Super Bowl ratings decline but news not all bad

Published: Monday, February 05, 2018 @ 3:10 PM

BLOOMINGTON, MN - FEBRUARY 05: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell poses for a photo with head coach Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Vince Lombardi Trophy during Super Bowl LII media availability on February 5, 2018 at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII 41-33 on February 4th. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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BLOOMINGTON, MN - FEBRUARY 05: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell poses for a photo with head coach Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Vince Lombardi Trophy during Super Bowl LII media availability on February 5, 2018 at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII 41-33 on February 4th. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)(Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

A thrilling Super Bowl win for the Eagles over the Patriots did not prevent the game’s ratings from declining for a third straight year. 

According to numbers from Nielsen, Super Bowl LII earned a 47.4 rating. 

That is lowest since 2010’s rating of 46.4, although 2018 marks the fourth time in the past nine years the game had a rating in the 47 range. 

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The best number of the past nine came three years ago when the Patriots’ dramatic win over the Seahawks posted a 49.7 rating. 

NFL television ratings have been a hot topic, at least in media circles, for a couple of years now, and Sunday night’s game probably provides fuel for any narrative anyone wants to push. 

Those eager to throw dirt on the league can latch onto the downward trend line. 

However, Awful Announcing points out the drop was lower than the declines of the playoffs and the regular season compared to the previous year. 

NBC’s rating for the Super Bowl appears sturdy considering broader trends in NFL TV viewership. League ratings were down 10 percent in the regular season and down by various margins in the wild-carddivisional and conference championship playoff rounds, amid much debate over the cause of the declines.

NBC Sports PR department says the difference between ratings for the other playoff games and the Super Bowl was the highest ever measured, and this Eagles-Patriots matchup beat the 2005 Super Bowl between the same teams by nine percent. 

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Mike Leach believes Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold should’ve stayed in school

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 12:16 PM

Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold both decided to leave college early to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. Washington State coach Mike Leach, who coached against both quarterbacks, disagrees with their decision to turn pro.

“I thought they both should have stayed,” Leach said, per  SiriusXMNFL Radio. “I think that Rosen measures out better in some areas, the ball he throws is real pretty, but to me it seems like Darnold elevates his team and I think those guys play around him a little better.”

Most people around football believe Rosen made the right decision to declare for the draft. However, there are mixed reviews on Darnold. Some scouts and analysts think the USC quarterback could’ve benefitted by playing one more season with the Trojans.

Game film illustrates that Rosen is the more polished quarterback right now. Although, some believe Darnold has the biggest upside between the two.

Only time will tell. What we do know is both will be selected early in this year’s draft.

As for Leach’s comments, it’s a safe bet that Washington State fans differ from him. Cougars fans are more than likely happy the team won’t have to face Rosen and Darnold any longer.

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What Tom Izzo said after Michigan State’s 65-60 victory over Northwestern

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 12:03 PM

The No. 2 Michigan State Spartans trailed at one point by 27 points during their game at Northwestern on Saturday, but the favored bunch mounted a comeback in the second half to go on and win, 65-60.

In the second half — after a 49-27 deficit at halftime — the Spartans held the Wildcats to 11 points entirely. Cassius Winston led the team with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

With the win, Michigan State is on top of the Big Ten conference with a 14-2 record and two games remaining in the regular season.

What Tom Izzo said after Michigan State’s win over Northwestern

 

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Former South Carolina basketball star P.J. Dozier returns to Columbia

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former South Carolina basketball star P.J. Dozier returned to Columbia on Saturday for the annual Legends Weekend.

Dozier, who’s made two appearances for the Oklahoma City Thunder, has spent most of his rookie season in the G-League. For the Oklahoma City Blue squad, he averages 12.5 points and 2.6 assists per game.

In the video above, Dozier talks about his transition from college to the pros.

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Springfield quickly rebounds from loss at Trotwood-Madison

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 4:56 PM


            Springfield’s Derrick Robinson-Verse (24) and Leonard Taylor (front) battle Trotwood’s Justin Stephens (middle) and Carl Blanton for a rebound. Trotwood-Madison defeated visiting Springfield 79-72 in boys high school basketball on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
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Springfield’s Derrick Robinson-Verse (24) and Leonard Taylor (front) battle Trotwood’s Justin Stephens (middle) and Carl Blanton for a rebound. Trotwood-Madison defeated visiting Springfield 79-72 in boys high school basketball on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(MARC PENDLETON / STAFF)

It didn’t take long for Springfield senior guard Michael Wallace to rebound from Friday’s stinging 79-72 loss at mighty Trotwood-Madison. Not with the end of the regular season in sight and the postseason on deck.

“We can’t wait,” Wallace said. “We’ve got to get this last game over with and then get ready for the tournament.”

Wallace matched his season high with 17 points and Raheim Moss also scored 17 but the Wildcats didn’t quite have their “A” game against the Rams and that would be costly in the Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover game before a capacity crowd. Springfield was scheduled to end the regular season with a non-conference game against visiting Middletown on Saturday. The Middies are coached by one-time Springfield coach Darnell Hoskins.

Springfield landed a No. 2 seed in the Division I, Dayton 2 sectional. The Wildcats have a first-round bye and will play the Piqua-Springboro winner at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Centerville.

Top-seeded Trotwood will take a 12-game win streak into the D-II sectional at Springfield High School. The Rams were the D-II state runners-up last season.

Springfield (17-4), Trotwood (19-3) and D-I top seed Wayne (20-1) have had marquee matchups this season. Springfield split two games with Wayne, which was No. 1 in the state in D-I for much of the season before losing at Springfield last week. Wayne defeated Trotwood in double-overtime in late December. All three GWOC reps are expected to make deep postseason runs.

Springfield (10-2) finished runner-up to Wayne (11-1) in the GWOC National East. Springfield also lost at Centerville in divisional play. Springfield started the season at 13-0, but entered the Middletown game on a late-season 2-3 slide.

Springfield pulled within 65-64 early in the fourth quarter on Derrick Robinson-Verse’s two free throws. But seconds later Moss fouled out. Springfield’s Leonard Taylor also sat out crucial minutes in the second half with four fouls. That foul trouble was compounded by the loss of top sub Larry Stephens, a sophomore guard who tweaked a knee in practice on Thursday and didn’t play.

Trotwood answered with a game-ending 14-7 run.

“It seems to be the same old song every time we play those guys,” Springfield coach Isaiah Carson said. “Trotwood’s a good basketball team. I like what (coach) Rocky (Rockhold) has done.”

Taylor added 12 points for the Wildcats and Jordan Howard 9.

Rockhold previously also coached at Greeneview, where he also was a standout player. The teams have played six times in the last seven seasons, with Trotwood holding a 4-2 advantage. Trotwood also defeated Springfield 88-73 to end the previous regular season.

Trotwood backcourt standouts Myles Belyeu and Amari Davis each scored 23 points. Trotwood had hit triple-digits in four of its last five games.

“We loved the pace of the game,” Rockhold said. “We felt if we got it out of the 60s we had a chance.”

Jonathan Alder 56, Kenton Ridge 55: Alder (18-4, 12-1) had already clinched a Kenton Trail title and has the best overall record in his first season of Central Buckeye Conference play. The Cougars (15-6, 9-4) ended the regular season by hosting Southeastern on Saturday. A No. 2 seed, Kenton Ridge opens the D-II sectional at Springfield High School against Graham on Saturday.

Dayton Christian 64, Emmanuel Christian 53: Adonis Davis scored 27 for the host Lions (8-14, 5-9) in their final Metro Buckeye Conference game to end the regular season. Emmanuel is a No. 7 seed in the D-IV sectional at Troy and will play the Southeastern/Franklin Monroe winner on Feb. 27. DC (16-5, 12-2) finished runner-up to Troy Christian (19-2, 13-1) in the MBC.

West Liberty-Salem 72, Mechanicsburg 49: Trevor Burden scored 22 points and the host Tigers (14-7, 11-4) clinched a tie with West Jefferson for the Ohio Heritage Conference North title. WL-Salem is a No. 9 seed in the D-III sectional at Northmont and will play Arcanum in the first round on Friday. Mechanicsburg (1-19) plays top-seeded Fort Loramie in the D-IV sectional at Piqua on Saturday.

Madison Plains 50, Greenon 46: Logan Coppock scored 15 points for host Greenon (10-12, 9-7) in another OHC game. Greenon opens D-III sectional play at Northmont against Miami East also on Saturday.

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