Ken from Fang’s Bites here again. After being away from the office for most of Friday and then trying to catch up with some blog housekeeping, I find it’s very late, but I’ll combine Friday’s and Saturday’s links.

This weekend for sports does not have football, but it does have the NHL All-Star Game in Montreal, the Celtics hosting Dallas on the season premiere of the NBA on ABC and the Australian Open continues in Melbourne. The PGA Tour is in Arizona for the Bob Hope Classic and if you care, there’s the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Check out the Weekend Viewing Picks for an entire listing of sports.

You can also click on the College Basketball Viewing Picks for the national and regional schedule of games this weekend.

Let’s get to the links.


USA Today’s Michael Hiestand has a look at NBC Sports hiring two ex-coaches to join an ex-GM for its Super XLIII coverage next week.

USA Today’s Michael McCarthy has the results of the NFL announcer readers poll.

Arash Markazi of has his pick for Sexiest Sportscaster.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell is down to the Final Four of his “As Seen on TV” products tournament.

Joe Favorito is disturbed by the trend of cutting sports from local TV newscasts.

The Big Lead has an excellent interview with the venerable Al Michaels of NBC Sports.

The Sports Media Watch says the NHL on NBC continues to gain momentum.

Maury Brown of the great Biz of Baseball blog writes that the MLB Network may become a bone of contention down the road.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe writes that Versus is making in-roads in the cable ratings.

Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette talks with NESN’s Tom Caron who’s calling a lot of hockey this weekend.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News writes that HBO plans to fully cover the Shane Mosley-BALCO connection during tonight’s edition of World Championship Boxing.

The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick pays tribute to his late colleague, Jose Torres.

Justin Terranova of the Post talks with ESPN/ABC’s Jeff Van Gundy about his old Knicks team. Justin has five questions for Versus/NBC’s Mike Emrick who will call NHL All-Star Weekend.

Newsday’s Neil Best says if the New York Islanders did leave for Kansas City as they threaten, the team would certainly not receive as much money for TV rights fees. Neil says Miami sports radio host Sid Rosenberg returns to the Imus in the Morning show for next week.

Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun writes about sports radio personality Anita Marks’ signing of a new contract to stay with her station.

Jim Williams of the DC/Baltimore Examiner writes that the Washington Capitals will have plenty of representation during this weekend’s NHL All-Star Game. And Jim writes that even without football, it’s still a big sports weekend.


Doug Nye of The State is still buzzing after watching this week’s South Carolina upset over Florida which was on Fox Sports Carolinas.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes about the sports radio ratings for South Florida.

Dave Darling from the Orlando Sentinel says one local station is flipping back to sports.

To the Fort Worth Star-Telegram where Ray Buck talks with ESPN’s Cris Carter and Keyshawn Johnson about Pro Football Hall of Fame candidate Bob Hayes.

The Dallas Morning News’ Barry Horn talks with former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin about his proposed reality show. Barry mentions the end of the Cowboys’ relationship with its flagship radio stations.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle writes that a local sports radio host picks up some TV duties.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman says English sports radio stations may be dwindling in Oklahoma City, but that’s not the case with Spanish sports stations. Mel has his media notes for this weekend.


Marc Katz of the Dayton Daily News talks with Cincinnati Reds TV analyst Jeff Brantley.

Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids Press looks at the NBC Sports conference call hyping Super Bowl XLIII.

Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes about two ex-Super Bowl winning coaches joining NBC’s roster of analysts for next Sunday’s Big Game.

Ted Cox of the Chicago Daily Herald says sports radio station WSCR may have a gift horse waiting in the wings.

Ed Sherman of Chicago Crain’s Business has a quick sports business roundup.

Paul Christian from the Rochester Post-Bulletin looks at Versus’ plans for the NHL All-Star Game.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that ratings for sports radio went down in the last period. Dan says the Arizona Cardinals fared well in the ratings last week. And Dan has the ratings for the radio stations.


Scott D. Pierce from the Deseret Morning News looks at the continued dispute between the mtn. and Dish Network.

Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic talks with Phoenix Coyotes’ voice Dave Strader.

Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune talks with new Padres TV voice Mark Neely.

John Maffei from the North County Times has a look at the demise of sports radio in San Diego.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star writes that the Super Bowl will have plenty of storylines.

Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times says getting news out of Lance Armstrong’s comeback in Australia has been difficult.

Tom Hoffarth in the Los Angeles Daily News chronicles TNT’s preparation for Monday’s Cavs-Lakers game. Tom has his usual extensive media news and notes in his blog. Tom looks back at his week in blogging. Tom previews Phil Jackson’s interview with Magic Johnson on Sunday. And Tom has the top 2008 L.A. sports moments as voted by the L.A. Sports Council.

John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury has classless comments from Jay “The Rat” Mariotti.

Gary Washburn in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has ESPN’s Cris Carter and Keyshawn Johnson split over the Seahawks’ draft options.


William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail feels it’s time to put the NHL All-Star Game to sleep.

That will do it. I’ll be back next week.