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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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If you wanted a moment to crystallize the ascension of college football as our nation's second most popular sport -- Johnny Manziel's SEC media days appearance this morning is a perfect illustration of that rise. On the morning after the Major League Baseball All-Star game, Manziel, the 20 year old sophomore quarterback of Texas A&M, appeared live on ESPN's Sportscenter to address his Manning Passing Academy departure and his offseason. 

ESPN promoted the interview for nearly twenty-four hours. The SportsCenter exclusive, carried live across the nation, came before Manziel's first scheduled appearance before the SEC Media Days throngs at 8:30 in the morning. 

This was the latest culmination of the SEC's rise from regional conference to national behemoth -- why a quarterback left an offseason football camp early is the biggest story in a sporting-mad country. 

This was Johnny Manziel, a second year college quarterback, already more famous and recognizable than ten or twelve of the starting quarterbacks in the NFL sitting down to talk to the nation. 

Here was ESPN anchor Joe Tessitore's "Frost v. Nixon" moment.

Tessitore did not disappoint. He completely and totally grilled Manziel on what happened at the Manning Passing Academy and also about his offseason. At no point did Tessitore smile or acknowledge the latent absurdity of the story.

No this wasn't Egypt.

This wasn't a bombing in Afghanistan.

This was... a college kid saying that he overslept and missed a meeting. 

Oh, the humanity.

If Tessitore had gotten eight minutes with George W. Bush, we might have managed to avoid the entire Iraq war.  

You can watch the interview here.

A couple of weeks ago we announced that Outkick the Coverage and FoxSports.com were entering into a partnership.

At the time I said there would be more details forthcoming.

Here are some of those details -- I'll be joining Fox Sports 1's college football pregame show which will air from 10-12 eastern, 9-11 central, and 7-9 pacific each Saturday morning during the college football season.

Yep, we're going head-to-head with ESPN College Gameday. 

After our pregame show, FS1 will air triple and quadruple headers of college football games. As if that wasn't enough for college football fans, the national Fox network will also air a nighly game of the week in primetime. 

The show will broadcast from Fox's Los Angeles studio so I'll spend all day Saturday out there monitoring and writing about college football games in real-time. I'll also have a role in the post-game show to help put the day's games in context. In addition to these roles I'll be appearing on FS1 shows during the week via satellite.  

Every year SEC football gets bigger. 

On the eve of 2013 SEC media days Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is the second-biggest star in league history. Manziel has crossed over from a mere football player to something more, a luminescent icon bestriding our pop culture universe. 

Four years ago Tim Tebow arrived in Birmingham as the most famous SEC player of all time. It was like the Beatles arriving for a concert as he moved from one part of the hotel to another. It's rare you see someone so famous that the atmosphere around them is electric, there's a collective intake of breath, you halfway expect to see teenage girls -- and overweight Alabama fans -- faint. Two years later the same thing happened when Tebow appeared at the Super Bowl after leading the Denver Broncos to the playoffs. Grown men in NFL hoodies stood, jaws agape, craning on their high-topped tiptoes for a mere glimpse of Tebow. 

But Tebow was a rockstar with none of a rockstar's habits.

He was a football playing monk, an ascetic whose rejection of the excesses he could have embraced helped to define him.

Even as he beat the crap out of your teams on the field, Tebow's popularity grew across the SEC.

By his senior year, just about everyone in the SEC, regardless of who they rooted for, loved Tim Tebow.  

According to a website report, Johnny Football was kicked out of the Manning Passing Academy this weekend for being hungover and showing up late for events on Saturday.    

Here's the full story.  

"Our source, who wishes to remain anonymous because of his connection to the camp, gave us the scoop after Manziel showed up tardy Saturday afternoon after being out on the town Friday night. The Texas A&M star reportedly enjoyed himself a little too much Friday night and rolled back into the camp at Nicholls State University some time around noon Saturday before getting the boot."

Who kicked him out according to the report?

Archie Manning. 

Okay, it's time for a mailbag from lovely Mackinac Island, Michigan. 

We got engaged here ten years ago and try to come up for a week every summer. 

If you haven't ever been and you have kids, it's pretty awesome. If you're a college kid and you're trying to find somewhere to go to make decent money and have a lot of fun without having to spend much money, it's a no-brainer. If I hadn't married a girl from Michigan I would have never heard of the place. But if you get tired of Southern humidity and you're looking for a place where it's around 78 for a high and 65 for a low in July, this is your place. 

Okay, on to the mailbag. 

Our beaver pelt trader of the week is Kelly Hall, Matthew Stafford's girlfriend. She loves America. 

Funny story about she and Stafford. At the Indianapolis Super Bowl I was walking outside with Chad Withrow, my buddy and one of the co-hosts on the midday show here in Nashville. 

 By TJ Hatter Some month’s back Deadspin’s brilliant polemic Drew Magary pondered the idea of giving us all more football. His solution was to move college football to the spring (see here) in order to get us closer to the Nirvana that would be a British Premier League style expansion of the sport. I was impressed with the idea initially but having mulled it over, I reject the solution but not the premise.

Outkick the Coverage: Year Two Stats

Written by: Clay Travis

The official two-year anniversay of Outkick the Coverage is July 20, 2013. 

But last year I broke out our one year data while on family vacation in Mackinac Island, Michgan and this year I'm going to do the same again. 

I share this data with you guys because I want you to feel like you have ownership of OKTC too. You guys are the ones driving traffic here, sending me great links, keeping the mailbag incredibly fun and just generally allowing all of us to make sure the days pass quite a bit faster thanks to OKTC.

The first year the question was -- could Outkick work? In the second year, we thrived. As we prepare to enter the third year in a large partnership with Fox Sports, the newest question is this, how do we continue to grow rapidly while retaining the vibe that has made OKTC so much fun thus far. 

As always, I hope you guys will continue to email and Tweet your story ideas, suggestions, and reactions. 

The past two years running Outkick have been more fun than I've ever had professionally. 

So let's dive into the data. 

By @TreyHimself

This preview is not concerned with X’s & O’s or talent. It is going to predict the standings of the Big 12 based on the mental health of each Big 12 team with a focus on the head coach. DISCLAIMER: I am not a psychiatrist.  

Every online writer starts somewhere.

For me, I started writing online in 2004 when I moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands and discovered that DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket was not available in my new home.

I was upset.

So I did what every reasonable person would do -- I embarked upon a fifty day pudding strike to demand that the Virgin Islands receive the NFL Sunday Ticket. During that time I ate only pudding. My pudding strike became a viral sensation before anyone knew what being viral meant. It was everywhere. You can probably track down your own articles via a Google search, but here's a Pulitzer worthy interview and column on my pudding strike from the Orlando Sentinel. 

After the pudding strike ended -- we succeeded in snagging a pirated feed of the NFL Sunday Ticket from Puerto Rico -- I decided I'd enjoyed writing humorous pieces online and wanted to do more of it.

But, go figure, there wasn't much of a market for pudding strikers. (Although I do submit that my daily pudding diary was some of the finest pudding related literature to ever be created. Online, anyway). 

So I decided to start a humor website with several buddies, the funniest guys I knew from high school, college, and law school. We were an interesting lot of characters, a lawyer in the Virgin Islands, a Subaru salesman who used to play basketball at Colorado, Josh Townsend, a pro basketball player overseas, my buddy D.J. Harrison, the 27, a Florida lawyer who already hated big firm life, and the man who built our website and made everything click, a PhD student from Maryland named Chris Shaw who I met in freshman year of college.   

Our idea was pretty simple -- be funny every day for people like us who sat in offices looking for entertaining things on the Internet. 

All That and a Bag of Mail: Married Sexpectations

Written by: Clay Travis

It's the Friday after the 4th of July and I know lots of you still have to work. 

That's despite the fact that you are hungover, your ears are still ringing from firework blasts, and bunches of you are probably sunburned from a day spent outside. 

But have no fear. 

The mailbag doesn't take days off.

Not even when I slept all night beside my two year old's crib in my father in law's house. He was asking me questions all night long. Until about 3:30 in the morning when my two year old woke me up because he had to poo. So I get him out of bed, strip him out of his pajamas, get him seated on the potty with my hands on his shoulders so he doesn't fall in the potty -- this has happened twice -- and what happens?

His pee hits me right in the shins.

I was worried about the poo coming before we got to the potty and I forgot to remind him to tuck his peepee down.

The peepee tuck is a key part of the potty training process. 

So what do you do at 3:30 in the morning when your son pees all over your legs and you're standing there bleary-eyed with pee all over your shins?

I just wiped my legs off with toilet paper and went straight back to bed.

Welcome to dad life.

Our beaver pelt trader of the week is Kate Upton in an American flag bikini.

You're welcome.  

Now on to the mailbag.  

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