Sure, it would have been an added layer of cool to stage an NHL game at the original Yankee Stadium, but for NBC there are undeniable benefits to the move across 161st Street.
Producer Sam Flood said that as historic as Fenway Park and Wrigley Field are, Yankee Stadium’s modernity makes it far easier to produce a telecast. Unlike Fenway and Wrigley, he said, “This place was built once television... » more
Come tomorrow the countdown to Super Bowl XLVIII will be into the single digits of days, but in the meantime there is much typing and talking to do.
Today I killed two cordless phone batteries and risked some vintage, 1990s-style RSI in my hands with three interviews plus two Fox conference calls totaling about 100 minutes.
All good, though. Who has it better than those of us who get... » more
The YES Network made official Thursday what long had been expected: That Michael Kay's ESPN New York radio program will be simulcast on YES starting Feb. 3.
That will be the day after WFAN's Mike Francesa concludes his run at the station with his Super Bowl Sunday morning show.
Francesa and his former partner, Chris Russo, had their show simulcast on YES since the network's inception... » more
Will Renee Fleming wear gloves when she sings the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2? And if she does, what color will they be.
On their own, these are among the more ridiculous questions you'll come across during Super Bowl week. But, in the context of Super Bowl prop bets, well, they're just as ridiculous, but at least there's now an element of interest for some of you.
Bovada... » more
On the season premiere of MSG's "Four Courses with JB Smoove" Wednesday night (after the Knicks game) former Giants linebacker Carl Banks tells the group about a bounty of sorts that Bill Parcells offered for a takedown of the Rams' Eric Dickerson in 1984.
“Bill says, 'You’re gonna start against Eric,'" Banks says on the show. "We didn’t know how we were going to stop him,... » more
With WFAN's Mike Francesa winding down his long simulcast run on YES - his final show will be Super Bowl Sunday morning - the network is poised to make official what long has been expected:
That Francesa's afternoon drive time counterpart at ESPN Radio, Michael Kay, will take over most of that time slot, effective Feb. 3.
The announcement could come as early as Thursday.
Francesa... » more
Kudos to SI.com for distracting me from Super Bowl stuff with a list of the 25 Greatest Sports Movie Villains, even if it is a mish mash of choices both off-beat and dead-on.
No argument here on No. 1: Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV.’’ As writer Dan Treadway points out, “THE MAN KILLED APOLLO CREED.’’
Treadway named Cancer No. 2 for the tears it induced in “Brian’s Song.’’ But if we’re sticking... » more
The NFL officially put tickets to the Super Bowl Boulevard Toboggan Run on sale first thing Wednesday morning. Ducats to ride the 60-foot-high, 180-foot-long attraction cost $5 and are available at Ticketmaster.com. The ride will be open from noon to 10 p.m. daily from Jan. 29 through Feb. 1. All proceeds benefit MillionTreesNYC, an intitiative aimed at planting a million trees... » more
Good thing Mike Francesa's YES Network simulcast will last until Super Bowl Sunday before he departs for other, as yet undetermined, TV lands, because Tuesday provided a classic bit of theater.
The occasion was Mike opening the goodie bag that will be given to fans who attend the big game in person, complete with hat, earmuffs, gloves, towel and handwarmer. Francesa explored it all with a... » more
Everyone knows how expensive New York City hotel rooms are, but there is a good chance they will be much less costly during the weekend of Super Bowl XLVIII than the going rate in other cities - such as little old Indianapolis two years ago.
That is because even the demands of thousands of Super Bowl visitors and workers are not enough to soak up the massive inventory the city has to offer.
“Without... » more