I’m at the office right now so I’ll do some linkage for you. I hope you’re enjoying your holiday and you remember those who served for our country to keep us safe for democracy. Whether you agree or disagree about the cause for this current war, remember those who are serving us while we’re at home and keep them in mind as you have your cookout or gathering today.
I’m going to have another NFL opening for you next Sunday. You can pretty much deduce which one it’s going to be, but you’ll have to wait until then to see which one it’s going to be.
But let’s do some links now. Newsday’s Neil Best has an article today. He has Mets analyst Keith Hernandez ripping former teammate Gary Carter for openly lobbying for the Mets manager position on Sirius Satellite Radio last week.
Shahnaz Mahmud of Adweek says the four major sports leagues are moving towards controlling their own content.
The Sports Media Watch says Versus really scored with Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday.
Dusty Saunders of the Rocky Mountain News writes that NBC is really rooting for the Penguins to tie the Stanley Cup Finals tonight.
Chris Bradford of the Beaver County (PA) Times writes that NBC’s NHL voice Mike Emrick began his career covering hockey for the Times.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star says CBC hockey play-by-play man Bob Cole is showing that reports of his demise are greatly exaggerated.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times gives his Two Cents on the sporting weekend on TV.
Eric Benderoff of the Chicago Tribune profiles a reporter who keeps track of baseball games for a number of clients including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo, CBS Sports.com, the Associated Press and other media outlets.
Joe Lapointe of the New York Times writes about former Phillies pitcher Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams who has transformed himself from World Series goat to fan favorite as a TV analyst and sports radio talk show host.
Jake Trotter of The Oklahoman writes that it’s hard to predict kickoff times for Oklahoma football games in the fall because of the Big 12′s TV contracts with ABC, FSN and ESPN.
Because of my computer problems, I could not do the Friday megalinks as usual, but I will still link over to David Scott of Boston Sports Media Watch who has some leftovers from the John Tomase affair and some other stuff.
Jay Fitzgerald of the Boston Herald writes that the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett has scored in an ad for Verizon Fios internet and TV service.
I’m a litte late on this, but Sirius Satellite Radio is picking up coverage of the Formula 1 racing circuit. It started this past weekend.
Apparently ESPN is in Omaha, Nebraska doing some prep shots for the College World Series next month.
Milan Simonich of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that when ESPN got involved in the National Spelling Bee, it became a major event.
And lastly, this has nothing to do with the sports media, but the story gives me an excuse to post this picture. This is Ashley Harkleroad. She lost yesterday to Serena Williams in straight sets at the French Open. She has revealed that she has posed nude for the August edition of Playboy. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
That will do it for today. If I can get my computer at home to work, I’ll have an evening update.