You’re probably sick of me talking about The War, but I have to say this installment was very good. Episode 4 dealt with D-Day in Europe and the Battle of Saipan in the Pacific. Unbelievable footage that Ken Burns obtained for this part. Plus, the stories of the contributions of the Japanese and African American soldiers show us how diverse the military became in World War II. And Senator Daniel Inoye’s story of him rifle butting a German soldier thinking he was reaching for a gun, but was going to show him a picture of his wife shows us how brutal war can be. I’m just riveted to the TV. The next part is Sunday night.
Let’s give you a few links tonight.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell reviews Business Week’s Sports Power 100 and he notes those who made it and those he feels should have made it. If you’re wondering, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is number one. I read the articles in the issue published in cooperation with ESPN the Magazine and they’re very good.
Newsday’s Neil Best blogs about WFAN’s Mike Francesca singing Cat Stevens. What?
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star has a blog entry about the ESPN/MLB feud.
CSTV has announced that former Florida State QB Peter Tom Willis will be a guest analyst on the SEC Tailgate Show before CBS’ broadcast of Alabama-Florida State at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville.
The Boston Globe’s, ESPN’s and the Tennis Channel’s Bud Collins will be honored by the International Tennis Hall of Fame at a dinner in Boston next week. It’s well deserved.
NBC Sports talks about the Sunday Night Football matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. And NBC’s Johnny Miller and Roger Maltbie headlined a conference call on the President’s Cup which takes place in Montreal starting tomorrow.
XM Satellite Radio begins its first year as the exclusive satellite home of the NHL. William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail talks with NHL analysts Nick Kypreos of Rogers Sportsnet, Glenn Healy of TSN and Pierre McGuire of TSN and NBC about the upcoming season which begins this Saturday, believe it or not.
That’s it for this evening. Back on Thursday.