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Dan Patrick reteams with Olbermann on NBC's Football Night in America

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 7th 2008 8:01PM
Dan Patrick with cigarNBC's Football Night in America is something like too much of a good thing. The network seems intent on stuffing the Sunday night broadcast with everything but the kitchen sink.

When Tiki Barber retired from the New York Giants, he joined their broadcast. Same thing with Jerome Bettis of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then Keith Olbermann, a sports guy before becoming the host of MSNBC's Countdown, was inserted into the show. And that was on top of the three mainstays Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth and Peter King.

Now, you can add one more star to the constellation. Dan Patrick is joining Football Night in America. Patrick, formerly the main man at ESPN -- and Keith's longtime partner on Sports Center as well as Dan's radio show -- will be paired up with Olbermann again and will be slotted in as pre-game show's co-host.

There's no question that Patrick will be an asset. His 18 years at ESPN proved that, and I admired his maverick spirit when he bolted the comforts of Bristol, Connecticut and set up a new deal with his radio show.

The most interesting thing about the move to NBC will be not whether he hits it off with Keith in their sequences; they will. They compliment each other. Think of them like Newman and Redford, only they're not jumping into a river gorge like Butch and Sundance.

The question is how does Costas and Patrick blend, who takes the lead, how are all the egos balanced out. Accordingly, Costas is being called host, but Olbermann, Patrick and Collinsworth will be called co-hosts.

In another football story, that Showtime incarnation of Inside the NFL -- formerly on HBO -- will be manned by CBS sports talent as we expected. James Brown and Phil Simms will co-host the show with -- wait for it -- Cris Collinsworth! Yes, the same Cris from NBC. This isn't such a surprise; Collinsworth was on the HBO show.

The curious omission here, thus far, is Dan Marino. I thought for sure CBS would want him on the Showtime show.

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kirk clark

Get rid ofKEITH OLBERMANN he is a big mouth JERK. There are so many talented people out in the world of sports to pick from, but yet you choose this going no where loser. More is not better Bob, Chris and Dan would be a good team. This could be a great show without loud mouth.

September 21 2008 at 8:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brian bailey

NBC should replace Olberman and Costas with Patrick! They each make the show unwatchable in their own way. They could even ditch Collinsworth who at least has his career as a player to give him legitimacy. What do Olberman and Costas have? Biased political commentating and huge egos? Give me Patrick, Bettis, and Barber and I'll watch foe more than five seconds before I turn the channel!

September 14 2008 at 8:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
G7

Ive tried to like this program, but the commentary is terrible - from costas all the way down to tiki. olberman & tiki are just horrible and need to be fired. Hell bring The Donald into fire them! collinsworth should focus on one show so, he could do @ least one job good. The bus should stick to commercials for chunky soup or something. This is a wrap- this cast was put together and has failed. The people have spoken- and its clear cut, a cast revision is in immediate order!!!!!!!!

September 14 2008 at 8:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gordon

Olberman and Patrick were once great....then Olberman got greedy, failed, and wound up on the left side of wrong! He will never be the same again and he can only blame himself.......he and Costas need to ride off into the sunset.

September 08 2008 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

I turn the channel when Olbermann comes on - can't stand the idiot. Will not watch the show at all if he is given more then 30 seconds.

Opps - he is back - Thank goodness the OT is on FOX!

September 07 2008 at 7:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alvaro

I like Cris Collinsworth alot, I think hes the best analyst out there. They should get rid of costas, tiki and bettis.
And dont bring Marino to inside the NFL he is not good at all.

July 08 2008 at 10:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Nice to see I am not the only one who despises Collinsworth! As long as he is on the broadcast, it will suck to some degree, regardless of who is on it with him.

By the way, will Patrick and Olbermann "compliment" each other or "complement" each other? They have such a good rapport, I can see it going either way. ;)

July 08 2008 at 6:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

I like Costas, but Cris Collinsworth has to go. His football analysis is good, but everything else is awful.

And Peter King talks like an expert, but his prognostication is always way off the mark.

July 08 2008 at 3:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Picviewer

Now if they just dump Costas, Collinsworth and throw anything at the wall to stick for a story King the show would be worth watching.

July 07 2008 at 11:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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