Sunday night gets premier matchups

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:12 PM ET

If it hadn't been the case already the past few seasons, it can now be said emphatically.

Monday Night Football can't hold a candle anymore to the matchups featured on Sunday Night Football.

After perusing the 2012 NFL schedule released Tuesday night, the only reason you can't just automatically circle the SNF game as the premier matchup each and every week is because the league has a rule that no team can play in prime time more than six times.

Otherwise, the few huge Sunday afternoon tilts would have been moved to prime time, too.

As it is, NFL fans, my strong advice is to just start blocking off your Sunday nights from Labour Day through New Year's Day. Each and every week. You'll find more clunkers at the Maytag repair shop.

The disparity between the SNF and MNF matchups isn't great every week. Just most weeks. Monday Night Football has become 1B to Sunday night's 1A.

Some weeks, it isn't even close.

For instance in Week 1, on Sunday night Pittsburgh is at Denver for Peyton Manning's first game with the Broncos. On Monday night, neither game in the doubleheader remotely compares -- Cincinnati at Baltimore, or San Diego at Oakland.

Because of the way the holidays fall this year, there isn't a Monday night game in the second last week of the season; there never is anymore in the last week, so all first-week playoff teams have the same prep time.

The last MNF game of the year is on Dec 16, when the Jets play at Tennessee. Ho-hum.

The night before, San Francisco is at New England. Not ho-hum.

We all know what the late, great Dandy Don Meredith would be doing right now. It was the entertaining Meredith who, along with Howard Cosell and play-by-play man Frank Gifford, helped make Monday Night Football the TV and sports institution it became in the '70s and early '80s.

Before Meredith would sing, "Turn out the li-i-i-i-i-i-ights, the party's over!" to signify the effective end of the game, he'd sometimes start warming up his vocal cords a play or two earlier.

"Me-me-me-me-meeeeeeeeee...... Me-me-me-me-meeeeeeee."

Yup. Maybe it's time.


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