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This is what I’m thinking:

I got a big laugh Thursday night by Channel 7’s coverage of the Buffalo Bills latest preseason disaster, a 23-0 loss to Detroit at the Ralph.

First, anchor Shawn Stepner gave the sorry details of the game, including the rib injury to rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

Then, Stepner sent it over to Channel 7’s newest sports reporter stationed at the Ralph, Nick Filipowski, who he originally identified as Jeff (as in Sports Director Jeff Russo) before quickly correcting himself.

Then Filipowski, who looks much younger than many of the Bills rookies and just as nervous, proceeded to give most of the same depressing details about the game that Stepner had already given viewers.

The repetition was funny enough.

But the big laugh was coming.

At the end of the sportscast, Stepner reminded viewers that the depressing (my word, not his) blacked out game is being televised tonight on tape delay on Channel 7.

Yeah, sign me up for watching the dog game in which newly acquired quarterback Jordan Palmer threw three interceptions and the Bills didn't score.

The tape-delayed telecast will be a real test for the loyalty of Bills fans.

Heck, it would have been a test if they had played well.

If the Bills performed decently, I would have expected the game would get about a quarter of the rating of a live telecast of a preseason game.

Bills fans love football so much -- even bad football -- that the game probably still will be one of the higher rated prime time programs on Friday night, which is one of the lowest-viewing nights of the week.

Remember Ellen Crooke?

She was the former Channel 2 news director who presided over the station’s aggressive political and government coverage symbolized by its reporters wearing red coats.

Crooke had her fans and her detractors inside the NBC affiliate but no one can argue with the results.

The strategy helped Channel 2 move from the basement in local news ratings to its current position as arguably the strongest news station in town. I say arguably because Channel 4 would disagree with that assessment based on its wins at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Crooke left Channel 2 six years ago to become the news director at another Gannett station in a bigger market, WXIA, in Atlanta.

Now she has moved up the corporate ladder after being named vice president of news for Gannett.

apergament@buffnews.com