I keep hearing about people shouting from the rooftops about NBC's Olympic coverage. They say, "Why can't we watch Lindsey Vonn win the gold live?" "What about seeing Shawn White?"
Sure, I suppose NBC could run it live on MSNBC during the day and then run highlights in primetime, but have you noticed? NBC's ratings are HUGE! You know why? Because we have to wait to see it in primetime! Most of us are busy during the day! NBC doesn't beat American Idol by accident. They win because we hear that Lindsey Vonn won the gold at 2pm, then decide to tune in that night to watch how she did it. Trust me, if she placed 10th, no one would be tuning in at 8pm. It's the fact that we have to wait, and want to see that incredible move by Shawn White that makes the difference. Vonn's night last night had a 22 share, which is unheard of in any sport. NBC, love it or hate it, is doing it right.
One of the best beat writers around is the Sacramento Bee's own Matt Barrows. Of course, he does excellent writing on the San Francisco 49ers. Below, Derek Moore and Barrows discuss where the team is at without Frank Gore, and who can we expect at quarterback for the Rams this week.
KCRA 3 anchorman Walt Gray is a buddy of mine and Eagle Assistant Program Director Brian Lopez. If you could only hear some of the completely inappropriate remarks we make about people. Usually sports figures, sometimes at each other. It's guy talk. I know, we're stupid.
Brian and I moonlight on our sister station ESPN 1320, and Walt frequently calls in to call our opinions insane, whether he actually believes it or not.
We thought we would exact revenge by feeding Walt a really bad breakfast and making him come down to our 700 degree video room. We talk about many things. Enjoy.
Say what you will about Michael Vick and the dogfighting scandal, but at today's press conference, he did seem sincere and humbled. We will find out more on 60 Minutes with James Brown interviewing him on Sunday Night.
In case you missed the press conference today, here is Michael Vick's opening statement.
The NFL preseason kicks off tonight, and I don't know about you, but I'm so starving for football, I'll watch-even though the studs won't play long.
It actually opens up tonight with a very interesting game that we can't see locally. The Eagles vs. The Patriots.
Also, the 49ers play tomorrow night in their opener against Denver at home.
For the full Preseason TV schedule, go here.
So let me get this straight. We've had two broadcasters who are afraid to fly retire from the booth in the last three weeks? Is Mr. T a sportscaster? Oh good...pull his name out of the future retiree hat, although I would love to see Mr. T and Pat Summerall call a game together.
Tony Kornheiser won't be a part of Monday Night Football anymoreÂ and instead will be replaced by Chucky, Jon Gruden, effective immediately. I want to see Gruden make that face when there's an incomplete pass. Maybe they can attach a sponsor to it. "Chucky's Incomplete Pass Face of Menace brought to you by Barbasol."
You talk about ESPN stumbling upon dumb luck with Kornheiser's exit. Kornheiser's phobia equals ratings gold for MNF. Most of the country couldn't stand KornheiserÂ anyway.Â Having Chucky come in gives the booth more entertainment, and more credibility than there has been since Dennis Miller...or anybody else.Â
Now if we could give "Jaws" a personality we would be all set. Maybe Mr. T can come by for a visit.