If you had any doubt that Saturday’s Red River Rivalry game, matching No. 1 OU and No. 5 Texas was big, play-by-play announcer Brent Musburger certainly will tell you so during ABC’s national broadcast at 11 a.m. Saturday. Musburger is one of the biggest hype artists among sports broadcasters, and he can make a 2-yard run seem important. Musburger, 69, has been broadcasting sports on the network level since 1975. He’d be the first to tell you that, if you could actually get an interview with him. Fortunately, he’ll have Kirk Herbstreit in the booth with him. Herbstreit, who also will be working ESPN’s “College GameDay,” at 9 a.m. Saturday, is arguably the best college football analyst in the business. A friend of fellow Ohioan Bob Stoops, Herbstreit will be well-prepared in calling the game.
Some good quotes from the weekend:
NFL Network’s ‘Deion Sanders on Giants third-year wide receiver Sinorice Moss, who had first two career TD catches vs. Seahawks: “He got off the milk carton.”
NBC’s Cris Collinsworth on Texans quarterback Sage Rosenfels fumbling after trying to leap over a defender: “We would never have (Bob) Costas jumping over the top, we’d have him sliding underneath.”
NBC’s Keith Olbermann on “Ocho Cinco,” T.O. and Jerry Jones posing for a pre-game picture: “Celebrating each of them crossing that plateau, a thousand soundbites each.”
TBS’ Harold Reynolds on how playing in the American League East division prepared the Tampa Rays for success: “(The Rays) have been resilient all season long, with the ability to bounce back. I believe it goes back to the division they play in. They’ve taken their lumps, but they’ve played against some of the best players in all of Major League Baseball. If you are going to compete in that division and walk about as champion of the American League East than you’ve got a solid club. They’ve got a chance to go all the way to the World Series.”