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CBS pregame show to feature New Era Field wedding officiated by Kyle Williams

Alan Pergament

This is what I’m thinking:

A Rochester couple getting married at the 50-yard line at New Era Field Sunday at halftime of the Buffalo Bills game with the New England Patriots will have an extra memory, courtesy of CBS.

A network spokesman said the couple, Mackenzie Park and Jordan Binggeli, were interviewed and will be featured on Sunday’s edition of the pregame show “The NFL Today,” which airs at noon on WIVB-TV.

According to a story by Kelly Baker on Buffalobills.com, the couple's first date was at a 2008 Bills game and the marriage proposal was there as well.

They were the recent winners of the Reed Jenss “Halftime Wedding Experience of a Lifetime” contest that featured 1,400 entries.

Baker's story said that Kyle Williams, the beloved Bill who retired after last season, will officiate the wedding.

Ian Eagle is on play-by-play and Dan Fouts is the analyst for Sunday’s game.

Here is what Fouts had to say in the weekly CBS release about whether the game with the undefeated defending Super Bowl champion is a “measuring stick” for the 3-0 Bills: “It’s huge. They’ve been improving, but when you look at their last couple games, offensively, they’ve struggled a little bit. Their defense has carried them and that’s going to have to be the case again for them against the Patriots.”

Here’s what Fouts had to say about the Patriots, who haven’t given up an offensive touchdown in their first three games: “What they are doing defensively is not only remarkable, it’s historic. And, it’s really under the radar. To not have allowed a touchdown, defensively, in four straight games, it’s unheard of.”

I'm not sure about the under-the-radar comment. It has gotten a lot of attention.

By the way, the fourth game Fouts was speaking of was last year’s Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams.

CBS reports the announcers for the Bills game Oct. 6 against Tennessee in Nashville will be Spero Dedes on play-by-play and Adam Archuleta as the analyst.

Sinclair Broadcast Group made what was reported here two weeks ago official. Michael Nurse, the former general manager of WKBW-TV, has been hired for the same role at two stations in Dayton, one an ABC affiliate and the other a Fox affiliate.

Dayton is the No. 64 TV market in the country, 12 spots behind Buffalo.

Nurse was fired by WKBW's owner, E.W. Scripps Co., a few weeks ago after being at the station for about 18 years.

email: apergament@buffnews.com

 

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