I was only half paying attention to the end of the Steelers/Colts game yesterday, so I wasn't really sure if I heard what I thought I heard at the end of the game. But thanks to the blog Awful Announcing, I know that, yes, I did indeed hear what I thought I heard.
It was the end of the game, the Steelers had the ball, and they needed a touchdown to win. They were out of timeouts, and they had to get a play off. Jim Nantz popped up with the old "they need to spike the ball to stop the clock" cliche, only to have his partner Phil Simms remind him that it was fourth down.
And on fourth down, if you spike the ball, you lose the ball.
The lead play-by-play guy for professional football should know this.
Now I've never been a Nantz fan. I think he's boring, too in love with himself, and just too damn smug. And after reading his book, I know that deliberately leaves info out of games that should be shared with viewers. So anytime I get to see this pompous ass make a fool out of himself, then I say good.