Thursday, September 04, 2008

Are you ready for some football?

WE'VE MOVED! Democratic Convention Watch is now at

Super Bowl Champion Giants. Division Rival Redskins. East Rutherford, NJ. 7:00 ET. NBC.

It should be a great game. Very close. Probably go to overtime. Finish about 10:45 or so.

Enjoy. I checked the TV schedules and there's nothing else of interest on tonight.

Update: Some guy named McCain is apparently interested in the game ending on time for some reason.

McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said yesterday the prospect of an extra-long game has caused some concern: "I had talked on background with a Republican convention planner a couple of weeks ago who said, 'Don't mention overtime. Overtime is our rain-in-Denver scenario.' "

So it remains unclear what the candidate will do if Jason Campbell is still slinging passes at 10:30. But people in the television business speculated that McCain would delay his speech until NBC starts its convention broadcast. NBC was among the top-rated networks during the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Its coverage of Sen. Barack Obama's acceptance speech last Thursday attracted 6.1 million viewers -- the kind of audience that Republicans don't want to lose.

The NFL and NBC said they have no plans to speed up play in tonight's game. However, the league has encouraged faster play in recent years, in part because games scheduled at 1 p.m. on Sundays often overlapped games starting at 4 p.m. This year, for example, the league has eliminated the five-yard penalty for incidental holding of face masks, which could lead to fewer game stoppages.

NBC's telecast of the NFL season opener last year attracted about 17.8 million viewers in prime time. The network will remind viewers of McCain's speech during halftime, when NBC News anchor Brian Williams will host a brief preview segment. - WaPo