We have NFL network through Dish. Listening to Bryant Gumbel call a game is as painful as a Sunday morning sermon with a hangover.
DirecTV here...Did you know Marion Barber is the "heartbeat of the Green Bay offense?"...hey anyone can make a mistake like that flipping the team name, but aaargh!...if we can all hear how bad the guy is how is it the network hires this guy? Put Deion, Marshall, Duke, Mooch, Rich or any of the others in there. I like almost the whole rest of the crew at NFL Network, I just don't see how something like this happens. He could maybe work the baseball or golf circuit (actually his best call of the night was using baseball terminology for a pass play), but I don't want to be put to sleep watching football!! His voice and phrasing, even when he is not making mistakes is just brutal.
I will say he got slightly and I mean slightly better as the game went on but there is just no need for him to be in there. There must be a ton of people who would love that job. I had to suffer throught him on Thanksgiving day as well. I even tried to find an AM radio station to listen to last night...but the satellite delay would have made that rough too.
EDIT: The weird thing is I have vague memories of liking him way back when, back when he did sports before the Today show. Something happened to him and the way he talks...he is just so whiny sounding, unenthusiastic and annoying now.
EDIT2: Oh yeah, great game to watch. I was glad to see Brett turn into the Brett I'm used to seeing the last few years. With Rodgers maybe we will see a number of exciting Green Bay/Dallas games in the years to come. He did make a bonehead play late w/ the spike to stop the clock, burning a down when they still needed a 1st, but it was really too late anyway at that point...30 secs left.
I am a little worried about T.O. Even though he gets the yards and TDs overall, I don't see him really going after and fighting for the ball like a guy his size should. He's a great player and his hands have gotten better this year, but if I have one play to throw to a guy w/ the game on the line I'm not sure he is the guy. He's great to have during the course of the game though, b/c if you go to him enough some big plays will come out of it.