Yeah, pretty much that.And what on earth did that amount to? "And we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that a potential super bowl preview game was happening tomorrow, the AFC-leading Chiefs facing the NFC-conquering Rams, so here's more on that!"
Ugh, I'm shattered this morning. But I really enjoyed last night's broadcast - in general I felt a bit looser than normal, and I accomplished my goal of generally trying to add just a little more analysis to my narration of highlights above and beyond just describing what I'm seeing on the screen. (My aim is to be more interesting and/or humorous than, say, Charissa Thompson is during a NFL Game Break on Fox - not exactly the highest of bars to clear, but I'd like to think I routinely clear it with room to spare.)
Oh, and just before the end of last night's game, I had a quick debate with Producer James about how we should end the broadcast. Normally we try and squeeze in a RedZone look-in as we're signing off, but James thought that might night be a good idea given that there was only one other game going on (Steelers-Broncos), and the risk that RedZone would cut away to Scott Hanson and/or an early-games highlight feature was high. I thought that wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, and we decided to play it by ear and see what was happening when the moment came. Well, when the moment came, the Steelers had the ball three yards out from the end zone, and we went across just in time for me to call Big Ben's Big Boo-Boo. I had time to set it up and say something like, "We've all seen this script before...", and then I said something which half-suggested the guys in the control room should turn up the CBS audio, and when they did the only word we hear was Jim Nantz saying "Interception!", and then they turned it back down and I took it from there. So I basically got to call the play just as Scott Hanson might in the same situation - I had the rosters in front of me and was able to note that Shelby Harris fought off a block from Markice Pouncey to read the play and make the pick. It was a very satisfying way to end the evening...or it would have been, but for the long drive home I had to make thereafter.