Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Yakety yak, they talk back
Back in Week 1, when Danny Woodhead was a Jet and Randy Moss was a Patriot, our friends at the Wall Street Journal evidently had too much time on their hands and took on an unusual project:
They counted the average number of words per minute uttered by NFL announcing teams, using the first 15 minutes of every game that week.
The list at last was revealed Thursday and the winners – or were they the losers? – were CBS’ Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots at 189.2 WPM, 120.9 for the excitable Mr. Harlan alone.
(Most chatty analyst: Fox’s Daryl Johnston at 99.3 WPM; his partner, Kenny Albert, was quietest among play-by-players at 55.4.)
Not surprisingly, the respected NBC duo of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth was 15th among the 15 teams analyzed at 137.33. Fox’s No. 1 booth of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman was next-to-last at 138.33.
Surely there is a lesson in there somewhere, right?