It's the most wonderful time of the year... because it's bowl season! Well, in all actuality, most of these games are going to be terrible, but that shouldn't stop you from trying to enjoy our last dose of college football until next August. Believe it or not, bowl season begins on December 15th with the prestigious New Mexico Bowl between Nevada and Arizona and ends nearly a month later on January 7th with No. 1 Notre Dame playing No. 2 Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game. The full bowl schedule featuring every game in between with start times and announcers is after the jump...
If the below video can't encourage you to donate a coat, then I don't know what will. The Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love has once again partnered with Comcast and The Salvation Army to host a coat drive to help those in need this winter. From now until Dec. 12, Love is inviting all fans to bring new and gently used coats to any of eight metro-area drop-off locations. Love will then personally deliver all donations to The Salvation Army on Dec. 19. You can see all the details about this great cause here.
The coat drive video "The Session" is just full of comedy gold. Look at Nicola the "Peksecutioner" breathing through his "neck gills" at the 0:47 mark. And of course there is K-Love playing his sax throughout. Take a gander at the legendary Greg Stiemsma above. If only Alexey Shved could have made an appearance, this would be the best. video. ever. It's a big step up from previous installments.
The conversation that started with Bob Costas' SNF essay on the Jovan Belcher tragedy and guns is continuing on another one of Costas' programs - Costas Tonight. Thursday at 9 PM, Costas will deliver his year-end Costas Tonight show that will include a roundtable discussion with Charles Barkley and John McEnroe that builds off the now famous halftime commentary from Sunday.
The segment with Barkley and McEnroe was taped yesterday in New York and includes their thoughts on the gun culture in sports. Barkley in particular offers honest commentary on the subject saying he feels safer when carrying a gun. Below is a preview clip of the segment from NBC...
Costas is also appearing on Bill O'Reilly tonight as a guest in addition to appearing on MSNBC last night and giving an interview to the New York Times. Outside the Olympics, this may be the most publicity the broadcaster has ever received. Costas Tonight's ratings haven't quite given NBCSN the boost they imagined, but this should be by far the highest rated show in the series given the way this story has exploded since Sunday.
As I've maintainted since Sunday, a venue like this is an ideal place to continue this conversation that needs to take place without partisans and people only looking out for their interests polluting the waters and distorting the serious dialogue. I just hope others follow suit and don't let the story come to a conclusion with the oversimplified back and forth over Costas' 90 seconds from Sunday.
The 2012 Pammies have concluded and we're here to unveil the final standings from the year. For the second straight year, an ESPN commentator ran laps around the field to go on to a dominant victory. However, this year it was Matt Millen moving from 2nd in 2011 to 1st in 2012 to take the place of Craig James at the top of the standings. Elsewhere, CBS' duo of Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist take spots in the Top 3 (it's actually Danielson's 4th Top 3 finish all-time in the Pammies) while ESPN studio personnel take the next five spots thanks to the antics of Lee Corso, Lou Holtz, and others. Without further adieu, the final look back at the 2012 Pammies...
Following in the footsteps of their acquisitions of local television rights for the Los Angeles Dodgers and their hefty investment in the YES Network worth billions, News Corp. and Fox are continuing their spending spree on baseball rights. Next for News Corp. and Fox is SportsTime Ohio, the Cleveland Indians network, for the fee of $230 million according to Reuters...
Tuesday night we were all looking forward to the jokes that would be made at the expense of the Washington Wizards once again as they hosted the Miami Heat. Naturally, the Wizards beat the Heat 105-101 for just their second win of the season. That shock victory led CSN Washington sports anchor Michael Jenkins to mock LeBron James and the Heat on SportsNet Central with child-like glee.
Can you blame Jenkins? LeBron has tormented the Wizards even back to his Cavs days and the Wiz may not win another game until January. Better enjoy those wins when they happen.
In some kind of strange crossover special along the lines of The Jetsons Meet The Flinstones, Bob Costas because the topic of the day on the cable news networks yesterday. If you turned it on CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News, you were more than likely going to find a conversation about Bob Costas and/or gun control. You can probably imagine which networks and cable news personalities fell on which side of the fence in looking at Costas' gun control essay.
Costas himself has continued to speak out and expand upon his comments from Sunday Night Football, which were basically a re-telling of Jason Whitlock's Fox Sports column on the matter. In terms of respectability, Costas and Whitlock are on two different planets, but it's just one once-in-a-lifetime subplot to this developing story to see their names linked so closely. Whitlock himself became a discussion point yesterday as he chose to use his newfound notoriety to make the Whitlockian argument that the NRA is the new KKK.
Costas has spoke to the New York Times standing by his commentary and appeared on MSNBC last night to further clarify the remarks. In addition, he had an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show yesterday morning, which is worth the full listen if you're interested in this story. Costas takes you behind the scenes on how and why he said what he did Sunday night, the intense reaction to his essay, and what he would do differently...
Houston Rockets radio announcer Craig Ackerman unleashed this candidate for call of the year as the Rockets defeated the Lakers 107-105 in Houston Tuesday night. Los Angeles blew a 13 point 4th Quarter lead and Kobe Bryant missed a 3 to win in the dying seconds. Ackerman jubilantly exclaimed:
"The game is over! The game is over! The Lakers have just pooped their big boy pants and the Rockets have come from 17 down to win 107-105."
The quote is actually piece of genius as it references a quote from Kobe telling Pau Gasol to put on his big boy pants earlier this week. After acquiring Dwight Howard and firing Mike Brown, who could have imagined the Lakers 2012 season would be off to such a messy start. At 8-10, it looks like there's still some major cleaning up to do in Los Angeles.
Saturday afternoon's SEC Championship Game showdown between Alabama and Georgia pulled a 10.0 overnight rating, second only to the USC-Notre Dame game from two weeks ago for college football games this season. But it's not that the game drew massive ratings that was a surprise: it's the ratings of the other conference championship games this past weekend that were the surprise.
Wisconsin's blowout win over Nebraska on Fox on Saturday night in the Big Ten Championship Game drew a 2.5 rating, down 42% from Wisconsin and Michigan State's exciting game last season. It's also much lower than Big Ten conference games from this season. OSU-MIchigan pulled a huge 5.3 rating a couple weeks ago, but even an OSU-Michigan State game from September earned a 3.6 overnight rating. Of course, the extreme nature of Wisconsin's blowout played a significant factor in the huge decrease.
Stanford and UCLA's matchup in the Pac-12 Championship Game was slightly up (3.3 in 2012, 3.2 in 2011) from 2011's Oregon-UCLA matchup. The second straight Stanford-UCLA game seemingly had no effect on ratings either, with the rating for the championship game nearly doubling the 1.7 the prior Saturday night's UCLA-Stanford game drew.