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To Liven Up NFL Pregame Shows, Take A Cue From 'The View'?

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To Liven Up NFL Pregame Shows, Take A Cue From 'The View'?

To Liven Up NFL Pregame Shows, Take A Cue From 'The View'?

To Liven Up NFL Pregame Shows, Take A Cue From 'The View'?

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Fox sportscasters Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson appear during the 2005 Super Bowl pregame show in Jacksonville, Fla. Frank Micelotta/Getty Images hide caption

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Fox sportscasters Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson appear during the 2005 Super Bowl pregame show in Jacksonville, Fla.

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The Sunday pregame shows feature interchangeable ex-players and ex-coaches saying the same banal things, one after another.

"They've got to cut down on turnovers."

"They've got to convert more third-down situations."

And so on. There's no human interaction, just mirthless recitations. But on female-centered shows like The View and The Talk, the hosts actually discuss, argue, hash things out, laugh for real and behave like flesh-and-blood human beings. And they dare do it all without a net, before a live audience.

Click on the audio link above to hear Deford's take on this issue.