HBO's Inside The NFL

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It was like if Len Dawson and Nick Buoniconti were the hosts of NFL Primetime, and instead of talking over broadcast-quality highlights, they had Harry Kalas describing NFL Films archival footage of the same games... much better looking footage, more artfully cut, etc. I don't know if it's changed in that respect, but the hosts are just awful now by comparison. Dawson and Buoniconti were really good... just matter-of-fact and then they got out of the way.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 15:51 (seventeen years ago) link

Not that I know what Dawson & Nick B were like, but that does sound pretty good. I still like when Boomer & TJ do their thing on Primetime, tho it's 99% TJ (as it's always been).

Was Costas always the host? He's really been working that HONORABLE SPORTS GRATIVAS angle for way too long, and looks like Dick Clark gone the way of Dorian Gray (sic?) now. (BTW, I heard Jim Lampley - the orig ITN host? - doing an HBO boxing match - while my servants were giving me a pedicure, obv - and he sounded GREAT.)

David R. (popshots75`), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 16:00 (seventeen years ago) link

polyphonic OTM x like a million.

chicago kevin (chicago kevin), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 16:12 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah, god this show used to be so great.

ryan (ryan), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 16:32 (seventeen years ago) link

Costas wasn't involved then. It was just Dawson, Buoniconti, and maybe a coach (Jerry Glanville is the last one I remember, but there were people before him...).

Lampley is terrific on boxing, imo, and is a really interesting guy in general.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 17:11 (seventeen years ago) link

"Lampley is terrific on boxing, imo, and is a really interesting guy in general."

-yeah...him, merchant & lederman are great...actually, throw in the dude that usually does the spanish translation, too! manny steward does good analysis, but i miss the days of foreman's insane rmablings...he was actually kind of like the joe morgan commentary. listening to the guy, you wondered how he became a champ, until you remembered how bad the heavyweight div has been since tyson lost the plot.

jonathan quayle higgins (j.q. higgins), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 19:36 (seventeen years ago) link

i can't remember the fight, but Foreman was totally out of his mind with his commentary- he actually claimed that the fight was fixed when it was over. Given that it's boxing i guess it's possible but I've never heard any announcer actually cross the line and claim that a fight was fixed.

lk (lawrence kansas), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 20:17 (seventeen years ago) link

that's kind of the role of merchant, innit? i mean, his voice is just drenched in the mournful, resigned tone...

jonathan quayle higgins (j.q. higgins), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 20:53 (seventeen years ago) link

listening to the guy, you wondered how he became a champ

Foreman was unbelievably good in the '70s. The Ali fights were so fascinating.

Sorry for deviating into ILBoxing!

polyphonic (polyphonic), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 21:37 (seventeen years ago) link

lampley's good but he can be a little bit of an airhead. merchant's a disgusting old drunk, and i love him for it.

aidsy (PUNXSUTAWNEY PENIS), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 21:40 (seventeen years ago) link

man i'd love some ILBoxing up in this piece! :(

aidsy (PUNXSUTAWNEY PENIS), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 21:41 (seventeen years ago) link

I am on board for ILBoxing, even though I haven't seen a fight worth talking about in months. Golden Gloves coming up soon!

milo z (mlp), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 23:03 (seventeen years ago) link

For what it's worth, I read this bit about Ali today, regarding The Thrilla:

After trainer Eddie Futch wouldn't let Frazier come out for the 15th round, Wyatt said, he was the only member of the media in Ali's room moments later. The champ, recovering from fainting in the ring, was trying to compose himself in the heat and humidity. According to Wyatt, he said, "It's like dying -- I don't think the pain could be any more if I had died."

polyphonic (polyphonic), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 23:16 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah, i'm in on il boxing. i haven't seen a good fight in ages, but i got spoiled having hbo in that late 90s early 00s golden age of morales-barrera; ward in general, but ward gatti; hopkins,!

so many good fights!

jonathan quayle higgins (j.q. higgins), Thursday, 1 February 2007 01:43 (seventeen years ago) link

eight years pass...

So this is on Showtime now, but whatev. Just wanted to say: Phil Simms is such a horrible stick-in-the-mud. Everyone truly looks like they can't stand him. Adam Schein seems incredibly unctuous. Brandon Marshall lights up the screen, though. So fun to get his perspective every week.

schwantz, Thursday, 21 January 2016 05:42 (eight years ago) link

three years pass...

LOL I just looked up this thread, forgetting I had posted the above. I basically would like to reiterate what I wrote. Phil Simms is just a mean person. He went way out of his way to let Michael Irvin that the Cowboys did NOT have any photos of him on their bus. Brandon Marshall is still good, though. And Irvin has 1000x the charisma of Simms.

DJI, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 02:40 (four years ago) link

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