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By Tom Jones, Times Staff Writer

Michael Vick’s comments about not getting roughing-the-passer calls was criticized by Fox analyst Mike Pereira.

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Michael Vick’s comments about not getting roughing-the-passer calls was criticized by Fox analyst Mike Pereira.

Complaint of the day

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick's complaints that referees ignore illegal hits on him did not sit well with Mike Pereira, the former NFL vice president of officiating who now works as an analyst for Fox. It also didn't surprise Pereira. Speaking on SiriusXM Radio earlier this week, Pereira called Vick's comments "ridiculous'' and said the Eagles complain about officiating more than any team.

ESPN broke down numbers that showed the Eagles are seventh in the league in getting roughing-the-passer calls since Vick joined them in 2009.

"The damage is done,'' Pereira said. "I don't want to be the referee that goes in there … next and works with him. If he calls a roughing-the-passer penalty for a hit on Vick, everybody's going to say, 'Well, Vick taunted him into that.' If he doesn't (call it), there's going to be more criticism. So I think it was a bunch of bull. And it didn't sit well with me, and it still doesn't."

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Media tidbits

ESPN sideline reporter Jenn Brown, a University of Florida grad, reportedly has become engaged to actor Wes Chatham.

• The NFL Network had 29.8 million viewers in September, a 10 percent increase over a year ago and the most ever in a month for the network.

• For those who enjoy the White Sox on WGN, the team has signed homer announcer Ken "Hawk'' Harrelson to an extension that will keep him in the booth through 2015. Put it on the board … yes!

3 things that popped into my head

1. The Tigers are in the playoffs. The Lions are 3-0. And the always-solid Red Wings are cranking it up. Not a bad time to be a sports fan in Detroit, eh?

2. If they win tonight, the Bulls are Big East contenders. A loss means they could be headed to another 9-4, 8-5 type of season. It really is that kind of litmus test.

3. ESPN analyst Barry Melrose will be blogging for NHL.com throughout the 2011-12 season. Maybe his first post can be about what he now thinks of Lightning center Steven Stamkos.

Props of the day

No matter how it turns out, the Rays' season has been the talk of baseball. Analysts from across the country have called it a smashing success and a testament to how to run a small-market team.

TBS analyst and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken called the Rays "amazing'' and added, "They are the most optimistic, positive, relaxed team, and a lot of that has to do with the leadership of (manager) Joe Maddon." Said TBS's Ron Darling: "What they (were) trying to pull off here, it gives you goose bumps. You just love watching it."

The ratings game

The Rays-Yankees games were TV ratings gold for Sun Sports this week. Tuesday night's game drew an average 9.1 rating, meaning 9.1 percent of Tampa Bay households with TVs were tuned in at any one time. That's a little more than 163,000 homes. At 10 p.m. Tuesday, more than 227,000 Tampa Bay homes were tuned in. Interestingly, about the same time, more than 59,000 homes flipped over to check out the Red Sox-Orioles game on MLB Network.

Monday night's numbers were almost as solid with an average of 135,000 homes tuned in. What makes all these numbers impressive is the Rays game was going up against traditionally strong Monday Night Football and first-run network programming such as Glee, Dancing With the Stars, NCIS and The Biggest Loser.

Props of the day

No matter how it turns out, the Rays' season has been the talk of baseball. Analysts from across the country have called it a smashing success and a testament to how to run a small-market team.

TBS analyst and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken called the Rays "amazing'' and added, "They are the most optimistic, positive, relaxed team, and a lot of that has to do with the leadership of (manager) Joe Maddon." Said TBS's Ron Darling: "What they (were) trying to pull off here, it gives you goose bumps. You just love watching it."

The ratings game

The Rays-Yankees games were TV ratings gold for Sun Sports this week. Tuesday night's game drew an average 9.1 rating, meaning 9.1 percent of Tampa Bay households with TVs were tuned in at any one time. That's a little more than 163,000 homes. At 10 p.m. Tuesday, more than 227,000 Tampa Bay homes were tuned in. Interestingly, about the same time, more than 59,000 homes flipped over to check out the Red Sox-Orioles game on MLB Network.

Monday night's numbers were almost as solid with an average of 135,000 homes tuned in. What makes all these numbers impressive is the Rays game was going up against traditionally strong Monday Night Football and first-run network programming such as Glee, Dancing With the Stars, NCIS and The Biggest Loser.

Complaint of the day

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick's complaints that referees ignore illegal hits on him did not sit well with Mike Pereira, the former NFL vice president of officiating who now works as an analyst for Fox. It also didn't surprise Pereira. Speaking on SiriusXM Radio earlier this week, Pereira called Vick's comments "ridiculous'' and said the Eagles complain about officiating more than any team.

ESPN broke down numbers that showed the Eagles are seventh in the league in getting roughing-the-passer calls since Vick joined them in 2009.

"The damage is done,'' Pereira said. "I don't want to be the referee that goes in there … next and works with him. If he calls a roughing-the-passer penalty for a hit on Vick, everybody's going to say, 'Well, Vick taunted him into that.' If he doesn't (call it), there's going to be more criticism. So I think it was a bunch of bull. And it didn't sit well with me, and it still doesn't."

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By Tom Jones, Times Staff Writer 09/28/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2011 12:50am]
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