My fault that the Friday megalinks weren’t here yesterday. Lots of issues that I don’t need to get into, but I’ll give them to you today with your weekly Saturday links.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today writes about Fox’s plans for its silly Red Carpet Super Bowl pregame show.
TV Week has the sports TV ratings for the week ending January 20.
Let’s go from East to West
East and Mid-Atlantic
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe writes about WBZ-TV being the “official Patriots station”.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times tells us that Marv Albert is still learning from his mentor, the late Marty Glickman.
The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman lectures the media on how to do their jobs when asking Bill Belichick questions during Super Bowl week.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post says Boomer Esiason is going to have to make a choice soon. Mushnick’s arguments here really don’t water.
Newsday’s Neil Best says Giants fans who want Super Bowl tickets are finding the process frustrating.
Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun says Orioles fans remain interested in the team despite the recent hard times.
Jim Williams of the DC/Baltimore Examiner says there’s a lot to watch this weekend even if there’s no football.
Doug Nye of The State says the Buick Invitational is a pick to click this weekend. And Nye says there was a lot of talk about South Carolina basketball coach Dave Odom’s retirement announcement this week.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says WQAM beat rival 790 The Ticket in the most recent Arbitron ratings.
Dave Darling in the Orlando Sentinel says there’s going to be plenty of sports to watch before the Super Bowl.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says Fox will cover other things besides the Super Bowl on Super Bowl Sunday.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says former Dallas Mavericks announcer Allen Stone has found a new calling in life.
Ray Buck from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that Fox Sports’ Terry Bradshaw and Jimmy Johnson share the same philosophy when it comes to the Super Bowl.
Jerry Garcia of the San Antonio Express-News asks are you ready for a lot of football?
Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune says NBC hopes to bring figure skating back into the national spotlight.
Paul Christian of the Rochester Post-Bulletin writes that NBC is pulling out all of the stops for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships this weekend.
Bob Wolfley has Fox Sports’ Terry Bradshaw and Jimmy Johnson talking about their frozen experience in Green Bay last week.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says KSDK hopes to resolve problems with hockey and golf conflicts when it airs the Cardinals during the spring and summer.
Scott D. Pierce in the Deseret Morning News writes that Versus will keep the NHL for the next three seasons.
Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune says he’s relieved not to hear about LaDanian Tomlinson this week. And here are the ratings in San Diego from last week.
John Maffei of the North County Times says CBS and the Golf Channel are showcasing a lot of the San Diego area thanks to the Buick Invitational.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star previews the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on NBC.
Christine Daniels writes in the Los Angeles Times about the technical glitch that marred Kelly Tilghman’s apology on the Golf Channel on Thursday.
The Los Angeles Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth says there’s a whole lot of apologizin’ going on. He has a follow up to the column in his Farther Off the Wall blog. And there’s his extensive media notes as well.
In the Toronto Star, Chris Zelkovich writes that the CBC is hoping to jump into the all-sports parade.
And William Houston writes in the Toronto Globe and Mail that CTV is charging a premium for Super Bowl spots.
I’ll have another post later. Keep it here.