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Heidi ho and away we go...
William Taaffe
December 24, 1984
Once again, it's time to choose the best and worst in television sports
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December 24, 1984

Heidi Ho And Away We Go...

Once again, it's time to choose the best and worst in television sports

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BEST CABLE SHOW—NFL Films, Monday Night Matchup ( ESPN), preceding the ABC game. A football education every week, complete with shots you never see on over-the-air stations.

Finally, our coveted HEIDI SPITTOON FOR BONEHEADEDNESS IN LOCAL SPORTS COVERAGE—Once again it goes to WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. Last year sportscaster Bob Hillman came up a winner for picking up an 8-year-old story from the University of Cincinnati student newspaper and, without checking, passing it off as fresh news. This year another WCPO-TV sportscaster, Lee Vlisides, saw one of ESPN's taped Super-Bouts, thought it was live and, because the bout was for the "heavyweight championship of the world," made it the lead item on his sports report. The only problem was that the fight, between John Tate and Gerrie Coetzee in South Africa, was five years old. Hillman and Vlisides no longer work at WCPO-TV, but here's a message for their successors: Heidi is watching.

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