Weekend Watch – Playoff Rematch

It’s another big football weekend on television.

The Patriots cap off the weekend with their first appearance on NBC’s new Sunday Night Football. Locally the game will be seen on 7NBC at 8:15 PM.

On Patriots All Access this week, Bill Belichick breaks out the telestrator to show why and how Javon Walker has made an immediate impact to the Broncos offense. They all feature a look at the Belichick/Mike Shanahan coaching matchup, and look at Tom Brady and Tedy Bruschi giving of their time to 3 families for a most worthwhile cause. The show airs Saturday at 7:00PM and is repeated Sunday morning at 10:00.

There’s an interesting article in this week’s edition of Patriots Football Weekly – Dan Heffron of Fairfax Va, saved up enough points with his Patriots Extra Points Visa Card to earn the reward of “Reporter for a Day.” His account of the day that he spent as a media member is quite descriptive, Heffron was given full media access, including parking, a stadium tour, and a seat in the press box. He reports that the press box might not be the neutral area that it is supposed to be, and gives his observations on Steve Burton recording live segments of Fifth Quarter “on the fly.”

The FSN Football hour is strong this week once again. On New England Tailgate, Steve DeOssie and Fred Smerlas do a good job at the telestrator, breaking down the 3-4 vs the 4-3 defense. On Four Downs with Felger, there was again lucid discussion among the panel of Felger, Ron Borges, Russ Francis and Don Banks. The show concluded with Felger talking to Logan Mankins about his incident in the Denver regular season game last season which resulted in his ejection from the game.

WEEI gets things going on Sunday with NFL Sunday at 9:00. ESPN Boston has their Patriots coverage with NFL Countdown from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM with Kevin Winter and Russ Francis. CBS4 has Patriots Game Day at 11:30 AM.

After the game, Patriots 5th Quarter will air on CBS4.

If you can’t get near a TV or Radio on Sunday night, but somehow have an internet connection, you can listen to the WBCN radio play-by-play feed online. Gil and Gino’s call of the game against Denver will be available on WBCN.com…The NFL prohibits it’s radio partners from streaming games on a regular basis; those are only available for a fee at NFL.com….but CBS Radio and the NFL have an agreement that allows each of the teams that are aired on CBS stations (Lions, Bears, Giants, Texans, Falcons, Patriots and Eagles) to make four games per season available for free on the station’s website… last week’s game was streamed, and the others that’ll be available will be the Colts game on November 5th and the Dolphins on December 10th.

The Patriots Game Day blog will once again be busy on Sunday, providing updates before, during and after the Patriots/Broncos game on NBC. You can have the latest stories, columns and blog entries on the Patriots all in one place on the Patriots Daily Links page. Tom Curran’s Blog on NBCSports.com is a good game day resource as well.

You can check the coverage from Denver in the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post and Colorado Springs Gazette. You can also look at the All Things Broncos blog from the Post.

For the rest of the NFL games on Sunday, we’ve got the weekly coverage maps to show what games will be shown in which areas. Here are the maps for the CBS Singleheader and the FOX 1PM and FOX 4PM games.

Bill Simmons has his week 3 NFL picks. Jim McCabe has his NFL selections for the week, as do Jim Lazar and Double D. For those looking for action, I.M. Bettoroffers up his advice for the weekend.

For the college games, get the listings on the College Football Schedule. Locally, Boston College takes on NC State at 7:00 on ESPN2.

The Red Sox will be in Toronto this weekend. Keep up with the storylines from up north on the Red Sox Daily Links page.

The Ryder Cup can be seen on NBC this weekend, Saturday at 8:00AM and Sunday 7:00AM.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to NECNs Chris Collins, whose father passed away earlier this week…

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WEEI took home two Marconi awards last night at The NAB Radio Show in Dallas. The sports station was named as Large Market Station of the Year and the Sports Radio Station of the Year.

Media Columns

New England

Susan Bickelhaupt looks at the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) changing its name to Versus and introducing three new original series to go along with their NHL broadcasts. Andrew Neff reports on Bangor sports radio WZON coming away with three awards from the Maine Association of Broadcasters. He also has more on Versus. David Scott looks at the Globe’s series on racial inequities in the college football coaching ranks and ESPN Boston rebranding itself as ‘Boston’s Football Station.’ John Howell looks at Joe Buck handling his role as both pregame host and main play-by-play an for FOX.

New York

Bob Raissman says that a subway series between the Mets and Yankees is not what FOX or MLB wants, no matter what they say. Phil Mushnick notes that the NFL broadcasts haven’t exactly always been educational to the viewers in the first two weeks of the season. Andrew Marchand reports that Allan Houston is in talks with ESPN about becoming a studio analyst. He also comments on the performances thus far of Charley Casserly and Tony Kornheiser in their TV roles. Marchand’s Memo of Week is to Dick Ebersol, suggesting some improvements for Football Night in America. He also poses five questions to Chris Berman. Who might have the toughest job in the NY sports? Neil Best talks to Patty Parker, who does most of the closed captioning for WFAN’s Mike & and Mad Dog afternoon radio show. Yes, she has to type out what the fast-talking Chris Russo says as he says it.

Mid-Atlantic

Aaron Bracy has legendary Phillies announcer Harry Kalas not planning on calling it quits anytime soon. At age 70, Kalas plans to sign a new contract this offseason for two years with a mutual option for a third. You can get more thoughts from Bracy on his blog, which seems to get updated frequently. Laura Nachman checks in with former ESPN reality series “Dream Job” finalist Brian Startare, who is now working in the industry for real. Bob Smizik reports on the Pirates promoting Greg Brown to co-No. 1 radio announcer alongside Lanny Frattare, who initiated the move and has been with the team since 1976 and long known as the “voice of the Pirates.” Michael Hiestand and Michael McCarthy play point-counterpoint on NFL broadcasts taking their studio shows outdoors on location. Hiestand’s column also has a look at the lack of former team GM’s in the television world. Jim Williams looks at coverage of the Ryder Cup on USA and NBC.

South

Jim Sarni notes that it was great to see Peter Gammons on the airwaves again this week. Barry Jackson isn’t so impressed thus far with NBC’s Football Night in America. He also comments on FOX, CBS and ESPN coverage thus far. Dave Darling says that the US needs to make a strong showing at the Ryder Cup. David Barron looks examines the army that ESPN is moving into New Orleans for this week’s Monday Night Football game between the Saints and Falcons that marks the return of the NFL to the city for the first time since hurricane Katrina. Barron has a blog as well.

Midwest

Judd Zulgad takes to task for numerous mistakes the low-level broadcast crew that FOX sent to cover the Vikings/Panthers game last Sunday. A particular target is analyst Bill Maas. Bob Wolfley has Shannon Sharpe underwhelmed with the Green Bay Packers, lumping them with Tampa Bay, Oakland and Tennessee as the least impressive team in the NFL. Jeffrey Flanagan reports on the controversy caused by Brent Musburger’s on-air comments involving signals used by USC quarterback John David Booty last Saturday night.

West Coast

Larry Stewart has Dan Fouts placing a call to Pete Carroll to ensure that there are no misunderstandings this week such as what took place with Musburger. He also has a look at the Ryder Cup coverage, which starts at 5:00AM Saturday and 4:00AM Sunday Pacific time, Monday Night Football in New Orleans and has a mention about the return of Peter Gammons. Jay Posner looks back at the calls of the crazy Padres-Dodgers game on Monday night. He also has the weekend TV ratings numbers for the San Diego area. Tom Hoffarth has more on the early morning Ryder Cup matches this weekend. John Maffei tells us how last weekend “Musburger again proved why he’s the worst announcer on network television.” Michael Lev has Dan Hicks facing the challenge of getting Ryder Cup viewers in the early mornings. Joe Davidson looks at a busy guy in Sacramento radio – KHTK’s Jason Ross.

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