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Dan Dierdorf Retiring From Broadcast Booth After NFL Season

The burly, mustachioed color man who followed a Hall of Fame football career with a three-decade stint in the broadcast booth is hanging up his microphone. Dan Dierdorf will retire from CBS after this season, his 43rd connected to the National Football League. After a 13-year stint as an offensive tackle for the St. Louis Cardinals, he began his announcing career with CBS Radio in 1984, moving to the TV side the following year. He left CBS in 1987 for ABC, where he did color for Monday Night Football until 1999 and also covered Ncaa games, boxing and the 1988 Winter Olympics. He has been with CBS for the past 14 years. Dierdorf’s often brusque, call-it-like-he-sees-it style earned him plenty of detractors — snarky L.A. sports radio legend Jim Healy famously referred to him as “Dan Dierdork” — but in 2008 he became one of only four Pro Football Hall of Fame players to receive the
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CBS Sports Names NFL Broadcasting Teams For Upcoming Season

Football starts on CBS on September 9 and today CBS Sports announced its on-air roster for the upcoming NFL season. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will once again lead the charge for the network with The NFL On CBS on Sundays. Additionally Greg Gumbel will call games along with Dan Dierdorf, as will Ian Eagle with Dan Fouts and Marv Albert with Rich Gannon. Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots, Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein and Spero Dedes will offer play-by-play and analysis as well. Randy Cross and Don Criqui, who were among last year’s pairings, were not among today’s names for the 2012 season. James Brown will anchor the in-studio pre-game The NFL Today show with reporter Lesley Visser and analysts Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher. This season will see something new as Jason La Canfora joins The NFL Today as the “NFL Insider.
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The Complex’s Ten Greatest Henchmen In Movie History

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Say you’re putting together a syndicate. One of the first things that you are going to need is somebody to take care of your light work for you when words have run out. As a means of determining the appropriate skill set for this oh-so-important addition to your workforce, the Complex has assembled a ranking of some of the more legendary henchman ever to grace the screen. You know, as a way to gauge some of the qualities you might be looking for.

In ranking these heavies, extra points were earned for singularity of purpose, imperviousness to pain, and skill within the realm of hand-to-hand combat. Points were taken away for any actions tantamount to a betrayal of the henchman’s employer, or conspicuous behavior likely to cause more trouble than harm.

Here’s how they shook out.

10. Clarence Boddicker (Robocop, 1987)

Strengths: Professional henching is a tough, competitive business.
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