Newsday is reporting that the new voice of NFL Network’s Thursday and Saturday night games is Bob Papa, the excellent radio play-by-play man for the New York Giants. Papa replaces the awful Bryant Gumbel, who mercifully left the position after two seasons in which many fans wanted to slit their wrists listening to the monotone brother of Greg Gumbel.
Papa is not only very good and solid as the Giants PBP guy, he’s also an excellent radio host on NFL Radio on Sirius, doing the morning show called “The Morning Drive” with regulars like former 49’er Randy Cross and Sports Illustrated columnist Peter King, as well as sometime fill-in former Giant Carl Banks.
The best part about Papa’s game is that he does not favor the Giants in anyway, and despite being in the biggest media market in the country, does a great job telling both sides of the story in a game. The other name that was up for consideration for the position was Tom Hammond, who the Newsday blog reports was at one point the leading contender when the job became open.