Quote of the Day
"As he crossed the Rubicon, according to the historian Suetonius, Caesar uttered the famous phrase 'This is for all the Tostitos.'"
-- The National Post's Bruce Arthur, in a tweet regarding Brent Musburger's comment prior to Auburn's BCS Championship-winning field goal (TWITTER.com, 1/11).
Auburn-Oregon Could Set Cable TV Records
It took Auburn every last second during last night’s Tostitos BCS National Championship Game to claim the school’s first title in 53 years, and ESPN stands to benefit from the early-morning drama. Auburn’s 22-19 win over Oregon draws a 16.1 overnight Nielsen rating, the largest overnight for any cable broadcast ever. Should the final ratings remain the same, the game will top the “MNF” game from ’09 featuring Brett Favre's first game against the Packers. Still, the gap between broadcast and cable remains noticeable -- Auburn-Oregon is down more than 11% from the overnight for Alabama’s win over Texas in last year's championship game on ABC. Critics of college football’s postseason remain outspoken, but BCS Exec Dir Bill Hancock stands firm in his belief that a playoff will not be implemented any time soon. Hancock says, “I will stand here and tell you this system works.”
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Hook 'Em Horns
ESPN admits it is “very close” to completing deal for Texas Longhorn network.
Against The Wind
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Reeling It In
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