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Super Bowl Media Day: NFL is #1 in League Power Rankings

Super Bowl Media Day: NFL is #1 in League Power Rankings
Super Bowl Media Day begins tomorrow January 28th at 9:30 AM CST. It will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Approximately 5,000 media members will be credentialed and if you don't work in the press corp, you can go by buying a ticket for $28.50. Yes, I'm serious, people shell out close to 30 U.S. Dollars to watch reporters get into a swarm/gang bang/mosh pit style conglomerate of humanity; strictly for the purpose of hearing canned responses and cliches from highly paid NFL football players. Like Jim Cramer says, "there's always a bull market somewhere." Lots of people watch Super Bowl Media Day; both on television and in person. Imagine the tremendous size of the swarm that will be around Richard Sherman at Super Bowl Media Day! Think about how many times you'll hear the same tired and predictable questions from reporters with zero original thoughts and no refreshing story angles: "Peyton, what does this game mean to your legacy?" "Richard, how do you feel you've been misunderstood by people these past ten days? "(Any Seahawks player) Tell us about how important the 12th man is" "(Any Broncos player) Tell us what makes Peyton so great" ESPN NASCAR analyst Brad Daugherty told me at Chicagoland Speedway this past summer: "the NFL slaughters everything." Remember, this is a current NASCAR guy, and former NBA and college basketball guy talking. Certainly, Super Bowl Media Day, and Super Bowl Sunday itself, verify that observation. Sunday IS OUR national holiday. A question I get all the time is "who is the biggest person you've ever interviewed?" I always say "depends on what you're into. The answer is different for everybody." Former Vice President Al Gore is the only person I've had an exclusive with who's won the popular vote of a U.S. Presidential election. Danica Patrick probably is the most popular, or at least the most polarizing, individual (see the avatar for this website), Dan Marino the most accomplished athleteSir Alex Ferguson is the most accomplished coach (think Phil Jackson and Casey Stengel combined of the English Premier League, and unlike 99.999% of my interview subjects, he's been knighted. Alex Morgan was probably the most beneficial though, as she always gets the most page views. The point is, it all depends on where you're from and what you're in to. Just like trying to designate what league/sport is the runner-up as our national past time. We know what's number one with a bullet. Second place is not even remotely close to the NFL. And here's how we did the sports popularity power rankings...

25 Worst Sports Cliches NEVER to be Published Again

25 Worst Sports Cliches NEVER to be Published Again
The sports calendar is sort of imbalanced, but once it gets moving, it has a lot of velocity. For about four months in the summer you have pretty much nothing but baseball. And that lull is extremely brutal. But once college football starts– boom! The NFL is the very next week. Hockey preseason starts two weeks after college football. NBA and college basketball media days begin and within a four week span “what am I ever going to write about?” has turned into "what topics will I have to cut?” With all this competing for our attention, we have to make sure not to waste time. And 95% of the quotes we receive from players and coaches is as much a waste of our time as it is their time. And the higher up in the organization you go, the worse the corporatespeak becomes. GMs are more boring liars than the coaches, owners who rarely ever give interviews in the first place, are more "spin" than GMs. On all levels, Media and Public Relations departments have done a bang-up job training organization members to give the most banal and sanitized statements possible.  Often times, I’ve been able to predict exactly how a question will be responded to in a locker room or at a press conference, as soon as the reporter finishes asking the question. Of course, the PR departments are just doing their jobs- it’s expected. What kills me is when the journalists take the bait and just lazily repeat the shopworn and mind-numbing phrases. Given how we’re all on strict word counts and/or have a limited amount of time to broadcast our feature pieces, why would you waste that limited space on language that is utterly formulaic and dumbs everyone down? You’d be surprised how often so many of these phrases make it to broadcast and publication. You'll never change press conference culture, but you can change how you relate to it. If you’ve been working in the media game more than six weeks and use the first cliché, the Granddaddy of them all…LEAVE NOW! GET A DIFFERENT JOB BECAUSE YOU CLEARLY SUCK AT TRYING TO DO THIS ONE………...

Double Duty: I'm now doing Illini, Northwestern analysis for KOZN Omaha

Double Duty: I'm now doing Illini, Northwestern analysis for KOZN Omaha
This Saturday I’ll be “the doing the double.” The term comes from auto racing, but I’m applying it to college football. Illinois is playing Washington at the home of the Chicago Bears, Soldier Field at 5pm Saturday. After I’m done, I’m headed to Evanston for Northwestern vs Western Michigan with a 8pm kickoff.
Any other local Chicago sports media doing the doubleheader? If my good friend Lindsey Willhite, PR Director for the Chicago Wolves, was still working for the Daily Herald I know he’d be right there with me.
Anyway, the auto racing version of doing the double is the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 and the IRL Indianapolis 500 on the same day.
Tony Stewart has done it three times. And keeping with this theme of doubling up…
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Chicago Wolves Exec VP, Anthem Icon Wayne Messmer (Exclusive)

Chicago Wolves Exec VP, Anthem Icon Wayne Messmer (Exclusive)
Wayne Messmer is an accomplished singer, broadcaster and businessman. Today, he’s part owner and Executive Vice President for the Chicago Wolves. He’s also the long-time public address announcer for the Chicago Cubs. He sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” before many Cubs games, as well as prior to all Chicago Wolves games. In the mid-1980s, Messmer was the newscaster on WYTZ (Z-95) Radio’s “Barsky Morning Zoo”. For many years, he also sang for the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears and Chicago Sting. In 1991, when Messmer sang at the NHL All-Star Game at Chicago Stadium, he was nearly drowned out by cheers from the sellout crowd, mainly in support of the U.S. troops that had entered the Gulf War just days prior. It remains one of the best moments in hockey history and an iconinc moment in the life of Wayne Messmer. Messmer’s association with sports began as the announcer/soloist with the Chicago Sting soccer team. From 1982-85, the Chicago native served as field announcer and soloist for the Chicago White Sox and he has maintained a professional association with the Chicago Cubs since 1985. Messmer also spent 13 seasons as the celebrated soloist for the Chicago Blackhawks. His performance prior to the 1991 NHL All-Star game at Chicago Stadium continues to be recognized by fans as one of the greatest moments in hockey. During the Wolves historic home opener on Oct. 14, 1994, Messmer made an emotional return to his craft. Before a sellout crowd at Allstate Arena, he sang the anthem publicly for the first time since he suffered a gunshot wound to the throat six months earlier...

Meet the new Chicago Bears and Bulls Expert for 95.7 The Fan

Meet the new Chicago Bears and Bulls Expert for 95.7 The Fan
I don’t do much personal “blogging” here. It’s just not what this specific website is about. I’ve only had three previous posts of that nature in the 15 months I’ve been doing this. The first was an announcement I was going to be on the History Channel, the second was a shout-out to everyone from Chicago Now who sent me get well soon cards when I was hospitalized for a month, and the third was my victory lap with all the links to all the national media outlets that followed my lead when I broke the Susannah Collins story. Hey, it's not everyday you get to blow up a journalism DeathStar. When you have the top secret location of the nuclear reactor and the firepower for a direct hit- you can't be trigger-shy. Anyway, here’s the fourth post...

Q101 Tweets Rape Joke During Stanley Cup Final

Q101 Tweets Rape Joke During Stanley Cup Final
Chicago alternative radio station Q101 made a rape joke during game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. Now for $1,000 guess the medium in which Q101 made this horrible insensitive gaffe... ...Twitter?? Correct!!! Tell Q101 what they’ve just won: lots of listeners lost, a deeply offended audience, corporate sponsors aghast (they might bail too possibly), a public relations nightmare, an inevitable upcoming public apology, and maybe even a fired social media manager. Didn’t we learn from the film Borat that rape jokes aren’t ok? Well, it has been 8 years since that movie came out. Didn’t WE JUST LEARN, in this exact NHL postseason, that tweeting sexual assault jokes during hockey games isn't cool? The LA Kings Twitter account just made that mistake a few weeks ago when they let a local shock jock sports talk radio guy take over their Twitter feed for a period of a Stanley Cup Playoff game...
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Media, keep covering Penn State Scandal! Boers and Bernstein Do!

Media, keep covering Penn State Scandal! Boers and Bernstein Do!
What went down at Penn State was the college football story of the year in 2011-12. Actually, it’s the most important sports story of the 2010s thus far. The Penn State child rape scandal is so much more than just a scandal and a cover-up; it’s all encompassing. And today, I find it bizarre that... Read more »

Michelle Beadle show to go all Stanley Cup Final

Michelle Beadle show to go all Stanley Cup Final
Michelle Beadle left ESPN awhile ago to host The Crossover, a daily sports and entertainment show on NBC Sports Network. The program, hosted solely by Michelle Beadle (unlike Sports Nation on ESPN in which she had a co-host) will go all in Stanley Cup Final content on Monday with a one-hour extended episode prior to game 3 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. It airs at 5 p.m. CDT. There will also be special NHL edition of the Michelle Beadle talk show after the game). For whatever reason, game 3 tomorrow night will only be on NBC Sports Network, not NBC (game 2 was demoted to cable as well)...

The Score's Dan Bernstein LIGHTS UP Steve Alford Sympathizer (audio)

The Score's Dan Bernstein LIGHTS UP Steve Alford Sympathizer (audio)
Yes, this headline includes ALL CAPS because that’s required for this exchange between WSCR midday co-host Dan Bernstein and an idiotic caller. Dan Bernstein goes off on a Steve Alford apologist and UCLA fan who called in recently. The language is all SFW but remember it’s “LOUD NOISES!!!” as Brick from fictional KVWN San Diego would say. Steve Alford was recently hired to UCLA from New Mexico. However, he’s most notorious for what went on during his regime in Iowa City. During his time leading the Iowa Hawkeyes, Coach Steve Alford (@UCLACoachAlford) was basically a sympathizer to committing sexual assault. Actually, he was more than that- he advocated the character of a sexual assault recidivist. Alford was also a very powerful enemy to a sexual assault victim...
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CSN Chicago: Blackhawks Biggest Cheerleaders

CSN Chicago: Blackhawks Biggest Cheerleaders
I really do love the Chicago Blackhawks “hit the ice” introduction video. The CGI effects are top notch. However, the very first thing I noticed in the vid is Coach Quenneville’s faux “media session.” There are only three microphones placed under Coach Q: WGN TV, WGN Radio and Comcast SportsNet; the Blackhawks three broadcast partners. Now why would a front-runner franchise even bother doing this? Why have any corporate media logos? Or instead throw in more media outlets and make the fake presser look genuine? Still, this is ultimately meaningless minutia; at least compared to the more important thoughts that it provokes. If you’re a media outlet who also broadcasts a team regularly, you are no longer a true news-gathering agency. At least not in regards to that specific team. You are beholden to that franchise and your on-air talent are de facto PR representatives; not reporters or journalists...
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