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By Edward Lee | November 29, 2012
The Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger was listed as limited in Wednesday's practice, which was interpreted as a boost in the arm for the Steelers who have dropped two straight games without their franchise quarterback. But a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review described Roethlisberger's workout as very brief, his light throwing ending even before some of his teammates reached the practice field. Does this mean that Pittsburgh will err on the side of caution and shelve Roethlisberger for at least another week to give his dislocated ribs and sprained right throwing shoulder more time to heal?
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2014
With the Ravens out of the playoffs, thanks to their miserable play the last two weeks of the season, I promised myself I was only going to watch football this weekend - not write about it. So, here I am writing. Why? I can't resist commenting on CBS Sports giving viewers of Sunday's playoff game between the Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers exactly what I have been lobbying for all year: a sideline reporter. Tracy Wolfson joined Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, and she provided viewers with some of the things I wanted in a Ravens telecast: injury reports, condition of the field, a sense of what was happening on the benches.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
CBS Super Bowl broadcasters Jim Nantz and Phil Simms say they see a lot more than just Ray Lewis when they look at the Baltimore Ravens. And come Sunday, the conversation they do have about Lewis in the biggest broadcast booth in popular culture is going to be primarily about his play on the field and inspirational power in the locker room - not what happened in Atlanta. "I would just say, Ravens?" Nantz said Tuesday when asked for his sense of the team's image during a teleconference.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
As happy as I am not to have watch CBS Sports butcher any more Ravens telecasts, I do have to admit I'm feeling sad that this weekly conversation with viewers is ending today. I loved reading most of the things viewers wrote about Ravens telecasts this season -- as much of a letdown as the team itself was on the field. So, let's go straight to the conversation about the CBS telecast of the Ravens 34-17 loss to Cincinnati and my take on how the broadcast team did. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms were in the booth for CBS. Here's Glenn with an email: Been  reading your column for years and truly enjoy it. Nice to see someone who doesn't seem afraid to tell it like it is. At least you and your colleagues at the paper call out the coaches and players  when it's needed and don't sugarcoat it as some of your radio and t.v. peers do. Thanks, and I look forward to your column.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2012
As appealing as it might be to vent my own frustration and play to the rage of tens of thousands of Ravens fans by ripping the TV coverage of Baltimore's agonizing 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots, facts are facts. And the fact of the matter is that CBS Sports did an outstanding job of telecasting Sunday's AFC championship game. The producer and director used their cameras to make viewers feel as if they were not only in the stadium, but almost on the field in Foxboro at certain points Sunday.
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August 12, 1992
NEW YORK -- If New York Giants owner Wellington Mara is to be believed -- and the tone of his remarks yesterday suggested he should be -- then Phil Simms will not be traded this season to San Diego or any other team that finds itself in desperate need of a quick-fix quarterback.Mara stormed into the press room at FDU-Madison in the afternoon and shot down rumors that Simms could be sent to the Chargers, who lost starter John Friesz to a knee injury in an exhibition game last Saturday night.
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By Frank Litsky and Frank Litsky,New York Times | August 23, 1991
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- This was the first full day of Jef Hostetler's reign as the New York Giants' starting quarterback. And everyone seemed to have an opinion as to whether Hostetler or Phil Simms should have been chosen for the job.There were opinions, or at least a vote of appreciation, from the 1,400 people who packed the ballroom of the New York Hilton yesterday for the annual Kickoff Luncheon honoring the Giants. There were opinions from JoAnne Handley's family and co-workers. There were opinions from the many people who telephoned the Giants' offices here.
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By Steve Jacobson and Steve Jacobson,Newsday | August 22, 1991
Ray Handley, the coach who identifies himself as a rookie, made his move. He went to Jeff Hostetler and said, "You're my quarterback.""And I shook his hand," the rookie coach said.Then he went to Phil Simms, the noble Giant through the battering of the bad years and the buttering of the good years, and said, "I've made the decision. I'm going to start Jeff. You know, as I've indicated what your role is on the team, how valuable I consider you."It was as gentle, diplomatic, considerate, politic and tactful as a feeling man could make it. And so the Phil Simms Era ended, and the Bill Parcells Era, too. And the Ray Handley Era began: The kings are dead; long live the kings.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 28, 1990
East Rutherford, N.J.--For the Washington Redskins, playing the New York Giants is pro football's version of playing blackjack against the house.Giants coach Bill Parcells can count on his dealer, quarterback Phil Simms, to put between 17 and 27 points on the board.After all, Simms has helped produce between 17 and 27 points -- no more, no less -- the past 11 games he's played against the Redskins the past six seasons -- a remarkable feat of consistency.Parcells, who likes to play a safe, conservative game, counts on that being enough for his defense.
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By Milton Kent | August 11, 1996
Viewers who tuned into yesterday's Ravens-New York Giants game lying in wait for Bob Trumpy or expecting NBC to explore ramifications of the move from Cleveland didn't get either.There have been, and will be, lots of words about the Team Formerly Known As The Cleveland Browns, but those words would have been wasted on a preseason game whose audience will be dramatically smaller than that of a regular-season contest in a few weeks.In other words, as the comedians say, why waste your A material on a B audience?
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2013
With the Ravens playing such a sloppy, stupid game Sunday, it's not fair to totally blame CBS for a lackluster telecast. So, I won't. Except for one thing: I wish play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms would have had the independence and integrity to call out the officiating team loudly and clearly for one of the worst performances I have ever seen. Yes, Simms and Nantz did disagree with some calls and did predict others would be overturned as they watched the replays.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
Like I said in my review of Sunday's telecast, you ultimately have to praise any broadcasters who can maintain their focus for more than five hours as CBS Sports did Sunday in telecasting the Ravens loss to the Bears. Five hours, a long delay and much weird and dangerous weather of which to keep viewers appraised. While some fans found Phil Simms and Jim Nantz a welcome upgrade in the booth, others had their issues with the TV afternoon they spent with CBS. This email from Mark hit the Z on TV inbox before halftime Sunday.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2013
Any broadcasters of a live TV event who can hold their concentration for five hours deserve high praise - especially when they are dealing with unpredictable and dangerous conditions. The CBS Sports crew did that Sunday with its weather-delayed telecast of the Ravens 23-20 loss to the Chicago Bears, providing play-by-play coverage and analysis from Jim Nantz and Phil Simms that was almost as sharp and focused at the end of overtime as it was when the game started more than five hours earlier.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2013
UPDATE (1 a.m.) at end of post with review of NFL Network's excellent post-game show and comment on Flacco profanity after game. It was a fabulous day and night for TV football, with the Ravens winning the Super Bowl , 34-31. But little thanks for that goes to CBS, the network that had broadcast rights to the game. The network's pregame show was overproduced and under-imagined, with no unifying vision. One segment that found Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe walking the streets of New Orleans handing out Pizza Hut pizzas to people willing to yell "hut, hut, hut," set a new low in debasing broadcasters and turning what is already an over-commercialized production into a nonstop advertisement.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
CBS Super Bowl broadcasters Jim Nantz and Phil Simms say they see a lot more than just Ray Lewis when they look at the Baltimore Ravens. And come Sunday, the conversation they do have about Lewis in the biggest broadcast booth in popular culture is going to be primarily about his play on the field and inspirational power in the locker room - not what happened in Atlanta. "I would just say, Ravens?" Nantz said Tuesday when asked for his sense of the team's image during a teleconference.
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By Edward Lee | November 29, 2012
The Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger was listed as limited in Wednesday's practice, which was interpreted as a boost in the arm for the Steelers who have dropped two straight games without their franchise quarterback. But a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review described Roethlisberger's workout as very brief, his light throwing ending even before some of his teammates reached the practice field. Does this mean that Pittsburgh will err on the side of caution and shelve Roethlisberger for at least another week to give his dislocated ribs and sprained right throwing shoulder more time to heal?
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By New York Times News Service | September 26, 1994
As Phil Simms was deciding whether to become Buddy Ryan's latest experiment on offense last night, the agent for the former New York Giants quarterback intimated his client may not be through shopping even if the Arizona Cardinals' deal falls through.Simms was seeking a guaranteed, two-year deal that his agent, David Fishof, now says would be worth more than $4 million from Ryan's Arizona team. It is a deal requiring a fair amount of salary-cap finagling by Arizona to pull off and the only deal Simms said yesterday he would be interested in pursuing.
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By Paul Needell and Paul Needell,New York Daily News | January 22, 1993
BOSTON -- Now that Bill Parcells is coach of the New England Patriots, can some of his former favorite sons with the Giants be far behind? As Parcells exited the hotel ballroom where his news conference was held yesterday, he was asked about free-agent-to-be Lawrence Taylor."
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2012
As appealing as it might be to vent my own frustration and play to the rage of tens of thousands of Ravens fans by ripping the TV coverage of Baltimore's agonizing 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots, facts are facts. And the fact of the matter is that CBS Sports did an outstanding job of telecasting Sunday's AFC championship game. The producer and director used their cameras to make viewers feel as if they were not only in the stadium, but almost on the field in Foxboro at certain points Sunday.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2012
Being a two-time Super Bowl champion, Phil Simms knows a thing or two about what it takes to win in January, and he thinks Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco did more than enough last Sunday. Simms, a former quarterback of the New York Giants who will provide color commentary during CBS's broadcast of Sunday's AFC championship game (Jim Nantz will handle play-by-play duties), said on a national conference call Tuesday that Flacco played "very well" in the 20-13 divisional round victory against the Houston Texans, even though his final stat line wasn't very impressive.
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