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Woody Paige Opens Up About Suicide

Sometimes you forget that Woody Paige is one helluva columnist and more than just a talking head on ESPN’s Around The Horn.

Just three days after Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley committed suicide, the Denver Post columnist opened up about nearly killing himself in 2002:

I know an older man who eight years ago this month was committed to committing suicide.


The last, desperate, despondent, despicable act was all planned out. The Broncos were playing on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, against the 49ers. I would fly into San Francisco the day before, drive up to Napa Valley, enjoy a bottle of expensive red wine and check into a nice inn. The next morning I would head over to the coast and swim out in the Pacific Ocean far enough that I couldn’t make it back to the beach.

Paige goes on to describe how friend and broadcaster Gil Whiteley stepped in and made sure he got proper medical help. Paige later discovered that he was diabetic, which was the cause of his depression.

Do yourself a favor and take five minutes out of your day to read this column. It will give you more insight of people who suffer from depression.

Jay Mariotti Charged With Seven Misdemeanors

So much for Jay Mariotti dodging that major bullet.

Mariotti escaped felony charges from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, but city prosecutors have charged the 51-year-old sports personality with seven misdemeanors including false imprisonment, grand theft and vandalism.

Mariotti also faces two counts of domestic violence with injury and two counts of domestic violence. Each count carries a maximum of one year in jail, which means he could see seven years behind bars if convicted on all counts.

He will be arraigned in court on Friday.

The charges stem from an Aug. 21 incident with his girlfriend at the couple’s Venice, Calif. condo after the two reportedly got into an argument at a nightclub earlier in the evening.

According to LAPD sources, Mariotti shoved his girlfriend and grabbed her arm, which left marks. He was reportedly upset because his girlfriend flirted with another guy at the club.

Marioitti was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic assault and released from jail on $50,000 bail.

Mariotti’s return to ESPN’s Around The Horn or Aol’s Fanhouse appears bleak at best considering his absence from both platforms following his arrest.

NFL Broadcast Teams For Week 1

South Florida and upstate New York have hit the jackpot for Week 1 of the NFL season.

Gus Johnson, the play-by-play announcer who had an epic Week 1 call in the Cincinnati-Denver season opener last year (STOKLEY! DOWN THE SIDELINE!), will be on the mic for the Miami-Buffalo game Sunday on CBS.

Luckily for folks with DirecTV, you have a free trial of the NFL Sunday Ticket this week, just in case Johnson makes Brian Hartline or Donald Jones a household name.

The broadcast teams for Week 1 of the NFL season are below in a new feature called “Where In The World Is Gus Johnson?”:

Miami @ Buffalo: Gus Johnson & Steve Tasker (CBS)

Cincinnati @ New England: Jim Nantz & Phil Simms (CBS)

Indianpolis @ Houston: Greg Gumbel & Dan Dierdorf (CBS)

Oakland @ Tennessee: Ian Eagle & Dan Fouts (CBS)

Denver @ Jacksonville: Kevin Harlan & Solomon Wilcots (CBS) Read more

Oh Dan Hampton

Dan “Danimal” Hampton was chatting on Pro Football Weekly when he said that “The Vikings need to go down there and hit that town like Katrina.” That, as you can imagine, drew some ire.

Then, however, he went one step further, remarking that the Cowboys are “more of the ‘Brokeback’ variety if you know what I’m talking about.”

Not smart, Mr. Hampton, not smart.

Maybe let your Hall of Fame bust do the talking?

Boise State-Virginia Tech Breaks Ratings Record

The overnight ratings from Tuesday showed Boise State-Virginia Tech on ESPN was a nationwide hit with sports fans.

Now comes word that the Labor Day telecast averaged 7,252,000 households, making it the most-watched college football game covering regular-season and bowl games in ESPN history.

In terms of most viewers all-time, Boise State-Virginia Tech(9,888,000) trails only USC-Ohio State (10,586,000) from 2009.

In addition, the telecast was the most-viewed program on Monday across cable and broadcast networks.

Care to take a guess which city drew the highest rating?

No, it wasn’t Boise, Idaho.

Birmingham, Ala. pulled a rating of 23.7, followed by Richmond, Va. (16.5), and Norfolk, Va. (15.7)

Looks like Tide fans are already scouting the competition for a possible Tostitos BCS National Championship showdown in January.

Do Athletes Lie to the Media?

NFL players lie to the media. That may not be a revelation, but it’s rare you hear someone come out and admit as much.

But that’s exactly the sentiment expressed by New York Giants center Shaun O’Hara in a story running in the USA Today.

“The one thing you kind of become programmed to as a player is don’t be honest with the media. Deal with them, but don’t get caught up in anything,” he said.

The article focuses on the difficulty guys have jumping from playing the sport to commentating but features some fascinating revelations from current and former gridiron stars. Read more

Dan Marino's Top NFL Stories to Follow This Season

Dan MarinoFormer Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino knows a thing or two about football. Now that he has made the move to the broadcast studio for CBS Sports, it is his job to follow the action on the field, rather than be a part of it.

We spoke to Marino earlier this week about what he thinks the top storylines will be during the 2010-2011 NFL season.

The Jets

“Since we are here in New York, everybody is making a big fuss about the Jets, how they have improved, and how they got to the AFC Championship game last year. Mark Sanchez might be the guy to take them to the next level, that is going to be a big story this year.”

Brett Favre

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Tom Brady Refuses to Watch Hard Knocks

Tom Brady, Super Bowl winning quarterback for the New England Patriots, has a lot on his plate: a team to lead, a kid to parent, a supermodel to appease, magazines in which to pose. He’s a busy dude. It would be understandable if he didn’t have time to watch HBO’s Hard Knocks. In fact, he refuses to check out the show for another reason entirely: It’s about the rival New York Jets.

“I hate the Jets, so I refuse to support that show,” the quarterback told the AP.

Brady, ever the diplomat, added, “”I’d love to say a lot of mean things, but I’d rather not do that, either.”

Considering the show’s ratings jumped 37 percent from last year, HBO might not need Brady’s eyeballs after all.

Newsers Meet for Annual Confab; Coverage of Haiti Top of Mind

MBNAB.pngThe newly-named RTDNA (Radio, TV, Digital News Association) is kicking off its annual convention today in Las Vegas with a discussion of one of the biggest news stories of the year: the earthquake in Haiti and how the news media responded to it and covered it. Among the panelists, Parisa Khosravi, SVP of International Newsgathering for CNN Worldwide and Dr. Mona Khanna, a Medical Contributor for Fox News Chicago as well as NPR and AP correspondents and the president of Canada’s CTV News.

The session begins at 7pmET, we’ll be Tweeting highlights here. The RTDNA website is also live blogging the discussion.

RTDNA is once again partnering with the larger National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) with 80,000+ attendees over the next three days. Attendance is expected to be up this year compared to last year’s 83,842. That compares to 105,259 in 2008 and 111,028 in 2007.

Some of the highlights we’ll be looking to cover on TVNewser, WebNewser and the other blogs: Tuesday’s keynote with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a conversation with “Mad Men” creator and executive producer Matt Weiner, and the induction of NBC Sports into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. NBC Sports & Olympics boss Dick Ebersol will be here to accept.

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NBC Crows About Big Vancouver Numbers. Plus, Milwaukee Really Likes These Games


With a week left to go in the Vancouver games, NBC has sent out a detailed press release touting the ratings for the biennial Dick Ebersol show, also known as the XXI Winter Olympics.

“Nightly News” and the “Today” show are singled out for their numbers as are MSNBC and CNBC which are showing Olympics competition at various times of the day.

MSNBC: MSNBC’s non-overnight programming is averaging 608,000 viewers an increase of 16 percent from the prior four-week period leading up to the Games and up two percent from the same period in Feb. 2009. (Ed. note: this does not include last night’s USA vs. Canada hockey game.)

CNBC: CNBC is averaging 788,000 viewers, pacing way ahead of the February 2009 comparable time periods (up 241 percent) and up 364 percent from the prior four-week viewer delivery before the Games.

The Milwaukee market, where many of the U.S. Olympians are from or train, is the #1 local market in the U.S. averaging a 36 share in primetime, meaning more than a third of all Milwaukeeans (Milwaukeeites/Southeastern Wisconsinites) are watching the games every night on NBC affiliate WTMJ-4.

Full release after the jump…

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