Come Back John Madden, Pat Summerall, Howard Cosell, and Dandy Don Meredith

There is apparently a problem somewhere in the NFL when it comes to picking people to call the games over the past two or three years. Whoever is over that department is not doing a good job. They lack the ear for this important task.

When John Madden and Pat Summerall were reigning over the NFL, they made you feel so comfortable you didn’t even think about it. They were truly like family. They made the game enjoyable no matter how sorry the game was. One of the simple ways they made you feel, well, so homey is because they loved the game and knew the game for they had been in the trenches when football was really football.

Allow me to give you some examples of what I believe to be some bad picks over the past two to three years.

The great Coach Jon Gruden calling the games on Thursday nights was painful. I was so glad to see him get back into his lane with the Oakland Raiders. I wish him the best at Oakland, but I am glad he is gone out of the booth and I hope the powers that be never put him back in the booth.

Second, who put a man named “Booger” into the Monday night football booth? Being that I am a black sportswriter, I am all for diversity in the NFL football booth. But you have got to have at least a modicum of talent for the job. You’ve got to have that touch. You’ve got to have that thing that nobody knows what it is but we know it when we see it and when we feel it. Come back Howard Cosell and Dandy Don Meredith. Please come back! At least run some old videos or something. Every time Booger makes a comment about a play (and most of his comments are off-the-wall) I get frightened that he is going to blow a gasket. He reminds me of a person who is not too sure what he is saying is correct or relevant, so he says it real fast. It’s off to the races! He would be more fitted for calling a horse race than a football game. We need a more calming presence on Monday nights.

Now comes Tony Romo. Now Tony is naturally talented and good at calling games and has the ability to make you feel comfortable and homey similar to John Madden and Pat Summerall. Being that I am a Christian I like the fact that Tony is a Christian. He is likable. But my problem with him is I really don’t think he or anyone else ought to be calling championship games or Super Bowl games unless you have won one. I can’t keep from thinking while he is talking about the game with that ever-present kid-in-a-candy-store smile how many times he has let me and Cowboy nation down at the last minute unlike Roger Staubach. By the way, why is he not in the booth?

C’mon, NFL. Get the right people not only to play the game but to call the game. C’mon man.

–James Abraham