Last night, my computer went on the fritz again, but I have it back for now, but I wonder just for how long? I’m backing it up on Carbonite, but it’s a rather long process. I just hope I can back up everything before the computer dies for good.
A personal note before we get started. If you were at a sports bar or at home watching the Yankees-Red Sox game on Fox, you know that the game had a two hour and 11 minute rain delay at Fenway Park. As the game was encroaching on Fox’s NASCAR window, announcer Joe Buck mentioned that the game was going to be moved to FX while the main network would show the start of the Subway Fresh Fit 500. However, as I was watching at a sports bar in Seekonk, MA, this announcement was not heard as music was playing and another sporting event’s volume was up. All of a sudden, the game switched. People yelled, the bartender tried to find FX and by the time she did, the game was over. People were angry. So what happened?
Neil Best of Newsday has a story in today’s paper. But he has a better explanation in his blog. As Neil writes, Fox should have given further advance notice with on-air graphics instead of a verbal warning. By the time the game had been switched, the final out had been made. Granted, it was not as bad as NBC switching the Jets-Raiders game in 1968 to the movie, “Heidi” and missing out on two touchdowns, but fans were not served by Fox in this situation. And Bruce Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch shares his frustration over the switch.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post feels ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning Show is nothing but a four hour infomerical for ESPN. Did Phil just come to this conclusion?
This won’t make Phil happy at all as American Forces Network will pick up Mike & Mike for the troops stationed overseas.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News says the New York Yankees should point the finger at themselves for scheduling a night game last Monday night before traveling to Kansas City the following day for a day game.
Mark Scott of the Manhattan (KS) Mercury says Cox cable subscribers will not be getting the full compliment of Kansas City Royals games this season. Mitch Sherman of the Omaha (NE) World-Herald says Cox’s move is leaving fans frustrated.
The Goldsboro (NC) News-Argus says the TV program known as “NCAA on Campus” will be coming to Mount Olive College to tape a segment on the school’s baseball team.
Lindsay Jones of the Palm Beach Post says the allure of the University of Florida’s Spring Football game brought 61,000 fans and ESPN.
Ray Melick of the Birmingham News says Alabama coach Nick Saban is trying a new approach to reach potential recruits’ homes.
Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe talks with ESPN NFL draftnik Todd McShay.
Alan Blondin of the Myrtle Beach (SC) Sun News says The Masters is opening up a little bit, but not enough so you can join Augusta National.
Loran Smith of the Athens (GA) Banner-Herald writes that CBS’ Verne Lundquist is a tradition at The Masters just like the Azeleas.
Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press writes that FSN premieres a new show this weekend.
William Kerns of the Lubbock (TX) Avalanche-Journal writes about a songwriter who’s getting some notice for his satirical sports songs.
William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail is amazed at the 81 year old Red Fisher who continues to cover hockey for the Montreal Gazette.
That will do it for now.