Let’s provide some linkage on another snowy day in the Northeast. Seriously, this isn’t funny any more. One or two snowstorms to remind us that it’s winter is fine. Not one every other day as it seems. It took me an hour to get into work when it normally takes 20-30 minutes. And sometimes on a bad day, it can go for 40. But an hour was really bad. And we’re all bracing for another big one on Wednesday which will just wreak havoc with work schedules for snow removal. It’s all fun. And again, no comments about moving to Arizona or New Mexico or “You chose to live there”. Any of those comments will be immediately deleted.
Let’s do the links now.
We start with a story that is just hitting here, but started across the Atlantic where Sky Sports soccer analyst Andy Gray has now been fired stemming from another video showing him harassing a female host. Gray was suspended over the weekend for remarks he made about a female linesperson and a female soccer executive.
Dan Fogarty at SportsGrid also has reaction to Gray’s sacking.
Sports Illustrated’s Bryan Armen Graham has details on the new HBO Sports documentary on the Bjorn Borg-John McEnroe rivalry.
USA Today has a media gallery on the women who have starred in memorable Super Bowl ads. Danica Patrick and Betty White anyone?
Ron Callari at Inventor Spot talks about the social media aspect to this year’s Super Bowl commercials.
Sports Business Daily has the results of a new Harris Poll showing which are the U.S. favorite sports. No surprise about which one is on top.
Reid Cherner of USA Today’s Game On! blog says EA Sports is denying that there’s a glitch that allows for topless women on its Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’11 video game.
Fanhouse’s Milton Kent notes the stellar ratings for both the AFC and NFC Championship Games.
The Hollywood Reporter says Canadian network CTV has chosen the show that will follow Super Bowl XLV on February 6.
Brian Lowry of Fox Sports.com likes Troy Aikman of Fox Sports. Hmmmm.
My Twitter Trophy Wife, Amanda Rykoff of espnW, talks about how a last-minute decision to attend a breakfast turned out to be breaking news from New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman.
Todd Spangler at Multichannel News writes that ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN’s Buzzer Beater will be made available online for Time Warner Cable and Bright House subscribers as of today.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel says Syfy had good numbers for its Friday showing of WWE Smackdown.
Anthony Crupi in Mediaweek discusses the high ratings for the NFL Conference Championships on Sunday.
Crupi also writes that NBC Sports has created a new agency designed to market all aspects of the newly merged Comcast/NBC sports entities.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine says all signs point to a ratings record for Super Bowl XLV.
Kevin Baumer at the Business Insider Sports Page tells us there was a fake press release regarding New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and a Dr. Scholl’s Super Bowl ad.
Jay Busbee at Yahoo’s From the Marbles blog says Fox Sports El Jefe del Mundo David Hill wants shorter NASCAR races.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell finds out which NFL jerseys are among the most popular with women.
Darren notes that Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger isn’t too concerned about his marketing possibilities in the wake of recent off the field problems.
Darren reports that the secondary ticket market is making a good mint off selling space for people who want to see the Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium, but off a big TV.
The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir writes that Fox Sports’ Troy Aikman was not as hard as others regarding Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s injury during the NFC Championship.
Bob Raissman in the New York Daily News feels CBS’ Phil Simms got the job done on Sunday.
Raissman says CBS dealt with Roethlisberger’s suspension from earlier this season head on while ESPN tiptoed around it.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union writes that CBS College Sports stumbled upon a big college basketball game this week.
Dustin Long of the Virginian-Pilot has the transcript of a press conference between NASCAR reporters and Fox Sports El Jefe del Mundo David Hill.
Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune notes that Saints coach Sean Payton will be an ESPN employee during Super Bowl Week.
Barry Horn from the Dallas Morning News has a preview of tonight’s HBO Real Sports feature on Troy Aikman.
Pete Alfano from the Star-Telegram writes that organizers are expecting good weather for Super Bowl Week.
Mel Bracht from the Daily Oklahoman also previews Troy Aikman’s interview on Real Sports.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that his friend Peter King of Sports Illustrated will be profiled on Real Sports.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says this is a dark week on Chicago sports radio.
In Crain’s Chicago Business, Ed Sherman says he can no longer tolerate NFL Network’s Deion Sanders.
Ed says the Jay Cutler saga showed that it’s open hunting season on Twitter.
Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune notes that the NFC Championship Game did better in the local ratings than Super Bowl XLI when the Bears lost.
Frank Burlison of the Long Beach Press-Telegram says a local high school basketball team will get the national spotlight from ESPN next month.
Midwest Sports Fans says Tiger Woods may have helped his image by going on Twitter today.
Sports Media Watch notes the most watched NFL Championship Sunday since 1982.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog gets on CTV and Global for some bad decisions during NFL Championship Sunday.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media notes that the NHL on NBC season premiere on Sunday saw a ratings increase from last year.
Steve tells us that Sirius XM Howard 101 host Scott Ferrall gets some duties for NHL Radio this week.
Joe Favorito says the Jay Cutler story shows the perils of social media.
And that is going to do it for us now. We’re officially finished with the linkage.