You ran this obtuse Fox-CBS dueling doubleheader drill back in Weeks 4 and 5, and now it repeats here in Weeks 10 and 11.
The bottom line is that while either Fox or CBS takes its turn as the network with the scheduled double-header, the opposing network gets both the Rams’ and Chargers’ games as direct competition.
Making some even more squeamish is how KCAL-Channel 9 and KCOP-Channel 13 come into play again.
Both the Chargers at Jacksonville game at 10 a.m. and the Rams’ playing host to Houston at 1:05 p.m. are logically CBS AFC-road-team games, but because the rules stipulate that the entire game has to air in a home-team’s market, and the early game could go long into overtime, there has to be a contingency plan. Last time, it was the Chargers dumped onto Channel 9, but this time, it’s the Rams. Once the Chargers-Jags game end, the Rams-Texans will also air on Channel 2, but to assure there’s no overlap, it starts on Channel 9 and stays there as a simulcast the rest of the way for those too lazy to change.
Next Sunday, the Chargers-Buffalo and Rams-Minnesota games are both on Fox network stations, with Fox spill-over KCOP Channel 13 taking the start of the Chargers’ contest at 10 a.m. and the Rams beginning as scheduled on KTTV Channel 11.
== Vin Scully made it onto ESPN’s home page by vowing to never watch and NFL game again, and Al Michaels’s attempt to explain the NFL’s frustrations over player protests going on during the National Anthem also got some traction.
As a result, there’s plenty of blowback for Scully (aside from this Deadspin.com headline, which solidifies our vow to never read the website again) and even more for Michaels.
The media’s role in all this: Stay on point. Don’t allow other media members to misread the intent of the players’ protesting, even if those with agendas want to take things with other narratives.
Wrote the San Francisco Chronicle’s Ann Killion:
I’ve always been a fan of Vin Scully. Thought he personified class and quiet dignity. So it was very disappointing to hear Scully misrepresent the anthem protests, telling an audience on Saturday night that he would never watch an NFL game again, because of his “overwhelming respect and admiration for anyone who puts on a uniform and goes to war.”
As anyone following the story knows, the protests are a statement against racial inequality and police brutality, and they have nothing to do with the military.
I wonder what Jackie Robinson, whose games Scully was privileged to broadcast, would think about his old friend’s stance.
In his 1972 memoir, Robinson wrote: “I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made.”
== Last Sunday’s numbers: The Rams’ game at the N.Y. Giants (a 10 a.m. kickoff on KTTV-Channel 11) did a 7.1 rating and 18 share in L.A., with an average of 532,000 viewers. It was probably never going to challenge the NBC early evening Raiders-Dolphins game (5:30 p.m., KNBC Channel 4), which had a 10.3 rating/18 share and 832,000 average. But it should have logically topped the Chiefs-Cowboys game (1:25 p.m., KCBS Channel 2), which had a 9.1 rating/ 21 share and average of 733,000.
The Broncos-Eagles game, on KCBS Channel 2 opposite the Rams-Giants at 10 a.m., still managed a 3.9 rating/10 share, and 313,000 average.
== Which leads us to this weekend and includes your five-game Sunday:
* Seattle at Arizona, 5:20 p.m., Channel 4/NFL Network (Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox)
It’s NBC’s season debut of the Thursday night package, with five more after this through Dec. 16, plus a Nov. 23 Thanksgiving night game that isn’t included in this deal but happens anyway.
* Chargers at Jacksonville, 10 a.m., Channel 2 (Andrew Catalon, James Lofton)
This blocks out CBS’ options of airing Cleveland-Detroit, Pittsburgh-Indianapolis or N.Y. Jets-Tampa Bay. So you’re not missing much.
* Minnesota at Washington, 10 a.m., Channel 11 (Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver)
Fox’s other choices could have been New Orleans-Buffalo, which might make more sense for the L.A. market considering upcoming opponents, Green Bay-Chicago or Cincinnati-Tennessee.
* Rams vs. Houston at the Coliseum, 1:05 p.m., starts on Channel 9 (simulcast on Channel 2) (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts)
CBS has no other game in this window.
* Dallas at Atlanta, 1:25 p.m., Channel 11 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews)
Fox wanted to make sure you saw this one, no matter that it competes with the Rams. You are also spared from N.Y. Giants-San Francisco.
* New England at Denver, 5:20 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)
* Miami at Carolina, 5:30 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden)
Bye week: Oakland, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Baltimore