Monday, September 01, 2008
Warren Sapp is one of the four parties involved in the new version of Inside The NFL that just moved from HBO to Showtime for this upcoming season. Warren is with a lot of people in thinking that the HBO version of the show had become boring and that the relaunching of the show on Showtime will help. He had this to say on the new version of the show to Boston.com....
Former NFL star Warren Sapp will be an integral part of the series. Sapp, who will team with Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms, and James Brown, promises the show will be an improvement.Seems like standard operating procedure right? The show is moving networks and people need a reason to watch, so he hypes it up a little. I'm also inclined to agree with Sapp in that the show really didn't bring anything new to the table in the last few years, but apparently those comments rubbed one Peter King the wrong way. From MMQB via Fanhouse....
"I would hope to God it would be because the one on HBO just got bland," said Sapp, not one to edit himself. "It got bland, it got boring, and it just sat there that it was a foregone conclusion that somebody was supposed to tune in because it was what it was. You have to entertain the people. I think us four guys are diverse in every way possible and complement each other. We've got two champions. We've got a quarterback, a receiver, a defensive lineman, and a non-football guy. We've got four guys who are respected throughout the league."
It'll be interesting to see the first production meeting at Showtime, when someone reads that quote to that boring co-host of the HBO show, Cris Collinsworth, who is only the best studio analyst in recent sports TV history. He never "entertained the people.'' No, not Cris. Remember last year, Warren, when every other sports TV analyst was covering his rear end on Bill Belichick and Spygate -- and I mean every one -- and Collinsworth ripped him a new one for dishonoring the game? There's a case of the totally bland Collinsworth just showing up for the paycheck every week. I can hear Sapp in that production meeting next week: "Cris, I didn't mean you. You're the greatest! It was all those other guys who put me to sleep!''Ooooooooooh snap! We've got a budding analyst war before the show even starts!!! The first show on the new network is September 10th and I think this little tiff just gained it one new viewer.
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