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Today, celebrate the 46th birthday of the football instant replay

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 7th 2009 7:02PM
First came the television, a must have staple for all serious football fans. Then came the remote control, a magical device that allowed everyone from Cheeseheads to the Raider Nation to control their equally magical television without wasting precious body fat. Then God bestowed upon his people the buffalo wing, a sports viewing achievement no one thought could be topped.

That was until Dec. 7, 1963 when television saw the first instant replay during the Army-Navy game on CBS.

Now thanks to this marvelous technological fusion of athletics and broadcasting, viewers around the world can go to the bathroom in peace knowing they would not be able to miss a minute of the action. Fans were ensured that referees would conclusive access to every angle of every play no matter how minutiae the detail. Now if only technology could improve the refs, we'd be set.

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Showtime picks up Inside the NFL

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 4th 2008 8:22AM
NFLAs Bob Sassone wrote in his report about Inside the NFL ending its HBO run last February, the NFL was reporting that the show would find a home on another network. It has. And I can tell you now that Inside the NFL will be appearing weekly on Showtime. It'll be a collaboration with CBS Sports and NFL Films. That said, I think we can expect to see CBS talent on the show.

In its most recent edition on HBO, Inside the NFL was hosted by Bob Costas, with expert input by former players and current broadcast analysts Dan Marino, Cris Collinsworth and Cris Carter. Costas and Collinsworth are NBC employees, and Carter is part of ESPN. That leaves Danny Boy. And yes, he is a CBS guy, a regular commentator on The NFL Today every Sunday during football season. I'll bet you right now that Dan will be on the show.

Inside the NFL is a unique weekly highlight show -- one of the best ever -- because shows the games up close from the viewpoint of NFL Films. Those cameras get inside of the game more than TV cameras. They're films, not TV and the production values are like a documentary film. As a longtime football fan, I'm really glad that Inside the NFL will go on. This year will be its 32nd on the air.

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