The Miami Heat's 107-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday afternoon on ABC drew a 5.0 overnight rating. Excluding Christmas Day games, it's good for the second-highest regular season overnight on ABC since they've been airing the NBA in 2002. This year's game trails just a Lakers-Heat matchup from last March, and is tied with a Lakers-Cavaliers game from February 2009 and a Lakers-Celtics game from January 2011.
Bostn Bruins play by play man Jack Edwards is cementing himself as one of the biggest characters in all of announcing. Rarely do we get a glimpse of the announcers themselves during an excitable moment in a game, but thankfully NESN had a camera fixed on Jack Edwards for one of those moments tonight. This NESN GIF of Edwards nearly leaping out of the booth with jubilation over the Bruins tying the Rangers in the final minute tonight is simply phenomenal.
I think Jack-o needs to show more excitement for his Bruins. He's really lacking in that hometown enthusiasm department.
If there's video of the measured, dispassionate goal call, we'll try and update if it comes along.
UPDATE: And just like that, here's the video & audio, also courtesy of NESN...
Think the TV business is in trouble? Don't tell Comcast. NBC and its associated properties haven't had the greatest run of success since Comcast initially announced a deal to buy 51 percent of NBC Universal (which went through in 2011), but the cable company has decided to double down on its investment, acquiring General Electric's remaining 49 percent of NBC Universal well ahead of GE's planned divestiture of the stock (which would have started in July 2014). The magnitude of this deal's astounding, as Comcast will pay GE approximately $16.7 billion for the remaining shares and will be borrowing $5.3 billion of that through various methods. Why would they want to do this in a period where conventional broadcast TV's under assault from all corners and the NBC flagship itself has beenhit hard lately? Well, a lot of it probably has to do with sports.
Gus Johnson's call of Real Madrid-Manchester United may be the most anticipated pairing of announcer and sport in recent network history. Today we got our first look at Gus Johnson, lead Fox Soccer announcer as he and Warren Barton gave a report from Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu during halftime of Tuesday's Celtic-Juventus broadcast.
More interesting though was the advertisement for tomorrow's game that also aired during halftime. Not only did it hype the massive United-Madrid first leg, but it also hyped Johnson's nationwide soccer debut. It's the first time I can ever remember seeing an announcer's name in the marquee along with the game he was announcing.
Don't think Fox is betting the house on Gus Johnson making it as a soccer announcer?
New York Rangers @ Boston Bruins (NBCSN 7:30PM) Dave Strader, Pierre McGuire
Wednesday, February 13
St. Louis Blues @ Detroit Red Wings (NBCSN 7:30PM) Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
Thursday, February 14
Washington Capitals @ Tampa Bay Lightning (NHLN 7:30PM) Local Broadcast
Friday, February 15
Anaheim Ducks @ Detroit Red Wings (NHLN 7:30PM) Local Broadcast
Saturday, February 16
Philadelphia Flyers @ Montreal Canadiens (NHLN 7PM) Local Broadcast
Sunday, February 17
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Buffalo Sabres (NBC 12:30PM) Gord Miller, Joe Micheletti
Los Angeles Kings @ Chicago Blackhawks (NBC 3:30PM) Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers (NBCSN 6PM) Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
Donny Deutsch guest hosted for Piers Morgan last night on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight for your basic run-of-the-mill primetime cable news show. There are few more loathesome things on television than primetime cable news, except for possibly Toddlers & Tiaras and First Take. In fact, primetime cable news is pretty much everything terrible about everything on television in hour long packages with different people screaming over the top of ine another and insulting one another.
NBC Sports college basketball analyst and former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy made an appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight last night as a panelist. The topic wasn't the Los Angeles Lakers, nor the upcoming NBA All-Star Game, nor the debate over the college basketball product.
On Thursday, the Seattle Mariners and starting pitcher Felix Hernandez agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension (an extension that is now in limbo due to issues with his physical). Well, NESN reported the extension this weekend as a one year, $175 million deal on their bottom line... which would be an all-time record in any sport. $175 million for one year? That's twice as much as Seattle's entire payroll for the 2012 season!
Hackers broke into the Emergency Alert System at KRTV in Montana warning the civilian population of a zombie uprising already in progress. The message read:
"Authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living. Follow the messages on screen that will be updated as information becomes available. Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are considered extremely dangerous."
The rising popularity of zombies, from Shaun of the Dead to The Walking Dead, the last several years is one of the more admirable developments in popular culture. As amusing as this hack job was, the best part of this story as reported by the Great Falls Tribune is that four people called the police station to see if the zombie apocalypse was finally happening.
Lt. Shane Sorensen with the GFPD said he’s not sure yet what sort of penalties a person faces, if any, in Montana for hacking into an emergency alert system. But he said the police department did receive phone calls from people who were concerned after they saw the message.
“We had four calls checking to see if it was true. And then I thought, ‘Wait. What if?’” Sorensen said with a laugh. “We can report in the city, there have been no sightings of dead bodies rising from the ground.”
Next time, the hackers should send out an emergency alert warning viewers they're watching The Steve Wilkos Show.
With the world buzzing over Kate Upton's picture on the cover of Sports Illustrated's 2013 Swimsuit Issue, the company made a major announcement - swimsuits are now a daily occurrence. Specifically, they've launched Swim Daily, a blog (of sorts) which will churn out daily content featuring (you guessed it) attractive ladies in swimsuits.