NFC Wildcard

NFC Wildcard Match-Up: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings

Here is a preview of the Sunday’s NFC Wildcard game bwteen the Philadeplphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings via the local media outlets covering each team:

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Let’s check out the City of Brotherly Love and the local media that covers the Philadelphia Eagles

Newspaper-  Philadelphia is a two newspaper town owned by one company.  Both papers are housed within the same web site.  The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News sports sections seems devoid of any page dedicated to the Eagles.   The Daily News beat writers do maintain a blog.  The Inquirer also has a blog, but it’s not easy to find.  The host philly.com site, however, does have a dedicated Eagles page which encompasses both newspapers’ content.

Sports Radio- WYSP serves as the flagship in the Eagles Radio Network.  Merrill Reese serves as the play-by-play voice, joined by Mike Quick with analysis.  Philly fans are fortunate to have two sports radio stations to follow the team; powerhouse WIP and WPEN.

Television- Television outlets in Philadelphia include KYW, WCAU, WPVI, and WTXF.

Blogs- Check out Bleeding Green NationIggles Blog, Eagles Locker, and Bleed Eagles Green for independent writing on the Eagles.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

We continue our look at the local media contingent covering their NFL clubs.  Today we go to the Twin Cities and look at the reporters who follow the Minnesota Vikings

Newspaper-  The largest newspaper in the region is the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.  They appear to have a fairly comprehensive sports section, including an area dedicated to the Vikes.  Beat writers Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins maintain the paper’s Access Vikings blog.  With the legendary Sid Hartman as one of its columnists, you are guaranteed some great material from the Trib.

Sports Radio- Sports radio KFAN serves as the flagship of the Vikings Radio Network.  Paul Allen serves as the radio play-by-play voice, joined in the booth by Peter Bercich.  The FAN is also the best place for Vikings talk on non-game days.

Television- KARE, KMSP, KSTP, and WCCO are the main television outlets that cover the Vikings.

Blogs-  The following independent blogs are another resource for Vikings fans; Purple Pride, Daily Norseman, The Viking Age, and Purple Pride.

NFC Wildcard Match-Up: Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals

Here is a preview of Saturday’s NFC Wildcard game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals, focusing on the local media covering both teams.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Down south we go to take a look at the media that covers the Atlanta Falcons on a day-to-day basis…

Newspaper-  The Atlanta Journal Constitution serves the greater metro Atlanta area.  Its online sports section appears to be laid out well.  It includes a special page of content on the Falcons.  The paper includes a beat reporter-generated Falcons Blog.  They also have fan interaction, including the Falcons Vent bulletin board, and the Bird Babe, a fan’s blog on the team.

Sports Radio- 92.9 Dave FM  serves as the flagship station for the Falcons Radio Network. Wes Durham and Dave Archer provide the play-by-play and commentary for each game.  Falcons talk can be heard on WCNN and WQXI.

Television- Check out television coverage of the Falcons on WAGA, WGCL, WSB, and WXIA.

Blogs- Some of the independent Falcons blogs include The Falcoholic, Falcons Wire, Flying High, and Falcons Gab.

ARIZONA CARDINALS

Let’s head to the southwest and examine the local media group that covers the Arizona Cardinals

Newspaper-  The Arizona Republic is the largest newspaper in the region.  It’s online newspaper looks like Web-Alpha, really disappointing.  Its sports section is the same, no personality.  The paper is part of AZCentral.com, which does do a good job using newspaper content on its sports section.  They have special content dedicated to the Cardinals.  Beat writer Kent Sommers does maintain his own blog for the paper.

Sports Radio- KTAR-AM & FM serve as the flagship in the Cardinals Radio Network.  Dave Pasch returns on play-by-play, along with Rob Wolfley on commentary.  KTAR and KGME are also places to talk Cardinals football.

Television- KNXV, KPHO, KPNX, and KSAZ are the television outlets in Phoenix that follow the Cardinals.

Blogs-  For independent blog coverage, check out The Cardinals Report, Raising Zona, AZ Sports Hub, and Cardinals Locker.