Monthly Archives: June 2011

Primetime & Late Night Viewing Picks

Cycling Tour de France Preview — Versus, 7 p.m. MLB Interleague Cincinnati at Tampa Bay — Fox Sports Ohio/Sun Sports, noon Los Angeles Dodgers at Minnesota — Fox Sports Prime Ticket/Fox Sports North, 1 p.m. Atlanta at Seattle — SportSouth/Root Sports Northwest, 3:30 p.m. Cleveland at Arizona — STO/Fox Sports Arizona, 3:30 p.m. Boston at […]

Fang’s Bites at Boston Sports Blogapalooza

The lovely Jessica Camerato of Comcast SportsNet interviewed four bloggers at Boston Sports Blogapalooza including yours truly about why we attended Saturday’s event at West End Johnnie’s. Carl Desberg of Boston Sports Then & Now, Kat Hasenauer of Sports Girl Kat, Bob Hyldburg of Total Patriots and myself were interviewed. Now three of the four […]

TNT Airs “Wide Open” Coverage From Daytona On Saturday Night

TNT will offer its “Wide Open” coverage of the Daytona 400 on Saturday night, live from the Daytona International Speedway. This means commercial-free coverage, plenty of racing and animated sponsor messages throughout the race. I know that NASCAR fans hate missing action during the breaks and this allows for fans to see everything as it […]

Fox Soccer Crows About Gold Cup Final Ratings

Fox Soccer received an audience of just over 950 thousand viewers and gained a rating of 1.43 for the USA-Mexico Gold Cup Final game on Saturday. Combined with the Univision numbers, you had a total audience of almost 9 million people watching soccer on a dead night for TV (or so the networks would have […]

Providing Your Tuesday Linkage

Let’s go for your links today. Starting with Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, he explores whether the Women’s World Cup can find an audience and he also scolds Pierre McGuire. Steve Weiberg of USA Today says a group of former college athletes is suing ESPN and CBS plus other networks for using their likenesses on […]

10th Annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Telethon Airs In Late August

I can’t believe this will be the 10th edition of the Jimmy Fund Telethon that airs on both WEEI and NESN. This is a simulcast that airs from Fenway Park and raises money for the Jimmy Fund, which is official charity of the Boston Red Sox. Money raised goes to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in […]

Primetime & Late Night Viewing Picks

College Baseball College World Series, Omaha, NE Championship Series Game 2/South Carolina vs. Florida — ESPN, 8 p.m. MLB Interleague Boston at Philadelphia — MLB Network/NESN/Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Cincinnati at Tampa Bay — Fox Sports Ohio/Sun Sports, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at New York Yankees — MLB Network/Fox Sports Wisconsin/YES, 7 p.m. New York […]

Recap of Boston Sports Blogapalooza III

I had the opportunity last Saturday to attend the third incarnation of Boston Sports Blogapalooza at West End Johnnie’s in Boston. Organized by Joe Gill of the site Boston Sports Then & Now, the event has grown by leaps and bounds from each previous edition. With more than 150 bloggers in attendance on Saturday, there’s […]

Universal Sports Brings A Whole Slew of Skiing Events Into The Fold

Announced today by NBC Sports Group’s Universal Sports arm, the Olympic sports channel has signed a five year deal to air a whole slew of skiing events including Alpine Skiing, Ski Jumping, Cross Country, Nordic Combined and Snowboarding. Universal Sports will get to show events from the International Ski Federation starting this year and run […]

Pierre McGuire Creeps People Out

It’s a well-known fact that Pierre McGuire is a close talker. He’s that guy who stands too close to you to talk. There are several examples on YouTube like this video from 2008 during TSN’s coverage of the NHL Trade Deadline when Pierre stood way too close to Darren Dutchyshen. Why does he have to […]

Charissa Thompson Moves To ESPN

I like to think that Fang’s Bites was one of the first blogs to jump on the Charissa Thompson bandwagon back in 2007 when she started getting national exposure on Fox Sports Net and Big Ten Network. Since then, she’s worked on Fox Sports’ NFL coverage on the sidelines, been a co-host on the Best […]

Pierre McGuire To Work For NBC/Versus on NHL & Olympics(??????)

The man who has done tremendous damage on NHL on NBC broadcasts since 2006 and on Versus starting this year will do even more as Pierre McGuire has signed a new full-time contract with the NBC Sports Group. McGuire who has split time between NBC/Versus and TSN in Canada will leave the Great White North […]

ESPN2’s Wimbledon Schedule For The Rest Of This Week

If you’re a tennis fan, then you know that ESPN2’s Wimbledon schedule has to air around NBC’s tape delayed shenanigans this week. ESPN2 begins its coverage at 7 a.m. through Friday, then stop at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, then resumes at 1 p.m. and then on Thursday and Friday, ESPN2 will be on […]

NFL Network To Begin Airing “Hard Knocks” With The New York Jets On July 3

On Sunday, NFL Network begins airing the Emmy Award-winning HBO/NFL “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the New York Jets” this Sunday night following the finale of “The Top 100: Players of 2011”. Then on Monday, NFL Network will run a Hard Knocks marathon to include past seasons of the series which include the Kansas City […]

Showtime Sports Statement on Nick Charles

Trying to clear out some press releases that have arrived today. This is Showtime’s statement on the passing of Nick Charles. He called Showtime’s ShoBox: The Next Generation with Steve Farhood and Al Bernstein. Here is what Showtime is saying. From all of us at SHOWTIME Sports on the passing of Nick Charles: For nearly […]

A Monday Link Thing

Let’s do the Monday linkage. Some interesting stories out there already. I’ll start with some housekeeping from the weekend in regards to Saturday’s passing of Nick Charles. Sports Illustrated’s Joe Posnanski who wrote a wonderful and poignant article in March on Nick’s coming to peace with his cancer and how he attempted to make every […]

Versus Airs Tour de France; NBC To Air 1st Two Stages

To signify the increased synergy throughout the NBC Sports Group, Versus will air the Tour de France as usual, but NBC will air the first two stages for the first time. During the last two weekends of the Tour, CBS would air highlights under its Sports Spectacular program. I’m thinking with this announcement, that arrangement […]

Are You Ready For Some (Thursday Night) Football?

As the two sides in the NFL lockout reportedly get closer to a labor agreement (let us certainly hope this is the case), one development that has come from the talks is the compromise over a proposed 18 game season. As the players did not want two extra games citing injuries and increased meaningless late […]

Primetime & Late Night Viewing Picks

College Baseball College World Series, Omaha, NE Championship Game 1/Florida vs. South Carolina — ESPN, 8 p.m. MLB American League Toronto at Detroit — Rogers Sportsnet/Fox Sports Detroit, 6 p.m. Interleague Cincinnati at Tampa Bay — ESPN2/Fox Sports Ohio/Sun Sports, 7 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers at Minnesota — Fox Sports Prime Ticket/Fox Sports North, 8 […]