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Miller showing as much spark as a flat beer

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

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