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NHL Winter Classic at Big House Wednesday

Retired Toronto Maple Leafs players, from left, Wendell

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Normally I would have participated in NBC's pre-Winter Classic conference call Monday, but I was busy at Jets camp, plus this year the Jan. 1 game isn't quite as exciting for those of us around here, what with not one but two outdoor games coming up at Yankee Stadium in late January.

Still, the Big House beckons, with cold temperatures and a record crowd expected. So, still pretty cool.


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'Bull Durham' is headed to Broadway . . . as a musical

3. "Bull Durham" (1988)

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“Bronx Bombers,’’ which got tepid reviews – including here – during its Off Broadway run, moves to Broadway for previews starting Jan. 10 at Circle in the Square, with a new Yogi Berra in Peter Scolari and changes to the script.

But however odd that attempt to marry theater and baseball may be, another show coming in 2014 has it beat: Ron Shelton is adapting his much-loved movie, “Bull Durham,’’...

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Football Nation tuned in again in '13

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws a pass

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There are those who fear for the future of football, given increasing concerns about its dangers. But in the present the sport never has been stronger.

Nielsen released its year-end roundup of television viewing and it showed nine of the top 10 programs were NFL related. The lone exception was the Academy Awards, at No. 7 with 40.4 million viewers.

No. 1 was Super Bowl XLVII at 108.7...

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Radio days in New York sports

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, left, appears on

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It has been 92½ years since live sports first broke into the radio business, when KDKA in Pittsburgh carried a bout between lightweights Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee, neither of whom tweeted about the no-decision afterward.

Nearly a century later, let us pause before recycling another calendar to marvel at the medium’s staying power in an era of communication marvels, because nothing made...

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Harry Bailey's wonderful football life

George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart, center) is reunited with

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As you know, thanks to George Bailey’s quick thinking on a frozen lake back in 1919, his younger brother Harry went on to become an All-America end in college and later a war hero.

As you likely did not know, the original script for “It’s a Wonderful Life’’ had Harry (and Sam Wainwright) attend Cornell, until RKO lawyers ordered the reference changed to a generic college.

Still, this...

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Jets, Giants to play simultaneously for fourth time in five seasons

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right,

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The Jets and Giants went a quarter of a century, from 1984 to 2009, without playing at the same time in the regular season – other than against each other. But Sunday they will do so for the fourth time in five seasons.

It occurred twice in 2009, the first time to avoid a conflict for Jets fans observing Yom Kippur, the second to avoid having the Giants visit the Eagles too close to the start...

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NBCSN will show figure skating live

Katarina Witt Won: One Olympic gold medal in

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Speaking of the 1980 U.S.-Soviet game, which ABC showed hours after the fact, it remains the greatest crime in the history of tape-delaying sports. But now, at last, that sort of thing is becoming a thing of the past.

NBC announced this past week something that until recently would have been unfathomable:

It will show a ratings jewel of its Olympic coverage, figure skating, live from...

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Ken Dryden's call was 'unbelievable'

Montreal Canadiens goalie Ken Dryden in net at

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It nearly is time for another Winter Olympics, which means inevitably it will be time to recall a certain Olympic hockey moment from February of 1980, and the famous TV call that went with it.

What many forget is that tightly sandwiched on either side of Al Michaels’ iconic “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!’’ his partner in the booth in Lake Placid, Ken Dryden, chimed in.

Before Michaels’...

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Jeff Van Gundy responds to report ESPN yanked him from Knicks game

ESPN NBA analyst and former Knicks coach Jeff

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USA Today reported last week that ESPN and Jeff Van Gundy agreed it would be best if he did not call the Dec. 11 Bulls-Knicks game after his name surfaced as a potential replacement for Knicks coach Mike Woodson.

Van Gundy was asked about the report on a conference call Thursday promoting the slate of Christmas Day games next week. Here is what he said:

"That sort of got ramped...

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Sid Rosenberg returns to WFAN next week

Sid Rosenberg's new autobiography, "You're Wrong and You're

Sid Rosenberg will host shows on WFAN starting Monday for the first time since July of 2011.

Rosenberg, now a morning host at WMEN in South Florida, will host or co-host nine shows over a 10-day period culminating on New Year's Day.

The one-time midday co-host at WFAN has a long history of drug and gambling problems, which contributed to his original departure from full-time work at...

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