Lots was made from Fox’s sales space earlier than the Tremendous Bowl, as broadcasters Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen made their debut calling American sports activities’ greatest occasion. With the specter of Tom Brady looming over Olsen’s future as Fox’s No. 1 analyst, the duo was spot on all night time.
Burkhardt received excited when he was alleged to be excited, Olsen’s key factors had been related, and the sales space was current however not overbearing all through. Essentially the most gradable second — aka the decision as soon as the winner clinches the title — was wonderful. “And the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs have gained Tremendous Bowl LVII” gained’t blow anyone’s minds, and Burkhardt didn’t essentially need to.
A play-byp-play man needs to be senile, supremely unlikeable, or the son of a well-known broadcaster for the general public to activate him, and Burkhardt is none of these. Nevertheless, he’s not up for alternative, so let’s speak concerning the half of the duo that’s.
Olsen earned a shot as anyone’s go-to analyst
It may’ve been straightforward for Olsen to overdo it, and check out too exhausting. The perception he provides to a name as a former tight finish spans from the passing recreation to blocking schemes, and he did a superb job of explaining with out making issues difficult.
He was on the teaching dangers all through, with Nick Sirianni taking dangers and Andy Reid choosing subject objectives on fourth and never that dangerous. The field conditions performed an element though it was the Tremendous Bowl, and Olsen, as a superb analyst would do, noticed what we noticed.
My greatest pet peeve is when guys have on-air orgasms over quarterback play, and Olsen saved his composure even after Jalen Hurts hit Dallas Goedert on a 3rd and 14. He was on Sirianni’s jock a bit over the fourth downs, but it was an enormous a part of the primary half, so I wasn’t too bothered by it.
There wasn’t a ton of controversy exterior of THAT holding name, and Olsen was on prime of it. Mike Pereira can defend the zebras all he desires, however Olsen was proper. It was 50-50 name, and Eagles followers won’t ever — NEVER — let that go.
A notice on range
The NFL checked off each range field they might earlier than the sport kicked. Babyface opened for anthem-singer Chris Stapleton. We received a Native American signing the anthem, and the primary ever all-women navy flyover, which the NFL made certain to notice.
That was adopted by Burkhardt and Olsen reminding us that even Fox’s B-team doesn’t characteristic a Black individual. It will be good if all this power over Olsen presumably getting ousted by Brady additionally might be directed at getting extra range on the decision.