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NFL BEAT: JIM HARBAUGH BERATES REPORTER OVER FASHION TASTE

          Chargers QB Jim Harbaugh refused to answer questions on
     Wednesday from San Diego Union-Tribune beat writer Jim
     Trotter, who wore a 49ers sweatshirt to the team's practice
     (ESPN.com, 11/2).  Trotter wrote about the incident in
     Thursday's Chargers notebook, but he did not name himself as
     the reporter.   Harbaugh said it was "pathetic" a reporter
     would wear the logoed sweat shirt.  Harbaugh: "I don't talk
     to anybody in a San Francisco 49ers shirt.  How could you
     wear that out here? ... Seriously, man.  How could you wear
     that out here to a Chargers facility?"  When Trotter said he
     was not employed by the Chargers, Harbaugh said, "Well, I
     don't answer any questions from anybody wearing the enemy's
     jersey" (UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/2).  Asked why he didn't use his
     own name in his story, Trotter said, "The paper wanted
     nothing but a transcript of what happened."  Meanwhile,
     Union-Tribune Sports Editor Chuck Scott told ESPN that "the
     newspaper does not have a policy regarding sports logos on
     the job, but he said reporters are expected to wear
     professional attire" (ESPN.com, 11/2). 
          MILLER'S HIGH TIME: "MNF" Exec Producer Don Ohlmeyer,
     on the recent survey by The Bonham Group showing that 36% of
     viewers feel that "MNF" is more entertaining with Dennis
     Miller (see THE DAILY, 10/31): "You really have 36% of the
     people saying their enjoyment of Monday Night Football is up
     because of Dennis.  That's enormous in this business. ... I
     can't imagine Dennis not coming back" (USA TODAY, 11/3). 
     ABC's Al Michaels calls Miller "brilliant": "He really gets
     what we are doing.  He understands this business
     mechanically.  It's fascinating to watch a guy come along so
     quickly" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 11/3).
          PRE-GAME SHOWS: In Tampa, Ernest Hooper reviews the NFL
     Sunday pre-game shows and writes of ESPN's "Sunday NFL
     Countdown": "For the serious minded fan, [this show] is the
     best."  On "Fox NFL Sunday," Hooper writes, "This show also
     delivers quality, but it becomes increasingly more difficult
     to mine through the superfluous bells and whistles to get to
     the good stuff."  On FSN's "NFL This Morning," Hooper
     writes, "The only time good will be in a sentence about this
     show, it will be coupled with riddance" (ST. PETERSBURG
     TIMES, 11/3).  In Boston, Gerry Callahan calls CBS' "The NFL
     Today" the "best new comedy on network TV this fall.  The
     bad news: It's supposed to be an NFL pregame show.  Did
     Jerry Glanville eat a lot of paint chips as a child?  The
     only thing sillier than [CBS'] decision to move its pregame
     show outside this year is [FSN's] idea to have a table full
     of B-grade analysts ... on Sunday mornings.  I don't know
     about anyone else, but I just can't enjoy a game until I
     hear what Jay Mohr has to say" (BOSTON HERALD, 11/3). (#10).

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