This day has been a headspinner as there was too much commotion at my Massachusetts office and the minute I step into the Rhode Island office, there was too much commotion. It’s the type of day where college basketball needs to reign supreme and thankfully, the NCAA Tournament is back in action. In case you’re wondering who is calling the games, check out my post on the Sweet Sixteen tip times.
Now to the links.
USA Today’s Mike McCarthy says former NFL coach Bill Parcells returns to ESPN for a one-time special on the Draft.
Tim Gardner of USA Today says Virginia Commonwealth University is taking the opportunity to bash ESPN’s Dick Vitale.
Reid Cherner from USA Today looks at a new movie based on high school wrestling.
At the Sporting News, Tripp Mickle of Sports Business Daily/Journal writes that the NASCAR Media Group is trying to diversify its portfolio.
Interesting interview conducted by XX Sports Radio with CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus who assesses how the first week of the NCAA Tournament went under the new CBS/Turner Sports consortium.
Adweek’s Anthony Crupi says CBS/Turner made the NCAA Tournament into a viewing masterpiece.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine says Turner Media Group is using real-time billboards to keep commuters updated on the NCAA Tournament.
Marcus Vanderberg from SportsNewser says the two Oregon men arrested for stealing the Lee Corso head from the College GameDay set have pleaded guilty to the theft.
Glenn Davis at SportsGrid says Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi went too far in asking whether University of Florida basketball players are engaging in premarital sex.
Dan Daley at Sports Video Group looks at how TV production crews try to pick up the crack of the bat during MLB games.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell talks with Tiger Woods about his new pricey iPhone app.
Brian Lowry of Fox Sports proposes a new NCAA Tournament drinking game to liven up your watching of college basketball.
Lynette Rice of Entertainment Weekly says Eliza Dushku will play the character based on Friend of Fang’s Bites Michelle Beadle in the new CBS sitcom that will star Damon Wayans who is supposedly playing a character based on ESPN Radio hack Colin Cowherd.
Eliza made the announcement on her Facebook page and on Twitter last night.
Tom Renner of The Daily Fairfield (CT) recaps an appearance made by four ESPN SportsCenter anchors led by Bob Ley.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says WPIX has announced its Mets schedule for 2011.
In the New Jersey Newsroom, Evan Weiner writes that we may not like it, but sports owners are entitled to every penny they make from sweetheart stadium revenue deals.
Keith Groller from the Allentown (PA) Morning Call says former CBS college basketball
bitter curmudgeon analyst Billy Packer will be on HBO next week.
Laura Nachman says Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia has announced its 2011 Phillies schedule.
Jen Royle writes her last post for MASN as she leaves the regional sports network to focus on radio.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner notes that Jen will be the host of a new Baltimore Orioles-centric pre and post game show.
Jim says the ratings prove that viewers like having access to all of the NCAA Tournament games.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says through TV and mobile apps, fans are finding ways to watch the NCAA Tournament.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel talks with CBS’ Clark Kellogg.
Bob also talks with ESPN’s Jay Bilas.
Baxter Holmes of the Los Angeles Times notes that Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller was once on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
ESPN Films documentary on “The Fab Five” will air in Canada next week.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog notes that the Canadian Soccer Championships will be on TV once again.
Dave Kohl from Major League Programs talks about the NCAA Tournament coverage.
We’ll end with a video that’s making the rounds of the sports blogosphere today. It’s Funny of Die getting Screamin’ Gus Johnson to describe some of the greatest moments in history as only Gus can.
And we’re done.