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Paul E. Anna

For those who like to spectate rather than participate, this is the prime time of your lives. Starting Sunday we move into the season where football is king, the X Games rule, and the Olympics dominate. Gentlemen, start your remotes!Let the games begin. At 1 p.m. Sunday, CBS will roll an appropriately dramatic “pump you up” opening for the most important tilt of the new century for your Denver Broncos. Phil Simms and Jim Nance will call the action as the suddenly Super Bowl favorites try to advance to Detroit (“Where?” your wife insightfully inquires. “Why are they playing the biggest game of the year in Detroit, of all places?”).If the Broncos get the kind of help they got last week from the officials (come on, you know that wasn’t pass interference, and Champ clearly fumbled the ball out of the end zone. But like Paul Revere, that’s history now) and beat the Steelers, they will have taken the final step to Super Bowl XL. And it doesn’t get any bigger than when one puts “Super” and “XL” in the same title. That will mean that around 4 p.m. local time on Sunday, Feb. 5, ABC will roll an appropriately dramatic “pump you up” opening for the most important tilt of the new century for your Denver Broncos. Déjà vu all over again.In between those two Goliath matchups, you can see the X Games live and in person, or if you prefer, from the comfort of your couch. For those of you who don’t work, practice runs begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, and go all day. ESPN will roll an appropriately dramatic “pump you up” opening for their coverage on the ABC network on Saturday, Jan. 28, at noon local time. Catch all the action on all the ESPN options from “the ocho” to your cell phone for three full days. Or head out in person to Buttermilk for the biggest slamfest this town can stand.Finally, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, just five days following Super Bowl XL, NBC will roll an appropriately dramatic “pump you up” opening to begin the 2006 Winter Olympics from Turin (or Torino, depending upon whether you use The Associated Press Stylebook or go with the more romantic NBC usage). Get this, 416 hours of coverage will be available for your viewing pleasure over 16 days on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and the USA Network. Keep in mind that there are only 384 hours in 16 days. You can also get highlights on your cell phone. Bode skis downhill on Sunday, Feb. 12, by the way.By the time March rolls around, it will be good to get out of the house, reintroduce yourself to your friends and family and begin life all over again. And remember, the NFL season kicks off in just five months.


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