But, know that I have watched every second of 4 of the 5 games played so far in the World Cup (I really had to ignore most of Argentina/Ivory Coast), and I greatly anticipate USA-Czech Republic on Monday almost as much as I anticipate Game 2 NBA Finals. The USA has to get at least a tie, and most likely a win to insure they will play past the pool competition.
I have a hard time not liking Brazil and Argentina in the Finals. I also like Spain and Holland, although Holland will most likely be better in 2010 with their youth. But I cheer for the USA and England, knowing that the USA has a 40% chance of making the sweet 16, and England has about a 25% chance of getting past the quarterfinals.
But trust me, The World Cup is very much on my radar. You will not hear it much on the air, because I like ratings (see today’s Morning News), but I am joining the World in HD for the next month.
Also, the Stanley Cup Finals tonight on NBC was awesome. Edmonton has hope now, and I swear games are just more exciting when played in that building. I don’t care at all if anyone in this country is watching this game, because I know that it was a truly wonderful sporting event. Man, there is a lot of sports goodness going on right now.
Finally, what a shock it was to see CoCo surrender a leadoff home run in the 8th to Manny. Rangers still win, Coco still sucks.
Weekend Links that will no doubt be ignored due to the NBA Finals if I don’t post them now:
Barry Horn with big numbers for broadcasters ..,
It is hardly surprising that Dallas-Fort Worth was the highest-rated television market in the country for the Mavericks-Heat opener. Home markets in any series in any sport are supposed to finish one-two.
And indeed, Miami-Fort Lauderdale was No. 2.
Final score: D-FW 32.8, Miami-Fort Lauderdale 24.9.
It is also hardly surprising that the Mavericks first-ever appearance in a Finals game produced a record D-FW rating for the organization.
It is, however, the magnitude of the D-FW rating that is eye popping.
The old single station record was a 19.9. That was recorded by TNT in Game 6 of the 2003 Western Conference finals in which the Mavericks were eliminated by the Spurs.
The best the Mavericks could do in the recently concluded Western Conference finals against the Phoenix Suns was a 19.1 for Game 5 on TNT. That means the Mavericks picked up 315,100 homes in one week.
And then, Barry dusts off the Radio scoreboard:
Readers have been clamoring for show-by-show comparisons between The Ticket and ESPN Radio for the most recent ratings period. In an effort to serve without getting too complicated, here's the shares for competing shows in the most coveted demographic for sports talk advertisers – men 25 to 54.
Time Ticket ESPN
Morning drive Dunham & Miller 9.3 Mike & Mike 3.3
Late morning Norm Hitzges 7.8 Dennis & Engel 2.4
Early afternoon BaD Radio 8.7 Dan Patrick 3.0
Afternoon drive Hard Line 9.7 Galloway & Co. 3.3
In praise of the boxer-briefs …I am so on board with this!
Skinny Fresh gets some ink in the Fort Worth Star Telegram …
I was raving about the new Skin CD, which I really like for its old school rap sound. Here is Skin’s musical project ...Check it out if you aren’t too white…
This week we played a few Mavericks songs/raps from various Myspace pages. Here they are:
And my favorite, Big Tuck …
Matt Hughes is cool …
World Cup flavor videos …
Scoop Jackson has lost his mind as he praises Antoine Walker ….
A good strong sent me this: Sports Illustrated looks at Dirk on Draft Day of 1998 …
6'11", 237, Würzburg, Germany
Why he's The Man: This virtually unknown European exploded onto the scene at the Nike Hoop Summit during Final Four weekend in San Antonio. He dominated the game with 33 points (6-12 FG, 2-3 3-pt. FG, 19-23 FT) and 14 rebounds in a 104-99 International Select Team victory. Initially was thought headed to college (he visited Cal and Kentucky), but instead entered the draft; wavered the last few of weeks but did not withdraw his name. Nowitzki has an extremely aggressive, versatile offensive game. He can score inside or step out and hit the three. A good ballhandler, he can take it to the hole (as evidenced by free throw total at Hoop Summit). Very polished in all facets. Will have teams ruing the day they bypassed him. Fellow German Detlef Schrempf was called the best import since the Volkswagen; Nowitzki's coach says, "Here comes the Porsche."
At best, he's the next: Keith Van Horn.
And if I'm wrong, he's: Cherokee Parks.
Oops! At best, he is the next KVH????