Aqib Talib made the Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals game a better viewing experience.
No, Sunday was not the first time Talib was in the booth for FOX. He had previously called the Detroit Lions game vs. the Washington Football Team. Talib was a star on the gridiron at Kansas in college and for several teams in his illustrious NFL career as a defensive back. While his commentary is unorthodox, Twitter found his approach to be some fresh air for the stuffy booth.
Aqib Talib is the greatest thing to happen to a broadcast booth since Pat McAfee
Though not every NFL fan is a fan of Talib’s broadcasting abilities, most who are in the media thinks it is great because he is authentic and gives more in-depth analysis than many other analysts in his position.
Then again, his insistence to punctuate every sentence with the word man, man, is not for everyone. It is like Billy Corgan singing a Smashing Pumpkins song; you either love it or you hate it and there is no in between.
The good news is Talib in the booth moves the needle. FOX has always been willing to push the envelope as a broadcasting company. Talib is not as polished as others, but he seems to be doing a fine job calling the occasional NFC game for them.
Instead of a barrage of unnecessary redundant cliches in a perpetual quagmire of coachspeak, Talib is giving it to us how it is and we could not ask for anything else out of him in this spot. Keep doing you, man.
With there being plenty of NFL games that will not matter in the next two weeks, let’s hope FOX keeps putting Talib in the booth to call games the way he sees them. It is all about getting reps at this point in the booth. If Talib is part of the No. 5 team for FOX every fall Sunday next year, then we have even more reasons to get excited about watching some utterly atrocious football.
Talib is FOX’s response to ESPN putting Pat McAfee in the booth to call college football games.
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