Thursday, July 31, 2008

College Hoops 2K8 for XBox 360 just $12.60

Video games fans, you can now get your college hoops fix for less on the XBox 360. Amazon has the College Hoops 2K8 video game on sale for $12.61, and eligible for free shipping if your total order is $25 or more.

And don't forget to catch a wall to wall repeat of the 2008 NCAA tournament on CSTV. I believe this is the first time in the modern era that the whole NCAA tournament is shown on national TV. But CSTV is "buried" in digital cable and satellite TV packages, but we have no doubt that CBS will eventually push it and make it more accessible to more sports fans out there. After all, they are competing with ESPN-U and the three Fox College Sports (FCS). FCS are aggregators of games from the 20+ regional FSNs).

Friday, July 25, 2008

Time for CBS to clean house and reboot their TV commentators!

Hopefully Billy Packer was just the beginning of a clean-up job at CBS's March Madness coverage, which by the way you can relive right now on CSTV.

Normally I would charge for this, but I'm feeling generous, so CBS, here is what you need to do!

Keep and give them a bonus!

  1. Clark Kellogg, Seth Davis, Bryan Gumble
  2. Bill Raftery, Len Elmore, Jay Bilas
  3. Gus Johnson

They need to be replaced no matter what
  1. Jim Nantz (go back to Golf!)
  2. Verne Lindquist (please go back to the senior's PGA tour)
  3. Dick Enberg (recite essays during halftime, don't call games)
  4. Tim Brando (idiotically annoying)
  5. Bob Wenzel (no need to explain!)

Keep only if you can't find anyone better
  1. G-Man (Mike Gminski) and Dan Bonner - monotonous make good games boring
  2. Ian "Ion" Eagle and Jim Spinarkel (Yellow Pages are more exciting)
  3. The high-school kid from CSTV (he's actually older)

Who should be added
  1. Marques Johnson
  2. Doris Burke
  3. Pete Gillen
  4. Tom Brennan
  5. Steve Lavin
  6. Dan Shuman without Vitale
  7. reunite trio of Bilas, Raftery and Sean "McDonut" during second week of the tourney

Do not invite!
  1. Dick Vitale
  2. Mike Patrick
  3. Steve Lapas
  4. Mike Jarvis
  5. Jimmy Dykes
  6. Fran Fraschilla
  7. Dan Belluomini and Barry Thompkins (he was the one doing the KFC "crunchy on the outside, spicy on the inside" ads during the FSN Pac-10 games)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Relive the 2008 NCAA tournament on CSTV (CBS College Sports)

Starting Monday July 21, 2008 at 9am pacific time, CBS College Sports (aka CSTV) will be rebroadcasting select games from the 2008 NCAA tournament. They are obviously picking the exciting games, as they don't want to bore us with repeat-ZZZzz games. Here is a preliminary schedule, but be sure to check and double-check with local listings for exact games and air times. All times here at pacific!

Monday July 21
9am: Georgia vs Xavier
11am: Kansas vs Portland State
1pm: Temple vs Michigan State
3pm: Kent State vs UNLV
5pm: Baylor vs Purdue
7pm: Kentucky vs Marquette
***: all these repeat overnight

Tuesday July 22
9am: Oral Roberts vs Pitt
11am: Cornell vs Stanford
1pm: Washington State vs Winthrop
3pm: Kansas State vs USC (OJ Mayo vs Michael Beasley!)
5pm: BYU vs Texas A&M
7pm: Belmont vs Duke (Go Belmont!)
***: games repeat overnight

Wedn July 23
9am: Miss V St vs UCLA
11am: Cal State Fullerton vs Wisconsin
1pm: George MASON vs Notre Dame
3pm: Arizona vs West Virginia
5pm: Davidson vs GoneZaga
7pm: Drake vs Western Kentucky
***: games repeat overnight

Thursday July 24
9am: American vs Tennessee
11am: Miami vs St Mary's
1pm: Butler vs South Alabama
3pm: UMBC vs Georgetown
5pm: Austin Peay vs Texas
7pm: San Diego Vs UConn
***: games repeat overnight

Friday July 25
9am: Mount St Marys vs North Carolina-ouch!
11am: Boise State vs PitinoVille (Louisville)
1pm: UTSA vs Memphis
3pm: Siena vs Vandy
5pm: Oklahoma vs St Joe's
7pm: Mississippi State vs Oregon
***: games repeat overnight

Saturday July 26
9am: Arkansas vs Indiana
11am: Clemson vs Villanova
1pm: Belmont vs Duke
3pm: UConn vs San Diego
5pm: Drake vs Western Kentucky
***: games repeat overnight

Sunday July 27
9am: Notre Dame vs Washington State
11am: Kansas vs UNLV
1pm: Texas A&M vs UCLA
3pm: Marquette vs Stanford
***: repeat overnight

Monday July 28
12pm: Michigan State vs Pitt
2pm: Butler vs Tennessee
4pm: San Diego vs Western Kentucky
6pm: Davidson vs Georgetown
***: repeat overnight

Tuesday July 29
9am: Wisconsin vs Kansas State
11am: Louisville vs Oklahoma
1pm: Purdue vs Xavier
3pm: Siena vs Nova
5pm: duke vs WEST VIRGINIA (Go Thuggins! Beat the Dookies!!!)
7pm: Miami vs Texas (teacher vs pupil)
***: repeat overnight

Wednesday July 30
9am: Arkansas vs North Carolina
11am: Kansas vs Nova
1pm: Stanford vs Texas
3pm: UCLA vs Western Kentucky
5pm: Mississippippi vs Co-Champions Memphis
7pm: Davidson vs Wisconsin
***: repeat overnight

Thursday July 31
9am: Washington State vs North Carolina
11am: Michigan State vs Memphis (co-champions)
1pm: Louisville vs Tenneseeeee
3pm: more coming up, bookmark this post and visit again!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

MLB Extra Innings free on-demand preview

Comcast, and perhaps other cable providers as well, are having a free one week preview of their pay-per-view MLB Extra Innings cable package, which shows lots of baseball games from around the country. The free preview is from July 17 to July 23, and you need to have the appropriate cable system and package to watch the free preview.

For example, on some cable systems, pay per view has moved on to digital cable, so you may need a digital set top box in order to have access to the free preview.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The witch is gone! Billy Packer out as CBS lead analyst!

Today on Mike and Mike, the slim Mike was reading a story from the Miami Herald saying that CBS will be replacing Billy "Fudge" Packer with studio analyst Clark Kellogg as their lead basketball analyst during game broadcasts!

Finally we are getting rid of Packer! Woohoo :) Of course Kellogg is about as dry as Packer, but he does not have the abrasive and toxic personality of Billy Packer.

So the TV analyst carousel is spinning, who is going to replace Clark Kellogg as the lead studio analyst? Perhaps Seth "Golfer" Davis will move as the #1 lead spot, but who is going to be his runner up? Or will CBS go for a big name analyst to replace Kellogg as the #1 analyst?

Remember, Packer was also enforcing a "no fun" policy at CBS, which is why we see a long list of "dry" analysts and commentators.

Does this change also mean a change of direction? Will we see more "fun" and "exciting" analysts making the game "younger"? After all, they are talking about college basketball, not the seniors PGA tour! Will the CSTV team win over the frozen-in-evolution Packer-ites?

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