With my Super Bowl TV story running in Sunday’s print editions, here’s a look at some interviews with the NBC Sports talent covering the Giants-Patriots game on Sunday. The announcers include play-by-play man Al Michaels, analyst Cris Collinsworth, host Bob Costas and analysts Rodney Harrison and Tony Dungy.
Al Michaels: “I always think about the old Marv Levy line, ‘Where would you rather be than right here, right now?’ If you’re in this business, that is totally applicable, because this is it. This is the Super Bowl. There is no event like it.”
Cris Collinsworth: “The thing that I’m most excited about with this one is it’s a game with history. You go back to 2007 and what happened in that Super Bowl, which was arguably the most exciting moment that I have ever been a part of watching a game. Like everybody else that week, I picked the Patriots to win. Of course, I was getting heckled a lot during the course of the game as they were making their comeback.”
Michelle Tafoya: “It’s so much fun to cover. We have two Super Bowl MVPs in this game in Eli (Manning) and Tom (Brady). The coaches, it goes without saying, the reputations of these teams and what they bring in terms of excitement. This is my second Super Bowl. I’m utterly thrilled to be here.”
Tony Dungy on the Super Bowl being hosted in Indianapolis: “For me this is really special. I remember sitting with (Colts owner) Jim Irsay as he was there trying to get Lucas Oil Stadium here, and sitting with the state legislature telling them how important football was to central Indiana, and seeing the stadium come to fruition. When I flew in here Sunday night and saw downtown and all the things they had going on, it just made me really proud of Indianapolis and central Indiana and what they’ve done. I think people are going to really, really enjoy their time at this Super Bowl. Then to work it out where NBC is covering it, it couldn’t be better for me.”
Former Patriot Rodney Harrison on his personal feelings for the game: “Of course I can say that I want them to get revenge (for the 2008 loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII). Obviously, my heart is with the New England Patriots. But speaking objectively, I was the same guy that came out on our Pro Bowl coverage that said I would take Eli Manning in the fourth quarter instead of Tom Brady, a guy that I won back to back championships with. With a guy that I won 20 straight consecutive games with, and had a 16-0 season.”
Harrison on if he can be objective in the telecast: “Yes, I can cover it objectively. I’ve been objective. I’ve criticized (Patriots coach Bill) Belichick, and the defensive backs from the Patriots as well as I’ve been complimentary at times to that team. That’s my nature. If I feel something, I’ll let you know it. But I’m not going to shy away from what I feel. If it means criticizing my former team, I’ve never been shy about doing that.”
Harrison on the New York-Boston sports rivalry: “From an historical standpoint, I don’t really know the history between New York and Boston. But I knew once I came to this team in New England, they basically told me the first week I was there, if you’re going to hate anybody, hate the New York Jets, hate any New York team. So that first week of being there, you kind of fell into that whole mindset of anything New York you hate.”