“The Double Doink Game.”
It’s been eight months since then-Bears kicker Cody Parkey’s 43-yard field goal attempt bounced off the uprights during the NFC wild-card game, securing an unlikely playoff win for the Eagles. Since then, the phrase — uttered during the broadcast by Sunday Night Football’s Cris Collinsworth after the kick — became famous across the Delaware valley.
“Oh my goodness, the Bears’ season is going to end on a double doink,” Collinsworth said.
So where did Collinsworth draw the inspiration for the now famous (or infamous, if you live in Chicago) call? Where else — from legendary NFL analyst John Madden, who became famous in part for deploying terms like “Whack!” and “Boom!” during games.
“I mean, I was a kid, right, or a player when John Madden was doing it, and every time he hit the upright, you just waited for him to say doink,” Collinsworth said during a conference call with reporters Tuesday. “It became part of watching the game of football.”
Collinsworth said he didn’t think much of his “double doink” call after saying it on air. But once the game was over, his son, Jac (a features reporter at ESPN), pointed out the phrase was trending on Twitter, something the announcer joked usually leads to a meeting with the boss.
“I was really just thinking out loud. I can’t believe the Bears lost on a double doink. I don’t know. It was just one of those things,” Collinsworth said.
Collinsworth also said his “double doink" call earned him a bit of respite from Eagles fans, whose already-strained relationship with the longtime NFL analyst became more tense after he incorrectly predicted two Birds touchdowns during Super Bowl LII would be overturned by officials.
“When I go to Philadelphia now, when they’re not mad about something else with me, then I hear about that,” Collinsworth said of his “double doink” call.
The Eagles are scheduled to play on Sunday Night Football three time this season: Sept. 15 at the Falcons, Oct. 20 at the Cowboys, and Nov. 24 against the Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field.
Expect to see some ‘High Sky’ camera angles on NBC this season
Speaking of NBC, its decision to turn to a “High Sky” camera 50 feet in the air as the primary angle during Sunday’s preseason game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans drew a mixed response from both fans and a handful of NFL players.
Fred Gaudelli, Sunday Night Football’s executive prouder, told reporters that he’s comfortable rolling out the high camera angle during regular-season games for a series or two. But that doesn’t mean Gaudelli won’t tinker with it a bit.
“One of the things we lost was just some of the intimacy of a regular play that you would get from the conventional game cameras,” Gaudelli said. “I think we could still get that if we just shot a little bit tighter and lowered the camera from where we had it the other night.”
To Gaudelli’s credit, he hasn’t been afraid to mix it up and challenge conventional wisdom with broadcast angles. Due to fog obscuring the normal camera angles during a 2017 game between the Falcons and Patriots, Sunday Night Football turned to a behind-the-quarterback angle that resembled the Madden video game. Unfortunately, Gaudelli said that wasn’t popular with most fans.
“We tried it a couple times and we actually audience tested it, and I think it’s pretty certain that most of the people would rather have the side viewing angle,” Gaudelli said. “Even though there are tens of millions of people that have played video games; there are probably equally or more that have not.”
Last season, NBC rolled out two innovations — an “SNF Kicks Tracer” that uses radar to trace the flight and trajectory of field goal kicks, and the often-derided “green zone” that displays the amount of yardage needed to secure a first down.
Dale Hansen rips ‘stupid’ fans for booing Andrew Luck
Dale Hansen, a popular sports anchor in Dallas known for his honest and blistering commentaries about the NFL and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, took aim at a new target Tuesday: critics of Andrew Luck’s decision to retire from the Colts.
Hansen, like most of us, was forced to listen to some combination of millennial bashing or “he’s not tough enough” claims in response to Luck’s decision to walk away from football following an injury-ravaged career that lasted just seven seasons (one of which he missed due to a shoulder injury). But what angered Hansen the most were Colts fans in the stands Saturday who booed Luck as he jogged off the field at Lucas Oil Stadium for the last time.
“Some people are just too stupid to breathe the same air we breathe, and a lot of them live in Indiana," Hansen said Tuesday night.
“Football fans that will cheer the player who beats up a woman, who drives drunk and kills people, cheer the player who uses illegal drugs, and will cheer the player who cheats to win — boo a 29-year-old man who has been in constant pain for four years because he chooses his life over money,” Hansen added. “I might be as stupid as so many of you tell me I am, but I have never been that stupid.”
• Many fans were furious at HBO Tuesday for delaying the debut of the latest episode of Hard Knocks until 11 p.m. on HBO GO and HBO NOW, a full hour later than it aired on regular HBO.
• Try not to laugh at this hilarious tweet about Phillies slugger Bryce Harper honoring his newborn son, Krew. (Contains adult content.)
• ESPN is turning 40 on Sept. 7, and one of the ways the network is planning to celebrate is by airing an updated version of Rapper’s Delight performed by Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg “featuring a variety of ESPN on-air commentators.” I can’t wait to see the tweets about that.
• NBC wanted someone who could put the importance of the NFL’s 100th season into words. So they turned to 97-year-old Betty White.