For former athletes, network broadcasting success is often determined by whether the athlete is serious about breaking away from his former life and the jock culture. Both Harrison and Dungy appeared on NBC's Super Bowl pregame coverage and impressed the brass. "Certain guys you definitely respect their opinions, but other guys I felt like they were afraid to come out and really tell the hard truth, and as an analyst, it is your job be fair but honest," Harrison says. "Sometimes you have to be brutally honest with guys who you have played with, guys that are your friends."
During his introductory conference call, Harrison was not shy. He called out
On Manning: "That really gives
On Young: "Unfortunately for Vince Young, this is not the University of Texas, this is the National Football League. You have to win here and you have to win now. Obviously he is a very talented guy. I think what happened to him is that he got caught up in somewhat of the dark side, partying, not prioritizing and making football his number one thing. I think a lot of these young kids nowadays come into the league and think they can survive on talent alone, and it's not that way... This is a critical time for him. If he doesn't become a starter in the next two years, you'll find him as a career backup."
NBC has yet to announce whether its studio show will air during the preseason, but Harrison should know that executive opinions change quickly in television. Just ask Bettis. It was only three years ago when NBC Sports Chairman
"I know he was a very good coach. I'd love to see him officiate. I would invite Jeff to come to our officiating camp. He might actually learn something more about officiating."
"I think it's too soon to declare him the greatest player of all time because he's still behind (
"It may be sweeping the country, but so did hula-hoops. And so did pet rocks. This is incredibly sort of self-indulgent."
• NBC's announcers and camera operators reacted well to the red beret-wearing knucklehead who stormed the court during Sunday's men's French Open final. Announcer
• McEnroe's remarkable ability to make every broadcast (at least a part of it) about himself is annoying, but his interview with Federer following his win was charming theater. The broadcaster asked Federer if he could hold the French Open trophy "just to see what it felt like."
• ABC horse racing analyst
• Van Gundy has been praised often in this column for his work as an analyst, but he turned to the old us-against-them refrain (them being the media) during a conference call last week to hype the NBA Finals. "As far as [
• As the rest of the world watched Federer outlast
•Inexplicably, ABC's cameras were focused on Magic forward
"Just finished a romantic dinner with my wife at the food court in the mall. My love knows no bounds!"
"Mine That Bird Litter (sic) rambunctious here. Dunkirk looks cool as does Summer Bird."
"I haven't seen one set of fake dreadlocks at Dodger Stadium all day"
No doubt some television watchers were surprised that Buffalo Bills owner
Berman has long been a zealot for the franchise ("Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills etc...") and plenty of Bills fans will enjoy his presence on Hall of Fame day. Plus, Wilson has every right to choose anyone (perhaps short of