We've known this for a while. The Dallas Cowboys are not going to the Super Bowl.
But if you still need a Cowboys fix on the day of the big game, a relatively new TV channel has got you covered.
The over-the-air digital game show channel BUZZR will rerun four vintage episodes of Family Feud from the summer of 1980. The two teams involved in the feud are the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
For two nostalgic hours, you'll see quarterback Danny White, running back Tony Dorsett, safety Charlie Waters, defensive end Harvey Martin and defensive lineman Larry Cole. They'll battle it out against cheerleaders Teri Richardson, Suzette Scholz-Derrick, Jeanne Montfort, Kim Kilway and Stephanie Scholz.
The Dallas Cowboys played for the Boys Club of America and the cheerleaders played for, yep, you guessed it: the Girls Club of America. (The Cowboys then went on and played a 12-4 season in 1980.)
Richard Dawson was the host of Family Feud from 1976 to 1985, then again in 1994; this was years before Steve Harvey. Dawson earned the nickname "The Kissing Bandit" for kissing all the female contestants.
If you're a non-cord cutter, you may have never heard of BUZZR. Launched last June, the network has yet to be added to the major local cable and satellite providers. Charter and Verizon FiOS do carry BUZZR on channels 197 and 487, respectively. It is also available with an HD antenna. Local affiliate KDFI carries BUZZR on channel 27.3. Nationwide, the network is available in 60% of all U.S. households.
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The Family Feud marathon starts at noon on Sunday, Feb. 7.
After the Cowboys episodes, the "BUZZR Bowl" continues with a set of 1993 episodes of Family Feud with host Ray Combs. It's the AFC quarterbacks against the NFC quarterbacks. (The Cowboys aren't represented in these episodes, but you will see former players Stan Gelbaugh, Steve Beuerlein, and Wade Wilson. Plus a young Steve Young.) The network will then re-run all the football themed episodes starting at 5 p.m. -- which means you can choose to watch before or during the big game.
"The whole point of this channel," says a senior vice president, "is to highlight the fun of game shows during this period."
Mark Deetjen, senior vice president of programming, says BUZZR owns about 40,000 episodes of vintage game shows including Match Game, Let's Make a Deal, Super Password, and Sale of the Century. The network is still remastering and digitizing its collection, and all 40,000 will eventually be in full rotation.
Deetjen hopes to do more themed episodes in the future. Before the "BUZZR Bowl," the network ran A Betty White Christmas. It featured 12 days of White in game shows spanning from the 1960s to the 1980s.