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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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  1. 1

    Matt

    Here’s my ranking:
    1. Nantz/Romo/Wolfson (A) – Romo is really good and became better as the season progressed. He’ll get that less-is-more thing for next season. Tracy does well.
    2. Michaels/Collinsworth/Tafoya (B+) – Chris more than makes up for Al. Btw, thanks for pointing out Al’s squeak. I hadn’t noticed that until you pointed it out. Now, I hear all too often. 🙂 Michelle also does well.
    3. McDonough/Gruden/Salters (B) – I just don’t see the C- grade here. Jon is solid and Sean is consistent. I like the tone Sean takes. Lisa is dependable.
    4. Buck/Aikman/Andrews (C+) – Agree that Joe is great, but Troy needs to go. Troy has a handful of phrases that he just simply repeats over and over and over and… Joe just can’t make up for that. Erin is fine – she doesn’t do anything for me.

    Matt from Delaware (Podcast listener)

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    Bob

    My issue with Buck/Aikman/Andrews is that they seem to miss potential key issues in plays. Romo was all over the Clay out of bounds reception. It felt like the Jag’s challenge came as a result of Romo’s comments (likely not, but it was amazing how quickly he was on it). A number of issues with calls/non-calls were simply ignored by Buck/Aikman. It feels like they are too distracted trying to come up with new ways to use a cliche to actually catch nuances in a game.

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    Maxbcat

    Czabe- just want to note, I love the blog and all content yu ae pushing. Fantastic. Thank you.
    On this one- love that you are not snowed by Gruden. He’s been brutal since the start, rarely giving any constructive criticism and always heaping praise. All the way down to the Henry non fumble late in the game where he went over the top with the “amazing play by KC” to strip the ball loose. When in reality you see the replay and it was nowhere near that. I will disagree on Michaels- I guess I have gotten used to his quirk and the nasal carry on.

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    Rob

    Maybe I’m in the minority, but I loathe listening to Romo. He talks too damn much and makes me feel like I’m watching the game in the bar with a bunch of idiots. I have to watch the games he does on mute.

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    t. rissle

    It has to be mentioned that some people FFFF hate Collinsworth’s voice. My girlfriend will complain and complain during his games and join the twitter hate crowd bemoaning Collinsworth’s weird voice.

    Me? I don’t mind. I also think he’s well prepared and makes interesting points. But maybe he’s like cilantro…love or hate…no in between.

    Aside from that…it’s always a treat to hear Joe Buck’s mellow sounds and it seems like I never get to hear Nance’s glorious “hello friends” voice during the season.

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    Hosel Rocket

    There was a much bigger problem than sudden puberty on the Kansas City fumble-TD-return-that-never-was. It became apparent that “the moment” in football was all but dead. Its that moment when you can’t believe you what you are seeing, and if it is your team, it is a moment of pure joy and elation.

    Since the refs now defer to replay to call the game, “the moment” is spoiled with thoughts of doubt. In the KC game the instant thought was, “that was a late fumble recovery, he was probably down and they’ll make the call in replay.” If its your team making the spectacular catch the moment of unbridled joy is now replaced with, “what new and inventive way will they figure out to f*ck us on replay?” If Riggo’s 70 Chip run over Don McNeal happened today you spend the whole run worrying that the replay would show his knee brushing the ground as he rounded the corner.

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    FIshslap

    The only one I mind is Aikman. He is so stiff and dull that I find myself looking for the strings whenever he appears on screen. perhaps he’s nervous. Also Gruden’s relentless effort to never say anything negative about anybody, ever, is very annoying. Because this is not at all who he was as the head jerk, uh, coach of the Raiders and Bucs. A bigger a-hole than that Jon Gruden you would have to search long and hard for. Yet in the booth he just loves everyone and everything. Faker!

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  8. 8

    Tick Tock

    Michelle “I’d like” Tafoya

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    PK

    Thank God Dierdorf is gone and Golic isn’t telling me that jumping offsides is 5yds and a bad idea.

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    Seth Mueller

    I don’t like collinsworth. He always has a shit eating grin when he rolls into view, kinda pedophile looking. Can’t trust someone like that.

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    Mark

    What about Buck/Romo…or Nantz/Collinsworth? The smarm! You could spread it on toast and power civilizations with it!

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