Allie LaForce, Bart Scott part of CBS new NFL pregame show


CBS ‘s new “That Other Pregame Show” is exactly what is sounds like, a break from the familiar NFL pregame show format. “TOPS” will be hosted by Adam Schein along with 11-year NFL veteran Bart Scott (known best from his days as a fearsome New York Jets Linebacker) and long-time Oakland Raiders executive Amy Trask, the first woman to ever rise to such a high office in the NFL. It debuts Sunday September 8th on CBS Sports Network; from 8am-noon Central.

They’ll be joined by CBS Sports Radio’s Brandon Tierney, fantasy analyst Nathan Zegura and Lead Off’s Allie LaForce reporting.

Yes, an Allie LaForce reference means more reason to post Allie LaForce pictures. (Hey, it’s difficult to get page views in August, you got to fire every weapon you have right now)



“That Other Pregame Show” will, for their sake, hopefully perform more like “That 70s show” rather than “That 80s Show.” And for the sake of all that is right and good, let’s hope it does not at all resemble “The Best Damn Sports Show Period.”

“That Other Pregame Show” also will incorporate various forms of social media interaction, engaging the “TOPS” team with its viewers. The last hour of the show will be centered on Fantasy Football helping fans set their line-ups each week. So you fantasy NERDS! will love this program.

Continuing its focus on all things football, “TOPS” will take a look back at all the college football games and performances that fans are still talking about from the previous day.


Regular contributors to THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW (we’re ramped up to ALL CAPS MODE NOW) include analysts from THE NFL TODAY: Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher, as well as host James Brown and Insider Jason La Canfora. CBS Sports’ NFL on CBS announcers will appear regularly from their game sites including Phil Simms, Dan Fouts, Dan Dierdorf, Rich Gannon, Solomon Wilcots, Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein.

Look for a ton of content from my visit to New York for NFL on CBS Media Day. I’ll get back to The Chi from Gotham tomorrow, and I’ll have a lot of material at my Chicago Now page, and some here from: Gannon, Simms, Cowher, Sharpe, Marino, Jim Nantz, Greg Gumbel.

Scott joins CBS Sports Network after an 11-year NFL playing career with the Baltimore Ravens (2002-08) and New York Jets (2009-12). In 2006, he was a Pro Bowl selection and earned All Pro honors.

Trask spent 26 seasons with the Oakland Raiders working directly for Al Davis. She was named the first female CEO in the NFL in 1997. Under her watch, the Raiders won four Division Championships (1990, 2000, 2001 and 2002) and one AFC Championship (2002).

Tierney serves as co-host of TBD in the AM, CBS Sports Radio’s national morning show. He has been a staple on sports talk radio in New York and San Francisco for the last 10 years, most recently at 95.7 The Game in the Bay Area.

Schein, host of “TOPS” and NFL MONDAY QB, anchors “Schein on Sports,” a sports talk radio show on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio, and is featured on SportsNet New York’s weekday show “Loud Mouths.”

Zegura is the Senior Fantasy Football Writer for and appears regularly on’s FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY.


Allie LaForce is a co-host of Lead Off with Doug Gottlieb, CBS Sports Network’s weekday late night news and commentary program, and also served as sideline reporter during the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Time for another pic:


Hey, Allie Laforce!

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan, he also writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)

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