Going into the holiday weekend, Fox had assigned the duo of Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick to work an NFC South showdown between the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a game that had since been blacked out in the Tampa area as a result of low ticket sales.
As it turns out, not only will this matchup lose viewers because of a blackout, but the analyst originally assigned to call the contest will not be able to do so because, well, his back’s out.
Hours before the start of the game, Charles Davis, another Fox analyst who occasionally appears on NFL Network, tweeted the following: “Get well wishes to
@CoachBillick, for whom I humbly call [Atlanta/Tampa Bay] today while he cares for his back. Hurry back, Coach!”
Davis had worked alongside Brennaman in the past, mostly on the college football broadcasting circuit. So at least they’ll be somewhat familiar with each other as they depict the action of a game between two division rivals that could probably defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide.