The issue surfaced in cyberspace on Monday, when football fans listened to audio of an Indianapolis crowd that piped up when Tom Brady was at the line of scrimmage and died down once the play was completed.
"The network and the league insisted that it was in no way related to any sound within the stadium and could not be heard in the stadium."
They said that after listening to the disputed moment in question, when the crowd noise dramatically died down after a Randy Moss reception at the beginning of the fourth quarter, it sounded to them as if an extra microphone was inadvertantly left open. CBS, not the Colts, was to blame.
Another TV executive said that networks typically scatter at least 10 different microphones around the stadium to help pick up natural sound; cameras also have microphones. If any one of them is inadvertantly open, it could help produce the discrepency that brought Sunday's issue to the forefront.
Also, the umpire's microphone is open during the play and as soon as the play is blown dead, the microphone is closed, not opening until a few seconds before the play. This could help explain why the sound would drop after a play is run.
And it's even possible that the reverberating feedback noise that was clearly audible during Sunday's fourth quarter could have come from an audio machine in CBS's production truck. Any one of these issues could have caused the noise heard across the country.
But, as CBS vice president of communications LeslieAnne Wade said Monday, "This is what it was, it was a TV issue."
Rich get richer
As if Sunday and the season haven't gone well enough for the Patriots, it is actually going even better than people realize.
At their current rate, the 49ers will finish the season 4-12, which would almost surely give New England a top-10 pick and very likely a top-five pick.
Still even richer ...
"We need to do that this week," Belichick said, "and we will do that this week."
Brown is not the only player on which a decision must be made by Tuesday. The Cleveland Browns must decide whether to start practicing injured center LeCharles Bentley or place him on the season-ending injured reserve list.
The Bengals also plan to start the practice clock on running back Chris Perry, who spent the first half of the season on the PUP list. Cincinnati will have three weeks to decide what it wants to do with Perry, activate him or IR him.
Henry will provide an explosive receiver to complement T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson, whom the Bengals believe is fine after his neck injury this weekend and could wind up playing Sunday at Baltimore.
If Dallas' defense has one noticeable weakness, it might just be in the center of its line. The Cowboys could use another wide body to help close some of the gaps that opposing running backs have attempted to run through. Johnson will help do it along with Jay Ratliff, a third-year undrafted free agent out of Auburn.
But now, plenty has changed. Anderson is on pace to become the first Cleveland Brown to be voted to the Pro Bowl since 2002, when linebacker Jamir Miller was selected. Anderson easily could wind up being the AFC's third Pro Bowl quarterback, behind New England's Tom Brady and Indianapolis' Peyton Manning.