With more than eight minutes left in Saturday’s Vikings-Packers, NBC posted a graphic showing that four players had already been disabled. They were now, at the minimum, out of this game. And there were more injured to come.
But that stood to reason as, despite Roger Goodell’s claim that NFL decisions are “all about our fans,” the game was being played outdoors in zero-degree weather. Reader Allan Fredyn: “Had Goodell left his dog out on a night like that he could’ve been arrested.”
Same with Saturday’s other NFL game, Colts at Ravens, which began, outdoors, at 4:30.
If you’ve read this far, watch a red zone channel and do not recognize Siciliano’s name or picture, it’s probably because you have cable. The only way to see Siciliano is via DirecTV. The NFL Network’s RedZone Channel is available as an added pay channel for cable subscribers. The major distinction is DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket plan provides full network coverage of all Sunday afternoon games, subject to local blackout rules.
DirecTV’s version began in 2005, when the company was owned by NewsCorp (the parent company of The Post), inspired by Sky TV’s whip-around coverage of La Liga soccer games in Italy. Siciliano and founding producer James Crittenden have been there since the outset. NFL Network’s program, hosted by Scott Hanson, came along in 2009. Both are Syracuse graduates and current colleagues at NFL Network.
That means that ESPN, even in the throes of laying off hundreds, this season chose to hire Ryan either in spite of his repetitive incorrigibility, or because of it.
But just as bad, if not worse, went unspoken. The Jets then chose not to return the kickoff, ArDarius Stewart taking a knee — the original, non-protest kind — 6 yards deep in the end zone. From the 25, the Jets went into “victory formation,” ending the half.
But with a 5-7 record, down 13-0 and with three timeouts left, why not take advantage of — take a shot at — an open field to return the kick? Are long gains and TDs on kickoffs so rare as to not be worth a try, especially under such game and season circumstances?
The Heisman Trophy, like MLB’s All-Star Game, is now a bigger deal among the media, especially ESPN, than the public.
The Super Bowl’s high-mindedness this year can be found in the return of Justin Timberlake to entertain.