Power play

Presenting this week's sports media notes while wondering whether anyone else is getting a little tired of seeing highlights of practically every one of Tyler Hansbrough's two-handed dunks:

I had to call a repair guy this week because when I watched the NHL game Tuesday, there was a bunch of snow on my screen.


(Pause for rim shot.)

Though the Pittsburgh Penguins-Buffalo Sabres game from Ralph Wilson Stadium was compelling enough to keep me from flipping over to one of the bowl games on other channels, it suffered from the stoppages to fix the ice surface. That wasn't the network's fault, and I'm not sure NBC could have anticipated the interruptions, but the banter between play-by-play man Mike Emrick and analyst Ed Olczyk could only go so far.


How about some more of those Slap Shot clips NBC showed during the break after the first period? (As Dickie Dunn would say, I tried to capture the spirit of the thing.)

The NHL and NBC are thrilled with the performance of the New Year's Day game. The 2.6 rating among the nation's 55 biggest television markets also was the best for an NHL regular-season game in 12 years. For comparison's sake, ABC's NBA doubleheader on Christmas Day averaged 3.3 percent of the same audience.

Doug Flutie wasn't flipping over the flip by Southern California's Desmond Reed in the Rose Bowl. During ABC's halftime show, Flutie said he would bench Reed for the rest of the game for showboating when he scored a touchdown.

ESPN has added New England Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour to its Sunday NFL Countdown (11 a.m.) this weekend. NBC picked up Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Jason Taylor for its studio show tomorrow (4 p.m.). What, no one wanted Haloti Ngata?

Speaking of ESPN, the network said it is not talking to Brian Billick - so far - about replacing Bill Parcells as an NFL studio analyst. But the fired Ravens coach seems a natural for a TV job somewhere.