What in the world did we do before TMZ was around to hassle sports celebrities as they waited for the valet?

Actually we were all probably fine without it, come to think of it, but still, it sometimes leads to some fun videos.

That includes this one, where TMZ asked Al Michaels if he had any advice for Tony Romo and Jay Cutler as they embark upon their broadcast careers.

Here’s the setup:

We got Al Michaels out at the Palm in Beverly Hills and asked him if there’s one piece of advice he could give to Tony and Jay since both guys are now off the field and in the broadcast booth.

And here’s Al’s response:

Al’s advice for Romo and Cutler isn’t exactly groundbreaking, although it’s notable (and unsurprising) that he seemingly thinks Romo is going to be better in the booth.

But his comments on his broadcast partner, Cris Collinsworth, are more notable:

“I’ve got the greatest partner of all time, right? you’d agree with that, wouldn’t you? Cris Collinsworth? Best analyst there’s ever been in any sport. Ever!”

Whoa, whoa, whoa, Al, take it easy! Collinsworth is solid, but Michaels himself has worked alongside plenty of storied color commentators, including with Collinsworth’s NBC predecessor, John Madden. And Al isn’t just limiting it to football, either! He’s bestowed Collinsworth with quite the resume, one that perhaps doesn’t quite line up with reality.

Then again, this isn’t exactly a detail in a book, or even a sit-down interview. This is Al Michaels being accosted outside the Palm and offering hyperbolic praise for his current coworker. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to poke fun at the outlandish nature of the praise.

But any sport, Al? Ever? Collinsworth can’t even pronounce Alshon Jeffery’s name correctly on a consistent basis, so maybe we should dial things back just a bit, regardless of circumstance.

[TMZ]

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Jay is a writer and editor for The Comeback, and a contributor at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer.

  • Deman

    A great analyst wouldn’t browbeat a team he is covering just because he doesn’t like the team (Collinsworth -hates- the Packers, and it shows.)

    I get that we’re all human, but if you’re getting paid as well as he is, at least try to be objective.

    • Karl

      Is Aaron Rodgers not fellated enough by broadcasters for you?

    • StoJa

      “Why does (insert broadcaster name here) hate (team you root for here)?! It’s so obvious!” Jesus Christ, grow up.

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  • Blaise O’Connor

    Hold it Al. Cris is better than John Madden? Never, in a million years.

    • StoJa

      John Madden literally made animals noises in the booth for 20 years.

  • Parts

    No Al. No he isn’t. Not by a long shot.

  • YoDudes

    Cris is the best of all time at grunting and growling

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    • StoJa

      That was John Madden.

  • StoJa

    I think Collinsworth is the best NFL guy, right now. Aikman is pretty good. So is Herbstreit for college.