A week removed from Fox’s A-team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, reality sets in for the Rams. And L.A.
Them’s the hard knocks of broadcasting hierarchy.
Dick Stockton and Chris Spielman, the former Ohio State and Detroit Lions linebacker who this year Fox hired off the ESPN college ball staff to join its NFL roster, draw the Rams’ Week 3 performance in Tampa Bay (Sunday, 1:05 p.m., Channel 11), going to just 10 percent of the country.
Fox has only six games to pick from on Sunday. If you were to rank the Fox NFL broadcasting roster, this would probably be team No. 6, ahead of Sam Rosen and David Diehl, who are off. Diehl was Stockton’s partner last year. The year before was a rotation of Kirk Morrison, Brady Quinn and Donovan McNabb. It was Ronde Barber the previous year, and John Lynch before that. Charles Davis. Trent Green. Brian Billick. Brian Baldinger.
You see now how if Fox has a new guy, they ship him to Stockton?
At one point about 10 years ago, Stockton was slotted as the No. 2 play-by-play man behind Buck and given the Tony Siragusa-Moose Johnston alignment. He even had fresh-off-the-boat Aikman in 2001, when Summerall and Madden were the No. 1 NFL team, and after a long run with Matt Millen.
But we digress.
Fox reports that the L.A. market had a 12.0 rating and 27 share for the Rams-Seahawks telecast last Sunday on KTTV-Channel 11, which was a 45 percent boost over last year’s L.A. average for a season’s worth of games on Fox (8.3/20).
The rest of the NFL TV week for the L.A. market (for those without DirecTV’s “Sunday Ticket”):
= Houston at New England, 5:25 p.m., Channel 2 and NFL Network, with Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Woodson.
= CBS has the doubleheader and the Rams-Bucs are the only game Fox can show in the L.A. market. That means no access to Washington-N.Y. Giants (with Buck and Aikman, going to 31 percent of the country — or likely to L.A., if the Rams were not here) or Arizona-Buffalo, Detroit-Green Bay or Minnesota-Carolina in the 10 a.m. window, or San Francisco-Seattle in the 1:25 p.m. window.
= Oakland at Tennessee, 10 a.m., Channel 2 with Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein. (CBS picks this one over Cleveland-Miami, Baltimore-Jacksonville and Denver-Cincinnati)
= San Diego at Indianapolis, 1:25 p.m., Channel 2 with Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon (CBS is allowed to air this opposite the Rams. It also picked this one over N.Y. Jets-Kansas City and Pittsburgh-Philadelphia, which has Jim Nantz and Phil Simms).
= Chicago at Dallas, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya.
= Atlanta at New Orleans, 5:30 p.m., ESPN with Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters.