CBS vs. NBC: Which network will you watch the Patriots (or Tom Brady's butt) on?

Brady_lSo NBC and CBS will simulcast the Patriots-Giants game Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET, using the NFL Network’s production team (that means Bryant Gumbel and Cris Collinsworth in the booth on all three networks). Apparently, this rare synergy (it’s the first NFL game to air on more than one network since the first Super Bowl almost 41 years ago) is huge news for pro football fans. Had it only been broadcast on the NFL Network as originally scheduled, most football fans across the country wouldn’t have been able to see the "potentially historic game," in which Tom Brady (pictured) and the Pats try to become the first team to go unbeaten and untied in the regular season since the ’72 Dolphins.

Of course, now the question becomes: Which network will you choose? Luckily, I won’t have to make that call: I’ll be at sports bar in State College, PA., watching Penn State beat Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl on ESPN. But if I had to, I’d go NBC. You?

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  • Houstonian Jen in DC

    First, I don’t know what universe you’re in, but in mine, A&M is going to beat Penn State. Go Aggies!
    This is a hard decision, but I have to be fair. Since CBS is the home of ‘Two and a Half Men’, I’ll be watching the game on NBC, while hoping against hope that the Giants pull one out. (I’m a sucker for the underdog!)

  • Ceballos

    Since I can’t avoid the awfulness that is Bryant Gumbel doing play-by-play, I’ll watch on NBC thanks to Jen’s GREAT call about avoiding “Two and a Half Men” promos (not to mention all the CSI, Cold Case and Without a Trace commercials which look exactly the same).
    Still, I might flip over to CBS for their halftime show because NBC has about 23 people too many (none of whom are interesting) and to witness the hilarity of trying to understand what Shannon Sharpe is saying.
    Finally, while I’m here and we’re talking college footbal…Go Gators!

  • Ball

    I see you take journalism and football seriously. Tom Brady’s butt. Wow! Please be a professional next time.

  • Jill

    Probably NBC. We’re happy to see this game at all; my husband is from NY and obviously wants to see the Giants play. I’m a Colts fan and want to see the Pats lose. Oh, and I could care less about Tom Brady’s butt.

  • logan

    since NBC’s HD picture is often subpar, CBS will be my channel for the game.

  • Kathy

    GO AGGIES!!

  • Robert

    I actually get the NFL Network, so I’d be able to watch it there, but I’m going to the game, so…..

  • BLM

    Penn State sucks! P-E-N-N S-T sucks!

  • Andie

    NBC. That way at least I have a chance of seeing a 30 Rock or Office clip during commercials.

  • donner

    I prefer CBS’ sports (not necessarily their play-by-play dudes) over NBC sports…the cameras that NBC uses seem to be darker, less crisp than CBS…It all depends on who is in the booth and who makes me craziest first…I’ll switch back and forth till I’m comfortable…i bet Brady’s butt looks good on my plasma, tho…
    Those crazy Aggies, I hope ya’ll do well…the Longhorns play tonight, but I’m so disillusioned with them right now, that I don’t even care to watch the game…how sad is that…

  • Patty

    NFL Network – they have the best graphics.

  • Matty C

    I am with Mandi all the way on this one!
    And for the haters, PENN STATE will win! GO PSU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • laura

    NFL Network …. it’s better

  • Emoney

    I let my husband buy NFL Network just so he wouldn’t miss any “important” games. Now he has to watch this game on NFL Network to justify the purchase — even if he could watch it on another channel.

  • Broadway Baby

    Living in metrowest Boston, our local ABC station had already arranged to air it. I’ll be watching it on that station.
    Doesn’t this remind you though of when you were little and cable was a thing of the future and the dreaded addresses from the President? “The President’s on EVERY channel!”. My kids hate football Sunday – now it’s going to invade their Saturday night – ha ha ha ha ha

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