As I get ready to run some errands and listen to the NFL on Sirius Satellite Radio, I’m going to give you some links.
We start with dueling columns and that’s always fun to have in the links.
Neil Best of Newsday has an extensive sit-down interview with WFAN’s Mike Francesa as he discusses the break-up he and Chris Russo, three months later. Neil follows up the column with a sidebar piece saying that Mike and WFAN have yet to find a partner for his show. And Neil shares his thoughts in his blog.
Then Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News spoke with Francesa’s ex-partner, Chris Russo for his column.
The always-grumpy Phil Mushnick from the New York Post goes after Warren Sapp and Mike Francesa.
Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News has some random thoughts about announcers’ misstatements.
The Sports Media Watch has its weekend ratings predictions.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News writes that ESPN continued its shopping spree with the BCS and looks over other properties it has purchased in recent months.
USA Today’s Game On! blog has CBS’ Jim Nantz telling ESPN to leave something behind for the broadcast networks.
The Baltimore Sun’s TV critic David Zurawik talks with president of CBS News and Sports Sean McManus about football’s effect on 60 Minutes.
Roger van der Horst of the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer says MLB owners could have done something about its silly territorial blackout rules, but did not.
Kurt Streeter of the Los Angeles Times writes that ESPN’s bid for the BCS and baseball’s spending on free agency might tell us something about what both parties feel about the future of the economy.
Jon Solomon of the Birmingham (AL) News says Raycom is sad as it goes into its final weekend of syndicating SEC football throughout the South.
Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman talks with ESPN’s College Gameday crew following their show yesterday at the Oklahoma University campus. Scott Wright of The Oklahoman says College Gameday stays in the Sooner State, going to Stillwater this Saturday for the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News mentions what else is on TV Sunday besides the NFL. Barry also transcribes Tim Brando’s scathing commentary on the BCS during yesterday’s College Football Today pregame show on CBS.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says during last night’s Satellite Hotstove segment on CBC, Al Strachan who has been wrong more than not, said more than ever, the NHL wants back on ESPN at the expense of one of its current TV partners. And Steve says maybe it’s best for the NHL to remain on Versus/NBC and I have to agree with that.
David Naylor of the Toronto Globe and Mail talks with CFL fan Chris Berman. That’s right. Well, if you’ve watched the last two Monday Night Football halftime shows, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Chris Jaster of the Regina Leader-Post says a new era is being ushered in with a cable-only broadcast of the Grey Cup today.
Bill Harris of the Edmonton Sun writes that TSN is putting its game face on for its first-ever production of the Grey Cup.
The Canadian Press finds one fan who hasn’t been able to watch the CFL this season because TSN has the entire TV schedule.
Ok, good linkage on a Sunday. I’ll have your regular Sunday features, quotage from the NFL pregame shows and The Amazing Race 13 order of finish, later on.