I'm going to tie this altogether in one post, stick with me for a minute. The late night TV fiasco created by the rocket scientists that run last place NBC has to be the best thing to happen to 11:30 pm TV programming since cable appeared and it made these shows largely irrelevant. Watching Leno and Conan snipe at each other during monologues and then having Kimmel and Letterman throw gas on the fire is wildly entertaining. It's like watching two science nerds fight over a bunson burner, while two other nerds throw beakers at them. In other words, it's fan-freaking-tastic.
I don't watch any of the late night shows, frankly they all bore me to tears. By 11:30 each night, I'm usually writing some awful material that appears on this blog while flipping back and forth between SportsCenter, the Colbert Report or reruns of the Family Guy on Adult Swim. Quick aside, did you know those episodes have a additional scenes that didn't air on network TV? I just learned this - usually they are jokes are deemed to edgy or cut for time purposes. Check it out.
Anyway, if I had to rate the late night personalities and their shows, I'd do it in this order- Letterman, Kimmel, Conan, and then Leno. Leno's not my cup of tea. Tired old hacky jokes, the complete lack of any discernible personality, the AWFUL denim shirts he wears when not in a suit. It's vile. He is also pretty damn dense - because last night he had Jimmy Kimmel do a segment on his show. Kimmel is good friends with Howard Stern. Stern hates Leno. Kimmel is a sharp guy. Predictably, the results weren't good for Jay, but were good for people like who like to laugh. Check it out below, and the other late night clips you missed here.
So what does all this have to do with Donovan McNabb? Quite a lot. The Eagles are in the same boat as NBC was five years ago. They have an established veteran who is still playing well in McNabb, and a young up and coming guy in Kevin Kolb who has shown flashes, but no one is sure if he's the solution long-term. Both of their contracts are up after next year. There's not room under center for both.
Eagles fans are agitated -- the last title for Philly was in 1960. The birds have been to five NFC Championship games in 10 years and have no titles to show for it. People are getting tired of Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb, even though these people conveniently forget that the team was awful before they arrived.
So, what do the Eagles do? Do they keep McNabb and trade Kolb? Do they send the veteran packing and hope the young guy can get the job done? Or do they pull and NBC and ride out next with both guys in the last year of their contracts and totally screw themselves in 2011? I'm biased and still think McNabb is still the guy, but I would understand if they made the move to Kolb. That would be a risky move, given the fact that he played one good game in his carreer, and it was against the KC Chiefs, who were not exactly good this year.
We will find out what the eagles do soon enough - but here are some numbers to chew on in the meantime.
Through 11 seasons:
John Elway: 34,400 yards, 55.7 comp%, 183 TD, 167 INT
Donovan McNabb: 32,873 yards, 59.0 comp%, 216 TD, 100 INT