Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Griese Team: Dad Makes TV Call for Son's Rose Bowl Game

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Griese Team: Dad Makes TV Call for Son's Rose Bowl Game

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Father-son stories are not uncommon in high-level sports. Bob and Brian Griese are living one that sounds familiar, only it's decidedly different after a certain point, a fact millions watching the Rose Bowl may discover New Year's Day.

Those who haven't already viewed ABC's coverage of University of Michigan games will learn the network has entrusted Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese to dispassionately analyze the play of the Wolverines and his son Brian, the team's quarterback.

This might seem an impossibly tall order, except that the father has pulled it off with characteristic Griese cool so far, and ABC is counting on him doing it one more time as top-ranked Michigan meets Washington State in Brian's final college game. At stake for Michigan is a perfect season and the team's first national championship in 50 years. Recently the Grieses fielded questions from reporters during separate teleconferences, Brian first on a University of Michigan hookup, and Bob less than two hours later on a joint ABC press conference with his regular broadcast colleague, play-by-play man Keith Jackson. Three years ago ABC decided to avoid any appearance of unfairness by keeping the Griese-Jackson duo off University of Michigan games. Thereafter the policy was changed, perhaps because Griese is a pro in the booth and ABC wants its top broadcasters working big games. Bob says it's not his nature to lavish praise on any player and he's certainly not about to gloat over his son's performance. "I let Keith take care of that," the dad says. "If I have to underplay a good play that Brian makes, I think he understands that." Papa Griese says he's received no complaints about how he's handled his son's games. On the contrary, Ohio State University president Gordon Gee and others have written him congratulatory notes on a job well done. …

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