I think we might have our theme to fill the slow time on the sports radio airwaves between now and when pitchers and catchers report next month.
Discuss Bill Belichick’s manners.
They might mix in a little Super Bowl talk, or if the Red Sox make a move or the Celtics pull off a major trade that might fill a day or so, but I think we’re going to see a lot of talk about Belichick over the next few weeks. Just shoot me now.
Today we had John Dennis (he of the profanity-riddled, threatening voicemails) lecturing the Patriots coach on decorum. We had Dale Arnold disapproving of the coach with Michael Holley trying to defend him, and then we had The Big Show crew defending the coach.
I actually think the Pro Bowl might get some coverage around here as the media tries to see how Belichick deals with the numerous San Diego Chargers on the AFC roster.
The AFC and NFC championship games were big winners for CBS and FOX respectively.
CBS Sports’ coverage of the AFC Championship Game featuring the New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Jan. 21 (6:45-10:30 PM, ET), earned an average overnight household rating/share of 28.1/40, up +14% from a 24.6/44, in 2006 for (Pittsburgh-Denver; 3:15-6:15 PM, ET), and up +4% from 2005’s 27.0/38 (New England-Pittsburgh; 6:30-9:45 PM, ET).
FOX Sports concluded its 2006-2007 NFL campaign yesterday (1/21/07) with a bang, posting a 25.1/45 rating/share and an average audience of 43.2 million viewers as the Bears defeated the Saints in the NFC Championship Game, according to fast national figures released this afternoon by Nielsen Media Research.
– With an average audience of 43.2 million viewers, Sunday’s Saints/Bears contest ranks as the most-watched NFC Championship Game in ten years (since 46.3 million tuned in for Panthers vs. Packers in 1997). Nielsen Media Research estimates that just under 75 million people tuned in for at least part of yesterday’s game.
Bill Simmons laments the Patriots loss in the AFC title game.
Mike Reiss has a season-ending mailbag on Boston.com.
Michael Felger held a chat at the Boston Herald website today. See if you can make heads or tails of it.
Cold Hard Football Facts continues to cheerfully eat crow over Peyton Manning’s performance.
Michael Gee explains the formula to figure out what to expect from Bill Belichick or any NFL coach on any given day.
Neil Best has Boomer Esiason talking about Belichick’s behavior on Sunday.
Peter King weighs in on Bill Parcells’ decision to call it a career.
Bob Raissman says that a return to television is likely in the future for Parcells.
Boston doesn’t have the monopoly on egomaniacal sportswriters. If Pat Burrell is no Joe DiMaggio, then Bill Conlin is certainly no Grantland Rice.
Richard Sandomir notes that Shannon Sharpe is a showman on the air and off.
Dan Caesar examines whether FOX is going to continue Joe Buck in his dual roles of pregame host and top play-by-play man for the future.
John Donovan looks at how MLB’s deal with DirecTV could leave a majority of fans without access to the Extra Innings package.
ESPN is going all-out with their NASCAR coverage for the upcoming season.
ESPN and ESPN on ABC’s coverage of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series will be the most technologically advanced programming in the history of televised motorsports, according to Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer, remote production.
“ESPN’s presentation of NASCAR will be state of the art at every level of production,” said Drake. ”We have built a production plan that will provide a truly exceptional presentation to our viewers.”
Every ESPN broadcast will be done entirely in High Definition. Other enhancements include HD in-car cameras, grass cam, wall cam, crew cams, pit overhead cams, blimps and multiple robotic cameras at various points around the tracks.
NASCAR Busch Series on ESPN2 will also be carried in HD, and will use the Sportvision technology, which is a series of on-screen pointers with specific information on different cars in real time.
For its NASCAR Countdown studio shows that will precede all NASCAR race telecasts, ESPN will originate from the most technologically-advanced traveling studio ever used in sports television. The studio, which weighs nearly 78,000 pounds and will travel to 26 NASCAR tracks this season, will allow ESPN to bring the look and feel of its Bristol, Conn.,-based studio shows such as SportsCenter and Sunday NFL Countdown to the tracks.
The mobile pit studio will be outfitted with state-of-the-art LED lighting, three robotic HD cameras and a dramatic, contoured, video display fronting the anchor desk. Situated near the pits at every track, the studio will be elevated 14 feet while in use and 30 foot glass windows will give viewers a look at the cars, grandstands and pageantry prior to the race start.
7:00pm, NESN – Florida St @ Boston College
7:00pm, ESPN – Indiana @ Illinois
8:00pm, Versus – NHL Young Stars Game and SuperSkills challenge
9:00pm, NESN – Virginia Tech @ Miami
9:00pm, ESPN – Alabama @ Auburn
10:00pm, Versus – San Diego St @ UNLV