Ken from Fang’s Bites with your Friday megalinks again. Let’s do your Weekend Viewing Picks.
It’s wall to wall college basketball this weekend as the conference tournaments speed toward Selection Sunday and the NCAA Tournament. Thirteen conference championships will be decided Saturday with another four on Sunday. The Big East Championship will be played at Madison Square Garden on ESPN at 9 p.m. The ACC has its semifinals starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday then its championship on Sunday at 1 p.m. TV-38 in Boston, CW28 in Providence and TV 36 in Portland will carry the games this weekend. And if you’re not near a TV, you can watch the games on your computer here. The College Basketball Viewing Picks has the entire conference tournament schedule for the weekend and will be updated with the matchups as they become available.
If you’re looking for a respite from college basketball, there’s the World Baseball Classic which is now in the second round of play. Team USA takes on Puerto Rico, Saturday night at 8 on MLB Network.
The Celtics take on Milwaukee, Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast SportNet. ABC has one NBA game Sunday pitting the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers at 3:30 p.m. ESPN follows with a night game, Phoenix at Golden State at 9.
The Bruins have a Saturday as well as a Sunday matinee. Saturday at 1, the B’s host the New York Islanders. On Sunday at 3 p.m., the Bruins will be in Pittsburgh. Both games will be on NESN.
In other hockey action, the NHL Network carries CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada doubleheader, Calgary at Toronto and Colorado at Edmonton starting at 7 p.m. Saturday. NBC has the lame matchup between the Flyers and New York Rangers, Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Tiger Woods is well behind Phil Mickelson in the WGC-CA Championship heading into Saturday’s third round, but that has not stopped Tiger from coming back before. NBC has weekend coverage of the tournament starting at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
Showtime has a Super Middleweight boxing title fight between Lucian Bute and Fulgencio Zuniga, live from Montreal, Saturday night at 11.
The Weekend Viewing Picks have the sports viewing alternatives as well as primetime picks.
Now to your links.
USA Today’s Michael McCarthy talks with CBS’ Greg Anthony who goes into his first year analyzing the NCAA Tournament.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell notes that a ticket to this year’s Final Four in Detroit will come cheap as compared to other years. Darren writes about Italian trading card company Panini taking over U.S. company Donruss Playoff. Darren talks with PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem about sports sponsorships. Darren wonders if Tiger Woods came back worse than before his knee injury. And Darren praises an imaginative video by a 14 year old boy seeking a job for his dad who was laid off by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Sports Media Watch says last Sunday’s Duke-North Carolina game on CBS was the highest rated college basketball game of the season.
I have a column at Digital Sports Daily on the college basketball action this weekend.
Joseph De Avila of the Wall Street Journal writes about the variety of sports that is streaming online, mostly for a price, some for free.
John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News feels Michael Phelps should take some responsibility for his actions.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News looks at the role of a stage manager on sports broadcasts. Tom has his usual news and notes in his Farther Off the Wall blog. Tom reviews the week in blogging.
Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times writes about Billy Packer and Greg Anthony having new roles in broadcasting the NCAA Tournament. Diane says former SoCal sports radio talk show host Lee Hamilton is doing work at Sirius XM.
John Maffei in the North County rips a San Diego sports radio duo for going too far.
Jay Posner of the San Diego Union Tribune also rips them.
Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News notes that CBS’ lead NCAA Tournament team of Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg have direct and indirect Utah ties.
Roger van der Horst of the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer has more from Billy Packer and his new show.
Doug Nye of The State says the local Columbia, SC CBS affiliate hopes to have some local teams in the NCAA Tournament.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald wonders why the Florida Marlins don’t get any respect from Fox or ESPN.
Dave Darling of the Orlando Sentinel looks at Sun Sports counting down the 20 greatest moments in the Orlando Magic’s 20 years of existence.
David Barron in the Houston Chronicle writes that the NCAA Tournament will be a true test of how sports can be a hedge against the economy.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says the Mavericks picked up decent ratings for its TV flagship station.
East and Mid-Atlantic
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe has CBS’ Jim Nantz praising Clark Kellogg as his new partner.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes that Comcast and the NFL Network are continuing their battle.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News says Billy Packer left a huge void at CBS for better or for worse.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post continues to live in the past when baseball games were played in the afternoon and not shown on TV.
Justin Terranova of the Post talks with MLB Network’s Al Leiter about the World Baseball Classic. Justin has five questions for CBS’/ESPN’s Bill Raftery. Note the old picture of Bill when he was a Nets analyst for FSN New York.
Newsday’s Neil Best spent last Sunday “Inside The Glass” with NBC/TSN NHL analyst Pierre McGuire during the Bruins-Rangers game. Neil breaks news that Sid Rosenberg is out at 790 The Ticket in Miami. Neil says ESPN Classic will replay the 6OT classic between Syracuse and UConn at the Big East Tournament on Sunday. Neil is amazed that “The Sweater”, Russ Salzberg anchors sports at two stations while they air at the same time.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union caught up with Bill Raftery after he called Monday’s MAAC Championship on ESPN with Sean McDonough.
Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun says there will be some new voices for CBS on the NCAA Tournament.
Marc Katz of the Dayton Daily News saysthe Atlantic 10 needs to beef up its TV presence. I wholeheartedly agree with this.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Time Warner Cable chose the wrong time during the Big East Tournament to run a random Emergency Alert System test.
Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press recommends you read the 2007 biography on “Pistol” Pete Maravich.
Ted Cox of the Chicago Daily Herald says Mike North’s internet sports webcasts will launch in April.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business looks at who’s hired and who’s not for the North venture.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Blues radio analyst Kelly Chase has had to deal with a battle tougher than fighting on the ice.
That will conclude the megalinks tonight.