Super Bowl 2020 subplots: Fox-CBS fight, Goodell's shameless show

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Knowing what It looked like a pretty good regular season game. Clean one too. And that's not a bad thing. Perhaps this was due to the lack of curious rules, the authority to make decisions and the repetition of decisions. Hey soccer!

But let's take it in chronological order:

Foreground! The worst that Fox could happen just before the kick-off was the best that CBS could happen.

After Tony Finau missed a par putt on the 18th about 6 minutes before the announced kick-off against Webb Simpson OT at 6:05 a.m., CBS from Arizona prevailed with a Finau against Webb Simpson OT and cut into Fox & # 39; Super Bowl total. Simpson won on the first extra hole, 10 minutes before the start of the game.

CBS, a loyal NFL partner, signed out almost immediately. But the TV Money First game, which was developed for prime time, didn't start until 6:41 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. It starts here at prime time. And then …

Admit it: are we now focusing on our national anthem before major sporting events to see if the performer or the side players will politicize them for stolen, exploited attention?

No post-kick intrusions on the grid. Fox came to them when it was time. Kind. No, radical!

Another surprise: After KC had started a three-way fight, there was no more commercial cut! But Fox soon caught up under the contract.

The Chiefs celebrate their Super Bowl 2020 win against the 49ers on Sunday.
The Chiefs celebrate their Super Bowl 2020 win against the 49ers on Sunday.Getty Images

Troy Aikman had a good game, particularly noteworthy, with replay aids, episodes like linebackers frozen due to action, and heavy blockages from Niners receivers.

Fox naturally ensured that the players were re-enacted in a confident demonstration.

And in third and 14th place for the Chiefs, vacant stat chief Joe Buck dutifully stated that they are "the top third-down offense in the league this year". In third and 14th place? KC then won 1 yard and poked.

The NFL mid-term show stayed true to her family-friendly, Roger Goodell-compliant dedication to raw sex with lots of step and butt. The NFL, where many players were pinned down for abuse of women, was stuck again to do better.

The rest of the story: Patrick Mahomes, who, oddly enough, stayed in or near the bag for inexplicable reasons, continued to lay an egg. Then, better late than never, he returned to Patrick Mahomes. Say good night, Gracie.

MLB would put players like Granderson in the spotlight

World Gone Nuts continued: Curtis Granderson, one of the easiest to find major leagues after 16 years, retired last week.

He stuck to two standards: 1) Always run hard first; and 2) Always do right with children. Granderson was close to the Mets or Yankees shelter every day and evening, happy to sign autographs and exchange a smile.

He was not afraid and was not ashamed to be old school – even if "SportsCenter" paid little attention to such players.

As for his goings-on, he had 98 career trebles and led the AL twice in a now reduced, often game-changing performance. In 15 seasons, Robinson Cano, also a mead and a Yankee, has 33 triple and 51 stolen bases.

Granderson hit 344 home runs – and I don't remember him standing and posing at home. He ran hard until he was outside. Imagine.

He played winning professional baseball. He is the head of quality control for my team.

At the same time that Granderson is on the hook, MLB Network, with Rob Manfred's approval, sells plate throwing, bat flipping, and other indecent public acts that turn triple and double into one-offs and trigger beanball fights – as a magnet for kids, from MLB Long neglected to make TV money late at night.

Yep, don't run for the first time, pose, show – as if Manfred was pushing the children in his life to play as if everything around me was scary.

Imagine. The commissioner for Major League Baseball, MLB's own network and other media, would keep children from playing like Curtis Granderson. But you cannot shame the shameless.


If America has a hard time watching one-hour NFL pregame shows every year, what makes the television think, except for advertising revenue, that we're committed to four-hour or more Super Bowl pregames? Sunday on Fox was 6½ hours, and much of it was just noise.

It is not a reflection of the quality of the features produced – hard work and difficult logistics are used. However, we do know that NFL pre-game shows are loaded with time-consuming fill material and yak throughout the season and are indistinguishable from each other unless you prefer the forced, belly-laughing participants over the others.


CBS continues to seek to distract college basketball viewers by posting continuous, mostly useless, statistical graphics.

But maybe I'm wrong. Six minutes after the start of the UConn Memphis game on Saturday, two people may have thought it important to know that one team had two sales and the other three.

Champ Kenin Under-Covered

Tiger Woods Syndrome: 21-year-old Sofia Kenin, an American without a name like Serena Williams or the new teen sensation Coco Gauff, won the Australian Open and was therefore not worth much attention or admiration. As reader John Ratomski notes, Kenin did not stick to "ESPNs Coco Serena" [predetermined] Narrative. "

No more suitable sponsorship than the PGA's Waste Management Open, which ended on Sunday at CBS. Many viewers are wasted because of their intent, tradition, tacit invitation, and beer. Another tradition: CBS commentators have to pretend to be surrounded by loud, drunken hooligans.

Marv Albert, king of the basement and backyard sports competitions, including the Stoop Ball, revealed that late NBA commissioner David Stern "was a pretty good ping pong player."

They don't do NHL players like they used to. Vancouver, here to defeat the islands in OT Saturday on MSG + is huge. Thirteen players are 6-foot-2 or more, with defenseman Tyler Myers at 6-8. Myers, who grew up in Calgary, was born in Texas, of course. Rocket Richard and Bobby Hull were 5-9.

Fridays Nuggets-Bucks, 89 three-point shots. But they still call it basketball.


Readers write: After Edgardo Alfonzo, as manager of the Mets & # 39; Brooklyn Cyclones, was fired after winning a pennant, John Vogel wonders if GM Brodie Van Wagenen "wants the Cyclones to go in a different direction?"

Old buddy Rich Ippolito notes that during the week's PGA event, both Holmes and Watson (J.B. and Bubba) appeared on the leaderboard. Nice catch, Rich! "Elementary level," he sniffed.

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