Jerry Remy’s passing rocked the sports broadcasting wold Sunday. Though Remy was as local as they come — complete with an instantly identifiable accent right out of central casting — his peers paid tribute to him from coast to coast.
That includes CBS' Ian Eagle and Charles Davis, who were on the call for Patriots-Chargers. Late in the first half, they took a few moments to pay their respects to one of the most iconic broadcasters in Boston sports history.
“The Boston sports community has lost one of its great voices, and a legend. Jerry Remy dies yesterday at the age of 68 after repeated battles with cancer,” Eagle said. “The RemDawg was synonymous with the city of Boston, linked to the Red Sox for more than 40 years as their second baseman for seven seasons, then in the broadcast booth for more than three decades. One of the most entertaining broadcasters in Major League Baseball, and a terrific guy. My thoughts are with all of Boston after the loss of Jerry Remy.”
Davis called Remy “emblematic of Boston.”
A decorated play-by-play man, Eagle knows the value of a good analyst. Remy enjoyed a seamless rapport with all of his partners, including Sean McDonough, Don Orsillo and Dave O’Brien. McDonough coined the RemDawg moniker in the 1990s.
As far as Eagle’s and Davis’ performance is concerned, the two delivered maybe the best Patriots broadcast of the season. They have good chemistry and it seems natural when they joke around with each other — unlike Jim Nantz and Tony Romo. There were no awkward lines about pedicures in this telecast.
Davis was sharp throughout the afternoon, correctly identifying and explaining a couple of somewhat unconventional calls from Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels. When the Patriots didn’t take a timeout with the clock ticking at the end of the second quarter, Davis remarked it was probably because McDaniels wanted to catch the defense off guard with a deep pass to Nelson Agholor (it fell incomplete).
The former defensive back also immediately knew why Belichick challenged a holding call in the fourth quarter. Belichick thought Justin Herbert was in the end zone when they hold happened, which would’ve resulted in a game-changing safety. It’s easy to imagine several analysts getting lost during that sequence.
Given Romo’s waning appeal, Eagle and Davis are the best crew on CBS right now. If the Patriots win more games against good teams, they could be on the call more often.
They struck the perfect note Sunday when it came to calling the game, and honoring a legend.