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Legends Hospitality Rolls Out Super Bowl XLV Menu

DALLAS – Everything is bigger in Texas.

Even the Super Bowl menu.

Legends Hospitality Management at Cowboys Stadium has a special menu planned for Super Bowl XLV on Sunday that puts your menu of cold cuts and chips to shame.

Along with your traditional items like the Bent Buckle Texas Chili and the Cowboys Stadium House Smoked Barbecue, they have hand selected five local chefs to create a “Taste of North Texas” menu on the Hall of Fame level. Read more

ESPN To Air Film On Black NASCAR Pioneer Wendell Scott

As part of ESPN’s Black History Month coverage, the network will air Wendell Scott: A Race Story.

The film is about Wendell Scott, the first and only African-American to win a race in NASCAR’s top series. It airs Sunday, Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN, hours after the 53rd annual Daytona 500.

The docudrama was produced by the NASCAR Media Group in conjunction with ESPN Films and Max Siegel Inc.

“Wendell Scott’s legacy will live on forever as the man who broke NASCAR’s color barrier and whose courage and bravery paved the way for minorities to pursue careers in the world of motorsports,” said Paul Brooks, senior vice president of NASCAR and president of NASCAR Media Group. “This film will help preserve that legacy by telling the story of his historic ride and the positive impact his contributions are still having on the sport today.” Read more

The Many Views of Troy Aikman

In the latest installment of Slate’s epic playoff discussion – seriously, read the entire thing when you get an hour or so – Steven Fastis takes on Troy Aikman for not doing enough to bring awareness to the concussion issues. As the former Denver Broncos kicker writes:

Aikman’s bogus rationale for his nothing-to-see-here approach was exposed recently by Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who noticed that Aikman, during Fox’s Dec. 26 broadcast of the Packers-Giants game, was quiet on the subject of Aaron Rodgers playing in his first game after concussion No. 2 of the season. Aikman told Wolfley that he shouldn’t be “the poster boy for head injury” because, at age 44, he hasn’t experienced any short-term memory loss. He added that he doesn’t want to talk about concussions on the air because he doesn’t know what a specific player is actually feeling. (Um, Troy, your on-field experience is the only reason you get to “analyze” games.)

Fatsis correctly notes that Aikman, ridiculously, ignores the obvious despite having at least 10 concussions to call his own. Head injuries forced him to retire, yet he won’t discuss them in the broadcast booth.

Which is interesting, because Aikman was one of the cooler heads in the whole Jay Cutler narrative. Read more

Like A Billion People Watched the New York Jets Beat the New England Patriots

Well, maybe not quite that many but would you settle for a lot of millions? Like 43.5 million?

According to a release from CBS Sports, that number “is projected to be the highest viewer average and most-watched Divisional Playoff game on any network (dating as far back as CBS records exist, 1987-88).”

Viewership was up 22 percent from last year’s game between the Jets and the San Diego Chargers and the household rating/share of 24.2/42 was up 20 percent.

CBS had a big weekend elsewhere as well. Read more

Former Wide Receiver Torry Holt Joins NFL Network

Former NFL wide receiver Torry Holt has joined the NFL Network as an analyst and will make his debut on Tuesday during the NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Selection Show.

The seven-time Pro Bowl Selection will serve as a studio analyst on NFL Total Access and other NFL Network shows and specials.

Holt should have no problem making friends at the NFL Network as he’s the fourth member of the St. Louis Rams “Greatest Show on Turf” offense, joining Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner and Trent Green.

CBS Sports Analyst Bill Cowher "Insulted" By Rumors

How dare the media insinuate that CBS Sports analyst Bill Cowher will return to the sidelines in 2011.

Cowher addressed the rumors that he’s in line to become the head coach of the New York Giants (when Tom Coughlin gets the boot in the offseason) on Sunday during The NFL Today.

“For anyone to insinuate that I have a wish list of coaches to be fired at this time of the year, I have too much respect for the profession,” Cowher said. “I know how hard it is. I don’t wish for anybody to be fired. And for someone to insinuate that I’m doing that right now is disrespectful to them, and I’m insulted by it. I would not do that to the profession. Read more

Fox Sports Reups for US Champions League Rights Through 2015

Fox Sports thinks soccer is the future in America or, at the very least, a developing market.

The network, which broadcast all 146 Champions League games to American audiences for the first time last year and showed the final on Fox, extended its agreement through 2015.

“In 2009, Fox made an unprecedented commitment to bring the UEFA Champions League to the widest possible U.S. audience, and with this renewal agreement we have raised the amount of coverage to even greater heights,” David Nathanson, general manager of Fox Soccer said in a release. “We are elated to continue our partnership with UEFA and serve as the home of their flagship property through at least 2015.”

UEFA, the tournament’s organizing body, sounds pleased with the new deal.

“Showing the final on Fox’s over-the-air affiliates marks a huge turning point in the American psyche towards football, continuing in this vein for the 2012-15 rights cycle reflects Fox’s ongoing dedication to the best of European football,” Guy Laurent Epstein, head of media rights for UEFA said.

NFL Offering Two Ways To Catch Giants-Vikings

In case you don’t have the NFL Sunday Ticket or live in New York and Minneapolis, the NFL is offering two ways to watch the Giants-Vikings game later this evening.

Starting at midnight Eastern, the entire game will be posted online commercial-free at NFL.com for 24 hours. And if you aren’t in front of your computer, you can catch the game at the same time on The NFL Network.

Good luck avoiding the score until then.

Fox Left Cameras Rolling And Captured Metrodome Roof Collapse As A Result

Fox Sports captured one of the most chilling moments in sports this year when they left their cameras rolling overnight at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

Prior to leaving for the evening, the Fox crew noticed that the Metrodome was leaking.

“It was already leaking,” NFL lead game producer Richie Zyontz told Michael Hiestand of USA Today on Sunday. “But we heard that’s happened here before. They were heating up the dome to furnace levels to melt the snow.”

The end result has been the talk around the league, leaving many to wonder if one week will be enough time to repair the Metrodome before the Vikings host the Chicago Bears next Monday night.

Does Anyone Else Think Michael Wilbon's ESPN.com Tagline Is Ridiculously Long?

Michael Wilbon is a featured columnist for ESPN.com and ESPNChicago.com. He is the longtime co-host of “Pardon the Interruption” on ESPN and appears on the “NBA Sunday Countdown” pregame show on ABC in addition to ESPN. Wilbon joined ESPN.com after three decades with The Washington Post, where he earned a reputation as one of the nation’s most respected sports journalists.

Nice column, though, (In other news, yes, it’s Friday afternoon.)

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