Why football highlights aren't as good as they used to be.

The stadium scene.
Sept. 19 2006 3:51 PM

Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Highlight

Why football clips aren't as good as they used to be.

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So, where should fans go to find decent, timely highlights? The NFL Network has total access and endless airtime, and they have a decent show called NFL Scoreboard that runs opposite NBC's Football Night, and on (and on) through the Sunday night game. Jamie Dukes, a former player who seems to have grasped that there is more to his new gig than guffawing loudly when players get knocked unconscious, is a good reason to tune in.

Even better, the NFL Network fully engages in the highlights, breaking down rushing yards by direction and highlighting defensive backs outfoxing QBs by switching from man-to-man to zone at the snap. This old highlight man can tell that these packages have been assembled by careful watchers of the game. It's much appreciated. Nice job, NFL Network. Now go cut that Steelers-Jaguars game.