By TOM JONES
Published October 8, 2006
Can we have a mulligan?
A few weeks back, we chose Fox's NFL Sunday as our favorite pregame show. But we didn't anticipate how much the new format would wreck everything.
First, the show left the studio and is on location each week so host Joe Buck can do the play-by-play of the game. Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson haven't changed their clever and humorous banter, but being outside among the cheering fans has changed the impact of their comments. The whole scene has become too chaotic.
Then Buck leaves with 10 or 15 minutes left in the show so he can get up to the press box to call the game and is replaced by Curt Menefee. Suddenly, it seems as if you're watching an entirely different show, adding more chaos. Menefee then stays through the halftime and postgame shows.
And now the show has to struggle through a few more weeks of disarray while Buck takes a leave to call the baseball playoffs.
It's a mess.
Fox should have either named Buck the host only, without play-by-play duties, or named another host. Either way, the show should have stayed in the studio.
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