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Maybe she meant to say George Halas?

October 27, 2008 |  6:00 pm

Mike Singletary

Anybody who has ever done TV work knows it can be unnerving, and sometimes you say things you just don't intend to say. (KTLA's Damon Andrews once asked me if they were paying me by the "ums" ... )

Fox Sports sideline reporter Danyelle Sargent at first didn't seem to know what was wrong about her on-the-air question on Sunday to new 49ers Coach Mike Singletary before a game against Seattle.'s Mike Francesa talked about the gaffe.

What Sargent finally realized -- after listening to her producer, no doubt -- was that Singletary, recently promoted to head coach, couldn't have phoned legendary coach Bill Walsh to tell him the good news.

(An admirable postscript: In an appearance Tuesday on the Dan Patrick Show, Sargent said she was nervous interviewing Singletary -- her first sideline assignment -- and said she meant to say that the coach called Walsh when he first got into coaching. Also, the clip never aired. It was plucked off the raw satellite feed.)

-- Sam Farmer

Photo: San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary. Credit: Cary Edmondson / US PRESSWIRE