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As humans, we crave consistency. I’m a routine guy. It gets me through the week, and it also helps me get through Sundays. No matter my mood or level of hangover, I can always count on a binge of questionably cooked takeout, copious amounts of coffee, disappointment from my football team, and forgetting to change the channel before hearing the veritable death knell of the 60 Minutes time clock. As of this fall, I’ve decided to add one more thing to my Sunday routine: the wait for Cris Collinsworth’s intro slide-in during the weekly Sunday Night football game.
— Jack Sweeney (@SweatSweeney22) December 10, 2018
Sunday Night Football is the bell cow for the NFL thanks its ability to captivate a captive and highly lethargic viewing audience with a premiere matchup and a premiere broadcasting booth that puts the Monday Night Football catastrophe crew to shame. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth are two of the best broadcasters in the game. Al is probably one of the best commentators in sports history. I mean, he’s the guy who called the Miracle at Lake Placid. Collinsworth, on the other hand, has slowly grown into his role, relying on his playing experience and dry wit as a way to win over viewers. Now, it seems like Collinsworth has struck gold with a memorable intro that enthralls and encapsulates football Twitter every Sunday evening.
The slide… it’s subtle and almost a bit too smooth. After Carrie Underwood starts the show with a less-than-loved new song and Al Michaels sets the stage with an adept monologue, the camera angle shifts subtly and Collinsworth literally slides onto the scene with the type of broadcasting bravado that most can only dream of. Collinsworth has seemingly caught onto the act, making every slide more pronounced and memorable than the last, and Twitter can’t get enough of it. Between Cris breaking the fourth wall and his ideal sense of old-man fashion that favors neutral colored quarter zips and cream turtlenecks, his favorability amongst football fans has skyrocketed. He’s become a calming, football dad-like factor that eases the nerves of football fans across the nation clinging to the last breath of the weekend between their buffalo-sauce caked hands.
Waiting for that Sunday Night slide-in is admittedly a small piece of what makes the premiere football matchup great, but it’s quickly become a consistent part of my Sunday Scaries prevention ritual. Sharing that sole, collective moment of joy and anticipation amongst football fans across the nation during an often bleak day of regret and too much bad food almost becomes a type of soul-curing elixir that quells my stomach’s nerves for Monday. Here’s hoping the slide never subsides. .
[via 971 The Ticket]