California health officials absurdly forced Sunday Night Football broadcasters Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth to wear masks in the broadcast booth on Sunday.
Indeed, Santa Clara County Chief Executive Jeffrey Smith justified the decision by telling the San Francisco Chronicle, “We wouldn’t want them to end up like the president.”
For their part, both Michaels and Collinsworth ridiculed the mask order.
As the broadcast began, Michaels joked to his broadcast partner, “I’m Al Michaels, you are?”
“I don’t know who I am,” Collinsworth ruefully replied.
Michaels noted that the forced mask order came from California government officials. The Chronicle reported the actual ordinance in question:
The order issued by the California Department of Public Health outlines nearly a dozen situations in which cloth face coverings are required, including when a person is in an indoor public place or line waiting to enter, riding public transportation, and working at many offices and other places.
The paper added that the order forces private citizens to wear masks indoors in public and businesses must force all employees and customers wear face coverings.
Al Michaels & Cris Collinsworth are being forced by Santa Clara coronabro authorities to call tonight’s Eagles-49ers game while wearing masks. Really. https://t.co/jKYqRQXBgg
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 5, 2020
Some fans agreed with the on-air pair:
Al Michaels clearly hates wearing the mask lol
— Mike Shemesh (@MikeShemesh) October 5, 2020
— Stephen A Curtis (@boomercurt) October 5, 2020
No one has ever hated anything as much as Al Michaels hates wearing that mask.
— James (@James_Skrmetta) October 5, 2020
Santa Clara taking advantage of an opportunity to advocate their political message. No thought about how stupid it looks in some situations. Just another woke joke in CA.
— Jerry D. Bell (@jdblf2006) October 5, 2020
But, there were plenty upset at Michaels and Collinsworth for grousing about the masks:
@NFL please fine Al Michaels for his constant complaining for wearing a mask. What a bozo
— ShortCircuit (@iShort_Circuit) October 5, 2020
Al Michaels is a legend but complaining about wearing a mask during the wrap up was silly.
— Zach Gelb (@ZachGelb) October 5, 2020
Al Michaels whining about his mask is such a tone deaf thing
— Tracy McDannald 📎 (@Tracy_McDannald) October 5, 2020
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CORRECTION: Cris Collinsworth’s name was misspelled in the headline and throughout the article. This has been corrected.