Let’s not waste any time and get to the links. The theme of the day for the media writers across the country is TBS airing the MLB postseason for the first time.
We’ll start with USA Today’s Michael Hiestand who writes about FSN’s Sports Science series which premieres this Sunday and the talk about the USA Women’s soccer team losing to Brazil yesterday.
From the Sports Media Watch blog, we find out that ESPN.com has squashed John Buccigross’ column in which he wrote that the Alleged Worldwide Leader wanted to get the NHL back. I had linked to the column here as well and we find out that it’s gone. Let’s hope there’s no action taken against Buccigross as I’m sure he was writing what he thought was the truth at the time.
Over to David Scott of Boston Sports Media Watch where he opines that Patriots Radio announcers Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti should be replaced. I disagree, but Scott is more than entitled to his opinion. Scott also writes that WCVB-TV in Boston will launch a new Sunday night sports show.
Susan Bickelhaupt of the Boston Globe also writes about the new Sunday night show on ‘CVB.
Neil Best in Newsday writes about SNY and YES Network covering their respective teams as they get ready for the playoffs or in the Mets’ case, blow their chances for the postseason. Best has particular praise for SNY analyst Ron Darling.
In the New York Daily News, Bob Raissman says the Mets’ Paul Lo Duca makes a lot of waves speaking his mind whether it be his weekly spot on WFAN or to the media after games.
The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick didn’t seem to be in a bad mood when writing today’s column, but he still manages to throw some shots. He does talk about Keith Hernandez’s sometimes puzzling analysis on SNY. And Justin Terranova in the Post talks with NBC’s Tiki Barber about the Giants and his words may surprise you. Terranova also has five questions for MSG Network’s Joe Micheletti about the New York Rangers and the upcoming NHL season.
To the Baltimore Sun where Ray Frager talks about TBS not using long-time Atlanta Braves voice Skip Carey on its MLB postseason coverage. I thought this was going to be a given that Carey would be on. Chip Carey is on the number one team with Tony Gwynn, but this is a fine way for TBS to treat Skip who has been with the Braves since they started on the Superstation in 1977.
Doug Nye in The State (SC) has some news and notes for the weekend. Nye’s TV best bet is a South Carolina-Clemson college football doubleheader.
The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson writes about the owner of sports radio station 790 The Ticket taking shots at the Miami Dolphins and competitor WQAM. Strange.
Dave Darling in the Orlando Sentinel writes about the Braves on TBS era coming to an end this weekend. I’ll write a blog entry about it this weekend as well.
Dave Barron in the Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans-Falcons game won’t be in HDTV and Cowboys fans in the city won’t be able to see their team either.
Brian Windhorst in today’s Akron Beacon Journal has a story on the Cleveland Cavs’ Lebron James rehearsing to be host of Saturday Night Live tomorrow night.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says if Brett Favre breaks the NFL touchdown passing record in Minnesota, there won’t be much of a celebration and Fox will cover it as much as it can before going to commercial.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Judd Zulgad writes about the Mayor of Minneapolis declaring tomorrow Big Ten Network Day in the city and giving the appearance that he’s taking sides in the BTN/Comcast dispute.
Paul Christian in the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin discusses TBS taking part in the MLB postseason for the first time, but he calls it “Ted Turner’s cable network”. Ted Turner hasn’t owned TBS since selling it to Time Warner in 1996.
Jay Posner in the San Diego Union-Tribune talks about TBS’ Skip Carey not being used for the MLB postseason.
From the North County Times, John Maffei writes about Tony Gwynn’s busy postseason for TBS.
In the Ventura County Star, Jim Carlisle focuses on TBS taking over the MLB League Divisional Series.
Two Sound & Vision columns from Christine Daniels in the LA Times. First is on the Voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully, being surprised that the Dodgers fell out of playoff contention. And she gives her choices for the TV sporting weekend.
Tom Hoffarth has his usual series of articles in the LA Daily News today and his first is on ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit being a frequent flyer during the college football season. The second story is on FSN’s Sports Science series plus Hoffarth has his What Smokes/What Chokes feature and Versus is not spared at all. In his Farther Off the Wall blog, Hoffarth expands on the Sports Science story. And he has another extensive expanded media notes entry as well.
There you go. Those are your mega-links for today. I’ll have more later. Check back when you can.