Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Blackout Looms as Jags Fans Yawn at Titans Matchup

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Blackout Looms as Jags Fans Yawn at Titans Matchup

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Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union

Based on ticket sales, the Jaguars' once-heated rivalry with the Tennessee Titans is losing its luster in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars confirmed that Sunday's game against the Titans at Alltel Stadium will not be shown on local television because nearly 10,000 tickets remain unsold just two days before the NFL's blackout deadline.

The expected blackout will mark the second consecutive time that a Jaguars home game against Tennessee was not broadcast locally. The Jaguars' 28-10 loss to the Titans at Alltel Stadium last December also was blacked out.

Dan Connell, the Jaguars' senior vice president of marketing, expressed disappointment at the ticket sales.

"It's a shame that the ticket sales are what they are for this game, because they're our biggest rival," Connell said Monday.

A blackout Sunday also means the game won't be shown in the secondary markets of Orlando, Gainesville and Savannah. Including the preseason, it will be the Jaguars' fourth blackout in six home games this season.

FISHER TWEAKS DEL RIO

Titans coach Jeff Fisher got in a dig at Jaguars counterpart Jack Del Rio on Monday over the recent locker-room ax incident that landed punter Chris Hanson on injured reserve.

Asked about playing the Jaguars twice in the next four weeks, Fisher said: "The big thing for us this week is that we just keep chopping wood."

Fisher admitted it was his joking reference to Del Rio's "keep chopping wood" slogan that led Del Rio to put an ax and a tree stump in the Jaguars' locker room last month.

When reporters laughed, Fisher said: "This is a [University of Southern California] thing. Come on, coach Del Rio and I go way back."

Fisher and Del Rio both played for USC, although not at the same time. Fisher also has a history of tweaking the Jaguars, referring to Alltel Stadium as "one of our many homes" after the Titans' victory in the 1999 AFC Championship Game. …

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