What They’re Saying- January 9th, 2009

Here’s our weekly Friday look at what the sports media columnists have on their minds…

David Barron at the Houston Chronicle previews the new Fox Sports Southwest.

Neil Best at Newsday talks with Troy Aikman, comparing himself during his playing days with Eli Manning.

Bob Raissman at the NY Daily News analyzes the work done this season by Fox’s Michael Strahan.

The sports media attack dogs will no doubt be all over Fox’s broadcast pair of Thom Brennaman and Charles Davis today for their gaffe during Florida’s goaline stop of Oklahoma in last night BCS title game.  Richard Sandomir of the NY Times caught my eye first.

Here’s more criticism from Mel Bracht at the Oklahoman.

Phil Mushnick at the NY Post compares sports coverage to…horror films.  Justin Terranova has a Eagles-Giants preview by talking with Giants Radio voice Bob Papa.  He also has 5 questions for SNY’s Charles Smith

Michael Hiestand at USA Today looks at the BCS title game through his 3-D glasses…

Randy Riggs at the Austin American Statesman looks at how the BCS format will stay the same, even when ESPN jumps in in 2011.

Ted Greenstein at the Chicago Tribune has a similar story about ESPN and the BCS.

Doug Nye at the State also talks college football playoff…

Dan Caesar at the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports Blues hockey will be all on cable beginning next season.

Diane Pucin at the LA Times has a sit down with ESPN/ABC’s Bill Walton.

Jay Posner at the San Diego Union Tribune talks with CBS’ Phil Simms on the turnaround made by the Chargers.

The same goes for John Maffei at the North County Times.

Greg Mancina of the Saginaw News speaks for many Lions fans in asking NBC NOT to hire Matt Millen.

Tom Hoffarth at the LA Daily News has LA’s NFL ratings this season.

Ray Frager at the Baltimore Sun has Jim Nantz and Phil Simms differing on the NFL’s overtime rules…

Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald looks at what the NFL analysts are really saying…

Scott D. Pearce at the Salt Lake City Desert News talks about the Mountain West Network and its impact on local college sports.

Ray Buck at the Fort Worth Star Telegram talks with the NFL analysts about the fall of the Cowboys in 2008.

Jessica Heslam at the Boston Herald has a follow-up to a story about a very angry caller to sports talker WEEI.

Jim Carlisle at the Ventura County Star has CBS’ take on the Ravens defense, specifically Ed Reed.

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