Michael Pineda's pine tar stunt wasn't as dumb as you thought. It's worse.
Michael Pineda's pine tar stunt wasn't as dumb as you thought. It's worse.
Michael Pineda's pine tar...

Michael Pineda's pine tar stunt wasn't as dumb as you thought. It's worse.

Why I sometimes want to be a member of the 85%
Why I sometimes want to be a member of the 85%
Why I sometimes want to b...

Why I sometimes want to be a member of the 85%

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

The 25 Highest Rated Sports Talk Stations March of 2014

What's going on at Texas A&M?
What's going on at Texas A&M?
What's going on at Texas ...

What's going on at Texas A&M?

Why Doesn't Fox, CBS, Turner or NBC Buy the WWE?
Why Doesn't Fox, CBS, Turner or NBC Buy the WWE?
Why Doesn't Fox, CBS, Tur...

Why Doesn't Fox, CBS, Turner or NBC Buy the WWE?

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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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By Matthew Rewinski

How many World Series rings do YOU have? -Yankees fans That alone makes last night’s 2nd-inning ejection of Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda for “use of a foreign substance” that much sweeter for anyone who doesn’t talk like Robert DeNiro in Goodfellas (and doubly sweet if you talk like Mark Wahlberg in The Departed. Or, The Depah-ted.) 

By Cippy Wallace 

As an alumna of the University of Alabama, I’m already in the 15% of the Alabama fanbase. It’s my “get out of jail free card” for not being grouped with the 85%. Over the past seven years it has become increasingly (read: damn near impossible) to try and defend members of the 85% and their actions. I’m not sure there is another school in the country where there is such a clear division of the fanbase. Yesterday I was having Easter dinner with some of my sorority sisters and they asked how writing for Outkick was going. I asked them if they had seen the article on the Alabama Spring Game proposals. They hadn’t. They were horrified at the thought of someone getting engaged at a spring football game.

By Josh Parcell

What the hell is going on at Texas A&M? For those of you who haven’t noticed, the College Station Police Department is on a first-name basis with more than a handful of Texas A&M football players after the last few months. Since late February, SEVEN Aggies have been arrested. A quick recap:

Why Doesn't Fox, CBS, Turner or NBC Buy the WWE?

Written by: Clay Travis

Last week, as it is virtually every week, the WWE's "Monday Night Raw" was one of the most watched television shows on cable, posting the second, third and fourth most watched hours on cable television. The only cable hour that had more viewers was HBO's "Game of Thrones." The WWE beat every NBA playoff game on cable by nearly a million viewers. Look at the ratings and it's readily apparent, the WWE brings big time viewers. Interestingly enough the WWE is also in the midst of negotiating new television rights deals, aiming for in the neighborhood of $200 million a year, a big increase over the $139.5 million a year which the WWE currently receives from its broadcast partners.

Why the big increase?

Because sports on television means big ratings. (Yes, I'm counting the WWE as a sport). Ninety percent of the WWE's viewers watch live. Right now the WWE's television package, in addition to Monday Night's "Raw," includes Syfy’s “Friday Night SmackDown,” “Main Event” on ION Television, the CW’s “Saturday Morning Slam” and the reality show “Total Divas” on E! That's a lot of programming. I've been paying a lot of attention to the WWE recently and, full disclosure, I am a shareholder in the company. (There's nothing like telling your wife that you've invested part of your retirement savings in the WWE). With the launch of their new over-the-top network. I wrote about the WWE network extensively a couple of weeks ago.  

Will the SEC Network Carry Clemson at Georgia?

Written by: Clay Travis

The SEC Network is slowly rolling out the first weekend's football schedule. The goal? Exact a maximum amount of pain for DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner, and the other smaller cable providers who have not yet signed up to carry the channel.

So far six SEC teams will be commencing their seasons on the SEC Network. It starts on Thursday night when Vanderbilt hosts Temple and then Texas A&M travels to South Carolina. The two games are not so subtle shots at Time Warner -- which is big in South Carolina and Texas -- as well as Comcast, which is based in Philadelphia and dominates the Nashville market. In fact, look into the SEC Network schedule and it's a fascinating battle plan, designed to cause the most pain possible for recalcitrant cable and satellite companies. 

On Saturday Auburn and Arkansas are playing and on Sunday Utah State travels to Tennessee.

That means six SEC teams have been announced for the opening weekend on the SEC Network, but there are still two games left to announce.  

SPOILER ALERT -- here's the deal, if you click to read about Game of Thrones then it's your own fault if you get the show spoiled. Don't blame me.

How high has "Game of Thrones," set the bar for ridiculous entertainment? The week after a spectacular wedding death scene we get the day-time pillaging of a village, an orgy, a head-to-head death match outside the walls of a kingdom, and the surprise murder of the man who saved Sansa Stark's life. Yet many of us reacted by shrugging our shoulders and saying, "Nothing much happened in that episode."

Welcome to the absurd expectations of "Game of Thrones," where a brother raping his sister alongside the corpse of their dead son can seem downright tame.

So let's dive into this episode's viewing guide, here we go:   

Johnny Jetski: Manziel Snags Deep Ball

Written by: Clay Travis

Since the NFL made the ridiculous decision to push back the NFL Draft we're still a couple of weeks until the draft. This means there is even more time to talk about who the Houston Texans might take with the overall number one pick in the draft. And if there's one thing we all need, it's more draft talk. (Sports talk radio hosts across America are furious at the NFL for pushing back the draft so we can extend, yet again, the number of calls we receive where we talk about hypothetical draft picks. This is awful, boring radio). 

You know what isn't awful and boring?

Johnny Manziel. 

Nearly a month after his pro day and fresh off debuting a new lady friend at the Texas Rangers game, Manziel took to his jetski to catch a deep bomb.  

This is pretty impressive. 

Meet Johnny Jetski. 

Bama Fans Propose at Spring Game

Written by: Clay Travis

There are few things more romantic than proposing to your future wife at Alabama's spring game.

At least that's what the 85% of Alabama fans think.  

It's become an annual tradition, Alabama hosts a free spring football game and 85%'ers fall all over themselves to remember this moment forever, via a spring game proposal. Today we already have at least two such proposals. The first arrives via @mcbradtrey, who snapped this heartwarming photo of a bald man dropping down to one knee on the Bryant-Denny field and proposing to his wife as a crowd of idle onlookers looked on thinking, "Roll Tide!" and "I wish Nick Saban was here shirtless!"

Proving that women want to get married so badly they can make anything seem romantic, the woman here seems to be inclined to say yes. 

Which is unfortunate. 

Because I think if you get proposed to at a spring game every woman should say no out of principle. 

Okay, it's mailbag time.

I'm presently writing this in a Los Angeles hotel room with virtually no voice. All my life I've been afraid I'd lose my voice and it never happened. Until now. Last night on television with Petros, I got crushed in our great debate because I couldn't speak loud enough. Right now I'm in the throes of the worst cold ever. (By the way, no one talks about this, but one of the worst things about being a parent of young kids is that one of your kids always has a cold. I mean, always. If your family is big enough then you can pass the entire cold through your family and then repass it back through two weeks later. This is infuriating.)

Michael H. sends us this picture of a Bama fan with magnets on his truck:

"Thought you would enjoy this photo I took in front of an Alabama McDonalds this morning. I think what I love most is that the two magnets don't quite match - meaning they were definitely purchased at separate times. This guy was so happy with the first magnet that he had to go out and get a second one made for child #2. The handy plates are a nice touch too.

May Bama and Kentucky fans never change."

Our beaver pelt trader of the week is Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who wrote this first sentence, which I think is the best in the history of novels, in "One Hundred Years of Solitude:" “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”

I mean, that's just f-ing amazing.

The entire book is just as good.

I've always been a big reader -- you think I got this good at dick jokes by accident? -- and back when I was a kid I was told if you like one book an author writes then go back and read everything he's ever written in the order he wrote it. Here would be my all-time top five favorite writers: 1. William Faulkner 2. Cormac McCarthy 3. Gabriel Garcia-Marquez 4. Franklin W. Dixon (I know this was a syndicate of dozens of writers, but I loved the Hardy Boys when I was a kid. Don't even get me started on the tears I shed when Iola Morton got blown up). 5. Ernest Hemingway

Okay, on to the mailbag.  

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