What’s in today’s sports media column (linked here): Fox’s pitch as to why anyone would be interested in watching tonight’s Pac-12 college football title game between 6-6 UCLA and 10-2 Oregon, plus the angst that Kevin Frazier has been feeling over the firing of Rick Neuheisel.
What’s not in today’s column: An explanation as to why Fox is carrying the Broncos-Vikings game on Sunday from Minnesota. Aren’t the Broncos an AFC team, and Fox the NFC network?
Yes, but when NBC flexed out of Indianapolis-New England for Sunday night and gave it back to CBS, it instead snatched Fox’s Detroit-New Orleans matchup. But that left Fox with only two games in its early window for its regional doubleheader weekend. The NFL decided to give Fox the Broncos-Vikings inter-conference game to make up for having the Lions-Saints game taken away.
It kind of reminds us of the old “Concentration” game, when a contestant would win prizes off the big board, but the other contestant could steal a prize and watch someone from behind their head slip the white paper out of their category and slip it onto the list of the other person’s winnings.
CBS, you give up Tim Tebow this week, but you get back Indy-New England, which no one really wanted in the first place with no Peyton Manning. Fair?
Also, we tend to be a fan of the Davis Cup this time of year — when the title’s on the line — but we’ll hit the DVR buttons when it comes to Spain-Argentina from Seville this weekend, starting with Tennis Channel’s exclusive coverage (no ESPN) which started this morning at 5 a.m. with the two singles matches (the second starts at 8 a.m., with replays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.. Doubles are Saturday at 7 a.m. (replayed at 10 a.m.) and the reverse singles Sunday start at 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Maybe ESPNw.com’s Sarah Spain will cover it and include it as part of her on-going column called “That’s What She Said.” (linked here)