NFL network giving their expert opinion on all the games we’ll win and lose this season. THIS IS LAST SEASONS SCHEDULE. pic.twitter.com/QAmDhFLeP2
— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) July 30, 2017
I’m sure McAfee would tell you that punters are the smartest guys in any room they’re ever in. And while that may or may not be true, we can at least give credit to Seahawks punter Jon Ryan for being sharp enough to notice Seattle’s 2016 schedule when he sees it. Which would make him the smartest man in the room at NFL Network.
The best part of this is that they went through the entire segment, predicting the ‘Hawks wins and losses without anyone catching on that this was last year. In spite of marquee games like one of only two ties on the season and the rematch of Super Bowl XLIX, both of which were Sunday nighters.
Maybe I’m biased, but I think the guys who most deserve a break in this are Heath Evans and Elliot Harrison. Because when you’re doing TV like that, the producers tell you what you’re going be talking about and your job is just to react in moment when the lights are on, have opinions and say entertaining shit. And in Evans’ case, to look like the jacked up animal. Like the Rock and John Cena had a baby, and that baby had a baby with Bane and he became Heath Evans. And when the camera light is on, you’re certainly not supposed to be fact checking or wondering if the production staff is hanging you out to dry.
So I blame it on the dozens of people working at NFLN who had their hands on this. Who somehow managed to do the research, create the graphic, check it, approve it, save it, and post it without one of them noticing.
And let this be a lesson to all the Internet Hall Monitors of the Internet who comb through every blog post like a CSI team looking for factual inaccuracies. Who, if they catch you with a grammatical error or misremembering a stat, act they deserve the Pulitzer for Commenting. We’re a bunch of slobs with laptops who just happen to be entertaining as all fuck. The NFL Network is the multi-million media arm of a multi-multi-billion dollar corporation. And if they can’t get a simple thing like a Super Bowl contender’s schedule right then you ease up on correcting our work.