We’re back after not being able to turn on the computer all day on Saturday. Right when I was about to blog yesterday, got a phone call from the parents asking me to accompany them to Massachusetts and it ended up being a total waste of time. Then it ended up that I was at the home office for the day and then I met up with friends last night so I never had a chance to provide links. I just hate when my day is planned for me without my knowledge. One of these days, I’ll have a weekend to myself.
Anyway, let’s do the links.
Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated has an appreciation of Bill Walton upon his recent retirement from broadcasting.
Terri Schlichenmeyer reviews CBS’ James Brown’s new book for the Lawrence (MA) Eagle-Tribune.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News feels Steve Phillips will have a hard time in finding another TV analyst position.
Today, Phil Mushnick of the New York Post extends his hate to the NFL Network.
In a quick hits column, Phil says he hates MMA and poker. Anything else, Phil? Maybe Phil should find another line of work that doesn’t cause him to hate everything.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union noticed that two sports programs were running simultaneously on one station. That’s what happens when you have automation on weekends and you don’t have anyone manning the station.
Pete also has your college football TV schedule for this week.
Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News writes that NFL Network and Time Warner are no closer to an agreement today than last month.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner writes that NASCAR will be the sole focus of ABC this afternoon.
Jim talks with NBA TV’s David Aldridge.
Tim Lemke of the Washington Times notes that Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and theDC NFL team are hooking up to provide content online.
Austin Meek of the Topeka (KS) Capital-Journal says ESPN will carry the game to decide the Big 12′s North Division this Saturday.
Dirk Facer from the Deseret (UT) News writes that ESPN’s College Gameday is paying the Mountain West Conference some respect this season.
Anthony Cimino of the Tucscon Citizen says ESPN’s College Gameday visits Arizona for the first time ever on Saturday.
Over to Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News who writes about an exhibit involving two of the greatest sports photographers of their generation.
Tom looks back at the last week in sports media.
Artie Gigantino of the San Francisco Examiner gives props to the networks for their tributes to the troops last week.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star says CBC’s Mike Milbury went too far in his comments two Saturdays ago.
Daphne Bramham of the Vancouver Sun writes about Battle of the Blades being a big ratings success for CBC.
Alex Weprin of Broadcasting & Cable talks with MLB Network’s/NBC’s Bob Costas about a myriad of topics including the Olympics, Comcast impending purchase of NBC and MMA (?).
John Eggerton of B & C says a local Cleveland TV station ensured that Monday Night’s game against Baltimore won’t be blacked out.
Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek writes that NBC still has a lot ad inventory to sell for the 2010 Winter Olympics with less than 90 days to go.
Peter King of CBS Radio News (not the one from Sports Illustrated) writes an appreciation of Vin Scully for Radio World.
Some NFL ratings news from the Sports Media Watch.
SMW says Fox saw a big ratings spike for its regional coverage in Week 9.
The ratings went the other way for CBS’ doubleheader.
The SMW notes that NFL Network got off to a good start with its Thursday Night Football opener.
SMW looks at the NFL’s ratings through the first 9 weeks of the season.
SMW notes that ABC’s ratings for primetime college football last week were lackluster.
And SMW has its usual weekend ratings predictions.
Joe Favorito notes that two Northern California sports franchises are doing positive things to expand their brands.
The Big Lead is getting more pictures of Jim Nantz’s 29 year old girlfriend.
And we’re done for the day. The Sunday NFL pregame quotage will come later today.