Television: Feast or Surfeit?

When the nation's stuffed sports fans waddled their way from the Thanksgiving table to their television sets, they were settling in for the third of a ten-course weekend football feast. Pitt and Penn State squared off at Pittsburgh's frigid Three Rivers Stadium* at the unlikely (but prime) hour of 9 p.m. The game time was arranged by ABC, which split almost $500,000 between the two schools to convince them that rescheduling the contest from a 1:30 p.m. start the previous Saturday made eminent sense. Penn State finally disposed of Pitt (31-10) by midnight, but the glut of games did not end...

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