CBS' Jim Nantz attended the first Saints game ever on Sept. 17, 1967, as an 8-year-old at Tulane Stadium with his father. Now he will call their first Super Bowl. Pretty cool, no?
A loyal reader challenged me to predict the top five markets among the 56 Nielsen measures for Super Bowl XLIV ratings. Too easy. Let's try for 10:
1. New Orleans; 2. Indianapolis; 3. Nashville; 4. Las Vegas; 5. Knoxville; 6. Miami; 7. Dallas; 8. Pittsburgh; 9. Buffalo; 10. Birmingham.
Here is a cute piece ESPN's Suzy Kolber did about the Ochocino News Network, in which Chad learns how glamorous it is to be a working journalist on Super Bowl Media Day.
During Joe Theismann's appearance on WFAN this a.m. Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason mostly blamed the troubles in NBC's announcing booth for the Jets-Bengals wild-card playoff game on the inexperience of Joe Gibbs. Theismann did not disagree with them.
Glauber wrote about Jeremy Shockey's return to the Super Bowl here.