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NFL BEAT: JIM HARBAUGH BERATES REPORTER OVER FASHION TASTE
Published November 3, 2000
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).