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January 31, 1988

Will the Super Bowl be a super bore?

In recent years, pro football fans have seen a string of one-sided championships. This year, however, the oddsmakers are counting on a close contest as the favored Denver Broncos meet the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXII Sunday at 3 p.m. (Channels 7, 3, 10, 42).

ABC's "Monday Night Football" triumvirate of Al Michaels, Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf will call the action from Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego. A two-hour pregame show hosted by Keith Jackson, Jack Whitaker and Bob Griese will begin at 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, cable's ESPN will prep viewers for the Big Game in a big way. In addition to highlights from the previous 21 championships, ESPN will carry "Super Bowl Game Day," a 90-minute broadcast airing Sunday at 8:30 a.m. "NFL Super Bowl Matchup" will follow at noon, with the half-hour "Super Bowl XXII Preview" at 12:30 p.m.

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