Fans of the Philadelphia Eagles were not happy about the job done by NBC commentator Cris Collinworth during Philadelphia’s Super Bowl LII win over the New England Patriots. The Eagles’ first Super Bowl victory is doing nothing to soften the blow.
One Eagles’ fan has gone as far as to start a petition on Change.org, requesting that Collinsworth be disciplined, or kept to New England’s games.
“Cris Collinsworth is the most biased and horrible commentator ever. Being a Philadelphia Eagles fan and having to listen to him constantly talk about the Patriots and hardly ever the Eagles during the game made it almost unbearable. As a professional he has a duty to if not be unbiased at least try to make the game enjoyable for all viewers. His constant fawning over Tom Brady and the Patriots the entire game was disgusting, making it sound like he was a local Boston radio personality and not a commentator for a nationally syndicated football game. His performance brought back recent memories of the horrible job Pete Morelli and his officiating crew did against the Panthers earlier in the year. Please NBC discipline him or at the very least keep him to only commentating on Patroit games who he so very much loves.”
Not to get all technical here. But even if the request to keep Collinsworth had been an actual NBC policy before Super Bowl LII, it wouldn’t have kept Collinsworth from calling the game. Super Bowl LII was a Patriot game, after all.
We also have some bad news for signers of this petition. Unless he is moved or the custom changes, Collinsworth will call the opener next season. The recent tradition has called for the defending champs to host the league’s opening game on Thursday night, which is always broadcast by NBC. In 2018, that will be the Eagles.
Of course, the good news for Philadelphia fans is that their team just won its first Super Bowl ever. We know that fans in the City of Brotherly Love have a reputation for being a tough group to please. Still, if there’s ever a time to loosen up just a little bit, it’s clearly right now.