Amazon Prime generated headlines earlier this week when the ascendant streaming service, which has rights to stream “Thursday Night Football” produced by the Fox Network, announced its commentary team would consist of two women in the booth — a historical first.

Of course, detractors reared their heads on social media while others proclaimed it progress.

As for the pairing itself? It suffered more from flaws that likely had nothing to do with gender.

That broadcasters included ESPN’s Hannah Storm, a journalist with close to 30 years’ experience in the field of sports. Her partner was Andrea Kremer, who received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton this past summer. Kremer, the chief correspondent for the NFL Network, also has the benefit of covering 25 Super Bowls.

Kremer used all of her skills. Storm sounded awkward to start.

Kremer proved to be engaging, insightful and knowledgeable in her efforts, and she remained that way consistently through the telecast.

In one instance, she dealt delicately with the issue of Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who is dealing with mental health issues.

In another, she offered relevant commentary regarding three Los Angeles Rams wide receivers — Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods — and their ability to learn the other’s plays and assignments.

And football fans — as the Rams went on to rack up 28 first-half points en route to a 38-31 victory — had to love the reference to the “Greatest Show on Turf,” the Rams' prolific scoring offense from 1999 helmed by quarterback Kurt Warner and orchestrated by then-St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Mike Martz.

Conversely, Storm struggled during the game’s earlier moments as dead air hung around awkwardly as she didn’t set up the next play or seemingly had nothing to say.

She projected a remarkably dispassionate tone in some spots. On other plays, she talked through the play, having to eventually catch up to the action on the field.

In all fairness, Amazon may have done them few favors expecting them to offer commentary from Connecticut.

It’s difficult to understand what they went through, however, unless witnessing it firsthand. In that regard, Storm, who’s toiled at ESPN for 10 years, came across as nervous or perhaps it was inexperience.

It was a relief to eventually see them get in sync at 9:28 of the second quarter when Rams quarterback Jared Goff hit Kupp for a 70-yard score that gave the Rams a 14-10 lead.

However, who could blame her for nervousness or even inexperience, especially on a day like Thursday?

As mentioned, their pairing was a first, but opportunities for women to make inroads into this level of broadcasting have been rare.

Gayle Sierens shattered this particular glass ceiling in 1987, calling an NBC airing of a Seattle Seahawks-Kansas City Chiefs game only to have the ceiling replaced until 30 years later, when Beth Mowins received the opportunity in 2017.

That fact and the proceedings on Capitol Hill within the chambers of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday served as stark reminders of obstacles that women still endure in the 21st century.

“Football in some ways has always been viewed as the last bastion for male domination in sports,” Kremer told the New York Times, “so I think in some ways it is kind of ironic that it is the first ever all-female booth, covering the NFL.”

Sure, you can call it that.

George M. Thomas can be reached at gmthomas@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ByGeorgeThomas.