UPDATED: 10:30 a.m. FRIDAY:
What’s included in this week’s version (linked here): A slightly trunkated version of the Erin Andrews blog-post column from Thursday (linked here), without noting she is the author of erinandrews.com and daughter of a TV journalist at a local Miami affiliate, plus some smokes and chokes items.
What’s not included:
== Look how we’re going to get readers to actually pick up a newspaper today. Sorry about that if we caught you off guard.
== A tweeted-out version of the column on Thursday created the suspected response, especially after Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch gave it this endorsement: “@tomhoffarth just posted the harshest critique of @ErinAndrews I’ve ever read.” That left the word “harsh” as the operative verb going forward, with re-tweets and all the new people who’ve now become my followers. That’s creepy enough.
== With the power vested in me, I’ll try to drive knee-jerk traffic to something called SportsGrid.com, where a “rising college senior” named Matt thinks I’m unfair (linked here). He makes some fair points. Says some of the things I point out is “fine.” He’s done a fine job himself here. But I’d respectfully debate after I looked up big words like “ad-hominem.”
== And here’s one from this morning by a BigLead gentleman (linked here) who insists I missed the point. Thanks, Ty. Glad to give you someone’s honor to defend.
== I’m getting far more responses like this — starting with the esteemed Jim Romenesko at jimromenesko.com (linked here).
More from veteran TV reporters: “What’s so unfortunate about what she’s done is open the door for so many other unqualified sports reporters to put on tight shirts, high heels, and call themselves professionals.”
Read more of the comments posted on the blog (linked here) for things like “bravo for having the guts to say some things that are very true but others are afraid to vocalize,” or “Lets be serious: the second you have to say “I’m a dork” but then tweet photos of yourself with SI swimsuit models, it’s safe to say that you’re not and a celeb.” Thanks for figuring this out for yourselves.
== Oh, wait, here’s a lad who seems to get it, Irish-style (linked here).
== And finally, another media scribe goes out on a limb: “Andrews a good fit with Fox’s All-Star team” … Oh, wait, that’s just the headline. He doesn’t actually say as much in regurgitating a press release in the column: (linked here).
== TNT will simulcast the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup NASCAR event from Daytona on truTV (Saturday, 4:30 p.m.). Why? Because it can.
== ESPN’s coverage of the Home Run Derby in Kansas City (Monday, 5 p.m.) has Chris Berman corrupting the call with John Kruk and Nomar Garciaparra, plus Buster Olney and Pedro Gomez. On radio — because that’s where you capture the true essence of the event — Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will describe it with John Rooney and Peter Pascarelli. Sunday’s Future Game (5 p.m., ESPN2) has Steve Berthiaume with Aaron Boon and Rick Sutcliffe. And, for whatever reason, ESPN will use Bill Simmons as the “analyst” on the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game telecast (Monday, 8 p.m., delayed).
== NBC announced a partnership with Main Events to produce another Saturday season of “Fight Night” live boxing, expanding it from six to up to 16 shows, mostly on the NBC Sports Network, but two slotted for NBC’s over-the-air network. The first is on Dec. 22. Kenny Rice calls them, with Freddie Roach and B.J. Flores.
== NBC reported last week that its prime-time (delayed in the West Coast even though the event was in San Jose) U.S. gymnastics trials on Sunday “earned the highest viewership (10.02 million) and household ratings (5.9)” for any Summer Olympic trials broadcast since it did the gymnastics trials in 2000 (11.03 million, 7.2 rating). But that only means it was better than the 2004 and 2008 trials, just not as good as 2000.
It also said that through Sunday, NBC’s 13 primetime Olympic Trials broadcasts averaged 6.78 million viewers, the best since ’96 (8.64 million). But then, that’s still almost two million viewers short.