Wednesday, April 17, 2013

It's a black day for football fans

Pat Summerall is dead and Faith Hill is leaving Sunday Night Football.

Woody Allen:  I'm dead and they're talking about wheat?

Summerall's real name was George Allen Summerall, which makes you want to lick your thumbs just thinking about, and there's an apocryphal story floating around that the nickname Pat came from the acronym PAT, for point after touchdown.  Summerall was a kicker, fyi.

Thank you Pat, for all those good times.

Summerall and John Madden were one of the great sportscasting teams ever, but they haven't been working together for a number of years.  Currently the best football experience can, or could, be found on Sunday night on NBC, with Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth.  Not, it should be noted, on Monday Night Football, which last year was excruciating.  But the Sunday night guys have taken a hit with the departure of Faith Hill as the shimmering chanteuse of their opening theme song.


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