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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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Sometimes the cliches are just too easy.

Did a drunk Alabama fan really drive his crimson truck into a Waffle House at 3:45 in the morning?

Yes, yes he did.  

The Alabama defenders among you are asking, "How do you know he's a Bama fan, gay Clay?" Well, he crashed a crimson truck into a Waffle House at 3:45. Which other fan base is pulling that off?

Also, he's sitting in the back of the police cruiser in his Bama hat.

Some of y'all are thinking, "Man, that sucks for the employees and people who were eating there." You're only partially right. If the Bama fan hadn't crashed into the Waffle House, he probably would have teabagged people inside. 

So either way patrons and employees were going to lose. 

It's also important to note that the Bama fan also had a passenger in the truck with him who fled the scene. 

Fingers crossed it was Lane Kiffin. 

 By Cippy Wallace

“Welcome, friends." Don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve been waiting 365 days to hear Jimmy say “a tradition unlike any other” 192 times a day. The only way to appropriately celebrate (or drown your sorrows that Eldrick's got a backache) is with a drinking game. Drink up!

I'm going to be honest with y'all, I didn't plan on writing anything else today because I've already written 3,000 words on the WWE Network and I'm in the midst of binge-watching "House of Cards." (Last night I was up until three in the morning obsessing about this show.) But then AJ McCarron and Katherine Webb had to go and announce that they're filming a reality show focused on their engagement and their wedding and, of course, I had to give up my afternoon of watching Frank Underwood Nick Saban the nation's capitol so I could go ahead and map out the ten episode story arc of this show that will inevitably air on the SEC Network.  

Everyone likes to pretend that reality television is real, but the truth is it's all mapped out in advance. You find out what the cliched reality show storylines are and then you craft the episodes to fit them. There's a very simple reality show formula. 

So here's the ten episode storyline.  

By Josh Parcell

Spring games are a dying breed in college football. Major programs are slowly starting to do away with the annual tradition to split up the roster and welcome in the fans for an early look at the upcoming season.

There are a handful of reasons why this is happening. Last year Florida was forced to do away with its Orange & Blue game after injuries to the offensive line left them unable to even field a team.

Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst cancelled the Panthers’ spring game before they even took the field to practice back in late February in an effort to “maximize limited practice time.”

For several years now many people -- including me, back when I questioned ESPN's long range future back in 2011 -- have argued that the existing sports cable marketplace is in danger of an economic collapse. The reason? Technology's rapid advance which, in theory, made it unnecessary for content providers to ink major partnerships with cable sports networks. After all, the cable sports networks are effectively middlemen in the transaction, paying substantial guarantees to the sports leagues in exchange for more money on the back end through cable subscriber fees. 

Why, I wondered, can't a sports entity simply eliminate the middleman and, by taking advantage of existing technology, take its product directly to the consumer? Instead of allowing the ESPNs of the world and the cable and satellite companies to take a bite out of the profits, why not take all of that money yourself, charging less to consumers in the process? In theory it makes a ton of sense, but when would a sports league see if it made sense?

Well, World Wrestling Entertainment, the WWE, finally did just that, starting its own streaming network online that costs $9.99 a month with a six month commitment. For that price you receive all pay-per-view events and access to an archive of virtually every match the league has ever hosted. The WWE released its subscriber totals on Monday, a day after Wrestlemania 30, 667,287 subscribers had signed up. The WWE said it was on track for one million subscribers by the end of the year. Based on current subscribers, the WWE would make $80 million a year, at one million subscribers, the net turns to $120 million a year. But, while the WWE keeps 100% of the revenue for anyone who signs up online at its site, you have to take a 30% cut out of this number for any subscribers that sign up via Apple or Roku. So even with a direct "over the top" business model there are still middle men cutting into the profits.  

So let's assume that with one million subscribers at least $25 million would come off the top end number, that knocks us down to $95 million in yearly revenue.  

That's a good number, but it's a pittance when you compare it to existing sports television contracts. 

By Cippy Wallace

THAT GUY. Everyone knows THAT GUY. The guy at the party you can count on to creep out any girls you're trying to hit on, the guy who without fail gets entirely too drunk at the most inappropriate times, the name dropper, the cheap skate, the guy who takes a rivalry too far (lookin’ at you Harvey). As much as THAT GUY drives you insane, deep down there’s a special place in your heart for him. If you don’t know who THAT GUY is in your group of friends, I’m fairly confident in saying that it’s you. Don’t worry, I’m here to help you out. 

Kentucky fans took last night's loss well, reacting in a manner befitting their storied basketball program.

After all, this was just a game, right? They demonstrated the proper perspective, intelligence and discretion for which.... 

Oh, hell, who am I kidding? 

They attempted to burn down a house, set 17 couch fires, and attacked Rex Chapman on Twitter, blaming his Tweet about Cal leaving for the Los Angeles Lakers for the team's performance. (Even though no one on the team knew about the Tweet), Let's focus on the Tweets sent to Chapman.

I had the good fortune of being able to read the Tweets that Kentucky fans were sending in the immediate aftermath of the Wildcat loss to Connecticut.

All of these Tweets were sent within 45 minutes of the game ending and they are all 100% real.

Enjoy.  

This season I'll be writing a "Game of Thrones," recap every Monday morning. If you aren't watching "Game of Thrones," I'm sorry. If you are and you happen to watch the show later in the week then consider this your requisite spoiler alert.

I'll be writing the recaps in the same way that I do the Starting 11 every Monday morning during college football season.   

With that in mind, here we go. 

1. Getting the kids to bed on "Game of Thrones," night is a real challenge. 

We have a six year old and a three year old and GoT comes on at eight central here. That's right at bedtime. I know we're like a ton of other parents, scrambling to get the kids in bed and then holding the remote in our hand like hawks in the event the kids come down the stairs in an effort to avoid sleeping.  

Otherwise inevitably the kids would walk in during an orgy scene that ends in a beheading and they would go to kindergarten and pre-school and tell their teachers, "Mommy and daddy like to watch naked people get their head's cut off." 

Ever wonder what the worst mayoral candidate speech ever delivered might look like?

Well, wonder no more. Meet Gwendolyn Chapman, a candidate for Jackson, Mississippi's mayoral office. This speech was given several days ago, but only a few thousand people have watched it on YouTube. Tonight one of you sent it to me. What begins as a slow moving car accident on icy roads, rapidly turns into a full-fledged natural disaster. Candidate Chapman's major economic plan is to reclaim the trillion dollars we spend abroad on hemp each year and instead bring that money back to Mississippi.

Why?

Well, to make the state richer, but also to protect citizens from nuclear war. If that sounds like a bit of a stretch for a mayoral race in a Mississippi town, well, you don't know the power of hemp to protect and repel us from nuclear assault. 

In honor of the return of "Veep," you just have to watch this address.

It's time to add a name to the roster of great American political orators: Lincoln, FDR, Kennedy, Reagan, Obama, meet Gwendolyn Chapman.   

I don't have a daughter, but if I did I'm pretty confident my expression would look just like Gene Chizik's on prom night.

This might be the greatest SEC football coach picture since Steve Spurrier went to Talladega and drank beer shirtless on the top of an RV. The picture's perfect in every way, the angry arms crossed, the fact that Chizik is wearing UnderArmour on top of another UnderArmour long sleeve -- as he's contractually required to do until the day he dies -- the subtle bicep flex that suggests, "I will choke you to death if your hand moves either north or south of my daughter's hip," it's all perfect.

Everything about this photo is just perfect. 

Chizik is every dad on prom night ever. 

We really need to photoshop unimpressed Chizik into all sorts of other world events. Beginning with the Gus Malzahn introductory press conference at Auburn.  

This photo comes courtesy of the prom date's mom, who Tweeted it last night along with this comment: "You think my son will come home from prom alive? #chizz" 

Chizik's daughter is sixteen years old and judging from the fact that there were no murders in Auburn, Alabama last night, prom seems to have gone swimmingly. 

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