Tuesday, April 29, 2008
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
Saturday, April 26, 2008
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
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
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
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.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
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
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
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