I managed to get back from the jobsite earlier than expected so I can do some links plus a few more things for you today.
So let’s do our megalinks first and go from there.
Today, we’ll go from west to east so we’ll start our local links with the LA Times’ Christine Daniels and her weekly Sound and Vision column. Today, the NFL playoffs top her viewing suggestions.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News feels the response to Kelly Tilghman’s inadvertent slur last week on the Golf Channel was too swift. And here are some media notes from Hoffarth in his Farther Off the Wall blog.
The Ventura County Star’s Jim Carlisle says it’s nice to have some meaningful NFL games to watch this weekend.
John Maffei of the North County Times says the San Diego Chargers’ Phil Rivers stirs talk on the sports radio stations.
The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Jay Posner says it’s obvious CBS wants the Colts and Patriots in the AFC Championship game next Sunday.
Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) Morning News says University of Georgia President Michael Adams appealing for a college football playoff is just grandstanding.
Jeffrey Flanagan of the Kansas City Star writes that Monday’s BCS Championship Game between LSU and Ohio State garnered the third lowest rating in the history of the BCS.
Paul Christian in today’s Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin says talks are ongoing to bring the Big Ten Network to Comcast.
Judd Zulgad in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and radio station 8-3-0 WCCO are close to renewing their broadcast deal. And here are some of the ratings for the Minneapolis-St. Paul market from last weekend.
Ed Sherman of the Chicago Tribune says even Tiger Woods defending Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman could not save her from being suspended.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle writes that Roger Clemens’ appearance on 60 Minutes last Sunday was the third most watched TV program of the week in the local market.
Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the most colorful comments from Fox Sports’ Terry Bradshaw about Cowboys QB Tony Romo.
The Orlando Sentinel’s Dave Darling says NBC’s annual special on the PGA’s Q-School is always high drama.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald also discusses the Kelly Tilghman suspension by the Golf Channel.
The State’s Doug Nye says it was obvious to him that Fox announcers Thom Brennaman and Charles Davis were rooting for Ohio State in the BCS Championship Game. Nye also has some notes from the weekend. And his TV best bet is the last NFL playoff game of the weekend, the Giants and Cowboys on Fox this Sunday.
Jim Williams writes in his Watch This! blog at the DC/Baltimore Examiner website that MASN deserves Rookie of the Year for its local programming.
Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun has a tongue-in-cheek look at how a barroom ful of announcers would fare. And in his Medium Well blog, Frager says Comcast SportsNet outrated MASN in its Joe Gibbs retirement coverage.
The Bitter Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News writes that the New York Football Giants don’t resonate in the national ratings.
Justin Terranova of the New York Post is writing a blog on sports media and one of his first entries this month is on the increased ratings for the NHL in New York. Also from the Post, Terranova talks with Fox Sports’ Troy Aikman about the Giants’ chances against the Cowboys and he has five questions for Fox Sports’ Terry Bradshaw. Phil Mushnick talks about Roger Clemens, Kelly Tilghman and Fox Sports’ coverage of the BCS.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times delves into the suspension of Kelly Tilghman.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks with Fox Sports’ Troy Aikman about him not being anti or pro-Cowboys. In his blog, Best says while Jessica Simpson has been a no-show at the Cowboys’ camp this week, Ines Sainz, a Mexican TV personality has certainly made her presence known.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe writes about former Northeastern assistant hockey coach Brendan Walsh doing work for NESN on Hockey East broadcasts.
Friend of Fang’s Bites, David Scott of the Boston Sports Media Watch, has some of the media pitfalls for Patriots playoff coverage this weekend. To be honest, it’s not going to be pretty, especially when watching know-nothing news anchors trying to talk sports.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star weighs in on the Kelly Tilghman controversy.
William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail says the fact that viewership for hockey is up in the US should be an encouraging sign.
With the Australian Open coming, CNBC’s Darren Rovell starts his Ana Ivanovic watch for the next two weeks with a story on her switching endorsements from Wilson to Yonex rackets.
The Sports Media Watch notes that the Boston Celtics are getting two national appearances on ABC.
That will do it for now. We’ll have other stuff including NFL picks, Primetime and Late Viewing Picks, College Basketball Viewing Picks and Weekend Viewing Picks. Keep it here.