The big development on the weekend of the NFL Divisional Playoffs this year, as far as the announcing teams was concerned, was Fox’s third-tier duo of Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick bumping Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa from working one of the two games on that weekend.
You may recall a Fox spokesman saying that B&B deserved a shot since they had just as “strong” of a season as Kenny, Moose and Goose have.
And this is how Coach Billick repays Fox for that decision?
In Sunday afternoon’s divisional tilt, the Atlanta Falcons won – barely – over the Seattle Seahawks, who erased a 20-point deficit to lead by one point late in the game, only to watch as the other “Matty Ice” on the Falcons, Matt Bryant – who was iced by the Seahawks beforehand, incidentally – kicked a field goal to ice the victory.
Apparently, Billick must have missed that very important part of the game.
After the game becomes final, he says this:
“This win, right here, legitimizes the Seattle Seahawks as the number one seed, and makes them the team to beat.”
It’s bad enough Chris Myers misidentified the Carolina Panthers as winners of a game that had actually been won by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the final seconds earlier in the regular season. With Billick’s experience not only in the game, but in the booth, there is no excuse for confusing the Seahawks, who would have been playing all of their playoff games on the road this season, with the Falcons, who hold homefield advantage in the NFC – and are the last number one seed standing after the Baltimore Ravens upended the Denver Broncos the night before.
What’s the story, Brian Billick? A little too much back meds, maybe?