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Articles tagged: Kirk Herbstreit

Al Michaels has incredible halftime tradition

Aug 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Network television commentator Al Michaels before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Does Al Michaels really eat an entire meal during commercial breaks or at halftime while calling games? Those rumors have been floating around for years.

During an appearance on Pardon My Take Thursday, Kirk Herbstreit confirmed the rumors about Michaels.

Host PFT Commenter and Big Cat asked Herbstreit whether the rumors of Michaels eating a meal at breaks while calling games was true.

“This dude,” Herbstreit began. “We get to halftime, I assume it’s him, he’s got steak, shrimp, he doesn’t touch the mashed potatoes. And they’ve got like real silverware and a plate, and you only have eight minutes in halftime in the NFL, but as soon as halftime’s over, headphones are off, back behind the screen, and they’ve got a table set.

“It’s like fine dining for eight minutes, and it’s just, he’s eating and talking, and it blew me away.”

Herbstreit joked the only thing Michaels is missing is the candle, which he intends to bring with him next year.

But there are some limits to Michaels’ fine-dining experience. For example, he hates vegetables and refuses to eat them. In fact, servers who deliver them to Michaels do so at their own peril.

“If a vegetable gets near him, he’ll put a fork through your hand,” Herbstreit said. “He doesn’t eat vegetables of any kind.”

It’s surf and turf only for the picky Michaels. And apparently he’s not too worried about a broadcaster’s nightmare: having to hit the bathroom during a broadcast.

ESPN announcers made mistake on call of Penn State’s ‘Wing T’ formation

ESPN’s announcers made a mistake while calling Penn State’s touchdown to open the scoring in the Rose Bowl against Utah on Monday.

Penn State had a 3rd-and-2 from the Utah 5 with a rolling clock in the final minute of the first quarter against the Utes. The Nittany Lions lined up in a T formation that caught Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit by surprise.

“How about this, look at this formation,” Herbstreit said.

“The Wing T? What era are we in?” Fowler sarcastically asked.

“I mean, only in this stadium can you line up in a Wing T,” Herbstreit said in response.

“One of the few teams in the sport that uses this formation,” added Fowler.

The problem is that the announcers got the formation wrong. Penn State had lined up in a standard T formation, not a Wing T, as there was no wing back.

Here is what a Wing T looks like:

Fans were on it and recognized the mistake.

After ESPN returned from a commercial, Fowler and Herbstreit corrected their error and noted Penn State had lined up in a T formation.

Fowler and Herbstreit should have gotten that right, especially since Herbstreit played in the late ’80s/early ’90s when teams still used a T formation. But them not being able to identify what used to be a common formation shows just how much the game has shifted to a passing sport rather than the running sport it used to be 30-plus years ago.

Kirk Hebstreit responds to Will Muschamp’s jab

Dec 2, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; ESPN personality Kirk Herbstreit walks down the field prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and the Miami Hurricanes in the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Will Muschamp hit Kirk Herbstreit with what many viewed as a lighthearted jab earlier this week, but it does not sound like the former Ohio State quarterback interpreted it that way.

Muschamp is the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach for Georgia. His Bulldogs are getting set to face Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Peach Bowl on Saturday.

The only other time the two teams met was in the 1993 Citrus Bowl (for the 1992 season) when Georgia beat Ohio State 21-14. Muschamp was a safety for that Georgia team, while Herbstreit was the Buckeyes’ quarterback.

Muschamp was asked by a reporter on Tuesday if he has any specific memories from the ’93 game. He recalled a luncheon leading up to the game where Herbstreit made a bad pass across the room. Muschamp said it was at that point that he knew Georgia would win.

Herbstreit was later asked if he had any response to being trolled by Muschamp. He said he recalls what Muschamp was talking about and explained that the football he threw was a collector’s edition that was difficult to grip.

“I do remember it was one of those autographed balls, those white panel balls,” Herbstreit said. “And I remember throwing it and not being real happy with how far I had to throw it because I couldn’t grip the ball. So I shot putted the ball. That’s about all I remember. But no, I don’t really have any comments or any reaction at all to what Will said.”

Herbstreit added that he doesn’t remember much about Muschamp from that Georgia team.

“Was that 100 years ago?” he asked. “… So I just remember Georgia being really good and very athletic, and I don’t remember much about Will at all.”

Lighten up, Herbie. Muschamp was obviously joking. We highly doubt anyone actually drew conclusions from the way Herbstreit threw a football during a luncheon. Obviously, the moment has stuck with Herbstreit and Muschamp struck a nerve.

Herbstreit played at Ohio State from 1989-1992. He was the team’s starting quarterback for that ’92 season and passed for 1,904 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions. The team was very run-heavy and led by running back Robert Smith. Future Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George was a freshman that year, so Herbstreit did not have to do much heavy lifting.

Will Muschamp hits Kirk Herbstreit with epic zinger

Dec 2, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; ESPN personality Kirk Herbstreit walks down the field prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and the Miami Hurricanes in the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Will Muschamp hit Kirk Herbstreit with an epic zinger on Tuesday.

Muschamp is the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach for Georgia. His Bulldogs are getting set to face Ohio State in the CFP semifinal at the Peach Bowl on Saturday.

The teams have only met one other time, and that was in the 1993 Citrus Bowl (for the 1992 season) when Georgia beat Ohio State 21-14.

Muschamp was a safety for that Georgia team, while Herbstreit was the Buckeyes’ quarterback.

Muschamp was asked at a media appearance Tuesday about his memories from the ’93 game. He recalled a luncheon leading up to the game where he saw Herbstreit throw.

“We had a luncheon. Herbstreit got up and threw a pass across the room, and I knew we had a shot to win. Make sure he knows I said that,” Muschamp joked.

Ouch, that’s harsh.

Herbstreit played at Ohio State from 1989-1992. He was the team’s starting quarterback for that ’92 season and passed for 1,904 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions.

The Buckeyes were led by running back Robert Smith. They also had future Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George as a freshman that year. Yes, that was back in the day when many top teams were run-heavy. Herbstreit’s arm didn’t leave Muschamp impressed.

Kirk Herbstreit has surprising ranking for Ohio State

Dec 2, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; ESPN personality Kirk Herbstreit walks down the field prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and the Miami Hurricanes in the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Kirk Herbstreit had a surprising ranking for Ohio State following Saturday’s loss to Michigan.

Herbstreit was on the call for the USC-Notre Dame game on ABC Saturday. After USC won 38-27, Herbstreit unveiled his top six teams.

Here is how Herbstreit had the teams ranked:

1. Georgia
2. Michigan
3. TCU
4. USC
5. Alabama
6. Ohio State

What was surprising was Herbstreit ranking the 1-loss Buckeyes behind the 2-loss Crimson Tide. He acknowledged the surprising ranking and explained his decision.

“The reason I put Alabama at five, their two losses were in the last plays of the game in two of the toughest atmospheres that we saw all year. At Tennessee, at LSU, those are their two losses. And I think the way they finished the year, obviously much better than Ohio State,” Herbstreit said.

Alabama is 10-2 following their 49-27 Iron Bowl win. They lost 52-49 at Tennessee and 32-31 at LSU. Ohio State is 11-1 with a 45-23 home loss to Michigan.

Herbstreit’s argument about the losses is one thing. But what is Alabama’s best win? At 4-loss Texas? At 4-loss Ole Miss? The Tide lost in their two toughest tests. Ohio State’s best win was 44-31 at Penn State. That looks a lot better than what the Tide has put up.

Perhaps the order of Alabama and Ohio State won’t come into play if USC and TCU win their conference championship games. But if it does, there will be plenty of arguments.

Kirk Herbstreit shares the ‘Armageddon’ scenario for CFP

Dec 2, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; ESPN personality Kirk Herbstreit walks down the field prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and the Miami Hurricanes in the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

There are only four teams in the country left that are undefeated, and one of them is guaranteed to lose this weekend. The way things are headed, we could end up with some really wild situations with the College Football Playoff.

The latest edition of the CFP rankings were released on Tuesday. ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit was among the analysts to appear on the rankings show, and he talked about a potential “Armageddon” scenario.

The winner of the Ohio State-Michigan game seems to be a near lock to make the CFP. And at No. 6, USC has a clear path to the CFP so long as they beat Notre Dame and win the Pac-12 Championship Game.

According to Herbstreit, the “Armageddon” scenario would occur if USC lost one of its next two games, while Georgia beat LSU in the SEC Championship Game. That would open the door for some teams further down the rankings.

“What if SC were to stumble and Georgia were to knock off LSU. That would be this year’s version of potential Armageddon,” Herbstreit said.

“Now we get into this — who’s left? Who’s left in our discussion? The loser of the Ohio State-Michigan game. Clemson if they win out as an ACC champion. And I don’t know who else you throw in there — Alabama? I guess you could throw them into the discussion. That’s how close we are to the loser of the Ohio State-Michigan game being in a pretty good discussion with Clemson, unless you want to throw Alabama in there as the third team just because of the narrow losses,” he said.

His point is valid.

While losing the rivalry game won’t be a positive thing for either program, the loser of the Ohio State-Michigan game might not be out of the CFP hunt. There is still a lot left to shake out, and there are still plenty of losses to come for all the schools involved. Even TCU, which faces Iowa State next before the Big 12 Championship Game, has no guarantee about winning either of their next two games.

Kirk Herbstreit gets hilariously trolled for his ‘College GameDay’ outfit

ESPN’s “College GameDay” made the unusual decision to travel to Bozeman, Montana on Saturday ahead of the game between Montana and Montana State. The setting was beautiful but the weather was chilly, which apparently made for one unique style choice.

Kirk Herbstreit got absolutely roasted for his choice of outfit for Saturday’s show, however. Herbstreit looked to be trying to dress to the setting with his combo of hat and coat, but all he did was become the target of a lot of Twitter jokes, with people comparing him to everything from Indiana Jones to a character from the TV series “Yellowstone.”

At least Herbstreit had the right idea, even if he wound up looking a bit silly. Maybe he was just comfortable.

Herbstreit isn’t usually the one making headlines for “College GameDay” headwear. It is a change of pace, that is for sure.

Kirk Herbstreit has strong criticism for one college football team

Dec 2, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; ESPN personality Kirk Herbstreit walks down the field prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and the Miami Hurricanes in the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit delivered a fairly stinging criticism of one college football team that he clearly sees as overrated.

On Saturday’s edition of ESPN’s “College GameDay,” Herbstreit had a rather blunt take on the Texas A&M Aggies following their upset loss to Appalachian State last Saturday. Herbstreit said the Aggies had fallen victim to “unwarranted preseason hype” and did not deserve to be ranked No. 6 in the first place.

“Unwarranted preseason hype! No. 6, high expectations for a team that did not deserve that,” Herbstreit said, via Sydney Hunte of Saturday Down South. “They beat Alabama last year, they have all these great recruits, and all of a sudden, everybody thinks they’re Alabama. It doesn’t work like that.”

Herbstreit is undoubtedly correct. Though the Aggies did beat Alabama in 2021, they had yet to show the consistency to make that look like more than a one-off. There are clear issues on offense as well, as evidenced by the team making a very early quarterback change after the defeat.

On the other hand, this is year five for Jimbo Fisher, and for some there is a feeling that his program should be a bit further along. His recruiting class was so good that it became a legitimate source of controversy prior to the season. Expecting that class to dominate immediately is certainly asking too much, but a bit of consistency would be welcomed at A&M at this point.

Kirk Herbstreit shares feelings on ESPN losing Big Ten football

Dec 2, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; ESPN personality Kirk Herbstreit walks down the field prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and the Miami Hurricanes in the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Kirk Herbstreit on Friday shared his feelings about ESPN losing the television rights to the Big Ten.

The Big Ten’s new contract begins in the 2023 football season. For the first time since 1966, ABC or ESPN will not televise their games.

Herbstreit, 53, played quarterback at Ohio State and has a strong family legacy at the school, where his father also played. He and Chris Fowler have formed the No. 1 announcing team for ESPN’s college football games for several years, meaning they have called numerous Big Ten games in primetime.

Speaking with the media on Friday ahead of Saturday’s game between the Buckeyes and Notre Dame on ABC, Herbstreit acknowledged it will be tough not calling Big Ten games.

“I’m sad,” Herbstreit said, via Eleven Warriors. “I love Ohio State, I love the Big Ten, I love coming into these stadiums. It’s a highlight for me any time we can come here, obviously, or go to Penn State or Wisconsin or any of the (Big Ten stadiums).”

ESPN could still air games involving Big Ten teams if they happen to be non-conference ones the network has the rights to, or playoff games. But for the most part, ABC/ESPN will be without the Big Ten through the 2029 season.

Though the development is sad for the ESPN announcer, Herbstreit recognizes the development isn’t permanent.

“Who knows what will happen after that (the new seven-year Big Ten contract)? So I don’t think it’s the end of my opportunities in my career, but for that time period, it will be,” Herbstreit said. “So yeah, I definitely wasn’t celebrating it. But it’s the business like we’re all seeing. Everything’s evolving in this sport. Everything’s changing. I’m trying to keep an open mind to all of it and just do the best I can through it.”

The Big Ten is truly branching out. They are adding Los Angeles schools UCLA and USC. Their broadcast deal also calls for their games to appear on FOX, NBC and CBS.

While ESPN will be able to flex its muscle as the TV home for the SEC, FOX is becoming more of the TV home for the Big Ten, with NBC and CBS also broadcasting games.

Kirk Herbstreit has 1 critique for PGA Championship

Dec 2, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; ESPN personality Kirk Herbstreit walks down the field prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and the Miami Hurricanes in the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The PGA Championship ended with a thrilling final round on Sunday, as Justin Thomas won his second Wanamaker Trophy in a three-hole playoff with Will Zalatoris. Despite the incredible finish, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit shared one issue that he had while watching the event.

On Sunday, Herbstreit tweeted that it was time to ban people who yell after tee shots.

“Think the time has come the @PGATOUR ban the drunk clowns yelling after a tee shot at a Major! Was really funny back in 2003,” he wrote.

Someone should tell the college football analyst that fans weren’t yelling after tee shots, but actually complaining about the beer prices at the event.

While Herbstreit had an issue with these hecklers, Thomas seemed unbothered.

Thomas overcame a seven-shot deficit on Sunday, tied for the largest comeback after 54 holes in major championship history.

The 29-year-old did have some help thanks to a meltdown on the 18th hole by the leader entering Sunday.

Thomas now has two major championship wins, both at the PGA Championship. His first win came back in 2017.