If you watch Phil Simms on Showtime's "Inside the NFL" you get an aggressive, get-after-it kind of guy who is not afraid to express opinions and challenge co-host Cris Collinsworth, among others.
Simms has been outspoken about the excessive celebrations in the NFL, announcers who talk too much, players who pop off on Twitter and a variety of other topics. Simms' grumpiness is a big part of the show as he presents the "old school" viewpoint on many things.
His "back in my day" routine even prompted "Inside the NFL" to give Simms his own "Sick and Tired" segment.
During the season, he caused a mini-storm in the New York media when he said he doesn't think Eli Manning is an elite quarterback.
But the aggressive, opinionated Simms was replaced by a much more tentative version during Sunday's CBS Super Bowl coverage.
Simms was repeatedly noncommittal on things, and he can't use inexperience as an excuse — this was his seventh Super Bowl as an analyst.
It was fitting that he was in mid-sentence when the power outage happened early in the third quarter because he seemed to have trouble finishing his thoughts all day.
This was the moment that an analyst has to step up and be definitive and the best Simms could offer was: "The more angles I see, the more confused I get."
CBS also wasn't exactly on top of the power-outage situation.
You can probably cut them some slack because this has never happened before at a Super Bowl and may never happen again.
But it seemed to take a long time for CBS to react and get someone on the air to tell viewers what had happened.
Sideline reporter Steve Tasker was the first person to tell viewers what was going on, but he had minimal information.
Same for the other sideline reporter, Solomon Wilcots.
Yet there was never any information given about what had Harbaugh so hot.
Maybe Harbaugh knew that the delay would change the game entirely.
In one regard, the electrical blackout showed that even in this high-tech age when anything is possible, we were reminded by how powerless we truly are when someone makes a mistake or some glitch occurs.
It all added up to a very memorable night and a very late finish, which made perhaps the biggest loser of the entire day the CBS show "Elementary," which aired immediately after the game.
"Elementary" still took advantage of the Super Bowl lead-in to draw 20.8 million viewers, about eight more million than it normally draws.
•To Emmaus native and former Delaware coach K.C. Keeler for his appearance on NBC10's "Sports Final" show with John Clark and Mike Missanelli.
Keeler was on the show late Sunday night to talk about his former Blue Hens quarterback, Joe Flacco.
Keeler didn't provide just coach-speak and was enlightening in talking about the Flacco family and how he wound up at Delaware after originally going to Pittsburgh.
We are quite sure that Keeler will wind up coaching again. He was too successful at Rowan and Delaware not to get another college coaching job.
But if that doesn't work, he definitely has a future as either a game analyst or an in-studio analyst.
•A second thumb's up to Alec Baldwin for a brilliant monologue for the "NFL Honors" show on Saturday night. He poked fun at everybody in the room, including commissioner Roger Goodell, and even got in some air time for Katherine Webb, the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron or "what's his name" as Baldwin referred to him.
Baldwin's performance was much better on CBS than he was during a very disappointing "30 Rock" series finale on NBC.
To ESPN2 for deciding to expand the "First Take" program and adding a live, afternoon 30-minute segment on to the two-hour morning show. How much daily posturing and bluster does the sports world need from Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless?
Prayer for Punkin
Ron "Punkin" Miller, a beloved figure in the local sports community, has been hospitalized and is in critical condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.
Miller is well known as a public address man at high school basketball and football games and the Allentown Fair. He's also a longtime Blue Mountain League manager and he did a weekly sports-talk radio show with yours truly for six years throughout the 1990s.
But perhaps he is best known as the "Dumb Bunny" playing off John Donmoyer Sr. in the ABE Car Care commercials that have been running locally for more than two decades.
Punkin is in a tough situation. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
KEITH'S CAN'T MISS … ESPN and ESPNU will recap national college signing day Wednesday. ESPNU will have shows at 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and ESPN will have a special at 3:30 p.m. The Big Ten Network has its own show at 3 p.m. and the CBS Sports Network chimes in at 4.