Will Leitch reflects on how CBS handled the 34-minute blackout at the Super Bowl last night:
Obviously, CBS couldn’t have anticipated power suddenly going out in the press box, and the mics of Phil Simms and Jim Nantz being shut off — it’s not exactly the type of thing you put together a plan for in prep — but never has the vapidity of NFL commentators been more painfully in evidence. It is amazing, in the year 2013, that these are the people who are paid to talk live on television. That’s their job. Professionally. The blackout, essentially, turned the most watched program in the United States into “Saturday Night Live’s” famous “Wake Up and Smile” sketch.
If CBS had ever seen a Phillies rain delay, they’d know all they had to do was throw to a short Phillie Phanatic movie.