Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Entourage SPOILERS

From our friends over at TV Over Mind, we have your spoilers for this Sunday's finale of this season on Entourage (10:30pm on HBO).

If you don't want to see them, then don't look below the video, courtesy of HBO.com.



ENTOURAGE - OCTOBER EPISODE

Episode #78: “Give a Little Bit” (season finale)


Eric (Kevin Connelly) plans a special lunch for Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) that doesn’t go as smoothly as he hoped. Ari (Jeremy Piven) tries to convince his wife (Perrey Reeves) that buying Terrance’s (Malcolm McDowell) company is not a personal vendetta. After repeated attempts to get over Jamie-Lynn (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) decides to make a grand gesture to be with her. Resolving to give up acting for good, Drama (Kevin Dillon) turns down a chance to re-audition for “Melrose 2009.” Matt Damon, with help from Lebron James, strongarms Vince (Adrian Grenier) to get involved in his charity before Vince leaves for Italy.
Written by Doug Ellin & Ally Musika; directed by Mark Mylod

Inside the NFL Notes

From CBS / Showtime -

NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES FROM WEEK FOUR OF INSIDE THE NFL ON SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Sept. 30, 2009
) This week’s INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME – Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT features “Sapp Shots” and a look at the “new” worst team in the NFL.

Host James Brown anchors INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME with All-Pro NFL greats Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms and Warren Sapp serving as expert analysts. INSIDE THE NFL is being produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films with new episodes airing on SHOWTIME every Wednesday during the NFL season through February 10, 2010. Pete Radovich serves as coordinating producer. The executive producers are Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports, and NFL Films President Steve Sabol.

Following are excerpts transcribed from this week’s episode.

SAPP SHOTS

(Warren Sapp on Terrell Owens press conference after reporters tried to goad him into saying something about his teammates):


As we sit here and look at this, the goading that was going on, he was attempting to answer the questions in a fashion that was not going to throw someone under the bus. Because he realizes, I am on a one-year deal. It didn’t work that way in Dallas, it didn’t work that way in Philly or San Francisco, I have to be a better teammate. That is all the man is trying to do... you have to give him a little credit, fellas.

ON PHILADELPHIA QUATERBACK KEVIN KOLB

SIMMS
:…here’s a guy that’s set an NFL record in his first two starts, threw for over 300 yards. He looked so impressive and then I turn the TV on and on every single highlight show what was the first thing said about the Eagles game? ‘Well Michael Vick was 0-2 and ran for 7 yards. And oh, by the way Kevin Kolb did this.’ So I’m just going to give him some credit for a job well done...I think everything he’s done these two games have shown the Philadelphia Eagles and all fans that he is absolutely worthy of being a very capable backup and being the next guy in line...nobody said anything about him before the game.

SAPP: After the two weeks performance by Mr. Kolb we all know one thing. You might want to save that $100 running down there to get your Michael Vick jersey, and you might do something with that No. 5 and put that one on eBay in a year because this kid can play quarterback. It doesn’t look like the wildcat, going in and out, is bothering his rhythm. That would be the biggest question I have for the starting quarterback when he comes back. Can you find your rhythm? Well Mr. Kolb can with Vick going in and out playing wildcat. Why can’t Donovan?

“NEW” WORST TEAM IN THE NFL

COLLINSWORTH:
Let’s face it. Raheem (Morris) skipped a step. I think he’s a talented young coach but he went right from the secondary, he never was a defensive coordinator and went on to be head coach. Now we’re talking about guys like Mike Tomlin, Rex Ryan, great defensive coordinators, Jim Schwartz even. They came in and were effective…(On coaching by committee in Tampa): The ownership wants to maintain a little control over the whole thing. Josh Freeman had better be the answer. I know they’re going Josh Johnson first but they drafted him and right now when you look at this team, he better be the answer.

SAPP: You need a defense. That’s the one thing they’ve always had in Tampa was a defense. Now (Monte) Kiffin is gone, they give up 41 points a game, 400 yards...I’ll tell you what. They are playing a defense that I am unfamiliar with…

(On Cleveland being the Worst team in the League now that Detroit won):

Warren:
Why would you go to Cleveland if you were a free agent? Do you go there for the weather? The Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame? We know the fine system is totally screwed up.

SIMMS:…I look at the Cleveland Browns. Quarterback problems. They don’t have the skilled players. They let Kellen Winslow go, and they don’t have anyone that is hitting the quarterback on a consistent basis. It is hard to win.

(On Cleveland not naming starting quarterback until Wednesday):

SIMMS:
It takes away 50% of your power. Now it’s all just about physically delivering the goods. Because the quarterback, and I was taught this way by Bill Parcels, you’re the second most powerful person in the organization. The head coach has power, then the quarterback has the ability to influence all the other players by the way he works, the way he handles himself, the way he leads. And if he does that right, say he’s a hard worker just in the weight room, some free agent sees him, he works hard, maybe the free agent now runs down the kick-off team, makes the tackle and that’s the difference of winning or losing a football game...

(On the quarterback having that much power)

SAPP:
Yes he does, There are thee people on the football team you don’t bother with, the head coach, the quarterback and the kicker.

SIMMS: He does have a lot of power because to everybody it’s the position, what it means and believe me when I tell you, when things go wrong, those players in the locker room, who is the first player they’re going to blame? They’re going to blame the quarterback.

MLB & NFL on Fox Sports this weekend!

From Fox Sports -

FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES

Final FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK Features

Braves, Phillies & Twins Final Playoff Push

Rosenthal: Have The Phillies Gotten Tired?

Undefeated Manning Brothers Battle & Cowboys/Broncos Showdown Highlight NFL on FOX Doubleheader Slate

Billick: Give T.O. Credit for Handling Unprofessional Questions on Sunday

Moose: Redskins/Campbell’s Unsuccessful Season Result of Constant Change

FINAL FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK FOR 2009 HAS AN EYE ON THE POSTSEASON
– With the 2009 regular season drawing to a close, MLB on FOX spends its last Saturday (Oct. 3, 4:00 PM ET), wrapping up the final playoff participants. In Atlanta, Chipper Jones and the Braves try to close in on the Rockies for the NL Wild Card when they host the Nationals. Probable AL MVP Joe Mauer and the Twins try to finish chasing the Tigers down in the AL Central when they welcome Cy Young candidate Zack Greinke and the Royals to the Metrodome. Also, Ryan Howard and the defending champion Phillies prepare for the postseason in a matchup with the Marlins.

ROSENTHAL: HAVE THE PHILLES RUN OUT OF GAS? – FOXSports.com senior MLB writer and MLB on FOX reporter Ken Rosenthal is interested to see how the Phillies and pitcher Cole Hamels perform on Saturday when they face the Marlins. “The Phillies have many questions right now, Hamels being one of them. They’re trying to sort through their bullpen issues and are either bored or fatigued or both. Some of their hitters look tired.” said Rosenthal. “Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz have on-base percentages of .316 or below this September. A fifth, Jayson Werth, has tailed off slightly and Ryan Howard is cheating to get to fastballs inside, one scout says.” Is manager Charlie Manuel to blame for leaning on his veteran guys too heavily? Rosenthal notes that Utley, who is coming off hip surgery, has played in 153 games this season.

For more from Rosenthal on his postseason outlook, click here.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 3
Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves
Josh Lewin & Tim McCarver
Turner Field – Atlanta, GA

Probable Pitchers:
TBA vs. Jair Jurrjens, RHP (14-10, 2.61 ERA)

Florida Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies
Tom McCarthy & Mark Grace
Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA

Probable Pitchers:
Anibal Sanchez, RHP (3-8, 4.10 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels, LHP (10-10, 4.25 ERA)

Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins
Darren Sutton & Bert Blyleven
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome – Minneapolis, MN

Probable Pitchers:
Zack Greinke, RHP (16-89, 2.06 ERA) vs. TBA

*Please be advised that because of the playoff implications of the games on the schedule, market assignments will not to be announced until Thursday evening or Friday morning.

UNDEFEATED MANNING BROTHERS TAKE CENTERSTAGE, COWBOYS TRAVEL TO DENVER IN NFL ON FOX DOUBLEHEADER – The 2009 NFL on FOX campaign rolls into Week 4 on Sunday, Oct. 4 with doubleheader coverage of six exciting matchups—each presented in crystal clear HD. At 1:00 PM ET, Eli Manning and the smashmouth Giants look to continue their winning ways in Kansas City as they take on the Chiefs. In Indianapolis, Eli’s brother Peyton has had a sizzling start to his 2009 season. The elder Manning leads the 3-0 Colts against the Seahawks. Coming off their first win since 2007, Matthew Stafford and the Lions hope to make it two in a row against Jay Cutler and the Bears. Also at 1:00, the Redskins host the Bucs. For most of the nation, the second game of FOX’s doubleheader features Tony Romo and the Cowboys in Denver facing Josh McDaniels’ Broncos. The rest of the country will get the Rams at the 49ers.

Coverage begins at 12:00 PM ET with America’s most-watched pregame show, FOX NFL SUNDAY. Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee co-host the Emmy Award-winning program and are joined by analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson. The crew is joined by NFL Insider Jay Glazer who presents the latest league news and scoops in the FOX NFL SUNDAY studio and comedic prognosticator Frank Caliendo contributes his weekly “Frank’s Picks” segment. In this week’s show, reporter Pam Oliver sits down with new Bears QB Jay Cutler to discuss his crazy offseason. During their discussion, Oliver and Cutler look into his rough start and subsequent turnaround so far this season. For instant updates during the week and games from the entire NFL on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NFLONFOX.

Fans can gain more access to exclusive FOX Sports content by logging on to www.facebook.com/foxsports and www.myspace.com/foxsports.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 4
1:00pm starts
New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs (37% of nation)
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston & Tony Siragusa
Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Albuquerque, Austin, Buffalo, Dallas, Denver, Hartford, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, New York, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Providence, San Antonio, Tulsa, West Palm Beach

Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts (28% nation)
Dick Stockton, Charles Davis & Chris Myers
Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN

MARKETS INCLUDE
: Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Greenville, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Louisville, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears (17% of nation)
Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick & Charissa Thompson
Soldier Field – Chicago, IL

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, St. Louis

Tampa Bay Bucs at Washington Redskins (11% of nation)
Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan & Laura Okmin
FedEx Field – Landover, MD

MARKETS INCLUDE
: Baltimore, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Norfolk, Orlando, Raleigh, Richmond, Tampa, Washington

4:15pm starts
Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos (89% of nation)
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Pam Oliver
INVESCO Field at Mile High – Denver, CO

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach

St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers (8% of nation)
Ron Pitts, John Lynch & Nichelle Turner
Candlestick Park – San Francisco, CA

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Sacramento, San Francisco, St. Louis

JOHNSTON: REDSKINS TROUBLES BROUGHT ON BY FREQUENT CHANGE – NFL on FOX analyst Daryl “Moose” Johnston on the continued troubles in DC. “There’s been too much change within the Redskins organization. You’ve got to give people a chance to be successful by giving them some continuity from year to year and it’s just never existed in Washington. Every once in a while you are going to have a bump in the road because of injuries, guys leaving via free agency and losing coaches. You have to look at the entire picture to see what the reasons are for a difficult season but you can’t compound that by continually changing head coaches, coordinators, and position coaches. Jason Campbell has no opportunity to be successful when you keep putting him in a different system year after year after year.”

BILLICK: I’M NOT A FAN OF T.O. BUT I GIVE HIM CREDIT FOR HANDLING HIMSELF SUNDAY – NFL on FOX analyst Brian Billick admits to not being a big fan of Terrell Owens but believes the media was out of line last Sunday. “I’m not a big Terrell Owens fan and I don’t particularly care for the way he approaches the game and his selfish attitude towards it. However, I was very upset listening to line of questioning after Sunday’s game. The reporters were clearly trying to bait him into saying something about his head coach, his coordinator and his quarterback. I give him a great deal of credit for showing the maturity to not go there. Obviously he has made his own bed as to the way people look at him and expecting those types of things but now that I’m a member of the media, I will say I didn’t appreciate the line of questioning. I thought it was very unprofessional in the way the reporters went about it.”

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

2:05 p.m. ET PIT Jeff Karstens (3-5, 5.45) at CHC Carlos Zambrano (9-6, 3.69)

4:05 p.m. ET CWS Mark Buehrle (12-10, 3.95) at CLE Justin Masterson (4-9, 4.79)

4:35 p.m. ET NYM Tim Redding (3-6, 5.29) at WAS John Lannan (9-13, 3.93)

7:05 p.m. ET MIN Carl Pavano (13-11, 4.86) at DET Eddie Bonine (0-1, 4.60)

7:05 p.m. ET KC Robinson Tejeda (4-2, 3.41) at NYY Joba Chamberlain (9-6, 4.72)

7:05 p.m. ET HOU Brian Moehler (8-11, 5.21) at PHI Pedro Martinez (5-1, 3.32)

7:08 p.m. ET BAL David Hernandez (4-9, 5.20) at TB James Shields (10-12, 4.17)

7:10 p.m. ET TOR Roy Halladay (16-10, 2.90) at BOS Tim Wakefield (11-4, 4.33)

7:10 p.m. ET FLA Ricky Nolasco (12-9, 5.28) at ATL Javier Vazquez (15-9, 2.83)

7:10 p.m. ET STL John Smoltz (3-7, 5.96) at CIN Bronson Arroyo (14-13, 3.95)

8:40 p.m. ET MLW Jeff Suppan (7-11, 5.04) at COL Jason Hammel (9-8, 4.30)

10:05 p.m. ET TEX Derek Holland (8-12, 6.14) at ANA Jered Weaver (15-8, 3.84)

10:05 p.m. ET LA Jon Garland (11-12, 3.90) at SD Clayton Richard (8-5, 4.62)

10:10 p.m. ET OAK Clayton Mortensen (2-3, 6.07) at SEA Brandon Morrow (1-4, 4.96)

10:15 p.m. ET ARZ Kevin Mulvey (0-2, 8.84) at SF Brad Penny (10-9, 5.15)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Luke Bryan's Latest - Get a Bonus Track!


As you know, we here at The Crowe's Nest are huge fans of Luke Bryan. My two-year daughter Abbie even dances to him. Just check her out right here when she was about 18 months old!



And now, we're letting you get some bonus Luke Bryan with his latest release coming on October 6th, Doin' My Thing from Capitol Nashville. Thanks to our friends from Lotos Nile and Luke Bryan, we can share this offer to you from ITunes that can get you a bonus track from Luke.

Just below or on the banner at the top of the page to see more details!



If you can't wait that long, check out some Luke right now, courtesy of CMT!

"Country Man"





"All My Friends Say"





And as "All My Friends Say," enjoy!

Sunday Night Football wins again for NBC

It's the #1 spot again for NBC's Sunday Night Football offering of the Colts/Cardinals this week. Here are the details...

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL #1 SHOW OF SUNDAY NIGHT FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE WEEK

Colts-Cardinals Blowout Beats Network Premieres Across All Metrics

SNF #1 For Week in Key Demos

NEW YORK - Sept. 29, 2009
- NBC's "Sunday Night Football" was the No. 1 broadcast on Sunday night for the third consecutive week and the No. 1 show of the week in the key advertising demos, including Adults 18-49. "SNF" won the night on a night that included season premieres of ABC's Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters, CBS's Amazing Race and Fox's Simpsons, Family Guy and the debut of The Cleveland Show.

"Sunday Night Football" featuring the Indianapolis Colts 31-10 blowout of the Arizona Cardinals, pulled in 17.5 million viewers (from 8:31-11:13 p.m. ET) and had a national household rating of 10.7 and a 17 share, easily winning the night across those metrics as well as in the key advertiser demos of Adults 18-34, 18-49, 25-54 and Men 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.

DOMINATES PRIMETIME AGAIN: The SNF game once again propelled NBC to a convincing primetime win on Sunday night with a margin of victory over the No. 2 network, Fox, by 71 percent in adults 18-49 and over the No. 2 network in total viewers, CBS, by 28 percent.

"SNF" DEFEATS "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES": "Sunday Night Football" beat the much-anticipated season premiere of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" head-to-head by 40 percent (19.0 million viewers to 13.6 million from 9-10 p.m. ET).

SNF WINS WEEK IN KEY DEMOS: The Colts-Cardinals game topped the weekly primetime rankings in the key demographic of adults 18-49 and also ranked No. 1 for the week among all primetime programs in adults 25-54, men 18-49 and men 25-54. In total viewers, "SNF" ranked #4 among all telecasts this week.

The Colts-Cardinals 31-10 blowout is down 20 percent (17.5 million to 22.2 million) from last year's Week 3 Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers match-up. That game, that "America's Team" won 27-16, did not air against the season premieres on other networks.

NY Rangers hit Letterman

From CBS -

TEN MEMBERS OF THE NEW YORK RANGERS PRESENT THE TOP TEN LIST ON CBS's "LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN," WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30

NEW YORK, Sept. 29
— Ten members of the New York Rangers will present the Top Ten List on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Wednesday, Sept. 30 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The 2009-2010 National Hockey League regular season kicks off Thursday, Oct. 1, with the Rangers playing their first game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, Oct. 2.

Also featured on the Wednesday, Sept. 30 LATE SHOW is an interview with pop superstar Madonna and a performance by musical guest Harry Connick Jr. 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.

NFL on CBS - Marino meets Brees

Coming up CBS Sports' NFL Today this Sunday...

“THE NFL TODAY’S” DAN MARINO SITS DOWN WITH NEW ORLEANS QUARTERBACK DREW BREES IN PREVIEW OF JETS-SAINTS GAME FOR WEEK 4 OF “THE NFL TODAY” ON SUNDAY, OCT. 4

THE NFL ON CBS, home of Super Bowl XLIV and broadcasting its Golden Anniversary 50th year of the NFL, continues its 2009 NFL season on Sunday, Oct. 4 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET).

THE NFL TODAY’s Dan Marino visits with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to talk about his season so far, his team’s 3-0 start and his off-the-field charity work in New Orleans. This season Brees has thrown for nine touchdowns and is on pace for 48, which puts him just shy of Tom Brady’s record of 50. Last year Brees threw for 5,069 yards, just 15 yards shy of tying Marino’s record of 5,084 yards in 1984. Jeff St. Arromand is the producer.

James Brown hosts THE NFL TODAY along with analysts Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher, NFL TODAY “General Manager” Charley Casserly, as well as Lesley Visser and Sam Ryan reporting.

Monday, September 28, 2009

TO fires back at Rodney Harrison

It's been a fighting back Monday for Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens.

Last night, Rodney Harrison called TO a "clown" on the NBC pregame show. Now, via his Twitter account, TO's firing back. Here's just a small sample for you -

Hey rodney! Send me sum steroids 2 the Bills facility next week!
about 24 hours ago from MogoTXT Is tht Y u used steroids b/c u were worried about ur stats or ws it b/c u were losing it? Lol! U're a loser & a cheater? Got any steroid ...

about 24 hours ago from MogoTXT I could less about Rodney Harrison! Anybody tht using steroids, yes STEROIDS rodney, is a cheater & cheated the game!

about 24 hours ago from MogoTXT N traffic hungry as a hostage!! Who's playing the sun nite game 2nite? Cn't wait 2 get hm & kick my feet up!

4:38 PM Sep 27th from MogoTXT [The LORD says,] "I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths." PROVERBS 4:11

Follow along for yourself right here. And don't forget, we're on Twitter too!

And if you missed what started all this, it was TO's rant after the Bills loss on Sunday, including Mr. Harrison's "clown" comments.





Enjoy!

George Lopez hits late night on TBS

Beginning November 9th, comedian George Lopez hits late night on TBS at 11pm. Can't wait until then, well just take a look at this sneak preview.



Thanks to our friends at TBS!

NBA on the web heats up

A couple of NBA TV & Internet releases for you tonight -

NBA.com to Feature Live Streaming of 2K Sports NBA Real Training Camp for First Time Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 29

Defending NBA Champions Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks to Provide All Access to their Training Camps

NBA TV Will Air Encore Presentations on Same Day


For the first time ever, NBA.com will stream live the 2K Sports NBA Real Training Camp, providing fans unprecedented access to five teams’ training camps, including the defending NBA Champions, the Los Angeles Lakers. Offering fans an exclusive first look at team practices, along with interviews from their top players and staff, 2K Sports NBA Real Training Camp lineup will include the Denver Nuggets (Sept. 29), NBA Champions L.A. Lakers (Oct. 1), Boston Celtics (Oct. 3), Washington Wizards (Oct. 5) and Atlanta Hawks (Oct. 6).

NBA TV hosts Rick Kamla and Andre Aldridge will each be working with guest analysts to give insight into teams’ revamped rosters and explore the top storylines for the upcoming season. NBA.com’s live stream of each team will be followed by a same-day encore presentation on NBA TV.

Denver Nuggets: The team who battled the ultimate NBA Champion Lakers during the Western Conference Finals, the Nuggets look to build on last year’s success with hometown hero Chauncey Billups All-Star Carmelo Anthony as well as Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen, Nene and rookie Ty Lawson.

L.A. Lakers: With the addition of Ron Artest to a star-studded roster that already features NBA 2K10 video game cover athlete Kobe Bryant, along with Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher, will the Lakers defend their championship title?

Boston Celtics: After a second round playoff loss to the Orlando Magic, the Celtics anticipate the return of the ‘Big Three’ with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and a healthy Kevin Garnett returning to full strength, along with new teammate, four-time All-Star Rasheed Wallace.

Washington Wizards: A healthy Gilbert Arenas returns to the lineup to join Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler. With the additions of Randy Foye, Mike Miller and Fabricio Oberto, the Wizards start the season with a new coach in Flip Saunders, renewed confidence and high expectations.

Atlanta Hawks: With the additions of Jamal Crawford, first round draft selection Jeff Teague and veteran Joe Smith, will the up-and-coming Hawks continue their steady climb in the Playoffs?

2K Sports NBA Real Training Camp Programming Schedule (all times ET) (NBA TV/NBA.com)

Denver Nuggets
Tuesday., Sept. 29
1 PM / 6 PM
Rick Kamla & Scott Hastings

L.A. Lakers
Thursday, Oct. 1
1 PM / 6 PM
Rick Kamla, Reggie Miller & James Worthy

Boston Celtics
Saturday, Oct. 3
6 PM / Midnight (Oct. 5)
Andre Aldridge & Cedric Maxwell

Washington Wizards
Monday, Oct. 5
1 PM / 10 PM
Rick Kamla & Ronny Thompson

Atlanta Hawks
Tuesday, Oct. 6
10 AM / 5 PM
Andre Aldridge & Eric Snow


And from ESPN -

ESPN and NBA Digital Team Up for ESPN NBA.com Fantasy Basketball

Distinctive Collaboration includes Official Game on both ESPN.com and NBA.com, Multi-Platform Content and Co-Promotion


NBA Digital and ESPN announced today a unique multi-year agreement that will make ESPN NBA.com Fantasy Basketball, the official commissioner-style fantasy basketball game for both ESPN.com and NBA.com. The collaboration between NBA Digital and ESPN means that fantasy sports players on two of the leading NBA destinations online will now have a single, integrated game and access to the very best fantasy basketball content online and on mobile devices. The companies will also develop cross-platform promotions through a multitude of ESPN and NBA Digital platforms.

“This collaboration takes NBA Digital’s multi-platform philosophy to unprecedented levels,” said Bryan Perez, senior vice president and general manager, NBA Digital. “By marrying the TV, internet and wireless assets of ESPN and NBA Digital, fantasy sports fans will be able to engage in the game and related content in more ways than have ever been offered in the fantasy arena.”

“Working together with NBA Digital on ESPN NBA.com Fantasy Basketball builds upon the great, multi-faceted relationship we have with the NBA and will provide fans with the very best fantasy basketball game and content available,” said John Kosner, senior vice president and general manager, ESPN Digital Media. “Fans will benefit this season and in seasons ahead from new innovations and an enhanced interactive experience, while advertisers will get more value than ever before from their connection to a best-of-breed multi-platform game and content experience.”

The game is available now on NBA.com and ESPN.com and on ESPN and NBA mobile Web sites. Fans will be able to manage their teams with the latest information on their players, check scores and set their lineups. Following a record-setting season for the free commissioner-style fantasy game on ESPN.com (including nearly 40 times the growth in participation from the previous season) ESPN NBA.com Fantasy Basketball will allow players to create leagues and teams, schedule drafts, conduct mock drafts and more. Other features include:

Integrated access to all the leading NBA Digital and ESPN Fantasy news, analysis and information including video, podcasts, columns, features and more;
NBA TV and ESPN studio personalities competing in the game throughout the season;
Mobile companions allowing team management through the ESPN and NBA mobile Web sites, as well as a downloadable Draft Kit mobile application developed by ESPN;
A co-branded and cohesive marketing campaign featuring 2008 Olympic Gold Medalists Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) and Deron Williams (Utah Jazz), three-time NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards), and reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls).

As part of the agreement, ESPN and NBA Digital will cross promote the game and the Fantasy Draft Kit across their multiple media platforms. ESPN and NBA Digital will work together to develop new features throughout the 2009-10 NBA regular season (begins Tuesday, October 27) and in seasons ahead, including the integration of video from the NBA Digital and ESPN libraries. In addition, ESPN and NBA Digital will jointly develop sponsorship packages and co-marketing initiatives around ESPN NBA.com Fantasy Basketball.

MLB Network to air Tigers/Twins

From MLB Network -

MLB NETWORK ANNOUNCES LIVE GAMES FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Pennant Race Matchup Features a Battle for the A.L. Central Title between Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers

Secaucus, N.J., September 28, 2009
– MLB Network today announced its “Pennant Race” game for Tuesday, September 29, featuring an American League Central showdown between the Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers at 7:00 p.m. ET featuring Twins pitcher Brian Duensing against Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander. Only two games separate the Twins from the A.L. Central first-place Tigers as a four-game series begins on MLB Network today at 7:00 p.m. ET featuring Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn against Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello.

The two games, which will be blacked out in the Twins’ and Tigers’ home television territories, will be simulcasts of the Fox Sports Minnesota local broadcast, including local announcers. MLB Network viewers in the Twins’ and Tigers’ home television territories will see the Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox at 7:00 p.m. ET today and the Florida Marlins at Atlanta Braves at 7:00 p.m. ET tomorrow. Additional live games for the week will be announced coinciding with MLB Network’s selection windows.

Colts/Cardinals wins Sunday Night

From NBC Sports -

NBC's SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL WINS AGAIN

Colts-Cardinals Blowout Beats Network Premieres

NEW YORK - Sept. 28, 2009
- NBC's "Sunday Night Football" was the No. 1 broadcast on Sunday night for the third consecutive week and, for the first time this season, aired against tough competition from season premieres on three networks. "SNF" won the night opposite season premieres of ABC's Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters, CBS's Amazing Race and Fox's Simpsons and Family Guy.

"Sunday Night Football" featuring the Indianapolis Colts at the Arizona Cardinals, earned an 11.8 overnight rating and 19 share (from 8:30-11:15 p.m. ET). The overnight rating peaked at a 13.0/20 from 9:30 and 10 p.m. ET as the Colts took firm control of the game, 21-3.

"SNF" BEATS "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES": "Sunday Night Football" beat the much-anticipated season premiere of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" head-to-head by 59 percent (12.7 vs. 8.0 from 9-10 p.m. ET).

In metered-market households, NBC's "Sunday Night Football" ruled the night, with NBC's 7-11 p.m. primetime average 9.5/16 in the metered markets establishing a 20 percent margin of victory over CBS's second-place 7.9/13.

The Colts-Cardinals 31-10 blowout is down 18 percent from last year's Week 3 Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers match-up (14.4/22). That game, won by "America's Team" 27-16, also did not air against the season premieres on the three other networks.

NOTE: Viewership totals will be available when Nielsen releases national ratings on Tuesday.

Universal Sports to carry Olympic Announcement Friday

From NBC/Universal Sports -

Universal Sports to Carry 2016 Olympic Announcement Live on Friday

Ongoing, Pre-Announcement Bid City Presentations Available at UniversalSports.com

President Obama will Attend and be part of the Chicago Presentation Bid in Copenhagen

LOS ANGELES – September 28, 2009
– Universal Sports and UniversalSports.com will air and live-stream NBC5 News Chicago’s coverage of the Friday, October 2, announcement of the winning bid city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The unprecedented national television coverage of the bid city announcement will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET (9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Chicago time), and may be extended if Chicago wins the bid. The announcement itself will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark. President Obama is expected to attend in support of Chicago’s bid, along with the heads of state representing the other finalist cities of Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

“As part of our mission of airing Olympic sports and events that are impactful within the Olympic framework, the IOC announcement awarding the 2016 Summer Games to one of these great international cities is very deserving of our attention,” said Claude Ruibal, CEO of Universal Sports. “We’re extremely pleased to be able to offer this coverage to our millions of viewers around the U.S. and online, and to work closely with our NBC5 Chicago partners to make this happen.”

The coverage will include live interviews with newsmakers both in Copenhagen and Chicago, with limited commercial interruptions. UniversalSports.com/Olympics has a dashboard featuring news, pictures and bid city facts, with live Twitter updates from NBC Olympics and Universal Sports’ reporter Alan Abrahamson from Copenhagen. UniversalSports.com will be streaming video from 2:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET, and will show each of the four finalist cities’ LIVE presentations at the following times (all times Eastern):

2:45 – 3:55 a.m. Chicago Final Bid Presentation
4:25 – 5:45 a.m. Tokyo Final Bid Presentation
6:05 – 7:25 a.m. Rio de Janeiro Final Bid Presentation
8:45 – 9:55 a.m. Madrid Final Bid Presentation
12:30 – 1 p.m. Announcement of Host City for 2016 Olympic Games

SEC nets Florida/LSU and Carville on Barnhart Show

From CBS Sports -

CBS Sports will broadcast an SEC doubleheader on Saturday, Oct. 10 (3:30-7:00 and 8:00-11:00 PM, ET). CBS Sports has announced its college football game for the primetime window will feature *No. 1-ranked Florida at *No. 4-ranked LSU. Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson will call the contest, along with reporter Tracy Wolfson (8:00 PM, ET).

The first window (3:30 PM, ET) will be a six day-selection and announced on Monday, Oct. 5.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY kicks off the day (3:00 PM, ET) with host Tim Brando and analyst Spencer Tillman. The game will be available in high definition.

POLITICAL STRATEGIST JAMES CARVILLE AND GEORGIA HEAD COACH MARK RICHT THIS WEEK ON “THE TONY BARNHART SHOW” ON CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK

Barnhart to Look at Boise State - Is there a Glass Ceiling?


CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK’s THE TONY BARNHART SHOW, a new weekly one-hour primetime college football talk show, features political strategist and LSU fan James Carville, University of Georgia head coach Mark Richt and CBSSports.com columnist Mike Freeman on Tuesday, Sept 29 (9:00 PM, ET).

“Mr. College Football,” Tony Barnhart hosts the show along with Brian Jones. The hard-hitting program will debate and analyze the hot topics and issues facing college football both on and off-the-field. This week Barnhart and Jones look at the “glass ceiling” as it relates to Boise State. Can an undefeated non-BCS school make it to the national championship game? In addition the show will examine the latest news on Tim Tebow’s concussion.

Throughout the season Barnhart will invite a variety of high-profile guests from the college football community, including coaches, administrators, writers, broadcasters and former players to the program. The distinguished guests will offer in-depth, lively, opinionated, topical discussions on the world of college football.

The TONY BARNHART SHOW will air each Tuesday throughout the college football season at 9:00 PM, ET. Mike Aresco serves as Executive Producer. Tyler Hale and Stefan Van Engen produce.

Monday MLB Pitching Probables

12:35 p.m. ET LA Hiroki Kuroda (8-6, 3.65) at PIT Zach Duke (10-15, 4.06)

7:05 p.m. ET CWS John Danks (12-10, 3.82) at CLE Aaron Laffey (7-7, 3.93)

7:05 p.m. ET MIN Jeff Manship (0-1, 6.35) at DET Rick Porcello (14-9, 4.14)

7:05 p.m. ET KC Luke Hochevar (7-11, 5.98) at NYY A.J. Burnett (12-9, 4.19)

7:05 p.m. ET NYM Nelson Figueroa (2-7, 4.88) at WAS Ross Detwiler (0-6, 5.71)

7:05 p.m. ET HOU Yorman Bazardo (0-2, 9.55) at PHI Cole Hamels (10-9, 4.11)

7:08 p.m. ET BAL Mark Hendrickson (5-5, 4.37) at TB Jeff Niemann (12-6, 3.81)

7:10 p.m. ET TOR Scott Richmond (7-10, 5.32) at BOS Josh Beckett (16-6, 3.78)

7:10 p.m. ET FLA Anibal Sanchez (3-7, 4.01) at ATL Jair Jurrjens (13-10, 2.70)

10:05 p.m. ET TEX Tommy Hunter (9-4, 3.67) at ANA Ervin Santana (7-8, 5.46)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Yankees - AL East Champs - again!

Congrats the NY Yankees for clinching the AL East today with a three-game sweep of the Red Sox and winning their 100th game of the season.

Now, it's just a magic number of 2 for the Red Sox to join them in the playoffs as Texas loses today. Boston now gets to clinch at Friendly Fenway this week.

Here's your link to the recap and highlights from ESPN.com.

CBS NFL Notes

From CBS Sports -

NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE,

BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 3 ON SEPTEMBER 27

► NFL TODAY HOST JAMES BROWN SAT DOWN WITH PHILADELPHIA’S MICHAEL VICK

(On being prepared to take over Eagles’ quarterback spot for whole game should Kolb get injured)

VICK:
I can do it. I can do it and everybody will see that.

(On media saying Vick will only be a “package quarterback”)

VICK:
Not at all, that's not what my future holds. I know I can play this game. I know I can play for a long time. I still have the speed, the quickness and I still have the mind to run an NFL offense. My future is bright, you know. I'm excited about it. I know what I can do, you know. And I let the critics talk and say what they want to say. But I will be a starter in this league in the future.

(On what Vick imagined being scenario of his return versus how it’s playing out)

VICK:
This isn’t the exact scenario that I thought was going to play out.

JB: What did you think?

VICK: I actually thought I would be playing for a team and actually starting. But as it turned out, and I think the Lord makes things happen certain ways for certain reasons, and it wasn't meant for me to be a starter. It was meant for me to be in the role that I'm in now. I've got time to work to get myself back into playing shape and learn from one of the best quarterbacks in the game.

(On reports of possible rift with Donovan McNabb and their relationship)

VICK:
That's all talk. That's just, you know, the critics and the public saying what they want to say and they feel like Donovan and myself can't co-exist. And like, how can we not? We’ve known each other for years. I grew up patterning my game after Donovan. I'm delighted to be here and he accepted me with open arms. He practically helped make the decision for me to come here.

REACTION TO VICK

BOOMER ESIASON:
I think there are four or five teams he could be starting for today, Sunday. I will say this, I do like the fact that he said he wants to be an instrument of change. And I do believe that he is legitimate when he says that, and I love watching him talk to the kids as well. I don't believe he will be a Philadelphia Eagle next year because of his contract status. They'll have to pay him over $5 million if they want to keep him. I do believe he will be a starting quarterback in this league, and it will be on another team.

► QUICK HITS

(On transition of NFL becoming a passing vs. running game)

BILL COWHER:
The game has changed. The rules have changed. I think right now, I hate to say this, but the running game is a complement. It's not the foundation that it once was. You look at the last three AFC teams that were in the Super Bowl, that's Pittsburgh, New England and Indianapolis. They're all passing games. The running game is a complement.

DAN MARINO: Coach, do you have a fever? Listen, I can't believe it. You're the purist, run guy always. The Giants a couple years ago were a running football team, they won the Super Bowl. And I think if you look around the league, I have to disagree with you. If you asked any of the head coaches, they would rather have a balanced offense going into any game than throwing 300 times like New England did. They threw it 50 times and they didn't win the football game.

(On whether Patriots are same team than before)

BOOMER:
Right now I'm going to say no but this is still going to be a great Patriots team. Tom Brady isn't even a year removed from his surgery on his left knee for the ACL and MCL tears. He's rounding back into shape. The defense has a lot of different names. They've played reasonably well but you can't expect Tom Brady to average 50 pass attempts a game and this team to win. I say today they'll go back to run the ball, take pressure off Tom Brady and I am not going to panic yet on my Super Bowl pick. I still tell you he's the best quarterback in football and that will bear itself out.

COWHER: I say no and I say this for a lot of reasons. They've got a lot of missing components on the defensive side: Seymour, Vrabel, Bruschi, Rodney Harrison and Asante Samuel. I agree with you, Tom Brady is going to work into it, but this is a football team that has a lot more questions than they have answers.

►“INSIDE THE NFL” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY

(On Adrian Peterson’s durability)

CASSERLY:
The way he runs, his running style, I think he's putting himself in a position to have a serious injury. (Clip being shown) Watch here as he lowers his head and uses it as a battering ram to take on the defenders. Appears to me what he ought to do, when he takes on a defender put a move on him. If that doesn't work, get out of bounds or take the blow with his shoulder. Here are the three things I think he's putting himself at risk for: Number one, by lowering that head, you have a concussion; Number two he's got an elongated neck and I think he has a greater potential than the average player for a stinger; and finally if he lowers that head any more he's got a potential for a cervical spine injury.

FOX NFL Pregame Notes

From Fox Sports -

FOX NFL SUNDAY NOTES - 9/27/09

Bradshaw: Vick Should Never Reference ‘Superman’ Again, It’s About Team

Glazer’s Conversation with Vick on Life In Prison

Strahan: Jim Zorn is in Over His Head

Johnson: It’s a Head Coach’s Job to Instill Confidence and Rex Ryan Has Done That

Long: Favre Must Hit Big Plays to Take Pressure Off Peterson


Co-host Terry Bradshaw on Michael Vick’s outlook: “I heard an interview with Mike this week when he said, ‘Superman isn’t quite ready yet.’ If I had the chance to talk to him I’d say, don’t ever say Superman again. Don’t ever reference me or I again because it’s all about team. Be thankful for Andy Reid and the job he’s doing with you and the fact that the Eagles really do want you there. Be a good team guy. Say how great it is to be a part of the Wildcat and that you’ll do anything you can to help them win.”

NFL Insider Jay Glazer’s conversation with Mike Vick on life in prison: “In a very revealing and open conversation I had with Mike yesterday, he said, ‘I’m about 80-85% of what I used to be. There’s a big misconception that all you do in jail is workout. I couldn’t really workout. They had a grass field but you couldn’t run on it. You have a couple of days where you can lift weights but it’s too crowded.’ Vick took a night job as a janitor and that’s when he was able to work out. He was able to go downstairs into the basement, use a treadmill and jump some rope. Other than that, Vick said, ‘I started from scratch.’”

Glazer on Vick trying to stay anonymous and diffusing one altercation while in prison: “Vick told me, ‘the problem is, other than missing your family; you’re in there with 500 other guys. You don’t know if anyone wants to take their frustrations out on you. You don’t know what anyone’s intentions are.’ “He used to be a big star and all the attention was on him and he said, ‘I tried to be as anonymous as possible.’ He did have one altercation while he was there on the basketball court. One guy threatened physical harm to him. He said, ‘the problem is, if you stand up for yourself you risk more jail time. If you don’t, then everybody goes after you. Luckily one of my friends jumped in and said, ‘Mike, this guy has nothing to lose and you have everything to lose and diffused it.’”

Co-host Curt Menefee: “That’s something that Plaxico Burress is facing right now and I know that the two talked and Mike gave him a little advice.”

Analysts Michael Strahan and Howie Long on Redskins Head Coach Jim Zorn:

Strahan:
“You start to wonder if Zorn is in over his head. That’s what I’m starting to wonder.”

Howie: “There are a lot of really high profile coaches sitting at home or on TV sets right now and owner Daniel Snyder tends to have attention-deficit. I think Zorn could be in trouble.”

Co-Host Terry Bradshaw on Jim Zorn: “This was a team that was 6-2 last year before they fell apart. I don’t think he’s going to get canned. I think they’re going to turn this thing around and get better.”

Analyst Howie Long on Brett Favre having to make some plays to ease the pressure on Adrian Peterson: “Brett Favre so far has been flawless, 77% completion. But 43 of his 48 passes have been for 10 yards or less. He’s going to have to get the ball down the field to Rice and Berrian some point in this game. Does he press a lot in the home opener? He’s got to hit a big play to take some pressure off Peterson.”

Analyst Jimmy Johnson on playing with confidence:

On Rex Ryan and the Jets:
“You heard me say last week that Rex Ryan has a little swagger and it could be a self fulfilling prophecy in effect. Well, the Jets beat the Patriots 16-9. It’s a head coach’s job to instill confidence in his players. Ryan has done that with the underdog Jets. His bravado has them believing they can win. Trust me; it all comes from the leader in his approach. You may not remember, but one year I said, ‘Go ahead and put it in seven inch headlines. Are we going to beat the 49ers? Yes, and win the NFC Championship Game.’ It wasn’t about having guts or bragging. All I wanted to do is let my players know that I had total confidence in them. I had a very good team and I wanted them performing at their highest level. They did and we won the Super Bowl that season.”

On the New England Patriots: “The Patriots are the NFL standard this decade. They play with confidence because they believe they are the best prepared team in the league. I’ve always said, ‘Treat a person as he is, he will remain as he is. Treat a person as if he were what he could be or should be and he’ll become what he could be and should be.”

Cowboys Tony Romo playing with confidence: “The big knock on Tony Romo is that he plays great against teams he should beat but plays tight in big games. This is not about talent, this is about confidence. How do you create confidence? You have to have him so well prepared in those big games that he knows that he will make the play. Also, simplify the game plan to where you don’t put it on his back. The bigger the game, the simpler the plan.”

Lions Win...the Lions Win!!!

So far a huge week 3 around the NFL! The Jets and Vikings go 3-0 with come-from-behind wins including a last second Brett Favre miracle! The Patriots get back on track offensively and how about this - the Lions actually win a game for the first time since December 2007!

Watch the highlights from NFL.com -

Lions 19 Redskins 14

Jets 24 Titans 17

Patriots 26 Falcons 10

Vikings 27 49ers 24

And we stil have Colts/Cardinals tonight to go!

F-Bomb on SNL

If you missed it late last night on NBC, Saturday Night Live's debut came through with an "F-bomb" from new cast member Jenny Slate. Yes, there's is OBJECTIONABLE LANGUAGE, obviously!



Oops!

Sunday's MLB Pitching Probables

1:05 p.m. ET BAL Chris Tillman (2-4, 4.71) at CLE David Huff (10-8, 5.98)

1:05 p.m. ET BOS Paul Byrd (1-2, 6.04) at NYY Andy Pettitte (13-7, 4.15)

1:07 p.m. ET SEA Ryan Rowland-Smith (4-3, 3.70) at TOR Brian Tallet (7-9, 5.39)

1:10 p.m. ET NYM Pat Misch (1-4, 5.59) at FLA Josh Johnson (15-5, 3.12)

1:35 p.m. ET ATL Derek Lowe (15-9, 4.55) at WAS Livan Hernandez (8-12, 5.53)

1:35 p.m. ET LA Clayton Kershaw (8-8, 2.85) at PIT Daniel McCutchen (0-2, 5.25)

2:05 p.m. ET DET Edwin Jackson (13-7, 3.25) at CWS Daniel Hudson (0-1, 3.38)

2:05 p.m. ET PHI Joe Blanton (11-7, 3.82) at MLW Dave Bush (5-8, 6.22)

2:05 p.m. ET CIN Johnny Cueto (10-10, 4.39) at HOU Wandy Rodriguez (13-11, 2.97)

2:10 p.m. ET MIN Francisco Liriano (5-12, 5.75) at KC Zack Greinke (15-8, 2.08)

3:05 p.m. ET TB David Price (9-7, 4.41) at TEX Brandon McCarthy (7-4, 4.87)

3:10 p.m. ET STL Kyle Lohse (6-8, 4.81) at COL Jorge De La Rosa (15-9, 4.42)

3:35 p.m. ET OAK Edgar Gonzalez (0-3, 5.22) at ANA Joe Saunders (14-7, 4.63)

4:05 p.m. ET CHC Randy Wells (11-9, 3.00) at SF Matt Cain (13-7, 2.99)

4:10 p.m. ET SD Edward Mujica (3-4, 3.77) at ARZ Billy Buckner (2-6, 6.75)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Boston Red Sox Postseason Roster

Here's one man Red Sox postseason roster. There's one caviate which you can read below on the change I see coming from ALDS to ALCS and beyond.

Pitchers (12)
Jon Lester
Josh Beckett
Clay Buchholz
Daisuke Matsuzaka
Jonathan Papelbon
Daniel Bard
Billy Wagner
Hideki Okajima
Manny Delcarmen
Ramon Ramirez
Tim Wakefield/Paul Byrd (Byrd only if Wakefield isn't healthy)
Takashi Saito

Catchers (2)
Victor Martinez
Jason Veritek

Infielders (6)
Kevin Youkilis
Dustin Pedroia
Alex Gonzalez
Mike Lowell
Nick Green
Casey Kotchman

Outfielders (4)
Jason Bay
Jacoby Ellsbury
JD Drew
Rocco Baldelli

Designated Hitter (1)
David Ortiz

My last roster spot comes down to Tim Wakefield/Paul Byrd vs. Joey Gathright. In the ALDS, I'm thinking the Sox could take Gathright instead of the long relief of Wakefield/Byrd and then change course for the ALCS. Green gets the infield reserve role over Jed Lowrie.

More Kris Allen!

OK, I'm officially on a Kris Allen kick, so here's more for you to enjoy!

"Heartless" at Disney World



"Apologize"



Enjoy!

Saturday MLB Pitching Probables

1:05 p.m. ET ATL Tommy Hanson (10-4, 2.85) at WAS Garrett Mock (3-9, 5.83)

1:07 p.m. ET SEA Ian Snell (7-10, 5.03) at TOR David Purcey (1-2, 5.31)

4:10 p.m. ET BOS Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-5, 6.80) at NYY CC Sabathia (18-7, 3.31)

4:10 p.m. ET CHC Tom Gorzelanny (6-2, 5.08) at SF Barry Zito (10-12, 3.99)

7:05 p.m. ET DET Nate Robertson (2-2, 5.13) at CWS Freddy Garcia (2-3, 4.01)

7:05 p.m. ET BAL Jason T. Berken (5-12, 6.41) at CLE Jeremy Sowers (6-10, 4.92)

7:05 p.m. ET PHI Pedro Martinez (5-1, 3.32) at MLW Braden Looper (13-7, 5.12)

7:05 p.m. ET CIN Justin Lehr (4-2, 5.30) at HOU Felipe Paulino (2-10, 6.06)

7:05 p.m. ET LA Randy Wolf (11-6, 3.24) at PIT Paul Maholm (8-9, 4.46)

7:10 p.m. ET MIN Scott Baker (13-9, 4.43) at KC Lenny DiNardo (0-1, 8.22)

7:10 p.m. ET NYM John Maine (6-5, 4.13) at FLA Sean West (7-6, 4.85)

8:05 p.m. ET TB Matt Garza (8-10, 3.70) at TEX Kevin Millwood (11-10, 3.79)

8:10 p.m. ET STL Adam Wainwright (18-8, 2.59) at COL Ubaldo Jimenez (14-11, 3.47)

8:10 p.m. ET SD Wade LeBlanc (2-1, 3.93) at ARZ Dan Haren (14-9, 2.90)

9:05 p.m. ET OAK Dana Eveland (2-3, 6.50) at ANA John Lackey (11-8, 3.56)

Friday, September 25, 2009

New Kris Allen!

I'm really diggin' the new Kris Allen song - "Live Like We're Dying." That's right, I said diggin'!

Check it out for yourself!



Enjoy!

Mayweather/Marquez gets one million buys

From HBO Sports -

MAYWEATHER-MARQUEZ REGISTERS ONE MILLION PAY-PER-VIEW BUYS

Sept. 25, 2009 – NEW YORK
-- HBO Sports reported today that one million pay-per-view buys were generated from last Saturday’s welterweight fight between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.

The one million buy total represents the highest performing boxing pay-per-view event in 2009 and generated $52 million in pay-per-view revenue. The million buys include 525,000 from cable homes and 475,000 from satellite homes. It is only the fifth time in boxing pay-per-view history that a non-heavyweight event has attained the one million buy mark. Mayweather, a bona fide superstar, returned to the ring after a 21-month absence and showed no signs of rust in scoring a dominating victory. He has now participated in two events that have reached the one million buy mark.

“Sept. 19 was an event that connected with sports fans across the country,” said Mark Taffet of HBO Pay-Per-View. “Floyd Mayweather has clearly reinforced his standing as a top attraction and fans are excited about his return to the sport.”

Mayweather vs. Marquez will be replayed this Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT on HBO. The 12-round unanimous decision triumph by Mayweather will be paired with the live heavyweight title fight featuring Vitali Klitschko and Cristobal Arreola from Los Angeles.

Friday Feel Good: Save the Boobs!

I give my lovely wife Laura the credit for finding this edition of the Friday Feel Good! It not only will make you laugh, get you a little excited but will also hopefully raise a little awareness for Breast Cancer.

Check it out and please, Save the Boobs and praise BoobyBall!



Now, let's go behind the scenes a bit, shall we?



Enjoy your Friday peoples!

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

7:05 p.m. ET BAL David Hernandez (4-8, 5.34) at CLE Fausto Carmona (3-12, 6.81)

7:05 p.m. ET BOS Jon Lester (14-7, 3.33) at NYY Joba Chamberlain (8-6, 4.73)

7:05 p.m. ET ATL Javier Vazquez (14-9, 2.91) at WAS John Lannan (9-12, 4.07)

7:05 p.m. ET LA Jon Garland (11-11, 4.02) at PIT Paul Maholm (8-9, 4.46)

7:07 p.m. ET SEA Doug Fister (2-3, 4.37) at TOR Roy Halladay (15-10, 3.01)

7:10 p.m. ET NYM Tim Redding (3-6, 5.25) at FLA Ricky Nolasco (12-9, 5.34)

8:05 p.m. ET PHI Cliff Lee (14-11, 2.99) at MLW Manny Parra (10-10, 6.42)

8:05 p.m. ET TB James Shields (10-11, 4.09) at TEX Derek Holland (7-12, 6.17)

8:05 p.m. ET CIN Matt Maloney (1-4, 5.35) at HOU Brian Moehler (8-10, 4.86)

8:10 p.m. ET MIN Carl Pavano (12-11, 4.82) at KC Robinson Tejeda (4-1, 2.94)

8:10 p.m. ET STL Chris Carpenter (16-4, 2.34) at COL Aaron Cook (10-6, 4.47)

8:11 p.m. ET DET Nate Robertson (2-2, 5.13) at CWS Freddy Garcia (2-3, 4.01)

9:40 p.m. ET SD Kevin Correia (11-10, 4.08) at ARZ Max Scherzer (9-10, 4.08)

10:05 p.m. ET OAK Gio Gonzalez (5-6, 6.15) at ANA Jered Weaver (15-7, 3.87)

10:15 p.m. ET CHC Carlos Zambrano (8-6, 3.91) at SF Tim Lincecum (14-6, 2.47)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Getting it "In the Can"

Absolutely hilarious!



It's the Bud Lime ad they use in Canada and not here in the United States. I guess we're all getting it in the can, huh!

NFL Week 3 Predictions

Let's line 'em up and knock 'em down! Week 3 in the NFL and it's time to get to pickin'.

Browns at Ravens
Poor Eric Mangini. Already 0-2 and you have to go to Baltimore. Oh well, I don't feel sorry for him really. Here's hoping Ray Rice lights 'em up for 3 TD's and 200 yards on the ground.
Ravens 30 Browns 10

Titans at Jets
This sets up as a letdown game for the undefeated Jets as they host the winless Titans. So, easy pickings right? Wrong! Rex Ryan rallies the troop once more sending Tennessee into a tailspin.
Jets 20 Titans 17

Giants at Bucs
A big blow to the Giants defensive secondary with Kenny Phillips out for the year with a knee injury. The good thing is the Bucs offense is woeful so far this season and the NY "D" will be able to handle it even on the road.
Giants 24 Bucs 14

Packers at Rams
Have you ever had one of those games you can talk yourself into both teams winning? That's this one for me. Coin flip time!
Packers 24 Rams 21

Chiefs at Eagles
After a pasting in Philly last week against the powerful Saints, the Eagles get a cupcake this week against the anemic Chiefs, who are already fighting against each other. Welcome to the other side Todd Haley and Matt Cassel.
Eagles 35 Chiefs 13

Falcons at Patriots
Tom Brady rights the ship this week. The only bad thing is that the Falcons will put up a ton of points too. This one could be the offensive shoot-out of the week.
Patriots 42 Falcons 38

49ers at Vikings
Game of the week potential right here! Top two runners in the NFC: Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore. Two of the more physical defenses against the run. Plus, we get former Vikings draft pick Shaun Hill coming back at QB for SF.
Vikings 17 49ers 13

Jaguars at Texans
We'll all be shocked that after week 3, both the Jags and the Titans are 0-3 while the Texans and Colts are 2-1.
Texans 24 Jaguars 17

Redskins at Lions
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
Redskins 13 Lions 10

Saints at Bills
We'll find out this week just how good this Buffalo team is. My guess is that they're a .500 team or worse.
Saints 31 Bills 23

Bears at Seahawks
The Bears ground game gets healthy in this one as the Seahawks struggle without QB Matt Hasselback, who's got a bad back.
Bears 27 Seahawks 20

Steelers at Bengals
Will the real Bengals please stand up!
Bengals 24 Steelers 21

Broncos at Raiders
I can't believe I'm going to say this: the 2-1 Raiders! Only if Jamarcus Russell limits the turnovers.
Raiders 17 Broncos 14

Dolphins at Chargers
No LT again for the Chargers and this time, the Dolphins won't make the same mistake twice. And of course it helps that the Chargers aren't the Colts.
Dolphins 27 Chargers 23

Colts at Cardinals
Colts have the double whammy of two road games back-to-back in primetime. That never spells good news. Cardinals continue to shake off the week 1 doldrums.
Cardinals 30 Colts 27

Panthers at Cowboys
Now that the pomp and circumstance is over in Dallas, maybe Tony Romo can get back to playing QB like a pro. He gave away the game last Sunday night, the Panthers won't be as tough as the Giants this week.
Cowboys 28 Panthers 17

Happy Widgeting!

Tiger heads up final PGA event of the season for NBC

From NBC Sports -

TIGER SHOOTS FOR FEDEX CUP AS NBC SPORTS BROADCASTS LIVE COVERAGE OF TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

All 30 Players Enter With Chance to Win FedEx Cup

So much can happen, there are so many scenarios. This is going to be a lot of fun. NBC's Maltbie

NEW YORK - Sept. 24, 2009
- Tiger Woods, the FedEx Cup points leader, headlines a field of 30 as NBC Sports presents more than eight hours of live coverage of THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola from East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Saturday from 2-6 p.m. ET and Sunday from 1:30-6 p.m. ET. The championship is culminated by the awarding of the FedEx Cup and the first place prize of $10 million. Woods won the inaugural FedEx Cup in 2007 and Vijay Singh captured last year's honors.

Host Dan Hicks and analyst Johnny Miller, in their 10th season together as NBC Sports' lead golf commentators, anchor NBC's coverage from the 18th-hole tower. Hicks and Miller are joined by tower reporters Gary Koch and Bob Murphy; on-course reporters Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing and Dottie Pepper; and interviewer/essayist Jimmy Roberts. NBC's coverage is produced by Tommy Roy, one of the most nominated persons in the history of the Sports Emmys.

The top five players control their fate and can win the $10 million prize with a victory (see top 10 below). However, all 30 players in the field have a mathematical chance to win the FedEx Cup.

ROY ON COVERING THE EVENT: "It's a complicated process following both the event and the points race but we're very excited that it's coming down to the wire and that there's so much uncertainty. That's what playoffs are all about."

MALTBIE ON THE PLAYOFFS: "So much can happen, there are so many scenarios, I think this is what the Tour imagined when they designed the new points system. This is going to be a lot of fun."

MALTBIE ON EAST LAKE: "The combination of the rough being up and the greens being rock hard will make for very difficult conditions for these players."

PLAYOFFS FOR THE FEDEX CUP: The annual FedEx Cup champion is determined by points accumulated through the regular season and, following a points reset based on final regular season standings, performance in the four tournaments that comprise the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedEx Cup. The Playoff events, in sequence, are the Barclays Classic in Jersey City, N.J. (won by Heath Slocum), Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston (won by Stricker), BMW Championship near Chicago (won by Woods) and THE TOUR Championship in Atlanta.

PGA TOUR PLAYOFFS FOR FEDEX CUP POINTS:
1. Tiger Woods, 2,500
2. Steve Stricker, 2,250
3. Jim Furyk, 2,000
4. Zach Johnson, 1,800
5. Heath Slocumb, 1,500
6. Padraig Harrington, 1,400
7. Sean O'Hair, 1,200
8. Scott Verplank, 1,000
9. Kenny Perry, 800
10. Jason Dufner, 600

SEC on CBS Preview: Alabama/Arkansas

From CBS Sports -

“THE SEC ON CBS” ROLLS INTO TUSCALOOSA ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 26 AS NO. 3-RANKED ALABAMA HOSTS ARKANSAS

CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK’S AARON TAYLOR JOINS “COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY”

AUDIBLES with CBS Sports’ Lead College Football Analyst Gary Danielson


CBS Sports’ coverage of SEC College Football continues on Saturday, Sept. 26 (3:30 PM, ET), with national coverage of Arkansas taking on *No. 3-ranked Alabama

The CBS Television Network's lead college football announce team of Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson call the action live from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tracy Wolfson serves as lead reporter. Craig Silver, the Network’s coordinating producer of college football, produces and Steve Milton directs. CBS Sports’ broadcast of Arkansas-Alabama also will be broadcast in High Definition.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, the Network’s pre-game, halftime and post-game studio show, starts the day on CBS Sports (3:00 PM, ET) with host Tim Brando, along with analysts Spencer Tillman and Aaron Taylor of CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK. COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY will keep viewers updated on all the games throughout the afternoon with scores and highlights. Vin DeVito produces and Linda Malino directs. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

CBS College Sports Network’s SEC TAILGATE show on Saturday, Sept. 26 (2:00-3:00 PM, ET) is live from University of Alabama’s campus prior the game. This week’s show originates in front of Doster Hall adjacent to the quad on the Southeast corner of Colonial Drive and University Boulevard. University of Alabama linebacker Woodrow Lowe joins CBS College Sports Network as a guest analyst. Veteran SEC announcer Dave Baker hosts SEC TAILGATE, and is joined by CBSSports.com’s Lauren Shehadi and local contributors. Sam Ryan anchors coverage from New York with former Tennessee Head Coach Phillip Fulmer and Brian Jones serving as analysts.

The Arkansas-Alabama game will be streamed live and free of charge on CBSSports.com. Each week CBS Sports’ “SEC Game of the Week” is available exclusively on CBSSports.com and also can be accessed through a link on the websites of all CBS affiliates.

After CBS Sports’ live SEC game coverage each Saturday throughout the season, CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK takes over with SEC POSTGAME GAME SHOW (7:00-8:00 PM, ET), providing a recap of all the news, scores and highlights from around the SEC. Ryan serves as host along with Jones and Fulmer. Stephan Van Engen produces.

*Coaches Poll as of 9/21/09

AUDIBLES with CBS Sports’ Lead College Football Analyst Gary Danielson

(On Arkansas-Alabama):
This game really crystallizes why this conference has exploded and gotten tougher and tougher every year that I have been covering the SEC. Now with the league has another coach, Bobby Petrino, who is a national expert in the passing game. If you talk to anyone in the country about who knows how to throw the ball, if you are going to name two guys, he’s one of the two. He is going to go against the No. 1 guy in defending the pass in Nick Saban. Again, this game crystallizes why this conference has become must see TV. It’s become almost a mini NFL. Arkansas is not as good, but they are so good at what they do.

(On Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett): Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett who has transferred from Michigan, has gone from the Bluest of Blue to the Reddest of Red. He is one of the cockiest people I have come around in my 15 years of doing this. And I love him for it. He is really going to be an interesting player for us to watch in the conference.

(On SEC quarterbacks): When I came to this conference there was a lack of quarterbacks. The Big 12 gets a lot of notoriety for their quarterbacks because of their stats. I am going to make a prediction that the three quarterbacks in the SEC, Tim Tebow, Jevon Snead and now Mallett eventually will be drafted higher than any three quarterbacks now playing in any other conference. Snead may go No. 1 in the draft this year if the team drafting needs a quarterback. He will be the first quarterback taken in the draft and Tebow will go in the first round. Mallet next year, or the year after, will be the first quarterback taken.

(On Tennessee winning in loss to Florida): I don’t know if I have ever seen a team lose a game and gain more out of it than Tennessee’s program did. Lane Kiffin, in one game, has gained the respect of his players, the fans and the coaches around this conference that he is the guy that will turn Tennessee around. That team was almost down on themselves. They now look at themselves in the mirror and actually see something good. Tennessee was really down on themselves last year and the same goes for Tennessee fans.

(On Urban Meyer gaining the attention of his players): Urban Meyer got something out of the win that he needed. That team was flying so high, no one was saying anything bad about his team. It was almost as if they were unbeatable. He now has something to sell to his team, that they are not all that everybody has been telling them. So he got a win out of it, but he also got something he can grind his team with. It almost took losing to Mississippi last year before he gained their attention. He gets to gain their attention with a win.

MLB Network comes through with pre-playoff programming

From MLB Network -

MLB NETWORK TO AIR SPECIAL PROGRAMMING LEADING UP TO THE 2009 MLB POSTSEASON

Path to the Pennant to Air Prior to MLB Tonight from September 28-October 2 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Month Look Back: September Recap Show to Cover Top Plays, Finishes and Transactions

MLB Productions’ "I Breathe Baseball" Documentary Series to Feature Actor Nick Turturro and Appearances from Johnny Damon, Joe Torre, Joe Girardi

Secaucus, N.J., September 24, 2009
– MLB Network today announced its lineup of special programming for the last week of the MLB regular season through October 2. MLB Network will air Path to the Pennant, a special daily news show marking the last week of the regular season from Monday, September 28 through Friday, October 2. The one-hour show will air live prior to MLB Tonight and discuss division leaders, preview postseason matchups and provide additional analysis of the teams who’ve clinched postseason berths and those who are on their way. A 15-second preview of Path to the Pennant is attached.

MLB Network will air Month Look-Back: September, a one-hour live studio show recapping recent trends, transactions, leaders and stats on Sunday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET. MLB Network's Greg Amsinger, Billy Ripken, Joe Magrane and Dave Valle will break down the American League and National League teams and players of the month, as well as the top statistical leaders, home runs, defensive plays, finishes, bizarre moments and historical milestones. Month Look Back: September will re-air on MLB Network on September 27 at 11:00 p.m. ET and until 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 28.

Immediately following the show, MLB Network will televise the premiere episode of I Breathe Baseball, a two-part documentary series from MLB Productions featuring actor and New York native Nick Turturro ("NYPD Blue," “The Longest Yard,” "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry") and his fanaticism for the New York Yankees at 9:00 p.m. ET. The first episode follows Turturro at his home in Tarzana, California, where he keeps a shrine to the Yankees and to baseball, and at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles taking batting practice and talking with Dodgers manager Joe Torre. Episode two catches up with Turturro at a Yankees home game with his older brother and fellow actor John Turturro, and back to the Bronx for a one-on-one stickball game against Yankees left fielder Johnny Damon. The show also includes appearances by Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Yankees relief pitch Phil Coke and Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long.

Reggie Jackson comes to TBS

From TBS Sports -

TBS Sends Mr. October Reggie Jackson to bat as host of a new interview series entitled “The Pride of October”

featuring other MLB Postseason Legends

Series to debut on Inside MLB on TBS and TBS Hot Corner on MLB.com beginning Oct. 7th


TBS announced today that Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, nicknamed “Mr. October” for his clutch postseason hitting, will host a series of one-on-one interviews that will air throughout the network’s exclusive television coverage of all four of MLB’s Division Series and the National League Championship Series (NLCS). The series, entitled “The Pride of October”, will debut on Wednesday, October 7, during TBS’ pregame show MLB On Deck, with expanded versions of the exclusive interviews running as interstitials between games and online at TBS Hot Corner on MLB.com.

“The show is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time to be able to communicate to the fan's the common thread that is ingrained in their DNA as special leaders,” said Jackson, a 5-time World Series Champion. “What has come through to me, regardless of what walk of life they excel in, is the impact their upbringing has had on their character and ability to dominate when the lamp is turned on them.”

The series will focus on the triumphant October performances by some of baseball’s greatest players with Jackson, a 14-time MLB All-Star, sitting down with legends of the game in familiar surroundings. Upcoming guests include Bob Gibson (eight-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion) at his home in Omaha, Nebraska and Frank Robinson (12-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion) from Anaheim Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California. Future guests to be announced at a later date.

NFL News from CBS Sports - Vick on NFL Today & Week 3 Previews

From CBS Sports -

“THE NFL TODAY’S” JAMES BROWN ONCE AGAIN SITS DOWN WITH PHILADELPHIA EAGLES’ MICHAEL VICK PREVIEWING KANSAS CITY-PHILADELPHIA GAME AND HIS ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY FOR WEEK 3 OF “THE NFL TODAY” ON SUNDAY, SEPT. 27

THE NFL ON CBS, home of Super Bowl XLIV and broadcasting its Golden Anniversary 50th year of the NFL, continues its 2009 NFL season on Sunday, Sept. 27 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET).

THE NFL TODAY host James Brown once again sits down with the Philadelphia Eagles’ Michael Vick. Vick is eligible to play for the Eagles this week against Kansas City. Should he be active, it will mark his return to the NFL after being suspended prior to the 2007 NFL season. Brown’s interview will focus on Vick’s return to football, is he ready both mentally and physically, how he expects to be used, and the support he has received from the team. Deb Gelman is the producer.

VICK: “The organization is awesome. They care and want me to succeed and I appreciate that. And, I’m glad I’m here.”

VICK: “I know I can play this game. I know I can play it for a long time. I still have the speed, the quickness and the mind to run an NFL offense.”

VICK: “This is not the exact scenario I thought would play out. I thought I’d be playing with a team and actually starting.”

Brown hosts THE NFL TODAY along with analysts Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher, NFL TODAY “General Manager” Charley Casserly, as well as Lesley Visser and Sam Ryan reporting.

Now, to this week's games -

THE NFL ON CBS: WEEK 3 (SUNDAY, SEPT. 27)

AUDIBLES WITH “NFL ON CBS” LEAD ANALYST PHIL SIMMS, DAN DIERDORF AND SOLOMON WILCOTS


The CBS Television Network, home of Super Bowl XLIV, continues its Golden Anniversary 50th year broadcasting the NFL with THE NFL ON CBS on Sunday, Sept. 27 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s one-hour studio show (12:00 NOON-1:00 PM, ET), live from THE NFL TODAY studio in New York City.

THE NFL ON CBS lead announce team of Jim Nantz, who this year is marking his 25th with CBS Sports, and Phil Simms call the action from the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cincinnati Bengals game live from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer and Mike Arnold is the lead game director.

Throughout the 2009 season, THE NFL ON CBS will broadcast all of its games each week in HDTV, the highest definition television format – 1080i lines of picture resolution – along with 5.1 digital audio.

PHIL SIMMS

(On whether Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game establishes anything in AFC North):
It doesn’t do anything in terms of status. It’s early in the season. This game is about the big picture – can the Bengals become part of the picture in their division? That’s what they’re trying to do. We all know about the history of the Bengals and Steelers. It’s been one-sided. This is the Bengals trying to judge the division they’re in and realizing that the Steelers and Ravens have separated themselves. They’ve done it with toughness and defense, and the Bengals are trying to become a part of that culture.

(On Pittsburgh’s Defense): The bottom line is, how many points have they given up? You have to feel like if you give up 17 points in a game, you’re going to win in the NFL. They don’t have concerns. The thing to remember about the Steelers is that they play close games. The make-up of their team, the style they play, to be successful they’re going to have to win a lot of close games to have a winning record and get into the playoffs.

(On Pittsburgh’s Offense): Their offense has made a lot of plays. They’ve executed a lot of plays exactly how they’ve drawn them up on the board. The big thing is, have they gotten the point production they want? No. But there are a lot of good signs on the offensive side to the Steelers; a few good runs last week, better protection for Ben Roethlisberger. And the quarterback continues to play very, very well. They travel well. They have a good defense and a good quarterback. That is usually a good combination when you’re talking about going on the road in the NFL.

(On Cincinnati’s Defense): They have been impressive. They have good corners that have been covering well. If you’re going to be a good defense in the NFL, you have to have a guy that is going to hit the quarterback. And they’ve done that so far. They definitely hit the quarterback in Green Bay last week and played very, very well in their opening game against the Denver Broncos. I’m excited to see them with my own eyes to see if I notice a difference in them physically, and to compare them to the Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens.

DAN DIERDORF

(On Tennessee):
It’s a funny game to be in the third week of the season with an air of desperation involved. But when you were 13-3 the year before with the best record in the league and all of a sudden looking at the prospect of opening the next season at 0-3, there is a little desperation involved here for Tennessee. If you open up the season at 0-3, your chances of making the playoffs are miniscule, or at least down to a percentage where you can count on one hand. I would expect Tennessee to play this game like their season depends on it. I suspect we’re going to see the A+ game coming from Tennessee.

(On N.Y. Jets): Obviously they’ve had a fantastic start. You can’t do it better defensively than the Jets are doing it. The Jets are where they are because of their defense. Allowing only 16 points in two games will win you some football games.

(On Defenses): Defensively, these two teams could not be more opposite than one another. Tennessee plays a real vanilla defense. They count on winning the match-ups, but they don’t take a whole lot of chances. They don’t blitz very much. They hope to get pressure from their front four. On the other hand, the Jets are unconventional, daring and a defense that will come at you one play after another. When you’re an offensive player walking up to the line of scrimmage, there is an air of uncertainty about where they are going to come from. But there is no uncertainty as to the fact that they are going to come. That’s Rex Ryan. He did the same thing in Baltimore. Obviously, it is a scheme that works.

(On Jets QB Mark Sanchez): I’m anxious to watch the continued maturation of Mark Sanchez. We saw him grow a great deal last week from the first half to the second half when Brian Schottenheimer decided to let him play in the second half. He is mature beyond his years but is still only 22-years-old.

SOLOMON WILCOTS

(On Philadelphia Quarterback question):
The Eagles could be the most quarterback-rich team in the National Football League with a roster of Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, Kevin Kolb and Jeff Garcia. Three of these four quarterbacks have taken their teams into the playoffs, multiple times, and Kolb in his one start had 391 yards passing. It’s a good question and a good problem to have. There is no better team to handle it than the Eagles, who are one of the most resilient franchises in the National Football League.

(On Kansas City’s Quarterback situation): If you look at the game which Brodie Croyle started, he led his team to less-than 200 yards in total offense. If you look at the game which Matt Cassel started, he led the team to over 400 yards in total offense. In his case they out-performed the Oakland Raiders in every statistical category, except the scoreboard. The only reason there could be any quarterback question presented to Todd Haley is because of the two turnovers by Cassel. In my mind Matt Cassel is getting the start. He played well. But the Chiefs are sitting here having lost 25-of-their-last 27 and everybody is looking for answers. If Brodie Croyle was the answer, the Chiefs would have never traded for Matt Cassel.

(Keys to Game for Philadelphia): While much surrounds the play at the quarterback position, it’s about the defense. They were spectacular in Week 1 against Jake Delhomme and the Carolina Panthers, but they were shredded to pieces by Drew Brees and New Orleans. It was the defense that really failed the day because Kevin Kolb racked up a lot of yards and put up points on the board. If they’re going to win in Week 3, it’s about the defense under their new coordinator Sean McDermott.

(Keys for Kansas City): You have to continue to pound the running game with Larry Johnson, 173 yards one week (team total). You have to be able to duplicate that against this Eagles defense. The passing yards come only after you dominate at the line of scrimmage. And of course you can’t turn the ball over on the road.

Following are THE NFL ON CBS assignments for Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5 (subject to change).

WEEK 3 – Sept. 27 – CBS DOUBLEHEADER
1:00 PM, ET starts:
·Kansas City @ Philadelphia
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots

·Cleveland @ Baltimore
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker

·Jacksonville @ Houston
Bill Macatee/Steve Beuerlein

·Tennessee @ N.Y. Jets
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf

4:15 PM, ET starts:
·Miami @ San Diego
Dick Enberg/Dan Fouts

·Denver @ Oakland
Ian Eagle/Rich Gannon

·Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms

WEEK 4 – Oct. 4
1:00 PM, ET starts:
·Baltimore @ New England
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms

·Cincinnati @ Cleveland
Ian Eagle/Rich Gannon

·Oakland @ Houston
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker

·Tennessee @ Jacksonville
Dick Enberg/Dan Fouts

4:00 PM, ET starts:
·Buffalo @ Miami
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots

·N.Y. Jets @ New Orleans
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf

WEEK 5 – Oct. 11 – CBS DOUBLEHEADER
1:00 PM, ET starts:
·Oakland @ N.Y. Giants
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf

·Pittsburgh @ Detroit
Dick Enberg/Dan Fouts

·Cleveland @ Buffalo
Don Criqui/Randy Cross

·Cincinnati @ Baltimore
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker

4:15 PM, ET starts:
·New England @ Denver
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms

·Houston @ Arizona
Ian Eagle/Rich Gannon

·Jacksonville @ Seattle
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots

Glee - Hilarious!

If you missed it last night, "Glee" on FOX has the combination of a last second football comeback, Beyonce and a dance number on the field all in one. Check it out. It'll make you LOL!



Thanks to Yahoo for the video! Enjoy!