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CBS sending No. 2 team to Rex Bowl; Sabres ratings up about 50 percent

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The Bills-Jets game didn’t make it to Sunday Night Football, but the Rex Bowl is getting some special attention from CBS.

The network is sending its second announcing team – play-by-play man Ian Eagle, analyst Dan Fouts and sideline reporter Evan Washburn -- to cover the regular season finale from The Ralph.

CBS’ first team of Jim Natnz and Phil Simms is covering the Denver-San Diego game.

Eagle and Fouts won't be here because of the 7-8 Bills. They are here because the Jets play in the No. 1 television market in the country and a win puts them in the playoffs.

The fact that the Jets have to do it against their former coach, Rex Ryan, adds spice to the match-up.

The Kennedy Center Honors Program is always a holiday treat and Tuesday’s edition was no different. The tribute to Carole King at the end was the highlight, thanks to Aretha Franklin’s rendition of the song written by King and Gerry Goffin, “Natural Woman.” Franklin’s rendition brought down the house and especially seemed to move President Obama. You should run to the internet to watch it online.

The King tribute had to be something to top earlier ones to “Star Wars” creator George Lucas and actress Cicely Tyson. If you were wondering why the billion dollar success of the latest “Star Wars” film wasn’t mentioned, the program was taped more than three weeks ago.

Today is the day that the episode of the Jerry Seinfeld series on Crackle, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” features President Obama. Predictably, the president has been criticized for spending too much time appearing on reality shows instead of spending every minute on the job.

The Buffalo Sabres’ 2-0 loss to Washington Monday had a strong 8.5 rating on MSG. The team is averaging a 6.8 rating this season, up about 50 percent from a year ago. The Sabres now have the highest TV ratings of any NHL team in the United States. The Sabres and Capitals have a rematch tonight.

apergament@buffnews.com

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