College football deluges TV schedule

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Tom Miller
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cable and satellite TV sports networks’ need for live programming has created an explosion of college football game coverage.

Fans with satellite or cable TV had five college football games available to view on Friday night. I remember when we were lucky to have two available on Saturday afternoons during the season.

On Saturday, there were 31 games available on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, Big Ten Network, SEC Network, Pac-12 Network, Texas Longhorn Network (guess which team was on that one), CBS Sports Network, ABC and FOX.

It used to be an honor to play on TV. Now it’s a demerit if you aren’t.


Janesville Craig High freshman swimmer Erin Donagan broke the longest-standing school record Friday night when she won the 100 backstroke in 1:01.2. Donagan is highly regarded, and her time was better than junior sensation Beata Nelson of Verona High on Friday night.

Nelson, a four-time state champion who is recognized nationally, won the 100 backstroke in 1:03.36 Friday as Verona/Mount Horeb knocked off four-time defending Big Eight champion Middleton 89-81. It was Middleton’s first conference dual-meet loss during that span.

Nelson, who has a personal-best time of :53.19 in the 100 back, will be at Janesville Parker High for a Big Eight dual meet Friday, Sept. 12.


I gave my two Packer tickets to my nieces for Thursday night’s final practice game against the Chiefs. I couldn’t charge them any of the $75 face value amount per ticket, something that the Packers and other NFL teams have no problem doing to their season-ticket holders. My nieces had a nice view of Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson and Clay Matthews modeling long-sleeve T-shirts.


Janesville Parker High’s girls golf team is loaded with sophomores this season. Watch out for the Vikings in two years, according to their head coach Mary Ross.


So this USC football player sprains both his ankles jumping from balcony to balcony at his apartment complex—or so the story goes—and then tells his coach he sprained them jumping from a balcony onto a pool deck to pull out his drowning nephew. Then when he is called on this tale, he recants and admits there wasn’t a nephew or a pool.

And when he shows up to meet with the head coach and school officials—who had put his “heroic” tale on the school website—he has an attorney next to him that has represented Rihanna, Snoop Dogg and other prominent clients.

First question is why does this kid need an attorney?

Second question is how does the kid afford this attorney?


I predict Francisco Rodriguez will give up a homer to end Milwaukee’s season. Forget the number of saves he has. The man is incapable of a 1-2-3 inning. Every time he comes in, I do what I used to do as a youngster when the flying monkeys took off in the “Wizard of Oz."

I hide behind the sofa.


As bad as the Snappers’ season has been—they likely will finish last in the Western Division in both the first and second halves of the season—Oakland does get some benefit from having the Snappers as their affiliate.

Injured Athletics Nate Freiman and Drew Pomeranz were sent to Beloit for the Snappers’ final home series of the season. Freiman, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound first baseman, and Pomeranz, who was the starting pitcher Saturday night, can return to Oakland’s roster Tuesday, the day after Beloit’s season ends.

If the two players had been sent to an A's minor-league affiliate that qualified for the playoffs, Freiman and Pomeranz would have had to wait 10 days before coming back to the A’s roster.

Now the question is, what happens to the Beloit franchise with the Athletics’ affiliation contract expiring at the end of this season?

Tom Miller is a page designer/sports writer for The Gazette.

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