-Knowing there are about
a billion people watching, they never admit a mistake.
-Recognizing their partner is dead-wrong, they never mention the gaffe.
Case in point: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne and Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs are running stride-for-stride down the left sideline chasing a long pass by Peyton Manning.
Wayne is the first to spot the ball in flight and tries to get inside position on Hobbs, who recognizes his opponent is attempting to change lanes and holds his ground. At just the right time, Hobbs looks back for the ball and might actually intercept it except for the fact Wayne is dragging him to the ground.
A flag flies, and rightfully so. It's textbook coverage by Hobbs. No doubt Wayne will get nailed with the infraction.
Instead, the call goes against the Patriots, setting up an Indianapolis score.
Watching the replay, Phil Simms is going to explain to a Super Bowl-type audience what Hobbs did wrong. Only after seeing the play a second time, he recognizes the defender did everything right.
In a regular-season game, where the broadcasters don't mind being bigger than the event, the analyst would harshly scold the official for such a costly mistake. But here, turning more conservative than a championship-game coach, Simms labels it a "tough call."
This is where lead announcer Jim Nantz is supposed to echo the sentiment of every non-Colts fan in Televisionland and say: "Tough call? Sorry, partner. That's an easy call. Hobbs just got jobbed."
Instead, Nantz says nothing.
That's not a tough call. That's a bad call. Three, in fact two upstairs, one on the field.
Turning 51 in San Jose
Some winners and losers in the Giants' move from KTVU-Channel 2 to KNTV-Channel 11 ...
Winner: Raj Mathai. You watch the game, you watch the news afterward. That's the way TV works.
Loser: Bill Martin. Giants fans made the KTVU weatherman a KNBR celebrity. Now introducing, Craig Herrera.
Winner: FSN. The early indication is KNTV will do fewer games than KTVU.
Loser: A's. More Giants on FSN means more A's on FSN-Plus.
Worst thing I heard all week
I'm not sure what was worse: Gilbert Arenas predicting the Wizards would ruin Kevin Garnett's nationally televised Celtics debut Friday night (Washington got drubbed by 20) or the game itself (the Eastern Conference is such a joke, Boston is undefeated despite suiting up nine guys who wouldn't make the Warriors' roster).
Three you gotta see
-Cavaliers at Warriors (tonight, 7:30, FSN): With Comcast now offering the Warriors "on demand," using "my family outvoted me; we had to watch 'Cavemen'" is no longer an excuse for missing LeBron James' once-a-year visit.
-Prep football: Newark Memorial at James Logan (Friday, 7:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet): No Greg Papa this week, but both are 9-0, and No.4 and No.2 in East Bay, respectively.
-Women's hoops: No.7 Stanford at No.3 Rutgers (Sunday, 5 p.m., ESPN): We'll have to wait until his return to the radio Dec.3 to get Don Imus' analysis on the Scarlet Knights' new look.
Scanning the airwaves
No, you don't gotta see the USC-Cal game Saturday (ABC, 5 p.m.). At least that's the opinion of ABC's decision-makers, who will show Boston College-Maryland and Kansas-Oklahoma State in as many homes as the battle for third place in the Pac-10. ... KBCW-Channel 44 will share Monday night's 49ers-Seahawks game with ESPN at 5:30.
What's the dumbest thing you heard or read all week? Dave Del Grande accepts nominations, as well any media-related comments, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.