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FROM THE SET
[ Tiki Barber]After characterizing former teammate and
Giants QB Eli Manning's leadership as "comical," says Barber, "the
amount of criticism I got ... I couldn't believe it." Even Eli shot back,
saying that Tiki's NBC work "seemed rehearsed, kind of like his pregame
[ Keyshawn Johnson]"Once I couldn't recall what
team Dallas had played," Johnson says. "I had to ask [on air], 'What
was that team?'" He did, he says, "work on my timing." And when
Mike Ditka picked the Bears to lose in Week 12, Keyshawn ad-libbed, "You
just lost money at your [ Chicago steak] restaurant."
[ Tiki Barber]"I'd tell my former colleagues, 'Be
prepared [if you do this]. It's hard work. You don't actually just show up and
talk about whatever you want.'"
[ Keyshawn Johnson]"You can't worry about people's
feelings. Many players [after being criticized on air by Keyshawn] have been
like, 'Dawg, that's not cool; I thought we were boys.'"