This is the NFL week you get
mis taken for a World Series fan.
NBC takes a huge leap of faith and shows amazing restraint in refraining from doing a Sunday night game this week because a) Bob Costas says he wants to watch World Series Game 4 to break it down for himself at a later date, b) Keith Olbermann says he wants to be at World Series Game 4 to be seen, c) John Madden called and said he wants to play Madden ’10 with his grandkids, d) the rest of the world pretends an otherwise regular-season NFL game would not outrate a World Series game, so there’s professional courtesy here…
After all, would MLB plan a regular-season game up against the Super Bowl? See, it’s payback for being nice.
Somewhere, Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson are smiling.
Instead, we get the most anticipated NFL regular season game since Chris Berman started wearing Depends on the set — Minnesota at Green Bay. Figure out the story line. And without Joe Buck in the booth with Troy Aikman, because he’s with Tim McCarver in Philly that night.
The rest of the schedule: Too many good teams have bye weeks (bowing out to the Minn-GB stage) and L.A. is saddled with CBS’ 1 p.m. window because the Chargers play the Raiders, as if it matters, and can’t get Miami-N.Y. Jets (among other things):
Read it and weep:
==10 a.m., Channel 11: Earlier Tuesday, it was San Francisco at Indianapolis (with Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan and Laura Okmin) but then it was later changed to N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia (with Kenny Albert, Moose Johnston and Tony Siragusa), as opposed to Seattle at Dallas or St. Louis at Detroit; CBS has in this window that you can’t see because of a 1 p.m. single-game telecast — Miami at N.Y. Jets, Cleveland at Chicago, Houston at Buffalo and Denver at Baltimore)
==1 p.m., Channel 2: Oakland at San Diego (with Dick Enberg and Dan Fouts, instead of Jacksonville at Tennessee)
==1 p.m. Channel 11: Minnesota at Green Bay (with Thom Brennannammennennann and Troy Aikman, as opposed to Carolina at Arizona, which really looks quite appealing now if you ask us)
==5:30 p.m., ESPN: Atlanta at New Orleans (with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden)
Bye bye: Cincinnati, Kansas City, New England, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington.