Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Costa's Forum on Sports Media

What a ridiculous display of non-sense tonight on HBO's Costa's Now. Bob Costas, one of my most favorite people in the media, exposed the problem that is going on within the sports media. There is a war coming and the sports fan out there are going to sit back and decide who is going to win. I can't wait to watch this thing begin and we just might have seen the first shot to start it.

On one side - the old guard. Print media members, old school TV people, and authors of books who think they know more than anyone else. They are the ones who have been praised for years for their amazing ability to convey a story to the mass. While those people will always be needed to cover sports, they are being pushed back below the fold. Most of these guys are beat writers who are jealous that they can't say what they want or aren't allow to say what they want to say. Others are columnists who are pissed that by the time their work hits in the AM, their opinion has been either said or proven wrong by someone else.

On the other side - new age sports talk show hosts (read under 50), bloggers, multi-media professionals who understand where the media is going and journalist who understand what their audience wants - read covering the news in an entertaining fashion. People want information mixed with opinion. They want to be entertained and much of that entertainment comes from topics featuring sports, sex, and negativity. "Give it to me now!" and give it to me in a way that will make me laugh, scream, or cry.

Newspapers are dying....fast! Do I read the paper? Nope. Do I buy the paper? Nope. I read it online. If they don't put all their content online (Omaha World Herald), I don't go out of my way to read it and probably don't read it. The Internet is on our phones for God's sake. You can blog with an IPhone. This is what the dinosaurs would sound like if they were able to communicate before the meteorite hit. I love hearing old school newspaper men bitch about where the media is going. Where it's going is into the hands of those who don't bow down to the sport itself. They are people who are willing to put themselves out there and open their minds up to the public. If the public likes it - they come back for more. It's a simple as that....and it drives the old guard crazy.

I am DISGUSTED watching Buzz Bissinger attack the founder of Deadspin only to have him ADMIT that he is going to lose in the long run. Why do media members believe they are ENTITLED to covering sports and only THEY are qualified to an opinion worth reading?! Buzz Bissinger was worthless and embarrassed himself tonight. These are the guys I love waving goodbye to...because they think they are defending integrity and ethics. In truth, they are just pissed that they will be out of work very soon. There is nothing lost because writers can't have a cup of coffee with Ali. If Ali wanted to have that type of conversation out there - they would set it up. Creditbility is not defeated just because you are a fan of sports and have an opinion.

American society has always been about what the public wants. We had radio to communicate information. Then it went to TV. Then to the internet...and now to blogs, text messages, and youtube.

Let's talk about sports talk radio - the beginning of part of the show and the issue I can talk about with the most information.

Sports talk radio is never going away and is only going to get bigger. Young people want FAST information, bitting opinion and entertainment and growing - so do older people. Personality....that is the key. And that is a great defense for the bloggers as well. It's their personality that causes guys like Bill Simmons to be so successful. Who the individual is talking about sports is the key with sports talk radio. The Olympics suck because they have no personality - even if NBC tries to drill some down our throats. Mike Tirico being on the TV panel is a major problem for me because he is suppose to be a sports talk radio host now - a personality. He's not. He's a boring announcer - very talented at that...but boring unless he's doing a game on ESPN. His radio show has sucked 0n ESPN Radio because he doesn't understand the medium. Personality and Opinion. That's the key.

In closing, it tells you a lot that Bob Costas doesn't understand why fans like fantasy leagues. This is a big deal to me. You have to be able to understand your audience, live the same lifestyle of your audience and relate to today's sports fan....and that's the point to my anger over the entire episode. Sports media outlets who get what their audience wants survive....the others will be gone sooner rather than later. The war between new and old is about to begin....and my side is going to win because you - the sports fan - will pick us rather than them.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

And The Winner Is....

The KC Chiefs! Wow what a draft for them. Dorsey, Albert and Will Franklin in the later rounds....Great draft for the Chiefs!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

2008 Big Show Mock Draft Results

Here's how the Big Sports 590 audience picked today's NFL Draft:

1. Dolphins - Jake Long OL Michigan
2. Rams - Glenn Dorsey DL DSU
3. Falcons - Matt Ryan QB BC
4. Saints *trade up - Sedrick Ellis DL USC
5. Chiefs - Brian Brohm QB Louisville
6. Jets - Darren McFadden RB Ark
7. Patriots - Chris Long DE UVA
8. Ravens - Mike Jenkins DB USF
9. Bengals - Vheron Gholston DE Ohio St
10. Raiders*down - Keith Rivers LB USC
11. Bills - Devin Thomas WR Mich St
12. Broncos -Chris Williams OT Vandy
13. Carolina - Ryan Clady OT Boise St
14. Bears - Rashard Mendenhall RB ILL
15. Lions - Leodis McKelvin DB Troy
16. Cardinals -Dominque Rodgers Cromartie CB TSU
17. Chiefs -Jeff Otah OT Pitt
18. Texans- Jarod Mayo LB TN
19. Eagles -Gosden Cherlius OT BC
20. Bucs - DeSean Jackson DE Cal
21. Redskins -Derrick Harvey DE FL
22. Bengals - Limas Sweed WR TX
23. Pitts - Brandon Albert G UVA
24. Titans - Calius Campbell
25. Seahawks - Jonathan Stewart RB UO
26. Jags - Kentwan Balmer DE UNC
27. Chargers - Kenny Phillips S Miami
28. Cowboys - Felix Jones RB Ark
29. 49ers - Malcolm Kelly WR OU
30. Packers - Aquib Talib DB KU
31. Giants - Dan Connor LB PSU

Let's see how we did :)

**edit - Bold picks were correct

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


We still need GMs to pick for the following teams for our Budweiser Big Show Mock Draft on Friday at Farrell's:


email me at Matt@bigsports590.com if you want to be a part of it and maybe win some great prizes!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Butt Kicked

I hate the Canadiens but congrats. They kicked the B's butt 5-0. Chara played horribly and he's the team captain....can't happen.

2 more Game 7's tonight....best thing in Hockey.

Saturday, April 19, 2008


The Bruins tonight playing the team I have HATED since birth - Montreal - won tonight 5-4 to force a Game 7 but up north of the border on Monday night!!

Great win boys!! There really isn't anything like playoff hockey. Only time I watch really. Does that make me a bandwagon fan - sure. But I have been on that Bandwagon since I was very young.....

PLUS! The Red Sox used the momentum that they got off the Bruins win to come back on Texas! Down 3-2....Ortiz got a RBI single and Manny went DEEEEEP!! 5-3 Red Sox as we go to the 9th!!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Mock Draft Teams and Virtual GMs

The 3rd Annual Budweiser Big Show Mock Draft will happen at Farrell's on Friday from 2 to 6 pm. Below are the draft choices and the GMs that will make those picks for their teams. Keep checking back as the teams get taken. If you want to rep a team - email me at Matt@bigsports590.com

1. Dolphins - Kevin The Drunk
2. Rams - Adam W.
3. Falcons - open
4. Raiders - open
5. Chiefs - Patrick R
6. Jets - Jered D.
7. Patriots - open
8. Ravens - Paul S.
9. Bengals - Patrick H.
10. Saints - Casey K.
11. Bills - open
12. Broncos - Robert I.
13. Panters - open
14. Bears - P.J.
15. Lions - open
16. Cardinals - open
17. Chiefs via Minn- Patrick R
18. Texans - open
19. Eagles - Matt DSL
20. Bucs - Jeff M
21. Redskins - Steve S
22. Cowboys - Dan K.
23. Steelers - Nathan
24. Titans - Jamieson M
25. Seahawks - Matt B.
26. Jags - open
27. Chargers - Justin M
28. Cowboys - Dan K.
29. 49ers - open
30. Packers - Ryan B
31. Giants - open


KU's Stewart getting hurt in San Antonio......that is SICK!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Matt's Masters Pictures....

You can view it like this or you can click on the image to see larger photos of my trip to the Masters 2008. Amazing!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Blog Back Up and Running

I've been on vacation for the past week. I've got a full Masters recap with pictures included coming this week I promise. I'm just trying to get back up to full speed but will do so very soon. Thanks for checking in...

Monday, April 7, 2008

Rock Chalk Championship

1988 - Lincoln to Detriot to Championship

2008 - Omaha to Detriot to Championship

Congrats to Kansas - Chalmers was amazing with his shot....Free Throws finally caught up to Memphis. John Calipari again comes up short in the Final Four

On Vacation

I'm on vacation to Boston then Georgia then South Carolina. I'll be back on Monday April 14th for Fairways and Greens brought to you by Kidwell from 3 to 4 inside the Big Show.

Travis and Pete will be live from 4 to 6 all week....."Best Of" from 2 to 4.

I'll take Memphis tonight but I haven't gotten a game right in San Antonio yet.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Hate To Say It....

But I told you SO!!! NO little guy...and lots of blow outs....ratings suffer!! Hey, NCAA! Wake up and realize the "magic" is gone with only 6 at large mid-majors....

From Media Week:

Through 22 telecasts, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship tournament on CBS is averaging a 5.2/11, down 7 percent from last year’s 5.6/12, with viewers averaging 8.0 million per telecast, down from 8.4 million last year.

Those are the lowest numbers at this point since 2003, when the telecasts averaged a 5.0/10, but contributing to these lower numbers this year were the high number of one-sided games throughout the tournament.

A positive for the network heading into this weekend’s Final Four matchups is that this past Sunday’s regional final game between University of Kansas and Davidson delivered an 8.7/17 rating, up 19 percent over the comparable game in last year’s tournament. *SHOCKER! DAVIDSON BROUGHT VIEWERS!!*

But the March 29 (Saturday) regional final games, UCLA vs. Xavier and University of North Carolina vs. Louisville, were down 10 percent and 4 percent, respectively, in household ratings compared to last year’s comparable games.

To date, all male demos are down about 5 percent across the board.

CBS is hoping that the Final Four games in prime time on Saturday, April 5, will draw higher ratings since all four Number One seeds from each bracket are playing one another

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Great To Have Baseball Back!!

Prediction time!! Gotta love that we have baseball back:

AL East - Boston
NL East - New York

AL Central - Cleveland
NL Central - Chicago

AL West - Seattle
NL West - Colorado

AL Wild Card - Detroit
NL Wild Card - Arizona

Tomorrow - Playoffs.....and I'll explain the picks more too