The moment we've all been waiting for has arrived; Bryant Gumbel will no longer be announcing games broadcast by the NFL Network. Let us all rejoice.
In this particular case, I have no problem kicking him while he's down. I still remember the first NFL Network game to be broadcast live, Denver at Kansas City over Thanksgiving 2006, when I had to mute my television because Gumbel was just so damn awful. And over the next two years, he never really got any better.
However, I think we all remember the defining moment in his football announcing career coming after Willie Parker broke his leg at the beginning of a Steelers-Rams game last December, at which point Mr. Gumble so brilliantly observed:
Maybe there is some justice in Parker breaking his leg, because now Fred Taylor will get to go to the Pro Bowl.
Yes, Mr. Gumbel; it appears that long-overdue justice has finally arrived. Let's just hope that the NFL Network finds someone decent to work with Chris Collinsworth.