Sorry about doing this at night, but I was about to do these this afternoon from home when I was called back into work. So after dinner, I’m giving you the links now. My apologies.
Let’s start with any further delay.
Starting as always with USA Today’s Michael Hiestand, he does a mock fantasy draft of the top NFL announcing teams.
And we’ll just go from East to West tonight.
The great David Scott of Boston Sports Media Watch delves into the collapse of the Entercom-Nassau Broadcasting deal. By the way, I got my Red Sox Nation magazine and David’s work is prominently displayed with several stories. If you’re a member of Red Sox Nation, that’s one of the benefits you receive. If you’re not a fan of the Red Sox, then you don’t get to read David, but there is one place you can, and it’s at CSTV doing a live blog on Saturday.
The Boston Globe’s Nancy Marrapese-Burrell profiles the lovely Laura Behnke who’s doing triple duty on radio and TV.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times wonders if 60 Minutes’ Mike Wallace can be tough on Roger Clemens when he’s already done a friendly profile on the pitcher some six years ago.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News returns from vacation and feels Sunday’s 60 Minutes interview with Roger Clemens will not yield anything new.
Heading over to the New York Post and Phil Mushnick, he, for some reason, feels the need to pick on Blackhawk helicopters flying over Ralph Wilson Stadium before the NHL Winter Classic. Justin Terranova of the Post has five questions for ESPN’s Sean Salisbury. And Terranova previews the BCS Championship game with Fox Sports’ Charles Davis and ESPNU’s Larry Coker.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks with Giants radio analyst Carl Banks who will call the team’s game on Sunday against the Buccaneers with Bob Papa and Dick Lynch. Over to Neil’s blog, he writes that WFAN’s Craig Carlton threw a shot at former ‘FAN host Sid Rosenberg today. And Neil says Rosenberg called him today to respond. Finally from Neil, we find out that Giants.com will have plenty of pre and postgame coverage online this weekend.
From his Watch This! blog, the DC/Baltimore Examiner’s Jim Williams writes that there will be plenty of Redskins coverage on CSN.
Barry Jackson in the Miami Herald talks about the Dolphins’ Jason Taylor guesting in the NBC studio on Saturday.
Dave Darling of the Orlando Sentinel writes that Fox Sports is entering a busy stretch starting with the BCS and ending with the Daytona 500 next month.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Judd Zulgad writes that the Big Ten Network is still trying to strike a deal with the major cable providers for the conference basketball schedule. Judd also gives us the broadcast schedule for the Minnesota Gophers.
Paul Christian in the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin has some quotes from NBC’s John Madden about the NFL Playoffs.
Jeffrey Flanagan of the Kansas City Star writes about the start of Roger Twibell’s sports radio career.
Scott D. Pierce writes in today’s Deseret (UT) Morning News about the changes at CSTV leaving the Mountain West Conference in the lurch.
Jay Posner in the San Diego Union-Tribune writes about CBS Sports’ Phil Simms returning to the city almost a year later to call the Chargers in the playoffs. And we have a look at last week’s TV ratings.
John Maffei of the North County Times writes that CBS couldn’t happier about doing the Tennessee-San Diego game.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star has NBC’s John Madden expressing frustration over not being able to call more playoff games. Jim also has some news and notes including the ratings of the Patriots-Giants game last week.
Christine Daniels of the Los Angeles Times has her weekly Sound and Vision column.
John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News says 49ers coach Mike Nolan really didn’t say anything in his last weekly radio show of the season.
The Toronto Star reports that one of the sports writing giants of Canada, Milt Dunnell has died at the age of 102. In his career, Dunnell was not only a reporter, but an editor and a columnist. We get a touching tribute from his son, Mike, who was a sports writer himself. And we have a slideshow of Milt’s illustrious career. Stephen Brunt of the crosstown Toronto Globe and Mail pays tribute to Dunnell.
Also from the Star, Chris Zelkovich says US viewers will see plenty of Canadian broadcasters this weekend including Fang’s Bites fav, Stacey Dales.
And from the Globe and Mail, William Houston says the NHL is considering making an Outdoor Game a biennial event. That’s every two years if you’re confused.
The Sports Media Watch blog gives us the weekend ratings predictions.
I just had to say Kelly Tilghman looks lovely tonight on the Golf Channel’s presentation of the Mercedes-Benz Championships.
We continue on. CNBC’s Darren Rovell wonders if Roger Clemens will sue in the wake of the Mitchell Report allegations and in turn, will Clemens be sued?
Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media blog discusses what CSTV being absorbed into the CBS Sports’ operations means for you the viewer.
And that’s it. Thanks for your patience. I’m going to watch Ep. 7 of the Amazing Race Asia. Look for a recap sometime in the next few days.