Remember the snickering last week when word came down from the NFL that it was moving Sunday's Cowboys game at the New York Giants from Fox's 3:25 p.m. "national window" to a presumed-less prestigious noon "regional" kickoff time.
Lots of folks made faces because the corpse-like Cowboys-Giants game was moved to make way for the Jacksonville Jaguars-Seattle Seahawks. National television has such an aversion to Jacksonville that witness protection programs are believed to send those they want to hide to the Jaguars.
I tried to tell anyone who would listen that it wasn't necessarily a kick in the Cowboys pants. Rather it was a crafty move to get the Cowboys-Giants, two sad sack teams, in front of more eyeballs.
The Cowboys, you may recall, were 5-6 at the time. The Giants were 2-9.
Not all "national" games are created equal. Also scheduled in Fox's 3:25 time slot was the NFC-East leading Philadelphia Eagles at the NFC West leading Los Angeles Rams. I predicted that the division leaders would get the bulk of the "national audience."