There's a question of how appropriate it was for ABC to hire a comedian, Dennis Miller, to impersonate a football color man.
The more relevant question is, just how funny is he without his late-night, cable-TV, take-no-prisoners shtick?
Consider these lines from Monday's telecast:
"It's not surprising the ball might be slippery for a guy named (Brian) Griese.
"Everybody is worried about me using profanity and the only F-word I might use is (Marshall) Faulk.
"You can't teach quick."
Writes Dana Pennett O'Neil of the Philadelphia Daily News:
"It's not so much that Miller is bad (though he is). His biggest offense is he's unnecessary, the third wheel on a football bicycle. I couldn't help but think of a pal who once observed amid the whole Friends frenzy: "My friends are funnier.' "
_ LOS ANGELES TIMES