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WFAN has hit with Bay watch

Random New Year's Eve Eve thoughts:

I noticed Newsday properly credited WFAN's Mike Francesa with being the first to report the Mets' please-renew-your-season-tickets-by-Jan. 1 leak regarding the imminent arrival of Jason Bay.

In return, let's hope WFAN hosts reverse 22 years of precedent and make a resolution for '10 to do a better job crediting newspapers for information that often is their lifeline to what is going on in the local sports world.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, HBO will rerun its 1995 documentary on the history of the AFL, "Rebels with a Cause," in honor of the league's 50th season.

The show is worthy on its own merits, but has added value now because 10 of the men interviewed since have died, including Lamar Hunt, Hank Stram, Curt Gowdy and Jack Kemp.

I watched ABC's "20/20" special about the true story behind the movie "The Blind Side," which has stunned Hollywood by turning into a box office hit.

Mostly, the show served as an infomercial for the movie, but it was a coup to get Michael Oher to sit down at length to discuss it, something he previously has been reluctant to do.

1050 ESPN, the radio home of the Jets, has decided to low-key Sunday's important contest against the Bengals. It only will devote 24 consecutive hours to discussing the game, from 6 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.

Oh, my. I made No. 11 in Fang's Bites top 12 sports media stories of 2009. I'm honored. I think.

Photo: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan

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