Blog by: George Thomas and Ron Ledgard
It’s Monday morning and Northeast Ohio can pick its collective jaw off the floor given that every football fan in the area has had the opportunity to absorb one fact – the Cleveland Browns sit alone in first place courtesy of their demolition of the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets, coached by Browns coach Mike Pettine’s buddy Rex Ryan did the team a favor and knocked the Pittsburgh Steelers on their collective butts 20-13. I’m sure folks in Berea are saying: “Thanks, Rex!”
They are in sole possession of first place in division after midway point of season for 1st time in AFC North history, according to a spokesman.
The reality is the Browns played their way into the position. Quarterback Brian Hoyer’s done it despite calls from a vocal, rabid minority calling for the heir apparent, his backup Johnny Manziel.
When the Browns selected Manziel with the 22nd pick of this past spring’s draft, the talk was that Manziel would make the team relevant. Balderdash.To read more or comment...
Changes are afoot in the video service game.
At first glance the consummation of a deal between DirecTV and the NFL, looks like little more than two broadcast partners renewing their wedding vows, something that couples who have been together for 20 years – like these two entities – sometimes do.
But there are other implications, the primary one being it paves the way for AT&T to continue its $48.5 billion pursuit of the satellite dish-based service, which Ma Bell began last Spring in hopes of expanding its reach. The two already have an agreement for AT&T to sell DirecTV’s services, so a merger makes perfect sense.
AT&T’s Internet based video service – U-Verse – provides them with 5.7 million subscribers, according to data from the National Cable & Telecommunication Association, an industry trade group. DirecTV has almost four times that number with 20.3 million.To read more or comment...
For those who watched Keith Olbermann when he was on MSNBC in prime-time, his special comments were a thing to behold. No one does righteous indignation like Olbermann. For those who thought there was no place for a sports show that mirrored his Countdown show on that 24-hour news channel, they were wrong. In this special comment, he takes on the NFL, its commissioner, Roger Goodell, the Baltimore Ravens and everyone complicit in the Rice domestic abuse incident. He gets it right.
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The Cleveland Indians began heating up after the All-Star break and the team’s television ratings on SportsTime Ohio have done the same, according to numbers provided by the regional cable channel.
The team’s last two games against the Detroit Tigers placed No. 1 in prime-time ratings. Wednesday night’s game reached 128,500 Northeastern Ohio households and Tuesday’s game reached 125,000 households.
The Indians, presumed out of it at the break, turned into team resurrection and have gone 24-19 since returning to play. They beat the Tigers 7-0 Wednesday night behind a sterling effort from pitcher Danny Salazar.
The Indians are 8-7 against Detroit in 2014 and climbed back within four games of the second AL Wild Card spot with last night's win. They face Detroit again tonight in hopes of earning a split in the four-game series. First pitch is at 7:05 tonight on SportsTime Ohio with that channel’s pre-game, Indians Live, beginning at 6:30.To read more or comment...
Other than ESPN analyst Merril Hoge’s blast from a Pittsburgh radio station Wednesday, the volume has gone down on Manziel Mania.
There, Northeast Ohio. You got your summer of relevance. How’d it feel? What’s it worth? Absolutely nothing. Now the season starts for real, tonight on NBC (WKYC Channel 3 locally). And now, if the Browns and their fans truly want relevance, there’s only one place to get it – on the field.To read more or comment...
College football TV schedule for Saturday:
8:30 a.m. — College: Penn State vs. Central Florida (ESPN2).
Noon — College: Ohio State at Navy (CBSSN; WAKR 1590-AM, WQKT 104.5-FM).
Noon — College: UCLA at Virginia (ESPN).
Noon — College: Appalachian State at Michigan (ESPN2).
Noon — College: Indiana State at Indiana (ESPNEWS).
Noon — College: Western Michigan at Purdue (ESPNU).
Noon — College: Northern Iowa at Iowa (BTN).
Noon — College: Tennesee-Martin at Kentucky (SECN)
Noon — College: North Dakota State at Iowa State (FS1).
Noon — College: Youngstown State at Illinois (BTN).
12:30 p.m. — College: Georgia Southern at N.C. State (WUAB Ch. 43).
3:30 p.m. — College: California at Northwestern (WEWS Ch. 5).
3:30 p.m. — College: Alabama vs. West Virginia (ESPN2).
3:30 p.m. — College: South Dakota State at Missouri (ESPNU).
3:30 p.m. — College: Rice at Notre Dame (WKYC Ch. 3).
3:30 p.m. — College: Florida Atlantic at Nebraska (BTN).
3:30 p.m. — College: James Madison at Maryland (BTN).
4 p.m. — College: Arkansas at Auburn (SECN).
4 p.m. — College: William & Mary at Virginia Tech (ESPNEWS).
5:30 p.m. — College: Clemson at Georgia (ESPN).
6 p.m. — College: Ohio at Kent State (WHLO 640-AM)
7 p.m. — College: Idaho at Florida (ESPNU).
7 p.m. — College: Central Arkansas at Texas Tech (FSN).
7 p.m. — College: Northern Arizona at San Diego State (CBSSN).
7:30 p.m. — College: Fresno State at USC (WJW Ch. 8).
7:30 p.m. — College: Southern Miss at Mississippi State (SECN).
8 p.m. — College: N.C. Central at East Carolina (ESPNEWS).
8 p.m. — College: Florida State vs. Oklahoma State (WEWS Ch. 5).
9 p.m. — College: Wisconsin vs. Louisiana State (ESPN).
10:30 p.m. — College: Washington at Hawaii (CBSSN).
Will someone make the stupid stop?
Especially when it encompasses homophobia? Personally, my jaw dislodge from my head as the following report given by ESPN's Josina Anderson droned on and on.
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A deal is near for DirecTV and the NFL, according to multiple reports including CBSSports.com.
What are they bargaining over? The NFL Sunday Ticket that lucrative draw for football fans who enjoy having every single football game at their control on Sunday afternoons along with a couple of other goodies to enhance the experience of fantasy football addicts.
The cost? Only a cool $1.3 to $1.4 billion per year until 2022, according to reports. Yes, the NFL is indeed king and it makes you wonder how the savvy businessmen who run it actually believe they can get away with selling their halftime show to an act they deem worthy while collecting huge sums of cash from broadcasters.
With an AT&T-DirecTV merger looming, the latter party needs the deal to go through. Without it, there’s not a whole lot that DirecTV offers that you can’t get with a good video provider.To read more or comment...