A Thursday Linkfest

by Ken Fang on September 23, 2010

As I stayed up very late as news broke about the HBO 24/7 series on the NHL, I’m dragging, but I do it so you have fresh content when you wake up. And besides, the post has been getting quite a bit of mileage this morning with Puck Daddy, The Pensblog, and at NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk. Much appreciated for the linkage back to the main Fang’s Bites page. Been a long night, but the reward is great.

Let’s get to the sports media links.

It’s been just over two months since we’ve last heard from him, but ESPN Ombudsman Don Ohlmeyer weighs in with another Masters Degree thesis on the spiking of the Arash Markazi on LeBron James’ night out in Las Vegas, Jay Mariotti and 30 for 30. Not a particularly strong effort despite the heavy word count (over 4,000!).

Milton Kent of Fanhouse notes that an NBCSports.com writer beat a Ken Jennings-like champion on Jeopardy. Google “Ken Jennings” if you don’t remember who he is. I’m too tired to do it this morning.

Milton looks at a group of Historically Black Colleges and Universities banding together to form their own cable TV network to get their sports programming aired.

At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times says the 30 for 30 documentary on the Steinbrenner family tried to do too much.

Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News says the Philadelphia Phillies are red hot on the field and on TV.

Mike says ESPN’s Monday Night Football game between New Orleans and San Francisco received cable TV’s 2nd largest audience of 2010.

Staci D. Kramer at paidContent says ESPN is unveiling two new Apple apps that will be for Insider subscribers.

Nick Bromberg from Yahoo’s From The Marbles blog looks at the dwindling ratings for NASCAR.

Eric Wilbur of the Boston Globe blasts last weekend’s NESN Daily for being an informerical for Red Sox owner John Henry.

The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir notes that the monument for the late George Steinbrenner at the new Yankee Stadium is gigantic compared to let’s say, Babe Ruth’s?

Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner says the Ravens and DC NFL team garnered big ratings in their respective local markets.

Tim Baier of Time Warner’s News 14 Carolina channel notes that a new Charlotte sports radio station is trying to stress the positive instead of taking negative phone calls.

Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun Sentinel says the Dolphins will cover the infield dirt at the Stadium Formerly Known as Joe Robbie for Sunday night’s home opener against the Jets.

Tom D’Angelo at the Palm Beach (FL) Post notes that ESPN will be all over Miami Heat training camp.

Barry Horn at the Dallas Morning News says Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth were critical of the Cowboys on Inside the NFL.

Ryan Autillo of the Toledo (OH) Blade chronicles ESPN Radio hack Colon Cowherd’s visit to the University of Michigan campus.

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer talks with ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge about his new book.

John asks Hoge why he chose to live in the Cincinnati area after he retired from the NFL.

Ed Sherman from Crain’s Chicago Business talks with legendary Windy City sports personality Chet Coppock.

Ed says a new magazine cover featuring US Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin’s wife is definitely going to stir the loins for next week’s match in Wales.

In a related note, Lisa Pavin defends her posing for the cover with just a sheet and crucifix to Robert Lusetich of Fox Sports.

Speaking of the Ryder Cup, Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the NBC Sports golf crew talking about the US pairings for the event.

Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel says HBO Sports’ Real Sports unveiled the man behind the Milwaukee Bucks’ mascot, Bango on Tuesday.

Tom Fox of the Idaho Press-Tribune says Boise will be the 95th location for the flying of a Washington State flag at a College Gameday site.

Yvonne Zacharias of the Vancouver Sun talks with Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash about his directing an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on Canadian inspiration Terry Fox.

The Big Lead notes that TV reporter Barbie is here. Oh great.

Joe Favorito says Hartford has a “Whale” of a chance to get the NHL to return.

Jared Smith of Awful Announcing noticed that Sports Illustrated’s Joe Posnanski was secretly auditioning for the blog during Monday Night Football.

And we’re going to stop there for now. Back with any breaking news later.

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