On local television's four weekly nighttime Redskins shows, an average of five players appear as guests each week. There are 16 weeks in the NFL's regular season. That means Redskins will make 80 guest appearances on these shows alone.
Taking your 45-man roster (and subtracting Joe Theismann and John Riggins, who are hosts of two of the shows), that means that each Washington player would appear about two times as a guest during the season.
When you consider that Coach Joe Gibbs and General Manager Bobby Beathard each does daily radio shows and that most of the players are interviewed several times a week by the media, it's almost miraculous that anyone has time to memorize the playbook, let alone beat Dallas.
Here's a brief look at the four nighttime TV shows, listed in order of personal preference:
*Redskin Report (WRC-TV-4, Saturdays at 7 o'clock) One year ago, this show was a farce. It might have destroyed George Michael's career if anybody had watched it. Michael did a tap dance, carefully avoiding asking tough questions of guest Redskins.
Now, with the return of Theismann, the show is remarkably entertaining. The co-hosts have a fascinating chemistry: Michael usually asks penetrating questions and Theismann usually responds with endless chatter, sometimes even managing to answer the questions. Say what you will about Theismann, but he's smooth and well-spoken and does flawless lead-ins to commercial breaks.
*Redskins Playbook (WTTG-TV-5, Mondays at 8:30) Bernie Smilovitz moderates a live, lively round-table discussion with Sam Huff, Gerald Strine and guests. The conversation usually is good, the type you might hear in a local sports bar after a game. A welcome addition is the Redskins' injured center, Jeff Bostic, a personable, affable fellow. (Hey, Hogs are people, too.)
*Redskins Sidelines (WDVM-TV-9, Saturdays at 7:30) Glenn Brenner is funny. Sonny Jurgensen is thoughtful. Two guest Redskins come out and say very little. The studio audience, between applause sessions, asks questions. The show ends, and "Airwolf" comes on CBS. Unless you're a die-hard Redskins fan, this is not the place to be.
*The John Riggins Show (WJLA-TV-7, Mondays at 6:30) John Riggins is funny. Frank Herzog is not. Two guest Redskins come out and say very little. The studio audience, between applause sessions, asks questions. The show ends, and "Airwolf" does not come on. Unless you're a die-hard Redskins fan, this is not the place to be.
NBC's coverage of baseball's league championship series was consistently outstanding. The addition of Joe Morgan as a pregame analyst on National League games brought an invaluable dimension. In one segment on how St. Louis' Vince Coleman and Willie McGee could improve their base-stealing techniques, Morgan demonstrated his potential as either a TV analyst or a field manager.
Otherwise, the biggest question across America as we watched was: Why do Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola, the network's No. 1 team, stand so close together during their pregame discussions? About four to six inches separated their heads (even less on a 12-inch TV set), leaving the impression that there's only one torso between them.