The NFL brought back the Hall of Fame game Thursday night, shifting it out of its traditional weekend berth.
It used to be that the game would be played on a Saturday or Sunday, with the Hall of Fame inductions held the same weekend. This year, the game was moved to a Thursday, airing on Fox for the first time. Apparently, the game will now be rotated among the league's media partners (Fox, ABC/ESPN, NBC/Peacock, CBS, NFL Network). Fox saw an opportunity to counter-program the Olympics, which have been tanking in the ratings on NBC, since the latter network has to use same day tape from Tokyo.
Embattled MyPillow CEO & founder Mike Lindell appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 Thursday night, and, in an interview with reporter Drew Griffin, claimed the Chinese did some hacking to interfere with the 2020 presidential election. Lindell, who pulled all of his advertising from Fox Shmooze, including promotion for his cyber-symposium, scheduled for next week in South Dakota, because that network, still dealing with a defamation lawsuit, would no longer air his false claims of election fraud, still insists, nine months after the election, that it was stolen when it clearly was not. He offered Griffin a hug at the end of the segment.