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Giants-Cowboys thriller a TV hit

Greeting, friends. I'm back in the basement after another Sunday of NFL football columnizing.

Let's see . . . How about we start with the ratings for the big Giants-Cowboys tilt on NBC, which attracted 16.1 percent of homes in the 56 major markets measured overnight.

That is "Sunday Night Football's" fifth best such mark ever and second best this season - to the Week 1 Cowboys-Jets tilt (16.9).

The game did a 41.6 in DFW and a 21.5 in New York. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Elsewhere in sports media news, WatchDog has learned that Newsday's own Alan Hahn, a stalwart on the extremely challenging Knicks beat in recent seasons, will be leaving us at the end of next week to join MSG Network.

Hahn will do pre and postgame studio work as well as writing for and other stuff.

The hiring makes sense, because Hahn is good on TV,  plus at 6-6 or so he can stand up to the Knicks' new front line. Hahn is a rare NBA beat writer who can dunk. Not sure whether or not that will be a prerequisite for his successor.

But enough about Hahn. Here is something about me: I read with interest that Pete Mangurian has taken over the Columbia football program.

I first met Pete in 1995, when as the Giants' offensive line coach he broke my coccyx by running into me at first base during the coaches vs. writers softball game at training camp.

Then he spent three years at my alma mater, Cornell, leading the Big Red to a second-place finish in 2000, which for Cornell is really, really good.

Good luck in upper Manhattan, sir. Except when you face Cornell.

That's all for now, I suppose. But I could be forgetting something interesting or amusing I've had to say on Twitter over the weekend. I lose track. It's all stream of consciousness.

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Oh, one more thing: As a reward for reading this far down, here is an exclusive advance look at the column I wrote for the Tuesday paper about "24/7 Ranger/Flyers" on HBO.

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