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Woody Paige Honored for Suicide Prevention Awareness

Denver Post columnist and “Around the Horn” contributor Woody Paige has been honored by Colorado State University for a column he wrote about suicide after Denver Bronco Kenny McKinley shot himself last September. Paige addressed his own battles with depression and how he, too, had contemplated suicide eight years earlier. Colorado State University presented Paige with its Suicide Prevention Media Award on Friday. Paige said he received more than 35,000 messages after the piece ran, some from suicidal people who said his column prompted them to seek help.

(Source: Associated Press)

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Philadelphia Daily News Goes With Controversial Michael Vick Cover

I’m not even sure if the New York Post would have gone there.

NFL Broadcast Teams For Week 2

It’s bad enough that folks in Southern California won’t be able to watch Jacksonville vs. San Diego because the Chargers failed to sell out for the first time since 2004.

They will also miss Gus Johnson‘s play-by-play in the process.

Johnson will be in sunny San Diego with Steve Tasker for the Jaguars-Chargers game. Last week’s anti-climatic Miami vs. Buffalo game provided no YouTube worthy highlights for Johnson.

Based on San Diego’s performance on Monday Night Football, it might be a relatively calm game for Johnson.

Below are the rest of the broadcast teams in Week 2 of, “Where In The World Is Gus Johnson.”

Chicago @ Dallas: Joe Buck & Troy Aikman (FOX)

Arizona @ Atlanta: Thom Brennaman & Brian Billick (FOX)

Tampa Bay @ Carolina: Dick Stockton, Charles Davis & Jim Mora (FOX) Read more

Michael Eisner: ESPN 'One of the Best Acquisitions' of the Century

Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner is interviewed by the Associated Press, and he reflects on the purchase of ESPN he led with the company. In 1995, Disney purchased CapCities/ABC for $19 billion, acquiring ABC and ESPN in the process.

In the interview, Eisner calls the deal “one of the best acquisitions maybe of that whole century.”

“We spent the $19 billion because we wanted ESPN,” he said in a recent interview centered on Tuesday’s release of his book, “Working Together: Why Great Partnerships Succeed.” “It wasn’t an accident, no.”

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2010 NFL Kickoff Delivers Record Ratings For NBC Sports

Update: Nielsen nationals are in, and the game drew 27.5 million viewers, the most for a regular season match-up since the Green Bay Packers took on the Dallas Cowboys in November, 1996.

NBC Sports released the followuing statement from NBC Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol:

“This record viewership speaks to the power of the NFL and our country’s extraordinary appetite for football,” said Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics. “This time of year is very special for so many football fans. We were fortunate to be able to cover the story of Brett Favre and the Vikings return to New Orleans. And we fully embraced the opportunity to provide a showcase for the city of New Orleans and the proud people of the Gulf region to celebrate such a unique and meaningful moment.

“On the business side, this shows what can happen when we apply a strategic, multi-platform marketing approach to put a broad promotional blitz behind a project. We take tremendous pride in our ability to build a big, broad audience for our partners.”

Original story: Last night’s game 2010 NFL kickoff game between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings delivered the best overnight ratings for any regular season NFL game since 1997, and the best ratings ever for a regular season game on NBC.

The game drew a 17.7 rating/28 share from 8:45 -11:45 PM ET. The last regular season game to do that well was in December 1997, when the Denver Broncos took on the San Francisco 49ers. That game drew a 19.3 rating/30 share.

Not surprisingly, among the metered markets, New Orleans and Minneapolis led the way in terms of viewers.

Final ratings for the game will be available later today…