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Bruins/Lightning Game 7 Set Versus Ratings Record

Last Friday’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning was the most-viewed conference final game since 2002, according to ratings released by Nielsen. The series clincher won by Boston garnered 2.55 million viewers, making it the most-viewed conference final game on cable since the Avalanche played the Red Wings on ESPN in 2002.

The broadcast was also the most-watched conference-final game in Versus network history, and good for sixth-best overall, with only the Stanley Cup Finals posting larger numbers.

 

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Peyton Hillis Is The New Face Of Madden NFL 12

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis is the face of Madden NFL 12, easily defeating Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick with 66 percent of the vote.

The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon on ESPN’s SportsNation, where both Hillis and Vick were on location in Bristol, Conn.

“I just want to tell them thanks and I’m going to play my best for them,” the No. 10 seed Hillis said after the announcement. This was the year that fans were allowed to vote on the cover athlete.

As for the Madden curse, the Browns bruiser isn’t worried.

“For people to believe in this so-called curse, I can’t wait to prove people wrong,” he said. “From what I believe and where I am in my spiritual life, it would be good to prove them wrong in that sense.”

Update: Braves' Roger McDowell coach accused of using gay slurs, apologizes

During a press conference that streamed live this afternoon on TMZ.com, attorney Gloria Allred and her client, a father of twin 9-year-old girls, accused Atlanta Braves coach Roger McDowell of directing gay slurs at the father during Saturday’s game in San Francisco. McDowell was accused of making a homophobic remark and then using a baseball bat to simulate gay sex. McDowell also allegedly told the father and two other male fans, “Are you three giving it to each other in the a**?” When the father confronted McDowell from the stands, McDowell reportedly responded by saying, “Kids don’t f**king belong at the baseball park” … and then approached the man with a baseball bat, saying, “How much are your teeth worth?”

Soon after the press conference, McDowell apologized for the incident, saying, “I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday. I apologize to everyone for my actions. ”

A rep for the Braves released an additional statement, saying, “We are concerned by these allegations and the behavior described by a witness today. This in no way represents the Braves organization and the conduct we expect of our employees.”

No word yet from Major League Baseball on what actions, if any, will be taken towards McDowell. And no word, either, on what exactly the fans were saying to him. There are of course two sides to every story, so let’s get the full account before we crucify McDowell alone. Have to imagine he didn’t decide to go ballistic for no reason.

 

 

A reminder that the British media play by different rules

Imagine if Deadspin had run pictures of a married football player’s genitals alongside the name of the woman who had received those pictures – but didn’t print the player’s name because they were forbidden by law. It’s an odd scenario that seems impossible in the United States, but is somehow within the realm of possibility in Great Britain, where the latest soccer philandering scandal has resulted in the woman, Imogen Thomas, a model and TV personality, being identified while the married Premier League player she’s been having an affair with remains anonymous – and by court order.

The distraught former Miss Wales said she phoned the player last week after learning details of their affair had leaked out. Tearful Imogen told how she begged him to use his influence to suppress the story – in the hope they could keep their relationship alive. He told her: “I’ll look after you.” But she says they were the last words the footballer said to her. Instead the player, a married father, took action to protect his wholesome image. Within hours Imogen was served a draconian High Court gagging order, which threatened her with jail. Then a judge ruled her name could be made public – while her mega-rich lover’s identity must remain protected.

As the Daily Mail explains,

The High Court order bans the media from identifying the multi-millionaire star, meaning he joins a rogue’s gallery of footballers who have exploited the might of the law to hide their alleged marital misdemeanours. Mr Justice Eady’s draconian ruling prevents the media from revealing any identifying features of the footballer. In effect, it means fans whose sporting idols are raking in millions of pounds in sponsorship deals can never know if the star in the adverts they watch might be concealing a sordid secret.

Boston Victory Means Bill Simmons Is Tweeting Again

The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 9-6 Friday afternoon for their first win of the season, which means Bill Simmons is back on Twitter.

Nice curveball by Simmons with an American Idol tweet instead of talking about the Red Sox.

Madden NFL 12 To Emphasize Concussions

The days of returning from a concussion in Madden after only two quarters are over.

Madden NFL 12 will emphasize the seriousness of concussions.

“Concussions are such a big thing, it has to be a big thing in the video game,” John Madden told The New York Times in a telephone interview. “It starts with young kids — they start in video games. I think the osmosis is if you get a concussion, that’s a serious thing and you shouldn’t play. Or leading with the head that you want to eliminate. We want that message to be strong.” Read more

Sunday's NCAA Regional Finals Scores 8.5 Overnight Rating

Through the first two rounds of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, the ratings average-to-date in metered markets is a 6.8/14, up 15 percent from a 5.9/13 for CBS Sports’ 2010 coverage, according to Nielsen.

Sunday’s coverage of the regional finals on CBS delivered a overnight household rating/share of 8.5/17.

Let’s see how a VCU vs. Butler showdown on Saturday night will do in the ratings.

WWE Tough Enough Coming To USA In April

The USA Network has ordered 10 episodes of WWE Tough Enough, a non-scripted series featuring 12 individuals looking to become the next WWE superstar.

WWE Tough Enough will premiere on April 4 at 11 p.m. ET, the night after Wrestlemania XXVII and immediately following  WWE Monday Night Raw. The following week, it will move to its regular time slot of 8 p.m. ET on Monday nights. Read more

Well That About Says it All


In all seriousness, this should be fun. Goo luck, Bill.