In his autobiography, sportscaster Al Michaels shares his broadcasting philosophy and countless stories from his four decades working Super Bowls, World Series, and other major events.
“Some former jocks approach the commentary role with the mentality I played the game, I was on the field and you weren’t. So listen to what I have to say. That’s usually when laziness blends with arrogance. That won’t cut it. I worked with one analyst, a former quarterback, who would constantly say things like ‘This is what the quarterback is thinking here.’ The situation didn’t matter. I always wanted to say, ‘Really? Every quarterback is thinking the same thing on every third-and-four? Just because you once were a quarterback doesn’t mean you know what all quarterbacks are thinking in every situation. This is what you were thinking, not everybody.’”