And while that might be an exaggeration, I’m pretty sure every D.C. sports fan I know will be watching the first few minutes of that preseason broadcast.
So, with the first real-ish games drawing near, here is an update on the Redskins’ preseason schedule, via Comcast SportsNet.
* Thursday’s 7 p.m. game, like every preseason game, will appear exclusively in HD on Comcast SportsNet. There will also be a Redskins Kickoff episode at 6, and a Postgame Live show after the game. Those shows will be hosted by Chick Hernandez, with appearances from Brian Mitchell, Trevor Matich, Rob Carlin and Tarik El-Bashir. (The Ravens’ preseason opener in Atlanta will appear, delayed, starting at 11:30.)
* CSN will also have the exclusive HD broadcast of Washington’s Aug. 18 game in Chicago (at 8), the Aug. 25 home game with Indianapolis (at 4) and the Aug. 29 home game against Tampa Bay (at 7:30). All three games will include pregame shows (starting an hour before kickoff) and post-game shows.
* The in-game play-by-play will be handled by Kenny Albert for the first and last games, Kevin Harlan for the trip to Chicago, and Sam Rosen for the crucial third game against Andrew Luck and the Colts. Joe Theismann will be the color man for all four games, and Antwaan Randle-El will be the sideline reporter.
* The preseason games will also appear in standard-def on WRC, the local NBC affiliate and the Official Broadcast Station of The Washington Redskins. (CSN is the “Official Sports Network of the Washington Redskins, which is different.) But please note that because of the Olympics, Thursday’s game will air on NBC Washington Nonstop, WRC’s digital channel.
Any questions? Put ‘em below.