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BCS cable telecast still tops NCAA title game’s network audience

Less than 24 hours after the final buzzer, CBS announced viewership for Monday’s NCAA basketball title game rose five percent from last season.

It still couldn’t match the cable audience that watched Alabama beat LSU in January’s BCS title game.

An average of 24.2 million saw the Tide beat the Tigers 21-0 on Jan. 9. It was the second* BCS championship televised by ESPN on cable. Last year’s Auburn-Oregon matchup had 27.3 million viewers.

The average audience for Monday’s game totaled 20.9 million viewers, according to a CBS news release. Both games, interestingly, were played in New Orleans’ Superdome.

*Corrected from previous version.

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C.J. Mosley progressing after unsightly injury in BCS title game

Decatur Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.

It’s hard to forget the play that ended C.J. Mosley’s sophomore season at Alabama. It was borderline grotesque. LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson’s clean tackle following Mosley’s third-quarter interception certainly could have been worse.

It turned out to be just a dislocated hip. And the rising junior appears to be close to returning to the field.

Coach Nick Saban he began running at full speed this week as the Tide readies for spring practice starting Friday.

“He was running in the pool for awhile, doing straight-line stuff, working on his own rehab program,” Saban said. “This week he was cleared to go and do what everybody else is doing.”

Mosley figures to be a huge part of the retooled Alabama linebacker corps that loses future NFL picks Courtney Upshaw and Dont’a Hightower.

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My basketball game story with a few cheap jokes thrown in

I’m not sarcastic. No, not me. That’s a ridiculous claim. My game story from last night’s Alabama basketball game could never support an argument to the contrary.

TUSCALOOSA — Yes, LSU crossed midcourt.

Then the Tigers scored. But, once again, the Alabama defense was too much for LSU.

This time it was on the basketball floor. The Crimson Tide didn’t win a trophy, though coach Anthony Grant’s team extended its winning streak to five in dominant fashion.

Alabama settled on a 69-53 final after leading by as many as 21 in a nearly packed, and festive Coleman Coliseum.

Sophomore point guard Trevor Releford kept his hot hand to lead the Tide in scoring with 20 points followed by Tony Mitchell’s 11.

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Shelley kicks his way into spotlight in BCS

If you have a minute, take a read over my football story for today’s newspaper. It’s about Alabama’s scoring machine Jeremy Shelley.

NEW ORLEANS — Carson Tinker had a hard time getting to his locker late Monday night.

So the Alabama long snapper sat back and smiled as the crush of reporters descended upon his neighbor. He also had a message for everyone hurling questions to kicker Jeremy Shelley, the MVP in his mind.

“He deserves it,” Tinker said. “he won’t say it, but he deserves it.”

There just wasn’t an official category to honor the player who scored 15 points — three at a time — in Alabama’s 21-0 beating of LSU in the BCS championship game. Quarterback AJ McCarron was most outstanding on offense while linebacker Courtney Upshaw took the honor on defense.

So, Shelley settled for Tinker’s unofficial title and redemption for a once-troubled special teams unit.

No kicker in the history of bowl games had attempted seven or made five as Shelley did Monday. He made short ones (23, 34, 35 yards) and a two deeper tries (41, 44 yards) that easily beat his previous season long of 37.

Shelley said having a night like that was a dream. The media attention wasn’t part of the vision, though.

“Maybe in the eyes of a game winner,” he said. “But not like this.”

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A Swedish sports writer’s first impression of college football

Johan Esk (leather jacket) interviews T-Bob Hebert.

Most of us grew up in the culture of college football. Johan Esk did not.  He’s from Sweden. So Esk came to New Orleans this week to chronicle the grandest spectacle of college football for a foreign audience.

I had a chance to chat with him a few times at various media events. I couldn’t get enough of his observations. It was fascinating. The best was explaining the meaning of Mardi Gras beads while standing on a Bourbon Street balcony.

When I saw Esk on the sideline in the final few moments of the game, his eyeballs were bulging. It was a case of sensory overload in a world we take for granted. It was incredible introducing our world to this outsider who seemed to love the experience.

Thanks to Google translation, I found his story. Here’s a taste followed by a link:

I knew that college football was big in the U.S.. But it was only when I came here that I realized that there are additional features of these Southeast and Alabama is probably the most crazy state in college football.

The team’s fans and LSU fans have invaded the city in a way I had not seen sports fans do at some point. Many who are in New Orleans has no ticket, they just want to create and enjoy the party.

The final is unusual because it is two teams from the same division and because the law already met once during the season. For me it is unusual to wait for the start of the game and see two big bands marching. I try to count how many plays, landing somewhere around 200 in each orchestra. In addition, the dancers and acrobats and cheerleaders, but not a single percussion caps

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Richardson, Kirkpatrick discuss decisions they face with NFL draft

Speculation about the NFL draft will continue a little longer for two possible early entrants who just completed their junior seasons.

Both running back Trent Richardson and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said they were still considering all options after Monday’s game.

“It’s going to be hard,” said Kirkpatrick, a projected first-round pick. “I’m going to sit down with coach (Nick) Saban, also with my family. If the decision is right for me, I’m going to go for it.”

Winning a second national title “kinda plays a big part,” in his decision.

Richardson had a similar message when asked in the postgame locker room.

“I really haven’t said nothing about it,” Richardson said. “I was focused on the game. I’m going to sit down with coach Saban and my momma and have a conversation about this and see where it goes from there.”

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Video of BCS pregame festivites from Superdome

The BCS folks split the school traditions down the middle and let both Alabama and LSU do their thing before the game. Take a look.


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Video of Dre Kirkpatrick celebrating with family

Watch as Alabama’s emotional leader Dre Kirkpatrick shares a moment with his family during the BCS national championship trophy presentation. See if you can spot the cameo from former Tide tight end Preston Dial.

 


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Extended video of Saban, Richardson, others thanking fans on field after BCS title

There’s too much video, not enough time to edit it all right now. But here’s the view from the field as Nick Saban, Trent Richardson and others celebrated with fans. Look for offensive lineman Tyler Love’s leap into the seats, too.

 


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Postgame video from the field, ‘Rammer Jammer’

Here’s what you’ve been waiting for. Enjoy. Drive safely. It’s been updated with the HD version.

Update: If you want to see just the ‘Rammer Jammer’ portion of the video, watch this.


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It’s in! The actual final score of tonight’s game predicted here

You can write it down. Call your bookie. Tell your friends. The only accurate prediction for the BCS title game is right here. This is what ran in the preview sections:

Hands down, this is the hardest prediction I’ve ever made. This has tortured me for a few weeks now. My gut just can’t figure it out. So I’ll go with my brain. It says Nick Saban can’t possibly lose to Les Miles three straight times. It says the Alabama defense had more time to focus on Jordan Jefferson instead of Jarrett Lee and Trent Richardson will get the ball in the clutch instead of messing with trick plays.

Alabama won’t over think this one. It’s a bread and butter game and Alabama has that chip on its shoulder. Florida learned what that meant two years ago in the SEC title game. My gut can’t decide, but my brain says LSU will run out of magic tonight in the Superdome.

Alabama 16, LSU 13

Take a look at my track record for the season:

Opp: prediction……actual … difference
Kent State: 45-7 ……….. 48-7 … 3 points
Penn State: 24-10……..27-11 … 4 points
North Texas: 52-3……..41-0 … 14 points
Arkansas: 27-17 ………..38-14 … 14 points
Florida: 27-20 …………..38-10 .. 21 points
Vanderbilt: 41-3 ……….34-0 ….10 points
Ole Miss: 38-3 …………..52-7 … 18 points
Tennessee: 38-3 ……….37-6 …. 4 points
LSU: 20-14 ………………6-9 …….19 points
Miss. St. 34-10…………24-7 ….13 points
Ga. Southern: 42-3…..45-21…21 points
Auburn: 38-10 ………..42-14 ..8 points


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BCS field logos revealed

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Breaking news, I know. But can you really get too much info tonight?

Well they pulled the covers off the end zones and center field logos.

So now you know what you’ll see on TV tonight.


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Take a 360-degree view of the Superdome field

See interactive view below.

This is where they’ll play the BCS title game. You can stand on the field and look around thanks to this cool app.

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Video of pregame scene outside Superdome

Take a quick look at what’s going on outside the Superdome three hours before kickoff of the BCS title game between Alabama and LSU.


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A final check of ticket prices for BCS title game

They’re still high. In November, prices dipped as kickoff between Alabama and LSU approached.

That’s not the case this time. I heard a guy on the street last night saying $1,300 was the cheapest ticket he had available. The online scalpers weren’t much more reasonable.

The average ticket on FanSnap.com was priced right around $2,000. There’s nothing below $1,100 listed on the major ticket resale websites.

The high-end tickets run all the way into the $2,500-$3,000 range for the 7:30 p.m., kickoff in the Superdome.

Take a look for yourself at the various ticket resale sites:

Ticket Master exchange
TiqIQ
FanSnap.com


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