The original pick for the Fox game of choice for the L.A. audience this Sunday was Atlanta-New England. That’s because Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were already dispatched there as the pre-determined matchup of the Fox weekend.
But then the Michael Crabtree-less 2-0 San Francisco 49ers, coming off wins against Arizona and Seattle, decided to crash the scene by those deciding which has more local interest, with their arena-league game at the Humphrey Metrodome this Sunday morn. Fox announced this AM that the switch was official.
Quick update of the 49ers roster (linked here): Mike Singletary is the coach, not the late Bill Walsh. Frank Gore, the top offensive player, not Jerry Rice. Shaun Hill is the QB, not Steve Young, Joe Montana or John Brodie. Or Alex Smith.
And those of you dog lovers wanting to bark at the screen with Michael Vick’s return to Philly, too bad. You’ve been Sanchezed.
Also, L.A. Raider fan has the Chargers to blame for not being able to see their team go up against rival Denver in Oakland.
Sort this out amongst yourselves:
== 10 a.m., Channel 2: Tennessee at N.Y. Jets (with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf, instead of Kansas City-Philadelphia, Cleveland-Baltimore and Jacksonville-Houston)
== 10 a.m., Channel 11: San Francisco at Minnesota (with Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan, instead of N.Y. Giants-Tampa Bay, Atlanta-New England, Green Bay-St. Louis and Washington-Detroit)
== 1 p.m., Channel 2: Miami at San Diego (with Dick Enberg and Dan Fouts, instead of Denver-Oakland and Pittsburgh-Cincinnati; Fox has Chicago-Seattle and New Orleans-Buffalo in this window)
== 5:15 p.m., Channel 4: Indianapolis at St. Louis (with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Andrea Kremer)
== 5:30 p.m., ESPN: Carolina at Dallas (with Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski)