Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Jun 2005

Back Road to the Super Bowl

This isn't really a link to an article, but I wanted to recommend that everyone out there with digital cable watch an NFL ON DEMAND show called "Back Road to the Super Bowl." It's Steve Sabol's "other stuff from 2004" show, instead of just the usual highlights from "Road to the Super Bowl," I watched it last night while I was cleaning up some data, and it was hilarious. There's a three to four minute montage of players and coaches all calling each other "dog," another montage of players and coaches constantly repeating "we gotta do what we do," and then a third montage devoted to nothing but the fact that Minnesota's Kelly Campbell never shuts up. There's also a section on bad tackling, some stuff on Wes Welker, and some hilarious footage of the original Chicago Bears mascot, this guy in a bear suit wandering the sidelines and screaming at the refs, "That's a terrible call... what are you doing out there?" And he's, you know, in this bear suit. Best NFL Network show I've seen.

Speaking of which, one of the things on my to do list is to try to get an interview with someone at NFL Films or NFL Network to publish on the site, about how they decide what to show and what they might show in the future. If anyone from either reads this website, can you please email info@footballoutsiders.com about the possibility?

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 26 Jun 2005

7 comments, Last at 29 Jun 2005, 10:28am by Vern


by Mike (not verified) :: Mon, 06/27/2005 - 2:37pm

I loved the bit where you see a coach (I don't remember who) mic'ed up on the sidelines, frantically yelling (apparently at his QB) "checkdown...checkdown...Checkdown!...CHECKDOWN...(face changes, and he smiles)...Oooooor the tight end. OK!"

by Richie (not verified) :: Mon, 06/27/2005 - 3:49pm

So this is something you have to pay $9.99 or whatever to see?

by B (not verified) :: Mon, 06/27/2005 - 4:26pm

I think anybody who has digital cable and the NFL network gets these shows for free.

by Richie (not verified) :: Mon, 06/27/2005 - 8:09pm

What does "On Demand" mean? I assumed On Demand=Pay Per View.

by yunzer (not verified) :: Mon, 06/27/2005 - 9:40pm

Just watched this last night. Kelly Campbell was classic. On a related note, somehow the NFL Network is turning me into a Dolphins fan ...

by Starshatterer (not verified) :: Tue, 06/28/2005 - 9:34am

Richie (#4 )--

"On Demand" uses pay-per-view technology, but the shows are oredered through the TV interface, and a great many of them are free. For example, NFL Network's 10-minute highlight-film replays of games during the season are all free.

Availability is the main issue, because the free shows tend to expire. Back to the NFL Network example, the weekly replays for all the games, were usually limited to the week after the game. (Local team replays were available for the whole season, but vanished once the playoffs started.)

by Vern (not verified) :: Wed, 06/29/2005 - 10:28am

The best bit had to be when someone pats the Miami QB on the butt as he's going to the sideline, but he's so injured that he can barely continue walking after it.

Steve Sabol continues to produce legendary stuff.