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#1 Posted on 17.11.04 0757.37
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I guess they thought naked women convincing NFL players to skip a game would be just fine in the post-Janet Jackson environment. *slaps forehead*

ABC is now apologizing. (ESPN.com) Meanwhile, this Houston Chronicle article says the Eagles/Cowboys game's ratings were down 7% from the previous week.

In the wake of many stations skipping on ABC's airing of Saving Private Ryan to avoid the wrath of Michael Powell and the FCC, this was just super, thanks for asking.

(EDIT: In the wake of the NFL and the Eagles trying to distance themselves from the whole thing, here's Philly.com's John Smallwood to properly throw 'em under the bus.)

(ANOTHER EDIT: Here's the video!) (Courtesy ifilm)

(edited by The Thrill on 17.11.04 0759)

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#2 Posted on 17.11.04 0835.19
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I didn't see it on Monday night, but I did see a portion of it replayed this morning on our local ABC news.

I really don't see anything wrong with it. Didn't bother me in the slightest.

Maybe I'm just a bad person.
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#3 Posted on 17.11.04 0903.15
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I'm sure the Eagles are so sorry that they'll stop selling their cheerleader lingerie calendars? Ha! Or stop outfitting their cheerleaders in barely-there outfits? Ha!

I'm sure ABC is so sorry that they'll stop focusing cameras on the cheerleaders during time outs? Ha!

I'm sure the NFL is so outraged that they'll stop taking sponsorships from beer companies that feature scantily clad women in their commercials? Or from sexual-dysfunction drugs? Ha! and Ha!

I have a hard time believing the Eagles didn't know what the commercial was going to be like before it aired. Maybe the NFL didn't know, but I have my doubts.

This whole "controversy" is ridiculous. Were any FCC rules violated? No. This was far less outrageous than what goes on during network soap operas during the afternoon.
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#4 Posted on 17.11.04 0946.53
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    Originally posted by Spaceman Spiff
    . Were any FCC rules violated? No. This was far less outrageous than what goes on during network soap operas during the afternoon.


Unfortunately, I'm sure we'll see some complaints, which means the FCC has to investigate. I hope they see it as nothing more than a bad decision, but nothing indecent, but I'm not holding my breath.
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#5 Posted on 17.11.04 1012.28
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So the NFL will allow wife-beaters, drunk drivers & murderers to play in their league, but get bent out of shape of a little T & A ...

What a hypocrisy ...
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#6 Posted on 17.11.04 1115.52
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I'd rather ABC apologize for having George Lopez, Jim Belushi and others "guests" drop by their booth.

I don't see how this is such a controversy when ABC ran that commerical of Teri Hatcher's towel getting stuck in the car door COUNTLESS times.
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#7 Posted on 17.11.04 1127.00
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I'm highly offended IT WASN'T EVA LONGORIA, but that's about it.
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#8 Posted on 17.11.04 1206.30
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Nicolette Sheridan jumping on TO "naked" is offensive and sooooooooo embarassing that the NFL has to apologize for it, but not a peep about the Green/Porter fight? COLOR ME SHOCKED
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#9 Posted on 17.11.04 1306.21
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I hate the cheep plugs that ABC always ties in with MNF but to be honest you see the same amount of skin in every soap or shampoo commercial. I think it was out of place but like you estragand I am way more offended by Jim Belushi and every other hack ABC puts out to pimp their crappy shows. However with that being said I even think TO is a bit of a hypocrite for taking part in it when he has been spouting this god stuff recently in every interview, you cant have it both ways. Apparently the Eagles PR guy asked TO to do it and now the team has a no comment on the situation. You still have to love the guy as he gives you something different every week to talk about and boy did he have a great game.
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#10 Posted on 17.11.04 1411.18
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Sounds like they are moving in the direction of the XFL.

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#11 Posted on 17.11.04 1605.25
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I hate F'n TO, and even I thought that it was most excellent.

And what the hell can people complain about? There was no actual nudity, so essentially they're bitching about perceived nudity. Relax, she just had a towel misfunction!!
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#12 Posted on 17.11.04 1714.48
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The only offensive thing about this was that ABC thought the viewership of MNF and Desperate Housewives intersected. (especially given that the show is on against the Sunday night game). This whole thing is stupid.
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#13 Posted on 17.11.04 1905.23
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    Originally posted by Socks
    Sounds like they are moving in the direction of the XFL.




Why not, they already stole the skycam and stat overlays from the XFL for the ESPN broadcasts.
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#14 Posted on 17.11.04 2128.27
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Anybody have any thoughts on the theory being floated around that the outrage is due to the fact that it was a black man and a white woman?
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#15 Posted on 17.11.04 2337.03
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    Originally posted by NIKO
    Anybody have any thoughts on the theory being floated around that the outrage is due to the fact that it was a black man and a white woman?


Considering we live in the Age of the Red State, I'd just assume it's a mortal lock.
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#16 Posted on 17.11.04 2346.36
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    Originally posted by ESPN.com
    Asked if he has ever watched "Desperate Housewives," Owens said, "I will now."


He will not be seeing her though. Her character died in the first episode and is now the narrator, like Ron Howard for Arrested Development.
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#17 Posted on 18.11.04 0057.14
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    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by ESPN.com
      Asked if he has ever watched "Desperate Housewives," Owens said, "I will now."


    He will not be seeing her though. Her character died in the first episode and is now the narrator, like Ron Howard for Arrested Development.


Nicolette Sheridan is still on the show. The character that dies in the first episode (and becomes the narrator) is played by Brenda Strong.

(What? I watch the show...)
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#18 Posted on 18.11.04 0101.04
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    Originally posted by Battlezone
      Originally posted by Zeruel
        Originally posted by ESPN.com
        Asked if he has ever watched "Desperate Housewives," Owens said, "I will now."


      He will not be seeing her though. Her character died in the first episode and is now the narrator, like Ron Howard for Arrested Development.


    Nicolette Sheridan is still on the show. The character that dies in the first episode (and becomes the narrator) is played by Brenda Strong.

    (What? I watch the show...)


I missed the first show, and have watched the rest except the last two. Who is she then? I haven't seen her.
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#19 Posted on 18.11.04 0226.16
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She's the slutty blonde who was fighting over the plumber with Teri Hatcher. I think Hatcher burned down her house on the show, too.
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#20 Posted on 18.11.04 0616.02
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Now Dungy is making it a race issue
    Originally posted by David Haugh for the Chicago Tribune/Baltimore Sun, 11/18/04
    Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy thought actress Nicollette Sheridan revealed more than her body when she dropped a towel and jumped into the arms of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens in a promotion for Desperate Housewives during the opening of Monday Night Football.

    The Indianapolis Colts coach believed the skit also exposed the hypocrisy of ABC Sports and the NFL and portrayed the league's players as "sexual predators" in a racially insensitive way.

    "Any player, I would have been outraged, but the fact it was a black player, me, as an African-American man, I was hurt even more," Dungy told Indianapolis reporters after practice yesterday.

    The rhetoric over the issue escalated at the end of a teleconference yesterday about Sunday's Bears-Colts game.

    Dungy blasted the network and the league for the inappropriateness of the skit and the racial overtones it carried.

    Apologies issued by ABC, the NFL and the Eagles did not go far enough in the eyes of Dungy, who brought up the Kobe Bryant rape case in raising objections to the portrayal of black athletes cavorting with white women.

    "I was offended [because] No. 1, I think it was racial," Dungy said. "I don't think they would have had Bill Parcells or Andy Reid or one of the owners involved in that. I think it's just trying to stereotype our players and put them in a bad light."
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