TAMPA, FL – OCTOBER 19: NBC commentators Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels reports from the sidelines as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Seattle Seahawks at Raymond James Stadium on October 19, 2008 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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.


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