Glogs throw in their 2 cents

On Media

September 30, 2005|By RAY FRAGER

CBS SportsLine has started glogging all over the place. However, there's no need to grab a towel or a bucket.

The Web site provides a game log -- or glog -- for college football games, with running commentary about the action. The feature is only available for selected games so far.

Depending on your viewpoint, this is either insightful analysis or it is like being stuck in a sports bar next to a know-it-all who won't shut up.

Some examples, with my own comments in italics (italog?):

Illinois-Michigan State, second quarter: "WR Matt Trannon quickly adds to the lead with a 30-yard reception from QB Drew Stanton. ... An easy toss and an easy catch for the Spartans, who are dominating this game. ... There are too many weapons on this team!" Which must make it difficult when it comes to boarding planes.

Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech, fourth quarter: "Brandon Pace hits another field goal to give Virginia Tech its 51st point. The Hokies should have just taken a knee on 4th down and given the ball back to Georgia Tech. What's the point of kicking a field goal up 48-7?" Hey, it got Brandon Pace's name mentioned again.

Mississippi State-Georgia, third quarter: "The silver-britches methodically matriculate the ball down the field." "Methodically matriculate" is nicely alliterative -- and so nonsensical it almost takes your mind off "silver-britches."

Alabama-Arkansas, fourth quarter: "Is there anything more ridiculous than when a defensive back makes a big hit -- 15 yards downfield -- and they jump up and celebrate? They just gave up 15 yards!" Anything more ridiculous? Well, my column picture, for one thing.

Wisconsin-Michigan, fourth quarter: "If you scroll back in this glog, I said that a trick play would probably win this game. Sure enough, the Wolverines successfully execute a flee-flicker." That's flea-flicker, and no wonder you misspelled it. How can you type and pat yourself on the back at the same time?

Not so glorious

A couple of readers have pointed out an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that reports how ESPN's Bound for Glory reality series, written about in this space last week, has quite a tenuous connection to reality.

The series purportedly chronicles the story of NFL great Dick Butkus as football coach of Montour High School in McKees Rocks, Pa., trying to turn around a losing team. However, the Post-Gazette says a fellow named Lou Cerro is the real coach of the team, and Butkus' commitment is to be with Montour for only three months -- something never explained on the show.

Furthermore, Butkus appeared to do little coaching on the sideline during Montour's opener and didn't wear a headset.

Kind of makes you think if he were on Fear Factor, he might not even swallow the worms.

Drop the puck

The NHL, which you might vaguely recall, returns Wednesday. Its new national cable home, OLN, presents the Philadelphia Flyers vs. the New York Rangers at 7 p.m. OLN is making the game available to cable and satellite providers who don't have the channel in their lineup.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson call the game, with Bill Clement handling the studio hosting duties.

At the same time, Comcast SportsNet carries the Washington Capitals' opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Wait, there's a team in Columbus? Man, hockey has been away for a while.

Not lively

Before landing in her supernatural role on the new series Ghost Whisperer, Jennifer Love Hewitt had been developing a show called In the Game, in which she played a TV sports reporter, Entertainment Weekly reported. But In the Game never made it onto the air -- proving that dead people are more interesting than athletes.

ray.frager@baltsun.com

TV highlights

Baseball: ESPN is holding out for the possibility of carrying a game with impact on postseason berths Sunday at 2 p.m. Tomorrow, Fox (Channel 45) has the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees, still possibly on their seesaw, at 1 p.m. Washington's Fox affiliate, Channel 5, is scheduled to get the Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies at 4 p.m. (Fox and ESPN combine to cover the Division Series, which begin Tuesday.)

NASCAR: The Nextel Cup, down to its final eight races, moves into Talladega on Sunday (2 p.m., chs. 11, 4). NBC's Benny Parsons expects ... well, who knows? "Talladega is the wild card. Anything can happen there, and no one is immune," Parsons said.

Pro football: The NFL plays its first regular-season game outside the country Sunday night at 8:30 on ESPN. Unfortunately for the nice folks of Mexico City, it's the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.

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Top-rated sports

Highest-rated sports programming for Baltimore for Sept. 21-27 (ratings measure the percentage of television households watching a program):

Program Date Ch. Rtg.

Pats-Steelers 9/25 13 12.2

Rders-Eagles 9/25 13 9.8

Giants-Chrgrs 9/25 ESPN 8.0

Chiefs-Brncs 9/26 2 7.2

NFL Today 9/25 13 3.7

Falcons-Bills 9/25 45 3.2

WWE Raw 9/26 Spike 2.9

SportsCenter 9/25 ESPN 2.4

O's-Red Sox 9/24 54 2.4

Pres. Cup 9/25 11 2.3

[ Nielsen ratings courtesy of WBAL-TV]

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