Monthly Archives: June 2011

Get Ready For “The Franchise” and “The Beard”

On July 13, Showtime premieres what it’s calling an uncensored look at the San Francisco Giants as they come off a World Series Championship. MLB Productions has been filming inside the Giants to produce “The Franchise” which began as a sneak preview before the season began. Now, we get to see what happens during the […]

This Week, It’s Sports Illustrated’s Annual “Where Are They Now?” Issue

This will be the 12th annual “Where Are They Now?” issue in Sports Illustrated. It’s always fascinating to catch up with sports heroes of yesteryear and some of the athletes we’ll read about include Michelle Akers of the 1998 USA Women’s National Soccer Team which won the World Cup, the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates and some […]

Ratings For First Half of TNT’s NASCAR Summer Series Up From 2010

Continuing on the trend of the 2011 NASCAR season, TNT is saying that through the first half of its six race NASCAR Sprint Cup season, ratings are up 7% from last year and averaging a 3.1 rating thus far. In addition, the races are averaging a viewership of just under 5.1 million people. Last Saturday’s […]

NFL Network’s “The Top 100: Players of 2011″ Concludes Sunday

While the lockout has continued, NFL Network had original programming unveiling the Top 100 Players of today. It was similar to NFL’s Top 100, the naming of the greatest players of all time with introductions and tributes from one person discussing the player being shown on the screen. I haven’t seen this version yet, but […]

NFL Network’s Programming Through Tuesday

We have what’s on NFL Network through early next week. Check out what’s on tap on too. NFL NETWORK & NFL.COM PROGRAMMING NOTES (6/28 – 7/5) TOP 10 PLAYERS REVEALED ON FINAL EDITION OF THE TOP 100: PLAYERS OF 2011 SUNDAY, JULY 3 AT 8:00 PM ET Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Live In-Studio on […]

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 […]