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Another Czar

We now have us a state recovery czar on the Harvey mess. We have us an H-Town recovery czar. We now have a state housing czar on Harvey. We have had an H-Town flooding czar.   How about a what to do with the too much rain czar?

Commentary doesn’t comment on the football fella who takes a knee during the national anthem. I sing it when most folks don’t. Everyone knows the words, so why don’t folks sing it? We can sing Happy Birthday. We can sing “God Bless America.” Why don’t folks sing the national anthem?

We got gypped out of the last play of the game last night. Here is from the Chron:

KPRC (Channel 2) had a “Heidi” moment Thursday night.

The NBC affiliate was so eager to have its newscasters celebrate the Texans’ win over the Bengals that it cut away from the NBC/NFL Network telecast with two seconds to play and the outcome still in doubt.

With the clock at 10:30 p.m. and the game clock showing 0:00 before officials added two seconds for one final play, Channel 2 dumped the network broadcast and rolled its News 2 Houston graphic with the cheery voice of anchor Bill Balleza: “Well, second or no second added, we begin tonight with that Texans’ victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.”

“You saw it right here on Channel 2 just moments ago,” chirped anchor Dominique Sachse.

Only you didn’t. Not all of it, at least.

While the station showed highlights and switched to anchor Keith Garvin and sports director Randy McIlvoy in Cincinnati, fans watching on NFL Network saw the final play, which featured four downfield laterals by the Bengals before J.J. Watt made the final stop to end the game.

McIlvoy and Garvin acknowledged on camera that the final play took place off camera, and Channel 2 aired the play during its sportscast about 20 minutes later.

Viewers, understandably, were irked at the quick cutaway, voicing their displeasure with Channel 2 on social media.

But it could have been worse. The most famous early departure from a NFL game telecast came on Nov. 17, 1968, when NBC cut away from a Jets-Raiders game with a minute to play so it could start a telecast of the children’s tale “Heidi.”

The Jets led 32-29 when the network left the air, but the Raiders scored twice in the final minute to win 43-32. Viewers in the Pacific Time Zone saw the conclusion, but fans in the eastern half of the nation saw a little Swiss girl instead of football.

Known to posterity as the “Heidi Game,” the event is still considered one of the most memorable moments in TV history.

Thursday’s game aired on NBC affiliates only in the home team markets of Houston and Cincinnati.

I remember the Heidi game. Last night wasn’t Heidi but Channel 2 screwed up for sure.

The final homie of the season starts tonight. We have a nooner tomorrow and a nooner next Saturday. They are giving out Houston Strong t-shirts tonight and Springer bobbleheads tomorrow.

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