Raise your hand if you had Bengals-Texans relegated to the early afternoon Saturday slot for the second year running. Everyone? Good. Also of note though is the very talented Dan Hicks getting the opportunity to call an NFL playoff game in place of Tom Hammond. It's a solid choice from NBC as Hicks is one of the most underappreciated play by play guys in the industry.
Saturday, January 5
Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans [NBC 4:30PM] Dan Hicks, Mike Mayock & Alex Flanagan
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers [NBC 8PM] Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Michele Tafoya
Sunday, January 6
Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens [CBS 1PM] Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Seattle Seahawks @ Washington Redskins [FOX 4:30PM] Joe Buck, Troy Aikman Pam Oliver, & Erin Andrews
Here are this year's broadcasters for NFL Wildcard Weekend on DialGlobal Sports-Tom Mccarthy, Tony Boselli and Steve Tasker will be the sideline reporter for the Cincinnai Bengals at Houston Texans game, Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts and Mark Malone wll be the sideline reporter for the Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers game, Ian Eagle, Trent Green and Laura Okmin wil be the sieline reporter for the Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens game and lastly Dave Sims, James Lofton and Hub Arkush will be the sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins game!!!
Andy Finkelstein Dan Hicks used to be the #3 or 4 PBP man for the NBA on NBC, he has a busy weekend this weekend too, because after he does PBP for the Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans game for NBC on Saturday afternoon, he has to fly to Hawaii and work NBC"S coverage of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions Golf Tournament on Sunday afternoon too!!!
Don't forget that joining NBC"s coverage of the Pro Bowl along with Al Michaels, Cris Collnsworth and Michele Tafoya as a 2nd sideline reporter this year will be Doug Flutie too!!!
I knew CIN-HOU would get the same time slot as last year, but I was really hoping for Tom Hammond as the play-by-play guy. From what little I've heard of Dan Hicks, I'm not impressed. I remember Hammond from the old NBA on NBC tripleheaders (he was usually alongside Bill Walton and Steve "Snapper" Jones) and thought he did a good job. I also used to look forward to getting Hammond/Collinsworth for the early Saturday wildcard game when Madden was still with Michaels for the prime-time slot. Unfortunately, the only football Hammond seems to do now is ND football, which I refuse to watch because of my great dislike for that school.