As you go to vote today, remember how lucky we are to live in a place where we have the freedom to select a President. No matter whom you’re voting for, just make sure you go out to your local polling place today. And around 8 p.m. ET, I’ll start blogging the election. There are rumors that CBS News plans to make a call around that time if they feel confident and I hope that is not the case. To me, that sounds like a desperate network trying to make a splash.
Remember the last time a network tried to call an election early it turned out to be a huge mess and it led to new exit polling methods. Of course, if someone happens to leak election exit polling data early, I’ll try to get it over here. I do remember the last time I got leaked data, that turned out to be a disaster. I was a news reporter in Providence in 2004 and got information from various places (ahem… Wonkette) that leaked the early data. We all know how that ended up.
So, let’s do your regular linkage here in anticipation of what could be a very long night.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times wonders why it took Monday Night Football so long to interview the two presidential candidates on the eve of the election.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News feels Fox Sports’ Troy Aikman praise of the Giants offensive line came too late. What?
Tim Lemke in the Washington Times spends a few minutes with NFL Commish Roger Goodell on the NFL Network.
Greg Johnson of the Los Angeles Times says it’s time for the annual Big Cable vs. NFL Network battle.
Pete Dougherty in the Albany Times Union writes that Jets fans in the Capital Region won’t be able to see next Thursday’s Patriots-Jets game as it will be carried on the NFL Network.
Melissa Holmes of WIVB-TV in Buffalo goes behind the scenes with Voice of the Bills, John Murphy.
The Sports Media Watch writes that college football did well for ABC last Saturday night. And the SMW says Cowboys-Giants was the highest rated NFL game of the season to date.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says the Monday Night Football crew rubbed it into the Cowboys when Pittsburgh backup QB Byron Leftwich helped steer the Steelers to a win.
Barry posted this video and it’s quite funny. Someone mashed up the Chris Berman videos from earlier this year and put it together with an archived Barack Obama interview. Total credit goes to the creator of this clip.
Steve Lepore in his Puck the Media blog has a great video of NESN’s Jack Edwards pulling out his best Johnny Most impression attacking the Dallas Stars last Saturday after notorious cheap shot artist Steve Ott and huge asshole Sean Avery forced the Bruins to return to some ol’ time hockey to beat the living shit out of Avery. Marc Savard making Avery turtle at the end was great stuff.
The all-time turtle? Claude Lemieux when Cam Neely tried to rearrange his face in 1995. This brings a tear to my eye.
Maury Brown in the Biz of Baseball names his MLB Organization of the Year.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell tries to determine if the economy will prevent baseball free agents from getting big money. And Darren says five major marathons tried to get together to give away prizes after the New York Marathon, but it didn’t work well.
Jim Williams of the DC Examiner talks with WJZ-FM’s Mark Viviano about the station’s move from AM to FM.
The Baltimore Sun’s Ray Frager says Scott Garceau is already paying dividends after being added to Anita Marks’ show yesterday.
Chris Kaltenbach of the Sun reviews the changes in the Baltimore sports radio scene yesterday.
Sun media critic David Zurawik feels Chris Berman’s questions to both presidential candidates on Monday Night Football weren’t softball, but certainly weren’t hard hitting.
Don Walker in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says FSN Wisconsin’s NBA Fox Box is too small for fans to see.
Greg Sandoval of CNET says the man who oversaw NBC’s online Olympics coverage is leaving to go to MLB Advanced Media.
Remember, I’ll be in around 8 p.m. ET to talk about the presidential election.