SNF crew complains about being compelled to wear masks during 49ers game by Santa Clara County – SFGate

Santa Clara County COVID-19 regulations “compelled” Sunday Night Football announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth to wear masks for the entirety of Sunday’s 49ers-Eagles game, and the duo made it known they did not enjoy it.

A masked Michaels began the broadcast by quipping to the audience that, “We are not auditioning for ‘The Masked Singer,'” before introducing Collinsworth.

“I don’t know who I am,” Collinsworth said through the mask.

“I think you’re Cris Collinsworth, but I want you to enunciate a little bit more,” Michaels replied.

The commentators largely called the game without issues, but took some time to complain about the mask-wearing in the third quarter.

After Collinsworth stated that his ears were hurting, Michaels said, “We’re good boys, though. We’re going to get lollipops at the end of the game tonight.”

Health officials in Kansas City, Los Angeles, Seattle and New Orleans did not require the duo to wear masks in the broadcast booth for prior Sunday Night Football games. Los Angeles and Seattle have comparable public health restrictions to those in place in the Bay Area.

When asked about the more stringent requirements, Santa Clara County Executive Jeff Smith said only, “We wouldn’t want them to end up like the president.”

Michaels and Collinsworth will return to Seattle next week for Vikings-Seahawks, and Michaels seemed eager to get out of town.

“We’ll get rid of these things as soon as we possibly can,” Michaels said as Collinsworth made a noise.

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