Let me tell you, digging out is never fun, especially when the snow has been tamped down by ice. First, I slept in, second, I took my time getting to dig out the driveway and third, it took over an hour to do it. I always tell myself my next house I live in will have a short driveway and that’s definitely going to happen. But right now, I deal with what I have. It’s never fun dealing with a long sloped driveway, but anyway, time to give you some links.
Before I do that, the one thing that helped me pass the time was listening to the Philadelphia call of the Eagles-Giants playoff game on Sirius Satellite Radio. Merrill Reese and Mike Quick are a very good team giving Iggles fans a good picture of what’s going on. But my only problem was Sirius’ airing of one promo which began with “The AFC Divisional Playoffs”, then playing highlights of last night’s NFC Divisional playoff game between Arizona and Carolina with the Cardinals announcer saying, “and Arizona heads to the NFC Championship Game!” I don’t know who produced that, but it’s been playing throughout the afternoon and it should be corrected. I hope I’m wrong, but that’s what I’ve been hearing. Kind of strange for an official NFL media partner.
To your links.
Renee Nadeau of the Boston Herald writes that Gil Santos will remain as Voice of the New England Patriots even as he retires from WBZ Radio at the end of this month. Thanks to Bruce Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch for the link.
The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir says CBS’ Bill Cowher is keeping his options open even as he returns to the NFL Today for another season in 2009.
Newsday’s Neil Best has the transcript of CBS’ interview with Adam “Hit Man” Jones on Saturday.
Just citing one example, the New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman says there’s plenty of hate spewed at NBC for hiring Matt Millen for the Super Bowl. If you’ve read the stories I’ve linked to, the hate is coming from Detroit (understandably), and nowhere else.
Believe it or not, the voice of reason in the Matt Millen issue is Phil Mushnick of the New York Post.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union writes that Hit Man Jones unsuccessfully tried to play the sympathy card on CBS.
Laura Nachman feels Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s newest sportscaster tried a bit too hard on her first day, but says she’ll be fine.
Jim Williams of the DC/Baltimore Examiner speaks with Brian Billick about his rookie year in broadcasting.
Jay Adams from the Macon (GA) Telegraph writes that Fox went overboard in praising Florida’s Tim Tebow during the BCS Championship Game.
The Houston Chronicle has a video of the Rockets’ new radio broadcasting team.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business has a story on Comcast SportsNet’s new morning show which begins tomorrow.
Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the 3-D telecast of the BCS Championship Game came off as spotty.
The Sports Media Watch gives its weekend ratings predictions.
The Biz of Baseball says YES Network completed 2008 as the most watched regional sports network in the nation.
Carrie Muskat of MLB.com says Cubs fans will have plenty of chances to watch or listen to Spring Training games.
That will do it for now. I hope to get some NFL pregame quotage today. If I do, I’ll make sure to post it.