Video: 'Up-Close - Charlie Strong'

I imagine it would be pretty hard for Charlie Strong to watch Longhorn Network's the Texas video staff's latest feature on him, "Close Up - Charlie Strong." Not because the content or the production are bad, but because most of us would become embarrassed after hearing people gush about them for 12 consecutive minutes.

Strong's reputation among coaches is among the best in the game currently. The coaches he learned under - Steve Spurrier, Lou Holtz, Urban Meyer, to name three - the coaches he's coached with, and the coaches that have learned under him have been unanimous in their praise. But winning a popularity contest among your peers doesn't guarantee you anything in football. It's the players' opinions that ultimately matter. 

"He was always a guy that shot you straight," said former Notre Dame defensive end Renaldo Wynn, a former Strong pupil. "I think as a player that's what you want."

"Guys that I didn't know that he knew called me up and said, 'Man, that's a great guy. He's a guy that's going to put it all out on the line. Very passionate about what he does. Loves kids. He's going to get the most out of their potential.' I got excited all over again, wishing I had a chance like these young guys to play for a coach like Coach Strong," added former Texas All-American linebacker Derrick Johnson. 

LHN lined up a number of recent Longhorn greats, Ricky Williams, Vince Young, Brian Orakpo, Aaron Ross, and, of course, each shared his own brand of excitement. Again, those are the opinions that matter. 

Video of the Day: Weird Al's "Sports Song"

"Sports Song" is the latest of eight new songs Weird Al has released this week, and it hits close to home for all of us.

If you can't laugh at yourself, well, you should probably start.

Video: TechCrunch tours Levi's Stadium

Right away, something doesn't feel right. Worlds are colliding. Since when is TechCrunch interested in the ribbon cutting ceremony of a new NFL stadium?

It is when the San Francisco 49ers - the home town team of the tech industry - opens what has to be the most technologically-advanced stadium in the NFL. We're talking about charging stations for electric vehicles. We're talking about a green roof that lowers the electric costs for heating and cooling the stadium's suites. TechCrunch can't tell you about the locker room, but they can tell you that there are 40 gigabits of bandwith per second pumping through the stadium.

The tour closes with our host admitting that, yeah, Candlestick Park pretty much sucked, but a game experience at Levi's Stadium should be awesome. 

So, um, who is watching Fox Sports Live?

Every week the folks over at Awful Announcing put out articles showing the ratings of ESPN, NBCSN and FS1 & FS2. 

For whatever reason, I find the numbers fascinating. I think we all know (and expect) that ESPN has a huge lead over everyone else; but I continue to be surprised that Fox Sports Live, the show they pour tremendous resources into, hasn't seemed to be able to gain any traction at all. Allow me to share some of the numbers (as compiled and presented by the team at Awful Announcing).

I won't bore you with the massive lead that all of the ESPN properties (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, etc...) have over everyone else because the margin is ... well yeah, you get it.

Instead, let's look simply at SportsCenter vs. Fox Sports Live.

Last week, the most watched SportsCenter drew a 2.8 (HH) rating with over 4.6 million viewers

On July 11th (the day the LeBron news broke), the 11am SC saw 512,000 viewers, noon SC 880,000 viewers, 1pm 1.3million viewers, 2pm 1.1million, 3pm 865,000, 4pm 732,000, 6pm 988,000, 7pm 756,000, 8pm 691,000, 9pm 497,000, 10pm 488,000, 11pm 646,000 and 12am 684,000. That looks like an average of nearly 1 million viewers for every single hour that day. 

Now, let's take a look at Fox Sports Live... not one broadcast of the show cracked FS1's top ten list for the week...meaning that not a single broadcast recorded more than a 0.1 (HH) rating and not one had over 300,000 viewers. AA didn't list out each show so I really don't have any idea if any of the broadcasts even came close to those numbers.

AA did point out that Fox Sports Live averaged (for the week), 62,000 viewers for their "most-watched" telecast per night. 

Most-watched of 62,000. That's a head scratcher. 

To try to wrap my arms around that, I took a look at how many cities there are in the US. Good ole Google tells me that per the US Census bureau there are about 19,000 cities in America.  62,000 viewers in 19,000 cities, yeah, that's a little over 3 viewers per city. Well, perhaps that's not fair, so I asked Google how many cities there are with over 100,000 people...293. So, if we just look at cities with over 100,000 people in them, that means that on average, about 211 people in each of those cities watched the "most-watched" Fox Sports Live each night. 211 people, that's about how many people live on my block. 

I'm blown away by how small this number is. 

I recognize they are building it for the future; but man I sure thought that the collective pull of all of the talent they have amassed and marketing spend they have invested would have paid off larger than this by now. 

Photo: This FCS program has put jaguar spots on their unis

Southern University (FCS - Baton Rouge, LA) showed up to SWAC Media Day showing off their latest uniform addition, complete with jaguar-spotted numbers. They actually released them earlier this year, but this is the first time the new look has made its way out in the public eye.

Southern will wear these when they open up the season against Mark Hudspeth and Lousiana-Lafayette on August 30th.

Chalk up this idea in the "interesting, but I think I'll pass" category for me. 

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