MLB Opening Notebook: Megan Glaros, Wrigleyville Deadline, Soxman

MLB Opening Notebook: Megan Glaros, Wrigleyville Deadline, Soxman

-CBS 2 meteorologist Megan Glaros is a big sports fan. She is a former NFL cheerleader. Megan Glaros used to cheer for the Indianapolis Colts. Megan Glaros was on 670 The Score Monday morning to discuss the weather for Sox opening day. (audio from Mully and Hanley not posted on CBS website).

-Megan Glaros also encourages you to tweet in pictures of yourself in Cubs and Sox gear. And she also tweeted a picture of herself in a baseball uniform.



-Southside Dark Knight, The Sports Bank, and RedEye regular contributor Soxman was featured during the Seventh Inning Stretch at The Cell during the Sox home opener. He also appeared with BatBoy on WCIU The U.'s morning show with Aly Blocker. Their segment featured an interesting wrestling style “heel turn” with a surprise twist ending. I won’t spoil it; go watch the video and check it out. In the meantime, here’s Soxman and Batboy with Comcast SportsNet Sox analyst Frank Thomas.

-Here's our in-depth profile on Soxman


-It should be noted that I ABSOLUTELY CRUSHED Soxman in a baseball/history trivia contest on The History Channel's "How the States got their Shapes." We filmed the "Brian Unger games" on a rooftop across the way from Wrigley Field last summer. It first aired on the History Channel October 27th, 2012.

-Rob Hart, the morning anchor on 97.9 WLUP gave us an entertaining look at the Southside opener via his Chicago Now blog “The Sox Report.”  Hart hilariously details/confirms what I’ve said for years- Opening day brings out the alcoholics, bandwagon types and tourists.

-A new sports memorabilia show called “A Piece of the Game Presented by Allstate” (APOTG) was recently filmed in Chicago, and is airing before Cubs games. APOTG is a half-hour reality show telling Chicago sports stories through the eyes of sports fans, players, coaches and memorabilia experts. The program is a hybrid of the popular “Antiques Roadshow” and “Pawn Stars” TV shows. APOTG features everything from an Ernie Banks autographed-baseball card to a Chicago White Sox bat boy uniform from 1913.

-Comcast SportsNet, which broadcasts the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, set a TV ratings record — a 3.42 household rating for the White Sox home opener versus the Kansas City Royals. The 3.42 household rating is the highest White Sox season opener game rating in Chicago regional sports network television history (previous high 4-7-09 also vs. K.C. on CSN) According to Nielsen.

-This game, coupled with their broadcast of the Chicago Blackhawks win over Nashville gave Comcast SportsNet the #1 overall highest-rated network in the Chicago market for Men 18-34, Men 18-49, Men 25-54 & Adults 18-34 Monday.


-Weirdest part of the opening day Cubs broadcast? During a little down time, one of the Cubs on-air personalities said:

“Hey look it’s Dan Roan everybody!” (as the camera cuts to him) Okay, so your point is?

You’re telling us.....why? An on-air guy for one of your broadcast partners is attending the game. Shocking. Hold on! I’m about to break Twitter by tweeting this unexpected, exciting news!

-By the way, I wonder what became of the former mascot of the White Sox opponent- Slugger from the K.C. Royals, who found himself an unwilling Not Safe For Work internet media star this week.

-Here’s three ways to make baseball more watchable…which is pretty much how to make it more like football.

-It’s not a baseball item, but college basketball. Still I couldn’t leave it out of this notebook because it’s too good. With Ohio State down 12 to Wichita State with 5:45 left to play in an elite 8 game, Reggie Miller gave us this brilliant gem: “Ohio State needs to win the next five minutes.”

Okay, so what are they supposed to do with the other 45 seconds?

-As I chronicled last week, there’s a huge publicity battle between the Cubs and the Wrigleyville rooftops being fought right now. The self-imposed (and arbitrary) deadline for the two reach an agreement has passed. So what now after April 1st? Crain’s has more.

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports, a Google News site generating millions of visitors. He’s an author who also contributes regularly to MSN, Fox Sports , Chicago Now, Walter and Yardbarker

Banks has appeared on Comcast SportsNet and the History Channel, as well as Clear Channel, ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@PaulMBanks)

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