Wednesday, February 6, 2008

R.I.P. Inside the NFL

Tonight marks the final episode of HBO's Inside the NFL, after 31 years of bringing postgame highlights and analysis. The problem is ESPN alone has at least five shows that follow the same template, and they're on basic cable. Bob Costas, Dan Marino, Cris Collinsworth, and Peter King can focus on their other television gigs. The loser here is Cris Carter, who missed out on the Hall of Fame and now has to hope for a studio gig to open up or roll up another barcalounger to The Best Damn Sports Show. But if there's any justice in this world the NFL Network will be looking for a replacement for Bryant Gumble, and perhaps Collinsworth can slide over to do the play-by-play and Carter can do the color.

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