I’m still recovering from another mind-blowing episode of “Damages”. Tonight was the season premiere and just like the series premiere, the episode starts off with a scene from present day, then works backwards six months prior. Then the ending of tonight’s episode shocked me. If you haven’t seen it yet, I will not spoil it for you, but suffice to say that a major character at the end of the season will be killed off. That’s my prediction. Unbelievable. My anticipation for tonight’s episode was high and I could not blog, then while the episode was running, I could not blog and it’s been over a half hour since I watched it and I’m just now coming down. It’s the same feelings I had after a great 24 or Lost episode. Ok, I’ll provide you with some linkage, then post some press releases that I need to clear out of my inbox.
In what only can described as moronic, Bruce Allen of the Boston Sports Media Watch has a couple of links to a story about a man who made threatening phone calls to WEEI and the Dennis & Callahan show in particular. Included in those links was one to Jessica Heslam of the Boston Herald says the man also made a threatening call to WEEI’s General Manager Julie Kahn. Dumb. Very dumb.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News writes that DirecTV and Comcast are fighting over increased carriage fees for two of its regional sports networks in New England and the Bay Area.
My friend, John Crowe, has some DirecTV channel changes in the Crowe’s Nest.
I forgot to link to this earlier today. Dave Kohl of Major League Programs says Matt Millen is making the right career choice by going back to TV and not pursuing another GM job in the NFL.
Newsday’s Neil Best says Fox Sports’ Troy Aikman has reversed course on the choice of taking Tony Romo or Eli Manning.
Barry Horn from the Dallas Morning also talked to Troy Aikman, but this was about whom he likes as head coaches. And Barry has a transcript of an exchange between NFL insider Mike Lombardi and Cris Collinsworth from tonight’s Inside the NFL on Showtime.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine writes that the NFL dominated the weekend ratings.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell has reader reaction (including misguided BC fans) to the firing of Jeff Jagodzinski by Boston College for interviewing with the New York Jets. And Darren has the transcript of his interview with New York Yankees President and attack dog Randy Levine. You may remember when Levine called on the Tampa Bay Rays to forfeit games when Hurricane Frances did not allow the team to leave Florida back in 2004, forcing the Yankees to reschedule games and play a doubleheader.
He announced it on MLB Network just before it ran his PBS documentary series on Tuesday and now the AP reports that Ken Burns is adding a “10th inning” to “Baseball” and it will air in 2010. The original series had 9 “innings” or parts when it first aired in 1994.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union writes that Time Warner Cable in the Capital Region will air the AHL All-Star Game later this month.
Roger van der Horst of the Raleigh News & Observer says advance ticket sales for the 3-D presentation of the BCS National Championship Game on Thursday have been slow. And Roger writes that Saturday’s East Carolina-Marshall game will be on CBS College Sports which is distributed on sports tiers locally.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business feels NBC is taking a risk on having Matt Millen do analysis at the Super Bowl. And Ed says Jay Mariotti is getting a big response since joining AOL Fanhouse this week.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says Golf Channel is ramped up for the new PGA Tour season as the Mercedes Benz Championship tees off in primetime on Thursday.
SportsbyBrooks via Sports Business Daily says Versus has climbed to number three in total viewers among the sports specialty networks behind the ESPN and ESPN2 giants.
That’s going to conclude this link session for the night. It’s late. Press release action will have to wait until the morning.