WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

A Super Bowl to be remembered for so many reasons

I'm not normally inclined to write about sporting events, but the hard-fought victory of the University of Delaware's Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII deserves recognition.

As everyone knows, Flacco was named the game's MVP as he completed 22 or 33 passses for 287 yards and three touchdowns.

The only negative for Flacco: At the end of the same, an exuberant Flacco shouted a few choice expletives, one or two caught by the microphones to be heard by viewers & listeners. Maybe there's something about expletives from folks named "Joe" - with a Delaware connection - on national television, if you get my drift?

Past incidents have prompted the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the networks. And the FCC could still try to impose fines, even though the U.S. Supreme Court last year reversed a fine against Fox for expletives from Cher & Nicole Ritchie during a live awards show. However, not all stations that carried the game would necessarily be in trouble, as Flacco swore after 10 P.M., Eastern Standard Time, and the FCC's indecency rules apply to the theoretical period when children might be watching: 6 A.M.--10 P.M. CBS reportedly ran delays on the pre-game, halftime, and post-game periods, but not the celebration at the end of game coverage.

Of course, the post-game ran LATER than usual because of that nearly 35-minute blackout. Given the huge global audience for the Superbowl, one wonders if some folks saw this as yet another indication of America's declining infrastructure, ironically, in a city that saw physical infrastructure collapse from Hurricane Katrina, and was banking on this very event to fully restore its reputation.

Indeed, doubtless the blackout will become part of the lore of the Superdome. New Orleans has enough superstitions already. In a plot out of "Poltergeist", some folks in New Orleans feel in their bones that the Superdome is cursed, because of its location near the Girod Street Cemetery, which had seen better times. Some Saints' fans blame that for their team's misfortunes.

FORBES columnist Patrick Rishe quickly declared the blackout would put a crimp in New Orleans' chances of hosting another Super Bowl.

The blackout also appeared to cost the Ravens their momentum, and nearly cost them the game!

Surely some folks here and elsewhere decided to retire during that blackout. One wonders if some disgruntled advertisers who shelled out up to 4 Million bucks to air their cherished commercials during the closing stages of the game will seek to recoup some of their money.

Speaking of commercials, the Church of Scientology paid up to 8 million dollars to air a minute-long commercial in several big metropolitan markets. That, in turn, prompted mockery of Scientology on Twitter and other social media sites.

You can hear my interview with The BALTIMORE SUN's Media Critic, David Zurawik, about the TV treatment of the Super Bowl; he pans CBS...

Audio Here

Back to Joe Flacco & his teammates, the University of Delaware quickly touted the victory on its "UDaily" website (10:55 p.m.). The U.D. release noted Flacco and fellow Blue Hen Gino Gradkowski, a rookie offensive lineman, became the first former U.D. players to earn Super Bowl rings as active players.

From the U.D. release: "They were the fourth and fifth former Blue Hens to see action in the Super Bowl, joining Ivory Sully who played special teams for the Los Angles Rams against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1980, former NFL most valuable player Rich Gannon, who started as quarterback for the Oakland Raiders against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003 and threw two touchdown passes, and tight end Ben Patrick, who caught a touchdown pass for the Arizona Cardinals in 2009 against the Steelers.

Delaware, one of only 10 schools in the nation to have two quarterbacks start in a Super Bowl, now becomes of one of the few schools to produce an NFL most valuable player (Gannon), a Super Bowl MVP (Flacco), and a NFL Pro Bowl MVP (Gannon)."

Not surprisingly, the U.D. release makes NO mention of former coach K.C. Keeler. Lest we forget, Keeler saw the promise, the great potential, in Flacco.

Talk-show host Al Mascitti makes an interesting point this morning: Joe Flacco transferred from Pittsburgh to Delaware, in part, because the U.D. program was and is "small-time", where Flacco could get the attention and role he was denied at a bigger program. Indeed, Saturday's NEW YORK TIMES ran a piece entitled, "Delaware, Cradle of Super Bowl Quarterbacks".

Here's a link to The NEW YORK TIMES story heralding Flacco...


Here's The NEW YORK TIMES' article about the University of Delaware, cradle to Super Bowl Quarterbacks...


As for Super Bowl commercials, see this analysis from The NEW YORK POST...


Posted at 7:42am on February 4, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mon, Feb 4, 2013 8:42am

Not only did Flacco use an expletive on national TV, he also used the word "retarded" to describe the upcoming Super Bowl 48 to be held in New York. Seems like you can get an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware without having a pass in civics and discourse.

Since when does Mr. Loudell comment on sports?

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 10:27am
Allan: I was listening to the Dan Patrick Show on WWTX from Fox Sports Radio this morning and he said the overnight ratings were that 48% of American households were watching the game. The largest percentage of viewers was during the last 15 minutes of the game, so the late advertisers apparently still got that wide viewership they paid for.

The top markets in terms of percentage of homes watching the game #1 Baltimore, #2 New Orleans, #3 DC. Dan Patrick said that San Francisco didn't make it into the top 5 list.

For myself, last night I watched the first half on TV. Skipped the Halftime. Listened to the second half on WDEL with Dial Global's coverage. Did turn on the TV just to see how dark it was when they lost power, but then went back to the radio for the rest of the game. It's hard to just sit there all that time. CBS had a generator to keep them on the air; Dial Global Radio used phones to keep them on the air. Boomer, who was doing double-duty last night, down on the field for CBS-TV and up in the booth with Dial Global Radio, was stuck up in the radio booth, no power to use the elevator to get down or back up the 7 stories.

I usually default to listening to any game on the radio. With radio, I can be doing something else while I listen. So I greatly appreciate WDEL airing the Dial Global Radio Network's extensive NFL programming that includes the Super Bowl.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 12:40pm
Apparently, I'm not the only guy listening to sports on the radio. Sports on radio is alive and well.


Mon, Feb 4, 2013 10:36pm
During the game, Joe Flacco became Joe Sacko a couple of times. Now that the game is won, Joe Flacco is now Joe Contracto!

Mon, Feb 4, 2013 10:42pm
MFD: I don't normally mention competing radio stations here, but since you mentioned WWTX, I also would like to recommend to you the newly launched CBS Sports Radio, which locally is on WIP AM-610. It consists mainly of ex-ESPN hosts, which to me is favorable. Best of all, the format reminds me of ESPN Radio when it first hit the airwaves 20 years ago. Here's the "listen live" link:


Just to clarify, this new network is not on WIP 94.1 FM, only on 610 AM. It's a 50,000 blowtorch and comes in well at night in case you're out driving rather than at home listening on the internet.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 11:32pm
Mrpizza: Thanks for the posting about CBS Sports Radio on 610 WIP. I've listened to it at work online (can't get 610 or 1150 WDEL at work, so those two AM stations I listen to online when at work). 1290 I can get on my radio at work.

Anyhow, I like the CBS Sports Radio Network. However, I prefer Dan Patrick on Fox Sports Radio better from 9am to 12noon, so I do listen to him on 1290. I like both Jim Rome who moved from Fox Sports Radio to CBS Sports Radio, and I like the new show on Fox Sports Jay Mohr, so it depends on what they're discussing as to which I'd listen to.

In my car, besides 610 CBS Sports, 1290 Fox Sports, I can also get 97.3 ESPN Sports Radio out of NJ, so I've got all three of the big Sports Radio Networks available in my car.

You live in Elkton, you should be able to get ESPN Radio on 1550 AM, I believe the calls are WSRY . The station is owned by Faith City Church that owns WXHL-FM.

We shouldn't forget, our host 1150 WDEL that airs many of the Dial Global Radio Network Sports games at night (NFL Football especially [if not in conflict with the Eagles] and some of the important Major League Baseball games that don't conflict with the Phillies, especially playoff games and the World Series. Plus they air the Phillies and Eagles games.

So there's a lot of national sports radio right here at 1150 WDEL. Plus WDEL also offers Wesley Univ, and various high school games as well for those interested in the local sports.

Tue, Feb 5, 2013 1:55am
Back to the game I saw a article that Las Vegas lost a lot on the special bets... Usually accepting bets for lights going out, game ending on a safety, no touchdowns for San Fran in the first half, combined points over and under 60, would have all paid the house....

Tue, Feb 5, 2013 10:00am
and no one brought up the theory in questioning Monday's stock market fall, that is was due to all the forty-niner fans having to cash out to pay their bookies....

Tue, Feb 5, 2013 8:31pm
Mike: ESPN Radio 1550 was switched over to Reach Radio programming about two years ago. I do manage to get 97.3 and 97.5 The Fanatic sporadically. Also get ESPN on Baltimore 105.7 The Fan late night.

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