Sunday media: At 91, Jack Whitaker’s frame of reference remains important

Jack Whitaker, center, who did play-by-play of what it referred to now as Super Bowl I, discusses that game along with Super Bowl 50 broadcasters Phil Simms, left, and Jim Nantz while in Pasadena recently. (Francis Specker/CBS)

Jack Whitaker, center, who did play-by-play of what it referred to now as Super Bowl I, discusses that game along with Super Bowl 50 broadcasters Phil Simms, left, and Jim Nantz while in Pasadena recently. (Francis Specker/CBS)

If it’s simple perspective you need, Jack Whitaker can still bring it.
At age 91, he offers just a few words, perhaps a sentence or two. There’s no need for stanzas within an opus. That might be more a function of his current physical limitations, but this legendary TV essayist was never one to waste his breath anyway.
Spending his retirement in Rancho Mirage, Whitaker accepted an invitation from CBS’ Super Bowl 50 crew to come to Pasadena recently.
WhitSizeRenderThe network had a glitzy promotional presentation to make before a mass of TV writers, trumpeting all its plans for the game coverage, along the extended pre-game, and all the special post-game programming afterward. Whitaker could be used, it was thought, as someone not to flout his fame, but more to provide a frame of reference.
Because, remember, Whitaker did the second-half play-by-play of the 1967 “World Championship Game” from the L.A. Coliseum. Very few today even recall that situation.

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