The last few Fridays, I haven’t been able to provide you with the megalinks. I have to do some today otherwise you’ll stop visiting me.

We begin as always with the Weekend Viewing Picks and there are quite a few for this snowy weekend in Southern New England.

Now to your links.


Michael Hiestand of USA Today talks with Fox Sports’ Terry Bradshaw about Tim Tebow and the upcoming NFC Championship.

Jason Fry, part of the ESPN Poynter Review Project hears sideline reporter Holly Rowe’s side of the story regarding about her now-infamous incident where she shoved a Sugar Bowl staffer away to get an interview with Michigan coach Brady Hoke.

Marisa Guthrie of the Hollywood Reporter looks at HBO’s new unscripted series on boxing trainer Freddie Roach.

The Tampa Bay Times’ Eric Deggans has a review of the Freddie Roach series in the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center.

John Eggerton at Broadcasting & Cable says Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has written a letter to the FCC asking the agency to get involved in the Sunbeam-DirecTV dispute which could affect how viewers in Boston see the Super Bowl.

John says Comcast is seeking a reversal of a Federal decision that ruled in favor of Tennis Channel in their dispute.

Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says DirecTV has signed a rights deal to distribute Big Sky football and basketball games.

Anthony Crupi of Adweek says History Channel has purchased a longer ad to promote its series, “Swamp People” during Super Bowl XLVI.

Brian Steinberg from Advertising Age tells us who’s buying what in Super Bowl XLVI.

AdAge looks at the 12 ads that changed Super Bowl marketing forever. Three guesses on number one and the first two don’t count.

Brian says marketers are going longer with their Super Bowl ads this year in an attempt to stand out.

Finally, Brian writes that even though we’re not thinking about next year’s Super Bowl XLVII, CBS already is and has been working on getting an early start on ad sales for that Big Game.

Inside Radio says all of Cumulus’ Bay Area radio stations will simulcast Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.

From across the pond, Amy Lawrence of The Guardian in the UK says Fox airing an English Premier League game live over the air is a big deal.

Kevin Iole of Yahoo looks into NBC Sports Network’s first foray into boxing.

Dan Levy at the Bleacher Report wonders which network can muster enough former NFL talent to drum up a flag football game.

Mac Nwulu of ESPN’s Front Row PR blog has an inside look at the preparation of Sunday NFL Countdown.

Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing chronicles this week’s Twitter feud between Sports Illusrated’s Richard Deitsch and CNBC’s Darren Rovell.

Speaking of feuds, The Big Lead looks at an internal ESPN squabble between college basketball analyst Jay Bilas and insider Andy Katz.

Sports Media Watch notes that ESPN is making a major scheduling change for the WNBA this year.

SMW has a look at some local NBA and NHL ratings.

Tennis Channel laments not being picked up by Cablevision.

Ken Kerschbaumer of Sports Video Group takes a look at CBS’ and Fox’s preparation for the NFL Conference Championship Games.

Sports TV Jobs has an interesting graphic of sample camera positions at various stadia and arenas.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn from the Boston Globe talks with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Mike Flynn.

Bill Doyle at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette interviews legendary Patriots radio voice Gil Santos.

Newsday’s Neil Best says local TV is gearing up for the NFC Championship.

Neil talks with former New York Giants running back and NBC analyst Tiki Barber who makes his return to TV this weekend.

George Vescey at the New York Times looks forward to seeing Sunday’s English Premier League game live on Fox.

The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick is not a fan of the NFL replay review process.

Justin Terranova of the Post has five questions for CBS Sports’ and WFAN’s Boomer Esiason.

The Albany Times Union’s Pete Dougherty has some NFL TV analysts break down the four quarterbacks still playing for a shot in the Super Bowl.

Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record has Fox’s Troy Aikman talking about the NFC Championship.

Ken has more from Troy in his blog.

Dave Hughes from notes in Press Box that last week’s Texans-Ravens game set a local ratings record.

David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun attempts to get answers from CBS on having Subway endorser Ndamukong Suh on last week’s NFL Today postgame show.

And David has former Ravens QB and current ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer opining on Ed Reed’s comments on current QB Joe Flacco.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post says the Nationals are hoping to get more money from MASN as the sides negotiate a new contract.

Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner talks with the radio voice of the Wizards about his busy schedule.


Keith Jarrett at the Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times says the Big South may have to move its Conference Championship Game venue which could effect ESPN’s scheduling.

Jon Solomon of the Birmingham (AL) News says SEC partners CBS and ESPN want better scheduling for next football season.

Jerry Tipton of the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader writes that the SEC’s basketball coaches aren’t happy over the scheduling-for-TV moves this season.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says the Texans’ flagship radio station hopes to build on the team’s momentum when their new contract kicks in next season.

David has some news and notes that didn’t make his column.

Nancy Sarnoff of the Chronicle says NBC Sports Group is looking for a new facility to house the Comcast SportsNet Houston regional sports network which launches later this year.

Mel Bracht from the Daily Oklahoman notes that the Texas Rangers will have multiple appearances on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.


Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press says HBO continues its string of acclaimed sports documentaries.

Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says don’t expect NFL Conference Championship Sunday to change its format for the foreseeable future.

Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business has his winners and losers in sports business and media.

Patrick Reusse of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune feels Fox Sports North just cheerleads for Minnesota teams and won’t criticize them.

Paul Christian from the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin looks at Fox Sports North’s Hockey Day in Minnesota schedule.

Dan Caesar at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has CBS Sports President Sean McManus wanting to keep the status quo for NFL Conference Championship Sunday.


John Maffei of the North County Times looks at MLB Network’s first-ever game show which premieres next week.

Jim Carlisle from the Ventura County Star says CBS was hoping to get Tim Tebow for its NFL Today pregame show on Sunday, but he declined.

At the Los Angeles Daily News, Tom Hoffarth profiles Fox Sports West host Patrick O’Neal and has his list of best and worst local sports anchors.

Tom has a bit more on O’Neal.


Bob Weeks in the Toronto Globe and Mail notes that CBC has gotten out of the curling business, a sport it has televised since 1962.

Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail says the Raptors may be suffering on the court, but not on TV.

The Canadian Sports Media Blog looks at the International Olympic Committee throwing out CTV/CBC’s joint bid to air the 2014/2016 Games.

And that is it. Glad to be able to provide the Megalinkage for you.

5 thoughts on “Bringing Out Friday Megalinks

  1. How funny was it that one day after Pete Abe wrote a piece that said, "Ben Cherington has been refreshingly honest in his tenure as general manager of the Red Sox. So when he says there is no deal with the Rockies involving Marco Scutaro, it's not a smokescreen," a deal was consummated?

    And how funny was it that The Globe then removed Pete Abe's piece from its website?
    (Thank you, Google.)


  2. A couple of items:

    1) Last night Onward State, the Penn State school newspaper, tweeted that Joe Paterno had passed away at 8:45pm. It turned out they were wrong. No question, a horrendous mistake, but Onward State showed something that we see very little of in the media, accountability. Managing editor, Devon Edwards apologized on Facebook and then immediately resigned. My question is would anyone locally be as accountable for a terrible mistake as Onward State and Edwards? I know of three people who certainly would not. All three work for the Boston Herald:

    A) John Tomase – We all remember two days before the Super Bowl with the Giants, Tomase wrote about Matt Walsh who claimed that the Patriots had filmed the Rams practice before Super Bowl XXXVI. It was a story that was rejected by twenty other reporters because there was evidence lacking. Tomase wrote a half-assed apology moved on to the Red Sox beat and had other Herald writers like Felger and Maz circle the wagons for him.

    B) Hank Hryniewicz – The sports editor for the Boston Herald also joined in circling the wagons. You did not hear a peep other than a defense for Tomase. Just like Devon Edwards, Hryniewicz should have fell on his sword and resigned. An epic mistake occurred on his watch and nobody really taken responsibility for it.

    C) Ron Borges – Noted plagiarist, Ron Borges, has never taken responsibility for stealing the words of Mike Sando of the Tacoma News Tribune. He actually seems to be appalled of the accusation. But Borges does not need to apologize because the media, especially CSNNE, still fawn all over him. My guess is Borges makes a lot more money now than he did before he was a plagiarist. Back then, he was simply a cry baby who was upset Bill Belichick did not hand feed him stories.

    2) Troy Brown had a very interesting story on the WEEI Patriots pre-game show. Robert Kraft had a party last night in which he had the four honorary captains over. Brown said that Kraft was a little concerned about the starts the Patriots had had the last three games in the regular season. Kraft had the mural that was dedicated in the memory of his wife Myra brought down to the dressing room and placed in the middle of the room before halftime of the Bills game. It was to serve as a reminder as to who the season was dedicated for. Since that time the Patriots have outscored their opponents 80-10.


  3. On the off chance Bruce is still on holiday here are some of my Post AFC Championship media thoughts:

    1) My father and I were discussing the Pats making the Superbowl and the lack of joy that a lot of fans he knows have felt during this run. We concluded that the utter negativity continually regurgitated by both sports talkers in Boston concerning the Patriots has made it difficult to enjoy this season. Case in point…Mike Felger after the AFC Championship win, while talking with Troy Brown and Ty Law said "Belichick missed with the defensive players taken in the draft and that is something we will have to discuss this week". Why does this need to be discussed this week? Seriously, why discuss something that the Patriots over came? Clearly they were the best team in the AFC this year…they earned the #1 seed, they over came adversity, and now they are going to the SB. Why is the drafting of Butler or the release of James Sanders a story now? Why isn't the story why Sterling Moore was NOT drafted or kept by the Raiders?

    2) I want to scream every time I hear a national or local pundit say "let's not remember Joe Paterno for the unfortunate events at the end, lets remember all the accomplishments he had as football coach and moulder of men"…or some such nonsense. These idiots miss the point. All Joe Pa (said with as much dripping sarcasm as humanly possible for that nickname) wanted was to cover up and marginalize repeated repugnant crimes against children so his reputation coaching a hobby, past time, game, sport…what have you…something with no real world application … would not be tarnished. I keep screaming at my TV that those mediots who buy into the idea that you can separate Coach Paterno from his "unfortunate" actions of enabling Jerry Sandusky willing buy into the idea that the welfare of children was and still is less important than football records. Paterno's legacy should be piled up and torched in a gigantic barn fire. His name stricken from all record books except police blotters. We should not marvel at his accomplishments because that is the sole reason he protected Sandusky.

    3) Andy Gresh of all people when asked which team the Pats were better off facing identified the Giants. His reasoning came from the observation that the Giants linebackers are the weakest part of that defense, so against the Pats Horizontal passing game the Giants are weakest where the Pats are strongest. If the pats OL which has played much better since Nate Solder has been inserted as a starter can hold off the Giants front 4 then the Pats have a chance to score points. He also correctly pointed out that the Speed of the SF linebackers would have neutralized the Pats two TE attack. It was a cogent analysis and one I completely agree with. I think the Pats have a much better shot at beating the giants than they did SF. Now we suffer through 13 days of endless speculation before we see what happens.


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