On The Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
August 12, 2005

As the Terrell Owens soap opera continues, we can reminisce about the good old days - last year - in the new DVD "E-A-G-L-E-S: The Movie."

Although Owens seems like a villain today, after watching this movie, you'll recall how only a few months ago he was the toast of the town.

This DVD takes a look at last season through the perspective of a half dozen fans. Though we already know the ending, the film is still moving enough to bring viewers to tears when the Eagles win the NFC Championship Game (OK, so I welled up. Sue me).

"E-A-G-L-E-S: The Movie" can be purchased through www.philadelphiaeagles.com.

Casting call

Here are my casting choices if a real Eagles movie was made: Will Smith as Donovan McNabb, 50 Cent as Terrell Owens, Jeremy Piven as Jeffrey Lurie, Casey Kasem as Merrill Reese, and the Brawny paper towel guy as Andy Reid.

Primetime exhibition

The first preseason game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers airs on 6ABC at 8 p.m. Monday. If 6ABC's deal with the Eagles is only one year, expect NBC10 to make a big push for next year, because NFL games will return to NBC in 2006.

Bob Costas and Cris Collinsworth will host the studio show, and John Madden will be the game analyst. The coveted play-by-play role hasn't been announced yet, but Tom Hammond is the front-runner.


Mike Missanelli, who only two months ago was unemployed, might have two jobs by the end of the summer.

Sports insiders say Missanelli, who returned to WIP 610-AM in July, has a good chance to get Howard Eskin's "Insider" role on NBC10's "Sports Final." If he got the job, he also could become a fill-in anchor for Vai Sikahema and John Clark. Plus, his 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. schedule on WIP would enable him to report during the week if needed.

Eskin departed NBC10 in May to "seek new challenges."

Emmy nominations

CN8's "Out of Bounds with Lou Tilley," Eagles Television Network's "Inside the Eagles," "Philadelphia Eagles: Unfinished Business" on NBC10, and Eagles Television Network's "Eagles Total Access" on CBS3 are nominated for Outstanding Sports Series.

Mark Zumoff of the Sixers is nominated for Individual Achievement in Sports Play by Play or Color Commentary. He is competing with an announcer from another market.

Fighting chance

The Sylvester Stallone boxing reality series "The Contender" will get a second life on ESPN beginning in April. Though the series was critically acclaimed, it didn't garner high ratings for NBC. Production and casting will begin immediately.

August 12, 2005 7:50 AM