Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/14/12

TWO appearances by Cee Lo Green.

Steve Mariucci doing a 'Lambeau Leap'.

Michael Irvin and company having a 'beast-mode' moment.

And creepy, ghostly images floating behind the scenes.

THIS is entertainment?

First of all...

Cee Lo Green

Following in the footsteps of "Monday Night Football" and "Sunday Night Football", NFL Network, now given 13 games to broadcast on Thursday nights, went with a music celebrity to perform a theme song and intro for their "Thursday Night Football" broadcast.

Cee Lo Green was chosen, and away they went.

Unlike the two other mentioned broadcasts, Thursday's theme song wasn't what I'd call 100 percent original. It was a cover of The Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop".

But hey, 'Blitzkrieg' is where we get 'Blitz'. And that's a football term! Okay, I'm with this!

Until I heard it. Holy goodness did it sound forced. Forced in that, "Hey, we gotta make it sound as much like the original song as we can, word for word..." manner. The lack of sense, flow and rhythm spoke for themselves.

But okay, whatever, I'm accustomed to ridiculous theme music before TV shows.


Then THIS Happened... 

The guy in the middle. I KNOW him, but from where?

Oh, okay, I remember now! Wait a minute...


Steve Mariucci, former head coach of the San Fransisco 49ers. Steve Mariucci, former head coach of the Detroit Lions.

Both of those teams being active, regular rivals of the Green Bay Packers. And these Packers fans are EMBRACING him? It boggles the mind!

What also boggles MY mind is, Mariucci is an analyst for NFL Network. That, in and of itself, is strange enough, considering his lack of doing much of anything in the NFL.

But what is truly odd, is that he appears amongst the likes of Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders. All three are Hall-of-Famers! Out of place, much?

Whatever, they needed some kind of cutesy gimmick for a laugh. What's next on "The Pre-Kick Show", NFL Network?


Brace Yourselves, viewers...

Michael Irvin begins a segment called "Beast Mode", a term popularized following Marshawn Lynch's touchdown run in the playoffs a couple years ago for the Seattle Seahawks against the New Orleans Saints.

"Beast Mode" is supposed to be hard-core. I get it. What I don't get is the necessity of being subjected to five minutes of 'professional journalists' losing their minds, literally screaming at the camera, some with tongues wagging.

All four of the panelists participated in this clownish display.

Then it was time for "Sound FX", where they treat us to live coverage of the Chicago Bears' pre-game chant and shout fest.

Complete with grunting. I know it's how the players get pumped up, and that's fine. But dudes sitting in recliners watching football apparently they must get pumped up too.

A countdown clock, telling the time until kickoff appears on the screen. Then as Marshall Faulk is speaking, the pale, ghostly looking head of Colonel Sanders appears over his right shoulder.

Yay! That makes me want to hop in my car and drive over to KFC right now! Great job, guys! Your creepy method of advertising worked!

Cee Lo makes a second appearance, shorter this time, though.

Then, finally, the game began. A single, week two regular season game.

That's a lot of work for one game, folks. Glad they don't broadcast the Super Bowl!

 



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