Ok, the internet access at my work is back. Verizon told me it would be down for the rest of the day, but viola! It’s back!
So here we go with the links today.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today says Billy Packer’s declaration that the Kansas-North Carolina game was over early in the first half when the Jayhawks were up, 38-12 was a bit premature. One distressing note from today’s column is that NBC Sports plans to do a Kentucky Derby red carpet show to be hosted by the insufferable Billy Bush of Access Hollywood.
Consoli also has a story on TBS having plenty of on-air sponsor opportunities on its baseball package.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post says Tampa Bay’s Jonny Gomes’ failure to hustle left the YES Network crew speechless.
Newsday’s Neil Best notes that Yankees manager Joe Girardi did not do his first scheduled show for YES on Sunday. Neil uses a Mets milestone to tell us that blogging is ruining his life.
Laura Nachman has the Phillies announcer lineup for both WPHT Radio and Comcast SportsNet.
Tom Puleo from the Hartford Courant has a story on the announcer for the New Britain Rock Cats who is not only a friend of Red Sox announcer Don Orsillo, but is his brother-in-law as well.
Jennifer Harper of the Washington Times says her paper and MASN have announced a new on-air partnership.
William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail says CBC got everything it wanted when the NHL playoff picture cleared while TSN did not.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette writes in his blog that the NHL playoff schedule is out.
Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star says the NHL’s new Playoff Channel on its website will reach out to new fans.
ESPN’s Dick Vitale revealed on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike show this morning that he will be enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA this year.
The Kansas City Star’s Jeffrey Flanagan writes that Vitale was happy just being inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame yesterday.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star is not a fan of Billy Packer.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times writes in his blog wonders why CBS did not send its studio show down to San Antonio for the Final Four.
Jeff Elliot of the Florida Times-Union says CBS is not enamored with the NCAA’s new court configurations for the Final Four.
Hillary Kraus of the Fayetteville (NC) Observer writes about “One Shining Moment” which will be seen and heard again tonight on CBS when the NCAA crowns a Men’s National Champion for basketball. Robbi Pickeral of the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer talks to the CBS Sports producer responsible for the video montage.
SI.com picks up a story from Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press writes about Kara Lawson working for ESPN during the NCAA Women’s Tournament.
Dusty Saunders of the Rocky Mountain News says Saturday night was a great night for sports fans.
Bob Gillespie of the The State says The Masters thanks to ESPN has reached the digital age.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes a column for Pro Football Weekly about the future of Inside the NFL.
Tierra Palmer of the Lancaster (OH) Eagle-Gazette says the Ohio legislature could get involved in the Time Warner Cable and the NFL Network dispute.
Michael David Smith of the AOL Fanhouse blog writing for the New York Times talks about NFL Films being on the verge of being phased out.
Do you remember the Nanci Donnellan, the Sports Babe? Well, the Seattle Times has an update on what she’s been doing.
Mike Tankersley of the Montgomery (AL) Advertiser says a local doctor has written a book on all of the sports events that he attended over the years.
John Dempsey of Variety says MSG Network will begin airing movies.
And there you go. Not bad after not having the internet earlier today.