On Sunday afternoon, Dave Sims and his broadcast partner, James Lofton, will be calling the NFC wild-card game between the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks nationally on Dial Global as well as for a worldwide audience on the American Forces Network.
Sims is no stranger to radio listeners in the D.C. area. Many here remember his national broadcast of George Mason's run to the Final Four back in the spring of 2006.
Born in Philadelphia and based in New York, Sims has a good grasp of what goes on in the District. He has been broadcasting the NFL nationally on the radio for more than two decades and is aware what it means both locally and nationally to have the Redskins back in the national picture.
|Comcast SportsNet will have a busy day Sunday. It will air "Ravens Kickoff" at noon leading up to the Baltimore-Indianapolis game on CBS at 1 p.m. "Ravens Postgame Live" will follow the game. "Redskins Kickoff" starts at 3 p.m. and will air until the game starts on Fox at 4:30 p.m. "Redskins Postgame Live" will air on CSN Plus after the game because Wizards-Heat will be on CSN.|
Have the Redskins returned to the national sports conversation?
Sims » "The moment that Robert Griffin III came to Washington. The nation's attention began to become curious about the Redskins once Kyle Shanahan, the Redskins' offense coordinator, created an offense that fit Robert's skill set and they began to win. To have teams like Washington and San Francisco back as long-term contenders is always good for the NFL."
You did last Sunday night's broadcast -- the win over Dallas. Can you talk about the atmosphere?
"The Redskins' fans have come back and in a big way. I was in Seattle a couple of weeks ago, and that place is the loudest in the league. However, FedEx Field does not shake like the old RFK Stadium, but against Dallas it was as loud as any stadium other than Seattle that I have been in this season. Look, the Redskins have done this the right way. They have a franchise quarterback, an outstanding running game led by Alfred Morris and a very crafty defense that still features the ageless London Fletcher. I really think that the game between Washington and Seattle will be an entertaining battle featuring two teams with young and mobile quarterbacks who are also gifted athletes. The Seahawks have the slight edge on defense, but the Redskins have proven you can never count them out. It should be an epic game."
What other NFL playoff storylines are you looking forward to?
Sims » "Ray Lewis retiring in Baltimore is a big one. That should give them a boost, and Aaron Rogers in Green Bay wanting to prove they are Super Bowl team. Can the Falcons prove they are a true contender? Then we have the Payton Manning story, so plenty of good stuff to look out for."
Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Follow him on Twitter @wordmandc.