Let us first say that we – like just about everyone – are huge fans of Mike Mayock. He knows his stuff better than most of the other talking head stiffs on the various NFL shows, and he doesn’t act like an arrogant ass like some others. He also doesn’t Gruden it up by saying over and over, “boy this guy is just an athlete!” and “boy I love this guy he is just a football player!”
So, you’d think that we’d be thrilled that NFL Network has announced that he’ll be working with Brad Nessler announcing the Thursday night games. Well, we aren’t.
Why? Why won’t anyone say it? Why do we all have to play pretend? I hate playing pretend! Why won’t everyone say what we’re all thinking when it comes to Mayock?
Yes, he knows his stuff, but….the lisp.
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It’s not his fault and we aren’t making fun of him. But, it’s really distracting to listen to, no?
Look, being a television personality, whether it’s a broadcaster or talking head analyst, is about more than just knowing your stuff. For some ex-athletes like Emmitt Smith, his downfall wasn’t that he didn’t know what he was talking about. His grammar was on an eighth-grade level. He isn’t the only person with that problem, but sorry, you can’t be on TV.
So I wonder about Mayock. I believe he did the Seattle Seahawks/New Orleans Saints playoff game last year, and it was really distracting. What he’s saying is extremely valuable, but all I hear when he gets going is the speech impediment.
Let’s hope some of it can get corrected, although I have a feeling that if it was possible it would have been done by now.