I feel sorry for the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals.
Not only was their Week 17 game moved to the 8:30pm time slot ... which made it the final game of the regular season ... they then have to play each other in the first game of the postseason. How is that fair? How come the Jets and Bengals had to play until midnight, get home hours after that and then have to play with the shortest of weeks?
They also get to have the make-shift broadcast team as well. Since NBC will be televising both games on Saturday, they are putting their normal broadcast team of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth on the epic Eagles-Cowboys tilt. That means the Jets-Bengals game gets ... wait for it ... Tom Hammond, Joe Theismann and Joe Gibbs.
Hammond is a fine football announcer. He's one of the few reasons to watch Notre Dame games. But you get mouthy Theismann who will clown around too much and Gibbs who I can't remember ever analysing a game from the booth. As a Redskins fan, Gibbs is a god to me and Theismann was one of my idols when I was a small fry ... but this just doesn't sound right.