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The 25 Highest Rated Sports Talk Stations March of 2014
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The 25 Highest Rated Sports Talk Stations March of 2014

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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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Tennessee fans are slowly going insane as the Jon Gruden fever -- Gruver -- continues to build in the Volunteer state.

Monday I wrote why Jon Gruden would be a great fit for the Vols, yesterday I wrote about my bet with Erin Andrews, if Gruden comes to the Vols she sings "Rocky Top," if he doesn't, I shave my head with UF initials in the side. As if that wasn't enough, an individual who runs a UT message board, the 8th Maxim, claimed that the Vols have already hired Gruden. In the resulting frenzy Gruden's wikipedia page was edited 45 times in the last 24 hours, all to remove reference to Gruden becoming UT's coach. 

Today?

Well, today we have a picture of a Tennessee fan posing in a Jon Gruden mask beside General Neyland's grave.

Alabama Student Is Anti-Obama, Spelling

Written by: Clay Travis

We try not to get too political around OKTC. So far I think I'm the only person on earth who has confessed that he actually likes Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. My political leanings are pretty well established, I'm a member of the anti-NCAA party. This means I'm pro-markets and anti-stupidity.

Now that we're twelve days from the election, stupidity is flourishing everywhere.

And if you combine flourishing stupidity with a state like Alabama, already the Rhodes Scholar of state stupidity, well, you end up with signs like this from a University of Alabama dorm room.

Now it's a fake costume? Whatever. This girl shouldn't have picked Alabama as the state she was from, too believable.

Yes, this sign is on the back of a pizza box.

Pick 6

Written by: Todd Fuhrman

6 things you need to know before this weekend's games

By Ryan Cranford

In honor of Georgia-Florida week (it's only fitting that I'm smoking a nice cigar in the fall air as I write this, probably left over from so many hopeful victories that didn't occur), a certain aspect of college football student life can be brought to the forefront.... sneaking into stadiums. Let me shed a little background light for those who may be unaware of this undertaking or may think it a bit juvenile.

In my final two years of high school, I was an avid devotee of the long campaign season of the Republican and Democratic primary elections. I did have a horse in the race—albeit a horse of jettest black hair—so while I wore shirts and buttons and held signs and donated money, I would have been quickly burned out if not for the sheer fun of speculation and competition:

Jon Gruden fever has swept across the Volunteer state.

Right now when you go to www.hirejongruden.com -- go ahead and click -- it actually redirects you to the main University of Tennessee sports site.

The Gruden Fever -- Gruver?--  has replaced the perpetual malaise of the Derek Dooley era, when the question has been the same for the past three years -- when is Dooley going to get a signature win?

Vol fans were so desperate for a win to answer this question that they were even willing to consider on the road at Mississippi State a signature win.

Is UT Southern Miss now?

Anyway, I've been saying for a month now that Gruden would be Tennessee's top target and that the Vols would make Gruden tell them no. I think those conversations will officially take place starting Monday if Derek Dooley loses at South Carolina. (If Dooley wins then assuming he manages to avoid disaster in the final four games of the season -- no guarantee at all -- the entire 2013 season will be a rehash of the 2012 season only Tennessee will have a worse football team).

Yesterday 3HL guest Erin Andrews, who absolutely kills it every Tuesday with us, came on and asked who Tennessee wanted as its next coach.

Dixieland Delight: Texas A&M (Part Two)

Written by: Clay Travis

You can read part one of Dixieland Delight: Texas A&M here.

Twenty minutes before kickoff of LSU-Texas A&M there are no tickets to be found in College Station.

This is alarming.

And incredibly rare.

Given the size of the stadiums and the relative lack of enforcement against the practice, there are generally lots of tickets for sale on the street before big SEC games.

But not for the A&M-LSU game.

Dixieland Delight: Texas A&M (Part One)

Written by: Clay Travis

It's still pitch black at six on an October morning in Houston.

The lobby of the Hotel ZaZa, near Rice University's campus in Houston's museum district, is completely empty except for one girl, a former sorority sister at Texas A&M named Natalie, who is wearing a maroon skirt and sitting alongside a cooler full of liquor.

It's five hours until kickoff and there isn't a yell to be heard anywhere, but the biggest home game of the SEC era at A&M has already begun before dawn.

Six of us climb inside a waiting limo -- rented by Houston plaintiff's attorney Kerry Guidry -- who emailed us on Friday at noon and said. "We're drinking on the patio, come hang out. Plaintiff's attorney's in Houston don't work on Friday's." -- and embark on our journey to College Station. 

Shortly after our departure, Natalie and Lauren, sorority sisters from A&M, have opened a bottle of champagne and mixed it with orange juice.

We're all drinking from wine glasses as we roll through the silent streets of Houston.

Since the sun hasn't come up it's almost like the night hasn't ended, that we're topping off the evening with a football game.

But then a problem arises. 

We have no beer.  

Last week OKTC told you that the reason LSU at Texas A&M was kicking off at 11 in the morning was to protect the Baylor-Texas rating on ABC.

The Baylor at Texas game on ABC -- featuring multiple plugs for the Longhorn Network no less -- kicked off at seven central time.

The LSU at Texas A&M game should have kicked off at six at night if ESPN was scheduling its primetime SEC game correctly. 

Instead, ESPN protected the Texas television rating by avoiding putting A&M on at the same time.  

The rationale was simple, if Texas and Texas A&M aired at the same time, one on ABC the other on ESPN, ratings would have been lower for the Texas game. Why? Because even Longhorn fans would rather watch A&M and LSU play.

So ESPN put Alabama at Tennessee in primetime instead, even though it was a vastly inferior game.  

Now the numbers are in and, guess what, I was right, the nation preferred LSU-A&M. 

Is Jon Gruden UT's Nick Saban?

Written by: Clay Travis

If Derek Dooley's Vols lose at South Carolina this weekend, his tenure as Tennessee coach will come to a merciful close. That's because like Johnny Majors and Phil Fulmer before him, Dooley will be fired after a South Carolina loss and allowed to coach out the remainder of the season. The Vols would still have a decent chance of finishing with four straight wins -- although I doubt they would -- and rather than allow optimism to build over beating mediocre teams, I suspect Dave Hart will elect to end the Dooley era.   

Presently Dooley has posted a 4-16 SEC record, having gone just 1-11 in his last 12 SEC games. So far Dooley's wins are Vanderbilt twice, Ole Miss once, and Kentucky once. (Dooley also lost to Kentucky the other time, meaning that the Vols have won a single SEC game in nearly two years, an overtime win against Vanderbilt). If you think that sounds bad, it can get worse, Lane Kiffin won the same number of SEC games in his lone season as head coach, four, as Dooley has in three years for the Vols. Meanwhile, Phil Fulmer, the national championship winning coach who was fired at Tennessee in 2008, won three games SEC games in his final season, seven the year before in 2007.

So Fulmer won ten games in his final two seasons at Tennessee. In the four years since he left the Vols have won eight.

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