Paul Finebaum

Last Saturday as ESPN was airing the Iron Bowl, SEC Network had Paul Finebaum host a live call-in show dubbed “Finebaum Film Room: Iron Bowl Live.” Joined by analysts Marcus Spears, Greg McElroy, Cole Cubelic and Booger McFarland, the panel not only took live calls from rabid Alabama and Auburn fans, the crew analyzed plays as they happened.

In fact, the crew was so good, it called an Alabama interception and subsequent Auburn touchdown on consecutive plays. However, the real stars of the Finebaum Film Room were the callers. Some callers phoned in two or three times making the show one of the funniest viewing experiences of the year.

Yes, there were some of Finebaum’s usual callers like Tammy who accused the panel of calling penalties on Auburn:

There was Phyllis at halftime who challenged her Crimson Tide to play better in the second half:

And Charles from Reeltown, AL did his usual call to give Spears an “ass whuppin.”

But the show began with someone who had real stones to ask about Fordham football and he managed to stump the panel!

However, the highlight of the calls was during the start of halftime when none other than Brent Musburger phoned in from the broadcast booth.

But in-between the calls, there was some excellent analysis from the panel especially from McElroy who used every opportunity to show why he could be a very good game or studio analyst. He used the telestrator extensively to break down plays and to identify trends. Besides Phyllis and Tammy, McElroy emerged as the star of the Finebaum Film Room.

Should Alabama reach the College Football Playoff, ESPN/SEC Network should air another edition of the Finebaum Film Room just so we can hear Phyllis go off on the panel and the Crimson Tide.

[SB Nation]

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Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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