Bengals get embarrassed on 'Monday Night Football,' but Booger McFarland was full of compliments.
1. It's usually not fair to pick out one thing a broadcaster says during a three-hour plus game and criticize him for it, unless it's very egregious.
Booger McFarland got egregious last night. For some reason, McFarland thought it was a good time to heap praise on the Bengals while they were getting blown out by the Steelers in a loss that would move them to 0-4.
The Monday Night Football analyst had nothing but positive thoughts about Cincinnati head coach, Zac Taylor. McFarland also kept comparing the Bengals to the Rams since Taylor was their quarterbacks coach last season.
While sports fans can be overly critical of broadcasters, it really doesn't sit well with them when your spin is just bizarre and non-sensical. Naturally, Twitter noticed and had a lot to say about McFarland.
“I do like what Zac Taylor is doing here In Cincinnati. I like what they’re building. I like their energy that Zac Taylor has brought from the West Coast to the East Coast.” — Booger— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) October 1, 2019
What energy? They’re 0-4. What exactly are they building? Is Andy Dalton future of franchise? pic.twitter.com/lEbxVI0rwB
Why is Booger making all of these excuses for Zac Taylor saying he doesn’t have talent on offense?— El Jefe (@jessetaylorrr) October 1, 2019
- Joe Mixon
- AJ Green
- John Ross
- Tyler Boyd
- Tyler Eifert
That isn’t enough to make a good offense?
Booger: I like what Zac Taylor is doing in Cincinnati. I like what they're building. I like the energy that Zac Taylor has brought from the west coast to the east coast.— Rod Hissong (@RodHissong) October 1, 2019
First off... what?
Second... Cincinnati is not on the east coast.
Lastly, Bengals are 0-4.
Booger likes what Zac Taylor is doing, he says.— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) October 1, 2019
The zero-win Bengals are currently getting the piss beat out of them by a team that came in with no wins.
This MNF broadcast seems to be a great example of when you have scripted talking points that you don't get to use but want to get them out there anyway. No other reason to be saying nice things about Zac Taylor right now.— Adam Fromal (@fromal09) October 1, 2019
Man, I didn’t realize that taking Witten out would mean more Booger. This might be the worst commentary I’ve heard in my life. “Juju, he’s a weird guy! He has a dog and an instagram!” “I LOVE what Zac Taylor is doing in Cincy!” (Cincy is about to be 0-4).— Sean @ Outer Wilds (@wildvulture) October 1, 2019
Booger "likes what the Bengals are doing under Zac Taylor." I bet Booger would have been a big Dave Shula fan, too.— Dave Biddle (@davebiddle) October 1, 2019
Booger McFarland constantly comparing the Bengals to the Rams is like my grandmother constantly saying I look like David Beckham.— Brian Shoemaker (@brian_shoemaker) October 1, 2019
Neither comparison is remotely close. But if you love someone enough, even a turd looks like a diamond.#MNF #Steelers #HereWeGo #Bengals
*The Bengals snap the ball*— Donnie Druin (@DonnieDruin) October 1, 2019
Booger McFarland: Thats exactly what the Rams do
Booger McFarland just said Cincinnati is on the East Coast? I mean, I went to public school but I don’t think that’s correct. 🇺🇸— Jerry Mullery (@mullery119) October 1, 2019
The people who have to be most bummed out by fans' reaction to McFarland as MNF's lead analyst has to be those at CBS. With Tony Romo's contract up after this season, you can bet that ESPN is gonna throw absurd money at the former Cowboys quarterback to jump ship.
2. Today marks the 40th anniversary of Chris Berman's debut at ESPN. Here's a nice tribute video the company put together for the legendary personality.
3. Let's check in and see how Bill Belichick bs'd his way through today's press conference regarding the Patriots' game this Sunday against the Redskins.
Bill Belichick with all kinds of praise for #Redskins offense "Those guys are very efficient at getting the ball into the hands of their very good skill players. ... Great skill players at every spot. ... [Gruden] does great job of game planning and creating problems for defense"— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) October 1, 2019
Belichick has repeatedly said the Redskins have an impressive group of skill position players. Talked about guys running open down the field even if the passes dont connect— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) October 1, 2019
4. The Ravens are using their own website and Zapruder-like film to spin Marlon Humphrey's "choke" on Odell Beckham.
5. Snoop Dogg gives NFL players rap names is an amusing as you'd expect.
6. The latest SI Media Podcast features two interviews. First up is John Ourand from "Sports Business Journal," who discusses various sports media news stories including the increases in NFL pregame show ratings, FOX's new college football pregame show and Tony Romo's contract status with CBS. Then Matthew Berry from ESPN joins the podcast to talk about what it's like to cover fantasy sports for a living.
7. RANDOM YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE DAY: With The Rock announcing that he'll be on SmackDown Live's debut episode on FOX Friday night, we will post vintage Rock/SmackDown videos all week. We start with a classic Rock promo.
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