The Madness grows: The top 5 power-conference tournaments

The one-bid conference tournaments are well underway, and many more of them (with brackets now set) will run their course this weekend. However, the power-conference tournaments have arrived. They’ll represent the featured attractions in college basketball near the end of the week. Human beings have been known to harbor secret crushes or hold forbidden thoughts […]

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few motions during practice for an NCAA college basketball tournament second round game in Seattle, Thursday, March 19, 2015. Gonzaga plays North Dakota State on Friday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Championship Week: The top 10 one-bid conference tournaments

It’s that month again. It’s time to welcome some Madness into your life. Championship Week (which is really a fortnight more than a week — but hey, life’s imperfect) is about to begin. This means daytime weekday basketball is about to become a part of our lives again. The power-conference tournaments will begin as early […]


Is Danny Kanell worse than Mark May? It’s not an unreasonable question

ESPN commentator Danny Kanell is known for trolling SEC fans and the SEC at large. It’s a role the former Florida State quarterback clearly relishes. Moreover, it’s a perfect match for a First Take culture in the current sports broadcasting climate. Whether you agree or disagree with Kanell’s college football opinions, they can be taken […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 12:  Daiquan Thomasson #26 and Lorentez Barbour #2 of the Navy Midshipmen celebrate after Barbour intercepted a pass by Chris Carter of the Army Black Knights in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on December 12, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Navy Midshipmen defeated the Army Black Knights 21-17.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Army-Navy scores its highest overnight rating this century

This century isn’t exactly old, but it has featured 16 Army-Navy Game broadcasts. This past Saturday’s CBS telecast scored the highest rating of the century. The 5.1 overnight number is the highest rating for this game since 1996. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. A close game; Army putting up a very good fight; and Navy receiving […]

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2015-2016 College Football Bowl Watchability Rankings

It’s not 40 days and 40 nights, but this bowl season does feature 40 games. More slots means more vacancies to fill. Three of them will be occupied by teams with losing records (5-7). Watchability is certainly a product of the quality of the teams, but it’s also a product of the brand-name drawing power […]


LSU-Alabama is a college football ratings magnet for CBS

There’s a reason CBS regularly puts the LSU-Alabama game in the 8 p.m. Eastern time slot: The game delivers a big number. Even though the Crimson Tide overpowered the Bayou Bengals last Saturday, taking command of the proceedings well before 60 minutes (no, not the CBS broadcast) had run their course, Black Rock pulled in […]

Florida State-Clemson hits the sweet spot for ABC

Saturday’s ABC telecast of the game between the Florida State Seminoles and Clemson Tigers delivered a big number, and we’re not referring to the (1) next to Clemson’s place in the College Football Playoff rankings. Saturday’s showcase game for the ABC/ESPN umbrella pulled in a 5.5 overnight rating while averaging 99,000 minute impressions for WatchESPN. […]

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 05:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after he made a three-pointer to give the Warriors a 65-40 lead over the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half at ORACLE Arena on November 5, 2014 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Strong early NBA ratings on TNT and ESPN flow from star power

Professional sports represent a bottom-line activity for the teams, players and coaches involved: You either win or you lose. For NBA broadcast outlets, the first two nights of the new regular season turned out to be unquestioned triumphs, even in the face of the highly-rated World Series. The numbers tell a powerful story: On Tuesday’s […]

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 3: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Cemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 24-22 at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)

A new way to say “Clemsoning”

In the world of ACC and college football hashtags, three enjoy an elevated place in the pantheon: #goacc, #PAGE145, and #Clemsoning. The #Clemsoning hashtag has, as you know, been a major point of discussion the past few weeks. Broadcast outlets are so excited that they’re offering new spellings of the term. Dabo Swinney might like […]


March Madness won’t be overtaken by April Anxiety… but what if it was?

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, more simply known as the NCAA tournament or — even more affectionately — “the tournament,” will not move from the month of March anytime soon: Yet, as football continues to capture the imagination of the American sporting public, the thought lingers: Why doesn’t college basketball move back the […]


Gary Danielson: an independent individual, despite what you might think

Gary Danielson will join Verne Lundquist for the call of this Saturday’s SEC on CBS game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas A&M Aggies, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. * Before Gary Danielson joined the SEC on CBS (and Uncle Verne), he enjoyed a lengthy run at ESPN and ABC, calling games with […]

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 3: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Cemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 24-22 at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)

Clemsoning, Dabo Swinney, and the reality of entrenched ideas

Is the term “#Clemsoning” fair to Clemson, or should another program bear the brunt of a label which points to the consistent squandering of pigskin prosperity? Is the hashtag — specific to one school and one football program — properly used in the present day on College Football Twitter? In the links above, I’ve addressed […]

LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Aaron Green #22 of the TCU Horned Frogs catches a tipped ball in the end zone for the game winning touchdown late in the 4th quarter against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on September 26, 2015 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. TCU won the game 55-52. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

College football games are getting increasingly longer… and few are outraged

Yes, every theater of human activity — even pleasurable activity — has its limits. People don’t really like to sit through something interminable, even if they paid good money for it or waited weeks (maybe even months) to see the show. If an entertainment event is going to run long, it had better be uniquely […]