Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, and everyone involved in the production of last night’s NBC telecast of the Philadelphia Eagles-Atlanta Falcons game have to be questioning their professional pride today – if they have any.
Michael Vick got blown up and clearly suffered a concussion. Michaels and Collinsworth babbled about a “neck injury.” Ace sideline reporter Michele “Scoops” Tafoya told scores of millions of viewers that Vick was spitting up blood because he “bit his tongue.” And as Vick departed for the locker room – with no visible support for his “neck injury,” by the way – the network completely whiffed on the prime-time opportunity to educate its audience on the use of the new, supposedly John Madden-inspired, edict to remove concussed players to a quiet space.
What a disgrace. The Concussion Blog’s Dustin Fink has more details at http://theconcussionblog.com/2011/09/19/sunday-night-debacle/.
I’ll be following the good ole boys at the Slate-Deadspin NFL Roundtable to see if this is another example of “an absence of headline-grabbing negativity in the NFL right now.” Also to see if Stefan “Go Fuck Yourself” Fatsis takes umbrage when I point this out by “willfully taking his words out of context.” See https://concussioninc.net/?p=4543, https://concussioninc.net/?p=4588, and https://concussioninc.net/?p=4617.