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Warren Sapp Teaching Ndamukong Suh Presents an Intriguing Opportunity for Sports Reality Television

January 10th, 2013 at 2:50 PM
By Max DeMara

In late November, retired defensive tackle Warren Sapp criticized Detroit Lions' current defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in a very vocal way, which should have opened up some very interesting entertainment possibilities.

"When I sit down and watch tape, get inside of it, he plays the game with no awareness and just a blindness that I've never seen from a guy with that kind of ability and talent," Sapp said in an interview. The commentary came on the heels of Suh's much publicized groin kick on the Texans' Matt Schaub, and was particularly strong considering Suh had rebounded from being statistically absent in 2011. Suh then subsequently begged Sapp to "teach him something" instead of constantly shooting from the hip with his analysis.

Then, Sapp offered to instruct Suh on the front lines during NFL Gameday Morning, a program he's a panelist on which airs Sundays on the NFL Network. "We'll get in the trenches, come on, big boy," Sapp goaded, then began to toss out digits to his phone number on live television. Suh later claimed he'd give Sapp a call, and since the end of December, nothing else has been said with regards to an offseason meeting.

Why must a gathering happen privately, though? This sets up conceptually for a perfect reality television segment, doesn't it? Consider the fact that much more useless sports programming has been done in the past, including shows like "Pros vs. Joes," "Basketball Wives," and "The T.Ocho Show." Boring. Contrived. Fake. Two giant defensive tackles attempting to learn a little something from one another? Sign me up right now.

Television executives should be planning the series as we speak. It could be Sapp's debut as a Jon Gruden-type personality, a former player offering to tutor and critique those at his old position currently playing the game. Suh's brand could benefit as well. Perhaps he could show the world that he's not the murderer everyone has made him out to be. Knowing Sapp and his unique sense of humor, there would be no lack of laughter or lighthearted moments mixed in, too.

Additionally, Suh would probably learn plenty with regards to improving his technique. Sapp isn't just a prankster. His career, which included 96.5 sacks, multiple impact plays and a Super Bowl title was no joke at all. If there's anyone who could speak through to the young stars of today's game like Suh, it's a personality like Sapp. He's young enough that today's athletes recognizes him, yet old enough to be taken seriously. He's even been accused of having a personality like Suh's while playing. Accidentally, it might be the perfect blend.

Spats between former players turned media members and current players don't always have to be hashed out in private or via social media. The general public's appetite was whetted for such a program after the two players went back and forth the last two months. Now that the dull period of the offseason is quickly approaching, it's time to have fun with Sapp's fun-loving personality and start something which could become a football phenomenon.

Just call it "Warren's Warriors" and schedule the first segment to be aired during the scouting combine. Give Suh the first few installments, being Sapp's beef with him has been very public recently. Sit back and watch the magic happen.

Are you listening, oh bright network executives?

Max DeMara is the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on his personal Twitter account @SportsGuyTheMax or on this site's Twitter @detroitlions101

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Lions, Football, Ndamukong Suh, NFL, Warren Sapp

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