Hobson's Choice: Monday Night Madness

None of the teams on the schedule really scream MNF, but what are the odds of us getting a nationally televised game this year. Baltimore or pittsburgh would be ideal.
* Jeremy, Illinois JEREMY:*
Quite good, you would think, considering that last year they were 1-0 on Sunday night, and 1-0 in a very entertaining Monday Night show. And, like the good old days of Belushi's Saturday Night Live, all the Prime Time Players are back.

I think you've got some nice network storylines right here at PBS:

Green Bay old gun Brett Favre vs. young gun Carson Palmer.

A No. 1 draft pick duel between Palmer and the Colts' Peyton Manning.

Another Buffalo homecoming with Takeo Spikes and the boys from '88 in Sam Wyche, Tim Krumrie and Jim McNally.

Or, the cameras could follow them to Kansas City for a matchup of Chad Johnson vs. Tony Gonzalez and Rudi Johnson vs. Priest Holmes as the Chiefs look for '03 payback.

Or, they could go to Jacksonville for a matchup of the two top quarterbacks in the '03 draft - Palmer and Byron Leftwich, coached by Bengals legend Kenny Anderson. The game would also feature Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis against his linebackers coach on the Ravens' record-setting defense, Jaguars' head man Jack Del Rio.

But I'm pushing for a Cleveland-Cincinnati Monday Nighter, and I'd do it at Paul Brown Stadium. For the first time, both of Paul Brown's teams are coached by African-Americans with Romeo Crennel now leading the Browns. Since Brown was one of the leaders in integrating the pro game in 1946 in Cleveland, a prime time spot for Brown, Lewis, and Crennel would be the only deserving way to go.

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