If you had a radio talk show in L.A. and you wanted to talk football with someone in Dallas, who would you call? That’s right. Obvious call. You call Dallas Voice sports expert David Taffet.
OK, so maybe 5 million people in the Dallas area know more about football than I do, but few people who know less about football are as comfortable on a football field as I am.
That’s because I spent several season playing a sports reporter on NBC’s show Friday Night Lights. In just about every episode with a football game, I’m standing on the sidelines or in the end zone and am the only person on the field in a jacket and tie.
Sideline. End zone. See? I know the lingo. I spent one episode filming in the field house and in the locker room.
That gig really stretched my acting ability and built on roles I’ve played in the past. In the film JFK, I played a reporter and carried Gary Oldman, who was actually in the coffin, to Lee Harvey Oswald’s grave. (Director Oliver Stone was going for realism. Oldman was freaking out). My best acting in that film came in the scene where reporters are interviewing Marina Oswald. You can see my thumb holding a mike. You can tell it’s me, because I’m the only one in the scene who’s left-handed.
But I digress.
The show is IMRU, the gay show that’s L.A.’s counterpart to Lambda Weekly. Chrisanne Eastwood is the host who contacted me. She and I co-hosted a cable TV show with the always-beautiful Jack Jett for about six months. The topic is Michael Sam.
So to prepare for tonight’s appearance, I just looked up that the Cowboys lost yesterday. I’m very sad about that. Tony Romo turned in his worst performance ever. I’m apparently surprised about that, because he went into yesterday’s game as the best ranking, or best prepared or best looking quarterback in the NFL. And they played at AT&T Stadium. I have no idea where that is. I’ll just call it Cowboys Stadium.
I’ll be on Monday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. Central Time (7 p.m. Pacific Time). Click here to listen live.