The Supreme Court and the Bills
This is what I’m thinking:
* The Buffalo Bills’ 23-0 win over Washington on WUTV didn’t hit the magic 40 rating. Far from it.
The game had a 36.3 rating, which means that 36.3 percent of area households were tuned in Sunday to see Ryan Fitzpatrick and Company dismantle the woeful Redskins.
The rating for the game beat the combined local ratings for the first six games (35.4) of the World Series on WUTV. As expected, St. Louis win in Game 7 finally broke the double-digit barrier with a 12.4 rating.
Of course, the baseball games lasted so long that Fox and its affiliates were able to sell much more advertising than they could sell in a three-hour Bills game.
* I took a long drive Sunday and heard a national radio broadcast of the Bills win by play-by-play man Chris Carrino and analyst Brian Baldinger that was amusing for several reasons unrelated to the action.
Carrino thought the drive from Buffalo to Toronto would take an hour. He and Baldinger speculated that there were many more U.S. Supreme Court justices from Harvard than million dollar NFL quarterbacks like Fitzpatrick. But they added Harvard grads might be prouder of Fitz.
* It is time to reassess which Bills game might be flexed to NBC’s Sunday Night Football schedule. I originally thought the Bills rematch with the New York Jets on Nov. 27 would be an ideal replacement for the scheduled game between Pittsburgh and Kansas City. But that probably has changed with the resurgence of the Chiefs, who have won four straight.
So now the more likely game to be flexed would be the Bills home game with 4-3 Tennessee on Dec. 4. NBC’s scheduled game on Dec. 4 is between winless Indianapolis and New England.
However, the Bills and Titans are both small market teams, which could argue against it. Additionally, there are other games on Dec. 4 – including Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, Detroit at New Orleans and Kansas City at Chicago – with flex possibilities.
* In case you missed it, The Senator got a midseason vote Sunday for defensive player of the year from NBC’s Rodney Harrison. “He’s been getting it done all year round,” Harrison said of the Bills’ George Wilson. Do I hear a talk of a raise?
* I had to laugh at two great lines in Sunday’s episode of “The Good Wife”:
Eli Gold (Alan Cumming), upon learning that his ex-wife had slept with a relative of Osama bin Laden who isn’t a terrorist: “Oh my god, she banged a nice bin Laden.”
Will Gardner (Josh Charles) after a young, pretty, new lawyer told him how nice the lawyers inside the firm have been to her. “Lawyers, the nicest people in the world.” I don’t have to tell you he was being sarcastic.
* Finally, the line of Monday came from one of the co-hosts of NBC’s “Entertainment Tonight” when referring to Kim Kardashian’s (see above) filing for divorce 72 days after she married NBA player Kris Humphries in a cable television special: “Has it destroyed the credibility of the Kardashians?”
Whoever thought they’d hear the word credibility and the name Kardashian in the same sentence? And it wasn’t said with sarcasm.