"Al Michaels, a renowned figure in the broadcasting industry and a legend in his own right, recently expressed his frustration with the officiating during the latest Thursday Night Football clash between the Dallas Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks.
Michaels, whose illustrious career spans decades, boldly called out referee Clete Blakeman by name for his impact on the game's flow. The incident that sparked Michaels' ire occurred in the third quarter when the Seahawks were flagged for an astonishing five defensive penalties on a single drive.
This prompted Michaels, known for his sharp wit and candid commentary, to humorously suggest that he and his broadcasting partner, Kirk Herbstreit, might as well take the rest of the night off. Michaels, despite facing criticism in recent years for a perceived lack of enthusiasm in his calls, showed that his passion for the game remains undiminished.
His dismay at the excessive penalties was palpable, highlighting his desire for a more fluid and uninterrupted football experience.
This particular game was noteworthy not just for Michaels' comments but also for setting a dubious record. The number of penalties, a staggering 19 in total resulting in 257 penalty yards, combined with the high-scoring nature of the Cowboys' 41-35 victory, made for an unusual statistical blend.
Al Michaels, like everyone at home, had enough of seeing referee Clete Blakeman during the Seahawks-Cowboys game.
Despite the frustrating interruptions caused by the flags, the game itself was undeniably entertaining, a testament to the skill and determination of the players on the field.
Michaels' critique serves as a reminder of the delicate balance between enforcing rules and maintaining the natural rhythm of the game. His humorous threat to abandon the broadcast booth underscores a broader sentiment shared by many fans and commentators alike: the desire for a game where the focus remains firmly on the players and the play, not the penalties.
Before today, no team in NFL history had ever had 125+ penalty yards in a game without punting.
Both the Cowboys and Seahawks did that tonight.
— OptaSTATS (@OptaSTATS) December 1, 2023
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