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Criqui Still On His Game

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 This is what I’m thinking:

 * As far as I’m concerned, it is too bad that play-by-play man Don Criqui and analyst Steve Beuerlein can’t work every Buffalo Bills game on CBS.

 The entertainment value of the Bills’ 37-34 Sunday loss to Baltimore was heightened by the work of the ageless Criqui and his broadcasting partner.

 Criqui, a Kenmore native, still sees things before they develop as illustrated when he called a Raven touchdown on a flea flicker before quarterback Joe Flacco even threw the pass.

He isn’t a Bills homer, but Criqui certainly knows how fans in his hometown think when he mentioned “good teams know how to win and bad teams, well, you know the rest.”

Only so well.

He also seemed to be warning Bills fans against pinning future hopes on college football quarterbacks such as Washington’s Jake Locker.

“He is not in the same planet as Ryan Fitzzpatrick,” assessed Criqui. “He’s inaccurate.”

 If Criqui made one questionable call Sunday, it was speculating that the Ravens had the game well in hand when the Bills fell behind by 10 points with about 10 minutes left in the game.

 Criqui has been around long enough to realize NFL games are never over.

 Beuerlein, meanwhile, was excellent in questioning why the Ravens just didn’t run the ball down the Bills throat and praising Bills receiver Steve Johnson well before it was clear that he was going to have the game of his life.

 Beuerlein also was sharp on instant replays, accurately predicting rulings. And that doesn’t always happen with many analysts.

 The announcers also realized that they had watched a very entertaining game.

 “What a football game,” said Beuerlein after it was over.

 “It’s been tremendous,” agreed Criqui.

 * University at Buffalo graduate Howard Kurtz generally isn’t that  opinionated as host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday morning.

But when a New York City newspaper reporter noted that she was glad that potential viewers got to learn more about Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, Kurtz instantly said “I don’t want to get to know him any better than this.”

* I’m not a fan of Channel 2’s latest gimmick of allowing people to give their two cents about issues. But I did laugh at Rob Lederman’s funny take on people who don’t have the proper etiquette at food drive-in windows.  It was Larry David-funny.

 * Everybody probably is talking more about Kenan Thompson’s imitation of “Rent Is Too High Party ”candidate Jimmy McMillan on “Saturday Night Live,” but I thought the filmed piece satirizing Minnesota quarterback Bret Favre’s woes was funnier. It certainly was more outrageous. McMillan has become a You Tube hit, with clips of his appearance at the gubernatorial debate drawing 3.4 million hits as of Monday.

 * The best take on the NPR-Juan Williams saga came from “Weekend Update” anchor Seth Meyers(see above), who is becoming one of my favorite “Update” anchors of all time. He noted that Republicans Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee were so outraged about NPR’s decision that they even supported “a black guy named Juan.”


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