I've always said that the networks should blow up every notion of what a commentating crew should be, and put three people in the booth: one play-by-play guy and a knowledgeable die-hard fan of each team on the field. Allow the fans to drink. There are limitless reasons why this is brilliant:
- Die-hard fans watch every minute of every game that their team plays in. They don't need to be fed facts from assistant producers about how their team's defense does on third-and-long or how the line play has been inconsistent in short-yardage scenarios.
- Even blowouts would be entertaining. For example, let's look at the Seahawks' 37-6 Week 4 loss to the Bears, and how I'd react after six beers to some Bear fan needling:
Bears Fan: Wow, the Seahawks just really didn't show up tonight, huh?
Me: [audible sigh] Yeah.
Bears Fan: Hey, Matt.
Bears Fan: Daaaaaaa... Bears.
- Enthusiasm is contagious. Not only would it make watching games with your favorite team more exciting, but you'd get wrapped up in other games by how much you hated or enjoyed other team's fan announcers.
- And of course, announcers would finally point out the Manning Face. Just like this guy will tomorrow.