Collinsworth & Simmons Make Up On His Pod & Break Some Al Michaels News
On Sunday, Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels performed their usual duties as the commentators of the Patriots vs. Seahawks game on Sunday Night Football. Also per usual, noted Patriots superfan Bill Simmons got himself all worked up about the game, tweeting at Collinsworth to chastise him for giving the Seahawks offensive line a little too much credit.
In what the internet deemed to be quite a shocking turn of events, Collinsworth fired back with a savage burn of his own.
OH SNAP. In case you missed it, Simmons' late night HBO vehicle "Any Given Wednesday" was recently cancelled. So kudos to CC, it was quite the pot shot; particularly for a guy like Collinsworth who doesn't mix it up in the Twittersphere on a regular basis the way that Simmons does.
As I mentioned, Twitter went utterly berserk over this little exchange, deeming Collinsworth the victor in the brief war of words. Unfortunately, the beef was squashed faster than you can say "HEY COLLINSWORTH, WHY DO YOU HATE MY [insert any NFL team] SO MUCH, HUH?!"
On Tuesday he guested on Simmons popular podcast to humbly apologize and remind the world that the two men are friends and have a great mutual respect for each other. I can't say whether or not that's true or whether it's a bit of PR, but Simmons did corroborate that sentiment.
"You and [Al] Michaels are my favorite broadcast team. Which I've said over and over again....I always felt like when I complain about something during the broadcast, I had already established a preexisting love for the broadcast."
So there you have it. Two uber-successful guys who don't love looking like jerks on the internet decided to have a chat and make nice. The more interesting aspect of their conversation was actually about 11 minutes in when Collinsworth might've accidentally broken news regarding Michaels. Here's what he had to say when Simmons joke about how he was worried that an intensified workload might kill the legendary 72-year-old broadcaster:
“I don’t think he’s doing Sunday,” Collinsworth said of his broadcasting partner. “I don’t think he is. He’s going to have a few games off — not weeks off — and Mike Tirico’s going to come in and do a few of these games. I don’t know exactly which games it is that he’s going to do but they’re going to take care of my boy because we want him to be broadcasting at age 957.”
Matt Bonesteel of the Washington Post and Pro Football Talk both confirmed that Tirico is scheduled to fill Michaels' shoes for multiple prime time games.
We all knew when Tirico moved on from ESPN to work for NBC Sports that they would eventually start using him on Sunday Night Football, but this is sooner than most of us suspected. It will definitely be a great opportunity for the network - and more important for fans - to test out the chemistry between Tirico and Collinsworth.
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