49ers vs. Jets
The set-up: Melissa Stark gave the usual injury report from the sidelines, displaying her new haircut.
The quip: "It looks like Missy's doing something a little different with the coif tonight, Al. A little flip in it like Watergate lawyer John Dean's wife Mo."
The read: Maureen and John Dean married while the young lawyer served as Richard Nixon's White House counsel from '70 to '73. John Dean opened wide the Watergate cover-up when he began to talk to federal investigators, and after a brief prison stint for obstruction of justice, he wrote his memoirs, "Blind Ambition." Meanwhile Maureen wrote "Mo: A Woman's View of Watergate" and later two steamy below-the-Beltway novels: "Washington Wives" and "Capitol Secrets." The latter is the 1992 tale of a congresswoman aiming to become speaker of the house, but who must first "stand up to the media's probing of her and her sexy young daughter's darkest secrets."
But wait, it gets better. Earlier this year that wacky rat-eating, hand-burning, "Miami Vice"-guest-starring Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy testified that the Watergate burglars were really looking for photos that connected Dean's then-fiancée Maureen Biner, to a call girl ring. The claim had been previously raised by authors Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin in their best-selling 1991 Watergate book "Silent Coup." The Deans let fly with lawsuits in both instances, but the Colodny suit was dropped and the Liddy suit dismissed.
However, it should be noted that in Oliver Stone's 1995 film "Nixon," the role of Maureen Dean was played by actress Donna Dixon, who is married to Oscar-nominated actor Dan Aykroyd. Aykroyd got his start on a little television show called "Saturday Night Live" where he went on to co-host that show's "Weekend Update" mock news segment. You can see where this is going -- that's right, that very segment was later hosted by Norm MacDonald, who also appeared in the Adam Sandler vehicle "Billy Madison." And who else has appeared in an Adam Sandler movie? Brace yourself. That's right, "MNF" commentator Dan Fouts, in "The Waterboy." Coincidence? You decide.