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Collinsworth Apologizes On-Air After Comment About Dak Prescott's Mom

NBC's Cris Collinsworth last night during Vikings-Cowboys "apologized on-air ... after misspeaking" about Cowboys QB Dak Prescott's late mother, according to Joseph Staszewski of the N.Y. POST. Collinsworth during the second quarter of the game said that Prescott "bought a house for his mother, Peggy, who died of colon cancer at the age of 52" in '13. Collinsworth "corrected himself in the third quarter, and delivered a heartfelt apology to Prescott." Collinsworth: "He (Prescott) told us this week all he ever wanted to do was just take care of her and buy her a house. Apparently I said that in some very mangled way and I apologize for that, but the relationship is so special I would never, ever want to do anything to get that twisted around" (N.Y. POST, 11/11).

STORY OF THE SEASON: In K.C., Pete Grathoff wrote if there has been a "recurring theme" during this NFL season, it has been the "inconsistent work of the officials." Perhaps the "peak moment of the officiating oddity" came during Chargers-Raiders on "TNF." Two offsetting penalties were called during a Raiders punt, and Fox' Joe Buck "told viewers that rules expert Mike Pereira would explain what had happened after a commercial break." However, when Fox returned, Buck said, "We've decided against Mike explaining the penalty. Let's just accept the fact that the ball is at the 49 of Oakland and move on with our lives." Troy Aikman "could be heard chuckling as Buck made the proclamation." Grathoff: "We've come to that point in the NFL season where explaining officiating decisions isn't worth the effort/possible" (K.C. STAR, 11/9).

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD: In Chicago, Phil Rosenthal writes CBS' high end-zone camera that was used during Lions-Bears yesterday was a "loser." The "cheap-seats angle is fine on field goals and extra points as well as occasional replays." It "flattens out the field." Rosenthal: "But using it for regular game coverage? No. Just no" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/11).

NOT QUITE WORKING: In S.F., Bruce Jenkins noted NBC's "well-intentioned 'Football Night in America'" runs an hour and 15 minutes every Sunday. Jenkins: "Got out the stopwatch last week, and (rounded off) there were just 15 minutes of highlights, including the three-minute wrapup of plays already seen." Meanwhile, viewers got to watch Collinsworth and Liam McHugh in an "Applebee's-sponsored outdoor setting, trying to be heard over the din of peppy cheerleaders, mascots and guys dressed in zany outfits." Jenkins: "Why does TV think this join-the-public scenery is such a great thing?" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/9).

CUTTING ROOM FLOOR: CBS' Andrew Catalon and James Lofton called yesterday's Bills-Browns game, and in Buffalo, Alan Pergament writes the "power of Catalon's voice and his excitement level are exceptional." He made what was a "difficult game to watch more entertaining than it deserved to be." Meanwhile, Lofton's takes yesterday "weren't as strange as the ones he made" earlier this season while calling the Oct. 20 Dolphins-Bills game. But he "constantly tries to be clever." Pergament: "Sometimes, I wonder if Lofton's elevator goes to the top floor, but on Sunday most of the analysis made sense" (BUFFALO NEWS, 11/11). Meanwhile, in N.Y., Mike Lupica wrote ESPN's Dan Orlovsky is "going to be in the Monday Night Football booth one of these days." Lupica: "Because Orlovsky is that good" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/10).