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Eagles Fan Bradley Cooper Gets In New York’s Face

Bradley Cooper has taken a page out of the I’ve-got-your-silver-linings-right-here! playbook.

Ahead of this Sunday’s much anticipated Giants vs. Eagles NFL contest, one for which the PA home team will be wearing all-black, the actor and Eagles fan has narrated for Lincol Financial Field faithful a spirited back-at-the-Giants, pump-up one-minute promo. Footage tweeted out @Eagles and beyond.

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A Daily News Lede That Was Anything But Championship Caliber

BillMadden1954CoverAs a reminder of how much times and sportswriting have changed, let’s telescope back – courtesy of Bill Madden‘s recent book 1954 – to this date 60 years ago. On September 30, 1954, New York Daily News readers were treated to the following World Series Game One summary lede by famed sportswriter Dick Young:

The story of the Giants 5-2 victory over Cleveland in yesterday’s World Series opener should be written vertically from top to bottom in Chinese hieroglyphics. It was won on a 10th inning homer that was not only sudden death but pure murder… right out of a Charlie Chan yarn.

Ming Toy Rhodes, sometimes called Dusty by his Occidental friends, was the honorable person who, as pinch hitter, delivered a miserable bundle of wet wash to the first row in right field in Polo Grounds some 258 1/2 feet down the block from the laundry.

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Giants and Yankees Fill Top Slots of Weekly Ratings

The New York Giants once again proved to be ratings gold. The G-Men beat the Niners, 26-3, and Fox’s late game coverage was the number-one prime time show for the week. The game had an estimated 1.7 million WNYW viewers and an 8.6 rating, according to Nielsen.

The Yankees playoff run, which abruptly concluded last night, grabbed the remaining spots in the Top 5. In second place, the ALCS opener Saturday night on TBS netted 1.5 million fans and a 7.7 rating. Game 2 of the ALCS landed in 10th place (1 million/5.2). Along with three Division Series games registering high in the weekly ratings, TBS also landed for its first round at number nine (1.1 million/5.6).

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Eli Manning To Join WFAN, Mike Francesa During Giants Season

Defending Super Bowl champion quarterback Eli Manning has inked a multi-year deal with WFAN. Manning will be interviewed live by Mike Francesa at 5:05 p.m. (subject to change) the day after a game. The two-time Super Bowl MVP will be heard throughout the regular season and post-season on WFAN, online, and via apps for a variety of mobile devices.

His first appearance is set for Thursday, September 6. The Giants open the season on September 5 against the Dallas Cowboys.

“As the team’s flagship radio station, we’re proud to be the leading source of Giants news for football fans across the tri-state area,” says Mark Chernoff, Vice President of Programming, CBS Radio New York and WFAN Operations Manager. “Having Eli every week is guaranteed to give listeners the best commentary, insight and discussion with a perspective only he can offer on the New York Giants. This will be appointment radio at its best.”

All Giants games throughout the regular- and post-season can be heard on-air at Sports Radio 66 WFAN, and in digital quality sound on 92.3 WXRK-FM (HD-3).

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WCBS/Channel 2 Wraps Super Bowl Coverage with Best Parade Ratings

WCBS/Channel 2 put the finishing touches on another New York Giants Super Bowl season with special coverage of yesterday’s parade along the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan.

The parade, of course, was a celebration of the Giants upending the Patriots for another championship.

But the parade could also have a been a victory lap for Channel 2. The station had expanded coverage since last week from Indianapolis, and fittingly drew the most viewers for the ballyhoo up Broadway.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., WCBS attracted an estimated 244,000 viewers to the parade and subsequent City Hall celebration, according to Nielsen. Among the other stations providing live coverage, WNBC/Channel 4 came  closest with 239,000 people tuned in, while WABC/Channel 7 had 219,000 viewers. WNYW/Channel 5 also on hand for the festivities notched just 186,000 viewers during the three-hour window.

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Your Choice for Favorite Giants Broadcaster…

It’s all things New York Giants, as the Super Bowl kicks off in two days.

This week’s poll keeps up the Big Blue theme, as we asked your favorite Giants broadcaster.

FishbowlNY readers selected the late, great Marty Glickman numero uno, with 28 percent of the vote. Glickman a 23-year run behind the mic for Giants’ games.

At number two, the Giants current play-by-play, Bob Papa, who has served in the role since 1995. He received a hefty 26 percent of respondents.

Another longtime Giants announcer, the late Jim Gordon was selected third. Gordon, who picked up 19 percent of the vote, was in the Giants broadcast booth for 18 seasons.

Marv Albert, is forever linked with the Knicks and Rangers, but from 1973 to 1976 Albert succeeded his mentor, Glickman, as the Giants lead play-by-play man.

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Lifelong Giants Fan, WCBS Anchor Chris Wragge Set to Cover Super Bowl

It’s a big week for Big Blue and their millions of fans. But perhaps most visibly is Channel 2 anchor Chris Wragge, a diehard Giants fan, who gets the plumb assignment covering Super Bowl week from Indianapolis. Call it in his DNA, Wragge grew up loving the G-Men from day one.

“I’ve been a fan, literally, since birth,” Wragge tells FishbowlNY.

But more than a fan, Wragge and his family have owned Giants season tickets since the G-Men got their own stadium in the Meadowlands in 1976. From that first game as a six-year-old, Wragge got a first row seat (or section 324) to many of the franchise’s memorable moments.

“I’ve been there for every game, from the [Joe] Pisarcik game to the Flipper Anderson game, to the whole run in 1986,” Wragge remembers.

Of course, as a season ticket holder, Wragge is entitled to playoff seats as well. Baseball is famously talked about as the sport where father’s bond with their son. But Wragge would likely have a differing opinion.

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Who is Your Favorite New York Giants Broadcaster?

With New Yorkers revved-up for another Giants Super Bowl appearance, this week’s poll uses the Big Blue hype to its advantage: Who is your favorite Giants broadcaster?

The selections below are from the team’s broadcast on radio throughout the decades. As always, if another name comes to mind, feel free to add in the “other” column.

The poll closes Thursday at 6 p.m.

The Numbers Game: Cablevision Blackout Hurts Ratings For Fox Programs

Although it should not come as much of a surprise, the ongoing dispute between Fox and Cablevision has taken its toll on WNYW/channel 5′s ratings in the New York area.  According to a MediaPost report by David Goetzl, the blackout of Fox for Cablevision subscribers caused a tremendous ratings drop for Monday’s new episode of House.  Meanwhile, last Sunday’s New York Giants game and Fox 5 News at 10 p.m. have not witnessed as steep of a decline.

This week’s House delivered just a 0.8 rating in New York’s 18-49 demo, a 67 percent decrease from the previous Monday.  The blackout’s role in the drop off is reinforced by the level week-to-week ratings posted by House on the national scale.  Sunday’s 1 p.m. Giants-Lions game, however, scored a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demo; just a 27 percent slide from Fox’s 1 p.m. Giants-Texans game on Oct. 10.

Similar to the local NFL programming, Fox 5 News at 10 p.m. has also experienced a relatively small ratings drop of 27% in New York.  Compared to the .93 posted on Oct. 10, Monday’s late newscast notched a .68 rating among 18-49-year-old audiences.  WNYW was losing ratings points prior to the blackout, so it remains to be seen just how influential the feud with Cablevision was in this instance.

Since the beginning of the now seven-day blackout, 43 percent of the 7.5 million homes in the New York market have been without Fox.  In addition to primetime programming, local news, and one Giants football game, these Cablevision customers have missed out on five games of the NLCS and last Sunday’s Cowboys-Vikings matchup.

With the World Series looming on Oct. 27 and Nov. 2′s election day not too far behind, Fox appears to be at risk of losing some significant ratings numbers and, of course, some major dollars.  Cablevision is also not in the clear as many New Yorkers may soon choose to take their business to another provider.  Stay tuned folks…