On The Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
October 31, 2003


            HBO’s “Inside the NFL” needs to move outside the studio.  The show spends far too much time on highlights from the previous week’s games.  Most fans have seen those clips dozens of times by the time the show airs on Wednesday at 10 p.m. 

            Whenever the show would gain momentum with either a good feature or discussion of league issues between host Bob Costas and capable commentators Cris Collinsworth, Dan Marino, and former Eagle Cris Carter; the show would then go back to highlights. 

            When the show tore itself away from highlights (narrated by Harry Kalas), it did a good job.  Cris Carter interviewed former Oakland Raider Jack Tatum, who paralyzed former New England Patriot Darryl Stingley in an exhibition game 25 years ago. 

            Also, George Lopez provided a funny report on why former NFL Quarterback Jim Plunkett isn’t in the NFL Hall of Fame.  “Maybe the NFL stands for “Not for Latinos,” said Lopez of Plunkett, whose mother was Mexican. 

            Contributor Wanda Sykes, who is having a tough fall with her struggling sitcom on Fox, didn’t provide a report this week, which would have been more fun to watch than all those highlights.

            In a sidebar, Collinsworth gets points for admitting on the show that last week “Inside the NFL” used a comedy bit that Howard Stern used on his show.  Collinsworth and Marino tangled with Stern on his radio show earlier this week.

            Hopefully, Stern will give them permission to use his comedy bits, so they can bench those stale highlights.


Once again, viewers will need to make their Sunday dinner plans around the Eagles game as Philadelphia plays Atlanta at 4:00 p.m. on Fox.  Sam Rosen and Bill Maas will call the game.  The Fox “A-Team” of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Cris Collinsworth will call the Washington/Dallas game.  Last week’s game vs. New York scored a 32.1 rating/50 share.

            The Sixers broadcast teams of Marc Zumoff and Steve Mix are returning for their ninth season together on television and Tom McGinnis and Tom McGinnis is back for his ninth season on radio.

            Once again, WPVI’s “Football Frenzy” led the way in the Sunday late night football battle with a 6.4 rating/12 share from 11:30 – 11:45 p.m.  “Sports Final” on WCAU followed with a 4.4 rating/9 share from 11:30 – midnight.  KYW’s “Eagles Total Access” had a 2.7 rating/8 share from 12:15 a.m. – 12:45 a.m.  WTXF’s “Sports Sunday” had a 3.0 rating/5 share and WPHL’s “Sports Extra” had a 0.9 rating/1 share. 

Link to the Linc

            “Sports Connection with Lou Tilley” will be giving away four tickets to the November 16 New York Giants/Eagles game on Tuesday’s show from 11-midnight on CN8.