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Merrill Reese did switch to broadcasting the Falcons on Saturday, but it was the Pennsbury Falcons as they played against Norristown in a Prime Time Shootout tournament game at the Villanova Pavilion.
Reese, who is part owner of WBCB-AM 1490 in Levittown, usually does one or two basketball games a year. This one just happened to fall on Super Bowl weekend, and, incredibly enough, Reese was available.
At least Reese (pictured here with color commentator Dave Moyer) saw a good game, with Pennsbury beating Norristown in overtime, 61-54. And the listeners got a good call, too, even if Reese would have rather been a lot farther south.
"It's just a shame," Reese said of his absence from Tampa this week. "The worst part is I don't think there's a great team this year. I don't think Pittsburgh is anywhere near as good as New England was the year the Eagles played them in the Super Bowl."
Check out the Sunday editions of the Inquirer and Philly.com to read the whole column about Reese, his excellent basketball adventure yesterday and his struggles to cope with yet another Eagles' disappointment.
"I don't need sleeping pills, but every time I think about it, I can't get it out of my mind," he said.
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