Saturday, September 17, 2005

Programming genius

UPDATE 9/19: Yeah, oops. Sunday night's Chiefs-Raiders game was called by Mike Tirico and Sterling Sharpe, not the usual ESPN idiots. That crew got the Monday night game at the Meadowlands. Even so, bizarre programming decisions this weekend ...

CBS' No. 2 broadcast team, Dick Enberg and Dan Dierdorf, will be calling New England at Carolina, which many people believe could be a preview of Super Bowl XL.

CBS' No. 1 broadcast team, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, will be calling Cleveland at Green Bay, two teams that lost last week by a combined score of 44-16 to opponents that have failed to make the playoffs for, respectively, the past 14 seasons and the past five seasons.

Fox's No. 2 broadcast team, Dick Stockton and Daryl Johnston, will be calling San Francisco at Philadelphia, featuring last year's NFC champion and the first appearance of Terrell Owens against his former team.

Fox's No. 1 broadcast team, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, will be calling Detroit at Chicago, featuring, well, Detroit and Chicago.

ABC's only NFL broadcast team, Al Michaels and John Madden, will be calling Washington at Dallas, which gets put on Monday night year after year for no explicable reason.

Possibly the two most compelling games of the weekend -- New York Giants vs. New Orleans and Kansas City at Oakland -- will be in the capable hands of ESPN's Mike "Would You Believe" Patrick, Paul "Let Me Just Say This" Maguire and Joe "Now Here's a Guy Who" Theismann.

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