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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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Bret Bielema met his wife Jen at a Las Vegas blackjack table. 

That fact alone immediately endeared him to Outkick the Coverage. Since then Bielema has taken a shot at Nick Saban and said the Big Ten was jealous of the SEC. 

So he's quickly become one of our favorite coaches in the country who's not named Kliff Kingsbury. 

We already had zero doubt that Bielema outkicked his coverage with a massive 90 yard punt. 

That's why we'd previously inducted Bielema into the Outick the Coverage hall of fame

But we hadn't really made that big of a deal of Jen Bielema before because you guys hadn't really inundated us with her picture before.

Then Jen Bielema went to Las Vegas with friends this past weekend.   

It's Friday, y'all aren't working and it's time to dive into yet another mailbag. 

I praise you guys pretty frequently, but, honestly, the mailbag questions just get better and better. So do the readership numbers. The mailbag is the most consistently popular thing we do at OKTC and it's because you guys are asking great questions and also sharing it with your friends and co-workers. 

Plus, it helps that no one wants to do actual work on Friday. 

Our beaver pelt trader of the week is easy, our buddy Orlando Shaw and his 14 baby mommas. 

On to the mailbag. 

College Football Games of the Year

Written by: Todd Fuhrman

Today is a major summer milestone on the sports betting calendar in Las Vegas. For the 7th straight year, the Golden Nugget is opening their menu of college football game of the year lines before anyone else in the city. The 248 games that include some of the season's most high profile contests will be available for wagering starting Friday afternoon at the legendary downtown hotel.  As far as college football bettors are concerned, this marks the unofficial beginning of college football season from a betting perspective.

Orlando Shaw Has 22 Children By 14 Women

Written by: Clay Travis

Orlando Shaw has 22 children by 14 different women. 

The local Nashville CBS station caught up with him outside the Metro Courthouse and conducted an interview about how this could happen.

The result?

Interview gold.  

You're going to want to watch again and again. 

Because it is completely and totally spectacular. 

There are so many amazing things about this video, but I want you to watch it before you read my breakdown. 

Your Wednesday is about to be made. 

Last night's Game 7 had as much suspense as a cobra fighting a mouse. 

The Miami Heat took total control in the second quarter and from there it was pretty much a blowout.

So who ended up stealing the show?

Justin Bieber and the worst celebrity outfit in the history of NBA courtside seats.

Much to the chagrin of Bieber's fans -- who took to Twitter to harass me after I posted this picture -- Bieber could not have looked worse.  

Yep, it's time for awkward fan photos starring Justin Bieber.

How do I love this outfit? Let me count the 19 ways. 

Yes, this outfit really happened. 

Gordon Gee, Catholics, and Checklist America

Written by: Clay Travis

I'm a gay Muslim on Twitter and Outkick the Coverage. 

Why?

For two reasons: 1. to coopt the stupidity of consistent "your gay' taunts on social media and embrace my gayness and 2. because it illuminates the continuing stupidity of the American social discourse. That is, we use the speaker's background as de facto freedom of speech. 

A gay Muslim in America can truly get away with saying anything, you're simultaneously the most free and the most reviled in our modern society. That's a trade that's worth making for me. I get the creative freedom to write and talk in areas that others can't touch and at the same time I can embrace the hate that comes with that position.

In today's America, if you're a member of multiple minority groups you have different rules for what you can write and say than if you aren't a member of these groups.

So I'm a proud gay muslim.  

Otherwise you need an ethnicity scorecard these days to figure out whether or not someone can say or write what they think about an issue.

Photos have finally surfaced of AJ McCarron's tattoo that features the Mobile skyline

And they are glorious.

McCarron's tattoo is fabulous, a true work of art. 

Our beaver pelt trader of the week is Bosinian farmer Blazo Grkovic who strangled a bear to death with his bare hands when it attacked him.

You'll recall that we previously discussed in the mailbag what animal the average man could kill with his bare hands.

I guessed a cow.

But Blazo Grkovic took down a bear. 

Why Doesn't ESPN Buy CBS's SEC Package?

Written by: Clay Travis

Ask anyone involved in televised sports what the best current television deal in sports is and the answer is unanimous -- CBS's first round SEC draft pick each week along with the SEC championship game for just $55 million a year. 

It's a complete and total steal -- CBS has the best deal in sports. 

Break down the deal and CBS is paying just $3.43 million per SEC game. That compares with ESPN paying over $100 million per game for Monday Night Football. Okay, but that's pro football. Well, ESPN pays the Rose Bowl $80 million a year for just one game.

So CBS gets sixteen total first pick SEC games (there are two doubleheaders each year), including the SEC championship game, for $25 million a year less than ESPN pays for the Rose Bowl by itself.

Wow.  

The SEC on CBS's deal is complete and total insanity, a bargain unlike any other, like buying Manhattan for trinkets. And this deal continues for another decade, meaning that today's numbers, which already look like the television deal of the century, will come to look even more cheap as the years continue to tick by. 

Which brings me to an interesting question, why doesn't ESPN buy the SEC's rights package from CBS?  

(originally published 9/13/12)

My Facebook news feed is good for two things:

1)   Arguments about politics.

2)   Arguments about college football.

Written by Brandon Priddy

(Originally published 8/28/2012)

On Thursday night Vanderbilt will open their 122nd season of football in front of a sellout crowd and national TV audience. It will be an outstanding environment for college football, something that is unfortunately unique in the recent history of the Commodores. Often those stands have been half-full and sometimes less. But always among that crowd, whatever the size, has been Song Michael Han. He's cheering on his 'Dores, high-fiving strangers and making new friends in every section.

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