Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Nicholas Dawidoff’s behind-the-scenes book about the 2011 Jets, “Collision Low Crossers,’’ was released Tuesday but written well before then – and before the recent bullying controversy that engulfed the Dolphins.
In light of that episode a passage on pages 72 and 73 is particularly timely, and revealing.
Dawidoff tells of a team-bonding game of “Jets Pictionary’’ in which...Read more »
Forty-five years ago Sunday I was worried some silly football game would delay the beginning of “Heidi,’’ which I and many of my fellow 8-year-olds were very much looking forward to watching.
Happily, NBC executives left the Jets-Raiders game right at 7 p.m., and all was well! Kind of.
As it turned out, there were many football fans less than enthusiastic about the move, especially after...Read more »
One negative of the Jets’ surprising start is that it has put a damper on SNY analyst Ray Lucas’ colorful postgame emoting, which late last season was becoming more entertaining than the games themselves.
But that is not the only reason the postgame show has taken on a different tone this season. With Adam Schein and his, um, distinctive voice having left for CBS Sports Network, SNY has used...Read more »
TV networks rarely use programming gimmicks for NFL games, mostly because when you have a ratings juggernaut in hand there isn’t much point in tinkering.
But CBS is going that route Sunday, in a way that actually sounds sort of interesting – or at least harmless.
Three of its studio stars – Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe – will join established game booths to work games...Read more »
Outside of his two children’s games, Tony Soprano’s sports interests focused primarily on wagering, a business in which he might have dabbled.
But the actor who portrayed him, James Gandolfini, who died Wednesday, was a genuine fan who was a regular at metropolitan-area games, notably involving Rutgers and the Jets.
In a 2007 episode of “The Sopranos,’’ Tony is told Eric Mangini – “Mangenius’’...Read more »
Dave Jennings’ improbable football story began with fashioning a career as a punter after never playing the position (or sport) at Garden City High and ended with a career in radio built on reasoned opinions and deep knowledge. Novel concept!
The fact he did all of the above near his hometown playing for and analyzing both the Giants and Jets completed the unusual, old-school narrative.
Jennings’...Read more »
Over the decades, men who grew up in the New York area have dominated the upper ranks of network sports executives, much to the annoyance of the rest of the nation.
Enter John Skipper, the president of ESPN and thus one of the handful of most powerful people in the sports business. He grew up in Lexington, N.C., attended college in Chapel Hill and still has the accent to prove it.
So,...Read more »
Dressing up notoriously drab MetLife Stadium will be among the challenges Super Bowl XLVIII organizers face, but they are off to a good start with an early gimmick that actually looks pretty cool – literally and figuratively.
MetLife this week installed a 25-foot high “snow globe’’ outside the stadium, complete with real snow, as the Jets’ Joe McKnight and Giants’ David Wilson demonstrated...Read more »
Soon-to-be-former Jet Bart Scott raised an interesting point on Showtime's "Inside the NFL" Wednesday, asserting that the New York-area news media treats the Jets and Giants differently.
"I didn't like the personal attacks," he said on the show. "A quick example now is the media following Rex [Ryan] down to The Bahamas. I mean, who does that?.
"I can’t imagine...Read more »
The professional football schedule for Week 17 includes nine games with direct playoff implications for the NFL and two that present a visual anomaly for New York-area television viewers.
The Jets and Giants both play at 1 p.m. this Sunday -- and not against each other -- thereby splitting the nation's No. 1 media market in two. The 6-9 Jets play at the 5-10 Bills on CBS, and the 8-7 Giants...Read more »