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Monday, October 22, 2007

Bizarre NFL on CBS

Was it just me, or was it a bizarre afternoon session on Sunday's CBS' The NFL Today?

I had just finished my drive back from Georgia, and flipped on the television. With little time left, the Houston Texans were about to attempt an on-sides kick against the Tennessee Titans. Then, NFL Today host James Brown cut way from the game.

And that is when things became strange.

Commentators Bill Cowher, Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe and Boomer Esiason would stop talking and turn their heads to watch the minute of remaining game-time on their in-studio monitors.

We were not shown the game, but instead saw these strange silent moments of watching the commentators watching the game.

Then the panelists would turn back to face the camera and tell us what they had just seen happen on the field. Replays of a few of the plays were shown to us after they occurred.

CBS was not airing another game. So why couldn't the network have finished showing us the game? - maybe a minute and a half at most.

Tennessee won, by the way, kicking and recovering their own on-sides kick. Rob Bironas kicked the winning field goal as time expired, his 8th field goal of the game, an NFL record.

But we didn't see it. Weird.

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