Daily Archives: February 5, 2008

Super Bowl 2008 TV Stats and Bob Knight rides into the sunset

Plucked from Yahoo Sports.

Giants-Pats most-watched Super Bowl ever

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer Mon Feb 4, 9:58 PM ET

NEW YORK – The 97.5 million viewers who saw the New York Giants‘ last-minute win over the New England Patriots made it the most-watched Super Bowl ever and second biggest event in American television history.

Only the “MASH” series finale in 1983, with 106 million viewers, was seen by more people, Nielsen Media Research said Monday. Sunday’s game eclipsed the previous Super Bowl record of 94.08 million, set when Dallas defeated Pittsburgh in 1996.

This year’s game had almost all the ingredients Fox could have hoped for: a tight contest with a thrilling finish involving a team that was attempting to make history as the NFL’s first unbeaten team since 1972.

But the Giants ended New England‘s bid for perfection, 17-14. Throughout the game, the teams were never separated by more than a touchdown.

“You might like your equation going in, but you still need some breaks going your way,” said Ed Goren, Fox sports president. The closeness of the game probably added a couple million viewers to the telecast’s average; the audience peaked at 105.7 million viewers between 9:30 and 10 p.m. EST — during the fourth quarter.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning won bragging rights over his brother: Last year’s win by Peyton Manning‘s Indianapolis Colts was seen by 93.2 million people, now the third most popular Super Bowl. Manning was set to appear on David Letterman’s “Late Show” on Monday, but travel delays in Arizona pushed his appearance back to Wednesday.

An eye-popping 81 percent of all TV sets on in the Boston area Sunday were tuned in to the game. In New York, the audience share was 67 percent.

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Texas Tech coach Bob Knight resigns

By BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press Writer Tue Feb 5, 4:57 AM ET

LUBBOCK, Texas – Bob Knight promised that when he finally decided to call it quits at Texas Tech it would be hard to find him.

The Hall of Fame coach stayed true to his word Monday.

After telling his sons, his bosses and his team of his resignation, Knight spoke only to one local newspaper about his shocking departure in the middle of his seventh season in West Texas.

“He’s ready,” successor and son Pat Knight said during his weekly radio program. “He’s tired.”

Knight left during his 42nd year as a head coach with more wins than any Division I men’s coach. Pat Knight inherited a team that is struggling at 12-8 and has 10 games remaining.

“This is my team, that’s what he told me. He’s done,” Pat Knight said on his radio show. “He’s got a lot of life left to enjoy.”

Almost a decade after he was fired by Indiana, the school he led to three national championships — one an undefeated season not since matched — Knight walked away from college basketball.

It was a stunning midseason move by Knight, who gave no hint a change was coming.

“There’s a transition that’s going to take place here from me to Pat and I’ve dwelt on this all year long … how it would be best for him and for the team and for what we can do in the long run to make this the best thing for Texas Tech,” Knight told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, which first reported the resignation.


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