Super Bowl features Al Michaels, Bob Costas, Boss
Here is my Super Bowl viewer guide extravaganza, in which the names Joe Torre and Alex Rodriguez do not appear a single time.
Too much material to summarize it all here. There are items on Matt Lauer's sitdown with Barack Obama (not Chesley Sullenberger), NBC's crowded, advertising-challenged pre-game show, radio accounts in Flemish and Hungarian, 450 NBC personnel on the job, John Madden and Al Michaels, and the game's ratings prospects given the less-attractive matchup compared to last year.
One of the accompanying charts lists the seven highest-rated non-Super Bowls. Among the 15 highest-rated TV shows ever, eight are Super Bowls, topped by Super Bowl XVI between the 49ers and Bengals.
Nothing ever will surpass the 60.2 percent of homes the M*A*S*H finale earned in 1983, not in the vastly more cluttered media environment of the 21st century.
But one year soon the Super Bowl will earn a bigger audience than M*A*S*H did, given the growing population. M*A*S*H was watched by an estimated 106 million people.
The second-most watched show ever was Super Bowl XLII, with an average of 97.5 million. That figure peaked at 112 million in the final minute.My three-month reign as Newsday's most-read blog appears to be slipping away. I am a distant second to our pop culture site Pet Rock, which quadruple-teams me, featuring four writers way younger (and cooler) than me, including ring leader Mark La Monica (Cornell '97).
I know things about sports media figures that could lift me to a glorious, come-from-behind victory. But unlike Joe Torre . . . I do not believe it's worth the trouble posting them would cause.