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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Christmas TV Party 2014: Jeff Haggar at Classic TV Sports

Christmas TV Party 2014: Jeff Haggar at Classic TV Sports

1) What is the first Christmas special you remember watching?
A Charlie Brown Christmas

2) Name one Christmas program/movie you enjoy watching all year round.
the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - one of the many brilliant creations of Dr. Seuss

3) Name one overlooked, or under-appreciated Christmas program.
the Christmas-themed edition of NFL Films Presents titled The Christmas Show which tells the story of player Bob Kalsu who was killed in the Vietnam War and profiles the legendary announcer team of Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier

4) Send us to 3 places on the internet.
Frank Deford NPR podcast 
506sports (NFL TV maps and more)     
a retrospective on the most famous Christmas Day sports telecast - after receiving a lot of criticism for conducting playoff games on Christmas Day 1971 (especially with this lengthy double overtime game impacting Christmas dinners around the country), the NFL avoided scheduling any December 25 games until 18 years later   

Joanie leads the conga line at the Lucky Strikes Christmas party on Mad Men.

5) What are your 3 favorite Christmas episodes of a TV sitcom or drama?
All in the Family - Christmas Day at the Bunkers
The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid
Mad Men - Christmas Comes But Once a Year


  1. Didn't expect the NFL mention, but just goes to show the diversity and variety of Christmas-themed entertainment out there!

  2. Nice to read the NFL detail here... something different and definitely appreciated!

  3. Thanks for reminding me about the possible variety of wonderful responses to these questions! I love it! And, thanks for participating Jeff :)

  4. Nice post, Jeff--lots of variety. Of course I love your choices of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Mad Men. Have watched each of those episodes many times--love them!