Sunday, November 30, 2008
AP Top 25 (votes in parenthesis)
USA Today Poll
1. Alabama (58)
2. Oklahoma (2)
4. Florida (1)
6. Penn State
8. Texas Tech
16. Georgia Tech
24. Oregon State
FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer Reports Burress Will Turn Himself Into Police
Giants Source To Strahan: Plaxico Is Making Us Look Stupid
Bradshaw: “I Would Not Want To Play For Jon Gruden”
Johnson Picks Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith As Coach of the Year
FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer was the first to break the news that Giants WR Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg outside a nightclub early Saturday morning. During today’s edition of FOX NFL SUNDAY, Glazer added new information: “About an hour ago, I got a call from a New York police source, who told me they have received word that Plaxico Burress has agreed to turn himself in with his attorney for questioning as early as tomorrow. Antonio (Pierce) took him to the hospital and there is talk about Pierce possibly being charged with obstruction of justice, but what I am being told by my NYPD source is that Antonio is fully cooperating. In fact, he’s helping lead police to the gun.”
For Glazer’s Complete Story on FOXSports.com, click here.
Former Giants DE and FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Michael Strahan along with analysts Jimmy Johnson, Howie Long & Terry Bradshaw reacted to Glazer’s report:
Strahan: “He messed up. One of the first things the Giants do during training camp is bring in the police and they tell you, ‘if you have a gun here at training camp, give it us. We will hold it for you. We don’t care if you have a permit, it does not matter…’ You have that understanding and you know what the ramifications are. Instead of worrying about what the NFL or the Giants can do to you, what the state of New York can do to you is a lot scarier than worrying about a football career. Everybody (in Giants organization) is surprised. Regardless of all the information and bad things you’ve heard about Plaxico, they never expected the guy to have a gun. I had a chance to talk to players there and Antonio Pierce. Pierce said ‘I didn’t know he had a gun. I was surprised he had a gun.’ He’s in a place right now where he needs help and the Giants have offered help but he will not take it. Exact words ‘he’s making us look stupid.’”
Johnson: “Why won’t he receive the help? Why won’t he just say, ‘okay, I’ve done wrong. What can I do to make it right?’”
Strahan: “I don’t think there is anybody that can get inside his head to figure out why he won’t do it. I don’t know if he can figure out why he won’t do it.”
Long: “It’s sadly ironic that every wound in regard to Plaxico has been self-inflicted and this is an obvious case of that. The Giants have gone out of their way and bent over backwards to help him. You say taking his money doesn’t matter. If they take his signing bonus, it’s a life changing fine.”
Bradshaw: “I believe that this is one organization that will say ‘enough is enough’ and release him.”
Strahan: “When you’re in that organization and play well for that team you’re part of that family. They’re not going to abandon a guy. They want him to get his life straight before they even worry about football which is very rare in this business. The Giants do care. They want Plaxico to be a better person, a better man and really want to take care of the guy.”
Insider Jay Glazer followed up on a story about ‘Water Pills’ that he broke a few weeks ago: “Sources have told me that they (players potentially facing suspension) have information that at least two high-ranking NFL members knew that there was an illegal substance called bumetanide in these ‘star cap’ pills and didn’t tell the players and didn’t tell the NFL players association. If the players are still found guilty, they are going to file a temporary restraining order in another jurisdiction. They’ll also file suit not just against ‘star cap’ but against the National Football League as well as the individuals who withheld this information.”
Following reporter Pam Oliver’s sit-down interview with Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden and QB Jeff Garcia, analyst Terry Bradshaw reacted: “I love Jon Gruden but I would not want to play for him. I wouldn’t want to be in Jeff Garcia’s shoes simply because I don’t want to have to look over my shoulder.”
Analyst Howie Long on beleaguered Eagles QB Donovan McNabb: “There are about nine quarterbacks on the face of the earth that are really good. Donovan is one of them.”
Analyst Michael Strahan on Jets RB Leon Washington: “He’s the most underrated, unknown player in the league.”
Analyst Jimmy Johnson on Patriots QB Matt Cassel: “Enjoy him while you’ve got him because he’ll be playing somewhere else next year.”
During FOX NFL SUNDAY’s ‘Fired Up’ Segment, analyst Jimmy Johnson spoke about owners making changes to their teams: “Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season but in the NFL it’s the time when angry football fans from San Francisco to Cleveland, and onto Philadelphia start demanding a change. I’ve talked with numerous NFL owners and GM’s on the subject of change. They always have a vision that one coach, one person can magically make them into a champion and when that one person says ‘no,’ they throw up their hands and say, ‘who do we hire now’? Owners should understand that just changing the coach is not going to change the talent. Your entire organization has to work together. Make sure you upgrade your talent. This happened in Atlanta last season. Owner Arthur Blank pursued Bill Parcells and USC’s Pete Carroll and was rejected on all fronts. Then Blank pursued a more sensible plan; he hired a young GM in Tom Dimitroff, then an unknown leader in Mike Smith who is my choice for Coach of the Year. Finally, they drafted Matt Ryan who appears to be a franchise quarterback. Too many owners get swayed by coaches who can draw up exotic pass plays and who are great with the X’s and O’s but they don’t communicate well with players and can’t evaluate talent. The Lions were 9-7 the season before they cleaned house. Eight years and three head coaches later, Detroit is four games away from being 0-16. It’s easy to say, ‘get rid of a coach or player,’ but you had better know you can get better before you get rid of someone. New York is happy they stayed with Tom Coughlin. Sometimes hiring someone else is not nearly as good as what you have. What should Philadelphia do? Thursday you were screaming for a change. Just chill out and let an outstanding coach and quarterback do their job. So Philadelphia, you want a change? Go ahead! You could be Detroit in a couple of years. Or you could bring back Rich Kotite. It’s your move.”
NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE, BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 13 ON NOVMEBER 30
Boomer on Burress: “There’s no way he will ever put a New York Giants uniform on ever again.”
(On New York Giants’ Plaxico Burress)
SHANNON SHARPE: Forget about the fact that he's carrying an unlicensed handgun. Forget about the fact that he feels he needs to go into a club with an unlicensed handgun. What about the fact that the guy is injured? And instead of being at home rehabbing trying to get back to show his teammates…‘I'm going to miss this week in Washington but I'm doing everything I possibly can to get back on the field with you guys next week.’ What happened to that? What about his responsibility of doing everything he can to get back onto the field? Forget all this other stuff about the handgun and him going into the club. He doesn't care about anything but Plaxico Burress.
BILL COWHER: When a guy is producing, you tolerate certain things. But this action that took place here was totally unacceptable.
BOOMER ESIASON: There's no way he will ever put a New York Giant uniform on ever again. This is one of the dumbest moves in the recent history of the NFL. When you think about the Tisch family and the Mara family, the owners of the New York Giants, they will not stand for this. It's over for Plaxico Burress in New York as a football player.
DAN MARINO: It’s stupid and it’s selfish. This is a team that went to the Super Bowl last year. He was a critical part of that. It's selfish from the standpoint of him and their team. And you can't overlook what is he doing going with a handgun into a club? Or going to a club where you need a hand gun to go to? It’s totally ridiculous.
COWHER: It's tough enough when you're on to top, but he's now become a major distraction for the team.
“INSIDE THE GAME” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY
(On New York Jets QB Brett Favre)
CASSERLY: He (Brett Favre) hasn't told the Jets whether or not he's coming back next year. If he retires the Jets don't have a viable option at starting quarterback.
(On New England QB Matt Cassel): If I'm Matt Cassel, I want to go with a team that has a chance to win. Who are those teams? Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay – both could be in the playoffs this year. One other team I’d call, how about the archrival the New York Jets? Good football team, new stadium, pay the players well, Brett Favre may not come back, (so) they’ll need a starting quarterback, that would really add a lot to that rivalry. Guess what, next year's opening game, Matt Cassel, Tom Brady – we could see that.
(On where Cleveland Browns go from this point in the season)
COWHER: First of all, where they go, there's got to be one voice, and that has to be the head coach. But you let it play out. You've got five games to evaluate and go from there. Derek Anderson got hurt in the pre-season and that led to a very shaky start. Plus, his receiving corps, Joe Jurevicius hasn't played all year. Donte Stallworth has given him nothing. Winslow has been hurt and Braylon Edwards has had a bunch of drops so they have not handled the adversity very well. But let this play out. Right now the team is playing for next year.
BOOMER: Coach I want you to pay very close attention to me because I have 40 million-50 million reasons why you should be listening to what I am saying here. When the owner says the product on the field is sickening and the general manager is stabbing the head coach in the back, you have a dysfunctional family that needs to be taken care of immediately. The way that you do that is to throw everybody out of the building and you start over because five, six, seven games into next year, you don't want to find yourself in the same situation. I don't know who their replacement may be but I have a good idea on who they’d like it to be (looking at Cowher)…I say the inmates are running the asylum. Get them all out.
COACH COWHER ON HOW TO IMPROVE THE NFL
(Some of the ideas Cowher presented):
In my most recent discoveries, a Thanksgiving Day game, you think about food, family and the tradition in the National Football League…Let's pick competitive games before the season starts and rotate it on a yearly basis.
Football is played outside, no domes. The game was meant to be played on grass or painted dirt. Let the game be played on natural surfaces.
That goal posts are this wide (18’ 6”), I want to make them this wide (14’6”). Eighty-five field goal percentage right now in this league? That is too easy. Let's shorten the goalposts.
Let’s also make a three-point line…a kick outside the 30-yard line, you get three points. If the kick comes inside the 30-yard line, you get two points. This will add strategic elements to the game that now will make it more interesting for fans to look at and add another element for the coaches to coach.
REACTION TO COWHER’S “EXPERIMENT”
SHARPE: Detroit already plays 16 pre-season games. I don’t need to see anymore games from them. I got one recommendation. How about this? If a steam losing by 28 points in the third-quarter or 21 in the fourth quarter, in the stadium put a different game on to Jumbotron. Fans shouldn't have to watch bad football. I've already paid a high dollar to go there and watch a game. If it’s a bad game, let me see something I want to see on television.
We'll have NBC's "Football Night in America" later on tonight.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY” WITH TIM BRANDO AND SPENCER TILLMAN
News and notes from CBS Sports’ pre-game, halftime and post-game show COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY hosted by Tim Brando, along with analyst Spencer Tillman during the broadcast of Auburn-Alabama.
(On reaction to breaking news that Mississippi State’s head coach Sylvester Croom resigned today after completing his fifth season).
TIM BRANDO: Certainly the administration felt the pressure of Houston Nutt's instant success at Ole Miss. That had to be a major factor.
SPENCER TILLMAN: It did. It's not unlike what's happening down at Alabama with the white-hot pressure that Nick Saban is putting on Tommy Tuberville at Auburn. So it's problematic for sure.
BRANDO: …It reduces the number of African-American coaches in major college football to two, and I am often asked why we continually bring up this subject. But you know what, the answer is simple, there are 119 Division I-A jobs and the number of African-American coaches is two. That's not acceptable.
TILLMAN: Timmy, I don't so much get wrapped up in the numbers game because it's too much of an entitlement trap. The thing that I like to do is point out the process or the lack of access to a process. With this Lane Kiffin deal, if it stands up at Tennessee and he's hired I've got to believe that Charlie Strong is a more qualified coach than Lane Kiffin was for that position. Yet he wasn't able to get access to the process. You look at the success that Turner Gill is having at Buffalo. You look at Houston's coach having great success there, Kevin Sumlin, outstanding process going on there. These guys don't have a chance to get to the process.
BRANDO: We're talking about proportionality. It is an issue. It’s inescapable. You can't get away from it. 70 percent of the players playing this game are of color and less than one percentage point of the 119 Division I-A (coaching) jobs are of color.
TILLMAN: Since you are doing it with the numbers, 53 percent of the players at the 65 Division I level that comprise the BCS are players of color. What that tells me is you can play for us on the field, but you can't coach us.
According to Fox Sports NFL Guru Jay Glazer, NY Giants WR Plaxico Burress accidently shot himself in the leg at a NY nightclub late Friday/early Saturday morning.
What a long, strange and bizarre season it has been so far for Plax. But, it does bring us to the story of strange injuries in the sportsworld. Here are a few:
* - Bobby Ojeda cutting off the tip of his finger while trimming his hedges.
* - Wade Boggs hurting his back putting on his boots.
* - Bo Diaz getting unfortunately passing away while putting up a satellite dish after the dish crushed him during a storm.
* - Brian Griese spraining his ankle when his dog ran over it.
* - Brent Mayne wrenching his neck while crossing the street.
* - Scott Williamson of the Reds breaking a toe and hurting his foot while closing the bathroom door.
* - Sammy Sosa hurting his back while sleeping.
* - Former NHL 1st round pick Erik Johnson hurting his knee when he got it stuck on the accelerator of his golf cart.
* - Kevin Mitchell pulling a ribcage muscle while vomiting.
* - Pitcher Greg Harris hurts his wrist while flicking sunflower seeds into the bullpen.
* - Orioles outfielder Marty Cordova missing time after burning his face while tanning.
* - Jays OF Glenallen Hill falling out of bed on to a glass table and getting cuts on his face after a nightmare about spiders.
If you've got some more bizarre injuries, just send them to "The Crowe's Nest" with a quick email right now.
Friday, November 28, 2008
If you're wondering what Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson's doing on the day after Thanksgiving, wonder no more! According to TMZ.com, the Bengals WR was out at 5:25am at Best Buy doing what a lot of you were doing...shopping!
Nice to see he didn't oversleep on this one!
So, in honor of Miss Electra, we give you a little feel-good sights to wake you up from that tryptophane-coma you've been in over the past 24 hours.
* - The Sox and Rangers have made a trade. NO, it's not for a catcher but for another arm on the pitching staff. "The Crowe's Nest" fav Amalie Benjamin from the Boston Globe has more.
* - Amalie also tells us that Tim Bogar has left the Rays to become the Red Sox new 1st base coach, replacing Luis Alicea.
If you missed over the Thanksgiving holiday, Curt Schilling is now officially blogging at WEEI.com instead of at his own "38 Pitches." His first couple of installments are must reads on how he became a member of the Red Sox five years ago.
Read part one with Curt here on WEEI.com
Read part two with Curt here on WEEI.com
A great get by WEEI!
Lane Kiffin has his new job and life after Al Davis. He'll be introduced as the next head coach at Tennessee as early as Monday, according to ESPN.
In NFL fantasy news, we have the following:
Giants WR Plaxico Burress - OUT
Giants RB Brandon Jacobs - Gametime decision
Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw - Questionable
Rams RB Stephen Jackson - will play
Steelers RB Willie Parker - Questionable
Patriots RB LaMont Jordan - will play in limited basis
Ravens WR Derrick Mason - will play
Saints RB Reggie Bush - will play
Pats Defense - Seymour, Bruschi, Warren and Hobbs will all play
The Lebron James/Charles Barkley feud is heating up! Sir Charles tells "The Dan Patrick Show" that King James should shut up about his pending free agency. James shoots back by calling Barkley stupid. Get more on Dan Patrick's website.
Finally, SI's Jon Heyman explains why it's been such a cool Hot Stove League so far this off-season.
Back with the "Friday Feel-Good" a little later.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
THIS JUST IN…FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” ON THANKSGIVING DAY
Halftime report from THE NFL TODAY with the Tennessee Titans leading the Detroit Lions, 35-10
(On rotating the Thanksgiving Day game)
BILL COWHER: The game has become a part of tradition. Right now that tradition should be able to be shared by everybody in the country. Every team should have an opportunity to host this game, not just always in Detroit.
SHANNON SHARPE (aka “The Unknown Tight End” wearing a bag over his head): This is not very good. We have kids watching this. This is the most watched football game of the year because everyone is sitting around the television eating Thanksgiving dinner watching football, and they have to watch the Detroit Lions…This is ridiculous. The Detroit Lions every single year. This is what we have to go through.
BOOMER ESIASON: Unless my former (University of Maryland) roommate and former Buffalo Bills quarterback, Frank Reich, is coming out of that locker room – the Lions have no shot!
Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Now, onto the story itself from the Des Moines Register and the Pioneer Press.
A BATTLE FOR FIRST PLACE IN THE NFC NORTH AS BEARS AND VIKINGS CLASH ON NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
NEW YORK Nov. 26, 2008 "NBC Sunday Night Football," in its third season as the NFL's premier primetime package, heads to Minneapolis as Adrian Peterson and the Vikings (6-5) host Brian Urlacher and the Bears (6-5) in a battle of the two teams atop the NFC North. Al Michaels (play-by-play), John Madden (analyst) and Andrea Kremer (sideline reporter) call the action. Coverage on NBC begins at 7p.m. ET with "Football Night in America," with Bob Costas (host), Cris Collinsworth (co-host) Keith Olbermann (co-host), Dan Patrick (co-host), Jerome Bettis (analyst), Tiki Barber (analyst) and Peter King (reporter).
MADDEN ON THE RIVALRY: "It's going to be a typical old Central Division game. You're going to get a lot of defense and a lot of emotion. They are playing for first place and that's what it's all about. There's nothing like the end of the season with division rivals tied for the lead."
BEARS-VIKINGS IN PRIMETIME: The Bears are making their second 2008 appearance on NBC "Sunday Night Football." In Week 4, the Bears defeated the Eagles 24-20 at Soldier Field. They are now 4-2 overall since the NFL's premier primetime package moved to NBC in 2006. This marks the Vikings first "NBC SNF" appearance this season and their second all-time. Last season in Week 16 they lost to the Redskins 32-21 in a flex game.
BEARS VS. VIKINGS: This is the 95th meeting between these two franchises in a rivalry that dates back to 1961 with the Vikings holding a 50-42-2 series lead. The Vikings and Bears met in Week 7 in Chicago with the Bears winning a thriller 47-41. In that game Bears QB Kyle Orton threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns while the Bears defense intercepted Vikings QB Gus Frerotte four times.
MADDEN, BACK IN JULY, ON WARREN SAPP'S CHANCES IN DANCING WITH THE STARS (Sapp was runner-up): "He dances. He's going to be good. I'm predicting he'll win it. I'll take on all comers."
SNF FLEXES: The NFL announced a flex change in the "Sunday Night Football" schedule. On December 7, the Washington Redskins (7-4) take on the Baltimore Ravens (7-4) as each team battles for a playoff spot in their respective
"SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL EXTRA": Each "Sunday Night Football" game is available on NBC as well as streamed live on NFL.com and NBCSports.com, marking the first time complete NFL games will be widely available in the U.S. via live online
ROTOWORLD.COM'S WEEK 13 SLEEPER PICKS: Rotoworld.com managing editor Gregg Rosenthal, who was named 2007 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association, picks his fantasy sleepers for Week 13.
1. David Garrard vs. Texans: "The Jaguars QB is in a slump, but Houston is the ultimate slump-buster."
2. Shaun Hill vs. Bills: "Buffalo struggles against short passing attacks. That's Hill's specialty."
3. Willis McGahee vs. Bengals: "The wheel o' Ravens running back will stop on McGahee in a great matchup."
4. LenDale White/Brandon Jones/Justin Gage vs. Lions: "Because it wouldn't hurt to make Titans-Lions more interesting on Thanksgiving."
5. Zach Miller vs. Chiefs: "Forty yards in six of his last seven games and ready for a breakout against the poor Chiefs safeties."
NBC's REMAINING 2008 NFL SCHEDULE:
("NBC Sunday Night Football" kickoff, 8:15 p.m. ET preceded by "Football Night
in America," 7 p.m. ET)
Sunday, Nov. 30 Chicago at Minnesota (Flex Week, No Change)
Sunday, Dec. 7 Washington at Baltimore (Flex Game)
Sunday, Dec. 14 New York Giants at Dallas (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)
Sunday, Dec. 21 San Diego at Tampa Bay (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)
Sunday, Dec. 28 Flex Week teams TBA
BILL COWHER DELVES INTO HIS LAB TO EXPERIMENT ON HOW TO CHANGE THE NFL FOR WEEK 13 OF “THE NFL TODAY” ON SUNDAY, NOV. 30
Also, The “Secret” is Out – “Victoria’s” Selita Ebanks Visits THE NFL TODAY Set
THE NFL ON CBS, broadcasting its 49th year of the NFL, continues its 2008 NFL season broadcast schedule on Sunday, Nov. 30 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET).
After successfully diagramming how the Jets could knock off the Titans last week, THE NFL TODAY’s Bill Cowher goes into his laboratory to experiment on how to change the NFL. His tinkering includes everything from narrowing the goal-posts to changing overtime to making referees more accountable. Nothing is safe from “Dr. Cowher’s” scrutiny. Jeff St. Arromand is the producer.
In addition, the secret is out as Victoria’s Secret supermodel Selita Ebanks joins the guys live on the set to help them with their NFL picks.
Here she is just in case you didn't know who she is -
Sunday 1pm games:
CBS Coverage Map
FOX Coverage Map
Indianapolis @ Cleveland
Dick Enberg, Randy Cross
Miami @ St. Louis
Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker
Baltimore @ Cincinnati
Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots
NY Giants @ Washington
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
New Orleans @ Tampa Bay
Dick Stockton, Brian Baldinger, Brian Billick
Carolina @ Green Bay
Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan
San Francisco @ Buffalo
Ron Pitts, Tony Boselli
CBS Coverage Map
FOX Coverage Map
Pittsburgh @ New England
Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Denver @ NY Jets
Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
Kansas City @ Oakland
Bill Macatee, Steve Beuerlein
Atlanta @ San Diego
Matt Vasgersian, J.C. Pearson
Now, onto college football with thanks to Awful Announcing for the great work putting it together.
Thursday, November 27th
Texas A&M at Texas -ESPN, 8pm
Friday, November 28th
West Virginia at Pittsburgh - ABC, Noon
Ohio at Miami-OH - ESPNU, 12:30pm
Mississippi State at Mississippi - Raycom, 12:30pm
Texas El-Paso at East Carolina - CBS College Sports, 1pm
Kent State at Buffalo - Time Warner-NY, 2pm
Louisiana State at Arkansas - CBS, 2:3opm
Colorado at Nebraska - ABC, 3:30pm
Bowling Green at Toledo - ESPN Classic, 3:30pm
Fresno State at Boise State ESPN2, 6:30pm
UCLA at Arizona State - ESPN2, 9:30pm
Saturday, November 29th
Georgia Tech at Georgia - CBS, Noon
Virginia at Virginia Tech - ESPN, Noon
South Carolina at Clemson - ESPN2, Noon
Syracuse at Cincinnati - Big East Network, Noon
Miami at North Carolina State - Raycom, Noon
Missouri Kansas - FSN, 12:30pm
Nevada at Louisiana Tech - ESPN Plus, 2:30pm
New Mexico State at Utah State - Aggie Vision, 3pm
Auburn at Alabama - CBS, 3:30pm
Baylor at Texas Tech - Versus, 3:30pm
Florida at Florida State - ABC, 3:30pm
Maryland at Boston College - ABC, 3:30pm
Houston at Rice - CBS College Sports, 3:30pm
Tulane at Memphis - CSS, 3:30pm
North Carolina at Duke - ESPNU, 3:30pm
Kentucky at Tennessee - ESPN2, 6:30pm
Oregon at Oregon State - Versus, 7pm
Vanderbilt at Wake Forest - ESPNU, 7:30pm
Notre Dame at USC - ESPN, 8pm
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State - ABC, 8pm
Washington State at Hawaii - Oceanic, 11pm
We have some NFL news this morning as you prep for the big Thanksgiving Day festivities tonight and tomorrow.
* - Willie Parker may NOT play against the Pats on Sunday. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tells us more on Parker's swelled knee.
*- Brady Quinn is DONE for the year. Welcome back Derek Anderson. NFL Fox Sports Guru Jay Glazer has the scoop.
* - Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk.com has news that if the Jets and Giants are in the AFC/NFC Championship Games, they will be played on Sunday and Monday night instead of both on Sunday.
* - Could the NFL be next for Charlie Weis? The Chicago Tribune reports that the buyout for Weis at Notre Dame is less than thought and wouldn't stop Notre Dame from firing him after the loss to USC (they are 30-point UNDERDOGS!) on Saturday.
Back with more later.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
* - The Sox are set to sign Japanese pitcher Junichi Tazawa, according to the Red Sox website.
* - Also, the spring training schedule is out. Here it is in its entirety.
2009 BOSTON RED SOX SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE
(All Times Eastern and Subject to Change)
Wed, Feb 25 Boston College (SS) City of Palms Park 1:05 p.m.
Wed, Feb 25 Minnesota Twins (SS) Hammond Stadium 7:05 p.m.
Thursday, February 26 Pittsburgh Pirates City of Palms Park 1:05 p.m.
Friday, February 27 Tampa Bay Rays Port Charlotte 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, February 28 Northeastern (SS) City of Palms Park 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, February 28 Cincinnati Reds (SS) City of Palms Park 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 1 Minnesota Twins Hammond Stadium 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 2 Baltimore Orioles Fort Lauderdale 1:05 p.m.
Tues, March 3 Cincinnati Reds City of Palms Park 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 4 Off Day
Thursday, March 5 Team Puerto Rico City of Palms Park 12:05 p.m.
Friday, March 6 Florida Marlins City of Palms Park 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 7 Tampa Bay Rays Port Charlotte 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 8 Tampa Bay Rays City of Palms Park 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 9 Pittsburgh Pirates Bradenton 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10 Baltimore Orioles City of Palms Park 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11 Off Day
Thursday, March 12 St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter 1:05 p.m.
Friday, March 13 New York Yankees City of Palms Park 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 Baltimore Orioles Fort Lauderdale 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 15 Baltimore Orioles City of Palms Park 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 16 Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17 Minnesota Twins City of Palms Park 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18 Off Day
Thursday, March 19 Cincinnati Reds Sarasota 7:05 p.m.
Friday, March 20 Pittsburgh Pirates City of Palms Park 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 Florida Marlins Jupiter 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 22 Philadelphia Phillies City of Palms Park 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 23 Detroit Tigers City of Palms Park 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24 New York Yankees Tampa 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25 Cincinnati Reds Sarasota 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 26 Off Day
Friday, March 27 St. Louis Cardinals City of Palms Park 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 28 Minnesota Twins City of Palms Park 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 29 Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 30 Atlanta Braves Orlando 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 31 Tampa Bay Rays City of Palms Park 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, April 1 Pittsburgh Pirates Bradenton 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, April 2 Minnesota Twins Hammond Stadium 1:05 p.m.
Friday, April 3 TBD TBD TBD
Saturday, April 4 TBD TBD TBD
(SS)—Split Squad Home Games at City of Palms Park, Fort Myers, Florida
CBS - NFL Today
THE NFL TODAY” PREVIEWS THANKSGIVING DAY TENNESSEE-DETROIT GAME WITH FEATURE ON
TITANS’ AHMARD HALL ON THURSDAY, NOV. 27
THE NFL ON CBS, broadcasting its 49th year of the NFL, continues its 2008 NFL season broadcast schedule on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27 (12:30 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY (12:00 NOON-12:30 PM, ET), live from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.
THE NFL TODAY previews its Thanksgiving Day game of the Tennessee Titans-Detroit Lions by featuring Tennessee’s titan on and off the field, Ahmard Hall.
Titans starting fullback Hall did not take the normal route to the NFL. A top 100 recruit coming out of high school, he was academically ineligible for a scholarship at a Division I school. After being highly recruited, Hall decided junior college was not an option. Needing more discipline and direction in his life, he joined the Marines and served in Kosovo and Afghanistan. After four years of active service, he wrote a letter to Texas Head Coach Mack Brown asking to have an opportunity to walk-on the Longhorns’ football team. Hall was accepted into school at Texas on his own, and the Texas Athletic Department wrote letters to both the Big XII and the NCAA to get special permission for him to play on the Texas football team. He worked from being a walk-on to a starter on the 2005 Texas National Championship team. When Texas celebrated its National Championship at the White House, President George W. Bush singled Hall out congratulating him on being both a great football player and citizen. He was set to graduate in the spring and was training for the draft when he received another blow. Hall was not eligible for the draft because he had one more year of eligibility at Texas. He then had to wait for the supplemental draft, and went undrafted. In 2006, Hall was about to give up on his dream when he was convinced by his wife and others to go to the Titans camp as an undrafted free-agent. He made the team and is now living his boyhood dream of playing in the NFL. Also interviewed in this feature are Hall’s wife Joanna, his mother Nancy Hall, Tennessee Head Coach Jeff Fisher, Vince Young (his teammate at Texas and Tennessee) and Texas Coach Mack Brown. Deb Boulac is the producer.
James Brown hosts THE NFL TODAY along with analysts Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher, NFL Insider Charley Casserly, as well as Lesley Visser and Sam Ryan reporting.
More from CBS -THE NFL ON CBS: WEEK 13
(THURSDAY, THANKSGIVING DAY, NOV. 27 & SUNDAY, NOV. 30)
AUDIBLES WITH “NFL ON CBS” LEAD PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER JIM NANTZ
The CBS Television Network continues its 49th year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27 (12:30 PM, ET) and on Sunday, Nov. 30 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s one-hour studio show (12:00 NOON-12:30 PM, ET) and (12:00 NOON-1:00 PM, ET) respectively, live from THE NFL TODAY studio in New York City.
THE NFL ON CBS lead announce team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms call the action from the Thanksgiving Day game, Tennessee Titans-Detroit Lions, live from Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer and Mike Arnold is the lead game director.
(On the possibility of 0-11 Detroit upsetting 10-1 Tennessee): Based on records, if 0-11 Detroit beats 10-1 Tennessee, you would have to throw this game into the argument of being one of the greatest regular-season upsets in the history of the National Football League. It would definitely have to be right up there, if not the biggest of all, if Detroit was able to spring that upset. Now to make this clear, I’m not comparing this to Namath and the Jets beating the Colts in Super Bowl III, or anything like that that has happened in the post-season. I’m dealing with records. Based on that, this would have to rank right up there.
WEEK 13 – Nov. 27 (THANKSGIVING DAY)*
Tennessee @ Detroit*
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
WEEK 13 – Nov. 30 – DOUBLEHEADER
1:00 PM, ET starts:
Indianapolis @ Cleveland
Dick Enberg/Randy Cross
Baltimore @ Cincinnati
Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
Miami @ St. Louis
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
4:15 PM, ET starts:
Pittsburgh @ New England
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf
Kansas City @ Oakland
Bill Macatee/Steve Beuerlein
Denver @ N.Y. Jets
Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
Even more from CBS - "60 Minutes"
OLYMPIC SUPERSTAR MICHAEL PHELPS POINTS OUT MISTAKE MADE BY SILVER MEDALIST SWIMMER THAT ENABLED HIM TO WIN HIS RECORD-TYING SEVENTH GOLD MEDAL – “60 MINUTES”
Record Eight-Gold Medal Winner Says he “Had Nothing Left” After Winning his Sixth
A small mistake made by his opponent was the difference Michael Phelps needed to win his seventh gold medal on his way to the single Olympic record of eight, reveals the U.S. Olympic superstar swimmer. Moreover, it came at the perfect time: Phelps was exhausted and “had nothing left” after winning his sixth gold the day before, he tells CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The interview with Phelps will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Nov. 30 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Phelps won his seventh gold medal to tie Mark Spitz in the 100-meter butterfly by just one one-hundredth of a second – a victory aided by the mistake made by runner-up Milorad Cavic of Serbia, says Phelps. “He’s picking up his head, so it’s acting like a speed bump,” Phelps says, pointing to the photo of the race’s finish. “So he’s coming up and then trying to lift his head before he touches the wall…[my head] is in a straight streamline. So that’s the difference in the race,” he tells Cooper. “If his head is down, he wins…hands down, wins the race.” Click here for an excerpt.
But before tying Spitz, Phelps, who had won six gold medals in six races, felt he was running out of gas. “I remember saying, ‘I got nothing left,’” says Phelps after winning the 200-meter individual medley on August 15 in Beijing. Phelps’ coach, Bob Bowman, saw it on his face. “If you look at the pictures right after the race and even when I was standing there and he was in the water, I thought, ‘Wow, he is really tired right now.’”
Nevertheless, he went on to make history when he, along with his teammates, won gold in the 4x100 meter medley relay the next day. It was his eighth gold of the Beijing Games, the first time any athlete has ever won that many gold medals in a single Olympics.
When Cooper spoke to Phelps, the 6-feet-4 inch swimmer weighed 205 lbs., the heaviest he’s ever been, he tells Cooper. But it’s not because he’s eating the rumored 12,000 calories per day talked about so often during the Beijing Games. “[The 12,000 calories a day] is not true,” says Phelps. It’s more like eight to 10,000 calories a day when he’s training, he says. It’s still a lot and Phelps says when he in training, it’s necessary. “I have to always just constantly shovel food in because I can lose anywhere from five to 10 pounds in a week.
Phelps is not training right now, but plans to resume the grueling daily schedule that made him the best in the world in January. He will be preparing for the London Olympics in 2012.”
Giants/Cardinals Powers NFL on FOX to Highest Rated & Most Watched Program of the Week; FOX’s National Game Pummels Sunday Night Football on NBC By 53%
Get Your Pumpkin Pie Ready:T.O., Romo & Cowboys Host Seahawks for Special Thanksgiving Day Game on FOX
GIANTS/CARDINALS SCORES ON FOX; NFL ON FOX NATIONAL GAMES RANKS AS NO. 1 PROGRAM IN ALL OF TELEVISION -- Powered by a three-game window featuring the Super Bowl champion New York Giants/Arizona Cardinals match-up, FOX's national game posted a strong 14.5/27 (23.3 million viewers) on Sunday. That's up +6% over last year's 13.7/25 on CBS, and crushed NBC's Sunday Night Football by an amazing +53% (9.5/15). For the week, FOX's National Game was by far the highest-rated, and most-watched telecast across all day parts. Through Week 12, FOX's National Game is averaging a 13.9/27 (22.5 million viewers). That's up +1% over last year's 13.8/27, +5% better than CBS's 2008 National Game (13.3/26), +38% better than NBC's Sunday Night Football (10.1/16), and currently ranks as the highest-rated and most-watched program in all of television. The OT on FOX posted a 7.5/12 (12.1 million viewers) on Sunday that’s +200% better than NBC's Football Night In America pregame show (2.5/4). Among adults 18-49, The OT (4.5) was easily the top-rated program, beating CBS's 60 Minutes by +67%, and NBC's FNIA by +200%. Season-to-date, The OT on FOX is averaging a 7.4/13 (11.7 million viewers), up +9% over last year's 6.8/12.
FINAL TEXAS STADIUM THANKSGIVING DAY SPECIAL AIRS ON FOX -- This Thursday, FOX Sports serves up the last special Thanksgiving helping of football at Texas Stadium when the Cowboys host the Seahawks. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver call the action and will once again, have the pleasure of presenting the game’s most valuable player with the NFL ON FOX GALLOPING GOBBLER AWARD. Coverage begins at 4:00 PM ET with a special edition of FOX NFL SUNDAY co-hosted by Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee along with analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan. On Thursday’s show, the crew breaks down Seahawks/Cowboys matchup and Frank Caliendo makes his annual Thanksgiving Day pick. As part of the NFL’s campaign to get kids active and stay healthy, Thursday’s broadcast includes teen sensation Demi Lovato singing the National Anthem and superstar boy band the Jonas Brothers’ halftime performance.
NFL ON FOX GALLOPING GOBBLER AWARD - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30
On Sunday, Nov. 30 FOX Sports continues its Week 13 coverage with five exciting matchups. At 1:00 PM ET, NFC East rivals meet as the first place Giants travel to Landover, MD to take on the Redskins. Tom Coughlin’s G-Men, who are riding a six-game winning streak, look to complete the season sweep of Jim Zorn’s crew. Play-by-play broadcaster Kenny Albert, analyst Daryl Johnston & on-field analyst Tony Siragusa cover the action from FedEx Field. Following Sunday’s tough loss in Atlanta, Jake Delhomme and the Panthers look to rebound against the Packers in Green Bay. An NFC South rivalry renews as Drew Brees and the Saints hope to keep their playoff hopes alive when they take on Jeff Garcia and the first place Buccaneers. Also, Marshawn Lynch and the Bills host the 49ers. At 4:00 PM ET, the surging Atlanta Falcons, led by Matt Ryan and Michael Turner, head out west when they meet LaDainian Tomlinson and the San Diego Chargers.
Coverage begins at 12:00 PM ET with America’s most-watched pregame show, FOX NFL SUNDAY. Co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee join analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan to provide insightful opinions on the NFL. The NFL’s best insider, Jay Glazer, breaks the latest information from the FOXSports.com newsroom. Jillian Reynolds provides the latest, most complete and accurate game day forecasts while critically acclaimed comedic impressionist Frank Caliendo makes his entertaining weekly picks. This week, reporter Pam Oliver sits down with Buccaneers’ Jeff Garcia and head coach Jon Gruden to talk about how the 38-year old QB has kept Tampa Bay atop the standings in the ultra competitive NFC South. Also, Bradshaw talks about the evolution of Giants QB Eli Manning from an insecure rookie living in his brother’s shadow to one of the elite and dependable quarterbacks in the NFL today.
During postgame coverage of early matchups and halftime of the late games, Super Bowl and national championship-winning head coach Barry Switzer joins America’s No. 1 football show to exclusively unveil the latest BCS college football standings and look ahead to next week’s most pivotal games.
Week 13 - 1pm games:
New York Giants at Washington Redskins
Announcer Kenny Albert
Analyst Daryl Johnston
On-Field Analyst Tony Siragusa
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Hartford, Houston, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Seattle, St. Louis, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers
Announcer Sam Rosen
Analyst Tim Ryan
Sideline Reporter Chris Myers
MARKETS INCLUDE: Charlotte, Chicago, Greensboro, Greenville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Raleigh
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Bucs
Announcer Dick Stockton
Analyst Brian Baldinger
Sideline Reporter Laura Okmin
MARKETS INCLUDE: Fort Myers, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Orlando, Tampa
San Francisco 49ers at Buffalo Bills
Announcer Ron Pitts
Analyst Tony Boselli
Sideline Reporter Charissa Thompson
MARKETS INCLUDE: Buffalo, Sacramento, San Francisco
Week 13 - 4:05pm games
Atlanta Falcons at San Diego Chargers
Announcer Matt Vasgersian
Analyst JC Pearson
Sideline Reporter Nischelle Turner
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Birmingham, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Miami, San Diego
MOOSE ON GIANTS: NO SUPERSTARS? NO PROBLEM -- NFL on FOX analyst and Super Bowl-winning fullback Daryl Johnston believes that this year’s New York Giants team stands out from their competitors and his assessment is not solely based on their dominant 10-1 record. “Not to offend them, but they don’t have superstars. Dallas has a bunch of big name players. The Eagles have a bunch of big name players and there are other teams with more well-known rosters yet the Giants as team are head and shoulders above them. They are the best team in the NFL this year,” said Johnston. “The Giants have really separated themselves and will get the first seed in the playoff so it’ll be interesting to see which team grabs the second seed in the NFC.”
BILLICK: “THE NFC SOUTH IS THE BEST DIVISION IN FOOTBALL” -- After calling the Falcons 45-28 win over the Panthers on Sunday, NFL on FOX analyst Brian Billick believes the power in the NFC is in the south. “I personally think the NFC South is the best division in all of football. I think it far exceeds the NFC East from top to bottom, its going to be exciting the rest of the way.”
Yes, even some skating from NBC -
NANCY KERRIGAN HEADLINES HOLIDAY CELEBRATION ON ICE THIS SUNDAY ON NBC
NEW YORK – November 25, 2008- Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan headlines "Holiday Celebration on Ice" with contemporary gospel music provided by Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith from The Orleans in Las Vegas, Nev., this Sunday at 4p.m. ET.
Joining Kerrigan are reigning World Champion Jeffrey Buttle, six-time U.S. National Champion Todd Eldredge, 1994 World Champion Yuka Sato, six-time Canadian National champion Jennifer Robinson, nine-time Canadian National champion Shae-Lynn Bourne and three-time World silver medalist Surya Bonaly.
Grant and Smith are two of gospel music's most successful cross over artists. Grant has won six Grammy Awards and has had ten top forty pop singles. Smith has won three Grammy awards and an American Music Award since his musical debut in 1983. The two will collaborate for this event to perform songs about love and the holiday season as the skaters take to the ice.
DEW TOUR HIGHLIGHT SHOW, SUNDAY, 2 PM ET
NBC Sports presents a two-hour retrospective of the most exciting and dramatic action from the 5-stop AST Dew Tour of 2008. The recap features the fresh, new faces of action sports such as Skateboard Park champion, Chaz Ortiz, as well as veterans such as four-time BMX Vert champion Jamie Bestwick. The AST Dew Tour, the only season-long professional multi-sport tour in skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross is presented in high definition.
Kenan Harkin hosts the show from the PlayStation Pro Awards Ceremony in Orlando, Fla.
This time, Kenny's waiting for Sportscenter. Check it out.
Priceless and pantless. That's all I will say!
CBS Sports, college basketball's leading network broadcaster, has acquired the rights to the Atlantic 10 Conference Men's College Basketball Championship game, through an agreement with ESPN Regional Television. The multi-year agreement begins with the 2010 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.
The Atlantic 10 Championship game will be broadcast live on Sunday, March 14, 2010 (1:00-3:30 PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network. The winner will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
"We are delighted to welcome the Atlantic 10 to the outstanding CBS Sports collection of championship games," said Mike Aresco, Executive Vie President, Programming, CBS Sports. "The conference has a long tradition of excellence and now our viewers will be able to see the game that sends the winner to the NCAA Championship."
“It is an honor to be partners with CBS Sports,” states Bernadette McGlade, commissioner of the Atlantic 10. “This is a tremendous opportunity for the league to showcase our institutions, coaches, and student-athletes during the height of March Madness.”
TNT NBA Thursday Celebrates Thanksgiving with an Exclusive Doubleheader Magic/Wizards followed by Hornets/Nuggets
TNT NBA Thursday coverage continues on Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., November 27, 2008, with an exclusive doubleheader. The night’s action will get underway at 8 p.m. ET when Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic visit Caron Butler and the Washington Wizards. Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Mike Fratello (analyst) will be courtside with David Aldridge reporting. The second game of the night will feature Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets hosting Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets at 10:30 p.m. ET. Marv Albert will handle the play-by-play alongside Doug Collins (analyst) and Craig Sager (reporter). The night will conclude with the Emmy® award-winning studio show Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai with Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst). The show will also include a feature with TNT’s Jim Huber interviewing former NBA player Wayman Tisdale about his battle with bone cancer and the recent surgery that removed part of his right leg. Tisdale will also talk about his successful second career in jazz and his friendship with country music superstar Toby Keith that has led to their musical collaboration.
Exclusive content, analysis from TNT announcers and replays of Inside the NBA are available on TNT OverTime on NBA.com. The broadband channel gives fans the inside scoop on players, coaches and storylines taking place around the league seven days a week. Check out the NBA on TNT pages on MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/nbaontnt) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com) to see the latest NBA on TNT schedule, news updates and special features from TNT announcers.
TNT NBA THURSDAY SCHEDULE:
Thu., November 27
8 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Kenny Smith (analyst)
8:15 p.m. Orlando Magic @ Washington Wizards
Announcers: Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) and David Aldridge (reporter)
10:30 p.m. New Orleans Hornets @ Denver Nuggets
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Doug Collins (analyst) and Craig Sager (reporter)
Post-game Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)
TNT NBA THURSDAY UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Thu., December 4
8 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Kenny Smith (analyst)
8:15 p.m. Phoenix Suns @ Dallas Mavericks
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Doug Collins (analyst) and Craig Sager (reporter)
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Denver Nuggets
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst), Reggie Miller (analyst) and Cheryl Miller (reporter)
Post-game Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)
* - First things first - Lillian Garcia is still smokin' hot!
* - It's great that Stephanie McMahon is going to have more time on tv!
* - JBL making HBK an offer he can't refuse? Sounds interesting as JBL made the save last night when the Miz and Morrison were trying to take out Shawn Michaels after their tag win with Rey Mysterio.
* - Mr. Kennedy's a funny dude but there's no way I'm believing him in a straight-to-dvd film "Beyond the Line."
* - It looks like they'll have a CM Punk vs. Kofi Kingston match in the IC Title Contender's Tournament. Age-old tradition there with tag partners facing off and I bet it ends with Punk taking on Regal at Armageddon.
* - Good to see Goldust back!
* - The Divas 6-woman match was short, but at least we got to see Mickie James and the return of Melina!
* - I was very disappointed we didn't get to see either of the Hardy's or Edge. Yes, I know they are on ECW and Smackdown, but usually you get a taste after the PPV. Since ECW was taped before RAW, I'll let you know that Matt Hardy just does an on-camera, backstage spot but no match. It's Dreamer vs. Swagger (Extreme Rules) and Finlay vs. Henry in the main event. Ho hum as the best part of it you won't see on TV - Finlay and Hornswoggle running around the ring with the kids and a Mom!
* - John Cena rocked the house as the new returning champ! The roof came off when he came down through the crowd to face-off with Chris Jericho.
* - As I said after the matches last night, Cena and Jericho absolutely stole the show with some great mic work and just a complete ass-whooping by the Champ on Jericho as RAW ended. Then, after the cameras went off, Cena and Jericho had an impromptu match with great comedic relief as Cena played both mic roles with Jericho still wiped out to accept the on-the-spot title match. Once Cena won and left the ring, Jericho stayed to rile the crowd, only to have the ref remind him that his fly was done while Jericho mocked the crowd. Priceless stuff you had to see to believe.
* - The WWE is back at the Dunk for the Backlash PPV in April.
* - Thanks to my wife Laura for the great pics!
Here's a few pics for you, courtesy of my lovely wife, Laura. Cena and Jericho rocked the mic and the ring as the new World Champ destroyed his new #1 contender at the end of Raw and Cena then kicked Jericho's ass in a title match after the cameras went off.
A full wrap-up later on Tuesday!
Monday, November 24, 2008
The NFL will go 3D with its NFL Network telecast of the Raiders/Chargers on December 4th. The Wall Street Journal tells you how.
NBC will put the Ravens/Redskins in prime-time rather than Patriots/Seahawks in Week 14. The Pats game will go back to a 4:05pm start on December 7th. Pro Football Talk.com's Mike Florio has the details. We'll post the full NFL release later.
Andy Reid will name his starting QB today at noon on the Eagles website.
Peter King has his MMQB up and running on SI.com where he highlights Matt Cassel and Bret Favre in big wins on Sunday.
In other news -
* - The Washington Wiz have fired head coach Eddie Jordan.
*- Rob Bradford of WEEI.com has news that the Red Sox have offered Jason Veritek a one-year deal.
* - Here are your WWE PPV Survivor Series results from the Garden last night -
* - Team HBK beat Team JBL (HBK, Great Khali and Rey Mysterio survived)
* - Team Raw Divas beat Team Smackdown Divas (Beth Phoenix sole survivor)
* - The Undertaker won the Casket Match over the Big Show (it was awful!)
* - Team Orton beat Team Batista (Randy Orton sole survivor)
* - Edge is your new WWE Champion topping Triple H and Vladimir Kozlov (Smackdown GM Vickie Guerrerro brought Edge back - Jeff Hardy ran in and nailed everyone with a chair, hitting Triple H instead of Edge to give Edge the win)
* - John Cena becomes the new World Champion pinning Chris Jericho in his return match
I'll be at the Dunk tonight for Monday Night Raw! Here's a picture of my wife with Matt Hardy from this morning as Matt woke up early to do some radio pub for tonight's show (9pm on USA Network).
See ya at Raw!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
7. Texas Tech
8. Penn State
9. Boise State
10. Ohio State
12 Oklahoma St.
15 Ball St.
17 Oregon St.
18 Brigham Young
19 Michigan St.
20 Florida St.
21 Boston College
22 Georgia Tech
Still to come!
Johnson: “It’s Time for a Change With McNabb”
Long: “What Do The Last 13 Super Bowl Champions Have In Common? No T.O.”
Bradshaw To The Bengals: Clean House And Get Rid of Ocho Cinco
Jay Glazer Reports Reggie Bush Will Not Play in Monday Night’s Game vs. Green Bay
Eagles QB Donovan McNabb received heavy criticism this week following his admission that he didn’t know that regular season games could end in ties. FOX NFL SUNDAY analysts Jimmy Johnson, Michael Strahan, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw weighed in:
Jimmy Johnson: “A premier, 10-year quarterback has to know that. He has to have a sense of urgency. He should’ve known the rule.”
Michael Strahan: “He should’ve known the rules and there were times where he didn’t show the sense of urgency. That’s not all on the player. If the coach sees those things, Andy Reid needs to get him on the sidelines and tell him, ‘Donovan, you know we have to get the ball down the field in this possession. We have to score. If we don’t, this game is going to end in a tie which is going to hurt us.’ The coach needs to let the player know.”
Terry Bradshaw: “You cannot play quarterback in this league and not know that we have one overtime. I can’t forgive that as a quarterback.”
Analyst Howie Long has a suggestion to eliminate ties: “If the teams tie at the end of overtime, they should go to the college rule in the sixth quarter. It would be pretty entertaining.”
Analyst Jimmy Johnson thinks the Philadelphia Eagles should make a change at quarterback:
“It’s time for a change with McNabb and (Andy) Reid should be back.”
Analysts Michael Strahan, Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson on Terrell Owens’ latest stunt in which he criticizes the Cowboys offensive scheme:
Michael Strahan: “I had just said that T.O. had shut up and was playing well and he didn’t criticize anybody and then he goes out and he does it.”
Howie Long: “T.O.’s been in the league for the past 13 years. What do the last 13 Super Bowl champions have in common? No T.O.”
Jimmy Johnson: “The only time we hear from T.O. is when he’s playing bad so we’re going to hear from him for a long time.”
Terry Bradshaw thinks the Bengals should clean house: “You have to clean this thing up and start over. You can’t have guys like Ocho Cinco (Chad Johnson). You have to get rid of people like that. Enough of him.”
Howie Long is impressed with the Giants running game and their offensive line:
“To say they are committed to running the ball would be an understatement. People are talking about (Brandon) Jacobs being an MVP candidate. I think that offensive line is the MVP of that football team. They don’t have an Anthony Munoz or a Walter Jones on that line but they are probably the best group in football.”
Analyst Michael Strahan on the Panthers inconsistent passing game:
“When your explosive plays are your running plays that’s a problem. That’s what Carolina has now; their explosive plays are their running plays.”
Analyst Jimmy Johnson on Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to reinstate Pacman Jones:
“Everybody needs a 13th chance.”
Jay Glazer reports on the status of New Orleans Saints RB Reggie Bush for tomorrow night:
“Reggie Bush did not participate in today’s walkthrough and will be out tomorrow night.”
During FOX NFL SUNDAY’s ‘Fired Up’ segment, analyst Howie Long commented on the inconsistency of fines in the NFL: “Prior to the season, the NFL made it very clear to the players and coaches that the game must be played within the framework of the rules. Some have listened, some haven’t and some are confused, including myself. To date, through both suspensions and fines as high as $50,000, players are out of pocket for up to close to 2 million dollars. Now everyone agrees with the NFL’s goal in protecting defenseless players and the union signed off on the process, but to me some of these fines are excessive and the process of determining a players intent on what is or isn’t a cheap shot is too subjective. Let me give you an example, involving the same team but different quarterbacks in two different outcomes. Week 2, Matt Ryan throws an interception and Tampa Bay’s Albert Mack, who is playing in his first game, rocks Ryan with a helmet-to-helmet hit, the league office suspends him. Ok, fine. Now fast forward to last week, Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota, Jeff Garcia releases a pass and while looking down field takes three steps after releasing the ball and is de-cleated by Minnesota’s Ray Edwards. Garcia was clearly in a defenseless position, yet the league opts to fine Edwards $25,000 with no suspension, leaving Tampa Bay’s players and coaches scratching their heads. I’m not judging one or the other but how is one suspension worthy and the other not? The existing system frustrates players and coaches, a system that I’m sure the union will want to re-address down the road. Drawing the line in the sand in terms of protecting players is something everyone agrees with, but when that line is constantly moving, then the system as it stands in my opinion is flawed.”
HIGHLIGHTS FROM WEEK 12 OF NBCs FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA
Somebody needs to get that kid a supermodel because he looks like Tom Brady
right now. Football Nights Collinsworth on Matt Cassel
Donovan learned last week the game could end in a tie, this week he learned
the game could end at the half. Football Nights Collinsworth on Donovan McNabb
"T.O. was so T.O.-ish this week. He did everything but sit ups in front of his house." Football Night's Collinsworth
NEW YORK Nov. 23, 2008 Following are highlights from NBC's "Football Night
in America" studio show, as host Bob Costas, co-host Cris Collinsworth, co-host
Keith Olbermann, co-host Dan Patrick, analysts Tiki Barber and Jerome Bettis,
and reporter Peter King of Sports Illustrated take a look at the day's top
storylines in the NFL:
COLLINSWORTH ON BENCHING OF DONOVAN MCNABB: "Donovan learned last week the game could end in a tie, this week he learned the game could end at the half. The only thing worse than Donovan McNabb was his replacement and the decision by Andy Reid to replace him. You do not take a kid who has not practiced and put him in at halftime on the road against this Baltimore Ravens killer defense. The season ended today for the Philadelphia Eagles.
"Donovan McNabb is finished in Philly is what I believe."
COLLINSWORTH ON MATT CASSEL: "How about that Matt Cassel? Somebody needs to get that kid a supermodel because he looks like Tom Brady right now."
COLLINSWORTH ON KRIS JENKINS AND THE JETS: "Kris Jenkins is the frontrunner for Defensive Player of the Year and quite possibly MVP of the entire league.
"The New York Jets are the best team in the AFC."
COLLINSWORTH ON POTENTIAL JETS-GIANTS SUPER BOWL: "I think those are the two best teams going right now."
ON WHICH TEAM IS SECOND BEST IN THE NFC BEHIND THE GIANTS:
BETTIS: "The Washington Redskins. When you get into the playoff season you have to run the football and defend the run. The Washington Redskins with Clinton
Portis are one of the best teams at running the football and the defense is one of the top defenses."
BARBER: "The Atlanta Falcons have so many weapons but I don't know. I can't answer that question."
COLLINSWORTH: "This is so easy, it's the Dallas Cowboys."
COLLINSWORTH ON THE COWBOYS: "Dallas as a wildcard coming out is so dangerous. They have the most talent. If they get in there against the Giants, I think they're the only ones who have a chance."
COLLINSWORTH ON TERRELL OWENS: "T.O. was so T.O.-ish this week. He did everything but sit-ups in front of his house. He was in full form complaining
about this offense and he exploded today."
COLLINSWORTH ON THE NFC NORTH: "Mediocrity abounds; Chicago, Minnesota and Green Bay all battling each other to see who gets to lose in the first round of the playoffs."
OLBERMANN ON POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCES OF LOSING COACHES: "Losing coach plus podium equals crazy."
Plus, this from Bruce Allen at Boston Sports Media Watch on the NBC Pregame and a quote from Peter King:
"I’ll make this vow right now - the one thing we know about the NFL in 2009 is that Josh McDaniels will be one of the 32 head coaches in the NFL."
As reported earlier today on WWE.com, at approximately 3 a.m. this morning, Jeff Hardy was found in the stairwell of his Boston hotel and rushed to a local emergency room.
WWE Senior Vice President of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis has been in contact with Jeff, who has been released from the hospital. Laurinaitis is investigating the incident. It is questionable as to whether or not Jeff Hardy will perform tonight.
Oh yes, it's a storyline! Expect Edge's return tonight!
I said the same thing to my wife earlier today when I heard about the story. It's a great way to bring Edge back as Edge is in Boston today.
Now, the question is will Hardy win the WWE Title tonight or will it lead to Hardy vs. Edge while Triple H goes on to feud with Vladimir Kozlov for the championship.
Jeff Hardy was found unconscious in a stairwell at his hotel in Boston today, and was rushed to the nearest emergency room.
Due to privacy issues, WWE is not releasing the name of the hospital.
WWE.com will have more information if it becomes available.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY” WITH TIM BRANDO, SPENCER TILLMAN AND TONY BARNHART
CBS Sports pre-game show COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY hosted by Tim Brando, along with analysts Spencer Tillman and Tony Barnhart prior to SEC ON CBS broadcast – Ole-Miss vs. LSU.
Tim Brando’s Commentary on the new BCS Television Contract and reaction from Spencer Tillman and Tony Barnhart:
Tim Brando: A few thoughts on the BCS. Whether or not we agree on the legitimacy of college football's national championship process, no longer can we simply point the finger at the University Presidents and the six Conference Commissioners who broker deals as the only culprits in this unique cartel known as the Bowl Championship Series. Earlier this week a new four-year contract worth over half a billion dollars was consummated moving the property from Fox to ESPN. One has to wonder despite a 40% increase in rights fees, if during the negotiation, any pressure was brought upon the BCS to improve its product with, at worst, a “plus-one” model. This was the moment that all college football fans looked to as a chance for improvements to be made to enhance the sport for the greater good. Despite the criticisms of the BCS, we were all given the liberty to make, as well as the solutions we were encouraged to propose, it seems that, in the end, the executives in our business are now just as responsible as the University Presidents and the Conference Commissioners for where we are, and where we'll stay in college football's postseason. All of us in TV should look in the mirror and say we found an additional obstacle, and it is us.
Spencer Tillman: Tim, your passion is noted but let me play President's advocate right here. Your assumption is assuming a great deal. You're assuming that we believe our product is broken.
Tillman: We don't believe it's broken. It's in our best interest to extract as much value as we possibly can right now out of this current system. If we open it up and broaden it makes us a little bit more susceptible to imbalance and they need to cash in.
Tony Barnhart: And understand Timmy, you're going to get what you want, you are just going to get it six years from now when all the contracts sort of sync up. The BCS moves at a glacial pace, we will eventually have a “plus one”.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Here's the complete top 10 of E!'s Sexiest Women In The World:
1. Karolina Kurkova
2. Bar Rafaeli
3. Angelina Jolie
4. Gisele Bundchen
5. Scarlett Johansson
6. Adriana Lima
7. Heidi Klum
8. Penelope Cruz
9. Manuela Arcuri
1. Karolina Kurkova
2. Bar Rafaeli
3. Angelina Jolie
4. Gisele Bundchen
5. Scarlett Johansson
6. Adrianna Lima
7. Heidi Klum
8. Penelope Cruz
9. Manuela Arcuri
I hope you enjoy!
Abbie's Week 12 picks:
Patriots over Dolphins
Titans over Jets
Giants over Cardinals
Bucs over Lions
Panthers over Falcons
Week 11: 5-1
Auntie Joy's Week 12 picks:
Patriots over Dolphins
Broncos over Raiders
Bucs over Lions
Ravens over Eagles
Rams over Bears
Mama's Week 8 picks: 1-4
Uncle Chris' Week 9 picks: 2-3
Uncle Joe's Week 10 picks: 3-2
Mark JR's Week 11 picks: 4-1-1
Papa's Week 12 picks:
Dolphins -1.5 over Patriots
Browns -3 over Texans
Cardinals +3 over Giants
Falcons -1 over Panthers
Chiefs +3 over Bills
Papa's Week 11 picks: 4-2