Keyshawn Johnson already carries himself like a TV star: He's brash and egocentric, and the camera loves him almost as much as he loves himself. So less than 72 hours after the Bucs deactivated the mercurial receiver, Fox hired him to serve as an in-studio guest analyst on its Sunday NFL pregame show. Fox plans to use Johnson just two or three more times this year, but based on his Nov. 23 debut, our advice to the network is simple: Just give him the damn mike. Johnson needs to lose some of his smugness, but his candor and willingness to mix it up with his colleagues, as well as his solid football insights, make him compelling. Asked about the Cowboys-Panthers game, Johnson was prescient: "The secondary of the Carolina Panthers, let's face it, is not that good. [The Cowboys] just got to throw the ball down the field." Dallas quarterback Quincy Carter ended up with the most attempts (44) and completions (29) of his career in a 24-20 win. When Jimmy Johnson grilled him about his employment status, saying, "They're paying you $170,000 a week not to play football. How does that make you feel?" a smiling Keyshawn calmly responded, "I didn't ask out of 2003.1 was talking about 2004. You're right, I shouldn't be sitting here with you guys today." We're glad he was.
Can Vitali Klitschko attract viewers if Lennox Lewis isn't in the ring with him? HBO will find out on Saturday when Klitschko (32-2, 31 KOs)—who was leading Lewis when their June 21 fight was stopped after six wild rounds because of cuts over Klitschko's left eye—takes on Kirk Johnson (34-1-1,25 KOs). The Lewis-Klitschko fight was watched in 4.6 million homes, the highest rating for an HBO fight in four years.