This, from last night's SportsCenter, is probably not the way ESPN wants to promote tonight's big Florida-Kentucky matchup. Although you do have to wonder how Jameis Winston could match up with Julius Randle.no comments
NBC's Olympic primetime coverage is still drawing large ratings, but the numbers are getting farther from Vancouver and closer to Torino.
The network hit an 11.7 overnight on Friday night, the lowest so far of the Sochi Games. That beat the previous low of 11.8 for the bonus coverage of the opening Thursday night of the games on February 6th. It still beat all other networks combined on Friday.
All that said, NBC was already seeing double digit drops for primetime from Vancouver. Thursday night drew a 14.4 rating, a 13 percent decrease from Vancouver. Wednesday's window managed a 13.3, but was down 31 percent from Vancouver. As always, to be fair, remember that most of Vancouver broadcast live, while the primetime show from Sochi is always on tape.
Both Wednesday and Thursday were above delayed primetime coverage from the 2006 Torino Olympics.
NBCSN has continued to soar, with Friday's coverage up 41 percent from the similar day during London's 2012 Games. You have to wonder what kind of highs the network will hit from today's buzzworthy USA-Russia shootout thriller in men's hockey.
That kind of speaks to what the games have been: exciting for cable, not so much on broadcast.no comments
NBC has made it through the first week of the 2014 Winter Olympics without #NBCFail becoming a national phenomenon. In that regard, the peacock's coverage is an improvement over the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. More events are being shown live on television (including the full figure skating events that have drawn rave reviews for the work of Terry Gannon, Tara Lipinski, and Johnny Weir) and the online buffering issues that plagued online coverage 2 years ago have been minimized.
But there have been occasions in Sochi when NBC's primetime packaging and tape delay strategy are still worthy of condemnation. The most glaring example is the withdrawal from the men's figure skating competition of Russian icon Evgeni Plushenko and NBC's willingness to play dumb for their primetime audience.no comments
The USA-Russia hockey game was an instant classic. It truly had it all - some chippy moments, great pieces of individual skill, controversy, and an epic shootout. After the score was tied at 2-2 after regulation and overtime, the shootout went to sudden death . From there, it turned into T.J. Oshie's moment in the sun. As Russian stars Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk battled Jonathan Quick, the St. Louis Blues star was repeatedly sent out to do battle with Sergei Bobrovsky. Finally in the 8th round of the shootout, Oshie scored after a Kovalchuk miss and Team USA won the shootout 4-3. Oshie scored 4 goals in 6 attempts against one of the top goalies in the world and became an instant American hero.
The American and Russian calls provide the soundtrack to the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.no comments
In an epic shootout for the ages, US Men's Hockey took down Russia after 2OT's, eight rounds of shootouts and a hero named T.J .Oshie. But, if you happened to be listening to the game on KNBR-AM in the Bay Area, you wouldn't know that, because they cut off the game to go to a golf show. Seriously. The reaction, as you can imagine, was not good.
Nice move #knbr. Don't advertise hockey if you are going to interupt for golf snobs. Time to find a new station. Have a clue!— hall of fame will (@halloffamewill) February 15, 2014
But even worse was the station's response:
For a game as important as that one in an event that only happens every four years, you'd think the station could have pushed back a talk show about golf. KNBR, unfortunately, does not share our logic. That episode of Hooked on Golf must have been really, really important.
(h/t balddude)no comments
Go Canada! No, wait... go Russia?!? That doesn't seem right. Go everybody!
A more accurate expression would be to replace the flags with pictures of T.J. Oshie, because it's his world now.no comments
It's been awhile since we've seen a "realistic" football-themed show on television. The wait appears to be over - HBO has ordered the pilot of Ballers, starring Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), and it'll be interesting how this compares to ESPN's critically-acclaimed, short-lived Playmakers series. Here are the details of the show from Deadline.no comments
Well, this was probably a long time coming, but someone finally made a Space Jam mode for NBA 2K14.
There is still a huge following for Space Jam, and fans of both the movie and the game may find themselves in heaven. The background music is even 1996 accurate. The only thing that's missing is Bill Murray but, I suppose that's neither here nor there. There's nothing quite like seeing a cartoon rabbit knock down a good mid-range jumper.
All Times Eastern
New Hampshire at Boston University -- NESN, 7 p.m.
Michigan at Minnesota -- Fox College Sports Central, 8 p.m.
Wisconsin at Ohio State -- NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Vermont at New Hampshire -- Fox College Sports Atlantic, 1 p.m.
Texas Classic, Austin, TX
IPFW vs. Kentucky -- Longhorn Network, 11 a.m.
Texas vs. Louisiana Tech -- Longhorn Network, 2 p.m.
Semifinal -- Longhorn Network, 5 p.m.
Semifinal -- Longhorn Network, 10 p.m.