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THE RATINGS GAME

Sunday night's Bears-Packers game on NBC earned a 13.4 overnight rating and a 22 share, meaning 13.4 percent of households with televisions and 22 percent of all TVs on at the time were tuned into the game. That's a 3 percent increase over last year's Sunday night opener between the Bears and Colts. The average viewership was the highest on network television on a Sunday night since ABC aired the Academy Awards on Feb. 22.

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He wrote it

"I just loved the job Cadillac Williams did running the ball for Tampa Bay, after so much pain and suffering with his knees in the last three years. Thirteen carries for 97 yards, many of them hard fought."

Peter King, Sports Illustrated

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Rumor of the day

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Lionsgate studio is negotiating for the film rights to Knockout. The spy thriller would be directed by Steven Soderbergh, who directed Ocean's Eleven and its sequels. But the interesting part for sports fans is the movie would star mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano.

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