The nicest thing that can be said about Fox's coverage of Super Bowl XXXIII is that they had some really great graphics. It was vintage Fox -- beautiful wrapping, hollow center.

It had the usual Fox Sports trappings -- Terry Bradshaw acting like an idiot; John Madden becoming bombastic; and Pat Summerall looking about as tired as he has all season.When the most notable thing about your broadcast is that you almost missed one of the biggest plays of the game -- Denver's 80-yard touchdown pass -- you know you haven't done such a great job.

Not that Fox did a bad job (with the possible exception of the two non-entity sideline reporters, whose names are as irrelevant as their reporting). And, honestly, Denver's blowout of Atlanta wasn't a game that made for compelling television.

A big part of the problem is that Super Bowls are all about building the hype, and the games themselves rarely live up to it. It's just that Fox didn't do anything to lend excitement to an otherwise dull game.

DIRTY DANCING: I have nothing against the Falcons. I honestly didn't much care who won the Super Bowl. But if Atlanta's loss means we've seen the last of the dirty bird for a while, then I'm grateful.

Last week's most embarrassing moment in local TV sports involved KSL sportscaster Alema Harrington actually attempting to do the little dance on the air. It was not a pretty sight.

Why any sportscaster thinks acting like an idiot on TV is going to do anything other than hurt his credibility is beyond me.

UTES VS. COUGARS: The most recent head-to-head television matchup between the Utah and BYU basketball teams had the same winner -- but by a considerably smaller margin.

As usual, the Cougars beat the Utes in the ratings, but just barely.

Saturday's BYU-New Mexico game (at 7 p.m. on Ch. 5) garnered a 5.1 rating and a 9 share. The Utah-UTEP game (at 7 p.m. on Ch. 14) pulled in a 4.9 rating and a 9 share.

That's closer than these things usually are.

WHOOPS: OK, so I'm tempted to poke fun at KUTV-Ch. 2's David James for a "Sports Den" slip-up over the weekend. He kept promoting that night's show by telling viewers that he had a secret guest -- a member of BYU's 1984 national championship football team who also owned a Super Bowl ring.

But James fessed up (and looked rather chagrined doing it) that while Jason Buck did indeed play at BYU and win a Super Bowl as a Redskin, he was not a member of the Cougars' title team.

That, combined with the fact that a reader pointed out that last week's column referred to the Jets' big comeback victory over the Raiders in the 1969 "Heidi Game" --when it was actually the Raiders who made the comeback -- puts me in a more charitable (and chagrined) mood.