the football well and play aggressive, in-your-face defense — but there's one big difference in Baltimore: the crowd," he said. "I always thought Arrowhead Stadium [in Kansas City, Mo.] was the loudest outdoor stadium in the NFL, but I'm not sure that M&T isn't on a par. The fans there know how to make some noise, and the Ravens use it to their advantage.
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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 MILTON KENT | January 30, 1995
It had the potential to be the ultimate in horror shows.Oh, not the San Francisco 49ers against the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. Heck, everybody pretty much figured how that would turn out two weeks ago, when the teams won their conference titles.What really had to put fear into the hearts and minds of right-thinking people everywhere was the concept of ABC getting its hands on the Super extravaganza.Let's face it: The idea of putting such proven hypesters as Brent Musburger and Dan Dierdorf behind microphones and in front of cameras at the biggest spectacle this side of a certain Los Angeles County courtroom was scary.
FEATURES
By Michael Hill | December 4, 1990
So where was Howard Cosell when we needed him?Oh, sure, you would have gotten sick and tired of him talking about the New York Football Giants (though judging from that 7-3 final score last night, you did need a reminder that they weren't playing baseball), but you could have counted on Cosell for telling it like it was, letting everyone know that the most ballyhooed Monday Night Football game in years was a pure stinkeroo.It's been a decade since ABC's Monday night NFL broadcasts have been the phenomenon they were for much of the 1970s.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2011
By David Zurawik The Baltimore Sun At least they brought some energy to the Ravens telecast. Give Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker that Sunday. It could have been worse - much worse. CBS Sports could have used Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf to cover Sunday's game in the rain in Cleveland against the Browns. And I would have been asleep five minutes into the first quarter. Some intensity from a CBS broadcast team in the booth was nice for a change. But let's not get carried away.
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By Edward Lee | November 19, 2011
It shouldn't really come as a surprise that Dan Dierdorf, a former offensive tackle for the St. Louis Cardinals, thinks the Ravens need to return to running the football. The CBS Sports NFL analyst makes a convincing case, arguing that the run keeps the Ravens defense refreshed while standing on the sideline and alleviates some of the pressure on quarterback Joe Flacco. “And this is the time of the year as we move into late November and December and the playoffs where being able to run the football isn't just a luxury,” said Dierdorf, who will be calling Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with Greg Gumbel.
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