By Bruce Allen, Patriots Daily Staff
A few quick media notes from the coverage of last night’s first preseason game.
The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same: Both the radio and TV broadcasts made debuts on their new outlets last night. The radio pregame show on the new 98.5 The SportsHub had the familiar voices of Gary Tanguay, Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak, and contained much of the same type of material we’ve come to be used to from this crew. Riveting topics included “Is the window closing on the Patriots” and Gresh suggesting how the Patriots should “stash” David Thomas on IR with a made-up injury. Division 1-AA letterman Gresh also trashed Pierre Woods during the segment.
On the TV side, Don Criqui and Randy Cross were pretty much what we’ve come to expect. Did you know Criqui is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a past winner of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award? It was a rough start to the preseason though, as the camera showed Shawn Crable running off the field after the opening kickoff, which prompted Criqui to credit him with the tackle, even though he was nowhere near the play.
Burton? WOW: Burton is must-see-TV if only for his ineptness. Has there ever been a more awkward segment than his pitch about the Patriots teaming up with the Massachusetts State Lottery and how a few winners will get season tickets for life.
Burton: “I’ve got one of the tickets right here and its going into my back pocket.
Criqui: “But you get into the games for free because of your job”
Burton: “Goodjob! You’re not getting it. I’m putting it in my pocket right now!”
Mercifully back to booth.
He also managed his trademark question in the form of a statement to Bill Belichick at halftime: “Coach. Baker. Two Touchdowns.”
NFL Network Replay: I turned over to the NFL Network for a few minutes to check out to see if their replay was the same, and it was actually the Philadelphia crew calling the game, with Herm Edwards and Hugh Douglas in the booth. More hilarity ensued. Apparently Andy Reid changed his name to “Big Red” in the offseason. That’s all they called him. Herm has his own TV vocabulary, talking about the Patriots “ones” against the Eagles “twos” and lots of “good job” and “this is good” statements in there. Douglas says the Eagles roster is full of “very special players.”
What did you see/hear from the coverage last night that caught your attention?