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NFL Network plans Super coverage

The NFL Network will kick off its Super Bowl coverage Sunday, airing 30-minute highlight shows of all 37 previous Super Bowls nonstop from 8 a.m. until 2:30 a.m.

And that's just the beginning:

+ NFL Total Access, the channel's SportsCenter if you will, broadcasts live from the media center beginning Monday in Houston, with special two-hour editions Wednesday through Saturday.

+ Rich Eisen, Terrell Davis and Kara Henderson will cover media day live on Tuesday with the NFC team at 10 a.m. and the AFC team at noon.

+ Point After: Sounds of Super Bowl, a one-hour highlight show of media day, will air at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

+ Live coverage of the Patriots coach Bill Belichick's news conference airs at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 30, followed by Panthers coach John Fox at 10:30.

+ Live coverage of commissioner Paul Tagliabue's news conference airs at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 30, followed by coverage of the Pro Football Hall of Fame news conference, where the 2004 inductees will be announced, at 1:30 p.m.

Good, but not good enough

Fox coverage of the NFC Championship Game between Carolina and Philadelphia scored a 23.2 household rating/35 share, and averaged 40.4-million viewers nationally, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The viewership is the highest in four years for the NFC Championship Game, more than last year's 38.7-million for the Bucs' win over the Eagles. But the Bucs rating was 3 percent higher at 23.8. The Bucs game also had a higher rating in the men 18-34 demographic, 20.9-18.

Kiss me

Does Joe Namath want to kiss Jeremy Schaap? We sure hope not. But at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on Outside the Lines (and on Sunday Conversation that night), Schaap will interview the former New York Jets quarterback and find out what was behind his surreal come-on to fellow ESPN reporter Suzy Kolber last month in a sideline interview during an NFL game.

The answer: booze! Namath, who told Kolber twice he wanted to kiss her, admits in the interview he was drunk (seriously?). He says he started drinking at 3 p.m. that day, and his performance was a wakeup call.

"Yes, of course, that was it," Namath says. "Absolutely. That never happened to me. I've never done that. I mean, absolutely. I can't believe it, and I didn't even see it, and I don't want to see it (a tape of the interview). That was the wakeup call."

He also tells Schaap he has enrolled in a center to help him beat his drinking problem.

"Jeremy, every time that something in my life has gone askew, alcohol has been involved," Namath says.


Brrrrrrr-eak from football

Winter X Games VIII from Aspen, Colo., will be televised Saturday through Tuesday, marking the first time the X Games have been featured live.

ABC Sports will carry the action Saturday (1-3 p.m.), and it continues each day on ESPN, including nightly 9-11 telecasts. ABC Sports and ESPN will combine for 15 hours of coverage, and ESPN2 will present nightly highlight programs for 19 total hours of Winter X Games programming.

If that's too much for you, then check out the Best of the Winter X Games VIII from 5-6 p.m. Feb. 7 on ABC.

The real deal

Not that LeBron James can't be seen almost every night on ESPN in one form or another, but he'll be on Sunshine at 7 p.m. Monday when he leads his Cavalier against Orlando.

Sunshine also will air the Miami-Notre Dame women's basketball game Wednesday as part of a new agreement with Miami featuring seven baseball and four women's basketball games this season.

What Tampa Bay watched


CBKB: UConn-UNC, CBS 1.6

CBKB: Wake Forest-Duke, ABC 1.0

NBA: Minnesota-Houston, ABC 1.0

CBKB: Georgia-Ky., Ch. 38 0.5

CBKB: Miss St.-LSU, Ch. 38 0.2


NFL: Eagles-Panthers, Fox 31.3

NFL: Colts-Patriots, CBS 30.6

NFL Postgame Show, CBS 15.4

NFL on Fox Pregame 12.5

NFL Today, CBS 9.9

NFL Countdown, ESPN 2.5

NBA: San Antonio-Boston, ABC 1.4

_ Each ratings point equals 16,443 homes.