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"FOX NFL Sunday from Afghanistan"
One of the rare DVDs released of FOX's NFL broadcast from Afghanistan.
Am I the only one who enjoys watching pregame and postgame shows? If you enjoy those, please leave a comment and/or email me so I'm not the only one.
I ask because this DVD is very much the pregame show to Week 9 of the NFL 2009-2010 season, featuring the upcoming match-up between the Chicago Bears versus the Arizona Cardinals. Instead of broadcasting this in the studio, this was aired at the Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. The hosts are as follows: Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, Jay Glazer and one special reporting appearance by Pam Oliver. This special broadcast is to honor the troops fighting to protect the will and freedom of our country, to give us more reasons why we're able to wake up in the morning safe and sound.
(To those serving, currently or previously, we here at SHOWSOTROS want to thank you so much for everything you do and all your hard work. This review is our salute to you—our country's heroes.)
First part of the show displays the crew spending ample time with the troops, looking at how they prepare for each job/mission, many of their military gadgets, machines, vehicles and many of the top sergeants, as well as visiting Qatar. Along with that are special interviews with those in the military, what their job is, their philosophy and the goal they intend to meet while in Afghanistan. These interviews also include those playing in the NFL, one of them was Drew Brees (Saints), and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who had this to say:
The link is, really, the passion for football. And our games were really important to them, in passing time and connecting themselves to home.
— Roger Goodell
The program continues with the crew continuously exploring, learning their stories about military life and, of course, talking about football. Football has been one of the top pastimes among those fighting for the country, making this bond with the troops inseperable.
With that, the hosts gave a chance to the troops in the audience to ask questions about anything. Most of the questions asked were mainly about football. One woman, SSGT Nikki Irvin (Air Force) from Charleston, South Carolina, asked who's going to win the Super Bowl ? The gentlemen's answers will intrigue you:
Who actually won that season? Hint: two of these hosts got it right, so I won't spoil it.
After, Curt pays respects to NFL player Pat Tillman, who played for the Arizona Cardinals rejecting an offer of $3 million to serve in the military, in response to the 9/11 tragedy. Although, sadly Tillman lost his life, the gentlemen visit the USO Pat Tillman Memorial, where troops can unwind, call family, play video games, use the internet and very much lay back, clear their minds and relax. To talk about Tillman's incredible impact featured former player Jake Plummer, who played in the NFL from 1997-2006, spoke about who Tillman was and how he made the decision to fight for our country. Then more questions were asked while Jimmy showcases an example of a 4-3 Defense with the help of the troops.
Then came in the BCS updates on scores during the SEC on CBS, featuring final scores in the LSU vs Alabama game, the Northwestern vs Iowa game, and finally the Navy vs Notre Dame game on NBC.
Sponsors? This program was proudly sponsored by Ford and Microsoft's Windows 7. The Fired Up! segment was sponsored by Burger King. Whoever designed the logo for that segment, big props to such a neat design!
The show ends with Bradshaw happily singing God Bless America, and the troops chant "U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!" Oh, and finally, more predictions from the hosts:
I have one question: why won't sports networks release DVD specials like these? To production executives running these pregame and postgame shows who are reading this review right now: YES, I'M A FAN OF THESE PROGRAMS! Seriously, I enjoy watching sports journalists, former players and sports experts/writers verbally discussing the game at hand, the future, draft picks, rookie prospects and more on a show listening to what they have to say. From the outside, it sounds like a professional production that can be emulated on a video sharing website like YouTube hosted by amateurs, but hey, I still watch and enjoy it. Programs like that don't generate as high ratings as the game itself, but yes, I'm one of the few folks out of the several thousands that enjoy sitting and watching the shows before and after the game(s).
Being that it's 2017, and many people are more accustomed to digital downloads, I truly think sports networks ought to continue releasing these specials. Even though third-party sellers sell these for pocket change in brand new condition, I believe there's something cool to behold watching these. In other words, these are moments we love to look back at and recall some of the discussions brought up during that time. However, in this case, in no way was I aware that NFL on FOX took their Sunday morning pregame broadcast to Afghanistan to honor the troops. Thanks to this DVD, I can turn back time and paint the memory of waking up that Sunday morning and tuning the channel to some good ol' football talk.
Saying that, I'll end it with a simple message, directed to their interns up to the CEOs and top executives of CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN, FOX and many other sports networks big or small: Continue releasing these specials, pregame or postgame shows, special programs, sports news shows, full-length drafts and so forth, on DVD/Blu-Ray. Sure, it's an extra investment to release them for home viewing, but it keeps the jobs for those working at home entertainment, and even if sales aren't good, I'll be buying, watching and reviewing them here for others to check out. Or perhaps, we could strike a personal, private deal for me to watch and review. Contact me for discussion. There you go; I'm a big fan of these "lesser-known" sports DVD specials, and it's time we shine light to these.
If you're simply a big NFL fan, or if you were one of the troops featured here, or a related to any of them, pick this up! This DVD is extremely hard to find so scour through very carefully.
Happy Independence Day, America!
- Not many DVDs released of hour-long sports talkies like these.
- Broadcasted from Afghanistan catering to our fellow troops (thank you everyone for your services!).
- Terry Bradshaw.
- No extra features.
|Title||FOX NFL Sunday From Afghanistan|
|Description||FOX Sports invites you to support America's servicemen and women by purchasing this special DVD edition of the FOX NFL Sunday broadcast from Afghanistan. The FOX team of Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson and Jay Glazer traveled to Bagram Air Force Base to pay tribute to the dedication of America's armed forces personnel, whose passion for football rivals their commitment to defend our freedom.|
|ISBN / Bar Code number||0 24543 66237 2 01|
|Video Format||Wide Screen (16:9 Anamorphic) 1.78:1|
|Audio Format||Dolby Digital Stereo|
|Disc Count||One (1)|
|Region||Region 1 - NTSC|
|Distributed by||Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC|
|Studio||FOX Sports (www.FOXSports.com)|
|Company||FOX Broadcasting Company|
|Item / Product Number||????|
|Run Time||82 minutes (actual DVD time 1:22:24)|
|Copyright||© 2009 Fox Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC.|
"OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY put themselves in harm's way to protect everything we hold dear... It was our privilege and honor to take FOX NFL Sunday to them. Amidst the fun and football, we showcased the dedication of these men and women who have to defend against a lot more than the wildcat."
— FOX Sports Chairman David Hill
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