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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Did Al Take the Points?

So last night was a clinic in remote management as I jumped between the Yanks/Angels game and the Steelers/Chargers game, and I might have been a bit drousy moving from Tim McCarver to John Madden, but I think Al Michaels might have slipped up.

Coming back from a commercial break it seemed Al didn't know that the mikes were open as he said "Well you get 3 points" then he kicked right into his play-by-play voice "And its 7-0 here in San Diego". Was Al talking about the line for the game he was calling? The line for the game was between 2.5 and 3 all week so the only rational answer is gambling.

Does this call MNF's integrity into question? Not really, but its always interesting to see the delicate balance between the NFL and Sports Betting. The NFL acts like its up to date injury reports aren't used by every gambler in the country, or how more money is wagered on the Super Bowl than on any other day of the year.

Good to know Al probably celebrated his gambling victory screwing a model on a pile of flaming cash. Al Michaels, the Caligula of the broadcast world.

- BL


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