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Fox and CBS both have doubleheaders Sunday; It’s the last Week, #18 and into playoffs

  • The bad news is that Al Michaels is not at all active in NBC’s limited coverage of the NFL Post Season. He deserves better. Yes, he’s 79. Still, Brent Musburger (Oakland Raiders) and Merrill Reese (Philly Eagles) are wonderful. Both are in their 80s. Brent’s still capable but not doing play-by-play anymore after his run-in with Mark Davis of the Raiders.
  • No Amazon or the NFL Network this weekend. I liked Eisen all-season because he was himself and not conventional. Fox and CBS will both run games in the early and late afternoon, Saturday and Sunday.
  • You might have noted that Joe Buck hosted Jeopardy! during the interregnum after Alex Trebek’s death. Switching channels last week, I bumped into Katie Nolan on the set. She was a candidate on Celebrity Jeopardy! She was knowledgeable and peppery as expected.
  • St. Louis Cardinals’ longtime TV Voice Dan McLaughlin was fired after continuing alcohol misuse. That was a couple years ago. Happy to hear that it was recently named that Mac is a co-host on a morning drive-time show that airs over station WXOS (101.1 FM).6 days ago.
  • Can anyone sound more annoying than ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky? Thanks Goodness, America is a strong country.
  • Todd Blackledge is wonderful. He comes from a royal football family. His dad Ron was was on the staff at Kentucky and later the Steelers.
Saturday, January 6
4:30 PM- Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens 100%

ABC, ESPN: Chris Fowler, Dan Orlovsky, Louis Riddick, Laura Rutledge

Westwood One: Mike Watts, Devin McCourty
8:15 PM- Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts 100% 
ABC, ESPN: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters  
Westwood One: Bill Rosinski, Derek Rackley
Entravision: Ricardo Celis, Tony Nuñez
Sunday, January 7
1 PM- Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints  40%
CBS: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan, AJ Ross 
*****
1 PM- Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans 53%
CBS: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins
Compass Media: Mike Morgan, Brian Baldinger 
1 PM- Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 7%
CBS: Tom McCarthy, James Lofton, Jay Feely, Tiffany Blackmon
*****
1 PM- Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions 63%
FOX: Joe Davis, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver
Sports USA: Josh Appel, Mark Carrier
*****
1 PM- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers 25%
FOX: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake 
*****
1 PM- New York Jets at New England Patriots 12%
FOX: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale
ESPN Radio: Chris Carlin, Mike Tannenbaum 
*****
4:25 PM- Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers  54%
CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson
ESPN Radio: Steve Levy, Max Starks
*****
4:25 PM- Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants 32%
CBS: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn
*****
4:25 PM- Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers 14%
CBS: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta, Aditi Kinkhabwala
Sports USA: Larry Kahn, Brandon Noble 
*****
 
4:25 PM- Dallas Cowboys at Washington Commanders 76%
FOX: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi
Compass Media: Kevin Ray, Danny White
*****
4:25 PM- Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers 14%
FOX: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
*****
4:25 PM- Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals 7%
FOX: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
*****
4:25 PM- Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders 3%
FOX: Jason Benetti, Matt Millen, Megan Olivi
*****
8:20 PM- Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins 100%
NBC, Peacock: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Melissa Stark
UNVSO, TeleXitos: Miguel Gurwitz, Rolando Cantú, Ariana Figuera 
Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Mike Golic 
Entravision: Ricardo Celis, Tony Nuñez
*****
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David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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