I’ve been trying to do linkage today since I haven’t done any since Wednesday. Work is crazy. Dealing with family is crazy. But since 9 a.m., I’ve been trying to do links, but haven’t been able to get to it as I get phone calls asking to do errands and then I get bogged down. I hope I can get this done without being interrupted.
By the way, I’ll be live blogging the Super Bowl ads and grading them just as I have for the last two years. I hope you’ll join me.
We’ll start with a very interesting story today. David Roth and Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal report that a tape of Super Bowl I has been found and been restored. It’s not a complete tape, but it’s the first known copy to be found as it’s been thought for years that the tape has been lost. If you don’t know, both CBS and NBC aired Super Bowl I, which wasn’t called the Super Bowl then. Neither network saved the tape, but apparently a private citizen did. Very good find.
A few stories from the Nielsen Ratings Wire blog. First, we find that most Americans will watch the Big Game at home.
The Nielsen Wire blog notes that most of the online buzz for the Super Bowl leans towards Green Bay.
And Nielsen looks at which advertiser will reap the rewards of not only buzz for its commercial, but also getting revenue from consumers.
Brian Steinberg of Advertising Age has the advertisers in today’s Super Bowl.
Brian says Chrysler is paying for a 2 minute Super Bowl spot.
Todd Spangler of Multichannel News writes that the Cox Communications worker responsible for inserting a porn clip into Super Bowl XLIII on Comcast Tucson, AZ systems has been arrested and charged.
Jon Lafayette from Broadcasting & Cable says NBC Sports is putting its stamp on Golf Channel.
Milton Kent of Fanhouse says Fox is going for some more creativity in its Super Bowl pregame show.
Milton writes that Fox Sports’ Super Bowl statistician is hoping to remain anonymous during today’s game.
Milton tells us that the Super Bowl is just another game to Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.
Marcus Vanderberg from SportsNewser notes that one of the men in the Visa ad who has attended every Super Bowl will not be at the game today.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says bad weather in Dallas definitely hurt the local economy during Super Bowl Week.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times takes a walk back in time to remember the “Playoff Bowl” which was played the week after the NFL Championship Game or the Super Bowl. Seriously.
To Bob Raissman from the New York Daily News who makes no sense today.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post makes even less sense than Raissman.
Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record offers the thoughts of Fox’s announcers on the Super Bowl quarterbacks.
Mark Kaboly in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review talks with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.
Teresa F. Lindman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says cell phone companies are increasing capacity around Cowboys Stadium as fans will be Tweeting and going on Facebook during the game.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner talks with Fox Sports President Eric Shanks about today’s Super Bowl production.
Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Fox’s Troy Aikman is expected to take a bigger role in the Metroplex’s bid for Super Bowl XLVI in 2016.
Gary West from the Star-Telegram says ESPN’s crew is deeming its visit to Sundance Square disappointing based on the weather and what could have been.
Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has your Super Bowl viewing guide today.
Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune explains why we’re seeing big name musical acts for Super Bowl halftime in recent years.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says KMOX is bringing back the Cardinals radio announcers for the long-term.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News continues his discourse with SoCal announcers on Vin Scully.
He talks with former Lakers announcer Paul Sunderland.
Tom has words with Cal State-Northridge announcer Dave Caldwell.
Tom gets advice from former USC announcer Larry Kahn.
Tom finds former Angels announcer and current Detroit Tigers TV voice Mario Impremba.
Tom gets to Dodger pregame host, Josh Suchon.
Tom hears from a minor league baseball and hockey play-by-play man.
Tom talks with former ESPN’er and Lakers announcer Larry Barnett.
Tom gets advice from current Lakers radio voice Spero Dedes.
And Tom speaks with a sportscasting professor on Vin Scully.
Finally, Tom writes about Vin Scully the man.
The Big Lead has three finalists to replace Rob Neyer at ESPN.com.
Sports Media Watch has its Weekend Ratings Predictions.