NFL media randomness heading into the weekend

==Just wondering if “NFL On Fox” weathergirl Jillian Warry Barberie Reynolds got lost on the way to the set of CBS’ “Swing Town” before last Sunday’s debut show. Does anyone dress as much the tart for an NFL-qualify broadcast and still get away with it?

It’s not as if she doesn’t know proper dress for a weather segment. Here’s what she looked (and sounded like) when doing the weather for a Miami station in 1992:


==The first two words uttered on the CBS NFL pregame show last week – “Brett Favre . . .” said James Brown, after which we tuned out – was hardly as obnoxious as the piece that aired later in the show of the recent opening of the “CBS Scene” restaurant and bar in Foxboro, Mass., next to Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots. We later came across a press release: “Watching TV and eating have been great partners for years, but never like before like this,” said CBS Marketing Group president George Schweitzer, who must not be aware of the ESPN Zone or Fox Sports Grill, which have been around now maybe 10 years.

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==If Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic and Mike Ditka ever are asked to describe a live NFL contest for a national TV audience – that was the case in the second game of the ESPN doubleheader last Monday when they tragically disassembled the Raiders-Broncos contest as if it was some kind of game of Twister at a backyard picnic – we would be in favor of them having to take at least broadcasting 101 class together before trying it again. And if you’re going to single any one of them out for most obtuse performance of the season already, we’ll go with the former coach who can’t seem to even get a clich right to save his hair helmet.
We defer to AwfulAnnouncing.com (link here) for further evidence.

==And the Tom Brady Aftermath, in headlines and stories from Onion Sports (linked here and linked here):

Female Fans Out For Season With Tom Brady’s Knee Injury

FOXBOROUGH, MA–More than 90 percent of female football fans were lost for the season on Sunday when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suffered a left knee injury that will require extensive treatment. The Patriots announced Monday that Brady, the 2007 NFL Most Valuable Player and arguably the NFL’s most handsome man, will be placed on injured reserve, where despite being no less attractive than before his injury, he will only be partially visible for the rest of the 2008-2009 season.

Bill Belichick held a press conference Tuesday confirming that Brady will have surgery, ending his 128-game combined starting-and-high-visibility streak, the third longest for a quarterback and the longest ever for a quarterback heartthrob.

ESPN Holds ‘SportsCenter’ Of Silence For Tom Brady

BRISTOL, CT–Cable sports network ESPN aired a special hour-long SportsCenter of silence yesterday from 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. in honor of recently fallen New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The solemn event mainly featured anchors Scott Van Pelt and Neil Everett gazing directly ahead in sober reflection, though periodically the camera would cut to individual shots of the anchors, both of whom had identical headshots of a smiling Tom Brady positioned over their left shoulders.

According to sources, the only sounds that could be heard during the 60-minute memoriam were a few audible sighs, the periodic swallows of crewpeople and anchors trying vainly to hold back tears, and the somewhat muted voice of analyst Steven A. Smith filming a segment about NBA training camp in a studio three floors above.

The episode was ESPN’s highest-rated broadcast since October of 1999, when anchor Kenny Mayne did an entire episode of SportsCenter in complete silence for reasons that remain unclear.

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