13 November 2006

New Orleans Saints: 0-for-3 on the Flex

...And soon to be 0-for-4. Because you know they ain't picking a 49ers game. Unless they somehow miraculously keep winning.

NBC has chosen the Colts/Eagles game as the 3rd "Flex" game. The Saints have a first-place showdown with the Falcons scheduled that weekend. But the NFL went with the "sexier" game.

That leaves the Saints with few opportunities left for national television. I seriously doubt that they'll pick the Dallas game, because Dallas is already on national television something like 4 times in the last 6 weeks (I think there are rules prohibiting being on national television too many times, but I'm not sure). They probably won't pick the Redskins game, because the Redskins SUCK. And they can't pick the Giants game, because there's no Sunday night game that week.

So that leaves Carolina on week 17. If they don't choose that one, then the Saints (and their 6-3 record) will get ONE, count 'em, ONE national television appearance this year. And that was only because we were re-opening the Superdome after over one year. It took a hurricane to get our only national game.

Earlier, some of you said "Don't worry about it." Now it's time to worry about it. I don't know how else to say it.

POST-SCRIPT CLARIFICATION: If the NFL chose Saints/Dallas, the Cowboys would have three straight nationally-televised prime-time games. And I'd say there's a better-than-likely chance that the Dallas/Giants the week before the Saints game will be chosen too (unless Fox protects it, which might happen). And that's not including their Thanksgiving "tradition" game. That means that, without any "Flex" games, the Cowboys already have SIX nationally televised games (including Thanksgiving). And that's not counting their "national doubleheader" games against the Jaguars and the Eagles (the T.O. returns to Philly game). So right now, the Cowboys have EIGHT national telecasts without the Saints game or the Giants game being picked up.

And the Saints have one. Two, if you include the Steelers game (which I, among others, didn't get to see anyway).

9 Comments:

At November 13, 2006 3:41 PM, Anonymous ashley said...

Yeah, but you need to get your midwestern butt down here for the Panthers in week 17. Hopefully, it will be another meaningless win for the Saints, but man, a night game in the dome on New Year's eve?

Boo yah!

 
At November 13, 2006 4:30 PM, Blogger Fitch N. DarDar said...

One other thing came to mind when I was talking about the Saints "national" game with Pittsburgh: The Cowboys played at 3:15 too yesterday. So (somebody help me here), did the "nationally televised" Saints game get televised in Shreveport? I know they usually opt for the Cowboys game if they're given the choice.

And I WILL BE IN NEW ORLEANS on the night of the Panthers game. It may be harder to get my cousin's tickets though. Here's hoping he's working that weekend :-)

 
At November 15, 2006 3:55 PM, Blogger dillyberto said...

On the corner of Edenborn and the south I-10 service road is a 10min Oil Change that has a flashing message seen from the interstate:

SAINTS

RESPECT

BLESS YOU BOYS

We will need to establish respect this season to get what you're talking about next season.

Recovery is not a one-time lotto hit, it is a healing process.

 
At November 15, 2006 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What message are we sending? is NOLA open for business or not?

 
At November 15, 2006 7:33 PM, Blogger Big__Shot said...

Yeah, I was one of those who said not to worry a while back. Now there is some reason to worry. I still think that both the Cowboys game and the Carolina game are likely contenders for the NBC game of the week, but I'm not counting on it. (BTW, the 3:15 kickoff games do NOT count as national games).

 
At November 15, 2006 9:34 PM, Blogger Fitch N. DarDar said...

http://www.gribblenation.net/nflmaps/

Check out this one.

Look at this weekend's maps. Dallas gets ANOTHER national game this weekend, because there's no other competition for the CBS doubleheader.

And last week's map clearly shows that last week's Saints game wasn't shown in Shreveport. Cowboys get priority over there.

 
At November 15, 2006 10:12 PM, Blogger Fitch N. DarDar said...

And, Big Shot, you're right about the 3:15 games not being "national." There's usually competition. But on a weekend like this one where there is no competition, the Cowboys get the entire country (except Phoenix and San Francisco, which have home games on Fox at the same time).

 
At November 16, 2006 9:43 AM, Blogger Big__Shot said...

There's been a lot of talk over at Saintsreport.com about the Shreveport Fox affiliate showing Saints and Cowboys game. Many Saints fans have written in to the station. The station says its market stretches over to east Texas and southwest Arkansas, both are Cowboy country. As a result it splits the season. They say they're showing 9 Saints games and 8 Cowboys games. I don't know if that's true. Thank God I don't live in Shreveport.

Looking ahead at the crystal ball, here are the potential games for flexing on Dec. 11: Saints/Cowboys; Ravens/Chiefs; Indy/Jags; Giants/Panthers. I think how the Saints and Cowboys do will dictate whether that will be the game of the week. If the Saints and Boys both win their next two, then that will no doubt be the flex game. But if either team loses one or two, the best game might very well be one of the other three. I do think there will be a push to get the Saints onto primetime, and the Cowboys are a safe team to do it with since they always get great national ratings.

 
At November 16, 2006 10:15 AM, Blogger Fitch N. DarDar said...

I hope so, Big Shot. But that Giants/Panthers game scares me. Here's hoping the Giants flame out with their injuries.

Either way, the Giants game HAS to move. That's why I'm worried. NFL and blackout rules dictate that the New York teams can't play at the same time. Same for San Francisco and Oakland. So the Giants game will have to be moved to 3:00 or 7:30, unless they somehow decide to move the Jets/Bills game instead. But I don't think the Jets game is going anywhere. Nobody cares about that game.

 

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