Proof that there are some people who are indeed recession proof is Matt Millen. Why is he relevant on a college sports blog? Because he serves as an analyst for the four lettered, and will assist in the call of the Texas/UCLA game on Saturday on ABC.
Millen is proof that it is indeed how you sound, and little else.
Millen enjoyed a 12-year career as a linebacker and always "looked" the part of the classic, mean, dirty throw-back football player. When he was an analyst, he sounded like John Madden Lite.
It was only when Millen became the GM of the Detroit Lions did he manage to take one of the worst franchises in sports and make it worse. He served as Lions president for eight seasons, and managed to make a football team embody the spirit of its broken and beleaguered city. What happened inside Ford Field in downtown Detroit during Millen's tenure was sometimes worse than what was going on in the lonely and deserted city streets around the stadium. The Lions were 31-97 in his time before he was canned in 2008.
How NBC put Millen out in front of a camera just seconds after the Lions finally fired him as if he never took a day off from behind the mic was as mystifying as it was humorous.
Millen needed a "go away" period for a while where he was no longer a punchline and people could hear his comments without rolling their eyes.
- Mac Engel