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Will Mike Francesa, Michael Kay both end up on Fox channels?

WFAN long-time employee Mike Francesa, just before his

Michael Kay's first day on the YES Network averaged 0.61 percent of New York- area homes, a promising start for the ESPN Radio host's new TV simulcast.

(Mike Francesa's simulcast usually averaged in the 0.2-0.3 range; time will tell whether Kay can perform at or near that level over an extended period.)

The tune-in factor might have been helped by the social media storm that followed...

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Mike Francesa on Michael Kay: 'Classless, loser move'

Diet Cokes in an ice chest at a

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Michael Kay opened his first simulcast on the YES Network Monday with a not-so-veiled shot at WFAN's Mike Francesa, who occupied that time slot for 12 years.

Shortly after going on the air at 3 p.m., Kay dumped a plastic bottle of Diet Coke - Francesa's longtime beverage of choice - into a garbage can held by his partner, Don LaGreca.

The gag was executed wordlessly, but the reference...

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Super Bowl draws more real fans in 21st century

Ray Anderson from Idaho enjoys Super Bowl

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There is no question that in the 18 years since my first Super Bowl, the crowds have become louder and seemingly more full of actual fans than the dreaded "corporate types" for which the game long has been known.

As many observers - including Fox's Joe Buck - noted Sunday night at MetLife Stadium, the crowd was loud and engaged from the start - although obviously less so for Broncos fans as...

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Four photogs covering their 48th Super Bowl

I wrote an item for the Sunday paper about the three reporters set to cover their 48th Super Bowl - Jerry Izenberg, Dave Klein and Jerry Green.

I since have learned there also are four photographers who have covered every Super Bowl and are slated to do so again today: Tony Tomsic, Mickey Palmer, John Biever and Walter Iooss.

Happy clicking! ...

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Fox plans Super Bowl pregame plethora

Photo of an ice sculpture of the Vince

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The NFL thinks of everything, including scheduling Fox to carry a Super Bowl with a head coach named Fox.

Anyway, below find a news release, presented verbatim for your reading pleasure, of what Fox plans for its four-hour pregame show Sunday.

(You might notice that Fox always calls itself FOX. Why? I don't know.)

FOX SUPER BOWL SUNDAY is the super-sized Super Bowl edition of FOX...

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Tim Tebow, pitchman?

Tim Tebow looks on as he warms up

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Tim Tebow may not have much of a future as an NFL quarterback, but there's potential for him as pitchman for various companies.

Watch the commercial embedded below and take a look for yourself. He has a chance to make a run at Peyton Manning for top passer turned product-pitcher in recent years.

(Newsday's app users can watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTaH-OtUv94)...

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Super Bowl Boulevard is popular -- too popular

People slide down the toboggan ride as football

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So I finally did the full Super Bowl Boulevard tour starting at about 8:30 p.m. Friday night, from south to north.

First, be aware that it is crowded. Very crowded. The weather is good, there are many people in New York, this is the only chance for most people to be touched directly by the big event and - unlike what I and most other people assumed - by "closing Broadway" organizers did NOT...

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