All three were wearing masks.
There were four previous broadcasts by Michaels, Collinsworth and Tafoya, in which the ensemble did not wear a mask. Announcers for the 49ers-Eagles match were already without masks at the booth in Kansas City, Moe, Los Angeles, Seattle and New Orleans.
Michaels addressed the elephant in the room above the broadcast.
“No, we didn’t audition for the‘ masked singer ’,” Michaels asked. “Santa Clara County officials forced us to wear masks during the game, that’s the story.”
Collinsworth did not seem too happy to wear the mask. When Michaels introduced his broadcast partner, Collinsworth said: “I don’t know who I am.”
Michaels reminded Collinsworth to announce during the ball game.
Santa Clara County has seen a total of 21,840 corona virus cases and 334 deaths since the outbreak began in March. According to Santa Clara County Public Health, the county sees about 102 new cases per week.
The NFL had to deal with a player outburst last week against the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. Several games were postponed due to a change in the league schedule.