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Tiger Woods, one year later

As a sports columnist who currently is breathing, it was my duty to write something tied to the first crash-iversary of Tiger Woods' unfortunate Thanksgiving weekend of 2009.

Here it is.

Other items on my Friday newspaper page included CBS marking its 5,000th NFL game, MSG introducing a new show featuring Mike Keenan and John Tortorella and the NFL's ratings continuing their dominant ways.

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CBS is proud of its history carrying the NFL – except for those four years wandering in the desert from 1994 through ’97 after Fox yanked the NFC package – and wanted me to tell you this:

Sunday it will televise the 5,000th game (regular season and playoffs) in its 51 seasons covering the league when Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker call Dolphins at Raiders.

“I grew up as a young kid totally enchanted by the way CBS presented the NFL,’’ CBS’ Jim Nantz said in a news release. “It was part of the reason as a young boy I made the declaration to my father I wanted to work for CBS Sports.’’

The Steelers beat the Redskins, 30-13, in CBS’ first game, on Sept. 30, 1956, behind one rushing touchdown and another passing by future NFL coach Ted Marchibroda.


Well, this sounds interesting: John Tortorella, the Rangers’ current prickly coach, and Mike Keenan, their former prickly coach, are teaming for a new MSG show called “Behind the Bench.’’

It debuts at 6:30 p.m. Friday night, with Bill Pidto (Cornell Class of ‘87) as referee – er, I mean, host.

The two Stanley Cup winners will focus on Xs and Os in the twice monthly program, as well as on the state of the Rangers and NHL matters. A little arguing would be nice, too.

I like this idea. But this would be even cooler: Pat Riley on “The Mike D’Antoni Show.’’


I have tried to behave this season and not overdo it on NFL ratings updates, but sometimes I must. Short version: Every year that goes by, the popularity gap grows between the league and almost everything else on TV.

The week of Nov. 15-21 was the 11th out of 11 this season in which the NFL had the highest average viewership of any show, this time 23.6 million for CBS’ late window featuring Patriots-Colts.

The second most-viewed show, and best in prime time, was Giants-Eagles at 23.2 million.

(The 20 percent of New York-area homes that watched the Giants were the most for any show in the market that week.)

With Fox’s “American Idol’’ fading, it is unlikely even that long-time hit will outdo the NFL’s autumn numbers when it returns in January.


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