Anyone who has ever tuned into Sunday Night Football knows Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth are there waiting to call the game. The football teams and stadium might change each week, but not the iconic NBC broadcasting duo, and it’s become a National Football League tradition in many ways.
With each broadcast comes something as predictable as orange slices after a youth soccer game. That, of course, is the broadcast starting with only Michaels by himself before Collinsworth smoothly slides into the frame.
Yes, the Cris Collinsworth slide-in is seriously a weekly thing. It happened when the Chicago Bears hosted the Los Angeles Rams at Soldier Field this past weekend. It happened when the Minnesota Vikings hosted the Green Bay Packers over two weeks ago. It’s happened on NBC’s Sunday Night Football for years.
The Internet, in all of its glory, loves the Chris Collinsworth slide, even those who are not fans of him as an NFL analyst.
But wait. There’s more. There’s so much more. The Internet is the only thing in sports that can forever go undefeated and cover every single spread.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, someone does the unthinkable. That’s what happened when everyone’s new friend Quigs (@BigSeanQ) posted the latest SNF slide to social media with a crazy bar celebration.
This wasn’t real, of course, but it needs to start becoming a thing everyone cheers for before the football game every Sunday night.
Collinsworth was a First-Team All-American quarterback for the Florida Gators and was a three-time NFL Pro Bowl selection during his playing days with the Cincinnati Bengals.
However, the greatest play of Collinsworth’s career just so happens to be the Sunday Night slide to Michaels in the opening minutes of NBC’s broadcast each and every week.
Needless to say, it belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s absolutely electric.