INSIDE THE NFL ON SHOWTIME®
JOHN McENROE AND DAVID FEHERTY LIVE ON SET FOR
NEW YORK (October 14, 2010) – This week’s INSIDE THE NFL – Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT – featured a visit from Tennis Hall of Famer and CBS Sports analyst John McEnroe, and CBS Sports golf analyst David Feherty for a Sports Roundtable discussion on the role of athletes as role models . Plus a discussion on the Brett Favre situation.
Host James Brown anchors INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME with All-Pro NFL greats Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms and Warren Sapp serving as expert analysts.
INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films with new episodes airing on SHOWTIME every Wednesday during the NFL season through February 9, 2011. Pete Radovich serves as coordinating producer. The executive producers are Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports, and NFL Films President Steve Sabol.
Following are excerpts from the show:
ON BRETT FAVRE ALLEGATIONS:
Does Commissioner Goodell have enough information to render a decision if Jenn Sterger doesn’t cooperate with investigation?
COLLINSWORTH: Remember the Commissioner does not need anything more to act under the whole conduct detrimental and all that kind of stuff. To me it’s a big issue because you are effectively setting a precedent with this one. For the Commissioner now, he has to establish in this world of a lot of testosterone in the locker rooms, with a lot of women now as reporters coming in there, what is the standard. The New York Jets have already gone through this once this year with a female reporter. Now if you have your quarterback, allegedly, sending these types of messages I think it puts the league in an incredibly tough position. Because now, this is the league with pink ribbons, footballs and everyone wearing pink shoes. Are they just giving lip service to how much they appreciate women around the country and how much they appreciate them being fans? Are they going to take a stand on something like this? Or are they going to say ‘Ahhh it’s Brett Farve. Let’s let it go.’
ON COWBOYS AND VIKINGS :
(Are they better then their records)
COLLINSWORTH: The Cowboys are better. The Minnesota Vikings I am still trying to figure out a little bit. The Cowboys to me are almost frighteningly better than what their records indicates. When you see a team that consistently out-gains their opponents by 100 yards; when you see a team that can be so dominant in the passing game as they have been on occasion. But I think that they have sort of lost their way a little bit.
SAPP: This is the Dead Man Bowl because whoever loses is a Dead Man Walking. You have a 5% chance of making the playoffs if you lose this ball game….The one thing these two teams have in common is a dysfunctional training camp. In Minnesota nobody came and the Cowboys went everywhere, Camp Cleveland, Camp here, Camp there. You don’t have the chance to get the foundation in which you need to go through a football season
SIMMS: For the Cowboys to turn it around their defense has to be dominating, win the game. Quit looking at Tony Romo, ‘Oh Romo coming through in the clutch.’ The Minnesota Vikings, you have Brett Favre. What do you do? Throw it.
On TONY ROMO:
FEHERTY: Tony looks like the best quarterback in the league to me five plays-out-of-six. But on the sixth he looks like he’s been tasered by a Texas State Trooper. I have no idea where that comes from. It looks to me like he has played really well this season and thrown the ball well. For some unknown reason, maybe it’s leftover from the tasering, the ball is still electricified. Nobody can catch it.
SPORTS ROUNDTABLE WITH McENROE and FEHERTY – Athletes as Heroes and Role Models and Off-field Behavior
McENROE: We have them at a standard that is higher than they are in other parts of the entertainment business…At the same time, I think it’s gotten out of control where they are letting people get away with it. You have got to come down harder on the people that have gone way past it. Come down harder on the people that have really gone overboard. Suspend them. I am going to throw out (Ben) Roethlisberger as an example. Instead of a four-game suspension, if you threw the guy out for a year that would make the guy think twice about the type of behavior he’s been exhibiting.