Five prospects, one dream. “Under Armour Presents Prime U” debuts at 8 p.m. Wednesday on NFL Network (Cox 252), chronicling the journey of NFL hopefuls training under the tutelage of NFL Network analyst and eight-time Pro Bowler Deion Sanders.
Produced by NFL Films, the 60-minute program goes inside Sanders’ training camp in Irving,
“Prime U isn’t the normal training process that you get from a standard training facility,” Sanders said. “It’s not just about training physically, but also developing a healthy spiritual and psychological makeup. From family to finances, Prime U works to ensure that these young men have all the tools in place for a successful life and career in the NFL and beyond.”
With nine NFL hopefuls in attendance at Prime U, the program follows defensive backs Lendy Holmes (
The Stacey Dales saga brought to memory Trev Alberts and his departure from ESPN. Alberts, a former Nebraska All-American defensive end, was fired by the network in 2005 after he failed to show up for a studio show. His huge ego apparently got the best of him. He had several discussions with ESPN management, noting his displeasure with his role on the “College GameDay” second team, working with Mark May and host Rece Davis. Alberts, who joined ESPN’s studio show in 2002 after five years in a similar role at CNN/SI, felt he wasn’t giving him the respect he deserved. He since has resurfaced as an CBS College Sports Network, going from the most respected sports network with 98 million homes to one in about a quarter of those homes. Cox Communications carries it in Tulsa, but not in Oklahoma City.
After six years with ESPN, Dales, a two-time All-America women’s basketball player, apparently though she deserved more respect from the “Worldwide Leader in Sports.” While some of her colleagues flew first class, she was stuck back in coach. Negotiations for a new three-year contract hit an impasse in December over the travel provision. I have to wonder how many of the network’s sideline reporters fly first class. I doubt too many. It will be interesting to see which network Dales resurfaces and if she is flying first class for them.
What was your favorite Super Bowl ad Sunday night?
Mine was the office worker throwing the crystal ball at the vending machine in the free Doritos ad.
It turns out USA Today’s Super Bowl Ad Meter agreed with me, ranking it No. 1 in ratings by 288 volunteer reviewers. The reviewers used hand-held meters to register how much they liked or disliked an ad.
Here are the Ad Meter’s top five ads:
The top five ads and final ratings are:
1. Frito-Lay Doritos. Crystal ball sees free Doritos, 8.46
2. Anheuser-Busch Budweiser. Clydesdale’s romance with circus horse, 8.42
3. Anheuser-Busch Budweiser. A Clydesdale can fetch, 8.26
4. Bridgestone. Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head take a drive, 7.83
5. Frito-Lay Doritos. Superpowers of Doritos’ crunch, 7.79
Holmes on Leno: Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes of the Pittsburgh Steelers will appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” at 10:35 p.m. Thursday. In one of the most thrilling finishes to a Super Bowl, Holmes lifted the Steelers to their sixth NFL title win last Sunday. With only 35 seconds left, Holmes snagged a 6-yard touchdown catch deep in the right corner of the end zone finalizing the 27-23 Steelers victory over the Arizona Cardinals.