Time to give you an update.
Newsday’s Neil Best has been busy at the Super Bowl. First, he recaps Giants coach Tom Coughlin’s press conference. Then Neil writes about the four men who have covered all 42 Super Bowls.
Also from Newsday, Jim Baumbach writes about his experience riding on the Goodyear Blimp.
Chris Pursell of TV Week is in Arizona covering the Super Bowl and he has been blogging all day and will continue throughout the weekend. Chris goes inside ESPN’s Situation Room, the command post for all of its TV and radio operations at the Super Bowl. He also talks with Eric Weinberger, executive producer of the NFL Network, who is hopeful Steve Mariucci stays with the channel instead of taking the Washington Redskins coaching job. And Chris writes that the NFL is now making a big push online.
TV Technology.com tells us that 80% of Super Bowl ads will be aired in HD.
John Consoli of Mediaweek writes that Super Bowl ads have a shelf life after the game.
Jesse Kohl of Media in Canada looks at the Super Bowl ads airing there.
Bob Young of the Arizona Republic catches up with Olympic gold medal swimmer Amanda Beard who’s in town for FSN’s Best Damn Sports Show Period.
Gillian Wee of Bloomberg reports that Super Bowl XLII could set a viewing record.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell gives us his video log from his day at the Super Bowl.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch talks with Ryan Seacrest about hosting the red carpet portion of the Fox Super Bowl Sunday pregame show. Ted Cox of the Chicago Daily Herald says Fox is trying to turn the Super Bowl into the Golden Globes.
Mike Nahrstedt of the Sporting News catches up with Fox Sports’ Joe Buck who will call the Big Game on Sunday. Michael E. Hill of the Washington Post talks to Buck’s partner, Troy Aikman, about how he got into the broadcast booth.
Bill Ordine of the Baltimore Sun has some choices for you in case you don’t want to watch the Super Bowl.
Here are the Super Bowl picks of 30 ESPN on-air personalities.
Clint DeBoer of Audioholics.com has a technical article outlining how Fox puts together its high definition broadcast of Super Bowl XLII. David Coburn of Popular Mechanics talks with the inventor of the telestrator, Dr. Leonard Reiffel.
Wayne Friedman of Media Daily News says the Super Bowl was time shifted by as much as an hour by most TiVo subscribers last year.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star writes about the ESPN one hour special on Kevin Everett of the Buffalo Bills.
Ben Wolfgang of the Pottsville (PA) Republican & Herald says a story on this week’s Inside the NFL on HBO about the NFL stripping the 1925 title from the Pottsville Maroons could not have come at a better time. And Larry O’Rourke from the Allentown (PA) Morning Call says the town is still bitter over the move.
Mike Shields of Mediaweek reports that CBS Sports and CSTV have unveiled a new online community service similar to MySpace.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News reports that ESPN Deportes has been picked up by Bright House Cable in Tampa. John Lafayette of TV Week also has the story.
Jordan Kobritz writes in the Prescott (AZ) Daily Courier looks at the problems with the NHL which begin with the signing of Versus as its national cable TV partner.
Tucker Carlson (not the one from MSNBC) of Charter Communications writes an opinion piece in the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin saying the Big Ten Network offers a bad deal for subscribers. But BTN President Mark Silverman writes back in the same newspaper that the channel is willing to talk to Charter.
Curtis Pashelka of the Contra Costa (CA) Times says the West Coast Conference is happy with its exposure on the ESPN family of networks.
Sports Illustrated picks up an AP story about a play about the late Al McGuire, written by Dick Enberg, that’s coming to Hofstra University later this month.
Jim Balow of the Charleston (WV) Gazette says ESPN will be coming to town in early July to tape the “America’s Strongest Man’s” competition.
Jo-Ann Barnas of the Detroit Free Press finds plenty of fans who were critical of NBC’s coverage of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships last week.
We certainly have more links than I expected tonight, but that’s a good thing. I’ll be back tomorrow with Saturday morning links and my Super Bowl pick.