Wednesday, June 20, 2007
You may remember a little item a few weeks back about an announcing Boot Camp for NFL Players.....well it took place this past weekend, and the results are better than anything I could have imagined.
Twenty players were chosen out of thirty based on essays and video submissions (seriously, I need those videotapes). The chosen twenty players started out doing a voice over on a Peyton Manning highlight, moved on to a class about preparation (more on this in a second), and finished up in-studio with James Brown.
Sounds like a blast actually. What can I do to get in on this? My favorite part of the whole story has to be this little nugget though....
The group was ushered to a class about show preparation, where the NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger and the Fox analyst Brian Baldinger stressed the advantage that players had over anyone else hoping to become an on-air talent covering football: they play the game, and they can provide in-depth analysis that others cannot.Hahahahahahaha. Whooooo. Need....to....breath.....hahahahahaha. Alright, whew. I'm better. Thanks so much for that New York Times. I owe you for that one.
Do you know how much money I would pay to have Baldy say that to my face? That's the funniest damn thing I've read in quite some time. But wait....it gets better....
One by one, they entered the studio and sat behind the desk alongside the CBS studio host James Brown. With the cameras on and producers spinning it all into a glossy television segment from a nearby control room, Brown led each player into a discussion of Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter, who was involved in a fight in Las Vegas this off-season and swept into the N.F.L. commissioner’s new personal-conduct counseling program.How hilarious would it be if you were telling Joey Porter to get his life in order, and he just rolled up on you on the set.
It made for fascinating backstage theater, since Porter was standing in the control room. No one blasted Porter, but it struck a common theme of the sessions — how to criticize a player, especially a former teammate or current friend.
BEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! God I could read this over and over all day long.
N.F.L. Program Gives New Meaning to a Set Formation (NY Times)
P.S.- How is this NOT a reality show??? Come on NFL!!!