Earlier today, new NBC broadcaster — it feels weird to type that; we haven't quite adjusted to the NFL being back on NBC — John Madden went to visit Oakland Raiders camp and hang out with his former player Art Shell, the new coach (again) of the Raiders. Since it's a slow, non-sexual-harassing day here at Deadspin, seeing Madden — who also looks so strange in photos, like they shoot him full of pancake batter and adrenaline right before he goes on air — got us thinking about that NBC team.
The roster is impressive. The studio show, "Football Night In America," is packed, with Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth, Sterling Sharpe and Jerome Bettis, who is from Detroit. The game crew is the same as last year: Madden and the wascally Al Michaels. Andrea Kramer is the sideline reporter, and if we know anything about this sports media world, we know that position will require her to endure upwards of four million "which athlete/coach/fellow broadcaster is she sleeping with?" rumors in the first two months. (Most of which started by bored print beat guys.)
All in all: A pretty good team, we think. Thoughts?
NBC Sunday Nights Is All Right For Football [Boston Globe]
(UPDATE: Oh, and Peter King's going to be on the show too.)