As the NFL inches closer to a return, so too has one of its retired Hall of Famers. 46 year old Terrell Owens recently released a video of himself racing Kansas City Chief speedster Tyreek Hill (26). After the race, Owens had a message for Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid.
“Andy Reid, trust me now. If you get in trouble, I’ve been social distancing. I’ve got my mask on, but if you ready, it will be mask off,” TO said while not wearing a mask. “Bring me to Kansas City. You know me. Rick Burkholder, you know me. I’m ready. Go Chiefs.”
Media pundits seem to enjoy Owens’ flamboyant personality, but are split on whether T.O. can still play.
“How do you not love T.O.?” Good Morning Football host Jane Slater asks. “I’ve gone on record saying he is one of my favorite players. I love everything about this dude… He has found a new generation of fans.”
GMFB panelist Peter Schraeger says that he believes Owens, who last stepped on a football field in 2012, can still play at age 46.
“I think everyone is having a good time with this,” Schraeger said. “We need more competitions like this… I’m very impressed by T.O. He is a Hall-of-Famer and yes, if anybody can bring him back into the league, it’s Andy Reid. I would love to see Andy Reid and T.O. embrace one more time.”
Former NFL player Michael Robinson disagrees.
“Man, hell no. T.O. ain’t playing no more football,” Robinson said. “It looks good. The race looks good. I think he looks great to be his age. He’s a Hall-of-Famer. One of the best to ever do it, but right now? No. Andy Reid, don’t sign Terrell Owens.”
Emmanuel Acho and Marcellus Wiley also discussed Owens on Speak for Yourself.
“I was looking at it and at first I thought absolutely not. He is not going anywhere near the Chiefs,” Acho said. “But then I dug a little deeper. His former team, the Philadelphia Eagles? Remember the end of last season? They rolled out practice squad guys like Deontay Burnett and JJ Arcega-Whiteside. But most importantly, who led the Eagles at the receiver’s position last December? A guy by the name of Greg Ward who played quarterback in college. So T.O. in Kansas City? Nah. But he might sneak into a place like the Eagles.”
Wiley counters that Owens could start for multiple teams, a response that Owens himself retweeted from his personal account.
“Let me answer the question correctly. Yes, he can still play in the NFL and yes, he could start for multiple teams, not talking about just the Eagles.” Wiley said. “You don’t have to put him in a place where he is familiar or been there before, so you can welcome the old man into the building. I say take him somewhere he has never been like the Colts, Giants or Jets. None of their guys (receivers) were even close to a thousand yards. Are you telling me Terrell Owens could not be one of those guys in a three, four or five receiver set? We just saw him go out there and only lose to Cheetah (Hill) by a step and half at the age of 46. The NFL, y’all slept on my boy for a decade. It’s time to put him back in the league.”
Jacob Conley writes about news/talk radio BNM. He can be found on Twitter @GWUJake or reach him by email at email@example.com.
FOX Doubles Ad Price For Premiere US World Cup Matches
FOX has capitalized by charging $600,000 per 30-second commercial during its coverage of USA/England.
The 2022 World Cup is underway and the opener received a gigantic ratings increase for FOX Sports. Now, according to a report from Front Office Sports, the network has doubled its ad price for the USA match versus England.
USA/England will air in a lucrative window, at 2:00 PM ET on Black Friday, and FOX has capitalized by charging $600,000 per 30-second commercial during its coverage of the match. That price, according to Front Office Sports reporters Michael McCarthy and Doug Greenberg, is double what the network had asked for from advertisers for other matches.
While the event opener saw a sharp increase, the first match featuring the United States saw a decline from previous World Cup openers for the country. 11.71 million watched the match in the US between FOX Sports and Telemundo. In 2014, 11.1 million watched on ESPN and in 2010 13 million watched the first US match on ABC.
Analysists have predicted FOX Sports could garner nearly $125 million in ad revenue for the duration of the tournament.
Telemundo’s Miguel Gurwitz Announcing World Cup, NFL Thanksgiving Games For 18 Straight Hours Thursday
With the game expected to end at 2:00 AM local time, that means Gurwitz will be announcing games for over 18 hours on Thursday.
With the World Cup happening at an unprecedented time, there were bound to be scheduling conflicts. The conflicts for Telemundo’s Miguel Gurwitz, however, might be the real unprecedented nature of the event being played in November.
Gurwitz works on Telemundo’s coverage of the World Cup while calling matches as the secondary play-by-play announcer. Beginning at 11:00 AM in Doha, Gurwitz will work the network’s coverage of the event.
But as the soccer day turns to tonight, Gurwitz will call Telemundo’s broadcast of the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings game from Qatar. With the game expected to end at 2:00 AM local time, that means Gurwitz will be announcing games for over 18 hours on Thursday.
He will also do the feat again on Sunday, as he’ll broadcast World Cup matches for the network during the day and then announce the Packers and Eagles game for Sunday Night Football.
Kevin Burkhardt: ‘Honor To Be In People’s Homes’ During Thanksgiving Broadcast
“There were a couple on the calendar that I thought that it might hit me and be very, very cool.”
On Thanksgiving, Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen will call their first Thanksgiving Day game for FOX when the New York Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys (4:30 PM ET). It’s been a memorable year for Burkhardt and Olsen in their first year as the A broadcast team for FOX that will end in the duo calling the Super Bowl in February.
Burkhardt was a guest on The Season with Peter Schrager podcast this week and talked about the honor of getting the chance to be on the call for a Thanksgiving Day game.
“The whole job is big and we are doing big games every week. There were a couple on the calendar that I thought that it might hit me and be very, very cool. One of them was Dallas-Green Bay, which turned out to be epic a couple of weeks ago.
“The playoffs and the Super Bowl will be great, but Thanksgiving Day. Growing up in a football family, it was kind of eating around both games. Catch the early game, halftime, go throw the football in the street, eat the meal between games, then the Cowboys game comes on, you watch that. Maybe halftime you watch or maybe you throw the football again. Watch the rest of the game, you have dessert after the game. That was the day.
“It is an honor because you are in a lot of people’s homes every week. I feel like you really are in people’s homes…. You are kind of like hugging everybody. I think it’s beyond awesome, I really do.”
Burkhardt mentioned to Schrager that he and Olsen knew they had big shoes to fill after taking over for Joe Buck and Troy Aikman (both now at ESPN) and it felt like walking in to a new job, but the A crew at FOX helped them and he liked that he and Olsen got to do it together.
“It’s been awesome. It really has. When you go into a situation like this, Joe and Troy were there for 2 decades, that’s a long time. People have long-standing relationships. Even though I’ve been at FOX for 9 years and Greg was there last year, we are the new guys essentially.
“You walk in, you don’t know how they are going to react to you, what they are going to think of you, if they think you are any good and all that stuff. From Day 1, it was like welcome to the family, we love you. I know that sounds kind of cheesy, but it’s been awesome. It felt like we’ve just fit right in. I think there’s been some cool symmetry, the fact that Greg and I got to do it together because we have such a bond.
“The fact that we got to jump in together I think has kind of been fun and helped us both because he knows me really well and I know him really well. Then, it was just getting everyone else to know us and vice versa.”
The one thing that Burkhardt did have to adjust to was a different style of show and that each production team has different viewpoint and creativity.
“The crew I’ve been on my whole life with Pete Macheska and Artie Kempner, they do a different show than Z (Richie Zyontz) and Russo (Rich Russo) do it. It’s not good, bad, or indifferent. Everyone has different viewpoints and creativity. I think it was just getting used to each other in terms of that, but it’s felt like I’ve worked with them for 25 years. It’s felt seamless. It’s felt fun.”
Even though Burkhardt is now the lead NFL play-by-play voice for FOX, that doesn’t mean he is going to change how he does a game.
“I’m not going to change my style or who I am. I’m not saying I’m not open to critiques and wanting to get better and to get coached. The basis of what I do and how I do it, I’m not going to change that now because I’m on the A crew. They liked me enough to put me here, so I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing. Maybe tweaks here and there, but if I radically changed now, I’d be a moron.”
Ricky Keeler is a reporter for BSM with a primary focus on sports media podcasts and national personalities. He is also an active podcaster with an interest in pursuing a career in sports media. You can find him on Twitter @Rickinator555 or reach him by email at RickJKeeler@gmail.com.