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NBC4 reports today that ABC has issued an apology for their steamy pre-game intro to its "Monday Night Football" broadcast that featured some of the actresses from "Desperate Housewives."

The intro, featured actress Nicollette Sheridan, wearing only a towel and pleading with Philadelphia Eagles player Terrell Owens to skip the game against the Dallas Cowboys to, instead, spend some quality time with her, and her towel.

Both the NFL and viewers were quick to say how indecent the spot was (there was no nudity, FYI) and indirectly forced ABC to issue an apology and promise to sit in the corner of the Network TV homeroom for at least the afternoon while the FCC's Michael Powell thought up some additional ways to restrict what all of us see on television.

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LAist says, "Seriously? C'mon, now!"

The United States is starting to feel more and more like Cold War era Russia these days with the control that the FCC and the government wants to "exercise" on all aspects of media. Between the Janet Jackson fiasco and Howard Stern and now "steamy" openings to primetime sporting events, it seems as if categorizing something as "indecent" is getting easier and easier to do. And if trends are allowed to develop as they have been -- LAist won't be surprised when things like the opening title sequence to Alf must be changed (even though it's already dead and in syndication) due to the indecent gyration that a little furry alien makes while running through a sitcom living room.

Apologizing for a steamy intro to a sporting event? Please. Does this mean that the beer commercials with the two women fighting in wet sports-bras is going away? Does this mean that love scenes in daytime soap operas are soon to be axed? Does this mean we're letting the government take over our lives just to placate a bunch of cry-babies who, apparently, haven't learned how to TURN OFF THE TELEVISION or CHANGE THE CHANNEL?

LAist thinks so.