I'm actually off for most of this week but can't stand not checking in with the wonderful "Scott Says" readers at least once before Christmas. First, I want to wish you all Happy Holidays -- I appreciate so much the fact that you make "Scott Says" one of the most-read blogs on CharlotteObserver.com, week after week (with the best comments, too).
Secondly, I wanted to follow up on something I posted last week, asking if any reader would be willing to make a list of what NBC announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth (2 of the best in the business) said about Brett Favre and if it struck you as over-the-top praise, etc.
Joseph K. of Florence, S.C., did exactly that and sent it to me. Below, I'm running Joseph's e-mail to me in full (with his permission).
One interesting note first: NBC really missed the fact that Favre and Minnesota coach Brad Childress verbally fought on the sidelines about whether Favre should stay in the game once it was out of reach and Carolina's victory was assured. (Favre revealed this postgame, igniting a firestorm in Minnesota).
Now, to Joseph's e-mail:
Last Friday you asked readers to keep a count for you on Sunday of the different positive adjectives NBC's announcers used to describe Favre. I didn't hear many, so I tracked the good, the bad, and the ugly. (Some are descriptive phrases, rather than lone adjectives - sorry, I hate to conform.) All in all, I felt the announcers were pretty objective. Here's what I heard, in the order I heard it:
2. "National joke" (referring to his return from retirement)
3. "Not so good tonight"
5. "Living legend"
7. "Nimble as he ever was"
8. "Almost perfect"
10. "No stranger to 4th Quarter comebacks"
11. "Not the same when it is not play-action"
12. "Wants someone to block Julius Peppers"
13. "Very lucky"
14. "Poor decision"
15. "Sometimes Brett can lock onto a receiver"
And my personal favorite,
16. "Prefers not to see Julius Peppers any time soon"
You do a great job, Scott - I look forward to your comment on the Panthers each week. Hope you and yours have a safe and Merry Christmas,
- Joseph K.
Florence, South Carolina
Thanks again, Joseph. And Merry Christmas to you as well. If anyone else has comments about NBC's coverage of the Panthers game Sunday, feel free to leave them below. Otherwise, I'll be back on this blog before too long with my prediction of the Panthers-Giants outcome Sunday.