A bit of snow covering the ground this morning. Not much as we got enough snow to wreak havoc on the afternoon commute on Friday, but as I look out my window, the snow actually leaves a pretty picture. Perhaps I’ll take one and post it here later. But first, time to give you some links. Also, I’m halfway through my Amazing Race Asia 2 recap for Episode 3 so expect that coming sometime today.
To our weekly Saturday media columns, we start with Dallas Morning News columnist Barry Horn who writes that the Bowl Championship Series, no matter how flawed the system is, will draw ratings. Horn also talks with HBO Boxing judge Harold Lederman.
Over to the San Antonio Express-News and Jerry Garcia. He previews the “Best of ‘This is SportsCenter’” self-serving special that ESPN will air next week.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has two gift suggestions for the sports fan.
Neil Best burned the midnight oil and posted an entry in his blog about Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano not only turning down the Michigan job, but WFAN’s Mike Francesca and Chris Russo as well.
Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald writes that Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics is none too happy with an ESPN.com poll.
John Sharp of the Peoria (IL) Journal-Star writes that ESPN is apologizing, not for that poll, but for showing a map putting Peoria, in of all places, Indiana.
Scott Fitzgerald of The Southern (IL) talks about some Southern Illinois University students getting the opportunity to work on a live ESPN broadcast.
Would you ever think you would hear Led Zeppelin on an NFL broadcast? Well, you did during the Patriots-Ravens game last Monday, and apparently there’s a reason for that. The band signed a deal with ESPN and NFL.com to showcase its music.
It appears that the Big Ten Network is talking with Charter Communications. We get the story from Adam Mertz of the Capital (WI) Times. Tom Mulhern from the Wisconsin State Journal also has a version of the story.
Jeff Smith of the Rocky Mountain News reports that the NFL Network vs. cable dispute hits Colorado as the Denver Broncos-Houston Texans game next Thursday won’t be on TV outside the Denver area. And Rush Wood from the Beaumont (TX) Enterprise says Texans fans in the area won’t be able to see two games this week.
Gary Baines of the Boulder (CO) Daily Camera gives his Best and Worst awards for local sports TV and Radio.
Tom Gaffney says the University of Akron’s men’s basketball team will be appear 7 times on local TV.
Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes about A-10 Commissioner Linda Bruno stepping down after 13 years and just in the wake of the conference signing a new TV syndication package.
And Deron Snyder writes about Kyle Logrosso, the five year old golf prodigy who lost an eye to cancer and was profiled on HBO’s Real Sports back in July, making a big splash at the Merrill Lynch Shootout in Naples this week.
Those are the links for today. Coming up, the Episode 3 recap from the Amazing Race Asia 2, NFL Picks for Week 14, Videos of the Week and anything else I can think of.