Saturday, March 3, 2012

Saturday School: NFL Under the Helmet (1999)

Major League Baseball has had This Week in Baseball for, like, forever. In 1999, the National Football League and Fox, which, oh, by the way, is the current network home for This Week in Baseball, decided they wanted some of that. The end result was NFL Under the Helmet, which, like its baseball counterpart, was slotted at the time at the bottom of Fox's Saturday morning lineup. Unfortunately, it didn't have the staying power, and was subsequently cancelled. Rebecca Grant served as lead host, joined by Fox game analyst Ron Pitts.

Here's a sample clip that Giants fans will appreciate:



Ok, so it aspired to be more like NBA Inside Stuff, which was a weekend fixture on NBC, then fizzled on ABC, during the 90's and early 00's. It still failed to catch on. Maybe that's because Fox didn't know how to promote it, even during NFL programming on Sundays! Then again, the cartoons that aired in front of it were in flux because of the network's obsession with overtaking WB and....!

No rating. Never saw the show.

2 comments:

Jeremy Heneghan said...

I grew up a huge football fan and watched NFL UTH religiously. They showed football music videos, which was my favorite part. I still watch them today. Lose Ron Pitts, Rebecca Grant=ratings. haha

hobbyfan said...

Do you believe, then, Jeremy, that maybe Fox gave up on this show too soon?