Al Michaels Compares Calling Amazon’s Stinky NFL Thursday Night Package To Selling Used Cars

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For months we’ve all opined how miserable poor Al Michaels must’ve been this year calling stinky Thursday Night Football games for Amazon Prime.

Now, we all have a little vindication, because it’s coming straight from the horse’s mouth!

Michaels, who NBC thankfully rescued to call Saturday’s Chargers-Jags playoff game, said calling TNF games this past season was like trying to essentially sell a lemon.

“From the Amazon people, nothing but support. I think they understood what this was,” Michaels told The Athletic this week. “We’re making the most of it. I mean, you just can’t oversell something. Do you want me to sell you a 20-year-old Mazda? That’s what you’re asking me to do.

“I can’t sell you a used car. I’ve kind of gone down that road a little bit in games that have been bad in the past. But this game was horrifically bad. What were you supposed to do at that point? And away I went.”

Someone free Al Michaels!
Al Michaels deserved so much better this season. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Amazon)

Al Michaels checks out, surprises Kirk Herbstreit

The “game” Al is referring to, of course, was that dreadful Colts-Broncos showdown back in Week 5. You know, the one that went all the way to overtime without anyone crossing the goal line?

That was just one of several clunkers Michaels and partner Kirk Herbstreit were subjected to this season. Don’t forget, we also had to sit through an Eagles-Texans game, Zach Wilson vs. the Jags, Commanders-Bears and Falcons-Panthers.

My God. Frankly, 78-year-old Al Michaels deserves a damn Emmy.

Anyway, he obviously didn’t hold back during these horrible games, and that caught Herbie by surprise.

“I think I’m to the point in my life and career, having watched sports since I was 6 years old, I feel what the crowd feels,” Michaels continued. “The Denver-Indianapolis game (in) Week 4 was a dreadful game. No other way to describe it. No touchdowns.

“In fact, at one point during the game, I said to Kirk, ‘Is it possible this game could be so bad that it’s actually good?’ He’d never heard that from a partner and went, ‘No!'”

Herbstreit sitting next to a clearly checked out Al Michaels on Thursdays and then Pat McAfee every Saturday must have been a WILD experience for him. What a swing of emotions.

Luckily, Michaels will actually get to call a good game Saturday when he returns to the NBC booth thanks to his “emeritus deal” that allows him to call certain events for the company over the next few years.

Sadly, Al won’t be reunited with longtime partner Cris ‘Here’s a Guy’ Collinsworth, but at least he’ll finally get to see what a good football game looks like for the first time in a year.

At 78, our man deserves that.

Written by Zach Dean

Zach grew up in Florida, lives in Florida, and will never leave Florida ... for obvious reasons. He's a reigning fantasy football league champion, knows everything there is to know about NASCAR, and once passed out (briefly!) during a lap around Daytona. He swears they were going 200 mph even though they clearly were not.


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  1. So … the solution is to “script” NFL like WWE to guarantee each game is like the seven playoff games last year …. every game being a 60-minute Shootout with last possession wins ????

    And lets “script” the College FB Finals too …. to avoid Blowouts like last Monday ??? Fine with me. I don’t bet on sports so just show me well-orchestrated exciting games like WWE RAW events. Why do I care if its all FAKE! …… jeeezzzz.

  2. A major problem is TNF is a product of greed. Yes leave the special Thanksgiving slate but asking 2 teams every week to play on Thursday is insane. Their bodies are not recovered and if a guy makes a business decision at the expense of the game not being crisp then I don’t blame him.

  3. Outside of the Thanksgiving games, I have NEVER like these Thursday games. I can`t believe Amazon got that big of a subscription bump because of it. It`s really a rough product when it`s played in the middle of the week.

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