Jim Nantz Is a Keen Observer of the Human Condition

Jim Nantz is having a very busy week on CBS. On Sunday, he called the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines outside San Diego, before hopping on a plane to get set for Super Bowl 44 in Miami this coming weekend. In the interim, Nantz was a guest star on one of CBS's hit shows, How I Met Your Mother. One might suggest Nantz is having a perfect week. ↵

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↵The entire episode centers on the alter ego of Neil Patrick Harris – womanizer Barney Stinson – going for the Perfect Week, which in sit-com parlance is the term for sleeping with seven women in seven days with no rejections. Nantz is charged with interviewing Barney after the Pefect Week has ended, and the show uses that interaction as a jumping point to look back at the, ahem, action. ↵

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↵Nantz played himself, doing a mock athlete interview, so the depth of his acting ability wasn't exactly tested. But he did start the show with, "Hello friends," which is entirely awesome, if only something less than five percent of the viewing audience would get. Nantz did have more than one off-color line, at least for his habitually buttoned-down style, and it was a pleasant surprise to see Nantz loosen the tie a little. Not lost on the viewer, however, is the fact that Nantz is glorifying sleeping with different women, what with his own personal situation with different women – one being his wife – playing out so publicly in the not-too-distant past. But his guest spot on HIMYM was all in good fun, with lines like: ↵

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↵⇥"Hello friends. Every sport has had an icon that transcends the game. Boxing had Ali. Basketball had Jordan. And the sport of sleeping with random hotties…has my next guest, Mr. Barney Stinson." ↵⇥

↵⇥"You know, the stats, they really speak for themselves. Over two-hundred women, spanning six continents, 17 nationalities, 74 sexual positions…and not a single fatty. It's impressive." ↵⇥

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↵⇥"You know, there's two things you don't do. One, you don't open an email from Phil Simms in front of your kids. And two, you don't jinx a man going for a Perfect Week." ↵⇥

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↵They even make a joke about Performance Enhancing Drugs that was pretty well done. Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher briefly appears in the episode as well, in what one can only assume was a conversation between the show's producers and the Yankees PR staff that went something like this: ↵

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↵HIMYM Producer: Hello, Yankees? Yes, we'd like to feature one of your players on an upcoming episode. It's a play on the concept of a perfect game where one of our characters has what we're calling a Perfect Week, to hilarious returns. Is Derek Jeter available? Oh, he's not? How about Alex Rodri…no, he's not either? Hmm… Do you have any pitchers who aren't married? Maybe Joba Chamb…oh, he's busy too? What's that? Nick Swisher just overhead our conversation and is begging to be on the show? Are you sure there's nobody else available... ↵

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↵Click here to watch the whole episode. Nantz kicking over a chair after Barney recaps Marshall saying, "I guess there is no thing as a jinx" is a keeper. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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