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"Silver Linings Playbook" Producer Weinstein Decries NFL Network Cancellation
Published December 3, 2012
CALLING THE HOTLINE: The plot for comedian Rob Riggle’s picks segment on “Fox NFL Sunday” yesterday largely focused on gambling on NFL games. The segment opened with Riggle in a large fur coat to promote “Riggle’s Picks Platinum,” a handicapping service for gamblers. Riggle said, “It’s ‘Riggle’s Picks Platinum,’ my upgraded picks segment. Now for an additional fee I’m providing Fox viewers with top-secret, inside information from around the league.” Speaking on the phone to a client, Riggle said, “I heard [N.J. Gov. Chris] Christie is taking over the Jets next year as head coach. He’s great with disasters and he’s fat.” Riggle then told the camera, “Is this a bit of a cash grab? Yeah, it’s not easy being Rob Riggle. I have unique expenses: Houses, boats, houseboats.” Riggle told a client, “Here are my non-platinum picks: I’m taking the Jets, the Broncos, the Chargers and the Colts. But for a $1,000 more I can give you Riggle’s picks platinum, huh? Hello?” Riggle then gave the injury report to another client on the phone, “DeSean Jackson out with cracked ribs, Sebastian Janikowski has the meat sweats, Arian Foster has night terrors.” Riggle said to the camera, “I’ll take information from anyone: My nutritionist, my dog’s stylist, the man who lives outside my bank!” The camera switched to a homeless man sitting in a cardboard box holding a sign that read, “Please Help!! Need food, a.k.a. booze.” The “homeless man” was actually UFC President Dana White, who said to the camera, “Cam Newton is pregnant" (“Fox NFL Sunday,” Fox, 12/2).