Black Friday Megalinks, Part II

Ken from Fang’s Bites here again with the second half of the Megalinks. Sorry for the delay.

Let me add a couple of things to the Weekend Viewing Picks that I had omitted from Part I.

The Bruins are in action Saturday against Detroit in a great Original Six matchup at the Garden. NESN has it at 7 p.m.

And the Celtics are in Charlotte Saturday night to take on the Bobcats. Comcast SportsNet has that game at 7.

Now let’s pick up where we left off from last time.

South
Jack Bogaczyk of the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail writes that West Virginia fans will see plenty of basketball games on TV this season.

Doug Nye of The State has some news and notes today.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says flex scheduling has Week 16 and 17 games up in the air.

Dave Darling of the Orlando Sentinel has some sports DVD’s, games, books and other gift ideas.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle has college football analysts split over the Texas-Oklahoma BCS rankings issue.

In the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ray Buck writes that Dick Vitale shows no sign of slowing down. And Ray has a story on how the Dallas Cowboys were made to look bad by playing football on the weekend of the JFK assassination.

From the Dallas Morning News, Barry Horn reviews the football action from Thanksgiving. And Barry predicts Giants-Cowboys will be the highest rated NFL game of the season.

Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman writes that ESPN/ABC’s Kirk Herbstreit is not traveling as much this season. And Mel has his weekly media notes.

Midwest

Over to Marc Katz of the Dayton Daily News who feels ESPN is overdoing it with the branding.

Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press says the NFL Network is no more than a luxury at this point.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that despite the merger of two local TV stations, their sports departments will operate independently.

Paul Christian of the Rochester Post-Bulletin says a new agreement between KSTC and the Minnesota State High School League restricts other TV stations from taping their own highlights.

West

Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News says College Gameday was right about the BYU-Utah game for the wrong reasons.

Jay Posner of San Diego Union-Tribune says Matt Vasgersian will say goodbye to San Diego this Sunday. Jay has last weekend’s ratings from San Diego.

John Maffei of the North County Times talks with a native San Diegan who’s joining the Golf Channel.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star says the Skins Game is just part of a big TV holiday weekend menu.

The Los Angeles Times’ Diane Pucin writes that about half of the NBA uses video games to check up on the competition.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News lists his Dubious Dozen, the worst sports media moments of the year. In his blog, Tom has some more moments that did not make his list. Tom has his usual extensive media notes. And Tom talks with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio about his new book.

Beth Bragg says despite ESPN not televising the Great Alaska Shootout this year, the SportsCenter theme can still be heard during the tournament.

Canada

William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail writes that when it comes to news, sports plays second fiddle.

Bill Harris of the Winnepeg Sun suggests putting the CFL Grey Cup on both CTV and TSN to satisfy fans who don’t have cable.

The Canadian Press reports that Barenaked Ladies have put their stamp on the old Hockey Night in Canada theme which is now property of CTV/TSN.

East and Mid-Atlantic

I’ll add some more links since the first part of the Black Friday Megalinks.

Connor Enis of the New York Times delves into the Ball State ranking controversy that was raised by Jason Whitlock on FoxSports.com.

National

Mitch Howard of Major League Soccer Talk says now is the time for ESPN and MLS to work together to improve the league’s tepid ratings.

Multichannel News reports the mtn. received its highest ratings ever for last week’s BYU-Utah game.

Joe Favorito says looks at some good and bad news on the football front.

Maury Brown in the Biz of Baseball says the unsealing of the records in the Barry Bonds-BALCO case unveils the weakness in the prosecution’s case.

That’s going to do it for the Megalinks. Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend.

Black Friday Megalinks, Part I

Ken from the Fang’s Bites blog with your weekly Friday media links.

Because I have to be in several places at once today and my employee here won’t shut up, I’m going to have to post the Black Friday Megalinks in two parts. So without further ado, I’ll provide the Weekend Viewing Picks.

Plenty of college football and college basketball this weekend. But we’ll go over the NFL first. After three blowouts on Thanksgiving, the NFL hopes the Week 13 action Sunday will be much closer. CBS has the doubleheader including the Patriots hosting Pittsburgh on WBZ and WPRI (of course WBCN on the radio). Fox has regional action and the NBC Sunday Night game is Chicago at Minnesota. Check out the entire schedule with coverage maps along with satellite TV and radio channel assignments in the NFL Viewing Picks.

This is essentially the final regular season weekend of college football. Last week, the Big Ten ended its regular season. Now it’s time for the ACC, Big East, Mountain West, Notre Dame, Pac 10 and SEC to wrap up their seasons before next week’s conference title games. Boston College hosts Maryland at 3:30 on Saturday afternoon (WCVB).To go over today’s and tomorrow’s games would make my head explode. So I highly recommend you go to the Black Friday Viewing Picks and the College Football Viewing Picks to review the action for today and tomorrow.

And there’s plenty of college basketball action on the ESPN platforms over the weekend including the Las Vegas Invitational, the Old Spice Classic in Orlando and the 76 Classic in Anaheim.

With golf officially in Silly Season, the annual Skins Game is on ABC at 1 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

HBO has Boxing After Dark Saturday night at 10.

Now to your links.

National

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand previews HBO’s new documentary, “Breaking the Huddle” which focuses on the integration of college football. I have a DVD of the doc and expect a review on Fang’s Bites over the weekend.

Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media blog notes that CBS decided to use three announcing teams for its SEC action this holiday weekend instead of making Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson pull double duty like last year.

Todd Spangler from Multichannel News talks about the NFL Network’s 3D test for Thursday’s Oakland-San Diego game.

The Big Lead supposedly has the picture of the woman who was caught cheating on her husband in a Metrodome bathroom stall.

East and Mid-Atlantic

From the Boston Globe, Nancy Marrapese-Burrell writes that Celtics CEO Wyc Grousbeck will make an appearance on Comcast SportsNet New England tonight.

Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette profiles WCVB sports anchor Mike Lynch who has emphasized high school sports in his more than 25 years with the station.

Newsday’s Neil Best says the MLB Network is preparing for its launch which is fast approaching on New Year’s Day. In his blog, Neil says ESPN is going to kick off the New Year with some silly stunts.

The New York Post’s Justin Terranova asks five questions of TNT/YES analyst Mike Fratello.

Laura Nachman notices that the Philadelphia ABC affiliate is looking for a new sports reporter.

That will conclude the first part of the Megalinks. The second part including the South, Midwest, West and Canadian links will be coming tonight.

Black Friday Linkage

First, I’m happy to be recognized by the Boston Globe Magazine for being on of the  Sixty-four websites on Boston life that you should know.

Any diehard Boston fan knows the game isn’t over until the blowhards weigh in, which makes bostonsportsmedia.com a great place to keep track of it all. Proprietor Bruce Allen mixes in his own observations with thorough wrap-ups from the “commentariat.”

On Patriots Daily, Britt Schramm has a preview of Steelers/Patriots, another game with huge playoff implications for the Patriots. Kerry J. Byrne says that this game will be the real test for Matt Cassel.

In the Globe OT yesterday, Chad Finn had a piece on Bill Belichick’s redemption this season.  

It’s interesting that there are two statements that were being put out there immediately after Brady’s injury by Patriots haters that you’re not seeing too much these days: “Now we’ll see what kind of coach Bill Belichick really is.” and “Bill Belichick’s record without Tom Brady is ________.”

Curt Schilling did a two-part article about the five year anniversary of his becoming a member of the Red Sox, as you recall it was Thanksgiving 2003 when the deal to bring Schilling to Boston was struck. Here’s Part 1 and Part 2.

In her Globe Sports Media column, Nancy Marrapese-Burrell chats with Wyc Grousbeck about the Celtics success. Jeff Goodman has a piece on how long this run could last for the Celtics. Tony Massarotti says we’re now learning the whole truth about Paul Pierce.

Bill Doyle chats with WCVB sports anchor Mike Lynch about the station’s coverage of High School sports, and touches on his relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

The consecutive week streak of BSMW mentions in Michael Felger‘s mailbag has been stopped at two.