As the NFL's preseason schedule kicked off Thursday night, NFL Network's offices were abuzz about the return of local telecasts and game announcers featuring blatant "homerism."
In the case of Bernie Kosar and the Cleveland Browns, it often goes a few steps beyond to a bizarre realm of laughter, head-scratching observations and brutal, unleaded honesty.
When Browns play-by-play man Jim Donovan relayed an anecdote about Clemens giving an autograph to Pope Benedict XVI, Kosar quipped, "Bless me father for I have sinned. I have to watch him the whole fourth quarter."
"First off, let me say this: The Cleveland Browns' organization is a first- class organization from top to bottom and it has been that for years and years and years," Fisher said in response Saturday. "I guess I'm a little disappointed. ... I'm just surprised that Bernie has such a lack of respect for players and this game. To be honest with you, I lost a lot of respect for him. It's highly unlikely he knew anything about our football team, but felt the need to make those comments. I don't think they were justified."
"We don't condone the personal and unprofessional approach that Bernie took with some of his comments during the broadcast Thursday night. We've spoken to Bernie, he understands that, and we would expect the situation is resolved moving forward. We've also reached out to the Rams organization and have shared those same sentiments."