The Royal Chargers of lower Los Angeles stopped over for a lackluster effort in Buffalo for its power-outage-afflicted contest — the Bills’ old “Electric Company” of Reggie McKenzie, Dave Foley, Mike Montler, Joe DeLamielleure and Donnie Green couldn’t provide the emergency juice? — before heading across the pond to be
duped into playing face the New Orleans Ye Old Saints (without the injured Reggie Bush) in the annual NFL Game In Un-New England fiasco.
It’s like Breakfast at Wimbledon — a 10 a.m. start for a game that kicks off at 6 p.m. in London between two teams that would rather not have their week messed up with extra travel.
Too late. They’re already landed in Wembley Stadium. And perhaps Beckham will be there to do something.
The rest of the L.A. schedule:
==10 a.m., Channel 2: San Diego vs. New Orleans in London (with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms). CBS will also be carrying (and it’s good to know unless England’s power is cut off) Oakland-Baltimore, Buffalo-Miami and Kansas City-N.Y. Jets.
==10 a.m., Channel 11: Tampa Bay at Dallas (with Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa, and quarterback Brad Johnson wearing old Bike elbow pads). Fox also has in its inventory: Arizona-Carolina, Washington-Detroit, St. Louis-New England and Atlanta-Philadelphia.
==1:15 p.m., Channel 11: N.Y. Giants at Pittsburgh (with Dick Stockton, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver). As opposed to Fox’s Seattle-San Francisco and CBS’ Cleveland-Jacksonville and Cincinnati-Houston. It all funnels into Fox’s coverage of World Series Game 4 at Philadelphia.
==5:15 p.m., Channel 4: Nada. They still do “Football Night in America” studio show from 4 to 5 p.m., but then cut it off — no game because of the embarassment it would cause Major League Baseball if a regular-season NFL game was watched by more folks. Instead, Channel 4 airs the “Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo” (which is worth at least putting on the TiVo), the network nightly news, the local news, a 2002 episode of “Monk” and the movie “The 40 Year Old Virgin” at 8 p.m.
==5:30 p.m., ESPN: Even though there’s Game 5 of the World Series from Philly, the cable giant has decided to go ahead with Indianapolis at Tennessee (with Ron Jaworski … we forget who else is there … Mike Greenberg? Mike Tirico and Tony Franklin… no, Tony Kornheiser).
Bye weeks: Chicago, Denver, Green Bay, Minnesota and Tom Brady.