Monday, August 31, 2009

WWE Monday Night RAW Preview

On Monday Night RAW tonight from the WWE -

* - Dusty Rhodes is the special guest host
* - WWE US Title Match: Kofi Kingston vs. Carlito vs. Jack Swagger vs. The Miz
* - Mark Henry vs. The Big Show
* - MVP vs. Chris Jericho

Here's hoping we get vintage Dusty tonight! Maybe something like this!



I'm hoping he comes off much like Ted DiBiase, who was gold in his return a few week's ago!

Cutler's return to Denver earns big #'s for NBC

So much for a meaningless preseason NFL game, huh?

NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCORES BEST NFL PRESEASON OVERNIGHT IN 5 YEARS

Sunday Night Football Dominates the Night, Delivering Peacock's Best Sunday Night Performance Since Super Bowl

NEW YORK - August 31, 2009
- NBC Sports' "Sunday Night Football" preseason game last night delivered the best overnight rating for any NFL preseason game on any network in five years. The 7.3 overnight rating and 12 share (8-11 p.m. ET) for the Chicago Bears-Denver Broncos preseason contest was the best since the 8.2/13 for the Titans-Cowboys preseason game on August 30, 2004.

Sunday Night Football was the No. 1 telecast of the night in the metered markets and dominated its time period, more than doubling second-place CBS in the time slot (7.3 vs. 3.4). NBC averaged a 6.4/11 from 7-11 p.m. ET, representing the network's highest Sunday primetime average in the metered markets since Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1.

The broadcast, which featured Bears QB Jay Cutler's return to Denver after his off-season trade from the Broncos to the Bears, peaked at an 8.2/14 from 9-9:30 p.m. ET. The preseason game was won by the Bears 27-17.

Top 10 Metered Markets:
1. Denver, 25.9/45
2. Chicago, 22.6/36
3. Las Vegas, 12.1/19
4. Milwaukee, 11.0/18
5. Albuquerque, 10.7/17
6. Nashville, 10.6/16
7. Jacksonville, 10.4/16
8. Oklahoma City, 10.1/15
9. New Orleans, 9.1/13
10. Indianapolis, 8.8/14

Barclay's up 100% for CBS

Good news for golf on CBS!

CBS SPORTS’ COVERAGE OF PGA TOUR PLAYOFFS FOR THE FEDEXCUP “THE BARCLAYS” FINAL ROUND SCORES 106% RATINGS INCREASE

CBS Sports’ final-round coverage of THE BARCLAYS, the first tournament in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, on Sunday, Aug. 30 (2:00-6:15 PM, ET), scored an overnight household rating/share of 3.7/8, up +106% from last year’s 1.8/4 in the metered markets, and up +76% from a 2.1/5 in 2007.

Sunday’s final-round rating peaked at a 5.5/12 from 5:30-6:00 PM, ET.

CBS Sports' third-round coverage of THE BARCLAYS on Saturday, Aug. 29 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET) earned an overnight household rating/share of 2.2/5, up +100% from last year's 1.1/3 in the metered markets.

Bruschi retires today

Al Michaels announced it first on NBC's Sunday Night Football Game: Tedy Bruschi will retire today.

The Patriots and Bruschi will hold a 10:45am press conference on Monday. Mike Reiss has more on his Boston Globe blog, Reiss's Pieces.

Monday MLB Pitching Probables

1:05 p.m. ET TB James Shields (8-10, 3.81) at DET Jarrod Washburn (9-7, 3.23)

7:05 p.m. ET NYY Andy Pettitte (11-6, 4.18) at BAL Jeremy Guthrie (9-12, 5.26)

7:10 p.m. ET PIT Paul Maholm (7-7, 4.59) at CIN Johnny Cueto (8-10, 4.61)

7:10 p.m. ET ATL Tim Hudson (0-0, 0.00) at FLA Josh Johnson (13-3, 3.04)

8:05 p.m. ET TOR Brett Cecil (5-3, 4.96) at TEX Derek Holland (7-8, 4.95)

8:05 p.m. ET HOU Roy Oswalt (7-5, 3.86) at CHC Rich Harden (8-7, 3.99)

8:10 p.m. ET CWS Gavin Floyd (10-8, 3.95) at MIN Nick Blackburn (8-9, 4.29)

10:05 p.m. ET KC Luke Hochevar (6-7, 5.52) at OAK Gio Gonzalez (4-5, 5.88)

10:05 p.m. ET WAS Livan Hernandez (7-8, 5.36) at SD Tim Stauffer (2-6, 4.11)

10:10 p.m. ET ANA Joe Saunders (10-7, 5.27) at SEA Lucas French (4-3, 3.92)

10:10 p.m. ET ARZ Doug Davis (7-11, 3.75) at LA Randy Wolf (9-6, 3.25)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Upcoming WWE RAW hosts - Dusty, Trish and Bob Barker!

How's this for a trifecta of guest hosts for WWE's Monday Night RAW for the next three weeks:

This Monday - Dusty Rhodes

Next Monday - Bob Barker

9/14 - Trish Stratus

Dusty should have a lot of fun with Legacy, no doubt! I'm hoping Bob Barker recreates his "The Price is Wrong, B*TCH" from Happy Gilmore and let's be honest, it will be great just to "see" Trish Status!

True Blood - Penultimate epsidode tonight!

Just two more episodes of True Blood left this season! Who is Bill seeing to try and save the town?

Well, here's a sneak peek from HBO for tonight's episode 11 -



9pm on HBO!

Sunday's MLB Pitching Probables

1:05 p.m. ET TB Jeff Niemann (12-5, 3.87) at DET Justin Verlander (14-7, 3.38)

1:05 p.m. ET CWS Freddy Garcia (0-1, 6.75) at NYY Joba Chamberlain (8-4, 4.34)

1:10 p.m. ET LA Clayton Kershaw (8-7, 2.96) at CIN Bronson Arroyo (11-12, 4.43)

1:10 p.m. ET SD Mat Latos (4-3, 4.06) at FLA Sean West (5-5, 4.44)

1:35 p.m. ET CLE Justin Masterson (4-5, 4.47) at BAL Brian Matusz (2-2, 6.46)

1:35 p.m. ET TOR Roy Halladay (13-7, 3.03) at BOS Paul Byrd (0-0, 0.00)

2:05 p.m. ET PIT Ross Ohlendorf (11-8, 4.10) at MLW Jeff Suppan (5-8, 5.38)

2:10 p.m. ET TEX Kevin Millwood (10-8, 3.63) at MIN Scott Baker (12-7, 4.47)

2:15 p.m. ET WAS Garrett Mock (3-5, 5.23) at STL Adam Wainwright (15-7, 2.50)

2:20 p.m. ET NYM Nelson Figueroa (1-3, 5.40) at CHC Carlos Zambrano (7-5, 3.80)

3:35 p.m. ET OAK Brett Anderson (7-9, 4.35) at ANA John Lackey (8-7, 4.16)

4:05 p.m. ET COL Jason Hammel (8-7, 4.43) at SF Matt Cain (12-4, 2.39)

4:10 p.m. ET KC Zack Greinke (12-8, 2.43) at SEA Ryan Rowland-Smith (2-1, 4.05)

4:10 p.m. ET HOU Wandy Rodriguez (12-8, 2.82) at ARZ Dan Haren (12-8, 2.73)

8:05 p.m. ET ATL Jair Jurrjens (10-8, 2.91) at PHI Joe Blanton (8-6, 3.88)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Red Sox acquire Joey Gathright

The Red Sox have traded for Orioles and former Cubs outfielder Joey Gathright, according to MLB Trade Rumors.com and MASNSports.com.

Gathright will head to Pawtucket.

Also, Paul Byrd gets the start Sunday for the Sox, who have send down Junichi Tazawa and replaced him, for tonight, with pitcher Marcus McBeth. Tazawa will now pitch at the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.

Wakefield scratched from next start

Bad news for the Red Sox today as Tim Wakefield has a bad back! According to the Boston Globe's Amalie Benjamin, Wakefield will miss his next start on Tuesday.

Maybe Nick Green can get the start, ha ha ha! More seriously, maybe Paul Byrd or Michael Bowden gets the call from Pawtucket.

Faith Hill smokin' hot on SNF

Do you think Faith Hill is hot? Check this out!



Thanks to our friend, the Bloggin' Momma on Nashville Gab for the picture on this one!

Don't forget, Bears vs. Broncos Sunday night at 8pm on NBC. They'll have a field day with this Brandon Marshall stuff. Here it is from Denver's ABC 7 and the DenverChannel.com.

I'm surprised one of his teammates didn't take him out. Wonder what former Broncos LB Tom Jackson thinks of this one.

Kelly Clarkson sings at Jimmy Fund Telethon/Red Sox game

As part of the Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon last night on NESN, Kelly Clarkson sang "God Bless America" during the 7th inning strech of the Red Sox/Blue Jays game. Take a look courtesy of NESN.



Kudos to the folks at WEEI, NESN and the Jimmy Fund for raising over $4.5 million over the past two days. A job well done guys!

A belated Friday Feel Good

I know, I'm late with the Friday Feel Good this week. There was no time on Friday between the day gig (YourProv.com - cheap pop!) and my fantasy football draft, but there's time this morning!

I give you a little Mickey James and Trish Stratus for your Saturday wake-up as we deal with Tropical Depression Danny heading up the coast for a full day or rain.





I hope that lifted your spirits a bit for the day! We do miss Trish, don't we!

Tom Brady hurts shoulder in Pats win

On the night that I drafted Tom Brady, my Jets' chief nemisis, number one in my fantasy league draft, Brady goes down with a sore shoulder after getting pancaked by Albert Haynesworth of the Redskins.

Here are the highlights from NFL.com in a game that the Pats won in the final seconds, 27-24.

Here's head coach Bill Belichick after the game, courtesy of ESPN.com -



I'm guessing that Brady misses the final preseason game, he probably would've anyway, against the Giants on Thursday night. At best, he plays a couple of series to keep sharp.

Jets/Giants tonight in the rainy Meadowlands!

Saturday MLB Pitching Probables

1:05 p.m. ET CWS Jose Contreras (5-12, 5.09) at NYY Sergio Mitre (2-1, 6.82)

4:10 p.m. ET TB David Price (6-6, 4.93) at DET Nate Robertson (1-0, 7.71)

4:10 p.m. ET NYM Bobby Parnell (3-6, 5.08) at CHC Ryan Dempster (7-7, 4.07)

4:10 p.m. ET LA Charlie Haeger (1-1, 1.93) at CIN Matt Maloney (0-2, 6.11)

6:10 p.m. ET SD Wade LeBlanc (0-1, 14.54) at FLA Ricky Nolasco (9-8, 5.31)

7:05 p.m. ET CLE Jeremy Sowers (5-9, 4.93) at BAL Chris Tillman (1-2, 4.58)

7:05 p.m. ET PIT Kevin Hart (4-3, 4.14) at MLW Yovani Gallardo (12-10, 3.51)

7:05 p.m. ET ATL Derek Lowe (12-8, 4.48) at PHI Cliff Lee (12-9, 2.63)

7:10 p.m. ET TOR Ricky Romero (11-5, 3.91) at BOS Clay Buchholz (2-3, 5.02)

7:10 p.m. ET TEX Scott Feldman (13-4, 3.87) at MIN Carl Pavano (11-9, 5.20)

7:15 p.m. ET WAS Craig Stammen (4-6, 5.08) at STL Mitchell Boggs (1-2, 4.58)

8:10 p.m. ET HOU Bud Norris (3-2, 5.86) at ARZ Jon Garland (7-11, 4.48)

9:05 p.m. ET OAK Vince Mazzaro (4-9, 5.32) at ANA Jered Weaver (13-5, 4.03)

9:05 p.m. ET COL Jason Marquis (14-8, 3.47) at SF Barry Zito (8-11, 4.09)

10:10 p.m. ET KC Gil Meche (6-9, 4.75) at SEA Ian Snell (4-9, 5.37)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

2:20 p.m. ET NYM Oliver Perez (3-4, 6.82) at CHC Ted Lilly (9-8, 3.40)

7:05 p.m. ET CLE Fausto Carmona (3-8, 5.92) at BAL Jason T. Berken (3-11, 6.49)

7:05 p.m. ET TB Matt Garza (7-8, 3.74) at DET Rick Porcello (10-8, 4.39)

7:05 p.m. ET CWS Mark Buehrle (11-7, 3.92) at NYY CC Sabathia (15-7, 3.59)

7:05 p.m. ET ATL Tommy Hanson (9-2, 3.12) at PHI Pedro Martinez (2-0, 5.14)

7:10 p.m. ET TOR Scott Richmond (6-7, 4.09) at BOS Josh Beckett (14-5, 3.65)

7:10 p.m. ET LA Charlie Haeger (1-1, 1.93) at CIN Homer Bailey (3-4, 6.82)

7:10 p.m. ET SD Kevin Correia (8-10, 4.46) at FLA Chris Volstad (9-10, 4.73)

8:05 p.m. ET PIT Zach Duke (10-11, 3.38) at MLW Manny Parra (8-10, 6.54)

8:10 p.m. ET TEX Tommy Hunter (6-2, 2.85) at MIN Brian Duensing (1-1, 4.91)

8:15 p.m. ET WAS John Lannan (8-9, 4.03) at STL John Smoltz (3-5, 7.40)

9:40 p.m. ET HOU Yorman Bazardo (0-0, 4.50) at ARZ Max Scherzer (7-8, 4.12)

10:05 p.m. ET OAK Brett Tomko (3-2, 3.69) at ANA Trevor Bell (1-1, 9.49)

10:10 p.m. ET KC Brian Bannister (7-10, 4.50) at SEA Felix Hernandez (12-5, 2.73)

10:15 p.m. ET COL Ubaldo Jimenez (12-9, 3.36) at SF Tim Lincecum (12-4, 2.43)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mike Reiss heading to ESPNBoston.com

We get word from our friends at Pro Football Talk and Mike Florio that one of the best football writers around, Mike Reiss, will be moving over to ESPNBoston.com from the Boston Globe.

It's a huge blow to the Globe's NFL and Patriots coverage as Mike's as good as it gets in the business. Whether it's in print, on his blog Reiss's Pieces or on tv, Mike has solid info and sources that can't be matched.

ESPN has itself a great get to start the launch of its new Boston based website. Michael David Smith of Fanhouse, on this Twitter page, says the new site will launch on September 14th with exclusive stuff from Reiss, Bill Simmons and Peter Gammons.

Rey Mysterio suspended by WWE

Breaking news from the WWE today as they have suspended Rey Mysterio, JR for 30 days for violating the Wellness Policy.

Here's the full statement from the WWE, who announced the news on their website:

In accordance with WWE's Wellness Program, effective Wednesday, September 2, Oscar Gutierrez (Rey Mysterio) is suspended for 30 days for a violation of the company’s policy.

We'll have to see what they do with the I-C belt.

UPDATE (10pm): Since Mysterio will work this Tuesday's Smackdown tapings, he'll obviously drop the I-C belt that night, presumably to Dolph Ziggler.

Broncos/Bears marks Cutler's return against Denver

From NBC Sports, we get to hype up Josh McDaniels vs. Jay Cutler (a/k/a, Bears vs. Broncos) for Sunday Night Football.

CUTLER RETURNS TO DENVER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE TRADE AS BRONCOS HOST BEARS ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

It will be a big part of our broadcast conversations, but I'll start you off by saying that I was stunned. Collinsworth on Cutler Trade

For a preseason game this is probably as good as it gets. Michaels

NEW YORK - Aug. 27, 2009
- "NBC Sunday Night Football" preseason continues this Sunday as the Denver Broncos host their former quarterback Jay Cutler and his new team the Chicago Bears. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, the new SNF booth duo, will have the call from Denver, with Andrea Kremer handling the reporting duties. For Michaels and Collinsworth, this will be their fourth game together in the booth having previously called last year's Pro Bowl and the Seahawks-Bucs regular season game and this year's preseason opener, the Hall of Fame Game.

MICHAELS ON THIS MATCHUP: "I can't think of a preseason game, in all of the years I've been doing primetime football, where you're going to have, at least at the outset of the game, this kind of intrigue. What's kind of reaction is Cutler going to get? How will he react back? For a preseason game this is probably as good as it gets."

COLLINSWORTH ON THIS MATCHUP: "The third preseason game is the one you want to watch, it's the dress rehearsal. It is more important for the Denver Broncos in some ways. Jay Cutler is the man in Chicago. If Jay Cutler throws 17 interceptions in this game he's still going to be the man in Chicago. For the Broncos, Orton had a rough first start with the three interceptions, but the one thing that's been very consistent is that this offense has moved up and down the field. They have put up a bunch of yards and then made mistakes when they get down around the red zone, but this offense of Josh McDaniels and Kyle Orton is working exceptionally well on many occasions and in many of these drives. It would not surprise me at all to see the Denver Broncos at home have a big day offensively in this game."

COLLINSWORTH ON CUTLER TRADED TO BEARS: "Stunned. It will be a big part of our broadcast conversations, but I'll start you off by saying that I was stunned. You don't see a guy that can do the things that Jay Cutler can do at 25 years of age being traded. You just don't. I would like to know more details about it. We're obviously going to be out there asking the questions and my guess is we're not going to hear much of anything from the principles involved. I hope they tell me what really happened and the details of it, but if they don't give me the details I'll give you my opinion of it and we'll see how we go from there."

The "NBC Sunday Night Football" regular season begins Thursday, Sept. 10 with the Super Bowl Champion Steelers hosting the AFC South champion Titans. In the first "NBC Sunday Night Football" contest of the season, on Sept. 13, the Green Bay Packers will host their longtime rival the Bears.

2009 "NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL" SCHEDULE
Pre Season
Sun. Aug. 30 Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos, 8 p.m.

Regular Season - Football Night in America begins every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET


Thurs. Sept. 10 NFL Kickoff Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sun. Sept. 13 Week 1 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Sun. Sept. 20 Week 2 New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Sun. Sept. 27 Week 3 Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals
Sun. Oct. 4 Week 4 San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sun. Oct. 11 Week 5 Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
Sun. Oct. 18 Week 6 Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons
Sun. Oct. 25 Week 7 Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants
Sun. Nov. 1 Week 8 NO SNF GAME (Football Night airs 7-8 p.m.)
Sun. Nov. 8 Week 9 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
Sun. Nov. 15 Week 10 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
Sun. Nov. 22 *Week 11 Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
Sun. Nov. 29 *Week 12 Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
Sun. Dec. 6 *Week 13 New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
Sun. Dec. 13 *Week 14 Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
Sun. Dec. 20 *Week 15 Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers
Sun. Dec. 27 *Week 16 Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
Sun. Jan. 3 *Week 17 TBA

*Flex Week


HIGHLIGHTS OF "NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL" SCHEDULE

� All 12 NFL playoff teams from last season are featured.
� Fourteen of NBC's 16 scheduled games involve at least one playoff team from last season.
� Giants at Cowboys opens the $1.2 billion Dallas Cowboys Stadium, "the 8th Wonder of the World." It's a rematch of the most viewed game ever on "Sunday Night Football."
� Three appearances a piece from six marquee teams: this year's Super Bowl champion Steelers, last year's Super Bowl champion Giants plus Dallas, Indianapolis, Chicago and Philadelphia.
� Six games involving one of the Manning brothers, Peyton and Eli.
� Quarterback duels between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, Peyton and Kurt Warner, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger and Donovan McNabb and Jay Cutler.
� Four matchups among bitter NFC East rivals: Giants-Cowboys, Cowboys-Eagles, Eagles-Giants and Cowboys-Redskins.
� A rematch of last year's hard-hitting AFC Championship game between Pittsburgh and Baltimore and last year's AFC divisional playoff game between the Steelers and the Chargers.

Tennis anyone? CBS gets in US Open mode

A pair of news releases from CBS Sports on the tennis front for this weekend -

CBS SPORTS TO BROADCAST 14h ANNUAL ARTHUR ASHE KIDS’ DAY ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 30

POP STAR JORDIN SPARKS AND COMEDIAN WILL FERRELL HEADLINE PERFORMANCE ROSTER

Tennis Superstars Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams,
Maria Sharapova and James Blake Scheduled To Participate in Star-Studded Music and Tennis Extravaganza


CBS Sports broadcasts ARTHUR ASHE KIDS’ DAY on Sunday, Aug. 30 (12:00 NOON-1:30 PM, ET). ARTHUR ASHE KIDS DAY is a tennis exhibition featuring some of tennis’ greatest players, as well as celebrity guests and special musical performances by pop superstar Jordin Sparks and comedian Will Ferrell, along with rising stars Honor Society and Usher protégé Justin Bieber Television personalities Susie Castillo and Quddus host the day’s festivities, featuring tennis clinics, games and the musical entertainment.

Tennis superstars including Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and James Blake are among those scheduled to participate in the exhibition that includes skills competitions and tie-break matches.

ARTHUR ASHE KIDS’ DAY is the official kick-off of the 2009 U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS. CBS Sports will broadcast over 38 hours of the 2009 U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS with live comprehensive coverage during both weekends of the event and on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7 (11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET) and on Friday, Sept. 11 (12:30-6:00 PM, ET). The 2009 women’s final live in prime time highlights the Network’s “Super Saturday” coverage on Saturday, Sept. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET). The men’s final will be on Sunday, Sept. 13 (4:00 PM, ET).

CBS SPORTS TO BROADCAST WOMEN’S FINAL OF U.S. OPEN SERIES “PILOT PEN TENNIS” LIVE ON SATURDAY, AUG. 29

CBS Sports broadcasts the women’s final of the U.S. OPEN SERIES “PILOT PEN TENNIS,” the final tournament of the U.S. Open Series, on Saturday, Aug. 29 (1:00-3:00 PM, ET). Elena Dementieva is in first place with one week remaining of the US Open Series Bonus Challenge. With a win this week, Flavia Pennetta can capture the overall U.S. Open Series title.

The U.S. Open Series, which leads up to the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, was launched in 2004 in order to create a cohesive, six-week summer tennis season for ATP and WTA Tour professional tournaments in North America. The top three finishers of the series will be vying for bonus prize money at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2009 U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS begins on Saturday, Sept. 5 (11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET) with men’s and women’s third-round action and concludes with the men’s singles final 13 days later on Sunday, Sept. 13 (4:00-7:00 PM, ET).

CBS Sports’ Bill Macatee and Mary Carillo call the final live from the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, Conn. Craig Silver produces and Andy Goldberg directs. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

Leverage re-ups for 3rd season on TNT

Leverage is back for a third season on TNT!

The Con is On as TNT Orders Third Season of Hit Series LEVERAGE

Popular Series, Starring Oscar® Winner Timothy Hutton, Averages 4.1 Million Viewers
And Ranks as Ad-Supported Cable’s #1 Wednesday Program among Adults 25-54


Television’s hottest team of con artists, grifters, hackers and thieves will be back again as TNT lines up a third season of its fast-paced drama series LEVERAGE, starring Academy Award® winner Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People), Gina Bellman (Coupling), Christian Kane (TNT’s Into the West), Beth Riesgraf (Alvin and the Chipmunks) and Aldis Hodge (Friday Night Lights). The network has ordered 15 episodes of the series, which is currently in its second season, airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). The show’s summer finale will air Wednesday, Sept. 9. It will then return to complete the second season in winter, with the third season slated to air in summer 2010.

"Thanks in large part to its engaging cast and clever storytelling, LEVERAGE has proven itself to be one of the most exciting and fun hours on television,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “The producers, cast and crew have been incredible to work with, and we anticipate another wonderful season.”

LEVERAGE is executive-produced by Dean Devlin (Independence Day, TNT’s The Librarian) and creators John Rogers (Transformers) and Chris Downey (The King of Queens). It comes to the network from Devlin’s Electric Entertainment and is one of six high-profile original dramas that have populated TNT’s Monday-Wednesday lineup this summer. The six series, which include The Closer, Raising the Bar, HawthoRNe, Saving Grace and Dark Blue, are part of an aggressive TNT strategy to build a slate of quality original programming in primetime.

LEVERAGE scored big in its first season, ranking as ad-supported cable’s #1 show in its timeslot with an average of 3.9 million viewers. The second season has averaged 4.1 million viewers* and ranks as ad-supported cable’s #1 Wednesday program in delivery of adults 25-54 and #1 Wednesday drama among viewers and households. The show is enjoying solid growth when compared to its first season, with viewers up 5% and households up 7%.

LEVERAGE scores tremendously well with DVR users, garnering an extraordinary 66% growth among adults 25-54 when comparing Live to Live + 7 viewing.

In LEVERAGE, Hutton stars as Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator determined to bring down the kind of corrupt bigwigs whose neglect led to the death of his son. His highly skilled team includes Sophie Devereaux (Bellman), a grifter who uses her acting skills to corner her marks; Eliot Spencer (Kane), a “retrieval specialist” with bone-crunching fighting skills; Alec Hardison (Hodge), a gadget and technology wizard who keeps the team connected and informed; and Parker (Riesgraf), a slightly off-center thief adept at rappelling off buildings or squeezing into tight places.

Electric Entertainment is a full-service film, television and new media production company and studio, established in 2001 by veteran writer/producer Dean Devlin (Independence Day, Stargate, The Patriot) and led by Devlin along with partners Kearie Peak, Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan. Dec. 7, 2008, marked the TNT premiere of Leverage, the new action-packed series from Electric Entertainment executive produced by Devlin, who made his directorial debut on the pilot, and the debut of The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, the third installment of the company’s popular Librarian franchise, starring Noah Wyle (ER). Electric is in pre-production on the animated feature film Tikis and the feature film Ghosting, a supernatural thriller which Devlin will produce and direct.

Electric’s previous films include the World War I action/adventure Flyboys; the politically charged documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?; Cellular, starring Kim Basinger, Chris Evans and Jessica Biel; and Eight Legged Freaks, with David Arquette and Scarlett Johansson. The company’s television credits include The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, starring Noah Wyle, which aired on TNT in December 2004 and was the highest-rated movie on cable that year; its sequel, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines; and The Sci Fi Channel’s (now SyFy) The Triangle, which won a Visual Effects Emmy® and was the highest-rated miniseries on the cable channel since Steven Spielberg Presents Taken. Electric Entertainment recently teamed with TNT for the crime thriller Blank Slate, starring Eric Stoltz, a microseries that debuted last fall on the network, as well as on tnt.tv. Additionally, Electric Entertainment owns and operates the online pop-culture and entertainment magazine IF (www.IFmagazine.com), which reports the entertainment industry’s daily news.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tropical Storm Danny threatening New England?

Looks like we have to watch Tropical Storm Danny out in the Atlantic Ocean over the next three days.



Tropical Storm Danny could become a hurricane before hitting the East Coast and New England over the weekend.

We have constant updates on my day job's website - YourProv.com - so keep it bookmarked and check back often to our "Tracking the Tropics" page.

Stay tuned!

Smackdown/ECW coming back to Providence

The WWE is coming back to Providence on Tuesday, November 3rd as Smackdown and ECW will be taped that night at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

Tickets go on sale for the event on Saturday at 10am. The night's festivities will begin at 6:45pm as ECW gets taped first (for air that night at 10pm) and then Smackdown for its Friday showing.

Here's your link to ticket info.

NBC sets out on new season for Sunday Night Football

From NBC Sports, here are the highlights from today's conference call...

NEW LOOK FOR NBC'S FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

Costas to Host Show from Sunday Night Football Game Site as Part of Increased Emphasis on Premier Primetime Game

We have a treasure trove of talent to bring to this show every Sunday night. Ebersol

"When you see Bob Costas, you know it's something big." Collinsworth

NEW YORK -- August 26, 2009
-- NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol, who is also the executive producer of "Sunday Night Football," today announced a new look for its NBC Sports' Emmy Award-nominated NFL studio show "Football Night in America." The show, which will still offer the most complete highlights and analysis from the day's NFL action, will increase its emphasis on that night's "Sunday Night Football" matchup, highlighted by Bob Costas moving from the studio to hosting the show from the game site.

Costas, the most honored studio host of all time with 19 Emmy Awards, will host the show from a set at the "Sunday Night Football" game site. He will be joined by the new SNF broadcast team of Al Michaels, a six-time Emmy Award-winner whom the Associated Press has called "TV's best play-by-play announcer," and Cris Collinsworth, the most honored studio analyst in sports television history, winning the award in nine of the 12 years of its existence and winning two additional Emmys for game analyst. Collinsworth moves from the studio to the broadcast booth alongside Michaels to replace the recently-retired John Madden.

Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann, who together redefined sports highlights during their time at ESPN, successfully reunited last year on "Football Night" and will continue their partnership. They are joined at NBC's 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios by Tony Dungy, the historic Super Bowl coach whose teams made the playoffs each of the last 10 seasons, unprecedented in this era, the outspoken two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison and Sports Illustrated's Peter King. "Football Night's" Tiki Barber will report from the site of one of the NFL's big games as he did towards the end of last season.

EBERSOL ON EVENTS BROADCAST ON NBC SPORTS: "Many of you through the years have said to me, this recent year in particular, how an event feels on NBC. The feedback we've received consistently, is an event seems bigger or seems to have a certain stature or context when it's on NBC -- whether it's the Beijing Olympics, the U.S. Open, the Kentucky Derby or hockey's new Winter Classic -- they feel like more than just a game, they feel like an event. Your feedback validates what I've always felt that at our best, we aspire to give the viewer the best single seat at the event -- not the hype around the event, but the story of the event itself. And if in a moment of weakness if I personally descend to too much hype, I've always had Bob around and he's got the world's best BS detector."

EBERSOL ON ROLE OF COMMENTATORS: "Our commentators play a critical role in the success of these events, and I give a lot of the credit to Bob and the keen sensibility he brings to telling the story of an event. The news today is to take this incredible trio of talent, Bob, Al and Cris and give them a forum every Sunday night at the top of 'Football Night in America' to discuss the news of the National Football League, the big news of the week, the news of the day and if there are other major developments in the world of sports, I stress major, they'll get into that."

COSTAS ON BEING AT THE GAME SITE: "I think it's obvious that when you're at the scene of an event you get a whole different feel. You get to be part of the atmosphere. You're talking about a specific event and it isn't just any game it is always one of the biggest and very often the obvious biggest marquee game of that particular Sunday.

"While I've always enjoyed doing the studio show, we have Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann, kind of the highlight tag team, and Rodney Harrison and Tony Dungy to talk about the events of the day elsewhere and I just think it's a better use of me at this point to have me at the scene of an event."

COLLINSWORTH ON HAVING COSTAS ON SITE: "We have the peacock at the game site now. No question Al and I have been around a few other places in our career but Bob Costas, when you see his smiling face at an event, you know that it's an NBC event and you know that it's going to be something pretty special."

EBERSOL ON COSTAS, MICHAELS & COLLINSWORTH: "This trio of talent is surpassed probably in the history of television. In Bob you have the best host/anchor in the sports world of his generation. In Al, you have unquestionably the best play-by-play guy of his generation. And Cris, phenomenally in the 12 years the Emmy's have given an Emmy for studio analyst, he's won 9 out of the 12 times, and two of the last three years he's won the award for the best game analyst. We have a treasure trove of talent to bring to this show every Sunday night."

EBERSOL ON HIGHLIGHTS: "The highlights will still come from New York and the best studio tag team ever of Dan and Keith will still be in New York. Highlights will still be a large focus of the show. There will be just as many highlights as there have been in the past. When we looked at the compelling schedule the league provided us, we wanted to showcase these games as the true events that so many of them are."

EBERSOL ON "FOOTBALL NIGHT" BEING A STUDIO SHOW: "A pregame show would be something where you spend an inordinate amount of time making up what you think is going to happen in the game. None of these guys are 'hypemasters' and if I tried to get them to hype they would all laugh me out of the building. I think you'll find that between the newsmakers' segments, the live interviews and the expertise that these guys bring to the dance, that this won't be a comedy show of guesswork."

EBERSOL ON HIGHLIGHTS: "The highlights are a very, very important key role in the show. We fought very hard to get the right to be the main highlight distributor on Sundays from the league and they will still be more than half of the show."

COSTAS ON WHAT HE BRINGS TO AN EVENT: "Even events like the Winter Classic or the Kentucky Derby -- it's been a long time since I was around the NHL on a regular basis and I don't ever try to pass myself off as a horse racing expert -- but I think I'm still able to bring something to those events by capturing the atmosphere and making it more accessible to the casual fan, the guy who doesn't read the Racing Form everyday or doesn't follow the NHL day in day out. The idea is that this is a big event that captures the interest of hardcore and casual fans alike. That's what we try to do on the Olympics as well. I think it was the difference in our Super Bowl coverage. That's really more of what sportscasting is about then being confined to a studio."

COSTAS ON WORKING WITH MICHAELS: "Al and I who have been friends for a longtime and with the exception of our epic collaboration on BASEketball have not had a chance to combine talents until now."

MICHAELS ON WORKING WITH COSTAS: "Bob and I are also here to announce that we will not be a part of the sequel to BASEketball despite the fact that we have been offered $463 million apiece to do it."

COSTAS: "But Al will be appearing in the Pooty Tang sequel."

MICHAELS: "That is your deal my boy."

MICHAELS ON OPENING THE STUDIO SHOW FROM THE GAME SITE: "It just really helps set the tone for the Sunday Night game. I know you guys have been on so many of these calls for years and we're always talking about 'oh we've got the best schedule and it's great,' but if you look at the schedule, it's phenomenal. We have all of the NFC East rivalries, we have Chicago-Green Bay, we've got Indianapolis and New England. These are the games that people want to see. Just to have Bob there and to have Cris there as well is going to lend a different look to it and enable us to do some of the things that we couldn't do in the past. This is going to be a lot fun for us."

COLLINSWORTH ON THE ENERGY OF BEING AT A LIVE EVENT: "As we saw this year on the Olympic coverage, when Bob got out of the studio it seemed to put a little spring in his step. I would come back in and he would come flying back in from his police escort through Beijing like the President of the United States. You could see the energy that we all felt being at the Olympic events and Bob was getting a feel of that too. That energy carried over to the broadcast.

"I think you're going to get that same sense now with Bob at the event. Clearly, he means something. When you saw Al Michaels and Howard Cosell in the day you knew it was something big. When you see Bob Costas you know it's something big."

COLLINSWORTH ON CHANGES TO STUDIO SHOW: "I think it's going to do tremendous things for the studio. We'll handle a lot of the preliminary news of the day at the game site. It will allow the studio to really focus in on what happened that day in the games because certainly that is enough of a challenge. I really like the changes. I think this is going to make the entire broadcast from 7 p.m. until midnight streamlined and efficient and a lot of fun to be a part of."

COSTAS ON THE INTERVIEWS IN THE 8 PM ET SEGMENT: "We hope to make that window the premier destination for players and coaches and football figures. It will be the place that they want to reach the largest audience in the most credible way -- those who are at the site of the game we are doing or if we need to use the satellite if something really major has happened earlier in the day, we'll try to do it in that window. This is going to bolster the quality and content of what we would have if I were confined to the studio."

"FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA": "NBC Sunday Night Football" the premier primetime game of the week, is preceded by the "Football Night in America" studio show, which kicks off NBC's regular season coverage each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. Bob Costas, the most honored studio host of all time with 19 Emmy Awards, will host the show from a set at the "Sunday Night Football" game site, joined by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth. Co-hosts Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann, who together redefined sports highlights at ESPN, will narrate the highlights from the 30 Rock studio. They are joined by analysts Tony Dungy, the historic Super Bowl coach whose teams made the playoffs each of the last 10 seasons, unprecedented in this era, and Rodney Harrison, the three-time All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion. Peter King, who covers the NFL for Sports Illustrated and is considered one of the country's foremost NFL reporters, serves as a reporter for the "Football Night in America" studio show.

HIGHLIGHTS OF "NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL" SCHEDULE

� All 12 NFL playoff teams from last season are featured.
� Fourteen of NBC's 16 scheduled games involve at least one playoff team from last season.
� Giants at Cowboys opens the $1.2 billion Dallas Cowboys Stadium, "the 8th Wonder of the World." It's a rematch of the most viewed game ever on "Sunday Night Football."
� Three appearances a piece from six marquee teams: this year's Super Bowl champion Steelers, last year's Super Bowl champion Giants plus Dallas, Indianapolis, Chicago and Philadelphia.
� Six games involving one of the Manning brothers, Peyton and Eli.
� Quarterback duels between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, Peyton and Kurt Warner, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger and Donovan McNabb and Jay Cutler.
� Four matchups among bitter NFC East rivals: Giants-Cowboys, Cowboys-Eagles, Eagles-Giants and Cowboys-Redskins.
� A rematch of last year's hard-hitting AFC Championship game between Pittsburgh and Baltimore and last year's AFC divisional playoff game between the Steelers and the Chargers.

PGA hits playoff time on CBS

From CBS Sports, it's Tiger time again! -

CBS SPORTS TO BROADCAST FIRST PGA TOUR PLAYOFF EVENT FOR THE FEDEXCUP AS WORLD’S BEST GOLFERS TEE OFF AT “THE BARCLAYS” AUGUST 29-30

WOODS, MICKELSON, CASEY, PERRY, STRICKER, GARCIA, HARRINGTON, SINGH, FURYK, GLOVER , ELS, CABRERA AND YANG AMONG THOSE COMPETING


The PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup begin this week at THE BARCLAYS, the first of four playoff tournaments to determine the FedExCup champion. CBS Sports broadcasts the third and final rounds of the star-powered tournament on Saturday, Aug. 29 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET) and Sunday, Aug. 30 (2:00-6:00 PM, ET), from Liberty National Golf Club, across from New York Harbor from downtown Manhattan, in Jersey City, N.J., live on the CBS Television Network.

Jim Nantz, the 2008 Emmy Award Winner for “Outstanding Sports Personality - Play-by-Play” and 2008 National Sportscaster of the Year, serves as anchor of CBS Sports’ golf coverage. Sir Nick Faldo, winner of six major championships and more than 40 tournaments worldwide, serves as lead analyst. Peter Oosterhuis calls the action at the 17th hole, Gary McCord at the 16th hole and Ian Baker-Finch at the 15th hole. David Feherty and Peter Kostis serve as on-course reporters.

Vijay Singh returns to The Barclays to defend his 2008 playoff win over Sergio Garcia and Kevin Sutherland. Singh took control of the PGA TOUR Playoffs with his victory and went on to win the FedExCup. Tiger Woods enters the PGA TOUR Playoffs as the overall leader, 1,276 points ahead of Steve Stricker, who won The Barclays in 2007. Woods won the inaugural Playoffs in 2007 but missed the Playoffs last year while recovering from knee surgery.

The top 125 players from the PGA TOUR regular-season, based on FedExCup points, earned an invitation to The Barclays. In addition to Singh, Woods and Stricker, among the players expected to compete in this week’s playoff are: Phil Mickelson, Paul Casey, Kenny Perry, Sergio Garcia, Geoff Ogilvy, Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington, Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover, Camilo Villegas, Anthony Kim, Retief Goosen, Sean O’Hair, Ian Poulter, Zach Johnson, Ernie Els, Hunter Mahan, Luke Donald, Angel Cabrera, Mike Weir, Y.E. Yang, Tim Clark, Justin Leonard, Rory Sabbatini, Davis Love III, Chad Campbell, Justin Rose and K.J Choi. (For the complete field go to PGA TOUR.COM)

The other tournaments hosting the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup are the Deutsche Bank Championship (narrowed to a field of 100 players), the BMW Championship (70 players) and the season-ending THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola (30 players).

MLB & NFL on Fox Sports this week

From FOX Sports -

FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES

Dolphins @ Bucs Battle In Final NFL Preseason Matchup Tomorrow On FOX

Marvez On Jets Awarding Starting Job To Sanchez: “Clemens Has Self To Blame”

NFL ON FOX BROADCASTS ITS FINAL PRESEASON MATCHUP FROM RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM
– The Miami Dolphins travel up I-75 to Tampa for a clash with the Buccaneers Thursday, August 27 (8:00 PM ET) in the final preseason matchup on FOX Sports. NFL on FOX’s lead broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman call the action from the booth with Pam Oliver patrolling the sidelines. For instant updates during the week from the entire NFL on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NFLONFOX.

DODGERS LOOK TO HANG ON TO NL WEST LEAD IN CINCINNATI – With the Colorado Rockies charging fast, Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers look to remain in first place in the NL West as they travel to Cincinnati to take on Joey Votto and the Reds on Saturday, August 29 at 4:00 PM ET. In Chicago, Derek Lee and the Cubs welcome the Mets to Wrigley. Also, Evan Longoria and the Rays continue their Wild Card push in Detroit, against Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers. This week, the pregame show originates live from Wrigley Field with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew of Joe Buck, Tim McCarver & Ken Rosenthal as a field reporter. For instant updates during the week and http://twitter.com/MLBONFOX.

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New York Mets at Chicago Cubs (63% of nation)
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver & Ken Rosenthal
Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Richmond, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach

Probable Pitchers: Bobby Parnell, RHP (3-6, 5.08 ERA) vs. Ryan Dempster, RHP (7-7, 4.07 ERA)

Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds (21% of nation)
Thom Brennaman & Eric Karros
Great American Ballpark – Cincinnati, OH

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Albuquerque, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle

Probable Pitchers: Charlie Haeger, RHP (1-1, 1.93) vs. TBA

Tampa Rays at Detroit Tigers (13% of nation)
Kenny Albert & Mark Grace
Comerica Park – Detroit, MI

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Minneapolis, Orlando, Providence, Tampa

Probable Pitchers: David Price, LHP (6-6, 4.93) vs. Rick Porcello, RHP (10-8, 4.39 ERA)

ROSENTHAL: HOW WILL CUBS, METS GMS TURN THINGS AROUND – Despite the Mets and Cubs turning in disappointing seasons, both teams are likely to bring back their current GMs. FOXSports.com senior writer & MLB on FOX insider, Ken Rosenthal says Omar Minaya and Jim Hendry don’t have easy jobs. “I understand why Minaya and Hendry will keep their jobs as both are under contract through 2012. Hendry produced three postseason teams in the previous six seasons. Minaya built a club that came within one victory of the World Series in 2006. The problem is both general managers have created messes that could take years to untangle. The Mets and Cubs rank second and third in the majors, respectively, in payroll, and that's just this season. Their future financial commitments also are stifling.”

For more on this story log onto:

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9979394/How-will-Cubs,-Mets-GMs-turn-things-around

MOROSI: RETURNING ZAMBRANO CAN’T SAVE CUBS’ SEASON – Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano made his return to the mound on Tuesday. As a distant second place behind the NL Central leading Cardinals, FOXSports.com national MLB writer Jon Paul Morosi says even the return of ‘El Toro’ won’t make a difference for the North Siders. It’s “probably time for a skywriter to fly across the North Side with the seasonal message: ‘NOT GOING TO HAPPEN THIS YEAR, EITHER. BEARS OPEN SOON.’ For this team to have any chance of catching the strengthened-and-streaking Cardinals, Big Z needed to show that he's capable of pitching like an ace in September. But at this stage of the season, after two stints on the DL, he isn't ready to do that.”

For more on this story log onto:

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9985116/Returning-Zambrano-can't-save-Cubs'-season

MARVEZ: KELLEN CLEMENS HAS SELF TO BLAME – FOXSports.com senior NFL writer Alex Marvez believes that New York Jets QB Kellen Clemens has himself to blame for head coach Rex Ryan's decision to start rookie QB Mark Sanchez. “After a sound debut against St. Louis, Sanchez's inexperience was exposed in Monday night's loss to the New York Jets. Sanchez, though, has already shown resiliency to bounce back from his mistakes and the penchant for big plays - a trait Clemens has sorely lacked. I think Ryan is wise to take his lumps with Sanchez because of his upside rather than play Clemens, who hasn't shown much of that quality during his time with the Jets.”

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

2:10 p.m. ET CLE David Huff (7-7, 6.80) at KC Luke Hochevar (6-6, 5.60)

3:35 p.m. ET DET Edwin Jackson (10-5, 2.86) at ANA Joe Saunders (9-7, 5.33)

7:05 p.m. ET TEX Derek Holland (7-7, 4.72) at NYY Andy Pettitte (10-6, 4.25)

7:05 p.m. ET PHI Cole Hamels (7-8, 4.78) at PIT Paul Maholm (7-7, 4.74)

7:07 p.m. ET TB Scott Kazmir (8-7, 6.17) at TOR Marc Rzepczynski (2-3, 3.65)

7:10 p.m. ET CWS Gavin Floyd (10-8, 3.98) at BOS Tim Wakefield (11-3, 4.31)

7:10 p.m. ET SD Tim Stauffer (1-6, 3.95) at ATL Kenshin Kawakami (6-9, 3.97)

7:10 p.m. ET NYM Mike Pelfrey (9-8, 4.67) at FLA Josh Johnson (12-3, 2.99)

8:05 p.m. ET CIN Aaron Harang (6-14, 4.21) at MLW Braden Looper (11-6, 4.95)

8:05 p.m. ET WAS J.D. Martin (2-3, 4.76) at CHC Rich Harden (8-7, 4.04)

8:10 p.m. ET BAL Jeremy Guthrie (8-12, 5.45) at MIN Nick Blackburn (8-8, 4.27)

8:15 p.m. ET HOU Roy Oswalt (7-4, 3.83) at STL Joel Pineiro (12-9, 3.15)

8:40 p.m. ET LA Randy Wolf (8-6, 3.34) at COL Josh Fogg (0-1, 2.25)

10:10 p.m. ET OAK Gio Gonzalez (4-4, 5.78) at SEA Lucas French (3-3, 3.83)

10:15 p.m. ET ARZ Doug Davis (7-11, 3.77) at SF Jonathan Sanchez (6-10, 4.30)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I forgot to post this earlier, but Entercom is getting back to what it should be doing with Red Sox broadcasts heading back to WEEI full-time starting Wednesday. It gives WEEI another bullet in the gun against 98.5 The Sports Hub and lets WRKO go back to being a news station.

Here's the release from WEEI, who made the announcement during the Big Show earlier today -

Red Sox Radio Broadcasts Return to WEEI

August 25, 2009 (Boston)
— Entercom New England announced today that, effective with the team’s game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday evening, August 26th, all future Boston Red Sox games will be carried on WEEI 850 AM in Boston, the flagship station of the WEEI Sports Radio Network.

From 1995 to 2006, Red Sox games were carried exclusively on WEEI. In 2006, the games were shifted to Entercom sister station WRKO AM 680.

“We have a tremendously close partnership with the Red Sox, and are very excited to bring them back to WEEI,” said Jason Wolfe, Entercom New England’s Vice President of AM Programming. “This move will add consistency to our lineup, whereby all of our sports assets will be consolidated in the same place. There’s no better compliment to the Boston Celtics, Patriots Monday and Patriots Friday, Sunday Night and Monday Night NFL football, the Super Bowl and NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, than adding Red Sox baseball back to nation’s biggest sports radio station.”

Added Julie Kahn, Entercom New England Market Manager/VP: “We’re delighted to bring the Red Sox back to their original home on WEEI. The Red Sox and WEEI have a long history together and it’s a partnership that’s a win for all – WEEI, the Sox and the Boston sports fans.”

“Our partnership with Entercom ensures that Red Sox fans know where to go for the best, most compelling sports news and features on radio,” said Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino. “Today’s announcement marks a return home for us, and now all of Red Sox Nation will know they can turn to WEEI to catch every Red Sox game all season long.”

WEEI is the nation’s highest rated sports radio station, a three time Marconi Award Winner, and home to Dennis and Callahan, Dale and Holley, The Big Show with Glenn Ordway and Planet Mikey with Mike Adams. The WEEI sports radio network includes the following stations:

WEEI-850 AM Boston, MA
WEII-96.3 FM Cape Cod, MA
WEEI-103.7 FM Providence, RI
WVEI-105.5 FM Springfield, MA
WVEI-1440 AM Worcester, MA
WPEI 95.9 FM Portland, ME
WEEY-93.5 FM Keene, NH
WAEI-AM-910 AM / WAEI 97.1 FM Bangor, ME

Entercom is one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasters with operations, pro forma for pending acquisitions, in San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Sacramento, Cincinnati, Portland, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Austin, Norfolk, Buffalo, New Orleans, Providence, Memphis, Greensboro, Rochester, Greenville/Spartanburg, Madison, Wichita, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Springfield and Gainesville/Ocala.

CBS sets announcers for NFL Season

CBS gets its NFL season kicked off with a pair of games this weekend (Pats/Skins on Friday and Chargers/Falcons on Saturday) and with it comes the official announcement of the network's announcing teams. We've got them for you...

CBS SPORTS – HOME OF SUPER BOWL XLIV AND CELEBRATING 50TH YEAR OF NFL BROADCASTING – ANNOUNCES BROADCAST PAIRINGS FOR 2009 NFL SEASON

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms Lead as No. 1 NFL ON CBS Announce Team In CBS Television Network’s 50th Season Covering NFL

THE NFL TODAY Returns James Brown, Dan Marino, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe To Studio


The CBS Television Network, the home of Super Bowl XLIV, begins its Golden Anniversary 50th year of broadcasting the NFL on Sunday, Sept. 13 (12:00 Noon-4:00 PM, ET) as Jim Nantz and Phil Simms lead THE NFL ON CBS into the Network’s 2009 NFL season.

James Brown anchors the CBS Television Network’s hour-long pre-game studio show, THE NFL TODAY, along with analysts Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher and Shannon Sharpe from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. Charley Casserly serves as THE NFL TODAY’s “General Manager,” while Lesley Visser and Sam Ryan serve as reporters for the show. This season marks the 42nd year of THE NFL TODAY on the CBS Television Network.

THE NFL ON CBS announce team is solidified as the deepest in sports television as Greg Gumbel once again calls games alongside Dan Dierdorf; Dick Enberg teams with Dan Fouts; and Kevin Harlan teams with Solomon Wilcots.

Other notes of interest this year include Ian Eagle teaming with Rich Gannon; Gus Johnson pairing with Steve Tasker; Don Criqui and Randy Cross, and Bill Macatee with Steve Beuerlein.

CBS Sports’ complete roster of announce teams for its 50th year of NFL coverage was announced today by Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports, and Executive Producer, THE NFL ON CBS.


Following are the Network’s NFL announcer pairings for the 2009 season (play-by-play/analyst):

Jim Nantz//Phil Simms

Greg Gumbel//Dan Dierdorf

Dick Enberg//Dan Fouts

Kevin Harlan//Solomon Wilcots

Ian Eagle//Rich Gannon

Gus Johnson//Steve Tasker

Don Criqui//Randy Cross

Bill Macatee//Steve Beuerlein


Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer for THE NFL ON CBS, and Michael Arnold is the lead game director. Eric Mann is senior producer for THE NFL TODAY, while Bob Matina directs. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

McManus serves as executive producer for THE NFL ON CBS.

Andy Roddick visits David Letterman Thursday

From CBS -

TENNIS STAR ANDY RODDICK TO VISIT CBS’s “LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN,” THURSDAY, AUG. 27

Roddick, in His First Late Night Talk Show Interview Since Wimbledon, Will Also Participate in Outdoor Tennis Demonstration During the Broadcast

NEW YORK, Aug. 25
— Tennis star Andy Roddick will visit the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Thursday, Aug. 27 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Roddick, who will be competing in the 2009 U.S. Open Tennis Championships at Flushing Meadows, N.Y., will also participate in a tennis demonstration outside the Ed Sullivan Theater during the broadcast. This will be his first late night talk show interview since his epic match in July against Roger Federer in the Wimbledon men’s final and will mark his second visit to the LATE SHOW. He last appeared on the broadcast Sept. 8, 2003, after winning the 2003 U.S. Open Tennis Men’s title. CBS Sports’ coverage of this year’s U.S. Open Tennis Championships begins Monday, Aug. 31.

Also visiting the LATE SHOW Thursday will be talk show host and chef Rachael Ray and musical guests Mute Math. The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Barbara Gaines, Matt Roberts, Jude Brennan, Maria Pope and Rob Burnett are the executive producers.

Faith Hill back for Sunday Night Football

The lovely Faith Hill is back to fill our Sunday Night Football evenings on NBC.

FAITH HILL PERFORMS "SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL" OPENING THEME ... AGAIN

Grammy Award-Winning Artist Records NBC "Sunday Night Football" Opening Theme "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night" for Third Season


NEW YORK - August 25, 2009
- NBC Sports will again feature five-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Faith Hill performing the opening theme for NBC "Sunday Night Football," "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night."

Hill's "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" debuts this season on Sunday, Sept. 13, the first "Sunday Night Football" broadcast of 2009 featuring the oldest rivalry in the NFL as the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears in the debut of new Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. The opening theme will continue weekly, kicking off "Sunday Night Football" throughout the NFL season on NBC.

"It really is an honor to be asked back to do the Sunday Night Football open again," said Faith. "It's been fun to film and everyone at NBC has made me feel like a part of their family. I'm looking forward to the season."

"Faith Hill singing 'Waiting All Day for Sunday Night' is a signature of Sunday Night Football," said Fred Gaudelli, "NBC Sunday Night Football" producer. "We are thrilled to have one of America's most popular recording stars back with NBC for a third season."

Hill has sold 30 million records worldwide and topped the charts with 11 No. 1 singles and 20 No. 1 videos throughout her 15-year career. Her last three studio album releases, 1999's BREATHE, 2002's CRY and 2005's FIREFLIES all debuted consecutively at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Pop Album Chart and Country Chart, making her the only female artist ever to accomplish this feat.

"Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" is set to the original Joan Jett song, "I Hate Myself for Loving You." She recorded the track with her longtime producer Byron Gallimore at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tenn. The video was shot at Universal Orlando Resort.

Hill has established herself as one of the music industry's top vocalists, with a voice that is as powerful as it is recognizable. She is the first musical artist to return as the featured performer of an NFL open since Hank Williams, Jr.

In addition to Hill, Grammy Award-winning poetic pioneer, J. Ivy, participates in the "Sunday Night Football" open by introducing each open with an original spoken word piece unique to each SNF game. J. Ivy is one of the original poets to participate in HBO's Russell Simmons Def Poetry Series and won a Grammy Award for his participation on Kanye West's "College Dropout" album. J. Ivy has also performed voiceovers for HBO's "Costas Now," "HBO Boxing," the FedEx Orange Bowl and the NBA Finals, among others.

Mayweather/Marquez 24/7 Debuts on HBO

From HBO Sports -

HBO SPORTS’ ALL-ACCESS SERIES MAYWEATHER/MARQUEZ 24/7 DEBUTS AUG. 29, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

HBO Sports’ Emmy®-winning “24/7” reality franchise returns with MAYWEATHER/MARQUEZ 24/7, a four-episode, all-access series debuting SATURDAY, AUG. 29 (10:15-10:45 p.m. ET/PT). Episodes two and three debut on subsequent Saturdays – SEPT. 5 (10:00-10:30 p.m.) and 12 (10:00-10:30 p.m.) – while the finale debuts FRIDAY, SEPT. 18 (9:30-10:00 p.m.), just one night before the Sept. 19 pay-per-view showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand.

Episode #1

Debut: SATURDAY, AUG. 29 (10:15-10:45 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Aug. 29 (2:50 a.m.), 30 (10:00 a.m., 8:15 p.m.) and 31 (10:00 a.m., 12:45 a.m.), and Sept. 1 (12:30 a.m.), 2 (11:15 a.m., 8:30 p.m.), 3 (7:30 p.m.), 5 (10:45 a.m.), 12 (10:00 a.m.), 18 (8:00 p.m.) and 19 (11:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Sept 4 (midnight), 17 (1:15 a.m.), 18 (12:30 a.m.) and 19 (3:00 p.m.)

HBO On Demand availability begins: Aug. 31

Undefeated Floyd Mayweather (39-0, 25 KOs) blazes through training camp in Las Vegas after nearly two years away from the ring, while Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs) conducts his regimented training in the familiar confines of Mexico City, Mexico.



On Saturday, Sept. 19 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)/6:00 p.m. (PT), HBO Pay-Per-View presents “Mayweather vs. Marquez,” live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The “24/7” franchise earned three Sports Emmys® in 2008 and four in 2009, one for “De La Hoya/Pacquiao 24/7” and three for “Calzaghe/Jones 24/7.” MAYWEATHER/MARQUEZ 24/7 is the sixth installment of the franchise.

The executive producers of MAYWEATHER/MARQUEZ 24/7 are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; producers, Abtin Motia and Thomas Odelfelt; coordinating producer, Dave Harmon; writer, Aaron Cohen. Liev Schreiber narrates.

Tuesday MLB Pitching Probables

7:05 p.m. ET TEX Kevin Millwood (9-8, 3.48) at NYY Joba Chamberlain (8-3, 3.98)

7:05 p.m. ET PHI Joe Blanton (8-6, 3.86) at PIT Ross Ohlendorf (11-8, 4.15)

7:07 p.m. ET TB James Shields (7-10, 3.81) at TOR Brett Cecil (5-2, 4.58)

7:10 p.m. ET CWS Freddy Garcia (0-1, 10.38) at BOS Jon Lester (10-7, 3.58)

7:10 p.m. ET SD Mat Latos (4-3, 4.82) at ATL Jair Jurrjens (10-8, 2.99)

7:10 p.m. ET NYM Johan Santana (13-9, 3.13) at FLA Sean West (4-5, 4.70)

8:05 p.m. ET CIN Bronson Arroyo (11-12, 4.56) at MLW Jeff Suppan (5-8, 5.27)

8:05 p.m. ET WAS Garrett Mock (2-5, 5.10) at CHC Carlos Zambrano (7-4, 3.35)

8:10 p.m. ET CLE Justin Masterson (4-4, 4.36) at KC Zack Greinke (11-8, 2.44)

8:10 p.m. ET BAL Brian Matusz (2-2, 6.75) at MIN Armando Gabino (0-0, 0.00)

8:15 p.m. ET HOU Wandy Rodriguez (12-7, 2.89) at STL Adam Wainwright (14-7, 2.61)

8:40 p.m. ET LA Clayton Kershaw (8-7, 2.96) at COL Jason Hammel (8-7, 4.54)

10:05 p.m. ET DET Jarrod Washburn (8-7, 3.18) at ANA John Lackey (8-6, 4.00)

10:10 p.m. ET OAK Brett Anderson (7-9, 4.51) at SEA Ryan Rowland-Smith (2-1, 4.24)

10:15 p.m. ET ARZ Dan Haren (12-8, 2.74) at SF Matt Cain (12-4, 2.43)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Kevin Millar joins Kenny Chesney on stage in Toronto!

One of our favorite country singers, Kenny Chesney, teamed up with one of our favorite baseball players, Kevin Millar, recently in Toronto.

Kenny usually doesn't do "Old Blue Chair" on this tour, but decided to do it after hearing Millar sing it and saying that it was one of the worst renditions ever! So, of course, on to the stage saunters Millar to join his country co-hort. Yes, the two are friends.

Here's the clip from You Tube.



Makes you miss Mr. Millar on the Sox doesn't it!

John Smoltz clears the air on Dan Patrick Show

If you're not listening to the Dan Patrick Show on a daily basis, you should!

Monday, it's another reason why as DP talks to former Red Sox and current Cards pitcher John Smoltz. Smoltz tells Dan exactly why he was so good Sunday for the Cards and why he wasn't so good in Boston.

Listen to it here from DP's official website.

Tuesday, Peyton Manning is in da DP house!

WWE RAW tonight - WWE new network?

Floyd Mayweather is your special guest host on tonight's WWE Monday Night RAW live from Las Vegas! It's the Monday after Summerslam so expect lots of new action to be on tap, plus some kind of explanation for the three-start that was Randy Orton keeping his title last night against John Cena.

Also, you can expect Jeff Hardy tonight on RAW tonight as he winds down what could be his final week in the WWE.

Meanwhile, could Vince McMahon own his own network? The LA Times says it could happen within two years.

CBS starts its NFL season!



CBS has not one, but two NFL games this weekend on this, their 50th year of NFL Football!

CBS SPORTS KICKS OFF 2009 NFL PRESEASON SCHEDULE WITH WEEKEND GAMES

THE NFL ON CBS Preseason Schedule Kicks Off with New England Patriots Visiting Washington Redskins Live in Prime Time on Friday, August 28

San Diego Chargers Take On Atlanta Falcons for THE NFL ON CBS’s Second Preseason Game Following Night on August 29 on CBS Television Network

The CBS Television Network, home of Super Bowl XLIV, begins its 50th year broadcasting the NFL with two preseason games during the 2009 season.


The preseason schedule for THE NFL ON CBS begins on Friday, Aug. 28 (8:00 PM, ET) when the New England Patriots take on the Washington Redskins live in prime time from FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on the CBS Television Network. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms call the action. Lance Barrow produces and Mike Arnold directs.

THE NFL ON CBS concludes it two-game preseason schedule the following night as the San Diego Chargers play the Atlanta Falcons live in prime time on Saturday, Aug. 29 (8:00 PM, ET). Greg Gumbel and Dan Fouts call the game from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. Mark Wolff produces and Bob Fishman directs.

Monday MLB Pitching Probables

1:10 p.m. ET PHI Cliff Lee (11-9, 2.72) at NYM Bobby Parnell (3-5, 4.74)

4:35 p.m. ET MLW Yovani Gallardo (11-10, 3.56) at WAS Collin Balester (1-3, 6.75)

7:07 p.m. ET TB Jeff Niemann (11-5, 3.71) at TOR Roy Halladay (13-6, 2.78)

7:10 p.m. ET CWS Jose Contreras (5-11, 5.13) at BOS Clay Buchholz (2-3, 3.99)

8:10 p.m. ET CLE Jeremy Sowers (4-9, 4.82) at KC Gil Meche (6-9, 4.73)

8:10 p.m. ET BAL Chris Tillman (1-1, 4.80) at MIN Scott Baker (11-7, 4.62)

8:40 p.m. ET SF Barry Zito (8-11, 4.26) at COL Jason Marquis (14-8, 3.58)

10:05 p.m. ET DET Justin Verlander (13-7, 3.29) at ANA Jered Weaver (13-4, 3.89)

10:10 p.m. ET OAK Vince Mazzaro (4-8, 5.31) at SEA Ian Snell (3-9, 5.60)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pigskin Pickem Contest



Don't forget to sign up for the Pigskin Pickem Contest being run on my day job's website - YourProv.com!

Here's the link for you -

http://yourprov.profootball.upickem.net/profootball/registration/login.asp

It's your chance to pick every pro football game this season and win great prizes like a $1500 gift card from Amazon.com. Plus, you can set up your own private groups to play against your family and friends!

Summerslam Remembered

Here's a goody but oldy from Summerslam past. It's the Elimination Chamber from 2003 featuring Triple H, Goldberg, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, Kevin Nash and Shawn Michaels. Triple H walks away with the gold in this one.





Enjoy!

WWE Summerslam PPV Predictions

Expect lots of surprises tonight at Summerslam for the WWE PPV in Los Angeles! Nancy O'Dell from Access Hollywood has already said she will be a part with the Divas, but I expect much more as this one's a major PPV for the WWE.

With that having been said, we'll predict tonight's card as we see it now -

MVP vs. Jack Swagger
Swagger already has a clean win on RAW in this feud. I like him to go over again as they continue to build Swagger up to a nice little push into a US Title run down the road.
Winner: Jack Swagger

Kane vs. The Great Khali
Honestly, this is the match I really don't care about on the card. Hopefully, they keep it short with Kane coming out of top.
Winner: Kane

DX vs. Legacy
You'd like to see this feud continue for awhile with others being thrown in so that we could get a nice Survivor Series match going in November. I know, that's asking a lot! Since Legacy got the better of DX Monday night, expect Triple H and HBK to get the duke tonight.
Winner: DX

WWE Unified Tag Team Title Match: Chris Jericho and The Big Show vs. Cryme Tyme
At least they've made Cryme Tyme believable. But, it's Jericho and The Big Show you want on every show.
Winner: Jericho and Show

WWE IC Title Match: Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler
I thought Ziggler would go over last month, so I'm not changing my mind here. Ziggler gets a win to help the push.
Winner: New I-C Champ Dolph Ziggler

ECW Title Match: Christian vs. William Regal
Look for Regal's new stable of Kozlov and Ezekiel to get involved to make it a messy finish. Christian keeps the title but Regal gets a rematch at next month's submission PPV - Breaking Point.
Winner: Christian

WWE Title Match: Randy Orton vs. John Cena
The Champ is Here! Yes, it's Cena time again in the WWE! Orton has survived too long and it's time for him to become a challenger again.
Winner: New WWE Champ John Cena

World Title TLC Match: Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk
Unless there's a swerve coming, this is Jeff Hardy's last week in the WWE as he's not renewing his contract (we think). So, we get a match of the year candidate in this one and we get CM Punk becoming a 3-time champ. Could we get a Matt Hardy run-in this one? Maybe all that love the last two weeks was a sham and he'll cost his brother the title once more.
Winner: New World Champion CM Punk

Sunday's MLB Pitching Probables

1:05 p.m. ET SEA Felix Hernandez (12-4, 2.66) at CLE Fausto Carmona (2-8, 6.31)

1:07 p.m. ET ANA Trevor Bell (1-0, 5.91) at TOR Ricky Romero (10-5, 3.95)

1:10 p.m. ET PHI Pedro Martinez (1-0, 4.50) at NYM Oliver Perez (3-3, 6.06)

1:35 p.m. ET FLA Ricky Nolasco (9-8, 5.22) at ATL Derek Lowe (12-8, 4.45)

1:35 p.m. ET MLW Manny Parra (8-9, 6.33) at WAS Craig Stammen (3-6, 5.13)

1:35 p.m. ET CIN Homer Bailey (2-4, 7.53) at PIT Kevin Hart (4-2, 4.00)

1:38 p.m. ET TEX Scott Feldman (12-4, 4.06) at TB David Price (6-5, 5.03)

2:05 p.m. ET BAL Jason T. Berken (2-11, 6.72) at CWS Mark Buehrle (11-6, 3.78)

2:05 p.m. ET ARZ Jon Garland (6-11, 4.42) at HOU Bud Norris (3-1, 4.05)

2:10 p.m. ET MIN Carl Pavano (10-9, 5.32) at KC Brian Bannister (7-9, 4.44)

3:10 p.m. ET SF Tim Lincecum (12-3, 2.37) at COL Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9, 3.41)

4:05 p.m. ET DET Rick Porcello (10-7, 4.21) at OAK Brett Tomko (2-2, 4.21)

4:05 p.m. ET STL John Smoltz (2-5, 8.33) at SD Cesar Carrillo (1-1, 11.88)

4:10 p.m. ET CHC Ryan Dempster (6-7, 4.28) at LA Chad Billingsley (12-6, 3.70)

8:05 p.m. ET NYY CC Sabathia (14-7, 3.58) at BOS Josh Beckett (14-4, 3.38)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

True Blood Preview

A big Sunday night ahead for True Blood on HBO. It's a war ahead in episode 10 of True Blood -



9pm on HBO!

Dolphins players test positive for swine flu

According to Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald, at least two (and maybe three) Dolphins have tested positive for the swine flu.

There's no reported panic in South Florida, just telling players to keep clean.

The Dolphins host the Panthers in Miami tonight.

Saturday MLB Pitching Probables

1:07 p.m. ET ANA Ervin Santana (6-6, 6.25) at TOR Scott Richmond (6-6, 4.01)

4:10 p.m. ET NYY A.J. Burnett (10-6, 3.69) at BOS Junichi Tazawa (1-2, 5.40)

4:10 p.m. ET CHC Ted Lilly (9-7, 3.42) at LA Charlie Haeger (0-1, 3.86)

7:05 p.m. ET BAL David Hernandez (4-5, 4.20) at CWS John Danks (10-8, 3.96)

7:05 p.m. ET SEA Doug Fister (1-0, 1.93) at CLE Aaron Laffey (7-3, 3.38)

7:05 p.m. ET ARZ Max Scherzer (7-7, 4.00) at HOU Brian Moehler (7-9, 5.40)

7:05 p.m. ET MLW Mike Burns (3-4, 5.36) at WAS John Lannan (8-9, 3.68)

7:05 p.m. ET CIN Justin Lehr (2-0, 2.42) at PIT Zach Duke (9-11, 3.42)

7:08 p.m. ET TEX Tommy Hunter (6-2, 2.64) at TB Matt Garza (7-8, 3.73)

7:10 p.m. ET MIN Brian Duensing (0-1, 5.09) at KC Kyle Davies (4-8, 5.92)

7:10 p.m. ET FLA Chris Volstad (9-9, 4.61) at ATL Tommy Hanson (8-2, 3.05)

7:10 p.m. ET PHI J.A. Happ (9-2, 2.66) at NYM Tim Redding (1-4, 6.53)

8:10 p.m. ET SF Joe Martinez (3-1, 4.76) at COL Jorge De La Rosa (11-8, 4.58)

9:05 p.m. ET DET Armando Galarraga (6-10, 5.16) at OAK Trevor Cahill (6-12, 4.97)

10:05 p.m. ET STL Chris Carpenter (13-3, 2.27) at SD Kevin Correia (8-9, 4.32)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Tim Wakefield pitches at McCoy Stadium

Tim Wakefield hit the mound at McCoy Stadium Friday night for another rehab stint with the Pawsox. Here are some early highlights from us while we stood in centerfield. We only stayed a couple of innings since the little one, my 2-year old daughter Abbie had bedtime fast approaching. Wakey had a couple of K's and surrendered a mammoth home run to Justin Huber while were there.

Yes, feel free to make funny of the shakiness, but after all, it is Shaky Wakey, right!

Strikeout



Huber Home Run



Strikeout



Groundout



Through five, Wakefield gave up two hits, one run and struck out three.

UPDATE (9pm) - Wakey's night is over - 5 2/3 IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 4K and leaves with a 2-1 lead.

Here's more pictures too from my daughter Abbie's website!

Nancy O'Dell to appear on WWE RAW

The lovely and sexy Nancy O'Dell will be appearing soon on WWE Monday Night RAW as a special guest host to help promote awareness for Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Here's more from her on a recent Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel -



This Monday night on RAW, it's Floyd Mayweather as special guest host.

Ocho Cinqo kicks Bengals past Pats

Yes, it's true! Chad Ocho Cinqo hit the game winner in the 1st half as his PAT was the difference in the Bengals 7-6 win over the Patriots in Foxboro Thursday night.

Don't believe me? Well, watch for yourself, courtesy of the NFL Network.



Can't wait to see Hard Knocks on HBO this upcoming week for more on this one!

Enjoy!

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

7:05 p.m. ET SEA Lucas French (2-3, 3.74) at CLE David Huff (7-6, 6.55)

7:05 p.m. ET MLW Braden Looper (10-6, 5.03) at WAS J.D. Martin (2-2, 4.61)

7:05 p.m. ET CIN Micah Owings (6-11, 5.35) at PIT Charlie Morton (2-6, 5.51)

7:07 p.m. ET ANA Sean O'Sullivan (3-1, 5.91) at TOR Marc Rzepczynski (1-3, 3.98)

7:10 p.m. ET NYY Andy Pettitte (9-6, 4.09) at BOS Brad Penny (7-7, 5.22)

7:10 p.m. ET PHI Cole Hamels (7-7, 4.69) at NYM Mike Pelfrey (8-8, 4.75)

7:35 p.m. ET FLA Anibal Sanchez (1-4, 5.55) at ATL Javier Vazquez (10-8, 2.99)

7:38 p.m. ET TEX Dustin Nippert (4-1, 3.52) at TB Scott Kazmir (7-7, 6.36)

8:05 p.m. ET ARZ Yusmeiro Petit (2-7, 6.47) at HOU Roy Oswalt (6-4, 4.01)

8:10 p.m. ET MIN Nick Blackburn (8-8, 4.29) at KC Luke Hochevar (6-6, 5.73)

8:11 p.m. ET BAL Jeremy Guthrie (7-12, 5.66) at CWS Gavin Floyd (10-7, 3.94)

9:10 p.m. ET SF Jonathan Sanchez (5-10, 4.49) at COL Aaron Cook (10-5, 4.31)

10:05 p.m. ET DET Edwin Jackson (9-5, 2.85) at OAK Gio Gonzalez (4-3, 5.88)

10:05 p.m. ET STL Kyle Lohse (5-7, 4.58) at SD Clayton Richard (6-3, 4.66)

10:10 p.m. ET CHC Randy Wells (9-5, 3.01) at LA Randy Wolf (7-6, 3.43)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A non-Tiger weekend for CBS Sports

From CBS Sports -

CBS SPORTS BROADCASTS PGA TOUR'S FINAL REGULAR-SEASON EVENT AT WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP ON AUGUST 22-23

The final run to the PGA TOUR playoffs for the FedExCup is this weekend at the WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP, the last event of the PGA TOUR’s regular-season, as CBS Sports broadcasts third- and final-round coverage of the Wyndham Championship from Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday, Aug. 22 (2:00-5:00 PM, ET) and Sunday, Aug. 23 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET), live on the CBS Television Network.

Bill Macatee and Ian Baker-Finch provide commentary from the 18th tower. Peter Oosterhuis calls the action at the 17th hole, Peter Kostis at the 16th, and David Feherty and Bobby Clampett serve as on-course reporters.

After the 2008 season the PGA TOUR made changes made to the FedEx Cup and reduced the field size for The Barclays from 144 to 125, placing a premium on a top finish at the Wyndam Championship for players on the bubble looking to earn a spot in The Barclays. The 70th playing of the Wyndham Championship has a strong field of 156 players looking to boost their Playoff position for the FedExCup including Lucas Glover, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Davis Love III and Fred Couples. Scott (No. 111) and Garcia (No. 115) will play in the Wyndam Championship for the first time since 2005 as they hope to end their season with strong runs to the Playoffs. Notables outside the top 125 include Carl Pettersson (No. 151, who is defending his title this week, Stuart Appleby (No.138), Ricky Barnes (No. 141), Rocco Mediate (No. 143) and David Duval (No. 149). In addition Tim Clark, K.J. Choi, Rich Beem, Justin Rose, Chris DiMarco, Scott McCarron, Charley Hoffman, Charles Howell III, Brian Davis, Steve Elkington, Bubba Watson, Kirk Triplett, Tom Pernice, Jr., Brandt Snedeker, Mark Calcavecchia and John Daly are among those competing at the Wyndam Championship.

fter the Wyndam Championship, the top 125 point earners will make the field at THE BARCLAYS, the first of the four PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoff tournaments. CBS Sports will broadcast the third- and final rounds of The Barclays on Saturday, Aug. 29 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET) and Sunday, Aug. 30 (2:00-6:00 PM, ET), live from Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.

NBC brings back Sunday Night Football Extra

Good news for Sunday Night Football Fans -

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL EXTRA RETURNS FOR 2009

TO BE STREAMED LIVE AT NFL.COM & NBCSPORTS.COM

Full HD-quality player will set a new benchmark for live-streaming video

NEW YORK - August 20, 2009
- For the second straight season, the 17-game Sunday Night Football schedule will be available to fans on NBC Sports as well as streamed live on NBCSports.com and NFL.com, the NFL and NBC announced today.

The live coverage on NBCSports.com and NFL.com will once again come from NBC Sports' broadcast of Sunday Night Football plus four additional camera angles and several new interactive features. Sunday Night Football Extra will employ a full HD-quality player using Microsoft Silverlight and Smooth Streaming that will help set new benchmarks for live streaming video cross-platform. The video player, the highest quality yet, will include full DVR and functionality allowing the user to pause and scroll back-and-forth even review plays in "slo-mo" -- all while watching live video.

Sunday Night Football Extra will include expert analysis, including fantasy tips as well as in-game chats answering questions and breaking down the big news of the day. Additionally Sunday Night Football Extra will employ social networking and interactive chat from NBC Sports talent as well as in-game studio updates from the NBC Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America teams.

Sunday Night Football Extra will debut with NFL Kickoff 2009 on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 8:00 PM ET (Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers). NBCSports.com and NFL.com will feature the broadcast from NBC's Sunday Night Football team: AL MICHAELS (play-by-play), CRIS COLLINSWORTH (analyst) and ANDREA KREMER (sideline reporter).

MLB on TBS and MLB Network

A couple of MLB releases to wet your Thursday appetite -

MLB Postseason Hopefuls Square off on “Sunday MLB on TBS”

Texas Rangers visit the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:30 p.m. ET


“Sunday MLB on TBS” continues on Sunday, August 23 at 1:30 p.m. (ET) with a match-up of postseason contenders featuring Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays hosting Michael Young and the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field. The Rangers probable starting pitcher Scott Feldman is scheduled to take the mound against David Price of the Rays. Chip Caray (play-by-play) and Buck Martinez (analyst) will be in the booth to call the action.

Sunday MLB on TBS includes match-ups on TBS every Sunday afternoon throughout the regular season. In October TBS will once again provide exclusive coverage of the Division Series and the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

TBS has broadcast MLB coverage for more than 30 years serving as the exclusive home of the MLB Division Series (DS) and one League Championship Series (LCS) since 2007 and home of Atlanta Braves coverage from 1977 to 2007.

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS SCHEDULE:
Sun., August 23
1:30 p.m. Texas Rangers @ Tampa Bay Rays
Announcers: Chip Caray (play-by-play) and Buck Martinez (analyst)

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Sun., August 30
1 p.m. Chicago White Sox @ New York Yankees
Announcers: Chip Caray (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst)


And from the MLB Network -

MLB NETWORK’S BOB COSTAS TO HOST Q&A WITH FORMER MLB PITCHER & BALL FOUR AUTHOR JIM BOUTON ON AUGUST 23

Interview to discuss Bouton’s MLB career and his memoir Ball Four


August 20, 2009 – MLB Network’s Studio 42 with Bob Costas will host a conversation with former Major League pitcher and author Jim Bouton on Sunday, August 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. Throughout the interview, Bouton discusses his MLB career as well as his relationship with Mickey Mantle, his reason for writing the controversial memoir Ball Four, the reception the book received and what led to his return to Yankee Stadium for Old Timers’ Day in 1998.

Highlights of the interview include:

ON WHY BOUTON WROTE BALL FOUR

I really wanted to share the fun in baseball. That was my purpose for writing it. It wasn't really a tell-all book. I didn't have racial comments, all the sexy stories are anonymous. It really was a great environment to be part of, a Major League Baseball team. I got lucky, I was with the right bunch of guys and I kept good notes.

ON WHY BALL FOUR CONNECTED WITH PEOPLE IN 1970

It was a time in our history where people were questioning things, questioning authority, doing things in different ways. You had the Vietnam War, you had men landing on the moon that year, and it [the Seattle Pilots] was a wonderful team. It was an expansion team, the Seattle Pilots. These guys were getting to know each other because they haven't played with each other. They were always telling stories about their careers and I was sitting there with my notepad.

ON THE WAY MICKEY MANTLE IS DEPICTED IN BALL FOUR

I don't think it makes Mickey Mantle look bad at all. He hit a home run with a hangover. It was more a story about what a great ball player he was than about what an awful thing it was.

ON RETURNING TO YANKEE STADIUM FOR OLD TIMERS’ DAY IN 1998

I got into the clubhouse and the players were great. It was a really good feeling. I spent so much time in the clubhouse that I got onto the field late. I didn't get a chance to run around the field and get that feeling. But it was some day.

Prior to the interview, MLB Network will re-air episodes of Studio 42 with Bob Costas featuring Major League Baseball umpires Don Denkinger, Bruce Froemming and Steve Palermo at 3:00 p.m. ET and Cal Ripken Jr. at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fans get bigger say in Aaron Award winner

From MLB -

FANS GIVEN LARGER ROLE IN VOTING PROCESS FOR 2009 SHARP PRESENTS THE HANK AARON AWARD

Award Recognizes Most Outstanding Offensive Performers in Each League as Chosen by the Fans


Major League Baseball Properties, MLB Advanced Media and Sharp Electronics Corporation today announced a new fan balloting process to select the winners of the 2009 Sharp presents the Hank Aaron Award. This is the seventh consecutive year that Major League Baseball fans will have a voice in selecting the award winners, but this year the fans will have an even greater role in the voting process.

Voting will take place exclusively at MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball. The Sharp Presents the Hank Aaron Award, officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball, recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each League.
In recent years, fans voted for the winners among a small list of finalists; this year, fans will have a larger voice in the vote by selecting both the finalists and the ultimate winners of the award. Beginning today and continuing through September 15, fans will have the opportunity to select one finalist out of three nominees from each MLB Club. Once those 30 finalists have been selected fans will be able to vote for one American League and one National League winner, from September 16 through September 30. The winners of the 2009 Sharp presents the Hank Aaron Award will be announced during a press conference prior to Game 4 of the 2009 World Series.

In addition to voting, fans can also enter the Sharp MLB Hank Aaron Award sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for four to the 2009 World Series, including access to be on the field during the award ceremony and the press conference. The Sharp presents the Hank Aaron Award will be supported through a promotional campaign, which will include in-stadium announcements and online advertising.

“For the last ten years, Major League Baseball has paid tribute to the spectacular career of one of our greatest players, Hank Aaron, through the Sharp presents the Hank Aaron Award,” said John Brody, Senior Vice President, Corporate Sales & Marketing, Major League Baseball Properties. “The new voting process will give our fans an even greater voice in selecting the best offensive players of the year.”

“We are excited to give fans more involvement in the selection of this award, with the expansion on the voting process for this important honor, said Judah Zeigler, associate vice president, Retail and Consumer Marketing, Sharp Electronics Corporation. “As presenting sponsor of this prestigious award, we look forward to the voting results as we recognize the most outstanding offensive performers in each league.”

Past winners of the Award include: Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa (1999); Carlos Delgado and Todd Helton (2000); Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds (2001, 2002); Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols (2003); Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds (2004); David Ortiz and Andruw Jones (2005); Derek Jeter and Ryan Howard (2006); Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder (2007); and Aramis Ramirez and Kevin Youklis (2008).

The Sharp Presents the Hank Aaron Award was introduced in 1999 to honor the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, and, at that time, was the first major award introduced by Major League Baseball in more than 25 years.

Sharp is in its third year of a multi-year sponsorship agreement, highlighted by Sharp AQUOS as the “Official High-Definition Television of Major League Baseball.” Sharp is also the presenting sponsor of the American and National League Player of the Month Awards.

NFL and NBC agree on two-year extension

Good news for Sunday Night Football fans on NBC! The Peacock has two more years of NFL in its future.

NFL & NBC ANNOUNCE TWO-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION

NEW YORK - August 19, 2009
- The National Football League and NBC Sports today announced a two-year extension of their broadcast partnership under which NBC will remain the home of "Sunday Night Football" for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. NFL clubs approved the extension at a league meeting today in Chicago.

The original six-year deal between NBC Sports and the NFL, which includes innovative flexible scheduling, started with the 2006 season and runs through the 2011 season. As with the original agreement, NBC will broadcast 16 regular season "Sunday Night Football" games, each season's "NFL Opening Kickoff" Thursday night primetime game, both Wild Card Saturday games and preseason games in primetime. The NFL will continue to provide flexible game scheduling over the final seven weeks of the regular season to ensure quality matchups and games with playoff implications.

"Sunday Night Football" is preceded each week at 7 p.m. ET by "Football Night in America," which provides comprehensive highlights and analysis of the day's events in the NFL, along with a preview of that night's "Sunday Night Football" contest.

NBC & THE NFL: NBC's long history with the NFL dates back 70 years to 1939 when NBC became the first network to televise an NFL game Philadelphia Eagles vs. Brooklyn Dodgers from Ebbets Field to the approximately 1,000 sets then in New York. NBC first broadcast the NFL Championship Game in 1955. In 1964, NBC signed a five-year contract to televise the AFL. NBC was awarded the AFC package in 1970, an association that would continue through the 1997-98 season. NBC televised the first Super Bowl in 1967, the historic New York Jets' upset of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in 1969, and this past February broadcast Super Bowl XLIII, the most-watched program in television history.