It is such a slow time for televised sports that I thought about taking a Saturday off.
Then I decided it was a perfect time for this blog to give seven illustrations of how slow it is in the TV sports business.
With apologies to the late Johnny Carson, it is so slowwww that:
* Channel 4’s John Murphy actually carried an item Thursday about the Buffalo Bills putting tight end Joe Klopfenstein on injured reserve. He explained that Joe (you think I’m going to type his last name again?) caught one pass last year in a game in the snow.
It is safe to say that most Bills fans didn’t realize Joe was on the team and certainly had no idea how to spell his last name.
* In its ever expanding quest to avoid talking about sports and fill time, WGR started a local Food Draft. On Friday morning, Jeremy White declared that pizza was No.1. I’d almost rather White and Howard Simon talked more about TV shows like "Lost" than food. Or talked about Joe K.
* Just about every day that I turn on one of the ESPN channels, the ESPYs is playing.
* I actually look forward to “The T.O. Show” on VH-1 each Sunday night.
* The amount of time it is taking Channel 4 to hire a third member of the sports staff doesn’t seem that foolish this month. (Channel 4's Mylous Hairston, via Facebook, reported this morning that he will anchor news and sports at 6, 10 and 11 today).
* At a bagel store Friday morning, I heard an enthusiastic cycling fan describe a recent stage of an event carried by Versus and make it sound better than a sudden death NFL playoff game. Then he turned to me and asked: “Did you see it?” I hadn’t. His description had to better than seeing it anyway.
* The 10 p.m. highlight show of the Empire State Games carried by Time Warner Cable seems like must-TV.