A Snowy Friday Megalinks

Ken from Fang’s Bites happy to be inside as the snow falls.

Anyway, time do to the megalinks, but as always, we begin with the Weekend Viewing Picks.

The Patriots host the Arizona Cardinals in what is expected to be some bad weather at Foxboro. Fox25 has the game with Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa with the call. Then in primetime, NBC has the Carolina Panthers-New York Football Giants game at 8:15 p.m. Check out the games, announcing assignments and distribution maps in the NFL Viewing Picks.

The Bruins play an afternoon game at the Garden on Saturday hosting Carolina. NESN has the game starting at 1 p.m.

The Celtics get another Saturday off and host the Knicks Sunday night at 6. Comcast SportsNet carries the game as usual.

College Bowl season kicks off Saturday with four games starting with the EagleBank Bowl between Wake Forest and Army on ESPN at 11 a.m. (?) You can see the matchups and times in the 2008-09 College Bowl Schedule.

There’s a lot of college basketball on Saturday including a doubleheader on CBS and plenty of games on the ESPN family of networks. NESN will have former Big East rivals Providence College and Boston College squaring off Saturday at 4 p.m. The URI Rams take on Oklahoma State at the All-College Classic on ESPN Classic, Saturday night at 7:30. Check out the schedule for the weekend in the College Basketball Viewing Picks.

ESPN2 carries the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship pitting Penn State against Stanford, Saturday night at 8.

NBC carries Tiger Woods’ golf tournament, the Chevron World Challenge this weekend, Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tiger is expected to join Dan Hicks and Roger Maltbie in the 18th tower sometime during the telecast to talk about his recovery from surgery and when he expects to rejoin the PGA Tour.

Now let’s get to your links.

National

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says this season’s edition of the NHL Winter Classic, the outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks could lead to some big ratings.

From the Puck The Media blog, Steve Lepore gives praise to NESN for bringing two cancer patients from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston to call play-by-play for portions of Tuesday’s Canadiens-Bruins game.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell talks with MLB Network head honcho Tony Petitti about the largest channel launch in cable TV history.

Christopher Byrne’s Eye on Sports Media blog has a guest column today from a Technical Director who gives us an idea of what it is like inside a production truck.

The Big Lead notices one website that is defending ESPN’s Ed Werder in his battle with Terrell Owens.

The Sox & Dawgs blog says the NFL Network got a bit goofy during its postgame on Thursday night.

Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News writes that MSG Network will start depending on original entertainment programming.

Mike also writes that CBS College Sports will make its coverage of a high school basketball tournament available to Big Cable’s Video On Demand services in participating states.

Also from Multichannel, R. Thomas Umstead writes that the next big boxing pay per view fight could be Manny Pacquaio vs. Ricky Hatton.

Anthony Crupi from Mediaweek says ESPN/ABC received good ratings for college football.

The Sports Media Watch says for one night, ESPN’s top NBA and college basketball announcing teams will switch sports.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe catches up with former NESN anchor Hazel Mae who’s now part of the MLB Network.

The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick is complaining about something.

Also from the Post, Justin Terranova talks with CBS’ Phil Simms about Sunday night’s Panthers-Giants game. Justin has five questions for ESPN college football analyst Bob Davie.

From the New York Daily News, Bob Raissman feels Yankees GM Brian Cashman has too much of a thin skin when it comes to dealing with the media.

Newsday’s Neil Best talks with CBS Big Kahuna Les Moonves about CBS-owned WFAN. In his blog, Neil asks Les about WFAN morning team Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton. And Neil asks Les if he rejected the idea of Miami talk show host Sid Rosenberg rejoining WFAN. Neil feels it’s funny to have Bob Papa, the Voice of the Giants, calling the final game at Texas Stadium on Saturday. Neil has a fascinating discussion with former ABC Monday Night Football producer Don Ohlmeyer.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union lists his top 10 play-by-play men.

Laura Nachman writes that Philadelphia all-news station KYW will have its sportscasts outsourced to sister station, all-sports station WIP.

Chuck Bausman of the Philadelphia Daily News previews ESPN’s Outside the Lines story on the reunion of Julius Erving and his daughter, Alexandra Stevenson.

Ray Frager from the Baltimore Sun writes that locker room drama is not restricted to the Dallas Cowboys.

South

Roger van der Horst of the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer says a long-time local TV sports anchor has retired. Roger says the NBA national TV schedule is heavily skewered towards playoff teams.

Doug Nye of The State has some sports viewing suggestions for your Christmas holiday.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes that Panthers play-by-play man Randy Moller is using listeners’ suggestions to call goals.

Dave Darling of the Orlando Sentinel reviews the year in sports ads.

Ray Buck from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram talks with the NBC Sports production team for the NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.

David Barron in the Houston Chronicle says this weekend will feature a smorgasbord of high school football championship games.

The Dallas Morning News’ Barry Horn says Dallas is not on the list of cities that will participate in the 3-D BCS Championship Game test. Barry says the Closing Ceremonies for Texas Stadium will be carried live nationally and locally.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman says the plug has been pulled on a sports radio station. Mel looks at the Oklahoma City ratings from last week. And Mel says Stillwater, Oklahoma will be the only city in the Sooner State that will have a cinema showing the 3-D BCS Championship Game.

Midwest

Marc Katz of the Dayton Daily News writes that a local TV station has no plans to cut sports from its daily newscasts.

Michael Zuidema from the Grand Rapids (MI) Press says a local theater will have the 3-D presentation of the BCS Championship Game.

Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune has the weekend viewing picks for the local area.

Ed Sherman from Crain’s Chicago Business has some various news and notes. Ed also toured the NHL Winter Classic preparations at Wrigley Field. And Ed talks with ESPN’s Mike Tirico.

Paul Christian of the Rochester Post-Bulletin says there’s going to be a lot of basketball to watch on Christmas Day.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the St. Louis Rams have been no fun for broadcasters this season. And Dan says the management team has been named for the city’s newest sports radio station.

West

Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News says the Mountain West Conference is finally getting some love.

Jay Posner from the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that a local high school football wrap up show is must see TV.

Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times talks with NBA TV’s Gary Payton about his transition to television.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News looks at Sports Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business. Tom has some news and notes in his blog. Tom reviews the week in blogging.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News writes that 49ers voice Joe Starkey is stepping down to focus on calling the Cal Bears. John Ryan of the Mercury News says Sunday is shaping up as a day to catch up on holiday shopping for Bay Area football fans.

Gary Washburn of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer writes that former Sonics voice Kevin Calabro will be back behind the mic on Christmas Day calling an NBA game for ESPN Radio.

That’s going to do it for now.

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About Ken Fang

A former award-winning radio reporter, Ken Fang lives in Rhode Island and blogs at Fang's Bites and Fang's Bites at BSMW. You can also follow him on Twitter and Facebook. In addition to sports media, he is addicted to The Amazing Race and Mad Men.

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