Posted: Friday January 26, 2007 4:56PM; Updated: Saturday January 27, 2007 2:03AM
Carson Palmer's honesty makes him a great candidate for a broadcast job when he's done playing football.
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1. Brad Daugherty, ESPN Nascar analyst: While John "Hot Rod" Williams clearly owns the better name for a racing analyst (at least among former Cavalier big men), Daugherty is the broadcaster to watch when the green flag drops on ESPN's live coverage next month. By virtue of his assignment, he becomes the most visible African-American media member in the sport's history. When SI interviewed him last month for a Q&A, he stated his desire to bring more people of color to racing. "I don't know any other way to have an impact on the sport other than getting out and being a voice, and speaking to some of the issues that are there," said Daugherty, a former Craftsman Truck Series team owner. "I'd like to open some eyes. Will it happen? I don't know. Am I going to try to make it happen? Heck, yeah. Without a question."
2. Dan Steinberg, Washington Post, DC Sports Bog: It's a brave new (and terrific) world when one of the nation's august newspapers features up-to-date news on the latest "Kwame Brown Sucks" Web site. Steinberg is self-effacing, eminently readable, and keeps the sucking up to Tony Kornheiser at a manageable level. If newspapers want to engage young readers, this is a nice example.
3. Carson Palmer, Bengals quarterback: When it comes to the definition of candid, I usually rely on the wisdom of actress Natasha Henstridge, who famously said, "I might sound very candid but I think my comfort with nudity definitely plays an important role in getting me my roles." After Palmer's interview with Bengals.com on the latest Bengal arrest, I think I've found a new avatar of forthrightness. "It has to stop," Palmer said. "If it doesn't stop, we're not going to have any fans left and I don't blame them. It's ridiculous. We can't get through a month without getting a guy arrested. It happens on another team and they're shocked and surprised to hear about it. With us, you hear about it and it doesn't surprise you and you just shake your head and say, 'Another one.'" Memo to television executives: Hire this man 30 seconds after he retires.
4. Charles Davis, NFL Network: Here's the list of people who had a better college bowl season than Davis: Ian Johnson and Chrissy Popadics, Urban Meyer, Chris Peterson and JaMarcus Russell. Working as a two-game contract employee for Fox, Davis shined in his role as an analyst on the Boise State-Oklahoma game and the BCS national championship. Hopefully, he's assured himself of another run next January.
5. Benny Parsons, Hall of Famer: The affable Parsons, a longtime broadcaster for NBC, TNT and ESPN, passed away following complications from lung cancer earlier this month. He was 65. Those of us who got a chance to interview him were always left with a smile and a story to pass on.