Monday, November 30, 2009

Weis out at Notre Dame - I'd hire Brian Billick!

It's no surprise that Charlie Weis is gone from Notre Dame with six years still left on his contract. A no-win November will do that to you, ya know.

Sure, all the hot names will be bandied about until a new coach hits South Bend. For me, it's an easy choice who'd I'd hire. It's former Ravens and current Fox/NFL Network analyst Brian Billick.

The man is smart, cerebral and has a great temperament to teach. Plus, he's a great coach on top of that. Sure, he may not want to go around the country and recruit, but you can manage that with a great staff around him.

Will he take it or even be offered the gig, probably not. But, I'd at least make the phone call to pick his brain before moving on.

Martha Stewart teams with Sunday Night Football

Maybe it was rant against Rachel Ray, but now Martha Stewart is getting tough with Sunday Night Football. Read away!

NBC SPORTS & THE MARTHA STEWART SHOW LAUNCH MARTHA’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SWEEPSTAKES”

Fans of Football and Martha Win Trips to New York to See The Martha Stewart Show or NBC's Football Night in America”

NEW YORK - November 30, 2009
- NBC Sports, NBC local affiliates and "The Martha Stewart Show" have teamed up on a promotion that will give football and Martha fans unique and original football recipes and entertaining ideas to make "Sunday Night Football" a special viewing event. In addition, fans can enter to win a trip to New York to see a live taping of "The Martha Stewart Show" or NBC's "Football Night in America" along with other daily prizes.

The two-week long promotion launches November 30 with a series of promos starring Martha that air nationally on NBC and locally across 11 participating NBC stations and affiliates including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas. Each affiliate will air Martha promos tailored to their market that drive viewers to the affiliate's website for contest registration and Martha-inspired "Sunday Night Football" recipes.

"I'm a huge football fan and I know lots of women who love to watch the game as much as I do – especially during the playoff season," said Martha Stewart when commenting on the promotion. "I've been lucky enough to attend several Super Bowl games and it's a very exciting event. I'm delighted to be working with our station partners to give viewers access to our excellent recipes and fool-proof entertaining tips that are sure to make their Sunday night gatherings a huge hit with family and friends."

Viewers who enter the contest through their affiliate website or the national URL, www.MarthaSNF.com, have the chance to win daily prizes that will help them prepare for Sunday Night, including Martha's new best-selling cookbook, "Dinner at Home," and footballs autographed by NBC's "Sunday Night Football" and "Football Night in America" teams. Viewers are automatically entered to win the grand prize – a trip for two to New York City to see a live taping of either "The Martha Stewart Show" or NBC's "Football Night in America" along with $100 in spending money.

"Martha's Sunday Night Football Sweepstakes" is designed to bring additional NBC Universal assets to promote the NFL, with the goal of driving tune-in and awareness among casual fans.

"This partnership with Martha Stewart is part of a concerted effort to bring more of our company's assets to help make Sunday night the night that families reserve for football," said Mike McCarley, SVP, Strategic Marketing, Communications and Promotions, NBC Sports & Olympics. "The broad reach of our company is a big part of our success in connecting with many different types of viewers in ways that are relevant to them."

NBC's Sunday Night Football Tops Again!

From NBC Sports -

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL TOP SHOW FOR 10th TIME IN 11 WEEKS

SNF Again Powers NBC To Sunday Night Win

Tops Desperate Housewives on ABC by 62%

NEW YORK - Nov. 30, 2009
- Last night's "NBC Sunday Night Football" was the No. 1 broadcast on Sunday night for the 10th time in 11 weeks with the Baltimore Ravens 20-17 overtime victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. "SNF" was again the No. 1 show of the night in the metered markets (excludes overruns of NFL day games) on a night that faced original programming including ABC's Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters, CBS's 60 Minutes and Amazing Race, and Fox's Simpsons, Cleveland Show and Family Guy. Head-to-head from 9-10 p.m., "Sunday Night Football" out-rated Desperate Housewives on ABC by 62 percent.

"Sunday Night Football" registered a 12.6 overnight rating and a 20 share (from 8:30-11:45 p.m. ET). That rating is up 17 percent from last year's Week 12 game, which featured Peyton Manning and the Colts defeating the Chargers 23-20 (10.8/17).

The rating peaked during the overtime period (11:30-11:45 p.m. ET) at a 14.2/27

TOP 20 METERED MARKETS FOR SNF WEEK 12:
1. Pittsburgh, 49.0/66
2. Baltimore, 36.2/52
3. Cincinnati, 18.7/28
4. Las Vegas, 17.6/27
5. Nashville, 17.3/27
6. San Diego, 16.6/25
7. Dayton, 16.4/25
8. New Orleans, 16.2/22
9. Washington D.C., 15.2/25
T10. Denver, 15.1/23
T10. Albuquerque, 15.1/21
12. Memphis, 14.8/20
T13. Columbus, 14.7/23
T13. Richmond, 14.7/22
15. Norfolk, 14.6/22
16. Cleveland, 14.2/22
17. Phoenix, 13.7/21
18. Sacramento, 13.5/22
19. Indianapolis, 13.3/20
T20. Dallas, 13.1/22
T20. Portland, 13.1/22

**Viewership numbers will be available when national ratings are released
tomorrow.**

Sunday, November 29, 2009

NFL Today on CBS Pregame Notes - Week 12

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 12 ON NOVEMBER 29

►CORNUCOPIA OF GREAT RATINGS FOR “SEC ON CBS” THANKSGIVING WEEKEND


CBS Sports’ coverage of the SEC ON CBS on Friday, Nov. 27, which saw No. 2 Alabama beat Auburn, 26-21, earned an overnight household rating/share of 4.8/11, up 92% from last year’s 2.5/6 (LSU vs. Arkansas), and Saturday, Nov. 28, which saw No. 1 Florida defeat Florida State, 37-10, earned an overnight household rating/share of 5.1/12, up 21% from last year’s 4.2/9 (Auburn vs. No. 1 Alabama).

► QUICK HITS

(On Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger as No. 3 quarterback tonight against Baltimore due to concussion)

BOOMER ESIASON
: How does Pittsburgh go into this game without signing a veteran back-up (quarterback) earlier in the week knowing that Charlie Batch was out of the mix?

►“INSIDE THE GAME” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY

(On Pittsburgh having to start Dennis Dixon and having Tyler Palko as back-up and Ben Roethlisberger as No. 3 quarterback tonight due to a concussion)

CASSERLY:
In my opinion, the Steelers made a mistake. When you end Sunday's game, your back-up quarterback Charlie Batch is out. Your starting quarterback didn't finish the game. You're in the middle of a playoff hunt. Sign a veteran quarterback. Have that insurance ready. Have that done by Monday night.

► “DR. BILL COWHER” BUILDS “THE PERFECT QUARTERBACK

Bill Cowher took parts from quarterbacks from around the NFL to build the “Perfect Quarterback”:

Head of Peyton Manning

Leadership of Drew Brees

Poise and Decision-Making of Tom Brady

Arm of Ben Roethlisberger

Legs of Vince Young

Experience of Kurt Warner

Courage of Philip Rivers

Exuberance of Brett Favre

BOOMER:
(Looking at Cowher): I want to build myself the ultimate coach. I'm going to start with the chin.

FOX NFL Pregame Notes - Week 12

From Fox Sports -

Bradshaw: The NFL Doesn’t Take Care of Retired Players

Long: We’re Beginning To See Long Term Effects of Head Trauma in the NFL

NFL Insider Jay Glazer: Goodell Expected to Issue Stricter Guidelines Regarding Head Injuries

Strahan: Giants Lack Enthusiasm and Leadership on the Field


FOX NFL SUNDAY Co-host Terry Bradshaw on the NFL’s treatment of retired players: “It’s sad when an outside source for example, Congress, has to bring in the Commissioner of the NFL and ask him questions. So instead of being proactive, the NFL is reactive. They wait until someone else says, ‘you’ve got a problem’ and then they fix it. Behind closed doors, they tell us, ‘we’re going to fix that, good idea’ but they don’t. Mike Webster, my former center in Pittsburgh, passed away. He had a lot of head problems. He was living in a car, living under a bridge and did the NFL take care of him? No. Not at all.”

Analyst Jimmy Johnson on concussions in the NFL: “Today there are so many people making decisions about concussions without knowing the long term effects. As a coach, I would eliminate a lot of drills in practice where we’ve had concussions in the past.”

Analyst Howie Long added: “Our generation of players just didn’t say anything. Now we’re beginning to see the long term effects of head trauma on previous generations. The league is talking about expanding the season from 16 games to possibly 18 games. I think the rosters are too small and need to be expanded. If you decide to play 18 games, the roster definitely needs to be expanded and I think that you’d have to add an extra bye week. This game is bigger stronger and faster.”

FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer reports that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to issue strict in game guidelines regarding head injuries: “Roger Goodell is expected to issue a memo to all teams to expand the grounds for removal from a game due to head injuries. Right now, if a player is knocked out during a game he can’t go back in. The league wants to expand that. If a player shows signs of head trauma or a concussion, is woozy or has memory loss he would be required to be removed from the game.”

Analyst Michael Strahan on the New York Giants: “There is a lack of enthusiasm and a lack of fight. The Giants need leadership on the field.”

Strahan on whether Rams RB Steven Jackson is the best RB in the league: “It’s a fair argument and if he played in Minnesota, it wouldn’t be close because the Vikings have a great offensive line.”

Johnson on the Lions leaving QB Matthew Stafford in during the Thanksgiving Day game: “He’s a rookie and is going to have to take his lumps and he’s going to learn from that. And why ask for a problem if you put Daunte Culpepper in and he does well?”

Bradshaw on the undefeated Saints playing at home against the Patriots tomorrow night: “I don’t think there is any way that the Saints lose at home. They have more talent than New England and the Superdome will be loud.”

Analyst Johnson was ‘Fired Up’ about teams being smart when choosing a Quarterback: “Once again, teams are going to be quarterback shopping in the NFL draft. Keep this in mind: If you pick the wrong quarterback at the top of the draft and give him too much guaranteed money, your team will be ruined for years. Look at Oakland. They’re giving former No. 1 pick JaMarcus Russell $31 Million dollars guaranteed and they have the NFL’s worst record since 2003 and they’re not alone. It took the Chargers years to recover from Ryan Leaf. Desperate teams stretch and make mistakes at this position hoping they get a franchise player. The point is this: there are bargains out there if teams look hard enough. Remember, Tom Brady was a 6th round pick. Kurt Warner came from the Arena Football League and Tony Romo went undrafted.”

Tiger Woods - 911 Call

From TMZ.com, here's the 911 call made by a male neighbor in the Tiger Woods car accident.

Click here to hear it!

UPDATE: Woods has again canceled his interview with Florida police for Sunday.

The Wrestler - A Disappointment

Well, as all you faithfull followers of The Crowe's Nest know, I'm an avid pro wrestling fan. I've waited this long to watch the acclaimed Mickey Rourke film "The Wrestler" until last night.

Believe me, I was intrigued with all the hype including all the Golden Globe and Academy Award wins and nominations. But I'll be honest, I was disappointed.

I wasn't blown away by Rourke's performance as a broken down Randy "The Ram." I wasn't knocked out by the great twists and turns with the script. And no, I wasn't left hanging by the very obvious ending.

A good movie, I'll give you that. Especially with the more than anticipated stripping scenes with Marissa Tomei! But a movie that I would call one of the year's best, sorry folks!

Tiger Woods statement

As Tiger Woods gets ready to talk to Florida police today about his Friday morning car accident, the world's best golfer released this statement today on his official website:

"As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I'm pretty sore.

This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I'm human and I'm not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn't happen again.

This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.

The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false.

This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be."

Saturday, November 28, 2009

TMZ: Tiger and wife had fight

You knew this was coming! TMZ.com reports that Tiger Woods and his wife Elin had a fight that led to his car accident early Friday morning.

As we have kidded and speculated, the two had a fight over another woman, Wooods fled the house after behing scratched in the face. His wife then hit the SUV with a golf club and Woods hit the hydrant and tree.

Read the full report for yourself over at TMZ.com!

Friday, November 27, 2009

NFL Week 12 Predictions

Let's get right to it people! Week 12 of the NFL season already has three duds in the books from Thanksgiving, but we're here to predict the rest!

Take them at your own peril!

Falcons 31 Bucs 10
A whole lot of home cookin' does the Falcons good!

Dolphins 24 Bills 20
It's never easy for the Dolphins but a win here and a Pats loss to the Saints sets up a battle for first place in the AFC East next Sunday in Miami.

Eagles 20 Redskins 17
Don't look now, but the Eagles are about to make another late season run.

Seahawks 23 Rams 13
Matt Hasselback is 7-0 against the Rams in his last seven games. Merry Christmas Matt!

Panthers 27 Jets 20
I just don't see how the Jets defense can stop Steve Smith AND the Panthers running game. Maybe one or the other but look for huge dividends on the ground for Carolina here.

Bengals 24 Browns 14
This week will show us just how mature the Bengals really are after a disappointing loss at Oakland in the final seconds last Sunday.

Texans 27 Colts 24
Just a gut hunch right here. Too many close calls lately.

Chargers 30 Chiefs 20
KC is getting better but let's not get too giddy now.

49ers 17 Jags 14
Can anyone figure either of these two teams out?

Vikings 33 Bears 27 (OT)
It's at this point last season that Brett Favre went South. Don't expect it in this one.

Titans 28 Cards 27
I must be crazy, but I honestly think the Titans, after an 0-6 start, have a shot at the playoffs and believe it!

Ravens 23 Steelers 16
Could be no Big Ben this week due to last week's concussion.

Patriots 48 Saints 42
We'll be up to 1am in the morning but loving every single agonizing, enjoyable minute of it.

Looking ahead - Thanksgiving 2010

Since we are all bemoaning the three dud games we got for Thanksgiving Day from the NFL. Let's look ahead to next season in 2010.

CBS will get either the Patriots or Jets at the Lions since they are the only AFC teams to visit Detroit and CBS has the game in 2010.

As for the Cowboys, here are your choices: NY Giants, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, NFC South (based on divisional standings at end of season). Nothing much to stand out there yet, but anything's better than the Raiders.

Embarassing Local News! Providence, RI on Tiger Woods Car Accident

OK, it's one thing to be sensational, but then there's just distortion of the facts!

Friday afternoon, we learn the news that Tiger Woods cracked his car into a fire hydrant and his neighbor's tree at 2:20am in the morning. I repeat, 2:20am in the morning. Woods was treated and released from the hospital on Friday in what police call a minor accident.

Yet, here's how our local Providence news affilaite LEADS their news at 6pm Friday - Tiger Woods SERIOUSLY INJURED! Are you serious? A news organization should be embarassed to one, lead their local news with the fact that Tiger Woods had a minor car accident 3,000 miles away, but two, lead with misleading and let's be honest, factually incorrect information.

It's no wonder more and more people DON'T watch their local news anymore!

Oh yeah, if you want to get the real facts, here's the local Orlando affiliate's story from WESH.

It's Official: anyone can get into the White House!

On the heels of the an uninvited couple getting into the White House get together the other night, we get this - The Real World gets access to the White House!

It's part of the new Real World DC, check it out from MTV -



With all the parties and shoots, it's no wonder nothing's getting done in this country!

Josh McDaniels: Just win the MF'er game!

Well, for as long as the NFL suits let this one stay up, here's Josh McDaniels dropping his motherf'er last night on the NFL Network's broadcast of the Giants/Broncos.

WARNING: PROFANITY!



It's no shame on Josh. He's just trying to do his job. How about the production guys at the NFL Network getting it done at some point. It's been bad this year, especially with no audio for the Bears/49ers game and now this.

You would think the NFL would finally hire some high-priced and quality talent at some point, right?!

Here's the ESPN.com story as well.

Thanksgiving Day notes for CBS NFL Today

From CBS -

NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES FROM “THE NFL TODAY” THANKSGIVING DAY OAKLAND-DALLAS GAME ON THURSDAY, NOV. 26

BILL COWHER: “I’ve spoken to no teams…”

► QUICK HITS

(On coaching rumors surrounding THE NFL TODAY’s Bill Cowher)

BILL COWHER:
I’ve spoken to no teams and I don’t intend to do so while there is a current head coach. Listen, this is a pivotal time of the year and these coaches deserve to have the full support of their organizations. So I’m telling you, I’ve talked to nobody.

(On Oakland’s Quarterback issues)

BOOMER ESIASON:
JaMarcus Russell has already been paid $34 million over the last three years. There is no more guaranteed money, I understand, in his contract. Next year his contract calls for a $10.5 million salary. This is an albatross hanging around the neck of the Oakland Raiders, and whoever their new coach is going to be. I do believe that there will be a new coach here…The big question for whoever takes over out there is, can they reclaim JaMarcus Russell as a quarterback? I don’t think so. I think you bring him in and say, ‘Listen, we’ll give you $1 million. You want to earn that other $9.5 million, you show us on the field that you deserve it.’ Because certainly off the field he has not been deserving of this kind of money.

(On Playoff Picture)

BOOMER:
I would not be surprised to see the Tennessee Titans, with Jeff Fisher as their coach, make their way into the playoffs.

►INSIDE THE GAME WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY

(On Buffalo coaching job)

CASSERLY:
What the Bills coaches were told is this, Perry Fewell will be given serious consideration for the job. In fact they were told he has a leg up right now because he’s coaching the team. They were also told they were going to look at coaches who are available right now for interviews. One was Mike Shanahan. They interviewed him this past week on Tuesday. Also, two other names I would look at: one is Jim Haslett, former NFL head coach also presently head coach of the Florida Tuskers, undefeated in the UFL; and head coach Marc Trestman, of the Montreal Alouettes, with the top record in the CFL. I think both will get consideration. At the end of the year, one guy I would really look at hard here for them to see is Russ Grimm, the assistant head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. My personal opinion, I don’t see Mike Shanahan ending up coaching the Buffalo Bills next year. I think what he’ll look for is a team that is more playoff-ready, a team closer to being in the playoffs than the Buffalo Bills are right now.

(On NFL investigation of allegations of Chargers’ Antonio Cromartie being involved in a bar fight on Monday morning following Chargers win over Broncos)

CASSERLY:
On Monday the League got right on this thing. Now, what I’ve been told by multiple sources is this, is that they believe that Antonio Cromartie did not, did not, throw the champagne bottle at another person in the bar. However, they have not ruled out that another Charger player did throw that bottle.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there and hearty thanks to each and every one of you for supporting The Crowe's Nest!

So, to kick off the holidays, it's Adam Sandler's Thanksgiving Song from Saturday Night Live, courtesy of NBC.



Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

URI Men's Basketball: Somehow, Someway

If you get a chance, check out the outstanding six-part documentary on the URI Men's Basketball Team being shown on Cox Sports Television. It's "Somehow, Someway" and it's all about the 2008-09 URI Men's Basketball Team including never before seen behind the scenes footage with head coach Jim Baron and the team.

Here's a few sneak peeks, courtesy of Cox Sports Television...







Here's the full release from Cox Sports Television:

WEST WARWICK, R.I., Nov. 24 -- On November 29 at 9 p.m., Cox Sports (Cox Channel 3) will premiere the first episode of Somehow, Someway: A Season with the URI Rams, a six-part documentary detailing the University of Rhode Island's men's basketball team's 2008-2009 season. Episodes air each night from November 29 to December 4 at 9 p.m., leading up to URI's game vs. Providence College on Saturday, December 5 at 1 p.m., also airing on Cox Sports.

Somehow, Someway tells the story of last season's URI team both on and off the court, starting with coach Jim Baron's story of how basketball helped him out of the Brooklyn projects and following the team all the way through this past May's graduation ceremony. Cox Sports was given exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the coaches and players on campus, on the bus, and in the locker room.

"Somehow, Someway provides a one-of-a-kind look at URI basketball, and fans will be treated to a glimpse into the inner workings of head coach Jim Baron's program," said Thorr Bjorn, director of athletics at the University of Rhode Island. "URI is happy to have been a part of this unique opportunity to showcase the lives of our coaches and student-athletes."

The documentary includes the buzzer-beater against Dayton, the tight game against Providence at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, and the road trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium to play Duke. The series culminates with graduation, celebrating the college careers of URI's seniors on the court and in the classroom. Somehow, Someway begins and ends in Cooper Park, the Brooklyn project where coach Jim Baron grew up, and where he continues to return to recruit players.

The Cox Sports team was given unprecedented access to the team over the course of the 2008-2009 academic year. The result is a six-part film that provides unique insight into the world of collegiate athletics. Presented without voice-over narration, Somehow, Someway allows the subjects to tell their story in their own words.

"Sports fans are often treated to in-depth stories during typical halftime and pregame shows, but Somehow, Someway's long-form exploration of the dynamics of a team and a sport make this project something that Cox is truly proud of," said Paul Cronin, senior vice president and general manager, Cox Communications New England. "Cox Sports is known for its live sports coverage, but it's these special projects highlighting local sports and culture that make our exclusive sports channel truly unique."

Cox Sports will be airing 15 URI men's basketball games this season, beginning with the game vs. Providence College on December 5.

Steelers/Ravens on Sunday Night Football

From NBC Sports -

DEFENDING CHAMPION PITTSBURGH STEELERS INVADE BALTIMORE TO CHALLENGE DIVISION FOE RAVENS ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”

The AFC North will probably be decided by how Pittsburgh does against Baltimore.”- Collinsworth

NEW YORK - Nov. 25, 2009 -
The defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) travel to Baltimore to face their AFC North division rival, the Baltimore Ravens (5-5), on "NBC Sunday Night Football" in a game with significant playoff implications for both teams.

Coverage begins with "Football Night in America," Sunday at 7 p.m. ET with Bob Costas hosting live from inside the stadium. Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst) and Andrea Kremer (sideline reporter) call the action from M&T Bank Stadium.

Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann will co-host "Football Night" from NBC's 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios joined by Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison and Sports Illustrated's Peter King.

COLLINSWORTH: "The most intense rivalry in the NFL. You have to wear pads just to watch...The AFC North will probably be decided by how Pittsburgh does against Baltimore. It's really wonderful football regardless of the records but now the records are very significant because of the Cincinnati loss (last week)."

STEELERS VS. RAVENS: The Steelers lead the all-time series, 18-10, including two post-season meetings. The Steelers had lost five straight at Baltimore since 2004 before a 13-9 victory at M&T Bank Stadium last season. The Steelers defeated the Ravens three times in 2008, including a 23-14 victory in the AFC Championship game.

Both Pittsburgh and Baltimore lost in Week 11. Pittsburgh fell, 27-24, in overtime to the Kansas City Chiefs. Baltimore lost to the Indianapolis Colts, 17-15. Both teams are in pursuit of the division leading Cincinnati Bengals (7-3).

STEELERS-RAVENS IN PRIMETIME: Since NBC acquired the NFL's premiere primetime package in 2006, the Pittsburgh Steelers are 4-2 and the Baltimore Ravens are 1-1 on "Sunday Night Football." This is the second SNF appearance for the Steelers this season. They defeated the San Diego Chargers, 38-28, at home in Week 4. Pittsburgh also defeated the Tennessee Titans, 13-10, in the NFL's inaugural Thursday night game on NBC in Week 1. This is the first appearance for the Ravens on SNF since 2008 when they defeated the Washington Redskins, 24-10, at home in Week 14.

"SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL" DOMINATES SUNDAY NIGHT: "Sunday Night Football" has won nine of 10 Sunday nights so far this season. In 2006, SNF's inaugural season, it won the night nine of 16 times. In 2007, that figure increased to 11 and increased again in 2008 to 13. Sunday Night had a bye in Week 8 due to game four of the World Series.

"Sunday Night Football" is also experiencing its best start since NBC acquired the NFL's premier primetime package in 2006 (SNF, 2006-Present, MNF, 1970-2005). Below is SNF viewership through 11 weeks compared to last season:

2009: 19.4 million
2008: 16.7 million, up 16%

SNF FLEXES: The NFL announced a flex change in the "Sunday Night Football" schedule. On December 6, Brett Favre and the NFC Central-leading Minnesota Vikings (9-1) travel to Arizona to take on Kurt Warner and the NFC West-leading Cardinals (7-3).

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: The NFL will utilize flexible scheduling in Weeks 11-17. In those weeks, the schedule will list the games tentatively scheduled for Sunday night on NBC Sports. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game will be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move will be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the move may be announced six days before the game. Flexible scheduling will ensure quality matchups on Sunday night in those weeks and give surprise teams a chance to play their way onto primetime.

ROTOWORLD.COM'S WEEK 12 FANTASY SLEEPER PICKS: Rotoworld.com managing editor Gregg Rosenthal, who was named Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association, picks his fantasy sleepers for Week 12.

1. Vince Young vs. Cardinals: Take a great offensive line, some rushing yards, sprinkle in a few big plays against a shaky secondary, and you have a sleeper. Voila!
2. Matt Cassel @ Chargers: The king of garbage time yards should have plenty of opportunities to throw after his defense gets destroyed by Philip Rivers.
3. Rock Cartwright @ Eagles: There is no Ladell Betts, Clinton Ports, or Rock Cartwright. There is just "Redskins running back that gets the ball 20 times for 85 yards." Not bad.
4. Felix Jones vs. Raiders: Because Jerry Jones wants to show off his toys on Thanksgiving! (And the Raiders are easier to attack on the ground.)
5. Malcom Floyd @ Chiefs: Kansas City just doesn't have the size in their secondary to stay with Floyd on jump balls.

2009 "NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL" REMAINING SCHEDULE
Football Night in America begins every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET

Sun. Dec. 6 *Week 13 Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals (Flex game)
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

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.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Paula Deen gets hit with a ham!

Would I kid you with a headline like that?

Here's the video from CBS and Break.com...


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Oh my!

Patriots/Dolphins moved off NBC for Brett Favre

The mighty Brett Favre has moved the Patriots/Dolphins game off Sunday Night Football next week. His Favre-ness will lead the Vikings against the Cardinals while Pats/Dolphins gets kicked back into the laps of CBS and Jim Nantz/Phil Simms.

Here's the release from the NFL:

WEEK 13 FLEX SCHEDULING: MINNESOTA-ARIZONA TO BE NBC SUNDAY NIGHT GAME ON DEC. 6; PATRIOTS-DOLPHINS MOVES TO 1:00 PM ON CBS

The Week 13 Minnesota Vikings-Arizona Cardinals game on Sunday, December 6 will be played at 8:20 PM ET on NBC and the New England Patriots-Miami Dolphins game that day will move to 1:00 PM ET on CBS, the NFL announced today.

Following is the final Week 13 NFL schedule:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 (WEEK 13)
N.Y. JETS AT BUFFALO (TORONTO) 8:20p (ET) NFLN

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
PHILADELPHIA AT ATLANTA 1:00 PM (ET) FOX

TAMPA BAY AT CAROLINA 1:00 PM (ET) FOX

ST. LOUIS AT CHICAGO 12:00 PM (CT) FOX

DETROIT AT CINCINNATI 1:00 PM (ET) FOX

TENNESSEE AT INDIANAPOLIS 1:00 PM (ET) CBS

HOUSTON AT JACKSONVILLE 1:00 PM (ET) CBS

DENVER AT KANSAS CITY 12:00 PM (CT) CBS

NEW ENGLAND AT MIAMI* 1:00 PM (ET) CBS

OAKLAND AT PITTSBURGH 1:00 PM (ET) CBS

NEW ORLEANS AT WASHINGTON 1:00 PM (ET) FOX

SAN DIEGO AT CLEVELAND 4:05 PM (ET) CBS

DALLAS AT N.Y. GIANTS 4:15 PM (ET) FOX

SAN FRANCISCO AT SEATTLE 1:15 PM (PT) FOX

MINNESOTA AT ARIZONA* 6:20 PM (MT) NBC

MONDAY, DECEMBER 7
BALTIMORE AT GREEN BAY 7:30 PM (CT) ESPN


The flex schedule game time changes for this Sunday (Nov. 29) are Chicago at Minnesota and Arizona at Tennessee on FOX at 4:15 PM ET.

The NFL will utilize “flexible scheduling” on Sundays in Weeks 11-17. Flexible scheduling will ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots in those weeks and give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:15 PM ET time slot on CBS and FOX.

For each of the flexible scheduling weeks with the exception of Week 17, the NFL will announce the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend. To ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications in Week 17, the flexible scheduling decision for that Sunday may be made on six days notice.

Mayne Street hits LA!

That's right, Kenny Mayne hits ESPN LA this week on the latest webisode of "Mayne Street" from ESPN.com.



I love LA!

College Football Friday and Saturday on CBS

From CBS Sports -

“SEC ON CBS” LINE-UP STUFFED FOR THANKSGIVING WEEKEND WITH NO. 1 FLORIDA VS. FLORIDA ST AND NO. 2 ALABAMA VS. AUBURN

CBS Sport’ Thanksgiving weekend coverage of SEC college football kicks off on Friday, Nov. 27 (2:30-6:00 PM, ET) with undefeated and *No. 2-ranked Alabama at Auburn and continues on Saturday, Nov. 28 (3:30-7:00 PM, ET) with Florida State taking on undefeated and No. 1-ranked Florida.

On Friday, Craig Bolerjack and Steve Beuerlein call the action for the Alabama-Auburn contest from Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. Steve Scheer produces and Jim Cornell directs.

Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson, CBS Sports’ lead college football announce team, handle the call for Florida State-Florida from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. Craig Silver, the Network’s coordinating producer of college football, produces and Steve Milton directs.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, the Network’s pre-game, halftime and post-game studio show on both Friday and Saturday is hosted by Tim Brando along with analysts Spencer Tillman and Tony Barnhart. 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.

On Saturday, CBS College Sports Network’s SEC TAILGATE (2:00 PM, ET), is live from the University of Florida’s campus in Gainesville prior to the Florida State-Florida matchup. This week’s show is broadcast from just outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium between Gates 1 and 2. Former University of Florida quarterback Shane Matthews 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. CBS Sports’ Sam Ryan anchors coverage from New York with former Tennessee Head Coach Phillip Fulmer and Brian Jones serving as analysts.

Both games 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.

Following the games on Saturday, CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK recaps the day with the SEC POSTGAME SHOW (8:30 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.

*BCS Poll as of 11/23/09

CBS SPORTS’ VERNE LUNDQUIST HOSTS GEICO PRESENTS BEST OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON FRIDAY, NOV. 27

CBS Sports’ Verne Lundquist hosts Geico Present Best of College Football 2009 on Friday, Nov. 27 (1:30-2:30 PM, ET). The show will pack all the emotion and drama of the entire regular season into an exciting hour of touchdowns, upsets, spectacular catches and bone-jarring hits. The one-hour special relives the best moments and performances for the 2009 season with memorable game footage and interviews with top players highlighted by Tim Tebow, Eric Berry and Matt Barkley, and coaches including Pete Carroll, Lane Kiffin, Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer. The program also will look at Tebow’s legacy as he nears the conclusion of this final season at Florida. And two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin breaks down this year’s Heisman race.

NFL Week 12 on CBS - Daughtry performs LIVE and Victoria Secret Super Model!

From CBS Sports -

“THE NFL TODAY” PREVIEWS THANKSGIVING DAY OAKLAND-DALLAS GAME WITH FEATURE ON

COWBOYS’ DEMARCUS WARE ON THURSDAY, NOV. 26

“Daughtry” Performs Live at Halftime in Dallas

“DR. COWHER” PUTS TOGETHER HIS “ULTIMATE QUARTERBACK” ON

“THE NFL TODAY” FOR WEEK 12 ON SUNDAY, NOV. 29


Victoria’s Secret Model Candice Swanepoel Visits NFL TODAY Set Live With Her Top Picks



The CBS Television Network, home of Super Bowl XLIV, continues its Golden Anniversary 50th year broadcasting the NFL with THE NFL ON CBS on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 (4:00 PM, ET) and Sunday, Nov. 29 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s studio show (3:30-4:00 PM, ET) and (12:00 NOON-1:00 PM, ET) respectively, live from THE NFL TODAY studio in New York City.

THE NFL TODAY previews its Thanksgiving Day game of the Oakland Raiders-Dallas Cowboys game by featuring Dallas’ DeMarcus Ware. Since the regular-season in 2007, Ware has led the NFL with 41 sacks. Last season, he led the league with a club record 20 sacks, and so far has seven sacks this season. But his on-field performance is only part of his season compared to the work he does off the field. Ware is very active in the NFL’s “Play 60” campaign which is focused on national youth health and fitness, whereby young fans are encouraged to be active for at least 60 minutes-a-day. On Wednesday, DeMarcus and his wife Taniqua will be gathering with a group of local kids from the Salvation Army and present them with their “Play 60” jerseys to wear on the field at the following day’s Cowboys game. Deb Gelman is the producer.

In addition, recording artist Daughtry will perform live during halftime of the Raiders-Cowboys game.

On THE NFL TODAY on Sunday, Nov. 29 (12:00 NOON, ET), “Dr. Cowher” goes into his lab and develops the ultimate quarterback by assembling parts taken from several current quarterbacks in the league. Among the parts and traits he is looking for are the best arm, head, courage and leadership skills. Jeff St. Arromand is the producer.

Plus, Victoria’s Secret Super Model Candice Swanepoel joins the guys live on the set to help them with their NFL picks.

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

Now onto the rest of week 12...

THE NFL ON CBS: WEEK 12

(THURSDAY, THANKSGIVING DAY, NOV. 26 & SUNDAY, NOV. 29)

AUDIBLES WITH LEAD “NFL ON CBS” PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER JIM NANTZ


The CBS Television Network, home of Super Bowl XLIV, continues its Golden Anniversary 50th year broadcasting the NFL with THE NFL ON CBS on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 (4:00 PM, ET) and Sunday, Nov. 29 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s studio show (3:30-4:00 PM, ET) and (12:00 NOON-1:00 PM, ET) respectively, live from THE NFL TODAY studio in New York City.

THE NFL ON CBS lead announce team of Jim Nantz, who this year is marking his 25th with CBS Sports, and Phil Simms call the action from the Thanksgiving Day game, Oakland Raiders-Dallas Cowboys, live from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 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.

JIM NANTZ

(On Thanksgiving Day games):
Growing up, these were games that were riveting. You scheduled your family feast around the lesser of the two games.

(On Oakland): Oakland continues to struggle because they can’t stop the run. But there’s a new pulse felt around that team and it has to do with switching the leadership position at quarterback with Bruce Gradkowski starting last week. The team really rallied behind him in beating Cincinnati, a team that was one of the real stories of the season coming into last week. The Raiders only have only three wins but two of them are impressive; one against Philadelphia and one against Cincinnati. It shows they are capable of playing at a very high level. They’re just not very consistent.

(On Dallas): The Cowboys are definitely in the mix on the NFC side. They’re just not getting the headlines like New Orleans and Minnesota. They consider themselves Super Bowl contenders in the NFC. I don’t see any reason to dispute them in thinking that way.

(On Oakland-Dallas): With the way Dallas has struggled for points these last two weeks, and the Raiders proving all the experts wrong last week by beating Cincinnati, we’ve got a compelling story brewing here.

NOTE: On Saturday, Nov. 28, CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz returns to his alma mater, the University of Houston, to serve as honorary captain of the Houston football team for its game against Rice. Nantz will join the team captains on the field for the coin toss. And at halftime, Nantz will interview former Cougars quarterback Andre Ware in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Ware winning the Heisman Trophy.

Following are THE NFL ON CBS assignments for Week 12, Week 13 and Week 14 (subject to change).

WEEK 12 – Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day*)
4:00 PM, ET start:
●Oakland @ Dallas*
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms

WEEK 12 – Nov. 29
1:00 PM, ET starts:
●Miami @ Buffalo
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker

●Indianapolis @ Houston
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf

●Cleveland @ Cincinnati
Ian Eagle/Rich Gannon

4:00 PM, ET starts:
●Kansas City @ San Diego
Dick Enberg/Dan Fouts

●Jacksonville @ San Francisco
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots

WEEK 13 – Dec. 6
1:00 PM, ET starts:
●Tennessee @ Indianapolis
Ian Eagle/Rich Gannon

●Oakland @ Pittsburgh
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf

●Denver @ Kansas City
Dick Enberg/Dan Fouts

●Houston @ Jacksonville
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker

●New England @ Miami
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms

4:00 PM, ET starts:
●San Diego @ Cleveland
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots

WEEK 14 – Dec. 13 – DOUBLEHEADER
1:00 PM, ET starts:
●Denver @ Indianapolis
Dick Enberg/Dan Fouts

●N.Y. Jets @ Tampa Bay
Ian Eagle/Rich Gannon

●Miami @ Jacksonville
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots

●Buffalo @ Kansas City
Bill Macatee/Steve Beuerlein

●Cincinnati @ Minnesota
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf

4:15 PM, ET starts:
●San Diego @ Dallas
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms

Monday, November 23, 2009

Rex is C-RYAN again!

Jets head coach Rex Ryan is crying again! This time, he says the Patriots disrespected his team by throwing a deep pass from Brady to Moss in the final moments of the Pats 17-point win over the Jets. I had no problem with the pass for no other reason than I needed the fantasy football points with both Tom Brady and Randy Moss on my team. How's that for full disclosure!

Here's the NY Post article from Mark Cannizzarro.

From Cannizzarro's post:

I asked him directly if he felt disrespected by the play call and Ryan, with no hesitation, said, “Yes. It was It was surprising.’’

Ryan then somewhat took Bill Belichick off the hook on the matter, saying, “Belichick … I don’t even know how much he had to do with it more than that might have been something that Brady and Moss wanted to do.

“We need to stop them anyway, so no biggie. But I was surprised and I did feel a little disrespected.’’

So sad indeed! In fact, now Ryan is going to take more control of the offense too. Good luck!

FOX NFL Week 12 gets Thanksgiving Start

It's the Packers/Lions getting week 12 started on FOX this Thanksgiving Day Thursday. We've got the early week notes from FOX to prove it.



Who Will Win the 2009 Galloping Gobbler Award?

Packers & Lions Serve Up Special Thanksgiving NFC North Clash Thursday on FOX

Festivities Begins with America’s No. 1 Pregame - FOX NFL SUNDAY at 11:30 AM ET

Johnston: Teams That Play on Thanksgiving Benefit Down the Stretch

Strahan: Undefeated Saints Have Appeared More Vulnerable Than Vikings

THANKSGIVING DAY SPECIAL AIRS ON FOX
– This Thursday, FOX Sports dishes out a Thanksgiving sized helping of football from Ford Field in Detroit, MI as rookie Matthew Stafford and the Lions host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver call the action and once again have the honor of presenting the game’s most valuable player with the NFL ON FOX GALLOPING GOBBLER AWARD. As one of the most hallowed trophies in all of professional sports, the Galloping Gobbler was first introduced on Thanksgiving Day in 2002 and won by Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith when he rushed for 144 yards en route to a 27-20 victory over the Washington Redskins.

Coverage begins at 11:30 AM ET with a special edition of FOX NFL SUNDAY co-hosted by Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee along with analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan. On Thursday’s show, the crew breaks down the Packers/Lions matchup and counts downs the top 10 Thanksgiving Day NFL moments. Comedian Frank Caliendo makes his annual Thanksgiving Day picks. Also reporter Pam Oliver sits with Packers star DB Charles Woodson to reflect on what the Thanksgiving spirit means to him through his charity work. At 12:30 PM ET, focus shifts to Ford Field where the Lions host the annual holiday clash, this year squaring off against their NFC North division rival Green Bay Packers. At halftime, the NFL and the United Way present a Motown 50th Anniversary Tribute featuring six of the brightest talents from the current roster of Universal Motown Records performing classics. Following the halftime performance, fans can visit NFL.com/Thanksgiving to find out how to download a copy of the halftime medley as well as music from each of the artists. Proceeds will benefit United Way.

NFL ON FOX GALLOPING GOBBLER AWARD

RECIPIENTS OF THE GALLOPING GOBBLER

2002 – Emmitt Smith, Cowboys RB

2003 – DrĂ© Bly, Lions CB

2004 – Julius Jones, Cowboys RB

2005 – Michael Vick, Falcons QB

2006 – Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys QB

2007 – Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers QB

2008 – DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys DE


JOHNSTON: PLAYING ON THANKSGIVING DAY ALWAYS A POSITIVE – Having played in 10 Thanksgiving Day games, former Dallas Cowboy and current NFL on FOX analyst Daryl Johnston knows how beneficial it can be to a team in the playoff hunt. “Playing on Thanksgiving is a big plus because it gives those teams extra days off heading into December and that can play a major role in how well a team performs,” said Johnston. “The extra days off will give players more time to get healthy and come out fresh that first Sunday in December. They need to fight through soreness from previous week’s games to get ready for Thursday but it will be well worth it especially if your team is on the winning end.”

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29

NFL ON FOX STEAM ROLLS INTO WEEK 12
– On Sunday, Nov. 29 FOX Sports continues Week 12 with doubleheader coverage of six exciting matchups. At 1:00 PM ET, NFC East rivals meet when Donovan McNabb and the Eagles host the Redskins at the Linc. Looking to rebound from their overtime loss to the Giants, Matt Ryan and the Falcons welcome their NFC South rivals the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Georgia Dome. Steve Smith and the Panthers look to get back into the NFC playoff picture as they take on Mark Sanchez and the Jets in New Jersey. The Seahawks and Rams round out early game action on FOX. At 4:15 PM ET the NFL on FOX features two of the NFL fiercest rivals as Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears travel to Minneapolis to face Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen and the 9-1 Vikings. Also, Vince Young and the Titans welcome Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals to Nashville.

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. Reporter Pam Oliver visits with Eagles QB Donovan McNabb and his offensive weapons.

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.

STRAHAN: “VIKINGS LOSS TO STEELERS GIVES THEM EDGE OVER SAINTS FOR BEST IN NFC” – “Minnesota and New Orleans are the two best teams in the NFC right now and if I had to pick one, I’d have to go with Minnesota,” said FOX NFL SUNDAY Analyst Michael Strahan. “The Saints have appeared more vulnerable and closer to losing than the Vikings have this month. Minnesota’s loss to Pittsburgh has helped them get back on track. That loss told them they had to work hard every week and they are vulnerable to losing if they don't show their best stuff. If they turn over the ball, it can be their un-doing as well. I think losing at Pittsburgh earlier in the season could turn out great for Minnesota.”

For more from Strahan, click on http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/10415402/NFC-East-not-playing-up-to-its-potential

BRANDON JACOBS TELLS FOX’S JAY GLAZER ON THE AFTER PARTY WHAT HE LEARNED DURING THE BYE WEEK – “We had some time to think about what had been going right the first five weeks and what went wrong the last four weeks,” said Jacobs on Monday’s “After Party with Jay Glazer” on FOXSports.com. “What I came up with was penalties. A lot of penalties and we turned the ball over an awful lot and you can’t win like that. We let San Diego back in the game, I thought we had that one won and a few stupid penalties put them right back in it. Penalties and turnovers will lose games for you.”

1pm starts
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (59% of nation)
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston & Tony Siragusa
Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA

MARKETS INCLUDE
: Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach

Carolina Panthers at New York Jets (18% of nation)
Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick & Chris Myers
The Meadowlands – East Rutherford, NJ

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Boston, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, New York, Providence, Raleigh

Tampa Bay Bucs at Atlanta Falcons (12% of nation)
Dick Stockton, Charles Davis & Laura Okmin

Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Atlanta, Birmingham, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Orlando, Tampa

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams (6% of nation)
Ron Pitts, John Lynch & Nischelle Turner
Edward Jones Dome – St. Louis, MO

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Portland, Seattle

4:15pm starts
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (91% of nation)
Joe Buck, Tory Aikman & Pam Oliver
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome – Minneapolis, MN

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

Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans (5% of nation)
Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan & Charissa Thompson
LP Coliseum – Nashville, TN

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Austin, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Phoenix

Georgia and Georgia Tech Stick Together for Good Cause

A great cause gets some spotlight this weekend as Georgia and Georgia Tech take their in-state battle to the football field this weekend. It's H.E.R.O. for Children as both team look to help the lives of the children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Two rival college football teams, Georgia Tech and UGA, are ‘sticking' together for a worthy cause

Atlanta, GA, November 19, 2009
– On Saturday, November 28th college football teams, Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) and University of Georgia (UGA) will play in the 116th rivalry game nicknamed, ‘clean, old-fashioned hate’ at Bobby Dodd stadium on the campus of GA Tech. However, this year’s game will highlight the only unity between the two teams; H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc., a nonprofit committed to improving the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The schools have student-led philanthropy organizations that support H.E.R.O., GT HEROs and UGA HEROs. Over the past five years the students have raised more than one million dollars for the organization, while hosting annual events on their respective campuses for the children that feature fun and games.

The teams will wear helmet stickers featuring the logo of their respective collegiate HERO organizations and ‘stick together’ for a great cause on the cusp of World AIDS Day, which is December 1st. The stickers will highlight the fact that in the United States, Georgia ranks sixth highest in reported pediatric and adolescent HIV/AIDS cases (see www.cdc.gov). Almost 33 percent of H.E.R.O. kids are HIV positive and the other 67 percent have an infected parent, sibling or residential relative. Approximately 25 percent of HERO children have lost a parent to HIV/AIDS complications. UGA HEROs Executive Director Joanna Harbin says, “Six years ago, no one was providing quality of life services to children in Georgia affected by HIV/AIDS or even recognizing the need for such programming. Today UGA HEROs is one of the most recognizable philanthropies on our campus, being named UGA's "Organization of the Year" three years in a row and breaking fundraising records. While these accomplishments are exciting, it is the smiles on the HERO children's faces and the moments we share with these kids that keep our members motivated and our cause alive at UGA."

“The game is going to set a precedent by bringing the two schools together for the first time in history to lend their support to help raise awareness for children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS in Georgia by wearing helmet stickers during the game! GT HEROs is thrilled to share in this unified vision.” explains GT HEROs Executive Director, Brent Clark. HERO allows the two schools to continue to compete but at a level that has rewards far beyond bragging rights, including a direct impact in the lives of kids they serve through their philanthropic efforts. Both team coaches have taken leadership roles by working with students on their campuses to build stronger networks.

UGA head football coach, Mark Richt is an original HERO board member, and currently serves as an honorary board member for the organization. GA Tech head football coach, Paul Johnson came on board to work with the students this year. “Both Coaches Richt and Johnson are community-service-oriented individuals who work diligently to instill the value of ‘giving back’ in their teams. We are honored that they have chosen to come together to recognize our organization and the population we serve during their Thanksgiving game. We are pleased to count the students and coaches at UGA and GT amongst our most ardent supporters.” said H.E.R.O. Executive Director, Donna Drakes. The social responsibility being built into the moral fiber of the students will span generations. Over 2500 GT and UGA students have joined the fight to help by supporting HERO’s award winning programs.

Another Big Night for Sunday Night Football for NBC

From NBC Sports -

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL POWERS NBC TO ANOTHER SUNDAY NIGHT VICTORY

SNF Top Rated Show of Sunday Night for Ninth Time in 10 Weeks

Tops American Music Awards on ABC by 22%

NEW YORK - Nov. 23, 2009
- Last night's "NBC Sunday Night Football" was the No. 1 broadcast on Sunday night for the ninth time in 10 weeks with the Eagles 24-20 win over the Bears. "SNF" was again the No. 1 show of the night in the metered markets (excludes overruns of NFL day games) on a night that faced original programming including ABC's American Music Awards, CBS's 60 Minutes and Amazing Race and Fox's Simpsons, Cleveland Show and Family Guy. Head-to-head from 8:30-11 p.m., "Sunday Night Football" out-rated the American Music Awards on ABC by 22 percent.

"Sunday Night Football" registered a 12.1 overnight rating and a 19 share (from 8:30-11:30 p.m. ET). That rating is off 10 percent from last year's Week 11 game, which featured an NFC East rivalry featuring the Cowboys and Redskins (13.5/20).

TOP 10 METERED MARKETS FOR SNF WEEK 11:
1. Chicago, 29.6/43
2. Philadelphia, 27.2/39
3. Las Vegas, 18.9/29
4. Nashville, 17.4/24
5. Norfolk, 15.8/22
T6. Dallas, 15.0/25
T6. Albuquerque, 15.0/22
8. Minneapolis, 14.8/23
9. New Orleans, 14.7/21
10. San Diego, 14.0/23

**Viewership numbers will be available when national ratings are released
tomorrow.**

MLB Network airs marathon for Thanksgiving

From MLB Network -

NEW EPISODES OF PRIME 9, BASEBALL’S SEASONS & AN ALL-TIME GAMES MARATHON TO AIR ON MLB NETWORK THANKSGIVING WEEK

Capital One Premier Plays of the Year National League & American League Recap Shows to Debut on November 23 and 24

Secaucus, NJ, November 23, 2009
– The all-time greatest closers and clutch hitters in Major League Baseball history are the focus of new episodes of Prime 9 that will lead off MLB Network’s programming this week. Workhorse pitchers such as Bruce Sutter, Rollie Fingers and Goose Gossage perfected the role of the closer but Prime 9 will rank the top nine and decide who is baseball’s ultimate closer tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET. Immediately following the episode, Prime 9 will rank hitting stars including Babe Ruth, Roberto Clemente and George Brett to determine who is baseball’s all-time greatest at coming through in the clutch. Additional new episodes of Prime 9 about the greatest Cinderella seasons and the all-time greatest catchers will air on Monday, November 30 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET

Following tonight’s episodes of Prime 9, MLB Network will air Capital One Premier Plays the Year at 9:00 p.m. ET featuring the top offensive and defensive plays from 2009 in the National League. Capital One Premier Plays of the Year will look back at the top plays in the American League tomorrow, November, 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET, following Juan Marichal’s interview on Studio 42 with Bob Costas at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The new programming continues as the 1969 Major League Baseball season is featured in an episode of Major League Baseball Productions’ Baseball’s Seasons, on Wednesday, November 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The episode will focus on the ’69 “Miracle Mets,” the story of the New York Mets’ first World Series Championship. The episode also covers the league breaking into divisions; the Atlanta Braves winning the NL West and the Minnesota Twins winning the AL West; and the standout seasons from the San Francisco Giants’ Willie McCovey and the Oakland Athletics’ Reggie Jackson against the backdrop of Vietnam War protests, the Woodstock Music & Art Festival and the Apollo 11 Moon landing. The episode will re-air at 11:00 p.m. ET. MLB Network will air all five games of the 1969 World Series leading up to the episode as part of All-Time Games, with Game Five airing at 12:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Additional episodes of Baseball’s Seasons, including 1959, 1967, 1987, 2003 and 2004, will debut on MLB Network through February 2010.

For the Thanksgiving holiday, MLB Network will air a marathon of All-Time Games episodes, featuring 28 All-Star Games, beginning on Thanksgiving Day, November 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET and lasting through Sunday, November 29. The marathon begins with the 1971 All-Star Game, with Reggie Jackson hitting the light tower at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium, through to 2008 with the final All-Star Game played at the old Yankee Stadium. Eight All-Star Games will air on MLB Network for the first time as part of the marathon, including 1982, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000.

MLB Network’s Thanksgiving Week programming includes:

November 23, Prime 9, All-Time Closers - 8:00 p.m. ET

Prime 9, All-Time Clutch Hitters - 8:30 p.m. ET

Capital One Premier Plays of the Year - 9:00 p.m. ET

November 24, Studio 42 with Bob Costas ­– Juan Marichal, 8:00 p.m. ET

Capital One Premier Plays of the Year - 9:00 p.m. ET

November 25, Baseball’s Seasons – 8:00 p.m. ET

November 26-29, All-Time Games - 3:30 p.m. ET

BCS in focus on Tony Barnhart Show

From CBS Sports -

RADIO HOST AND COLUMNIST PAUL FINEBAUM AND TV NEWS PERSONALITY JACK FORD THIS WEEK ON “THE TONY BARNHART SHOW” ON CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK

Barnhart Asks: Will Boise State Be Overlooked in Post-Season Bowl Games?


CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK’s THE TONY BARNHART SHOW, a new weekly one-hour primetime college football talk show, features influential radio host and columnist Paul Finebaum, and television news personality Jack Ford, who was a standout defensive back at Yale, on Tuesday, Nov. 24 (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 undefeated Boise State. Boise State is currently ranked sixth in the BCS, but will they be overlooked in the post-season Bowl Games?

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.

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel gets into NBA Scandal

From HBO Sports -

SEGMENT FEATURING INSIDER’S FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT OF TIM DONAGHY BETTING SCANDAL ADDED TO NEXT EDITION OF REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, DEBUTING NOV. 24 ON HBO

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL presents more enterprising features and reporting when its 152nd edition, available in HDTV, debuts TUESDAY, NOV. 24 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT & 9:00 p.m. CT), exclusively on HBO.

*The Insider. Bryant Gumbel conducts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Jimmy Battista, a high school acquaintance of disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy. In his first media interview, Battista offers a detailed first-hand account of what took place when he teamed up with Donaghy and launched a betting strategy that would rock the NBA and end in prison terms for Battista, Donaghy and third associate Tommy Martino. At a dinner meeting in Philadelphia in Dec. 2006, the night before Donaghy was scheduled to work a 76ers home game against the Celtics, the three hatched a scheme in which Donaghy would provide inside information to Battista, a professional gambler. The trio kept their secret and cashed in their winnings for four months, until the plan unraveled amid a law enforcement inquiry.

Producer: Chapman Downes.

TNT gives Thanks this Thursday with NBA Doubleheader

From TNT Sports -

TNT to Give Thanks with an Exclusive Thanksgiving NBA Doubleheader

Featuring the TNT NBA Studio Team Speaking Live with U.S. Troops Based in Afghanistan


TNT NBA Thursday continues Thanksgiving Night, November 26 with an exclusive doubleheader beginning at 8 p.m. (ET). The first game will feature a match-up of Southeast Division rivals when Joe Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks host Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. Play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton will call the game alongside analyst Mike Fratello with Craig Sager reporting. In the second game of the night, Deron Williams and the Utah Jazz will host Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls at 10:30 p.m. (ET). Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Reggie Miller (analyst) will be courtside with Cheryl Miller reporting. The NBA on TNT studio team of Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst) will speak live via satellite with U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. Additionally, throughout the night, TNT will be showing troops in Afghanistan wishing family and friends a Happy Thanksgiving. The Emmy® award-winning studio show Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai with Johnson (host), Barkley (analyst) and Smith (analyst) will recap the games.

Complimentary coverage of the doubleheader will be available on TNT OverTime Extra on NBA.com, an interactive application that will feature an enhanced live stream that will provide users with an HD-quality experience as well as DVR functionality and alternate camera angles. Fans will also be able to vote on the players that they want the cameras to follow each quarter. Fans will also be able to see Thanksgiving well wishes from troops in Afghanistan. Check out the NBA on TNT pages on Twitter (http://twitter.com/NBAonTNT) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com) to see the latest NBA on TNT schedule, news updates and special features from TNT announcers.

Here's a photo of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith visiting the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C., on April 4, 2002.



TNT NBA THURSDAY SCHEDULE:
Thursday, Nov. 26
8 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

8:15 p.m. Orlando Magic @ Atlanta Hawks
Announcers: Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) and Craig Sager (reporter)

10:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ Utah Jazz
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) and Cheryl Miller (reporter)

Post-game Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

NBA ON TNT UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Thursday, Dec. 3
8 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

8:15 p.m. Boston Celtics @ San Antonio Spurs
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst), Reggie Miller (analyst) and David Aldridge (reporter)

10:30 p.m. Miami Heat @ Denver Nuggets
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Doug Collins (analyst) and Craig Sager (reporter)

Post-game Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Classic Sign!



Classic mock of Jets head coach Rex Ryan Sunday at Gillette Stadium during the Pats 31-14 win over NY.

Yes, it's true...I'm back, baby!

Simply put, I've come back to root for the team I cheered for in the NFL for the first nearly 30 years of my life.

That's right, New England, there is a Santa Claus and I've have returned home to Patriot Nation.

And yes, just for the record, I did it BEFORE this afternoon's game against the Jets.

Much more to come, but as they say, I wanted to get it out there!

NFL Pregame Notes for Week 11

From CBS and Fox Sports -

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

BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 11 ON NOVEMBER 22

►“SEC ON CBS’s” RATINGS DON’T MISS WITH OLE MISS OVER LSU


CBS Sports’ coverage of the SEC ON CBS on Saturday, Nov. 21, which saw Ole Miss defeat No. 8 LSU, 25-23, earned an overnight household rating/share of 2.6/6, up 4% from last year’s 2.5/5 (Ole Miss vs. No. 18 LSU).

►QUICK HITS

(On Buffalo considering Mike Shanahan for Head Coach)

SHANNON SHARPE:
I had a great conversation with Mike Shanahan this morning. He is going to interview this week at some point in time. Having played for Mike Shanahan for seven years, if there is not a total commitment from the organization to win Super Bowls – it is not about winning division titles or beating a particular team in that division – if it is not about winning Super Bowls from players' standpoints and the coaches around them standpoint, you are wasting your time with Mike Shanahan because that is the only thing that matters to him – winning championships.

BOOMER ESIASON: He’s not going to Buffalo.

►“INSIDE THE GAME” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY

(On Charley Casserly being rumored for Cleveland GM position)

CASSERLY:
I haven't had any discussions with the Cleveland Browns about any position there nor do I have any discussions planned with the Cleveland Browns about any discussions there. The focus is on Mike Holmgren. In fact on Friday Mike Holmgren said he would love to meet with Randy Lerner to talk about a position there. I am told that contact has been made between the Browns and Mike Holmgren.

(On NFL memo regarding Super Bowl players having to participate in Pro Bowl ceremonies)

CASSERLY:
The NFL sent out a memo recently which says, giving you the highlight, ‘Although these players will not play in the Pro Bowl, it is essential that they participate in the Pro Bowl introductions at Dolphin Stadium on Sunday, January 31,’ which is the Sunday before the Super Bowl. Here is the problem I think it causes. If you want to have a full practice at your facility the Monday before the Super Bowl, which teams have done. When I was with the Redskins in our last Super Bowl, that is what we did. You are not going to have all of your players there for practice. How do you have a practice a week before the Super Bowl without all of your players there? There is a problem with that. Personally, I don’t agree with this. I think the routine you have and your team chemistry the week of the Super Bowl should take precedence over promoting the Pro Bowl.

► JAMES BROWN INTERVIEW WITH CLEVELAND BROWNS HEAD COACH ERIC MANGINI

(On criticism)

MANGINI:
You probably get way more praise than you should when you win and way more criticism when you lose. I have no problem with criticism. Where I get disappointed is when the attacks become personal.

(On fans calling for him to be fired)

MANGINI:
I understand their frustration. I understand their passion. We are frustrated and we are passionate too. And we are committed to doing everything possible to give them what they deserve, which is a winner. But you have to go through the steps. It is something that is a process.

(On security of job by getting vote of confidence from Cleveland ownership)

MANGINI:
One of the reasons I am here is because of vision, and because of the fact that we share that vision. There will be criticism. There will be people who don't believe. There will be all of those things. But if you keep changing based on that, you don't believe in anything. You are not true to anything. To me, success comes by working towards something that you honestly and truly believe in.

►REACTION TO MANGINI INTERVIEW

BILL COWHER:
You appreciate the fact that he answered the questions and did the interview. But you have to be yourself. A vision is fine, but understand the culture. Sometimes the culture is what you have to sit there and address. One thing he has to do is be sensitive to that and make sure he makes some changes and be accountable. He may have to make changes on his staff. He may have to make changes in what he really believes in and that vision because you have to change the culture first.

DAN MARINO: If you are going to make changes, you don't want to lose your locker room. He needs to change the quarterback position. In my opinion, Derek Anderson gives them a much better chance of winning than Brady Quinn…If you are Eric Mangini, you want to win them back as a locker room, you have to have Derek Anderson.

►SUPER BOWL PICKS – With 77 days before CBS broadcasts Super Bowl XLIV, THE NFL TODAY analysts update their picks:

MARINO: Minnesota vs. New England

BOOMER: New Orleans vs. New England

COWHER: Minnesota vs. Pittsburgh

SHARPE: Minnesota vs. New England


Exclusive: Glazer Reports New NFL Policy on Concussion Treatment Effective Immediately

Johnson: Coaches Are Paid to Make Smart, Sometimes Unconventional Decisions

Long on JaMarcus Russell: I’d Like to See What He Can Do in a More Structured Environment

Bradshaw: There’s No Dominating Team in the NFC East

Strahan: If QBs Don’t Quit Trying to Take Out Defenders, Someone’s Going to Get Hurt


FOX NFL SUNDAY Insider Jay Glazer exclusively reports Commissioner Roger Goodell issuing new concussion rules: “The NFL is implementing a new policy effective immediately. Commissioner Goodell informed every team and every team doctor that they have to go out and find an independent neurologist to work with their medical staff to help on concussion issues, to help guys like Brian Westbrook and Clinton Portis.”

Glazer also reports on collaboration between the NFL and the U.S. Department of Defense: “The Department of Defense has reached out to the NFL about the concussion issue and told the NFL that they’re having a very similar problem. The Department of Defense is dealing with the problem of not knowing when soldiers are healthy enough to go back out after suffering from head trauma. The medical staffs of the U.S. Government and the NFL have been trading information for quite some time and two weeks ago General Petraeus and Roger Goodell spoke and updated each other on the issue.”

Former head coach Jimmy Johnson reacted to current Jets head coach Rex Ryan crying in front of his players: “Football is an emotional game. These coaches work long, long hours and sometimes their emotions are exposed. If the players respect that coach, they’ll respond.”

Analyst Howie Long on whether it was smart for the Bengals to pick up Larry Johnson: “They’ve had some experience with troubled players. I think it’s a good move by Cincinnati.”

Analyst Michael Strahan on the chances of Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell keeping the job next season: “I don’t think he has a shot because I think in Buffalo you need more presence and more of name. If he wins some games, that’s different but there’s only so many to go.”

Analyst Jimmy Johnson to all NFL head coaches: “Don’t be afraid to abandon conventional wisdom but also be able to react to what the game is telling you. Don’t only be a number cruncher. Remember, you’re a leader who must make smart decisions and the occasional unconventional choice – that’s what you’re paid to do.”

Analyst Michael Strahan on Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew downing the ball at the 1 yard line in favor of kicking a field goal to beat the Jets last week: “You never know what’s going to happen on that next play. When you have points, put them on the board whenever you can.”

Analyst Howie Long on whether JaMarcus Russell should be considered a bust based on his time in Oakland: “I’d like to see what this kid can do in a more structured, positive environment. They’re just not playing well.”

Co-host Terry Bradshaw on Brett Favre’s ability to bring out the best from his young receivers: “Brett Favre’s concentration level is amazing. The thing that a great quarterback never loses is the ability to process information quickly and that’s what’s happening in Minnesota with these young receivers. Brett’s mind sees stuff and he reacts immediately. That’s why these receivers are all running their routes hard. When Brett drops back, the first option at receiver may not be open, the third receiver can then become the No. 1 option and Brett goes right to him. He continues to process information.”

Analyst Howie Long on what’s motivating Favre these days: “The only knock you had on Brett was that he would always make that wild throw. Even when he had Mike Holmgren in Green Bay as his governor, he would still make wild throws. Brett’s ‘governor’ this season are the naysayers. Brett’s not making those throws because he wants to prove everyone wrong.”

Analyst Terry Bradshaw on the NFC East: “We overvalued the NFC East just a tad because there is no dominating team. I think Dallas will come out of the NFC East but I don’t even know who they are from week-to-week.”

Analyst Michael Strahan on the trend of quarterbacks taking out defenders: “Don’t aim down low at defender’s knees when he’s not looking. It’s chicken. And talk about a double-standard. If a defensive guy lays even a finger on a quarterback, there are penalties, fines and Amnesty International starts an investigation. If these quarterbacks don’t cut it out, someone’s career is going to be put in jeopardy.”

Kenny Chesney in 3-D!

It's coming in April of 2010 but we've got your sneak preview right here! It's Kenny Chesney in 3-D including bits from his concert here in New England at Gillette Stadium with The Crowe's Nest in attendance.

Take a look!



Can't wait to see it!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

WWE Survivor Series PPV Predictions

It's Thanksgiving time again and you know what that means! It's Survivor Series time for the WWE! I loved it when this PPV was actually on Thanksgiving Night, but those days are now long gone by! For a full look back, check out the Wikipedia page on Survivor Series. Plus, there's some special looks back at SS after our fateful predictions too!

Still, I'm glad we get three traditional Survivor Series team elimination matches. And, to boot, we get a pair of championship triple threat title matches with John Cena and the Undertaker taking on a tag teams in DX and Jerishow respectively.

Now, onto the predictions from your fine friends here at TCN!

Traditional Survivor Series Match: TEAM MORRISON: John Morrison, Matt Hardy, Evan Bourne, Shelton Benjamin and Finlay vs. TEAM MIZ: The Miz, Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger
As loaded as TEAM Miz is, I can't help but think that TEAM MORRISON takes it here. I can totally see Sheamus getting DQ'ed while taking out a couple of people from Team Morrison, but in the end, I see John Morrison getting revenge on his former tag team partner from last month's Bragging Rights PPV. Morrison takes out The Miz and Jack Swagger to be the sole survivor!
Winner: TEAM MORRISON (John Morrison sole survivor)

Traditional Survivor Series Match: TEAM MICKIE: Mickie James, Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly, Melina, and Gail Kim vs. TEAM MCCOOL: Michelle McCool, Jillian Hall, Beth Phoenix, Layla and Alicia Fox
OK, let's be honest here. Does it really matter? This one is as easy as Smackdown won last month, so Mickie James crew gets the duke here.
Winner: TEAM MICKIE (Mickie James and Gail Kim survive and then Kim takes out Mickie to start a hot feud!)

Traditional Survivor Series Match: TEAM KOFI: Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, MVP, R-Truth and Christian vs. TEAM ORTON: Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, William Regal and CM Punk
This will be one of the best matches of the night. The Orton/Kingston feud has really caught on and the physicality of the MSG RAW was awesome! I expect it to come down to a 3-on-1 situation with Kofi facing Orton and Legacy. After putting down the tag team, Orton sneaks in with a quick RKO to save face and get the win for TEAM ORTON.
Winner: TEAM ORTON (Randy Orton solo survivor)

Rey Mysterio vs. Batista
Mysterio needs surgery after this one so expect one of two things to happen. Either way, it's not good news for Rey. Batista gets the clean win or he gets DQ'd with a beatdown of epic proportions to send him off to his next feud for the World Title.
Winner: Batista

World Title Match: The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Big Show
I'm hoping that Jericho walks out with the championship here, but I don't think that's where we are headed for next month's TLC PPV. Expect more friction for the Tag Team Champs and a possible showdown between the two upcoming. Still, UT survives!
Winner: The Undertaker (retains title)

WWE Title Match: John Cena vs. HBK vs. HHH
Like the World Title Match before it, I look for the seeds of dissention between the tag team here with DX getting some good action between them. I know it's not popular to do rematches in back-to-back PPV's, but how about a TLC rematch next month between these two with a lot of friction between DX thrown in for good measure? Sounds like a plan to me. Would anyone like some Sweet Chin Music with their Turkey Day leftovers?
Winner: New WWE Champion, Shawn Michaels

1991: Undertaker vs. Hulk Hogan



1987: Team Hogan vs. Team Andre



1987: Team Savage vs. Team Honky Tonk Man Promo



Enjoy and thanks to the WWE and YouTube for the videos!

Friday, November 20, 2009

NFL Week 11 Predictions

As I ponder who to root for this Sunday, the Jets or Patriots, let's get right to the picks for this 11th week of the NFL season....

Colts 23 Ravens 17
The Ravens have only held Peyton Manning under 20 points once and even that was a loss in that playoff game several years ago.

Cowboys 30 Redskins 17
Can you say Happy Rebound Day for the 'Boys!

Lions 19 Browns 12
Nine FG's and two safeties!

Packers 27 49ers 20
Did you know that Aaron Rodgers is the #1 QB in fantasy football?

Jaguars 33 Bills 16
Maurice Jones-Drew should have a field day in this one.

Steelers 28 Chiefs 3
KC will pay the price for the Steelers not scoring a TD last week against the Bengals.

Vikings 24 Seahawks 20
Me thinks this one will be closer than most have expected. It's just a gut thing, ya know.

Giants 20 Falcons 17
Both teams need this one but no Michael Turner helps the G-Men immensely.

Saints 35 Bucs 17
What do you think Jon Gruden is thinking by now?

Cardinals 42 Rams 13
This one will get ugly early.

Chargers 20 Broncos 13
Shawne Merriman is drooling over Chris Simms starting for the Broncos.

Patriots 45 Jets 17
It's called circling the wagons for simple R-E-V-E-N-G-E my friends.

Bengals 24 Raiders 10
The Bengals three-game mid-season break begins with the Raiders and gets followed by the Lions and Browns.

Eagles 27 Bears 23
Donovan McNabb threw for 450 yards in a loss last week against San Diego, can you imagine what he's thinking to do this week?

Texans 30 Titans 16
Huge game for Andre Johnson in this one!

NBA TV picks Jazz/Thunder for Fan Game

From NBA TV -

NBA TV’s Tuesday Fan Night Game will Feature Oklahoma City Thunder @ Utah Jazz

NBA TV’s Tuesday Fan Night will feature the Oklahoma City Thunder @ Utah Jazz match-up, winning with 45% of the fan vote on NBA.com, beating the next highest vote for the New York Knicks @ L.A. Lakers. The game will air on Tues., Nov. 24 at 9 p.m. (ET) with host Ernie Johnson and analysts Chris Webber and Kevin McHale on-hand for studio coverage beginning at 8:30 p.m. (ET). Fan Night voting will continue on NBA.com from Tues., Nov. 23 (8 a.m. ET) – Thurs., Nov. 26 (Midnight ET) as fans select the match-up for Tues., Dec. 1 between six games:

Boston Celtics @ Charlotte Bobcats
Washington Wizards @ Toronto Raptors
Phoenix Suns @ New York Knicks
Golden State Warriors @ Denver Nuggets
Miami Heat @ Portland Trail Blazers
New Orleans Hornets @ L.A. Lakers


Tipping off Tuesday night is The Jump on NBA.com, a live, interactive show that allows fans to submit questions and comments to NBA.com’s Kyle Montgomery, Dennis Scott and Brent Barry via NBA.com, Facebook or Twitter. The show will stream live each week at 1 p.m. (ET).

Every Wednesday NBA TV features original programming; this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (ET) the network will air REAL NBA: International Pioneers which takes a look at three players who are the first from their countries to make it to the NBA: Omri Casspi of the Kings (Israel), Jonas Jerebko of the Pistons (Sweden) and Hasheem Thabeet of the Grizzlies (Tanzania).

At 8 p.m. (ET), NBA ROUNDTABLE: 1970’s will feature that decade’s legends Earl Monroe, Rick Barry, George Gervin, JoJo White and Jack Marin as they talk about old times in this half-hour special.

In addition to the Fan Night game, NBA TV will also feature live games on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 8:30 p.m. (ET) with the Washington Wizards @ San Antonio Spurs, Sunday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. (ET) with the Detroit Pistons @ Phoenix Suns and Monday, Nov. 23 at 10 p.m. (ET) with the Chicago Bulls @ Portland Trail Blazers.

Every Saturday at 1 p.m. (ET), NBA TV features a Euroleague Game of the Week. This Saturday, Nov. 21, the game will feature a match-up between teams filled with former NBA players. Olympiakos (Greece), whose roster includes Josh Childress (Hawks), Von Wafer (Lakers, Clippers, Nuggets, Blazers, Rockets) and Linas Kleiza (Nuggets), will face Efes Pilsen (Turkey) who have Bostjan Nachbar (Rockets, Hornets, Nets) and Igor Rakocevic (Timberwolves) on their roster.

NBA TV PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE:
NOVEMBER 20– NOVEMBER 22
FRIDAY, NOV. 20
7 p.m.- 2 a.m. NBA GameTime Friday Presented by the United States Marine Corps Rick Kamla, Cheryl Miller, Steve Smith

SATURDAY, NOV. 21
12:30-1 p.m. FIBA World Basketball Studio Show
1-3 p.m. Euroleague Game of the Week: Olympiakos vs. Efes Pilsen
7-8 p.m. NBA GameTime
8-8:30 p.m. AutoTrader.com Pregame Show Andre Aldridge, Cheryl Miller, Eric Snow
8:30- 11 p.m. NBA Regular Season: Washington Wizards @ San Antonio Spurs Local Announcers
11p.m.- 1 a.m. NBA GameTime Presented by Hyundai Andre Aldridge, Cheryl Miller, Eric Snow

SUNDAY, NOV. 22
7-7:30 p.m. NBA GameTime Marc Fein, Steve Smith
7:30-8 p.m. AutoTrader.com Pregame Show Marc Fein, Steve Smith
8-10:30 p.m. NBA Regular Season: Detroit Pistons @ Phoenix Suns Local Announcers
10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. NBA GameTime Presented by Hyundai Marc Fein, Steve Smith

NOVEMBER 23 – NOVEMBER 29
NBA TV SCHEDULE (all times ET): Nov. 23- 29
MONDAY, NOV. 23
12-1 p.m. NBA.COM FANTASY INSIDER Rick Kamla, Dennis Scott
8-9:30 p.m. NBA GameTime Andre Aldridge, Eric Snow, Brent Barry
9:30 - 10 p.m. AutoTrader.com Pregame Show Andre Aldridge, Eric Snow, Brent Barry
10p.m.-12:30 a.m. NBA Regular Season: Chicago Bulls @ Portland Trail Blazers Local Announcers
12:30-2 a.m. NBA GameTime Presented by Hyundai Andre Aldridge, Eric Snow, Brent Barry

TUESDAY, NOV. 24: FAN NIGHT
1 p.m. (NBA.com) The Jump on NBA.com Kyle Montgomery, Dennis Scott, Brent Barry
6-6:30 p.m. THE BEAT Marc Fein, David Aldridge

8-8:30 p.m. NBA GameTime Rick Kamla, Steve Smith
8:30- 9 p.m. AutoTrader.com Pregame Show Ernie Johnson, Chris Webber, Kevin McHale
9- 11:30 p.m. NBA Regular Season: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Utah Jazz Local Announcers
11:30 p.m.- 12 a.m. NBA GameTime Presented by Hyundai Ernie Johnson, Chris Webber, Kevin McHale
12 - 1:30 a.m. NBA GameTime Rick Kamla, Steve Smith

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25
6:30-7 p.m. NBA ACTION
7-7:30 p.m. All-Access with Ahmad Ahmad Rashad
7:30-8 p.m. REAL NBA
8-8:30 p.m. NBA SPECIAL: NBA Roundtable
8:30-9 p.m. All-Access with Ahmad (REAIR)
9- 11 p.m. NBA GameTime Andre Aldridge, Kenny Smith, Eric Snow
11 p.m.-12 a.m. All-Access/REAL NBA (REAIR)
12- 2 a.m. NBA GameTime Andre Aldridge, Eric Snow

THURSDAY, NOV. 26
7 p.m.-2 a.m. BEST OF THE 2000's

FRIDAY, NOV. 27
7 p.m.- 2 a.m. NBA GameTime Friday Presented by the United States Marine Corps Rick Kamla, Steve Smith

SATURDAY, NOV. 28
12:30-1 p.m. FIBA World Basketball Studio Show
1-3 p.m. Euroleague Game of the Week: Montepaschi vs. Regal FC Barcelona
6:30-7 p.m. AutoTrader.com Pregame Show Andre Aldridge, Eric Snow
7-9:30 p.m. NBA Regular Season: Charlotte Bobcats @ Washington Wizards Local Announcers
9:30p.m.-2 a.m. NBA GameTime Presented by Hyundai Andre Aldridge, Eric Snow

SUNDAY, NOV. 29
5:30-6 p.m. AutoTrader.com Pregame Show Marc Fein, Steve Smith
6-8:30 p.m. NBA Regular Season: Boston Celtics @ Miami Heat Local Announcers