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Every three or four months Outkick takes a look at the sports talk radio ratings to compile the top 25 sports talk stations in the country. The only public data on these ratings is published here and relies upon the largest possible measurement of the audience -- ratings share for listeners ages six + from six in the morning until midnight.  It's not a perfect data set, but it's the most fair since a station can't rate highly all day long unless its day part ratings are much higher than the six to midnight number.

These are ratings share numbers, not total listener numbers. That is, each station is being compared based on the percentage of people in a market listening, not based on the number of listeners. But as you can see below, both large, small, and mid-size cities are well-represented in this list.  

So which stations in the nation's fifty largest radio markets are the highest rated in the country for March?

You can dive in below. 

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Richard Sherman Wins Graciously

Written by: Clay Travis

The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl thanks to, among other plays, Richard Sherman's tipped ball that led to an interception. 

In the ensuing bedlam, Erin Andrews found Richard Sherman on the field and conducted what can only be described as the greatest post-game interview in the history of the NFL. 

All of this really happened. 

And you're not going to be able to stop watching either. 

I have no idea how Erin Andrews kept a straight face. 

None. 

LOB, by the way, is for Legion of Boom, the Seattle secondary. 

You won't be able to stop watching. 

When Erin asks, "Who was talking about you?"

I lost it.  

All That and a Bag of Mail: Bama's Latest Scandal

Written by: Clay Travis

Welcome back to the mailbag, you can stop pretending to work for the next fifteen minutes. Even though, let's be honest, you've been pretending not to work for several hours now already.

It's Friday, after all.

Thanks to you guys, the mailbag is stacked.

Our old buddy, beaver pelt trader of the week, Tom Al-betar has a ton of videos up online featuring endorsements from recently graduated Alabama players.

The best is the one I've linked below.

Tom is the godfather of Roy Upchurch's child.

The godfather!

He runs a freaking memorabilia store.  

Watch the video. 

Remember our old friend Tom al-Betar, the owner of T-Town Menswear, a shady suit and Alabama memorabilia store, in the local Tuscaloosa mall?

A couple of years ago Alabama disassociated the booster from the program after he sold lots of player autographs. Alabama argued -- wink and nod -- that the players had no idea their autographs were being sold.

Well, our old buddy Tom has a new website and a new business, he's dropped the suits. Now he just sells Crimson Tide memorabilia.

So what's on the front page of the website?

Autographed jerseys from AJ McCarron, TJ Yeldon, and Amari Cooper. 

Two of these guys are current players for the Crimson Tide.

That's an NCAA violation.  

Urban Meyer and James Franklin Take the SEC North

Written by: Clay Travis

Urban Meyer moved to Ohio State for a simple reason -- because he decided it was easier to win at Ohio State than it was at Florida.

At first glance, this makes no sense. After all, Florida's a better job with better recruits than Ohio State. Plus, Florida's in a much better conference. 

Why would it be easier to win at Ohio State?

I'll tell you, because Meyer's building a good SEC program in the Big Ten. And good SEC program will dominate the Big Ten in a way a good SEC program could never dominate the SEC.  

Why?

Because the players are much worse in the Big Ten. 

A good SEC team runs through the Big Ten like a hot knife runs through butter. 

Put simply, it's easier to win games in the Big Ten than it is in the SEC.

This begins and ends with recruiting.  

Confession: I've actually grown to like Lane Kiffin. 

Why?

Because he's the perfect bad guy in college football, it's almost impossible to find Lane Kiffin fans. 

In fact, is there any doubt that Kiffin has the lowest approval rating of any player or coach in college football?

There isn't, right?

That means Lane Kiffin is the most hated man in college football. 

Most people who find themselves disliked by the entire country undertake some sort of public relations campaign to make over their image. You'll see them for several weeks or months in a row at charity events, photographed alongside sick children in hospitals, buying a disabled person a new wheelchair, they'll come out against cancer in particular and death in general.

They do all these things to burnish their tarnished images. They do all these things because people are dumb and if you claim to not like the things they don't like either -- Wait, I hate cancer and death too, Lane Kiffin can't be all bad! -- you either end up better liked or, if you do it well enough, elected President of the United States.   

By Owen Driskill 

Verne Lundquist’s voice filled the cavernous underground chamber as the video played on the theater screen. “Chris Davis! No flags! Touchdown Auburn! An answered prayer!” “End replay,” Nick Saban said. 

SEC Network Aims for $500 Million a Year Launch

Written by: Clay Travis

Outkick the Coverage has been a couple of years ahead of most media and fans in assessing the value of the coming SEC Network. 

Two years ago I told you the SEC Network could well be a billion dollar business in a decade or more.

The math behind SEC expansion was simple -- new markets means new dollars.

While most focused on the question of whether or not the teams would be good fits, I was focusing on the money. That's why Missouri's addition as the 14th SEC team was a no-brainer compared to West Virginia, Florida State, Clemson or other rumored expansion candidates.

The SEC wanted new markets for a television network. 

The moment that Texas A&M was added to the SEC, a network was a foregone conclusion. 

Yes, I watched the Golden Globes. 

And if you have a wife or girlfriend you did too. 

I could go on and on about my wife's reaction to Robin Thicke's wife's dress, but instead I'm going right to the highlight of the entire evening -- Tina Fey's joke about Leonardo Dicaprio and a supermodel's vagina. 

It was glorious. 

And it caused the NBC censor to have a epileptic seizure. 

Tina Fey's introduction: "Like a supermodel's vagina, let's all give a warm welcome to Leonardo Dicaprio."

Pure gold. 

College football season is over, but it's still been a wild week off the field too.

James Franklin to Penn State, Bobby Petrino to Louisville, and Johnny Manziel announces he's going pro.

Our beaver pelt trader of the week is Johnny Manziel. Check out the video that Texas A&M made of several of his top plays.

The only thing that could have made this video better is if they'd ended it with Manziel walking out of the LA nightclub with FSU model Lauren Hanley. And, by the way, you guys cannot get enough of Lauren Hanley on here. Several of you have emailed to say you think she's the hottest girl you've ever seen on the Internet. 

I mean, reasonable people -- well, as reasonable as married men emailing Outkick and saying this but begging me not to post their full names so their wives will know -- are saying this too. 

So there's a new Lauren Hanley picture up on the website. 

We need to make her an Outkick columnist. 

Now on to the mailbag.  

The toughest thing for James Franklin is going to be telling David Williams that he's leaving for Penn State.  

That's because over the past three years Williams and Franklin have developed a bond that's almost father-son like. 

Now, barring a last minute change of heart from Franklin, David Williams is going to be looking for a new coach to replace Franklin. Coming off back-to-back nine win seasons that ended with top 25 rankings, brand new facilities being built, and three solid recruiting classes -- that could be four if a new coach can keep the commits -- Vanderbilt is in infinitely better shape than it was before Franklin was hired. 

But make no mistake about it, Penn State hit an absolute homerun with this hire.

Texas will regret its decision not to hire James Franklin for a long time to come. 

And David Williams, who told us yesterday on the radio that he believed Franklin was the best coach in the country, has a tough job ahead of him.

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