By Jim Donaldson If it weren't all about television -- which, of course, it is -- wouldn't it make more sense for the Patriots and Broncos, playing in New England in mid-January, to kick off on Saturday afternoon, and have the Saints and 49ers play at night in San Francisco?
It will be -- not surprisingly -- colder at night in Foxboro than in the afternoon.
But heaven -- and, of course, the TV execs -- forbid that Tim Tebow and Tom Brady not square off in prime time.
(Who cares about the Saints' record-setting Drew Brees and Alex Smith's second-seeded 49ers?)
Likewise, tomorrow afternoon, why are the Packers and Giants playing the late game, in Green Bay, instead of teeing it up there at 1?
Wouldn't that make more sense than having the early game in more balmy Baltimore, where the Ravens host the Texans?
In yet another example of how TV is allowed to call the shots, UConn and Notre Dame tipped off Saturday morning at 11 in South Bend.