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Jim Nantz and wife Courtney have baby girl

Jim Nantz wife baby

Jim Nantz and his new wife Courtney said hello to a new friend this week.

Nantz, the top announcer for CBS, typically calls the Big Ten tournament, but he’s not this week because he was with his wife, Courtney, who gave birth to the couple’s first child. CBS Sports Network shared the photo seen above during the telecast for one of their Mountain West Conference tournament games on Friday night and explained why we wouldn’t be hearing Nantz’s voice on Sunday.

Nantz, 54, was married to his ex-wife for 26 years until they divorced in 2009. The divorce was ugly and played out in public. He began dating 29-year-old Courtney Richards before the divorce was finalized. The two married at Pebble Beach in 2012, and now they have their first child — Finley Cathleen Nantz.

Congratulations to the couple!

Via @cjzero

Jim Nantz butchers ending of Jets-Patriots game (Video)

CBS announcer Jim Nantz loves to script his endings, and in this case, it looks like the practice backfired on him.

Nantz completely butchered his call for the ending of the New England Patriots-New York Jets game on Sunday, saying not once, but twice that the Jets had won. The Jets, in fact, lost 29-26 in overtime when Mark Sanchez lost a fumble following a Patriots field goal. Don’t tell that to Nantz, though, who inexplicably declared the Jets the victors in the game.

“If it holds up, which we expect it will, it’s going to be a stunner. The biggest underdog of the week,” he said before the referees announced the fumble would stand.

Then after the call stood to give the Patriots the game, Nantz made another mistake.

“The New York Jets stand alone in first place now … the New England Patriots … at 4-3 … what an amazing game here.”

Yikes. Someone is going to have to find out what Nantz was thinking there, because that was dumbfounding.

H/T Jimmy Traina

Jim Nantz wore beads for the Final Four in New Orleans (Picture)

There’s only two ways to have beads in New Orleans: You either bought them at the store so you could distribute, or you lifted up your top and exposed your chest for the reward. Let’s just hope for everyone’s sake the former was the case for CBS announcer Jim Nantz.

H/T Jimmy Traina

Mike Tomlin was worried about Steelers’ season ending in Denver on 80-yard OT TD

This isn’t some story about Mike Tomlin clairvoyantly knowing the Steelers would lose to the Broncos on an 80-yard touchdown in overtime. Nope, it’s a story about how Tomlin’s worst fears came true.

CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz called the Steelers-Broncos playoff game, and he told The Denver Post Tomlin was afraid of losing on a game-ending touchdown in overtime.

Nantz apparently grilled both John Fox and Mike Tomlin during production meetings about their plans for overtime given the new rules. Would the coaches defer knowing that one stop and a score would end the game, or would they want the ball first? Nantz was trying to sell Tomlin on deferring, but the Steelers coach wasn’t hearing it.

“He said, ‘No way I am doing that. I’m not putting my whole season at risk giving the other team the football because if one guy busts an assignment or something else and one play they go 80 yards and a touchdown and my season is over. I’m not going to let that happen. I’m taking the football,’ according to Nantz.

“I said, ‘Come on. You gotta be kidding. The longest pass play of the season for the Broncos and Tebow was 56 yards against Kansas City.’ He said, ‘I’m not going to put my season on the line for a one-play, 80-yard touchdown pass.’”

Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened and the Steelers were sent packing on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Tim Tebow to Demaryius Thomas. If Tomlin was so fearful of a game-ending touchdown, you have to wonder why the players weren’t as well.

Jim Nantz Criticized for Walker, Texas Ranger Line about Kemba

CBS announcer Jim Nantz was criticized pretty heavily by viewers Monday evening for his reference to the TV show Walker, Texas Ranger. As the UConn-Butler game was going to commercial with 5:49 left, Nantz said “We have a break in the action. UConn, 5:49 from the title perhaps. They have defended. They have protected. They have Walker, Texas Ranger.”

Nantz was talking about UConn star Kemba Walker when he made the Texas Ranger reference, and it’s difficult to tell if it was planned or spontaneous. I give Nantz a break because as someone with plenty of broadcasting experience, I know it’s not easy to come up with the right words on an impromptu basis. Additionally, when you have an audience of millions, you’re not going to please every single one of them.

The masses on twitter found Nantz’s reference so strange they turned the phrase “Walker Texas Ranger” into a worldwide trending topic. Yes, Nantz’s reference was that odd and lame it prompted thousands of twitter users to write something about it — many of which were unkind. The reasoning is simple — Walker is from the Bronx, not Texas, and the TV show has been insignificant for years. Perhaps that’s why people were so frustrated with the reference — they felt it shows how out of touch with the real world Nantz is.