Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

CHW at CLE 12:05 PM
CHW: F Garcia (R) 11-5, 4.89
CLE: C Carrasco (R)

STL at HOU 2:05 PM
STL: J Suppan (R) 1-6, 5.72
HOU: N Figueroa (R) 3-2, 2.77

PIT at CHC 2:20 PM
PIT: J McDonald (R) 2-4, 5.65
CHC: T Gorzelanny (L) 7-8, 3.98

PHI at LAD 3:10 PM
PHI: R Oswalt (R) 9-13, 3.12
LAD: C Kershaw (L) 11-8, 3.01

SDG at ARI 6:10 PM
SDG: M Latos (R) 13-5, 2.29
ARI: B Enright (R) 5-2, 2.44

OAK at NYY 7:05 PM
OAK: B Anderson (L) 3-5, 3.32
NYY: A Burnett (R) 9-12, 5.17

BOS at BAL 7:05 PM
BOS: J Lester (L) 14-8, 3.12
BAL: J Arrieta (R) 4-6, 5.10

NYM at ATL 7:10 PM
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 13-7, 3.61
ATL: T Hanson (R) 8-10, 3.76

MIL at CIN 7:10 PM
MIL: C Narveson (L) 10-7, 5.52
CIN: J Cueto (R) 12-4, 3.49

WAS at FLA 7:10 PM
WAS: S Olsen (L) 3-7, 4.91
FLA: C Volstad (R) 8-9, 4.61

TOR at TAM 7:10 PM
TOR: S Marcum (R) 11-7, 3.61
TAM: D Price (L) 15-6, 3.01

TEX at KAN 8:10 PM
TEX: T Hunter (R) 11-2, 3.66
KAN: B Bullington (R) 1-3, 6.00

DET at MIN 8:10 PM
DET: M Scherzer (R) 10-9, 3.60
MIN: F Liriano (L) 12-7, 3.41

COL at SFO 9:15 PM
COL: U Jimenez (R) 17-5, 2.71
SFO: T Lincecum (R) 11-9, 3.80

LAA at SEA 10:10 PM
LAA: T Bell (R) 1-4, 5.07
SEA: J Vargas (L) 9-7, 3.53

Patriots Spikes has sex tape

Well, check off another box in the list of firsts for the New England Patriots. Well, officially anyway.

Rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes, according to his agent and the Boston Herald, has a sex tape out there on the internet. The tape reportedly was made while Spikes was in college at the University of Florida.

Embarassing to the Pats to say the least. In the lockerroom, however, he's probably getting high fives from his fellow teammates.

In other Pats news, Leigh Bodden has been put on injured reserve, putting a close to his season before it ever began. Bodden's been battling shoulder (rotator cuff) and knee injuries. Read more on the Boston Globe's Pats Blog.

Now, the secondary is in the hands of second year man Darius Butler and rookie Devin McCourty.

Fox Sports teams up with St.Jude's Children's Hospital

From Fox Sports -

FOX Sports & St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Team Up For 2010 NFL Season

America’s #1 Sports Network and Country’s Top Children’s Cancer Hospital

Tackle Childhood Cancer Together this Fall

Memphis, Tenn. – (August 31, 2010)
– America’s #1 sports network and top children’s cancer hospital are tackling childhood cancer together this NFL season. This Fall, FOX Sports has teamed with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help kids who are sidelined by cancer and other deadly diseases. FOX Sports Supports, the network’s charitable initiative now in its third year, is a unique program that raises awareness, provides financial assistance and spurs volunteerism for health charities selected by FOX Sports employees.

“We are honored to partner with a tremendous organization like St. Jude for the 2010 NFL on FOX season,” said Bill Wanger, Executive Vice President, FOX Sports. “Using our unmatched on-air talent, brand and reach, our goal is to raise awareness for St. Jude so they can continue to fight for all the courageous children and families affected by this terrible disease.”

Earlier this month, NFL on FOX on-air personalities Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Buck, Jay Glazer, Jimmy Johnson, Howie Long Curt Menefee, Pam Oliver and Michael Strahan visited St. Jude. The group learned first-hand about the hospital’s ground-breaking research, innovative treatments and first-class patient care, and filmed a series of public service announcements that will air throughout the entire football season including Super Bowl Sunday. In addition, FOX Sports will support St. Jude through numerous on-air mentions all season long and will also be involved in St. Jude events and activities.

“I played a long time in the NFL and have played with and seen a lot of tough and courageous individuals, but nobody can match the courage and determination of these wonderful children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Terry Bradshaw.

“I was awed by their spirit, attitude and determination and everyone at FOX Sports will do whatever it takes this season and beyond to help them conquer their battle against cancer.”

While at St. Jude the FOX team also met with patients in the fight of their lives against cancer and other deadly diseases. One patient they all could easily relate to was Shon, a 17-year-old high school football player from Mississippi. One of the state’s top high school players in 2009, Shon was recruited to play offensive tackle for Auburn University. Shon is currently being treated for ALL, the most common form of childhood cancer, and he’s unfortunately had to put his college football dreams on hold while he battles his disease.

“Cancer is like my opponent,” said Shon, who started playing football at age 5. “Right now, the doctors are like my coaches. They give me a game plan so that when my treatment is over, I’ll have beaten cancer. The most important thing in my life right now is to get cancer out of the way so I can play football again.”

St. Jude treats patients, like Shon, from around the world, and no child is ever turned away because of a family’s inability to pay for treatment. The hospital largely relies on public donations to help keep that promise.

“We are so honored to have been selected by FOX Sports employees as their partner during this NFL season,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. “We’ve been finding cures and saving kids for nearly 50 years and this opportunity helps us recruit millions of football fans to join our team in the fight against deadly diseases like cancer.”

Football fans also can help settle the score against childhood cancer this season by visiting www.stjude.org/foxsports. It features exclusive behind the scenes footage from the talent’s visit to St. Jude, patient stories, photos and ways for the public to support the Hospital’s mission.

Latest on Hurricane Earl

A little projected movement closer to Southern New England. We MUST keep a close watch on this one. Get prepared early this week.


Get the latest info here.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Tuesday's MLB Pitching Probables

BOS at BAL 7:05 PM
BOS: J Beckett (R) 4-3, 6.50
BAL: B Matusz (L) 6-12, 4.79

CHW at CLE 7:05 PM
CHW: E Jackson (R) 8-10, 4.44
CLE: J Masterson (R) 5-12, 5.23

OAK at NYY 7:05 PM
OAK: V Mazzaro (R) 6-6, 3.61
NYY: P Hughes (R) 15-6, 4.12

NYM at ATL 7:10 PM
NYM: J Niese (L) 8-6, 3.63
ATL: M Minor (L) 2-0, 4.00

MIL at CIN 7:10 PM
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 11-6, 3.50
CIN: A Harang (R) 6-7, 5.02

WAS at FLA 7:10 PM
WAS: J Zimmermann (R) 0-0, 11.25
FLA: A Sanchez (R) 11-8, 3.29

TOR at TAM 7:10 PM
TOR: R Romero (L) 10-8, 3.54
TAM: J Niemann (R) 10-4, 3.67

PIT at CHC 8:05 PM
PIT: J Karstens (R) 2-10, 4.98
CHC: R Dempster (R) 12-8, 3.42

STL at HOU 8:05 PM
STL: C Carpenter (R) 14-4, 2.93
HOU: W Rodriguez (L) 10-12, 3.87

TEX at KAN 8:10 PM
TEX: C Lee (L) 10-8, 3.26
KAN: S O'Sullivan (R) 2-4, 4.96

DET at MIN 8:10 PM
DET: A Galarraga (R) 4-5, 4.04
MIN: B Duensing (L) 7-2, 2.19

SDG at ARI 9:40 PM
SDG: K Correia (R) 10-9, 5.29
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 8-9, 4.22

LAA at SEA 10:10 PM
LAA: D Haren (R) 9-12, 4.45
SEA: F Hernandez (R) 10-10, 2.47

PHI at LAD 10:10 PM
PHI: K Kendrick (R) 8-7, 4.64
LAD: C Monasterios (R) 3-4, 3.54

COL at SFO 10:15 PM
COL: E Rogers (R) 2-2, 5.66
SFO: M Bumgarner (L) 5-4, 3.95

Earl's a cat 4 Hurricane

This one bears watching here in Southern New England!


Track it right here!

CBS - US Open Coverage

From CBS Sports -

CBS SPORTS SERVES UP 2010 U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR 43rd CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Men’s and Women’s Finals Highlight CBS Sports’ Coverage


CBS Sports presents the U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS, tennis’ final grand slam of the year and the only one played in the United States, for the 43rd consecutive year. Coverage begins on Saturday, Sept. 4 (11:00 AM–6:00 PM, ET) with men’s and women’s third-round action and concludes with the men’s singles final on Sunday, Sept. 12 (4:00 PM, ET). CBS Sports will broadcast over 37 hours of the 2010 U.S. Open from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

Lead play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg will be joined by expert analysts Mary Carillo and John McEnroe in the booth for the 11th consecutive year. Jim Courier returns for his second year as analyst and will call the action alongside Bill Macatee. Mary Joe Fernandez serves as reporter. Ian Eagle serves as contributor.

CBS Sports will provide live comprehensive coverage during both weekends of the event and on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6 (11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET) and on Friday, Sept. 10 (12:30-6:00 PM, ET). The 2010 women’s final live in prime time highlights the Network’s “Super Saturday” coverage on Saturday, Sept. 11 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET). All the action during CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2010 U.S. Open will be broadcast in HDTV.

CBS Sports’ schedule of live U.S. Open Tennis action as follows:

Saturday, Sept. 4
11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET (men’s and women’s third round singles)

Sunday, Sept. 5
11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET (men’s third round/women’s fourth round)

Monday, Sept. 6
11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET (men’s/women’s fourth round singles)

Friday, Sept. 10
12:30-6:00 PM, ET (men’s doubles final/women’s semi-finals)

Saturday, Sept. 11
12:00 NOON-6:00 PM ET (men’s semi-finals)
8:00-10:00 PM, ET (women’s singles final)

Sunday, Sept. 12
4:00-7:00 PM, ET (men’s singles final)


For the 15th consecutive year, CBS Sports will broadcast ARTHUR ASHE KIDS’ DAY PRESENTED BY HESS on Sunday, Aug. 29 (12:00 NOON-1:30 PM, ET).

Working his 30th U.S. Open, Bob Mansbach will serve as coordinating producer of CBS Sports’ live coverage of tennis’ final major of the year. Mansbach and David Winner will produce, and lead director Bob Fishman and Jim Cornell will direct. Mansbach and Ken Mack will produce ARTHUR ASHE KIDS’ DAY, and Suzanne Smith will direct. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

NBC Previews the NFL Season

From NBC Sports -

MICHAELS, COLLINSWORTH, DUNGY, HARRISON, GAUDELLI PREVIEW 2010 NFL SEASON

“As compelling a story as any in the NFL this season.” – SNF’s Michaels on Favre

“I can’t wait for somebody to get smacked in the mouth.” – Football Night’s Harrison

“I don’t want to come back in a next life because I’ll be in Mongolia in a sulfur mine working the night shift.” – SNF’s Michaels on how lucky he feels about working his 25th NFL season

NEW YORK – Aug. 30, 2010
– Marquee teams and storied rivalries highlight NBC’s 2010 NFL schedule, which begins next Thursday night in primetime with the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints hosting Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. Coverage on NBC begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. The first “Sunday Night Football” contest of the season is a classic NFC East rivalry as the Washington Redskins with their new QB Donovan McNabb and head coach Mike Shanahan host Tony Romo and the NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys. Coverage starts with “Football Night in America” at 7 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports today previewed the season on a conference call with “Sunday Night Football” duo Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth along with “Football Night in America” studio analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, and SNF producer Fred Gaudelli.

MICHAELS ON THE POWER OF THE NFL ON TV:
“Everybody is stoked about the beginning of football. It’s a spectacle on television. The NFL is the king of television these days. Look at the ratings, we’ve done two preseason games and they’ve both won the week.”

COLLINSWORTH ON NFL KICKOFF GAME
: “Probably the top four players in the league are (Drew) Brees, (Peyton) Manning, Chris Johnson and Brett Favre. We get two of the four in the opening night game.”

HARRISON ON GETTING THE SEASON STARTED: “There has been a lot of speculation, a lot of trash talking this off-season. I’m tired of the talking; it’s time to hit. I can’t wait for somebody to get smacked in the mouth.”


ON BRETT FAVRE, THE YEAR HE HAD LAST YEAR AND COMING BACK FROM AN ANKLE INJURY:


MICHAELS: “One of the things he said that struck me was the fact that he’s given people a lot of ammunition to shoot arrows at him, because of all the procrastination. I think he’s concerned about some things, but, to me, if he felt the ankle was going to be such an issue that he couldn’t do or didn’t have the potential to do what he’s capable of, I think he would have walked away. I got the feeling that the ankle is good enough. It’s not great. He’s 40-years-old, he’ll be 41 in October, but again that’s one of the key questions this year. What happens when he does take a hit? What happens if he twists the ankle? Brett Favre, here we go again, is going to be at least as compelling a story as any in the NFL this season.”


COLLINSWORTH: “What surprised me most watching him on tape getting ready for this game and watching all of the playoff stuff from last year, is that I was just amazed at age 40 how quick his feet were…he looked like he was 25 years old. That was my concern (with the ankle injury). When I was watching the (preseason) game, and, of course, he only played four plays in the game that we saw, so we didn’t get to see a lot of it, but will his feet be what they were a season ago which were pretty impressive?”


HARRISON: “The one thing that impressed me was not only his feet, but his ability to keep his eyes down the field and keep plays alive. I looked at film on the guy and he looked like he was a 26-27-28-year-old quarterback and it was amazing to me, because I know towards the end of my career how sore it would feel to get out of bed and to recover from games. That’s the thing that really concerns me with Brett Favre because before it could be the ribs, it could be the shoulder, the neck, the lower back, now all of a sudden he has something wrong with his ankle which really causes a whole host of other problems and concerns.”


DUNGY: “I think Brett is going to be fine physically, but 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions, he probably hasn’t had a year like that since ’96 or ’97. To think that he’s going to duplicate that, I just don’t think that is going to happen. I think he’ll come out and play well for them, but I would not expect to see that type of year. Last year was just a magical year.”



COLLINSWORTH ON DUNGY’S COMMENTS: “Tony, I thought that was almost the reason that he didn’t come back this year, more so than the ankle or the age or anything else, it was his own expectations and his own sort of fear. This guy has paranoia almost of letting somebody down and having a down year after his best year, as he called it. It was almost enough to make him stay home. It was a pretty remarkable conversation, almost like listening to Jerry Rice at the Hall of Fame Game talking about what a motivator fear was in his career and fear of failure and fear of letting somebody down. Brett was almost regurgitating the same kind of speech.”


GAUDELLI ON PACKERS: “The Green Bay Packers are a magical sounding team…when you look at them, there aren’t many more entertaining teams on television. That’s an offensive juggernaut up there. Especially when you do the games from Lambeau, the greatest setting in the National Football League. They’re a real attraction.”


DUNGY ON BROADCASTING: “I’m looking forward to this year as much as I’ve ever looked forward to coaching, because it’s a team effort putting these games together and trying to come up with a great broadcast. I feel like I’m with a great team with the whole Sunday Night crew.”


GAUDELLI ON NBC SPORTS FOOTBALL COVERAGE: “My philosophy is pretty simple. It’s to do what the moment calls for. If you’re sitting at home and something happens, you pretty much have in mind what you think should come next. Or, if you’re confused, you’re hoping someone’s going to come on and either explain it to you verbally, like Al or Cris would, or show you a picture that immediately clears it up. And just remember that it’s a broad audience out there. There are a lot of people really into the X’s and O’s of football and we want to service them and then there are others who are into the personalities and the stories and we want to service them. But really just to do what the moment calls for and to do the right thing as much as you possibly can…our goal is to do it better than we did it the year before.”



MICHAELS ON GAUDELLI AND DIRECTOR DREW ESOCOFF: “The essence of this business is working with a group of people like Fred Gaudelli and (director) Drew Esocoff. When we did the Arizona-Pittsburgh Super Bowl a couple of years ago, and Pittsburgh wins the game on an amazing catch by Santonio Holmes, who is the No. 4 receiver in Roethlisberger’s tree at that point, and our guys have every angle, whether he’s in bounds, whether he’s out of bounds, whether he’s caught the ball. Everything. All of the drama, the excitement of it, and I think the fact that we are able to do that, and we have people who can do that is what makes this so exciting.


HARRISON ON TOM BRADY AND THE JETS-PATS RIVALRY: “Tom Brady is an honest guy, but Tom really never comes out and blatantly says how much he hates a particular team, so obviously they are very tired and fed up with all the trash talking. You better believe the Patriots have that game circled. They've always hated the Jets, but they hate them even more now.”



DUNGY ON BEING OPINIONATED: “A lot of people have opinions. I don’t think I’m an overly opinionated person. I guess some of the things I do have opinions about touched a nerve with people. That particular thing wasn’t directed at Rex Ryan, it was directed at language that goes across television. I’ve had those kinds of opinions in the past. I wouldn’t call myself controversial in the least, but apparently some people think so.”


MICHAELS ON 25th YEAR OF PLAY-BY-PLAY VOICE OF NFL’S PREMIER PRIMETIME PACKAGE: “I’m lucky, I love what I do. I have a job that people would die for and I understand that. I work with some phenomenal people. It’s a wonderful thing to go to work every week and be in an environment where the stadium is always full, the lights are on, and you know that a lot of people are watching. I’m like a fan. I’m excited for the season to start. I love sports, I love football, I love the strategy, I love when we get down to the final two minutes of a half or the end of the game when you’re trying to think along with the coach and all of that. That to me is what drives me and I’m still a kid at heart in that regard. I don’t want to come back in a next life because I’ll be in Mongolia in a sulfur mine working the night shift.”



GAUDELLI ON MICHAELS: “To do it and get better every year, that’s quite an achievement. There have been some great broadcasters, but to do all the different sports that Al has done, obviously the NFL, Major League Baseball, the Olympics, the NBA Finals, the National Hockey League Stanley Cup Final. When you listen to Al Michaels, you know you’re listening to a big event and that is what makes it great to have him on our team.”


COLLINSWORTH ON MICHAELS: “It’s pretty remarkable that sometimes when the game does come down to the last two minutes or there is a controversial call by the referees, I’m even looking at Al. I’ll ask ‘Al what do you think the coach should do here or what do you think this referees call should be?’ He’s been on top of the details of the game in such a way that I think he’s unmatched…there is nobody better in the moment than what Al Michaels does. That’s probably why he’s been the lead announcer in all these sports for so long.”



MICHAELS ON CHANGES IN THE BUSINESS: “Technologically, it’s been phenomenal through the years. When I started Monday Night Football in 1986, there was no such thing as Cable Cam or SkyCam. There was no HD. I think those are two of the contributing factors right now. Football is such a visual treat. The images are so sharp. The camera above the huddle is incredible and the way we have the ability to isolate almost everything and anything.”


“SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” 2010 SEASON: Three appearances each by six marquee NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers; a rematch of the NFC Championship Game as the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints host the Minnesota Vikings in the opening Thursday night game; the “Manning Bowl” rematch in Week 2; and storied rivalries including three NFC East games, Chargers-Colts, Vikings-Packers at Lambeau, Steelers-Ravens and Jets-Dolphins highlight the “Sunday Night Football” schedule.


Highlights of “Sunday Night Football” schedule:


* Sixteen of NBC’s 17 scheduled games involve at least one playoff team from last season; eight of 17 include two playoff teams.


* Fourteen of the 17 teams playing on “Sunday Night Football” had .500 or better records.


* Three appearances from six marquee teams: Colts (vs. Giants, Redskins, Chargers), Cowboys (Redskins, Packers, Eagles), Eagles (49ers, Giants, Cowboys), Giants (Colts, Bears, Eagles), Packers (Vikings, Cowboys, Patriots) and Steelers (Saints, Patriots, Ravens).


* A rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game between the Vikings and Saints to kickoff the NFL season on Thursday night, Sept. 9.


* Peyton and Eli meet in the anticipated rematch of the “Manning Bowl” when the Giants and Colts face off in Week 2. They last met in the network debut of “Sunday Night Football” in 2006 in a game that was seen by 22.6 million viewers, the third-most ever in the history of “Sunday Night Football.” Six SNF games involve one of the Manning brothers.

* A matchup of two of the oldest NFL teams when the Bears and Giants meet in Week 4 in the New Meadowlands Stadium. The Bears-Giants rivalry dates back to 1925.


* Three matchups among bitter NFC East rivals: Cowboys-Redskins, Giants-Eagles, and Eagles-Cowboys.


* The first “Sunday Night Football” trips to New Orleans, Cincinnati, San Francisco and Miami.



2010 “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” SCHEDULE

Regular Season – “Football Night in America” begins every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET

Thurs. Sept. 9 NFL Kickoff Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints


Sun. Sept. 12 Week 1 Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins


Sun. Sept. 19 Week 2 New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts


Sun. Sept. 26 Week 3 New York Jets at Miami Dolphins


Sun. Oct. 3 Week 4 Chicago Bears at New York Giants


Sun. Oct. 10 Week 5 Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers


Sun. Oct. 17 Week 6 Indianapolis Colts at Washington Redskins


Sun. Oct. 24 Week 7 Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers


Sun. Oct. 31 Week 8 Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints


Sun. Nov. 7 Week 9 Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers


Sun. Nov. 14 Week 10 New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers


Sun. Nov. 21 *Week 11 New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles


Sun. Nov. 28 *Week 12 San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts


Sun. Dec. 5 *Week 13 Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens


Sun. Dec. 12 *Week 14 Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys


Sun. Dec. 19 *Week 15 Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots


Sun. Dec. 26 *Week 16 San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals


Sun. Jan. 2 *Week 17 TBA


*Flex Week

900th WWE Monday Night RAW Tonight!

In Boston, the WWE celebrates its 900th episode, the most in episodic TV history.

Here's what we get for our main event:

Sheamus, John Cena, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho and Edge vs. The Nexus (Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Heath Slater, Michael Tarver and Justin Gabriel)

Watch it at 9pm (ET) on USA Network.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Monday's MLB Pitching Probables

CHW at CLE 7:05 PM
CHW: M Buehrle (L) 12-10, 3.93
CLE: M Talbot (R) 8-11, 4.44

OAK at NYY 7:05 PM
OAK: T Cahill (R) 14-5, 2.43
NYY: D Moseley (R) 4-2, 4.53

NYM at ATL 7:10 PM
NYM: P Misch (L) 0-3, 3.50
ATL: J Jurrjens (R) 5-4, 4.36

MIL at CIN 7:10 PM
MIL: R Wolf (L) 10-10, 4.74
CIN: H Bailey (R) 3-2, 4.83

WAS at FLA 7:10 PM
WAS: J Marquis (R) 0-7, 8.79
FLA: A Sanabia (R) 3-1, 3.62

TOR at TAM 7:10 PM
TOR: B Cecil (L) 11-6, 3.80
TAM: W Davis (R) 10-9, 4.41

PIT at CHC 8:05 PM
PIT: P Maholm (L) 7-12, 4.82
CHC: C Zambrano (R) 5-6, 4.64

STL at HOU 8:05 PM
STL: J Westbrook (R) 7-9, 4.54
HOU: J Happ (L) 4-2, 3.45

TEX at KAN 8:10 PM
TEX: C Wilson (L) 13-5, 3.02
KAN: K Davies (R) 6-8, 5.41

SDG at ARI 9:40 PM
SDG: W LeBlanc (L) 8-11, 3.86
ARI: J Saunders (L) 7-14, 4.76

LAA at SEA 10:10 PM
LAA: E Santana (R) 13-9, 4.13
SEA: D Pauley (R) 2-5, 4.02

PHI at LAD 10:10 PM
PHI: R Halladay (R) 16-9, 2.22
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 9-11, 3.56

COL at SFO 10:15 PM
COL: J De La Rosa (L) 5-4, 4.54
SFO: J Sanchez (L) 9-8, 3.67

Glee opens the Emmy's with Jimmy Fallon

Classic open to the Primetime Emmy's tonight!

It's Glee meets Lost meets American Idol meets 30 Rock meets Late Night with Jimmy Fallon meets Bruce Springsteen. Check it out from NBC -

Must win for Red Sox tonight

Our first must win of the season comes for Boston tonight in Tampa. The Yankees have already won, 2-1, over Chicago today, so in order to at least come out of The Trop one game closer than when they got there this weekend, the Sox must win behind John Lackey tonight.

Here's your line-ups:

Red Sox
Scutaro SS
Drew RF
Martinez C
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Lowell 1B
Nava LF
McDonald CF
Navarro 2B

RHP John Lackey (12-7, 4.51)

Rays
Jaso C
Zobrist 2B
Crawford LF
Longoria 3B
Pena 1B
Joyce RF
Johnson DH
Upton CF
Bartlett SS

RHP James Shields (11-11, 4.82)


In other Sox news, the team claims former Angels catcher/1B Mike Napoli on waivers according to ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald.

Phil Simms on 18-game schedule

More from CBS analyst Phil Simms during Saturday night's Dallas/Houston game on CBS -

►THE NFL ON CBS lead analyst Phil Simms on the possibility of expanding the schedule to 18 games during CBS Sports’ pre-season game, Dallas vs. Houston, on Saturday night.

SIMMS: I think it’s a game where you slowly indoctrinate yourself in to the hitting and all the punishment that comes with it. So it’s a little bit the first game; a little more and a little more. You don’t go into boxing, hey my first professional fight I’m taking on Mike Tyson. I’m ready for the real thing. You don’t do that. You slowly work your way into it. I think it’s going to hurt the players if they change it drastically.

►On whether Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan handled Albert Haynesworth the right way or the wrong way

SIMMS:
Looking at it right now, it worked out perfect. He played the other night. It looked like he played hard. He started.

GUS JOHNSON: He said he didn’t want to play in a 3-4 (defense). Now he’s playing in a 3-4.

SIMMS: Well, they’re paying him a lot of money. It came down to, okay, do you want the money or not? He’s coming to play. He’s got pride. You can’t be that good of a player if you don’t have pride. So when he gets in there, he’s going to get it done. Mike Shanahan sent a message to his football team that he was in charge. He controlled it the right way as a head coach. And I think the team is all sitting around saying, ‘Way to go Coach.’ Players want everyone to play under the same rules.
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Saturday's NFL Preseason Notes

A few thoughts from Saturday’s action around the NFL’s preseason:

Calvin Pace will miss the next six weeks for the Jets with a broken foot.  Former Dolphin Jason Taylor gets more reps.   No Darrelle Revis, no Santonio Holmes and now, no Pace is looking like a tougher start for NY than anticipated a few weeks ago.

Did you know that Matt Leinhart’s QB rating for the preseason is 112?  You wouldn’t know it by all the flack he’s been getting and being pushed to the number two spot on the depth chart for Arizona.

Speaking of QB’s, Cleveland’s Jake Delhomme’s gone 38-48 for 345 yards and 2 TD’s.  Surprisingly, Jake’s got NO interceptions.   That’s a good sign so far for the Browns.

Raiders RB Michael Bush broke his thumb and will get that checked out on Sunday.  No word yet on whether he’ll be able to play with the injury.

Also in that Raiders-49ers game, QB Jason Campbell got carted off but reports out of the Bay Area say it’s only a stinger and he should be fine.

Ravens WR Donte Stallworth will miss the first half of the season with a broken foot suffered in Baltimore’s rout of the Giants.

No confusion on who gets the rock for the Texans.  Arian Foster rushed for 110 yards and a TD plus caught four passes out of the backfield in Houston’s win over Dallas Saturday night.

The CJ Spiller Watch in Buffalo:  2 TD’s and 65 yards in the victory over Cleveland Saturday.

Sunday, we wrap up week 3 with the Steelers at the Broncos.

Earl turns into Cat 1 Hurricane

Here it comes!

Check over at my day gig for the latest updates!

Red Sox miss golden opportunity

On the heels of BJ Upton's solo shot in the 8th and Dan Johnson's walk-off HR in the 10th, the Rays top the Red Sox 3-2 Saturday night. Boston, up 2-1 in the 8th after an error by starter Clay Buchholz led to the Rays first run to tie the game in the 7th, left Buchholz in the game to surrender a first pitch homer to Upton for the 2-2 stalemate.

Where's was Bard? Where was Papelbon?  I thought they'd treat this weekend as a playoff series, apparently not.

What is JD Drew doing catching a foul ball, on the run, so close to the stands with no chance of ever throwing out Carlos Pena from third with one out and the Sox leading 1-0 in the 7th?  I was screaming at my TV for him to let the ball drop!

The best Boston can do now is pick up one game in the series, which now is tied at one game a piece leaving the Red Sox 5.5 games behind the Rays and Yankees in the AL East & AL Wild Card.

Here are you standings, courtesy of MLB.com -

AL East Standings
New York 79 50 .612 -
Tampa Bay 79 50 .612 -
Boston 74 56 .569 5.5


AL Wild Card Standings
NY Yankees 79 50 .612 -
Tampa Bay 79 50 .612 -
Boston 74 56 .569 5.5
Chi White Sox 70 59 .543 9.0

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Phil Simms predicts 2010 NFL Playoffs

From CBS Sports -

THE NFL ON CBS lead analyst Phil Simms made his predictions for the upcoming NFL season during CBS Sports’ pre-season game, Dallas vs. Houston, on Saturday night.

AFC

East – New York Jets

North – Cincinnati

South – Indianapolis*

West – San Diego

Wild Cards – New England, Baltimore

NFC

East – Dallas*

North – Minnesota

South – New Orleans

West – San Francisco

Wild Cards – Green Bay, New York Giants

* Super Bowl – Dallas vs. Indianapolis

Sunday's MLB Pitching Probables

KAN at CLE 1:05 PM
KAN: B Chen (L) 8-7, 4.88
CLE: F Carmona (R) 11-12, 4.20

DET at TOR 1:07 PM
DET: R Porcello (R) 6-11, 5.43
TOR: M Rzepczynski (L) 1-2, 6.31

CHC at CIN 1:10 PM
CHC: C Coleman (R) 1-1, 5.68
CIN: T Wood (L) 4-2, 3.38

HOU at NYM 1:10 PM
HOU: B Norris (R) 6-7, 5.03
NYM: R Dickey (R) 8-5, 2.64

FLA at ATL 1:35 PM
FLA: J Johnson (R) 11-5, 2.36
ATL: D Lowe (R) 11-12, 4.33

STL at WAS 1:35 PM
STL: A Wainwright (R) 17-8, 2.18
WAS: J Lannan (L) 5-6, 5.23

NYY at CHW 2:05 PM
NYY: I Nova (R) 0-0, 2.16
CHW: G Floyd (R) 9-10, 3.91

PIT at MIL 2:10 PM
PIT: C Morton (R) 1-9, 9.35
MIL: D Bush (R) 6-11, 4.76

OAK at TEX 3:05 PM
OAK: G Gonzalez (L) 11-8, 3.24
TEX: C Lewis (R) 9-10, 3.40

LAD at COL 3:10 PM
LAD: T Lilly (L) 8-8, 3.27
COL: J Hammel (R) 8-7, 4.35

BAL at LAA 3:35 PM
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 7-13, 4.13
LAA: J Weaver (R) 11-9, 3.21

PHI at SDG 4:05 PM
PHI: C Hamels (L) 7-10, 3.47
SDG: C Richard (L) 12-5, 3.55

ARI at SFO 4:05 PM
ARI: R Lopez (R) 5-12, 5.09
SFO: M Cain (R) 10-10, 3.07

MIN at SEA 4:10 PM
MIN: C Pavano (R) 15-9, 3.56
SEA: L French (L) 2-4, 4.57

BOS at TAM 8:00 PM
BOS: J Lackey (R) 12-7, 4.51
TAM: J Shields (R) 12-11, 4.76

Dodger Stadium Rules from Phineas & Ferb



Classic stuff from one of my favorite cartoons!

White Sox/Yankees on Sunday TBS

From TBS Sports -

“Sunday MLB on TBS” to Feature an American League Match-up Between the New York Yankees @ Chicago White Sox

“Sunday MLB on TBS” continues on August 29 with two American League contenders facing off as Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees visit Paul Konerko and the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field at 2 p.m. (ET). Ivan Nova is scheduled to start for the Yankees against the White Sox probable starter Gavin Floyd. Ernie Johnson will call play-by-play alongside analyst Ron Darling.

“Sunday MLB on TBS” includes match-ups on TBS every Sunday afternoon throughout the regular season. The network will also begin providing exclusive coverage of the Division Series and the American League Championship Series (ALCS) in October 2010.

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

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS SCHEDULE:
Sunday, Aug. 29
2 p.m. New York Yankees @ Chicago White Sox
Announcers: Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst)

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Sunday, Sept. 5
1:30 p.m. Chicago White Sox @ Boston Red Sox
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Ron Darling (analyst) and John Smoltz (analyst)

Those wacky Seahawks! Snake Prank

It's always nice to have an NFL coach that's a little more laid back right?

Well, in Seattle, it's Pete Carroll in charge and courtesy of Pete Carroll TV, we get a little prank on his players. Can you say S-N-A-K-E-S?!

Saturday's MLB Pitching Probables

DET at TOR 1:07 PM
DET: A Figaro (R) 0-1, 5.79
TOR: B Morrow (R) 9-6, 4.39

MIN at SEA 4:10 PM
MIN: N Blackburn (R) 7-8, 6.49
SEA: D Fister (R) 4-9, 3.87

PHI at SDG 4:10 PM
PHI: J Blanton (R) 5-6, 5.32
SDG: J Garland (R) 13-8, 3.25

NYY at CHW 7:05 PM
NYY: C Sabathia (L) 17-5, 3.02
CHW: J Danks (L) 12-8, 3.31

KAN at CLE 7:05 PM
KAN: Z Greinke (R) 8-11, 3.83
CLE: J Gomez (R) 3-2, 3.62

STL at WAS 7:05 PM
STL: K Lohse (R) 2-5, 6.47
WAS: L Hernandez (R) 8-9, 3.36

PIT at MIL 7:10 PM
PIT: Z Duke (L) 6-12, 5.10
MIL: C Capuano (L) 2-2, 3.72

FLA at ATL 7:10 PM
FLA: R Nolasco (R) 14-8, 4.22
ATL: T Hudson (R) 14-5, 2.28

CHC at CIN 7:10 PM
CHC: R Wells (R) 5-12, 4.56
CIN: B Arroyo (R) 14-7, 3.82

HOU at NYM 7:10 PM
HOU: B Myers (R) 9-7, 3.08
NYM: J Santana (L) 10-8, 2.94

BOS at TAM 7:10 PM
BOS: C Buchholz (R) 15-5, 2.26
TAM: M Garza (R) 13-7, 3.62

OAK at TEX 8:05 PM
OAK: D Braden (L) 8-9, 3.49
TEX: R Harden (R) 5-4, 5.00

LAD at COL 8:10 PM
LAD: C Billingsley (R) 10-7, 3.70
COL: J Chacin (R) 6-9, 3.98

BAL at LAA 9:05 PM
BAL: K Millwood (R) 2-14, 5.63
LAA: S Kazmir (L) 8-11, 6.33

ARI at SFO 9:05 PM
ARI: D Hudson (R) 4-2, 3.10
SFO: B Zito (L) 8-9, 3.78

Friday, August 27, 2010

NFL Preseason this weekend

Friday August 27
7:00pm ET – Atlanta Falcons @ Miami Dolphins
7:00pm ET – Washington Redskins @ New York Jets
8:00pm ET – San Diego Chargers @ New Orleans Saints (CBS)
8:00pm ET – Philadelphia Eagles @ Kansas City Chiefs

Saturday August 28
5:30pm ET – Cleveland Browns @ Detroit Lions (NFL Network)
6:30pm ET – Cincinnati Bengals @ Buffalo Bills
7:30pm ET – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7:30pm ET – New York Giants @ Baltimore Ravens
8:00pm ET – Dallas Cowboys @ Houston Texans (CBS)
8:00pm ET – Tennessee Titans @ Carolina Panthers
8:00pm ET – Seattle Seahawks @ Minnesota Vikings
8:30pm ET – Arizona Cardinals @ Chicago Bears
9:00pm ET – San Francisco 49ers @ Oakland Raiders

Sunday August 29
8:00pm ET – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver
Broncos

Patriots/Rams Thoughts

A few random thoughts coming out of Thursday night's Patriots/Rams game:

* Did anyone tell the Patriots defense that the third preseason game actually means something in terms of how you might look for the regular season. Granted, no game-planning, but allowing over300 yards passing (462 total net yards) against the Rams? Seriously?!

* The QB's impressed on both sides of the ball. Tom Brady goes nearly perfect again, throwing 18-22 for 273 yards and 3 TD's. Rookie Sam Bradford impresses as well for the Rams, completing 15 of 22 passes for 189 yards and 2 TD's.

* Rams Injuries - The Rams see WR Donnie Avery get carted off the field near the end of the first half with what the team is deeming "a significant knee injury."

* Patriots Injuries - Nothing major. Rookie TE Aaron Hernandez did miss the game after not practiciing this week.

* Patriots RB Laurence Maroney was MIA as in NO time at all on Thursday. Despite that, look for him to be in the starting backfield come September 12 against the Bengals. After all, no one else took control as New England rushed for a mere 28 yards on the night.

* The Rams on third down were an unexplicably very good 11-17 (that's 64% to you and me).

* The Patriots pass rush continues to be non-existent. Against the Rams, who surrendered 44 of them last season, the Pats could muster just one Ron Brace sack in the first half.

* Brandon Tate, with his 97-yard opening kickoff return for a touchdown, may have solidified himself in that spot to start the regular season. Speed and quick-hitting-the-hole ability is making this rookie out of North Carolina stand out so far this preaseason.

* The TE's continue to impress for the Pats as Ron Gronkowski catches two more TD's on the night (3 for the preseason). As previously stated, Hernandez sat this one out.

* Michael Hoomanawanui is becoming a nice little checkdown for Bradford, catching four balls for 53 yards and 2 TD's.

* We'll leave you with this one. Time of possession doesn't always tell the story but the Rams crushed the Pats here: 43:46 - 16:14 including a 9-minute-plus drive to start the second half resulting in a Rams touchdown which the Pats countered with a 90-second TD drive complete with a Brady to Randy Moss 65-yard thing of beauty for 6 points.

Next up for the Patriots - Thursday night at the Giants

Next up for the Rams - Thursday night vs. the Ravens

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

KAN at CLE 7:05 PM
KAN: B Bullington (R) 1-2, 4.50
CLE: J Tomlin (R) 1-3, 3.86

STL at WAS 7:05 PM
STL: J Garcia (L) 11-6, 2.42
WAS: S Olsen (L) 3-6, 5.21

DET at TOR 7:07 PM
DET: J Verlander (R) 14-8, 3.65
TOR: S Marcum (R) 11-7, 3.70

CHC at CIN 7:10 PM
CHC: T Gorzelanny (L) 7-7, 3.70
CIN: J Cueto (R) 11-4, 3.62

HOU at NYM 7:10 PM
HOU: N Figueroa (R) 3-1, 2.98
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 12-7, 3.80

BOS at TAM 7:10 PM
BOS: J Lester (L) 13-8, 3.26
TAM: D Price (L) 15-5, 2.97

FLA at ATL 7:35 PM
FLA: C Volstad (R) 7-9, 4.82
ATL: T Hanson (R) 8-9, 3.53

OAK at TEX 8:05 PM
OAK: B Anderson (L) 3-4, 2.86
TEX: T Hunter (R) 10-2, 3.68

NYY at CHW 8:10 PM
NYY: A Burnett (R) 9-11, 4.80
CHW: F Garcia (R) 10-5, 5.08

PIT at MIL 8:10 PM
PIT: J McDonald (R) 2-3, 5.04
MIL: C Narveson (L) 9-7, 5.69

LAD at COL 9:10 PM
LAD: C Kershaw (L) 11-8, 3.07
COL: U Jimenez (R) 17-4, 2.66

BAL at LAA 10:05 PM
BAL: B Bergesen (R) 5-9, 5.84
LAA: J Weaver (R) 11-9, 3.21

PHI at SDG 10:05 PM
PHI: R Oswalt (R) 9-13, 3.22
SDG: M Latos (R) 13-5, 2.33

MIN at SEA 10:10 PM
MIN: S Baker (R) 11-9, 4.63
SEA: J Vargas (L) 9-6, 3.43

ARI at SFO 10:15 PM
ARI: B Enright (R) 4-2, 2.73
SFO: T Lincecum (R) 11-8, 3.72

Greatest Catch Ever?

You decide!

The worth of Manny Ramirez

In case you missed it, Mark Kriegel of Fox Sports has a fabulous article out right now on the worth of Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers.

Check it out right here.

A few stats to chew on in the article from Stats/LLC for this season:

With Manny, the Dodgers are 10 games over .500.

Without Manny, the Dodgers are 7 games under .500.

With Manny in the line-up, the Dodgers hit .282 and score an average of 5.3 runs a game.

Without Manny in the line-up, the Dodgers hit .241 and score an average of 3.6 runs a game.

Love him or hate him, the man seemingly does deliver. The numbers don't lie.

MLB Network: Braves vs. Mets ahead

From MLB Network -

NL East First-Place Atlanta Braves Host New York Mets on Thursday Night Baseball ON September 2, called by MLB NETWORK’S Bob Costas and John Smoltz

Three First-Place Teams in Action During MLB Network’s Live Game Schedule for August 30-September 4

Game Schedule Also Includes Cincinnati Reds Visiting NL Central Rival St. Louis Cardinals on September 3

Secaucus, N.J., August 26, 2010
- The NL East first-place Atlanta Braves host the New York Mets on Thursday Night Baseball on September 2 at 7:00 p.m. ET, part of MLB Network’s live game schedule for August 30 – September 4. MLB Network’s Bob Costas and former Braves Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star John Smoltz will call the game live from Turner Field. The Braves currently lead the NL East by 2 ½ games over the Philadelphia Phillies. Viewers in the Mets and Braves markets will see the AL Central first-place Minnesota Twins match up against the Detroit Tigers at 8:00 p.m. ET live from Target Field.

The NL Central first-place Cincinnati Reds, who have won seven of their last ten games, led by All-Star first baseman Joey Votto, host the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Viewers in select markets will see the Braves take on the Mets in the first of their four-game series at 7:00 p.m. ET. On Tuesday, August 31, the Twins, who have a 3 ½ game lead in the AL Central, host the Tigers at 8:00 p.m. ET. Viewers in select markets will again see the Mets at Braves at 7:00 p.m. ET. Later in the week the Reds travel to Busch Stadium to take on division rivals St. Louis Cardinals for the first of a three-game series on Friday, September 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The Reds are 3½ games ahead of the Cardinals in the NL Central. Viewers in select markets will see an NL East matchup between the Braves and Florida Marlins at 7:00 p.m. ET live from Sun Life Stadium. Saturday Night Baseball features the Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox at 7:00 p.m. ET. Viewers in select markets will again see the Braves against the Marlins at 7:00 p.m. ET.

MLB Tonight, MLB Network’s Emmy Award-winning signature nightly studio show, airs seven days a week, featuring updates, highlights, bonus coverage and look-ins at live games in progress. Quick Pitch, MLB Network’s highlights show of record, airs nightly with recaps of all the great fielding and scoring plays from the day’s games.

MLB Network’s August 30 – September 4 live game schedule:

All times ET and subject to change, check MLBNetwork.com for updates

Unless otherwise announced, games will be blacked out in each club's home television territory

August 30
7:00 p.m. Milwaukee at Cincinnati
7:00 p.m. New York Mets at Atlanta [In select markets]

August 31
8:00 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota
7:00 p.m. New York Mets at Atlanta [In select markets]

September 2
7:00 p.m. Thursday Night Baseball: New York Mets at Atlanta – Matt Vasgersian & John Smoltz
8:00 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota [In Mets and Braves markets]

September 3
8:00 p.m. Cincinnati at St. Louis
7:00 p.m. Atlanta at Florida [In select markets]

September 4
7:00 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Boston
7:00 p.m. Atlanta at Florida

Thursday's MLB Pitching Probables

HOU at PHI 1:05 PM
HOU: W Rodriguez (L) 9-12, 4.00
PHI: K Kendrick (R) 8-6, 4.58

LAD at MIL 2:10 PM
LAD: C Monasterios (R) 3-4, 3.63
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 11-5, 3.28

ARI at SDG 6:35 PM
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 7-9, 4.41
SDG: K Correia (R) 10-8, 4.82

OAK at CLE 7:05 PM
OAK: V Mazzaro (R) 6-5, 3.56
CLE: J Masterson (R) 4-12, 5.33

STL at WAS 7:05 PM
STL: C Carpenter (R) 14-4, 2.88
WAS: J Zimmermann (R)

DET at TOR 7:07 PM
DET: M Scherzer (R) 9-9, 3.73
TOR: R Romero (L) 10-7, 3.50

FLA at NYM 7:10 PM
FLA: A Sanchez (R) 10-8, 3.16
NYM: J Niese (L) 8-5, 3.33

MIN at TEX 8:05 PM
MIN: F Liriano (L) 11-7, 3.45
TEX: C Lee (L) 10-7, 3.09

BAL at CHW 8:10 PM
BAL: J Arrieta (R) 4-5, 4.90
CHW: E Jackson (R) 7-10, 4.67

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

PGA Playoffs begin on CBS

From CBS Sports -

CBS SPORTS TO BROADCAST FIRST PGA TOUR PLAYOFFS EVENT FOR THE FEDEXCUP AS WORLD’S BEST GOLFERS TEE OFF AT “THE BARCLAYS” AUGUST 28-29; ELS, STRICKER, MICKELSON, ROSE, WOODS, SLOCUM AMONG THOSE COMPETING


The PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup begin this week at THE BARCLAYS, the first of four playoff tournaments to determine the FedExCup champion. CBS Sports broadcasts the third and final rounds of the star-powered tournament on Saturday, Aug. 28 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET) and Sunday, Aug. 29 (2:00-6:00 PM, ET), from Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., live on the CBS Television Network.

Jim Nantz, the 2008 and 2009 Emmy Award Winner for “Outstanding Sports Personality - Play-by-Play” and 2008 and 2009 National Sportscaster of the Year, serves as anchor of CBS Sports’ golf coverage. Sir Nick Faldo, winner of six major championships and more than 40 tournaments worldwide, serves as lead analyst. Ian Baker-Finch calls the action at the 17th hole and Gary McCord at the 16th hole. David Feherty and Peter Kostis serve as on-course reporters.

Ernie Els remains No. 1 in the current FedExCup standings and has led for 22 consecutive weeks. Last year, Els tied for second at The Barclays, an event he won in 1996 and 1997. In addition, he has seven top-five finishes, the most in the tournament’s history. Defending champion Heath Slocum returns to The Barclays and takes on the top players in the FedExCup standings including Els, Steve Stricker (No. 2), Phil Mickelson (No.4) and Justin Rose (No. 5). Tiger Woods, last year’s winner of the FedExCup and in 2007 enters the PGA TOUR Playoffs ranked No. 112 in the FedExCup standings. He needs to finish 50th or better to advance to the Duetsche Bank Championship. Woods won the inaugural Playoffs in 2007 but missed the Playoffs in 2008 while recovering from knee surgery. He finished tied for second last year at Liberty National, one stroke behind Slocum.

The top 122 of 125 players from the PGA TOUR regular-season, based on FedExCup points, will play this week at The Barclays. Among the other players to compete in this week’s playoff are: Jeff Overton, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Tim Clark, Dustin Johnson, Ben Crane, Bo Van Pelt, Anthony Kim, Camilo Villegas, Zach Johnson, Robert Allenby, J.B. Holmes, Rickie Fowler, Luke Donald, Ryan Palmer, Retief Goosen, Paul Casey, Nick Watney, Ricky Barnes, Adam Scott, K.J. Choi, Sean O’Hair, Geoff Ogilvy, Brandt Snedeker, Lucas Glover, Ian Poulter, Y.E. Yang, Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington, V.J. Singh, Steve Elkington and Kenny Perry. (For the complete field go to PGA TOUR.COM)

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

Lance Barrow is Coordinating Producer and Steve Milton is Director of CBS Sports’ golf coverage. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

Fox Notes for the Week: Broncos/Steelers & MLB Saturday

From Fox Sports -

Mora On His Seattle Successor: Control & Motivation Easier With College Players

MLB & NFL Preseason Action This Weekend on FOX

NFL ON FOX FINISHES PRESEASON COVERAGE WITH STEELERS/BRONCOS CLASH
– The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Denver for a showdown with the Broncos on Sunday, August 29 (8:00 PM ET) in the final 2010 preseason matchup on FOX Sports. NFL on FOX’s Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver call all the action from the INVESCO Field at Mile High. FOX NFL SUNDAY host Curt Menefee welcomes fans live from the field and is joined by NFL on FOX analyst and former Bronco John Lynch at halftime to preview the season. Also, Oliver reports on the quarterback roster in Denver and what impact Tim Tebow, Brady Quinn or Kyle Orton will have on the Broncos. For instant updates during the week and games from the entire NFL on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NFLONFOX.

MORA ON HIS SEATTLE SUCCESSOR: CONTROL & MOTIVATION EASIER WITH COLLEGE PLAYERS
– As he prepares for his rookie season with FOX Sports, former Seahawks head coach Jim Mora looks at Pete Carroll’s chances of having success with his former franchise. “Pete’s spent 15 years in the NFL and has grown from his coaching experience but it’s not easy to make the transformation from coaching in college to the pros. In college, you have very tight control of your players but less control in the pros. From a motivational standpoint, college players listen more because they are striving to get to that next level.”

MLB ON FOX HEADS TO THE WILD, WILD WEST
– Week 21 of the FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK schedule commences on Saturday, August 28 (4:00 PM ET) with two highly-competitive matchups. The Phillies, still in hot-pursuit of the Braves, face a tough test when they travel west to take on the NL West-leading Padres. San Diego possesses both the NL’s best record and baseballs most dominant best pitching staff. In Seattle, Joe Mauer, teams with RBI leader Delmon Young and the Twins to take on the Mariners. This week, the pregame show originates live from Safeco Field in Seattle with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins analyst Mark Grace in the booth.

Philadelphia Phillies at San Diego Padres (76% of nation)
Josh Lewin, Eric Karros & Ken Rosenthal
PETCO Park – San Diego, CA

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach

Probable Pitchers
: Joe Blanton, RHP (5-6, 5.32 ERA) vs. Jon Garland, RHP (13-8, 3.25 ERA)

Minnesota Twins at Seattle Mariners (24% of nation)
Chris Rose & Mark Grace
Safeco Field – Seattle, WA

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle

Probable Pitchers:
Nick Blackburn, RHP (7-8, 6.49 ERA) vs. Doug Fister, RHP (4-9, 3.87 ERA)

WORLD BEST SKATEBOARDERS BATTLE FOR MALOOF MONEY CUP SUNDAY ON FOX
– FUEL TV, the only network dedicated to the lifestyle of action sports, presents the 2010 Maloof Money Cup presented by Vans during its thrilling Orange County, California stop in a one-hour special on FOX Sports. On Saturday, August 28 (3:00 PM ET), this action-packed one-hour wrap-up of the Maloof Money Cup featuring event highlights and exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with the world’s best skateboarders, giving audiences an entirely new look at the epic contest.

US Open Goes 3-D

From CBS Sports -

FIRST EVER 3D BROADCASTS OF US OPEN SPEARHEADED BY PANASONIC AND CBS SPORTS

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS GIANT BECOMES OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF US OPEN IN NEW THREE-YEAR SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT

FLUSHING, N.Y., August 25, 2010
– The USTA today announced that consumer electronics giant Panasonic has become an official sponsor of the US Open in a new three-year agreement.

Working with CBS Sports, the USTA and Panasonic will spearhead the first-ever 3D broadcasts of the tournament. CBS Sports will produce 3D versions of all the Arthur Ashe Stadium matches that it broadcasts in High Definition on Labor Day Weekend and on Finals Weekend, September 10-12. These matches will be made available nationwide via DirecTV’s exclusive dedicated 3D entertainment channel, “n|3D Powered by Panasonic” (DirecTV channel 103).

On-site at the 2010 US Open, Panasonic will have three 3D viewing galleries--a 3D Panasonic Showcase located in the former International Tennis Hall of Fame Gallery on the floor level of Louis Armstrong Stadium, and another in SmashZone, the US Open’s interactive tennis experience for fans and families located in the state-of-the-art indoor facility and one more in the South Plaza area. Panasonic and DirecTV also will provide the US Open semifinal and final matches live in 3D to hundreds of TV retail outlets nationwide, including scores of Best Buy stores, as part of the September 10-12 “National 3D Demo Days” organized by the Consumer Electronics Association.

“We are very pleased to enter a new era of sports production with a new partner, Panasonic, and our long-time partner, CBS,” said Lucy S. Garvin, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. “We continually explore new innovations for the US Open, and new ways to present our tournament to tennis fans. 3D technology is the wave of the future, and once again the US Open will be on the cutting edge.”

“Panasonic is proud to support the US Open, on site and in homes throughout the country, by bringing live match action to tennis fans in immersive 3D,” said Joseph M. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Panasonic Corporation of North America. “Panasonic consumer and professional 3D displays will show the Arthur Ashe Stadium matches to spectators on site in Flushing Meadows, viewers nationwide can see them via DirecTV’s exclusive 3D channel, “n|3D powered by Panasonic”, and our professional 3D camcorder will be used to shoot interviews and other footage in 3D for CBS’s production.”

“CBS Sports is looking forward to using this groundbreaking technology during our coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships,” said Harold Bryant, Vice President, Production, CBS Sports. “With the court-level camera positions that will make viewers feel like they are right on the court, and the resonant sounds of the game and the spectators, tennis will be a spectacular sport to see in 3D.”

The 3D broadcasts will use a separate production team and equipment from the traditional HD broadcasts of the tournament. Plans call for six camera rigs (each holding two high definition cameras), two special 3D production trucks, and a unique 3D-dedicated CBS Sports broadcast team. CBS has designed the 3D camera placements lower to the court than traditional TV locations, in order to capture the close-up and personal, athletic dimension of tennis that make 3D such a powerful experience.

Panasonic also will reach out to viewers with advertising geared to the new 3D technology during the CBS Sports broadcasts of the US Open. In order to view the US Open in 3D, fans must have 3D televisions and 3D eyewear and be subscribers to DirecTV.

The Panasonic sponsorship also include sponsorship of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, the US Open’s tennis and entertainment spectacular that serves as the unofficial opening to the tournament. In addition Panasonic will have [new, digital] signage in the three stadiums and at most of the outer courts at the US Open.

Faith Hill back for Sunday Night Football

From NBC Sports -

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

Grammy Award-Winner Records NBC “Sunday Night Football” Opening Theme “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night” for Fourth Consecutive Season

NEW YORK – August 25, 2010
– NBC Sports will again feature five-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Faith Hill performing the opening theme for NBC “Sunday Night Football,” “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.”

Hill’s “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” debuts this season on Sunday, Sept. 12, the first “Sunday Night Football” broadcast of 2010 featuring the Washington Redskins and their new quarterback Donovan McNabb hosting the Dallas Cowboys in one of sports’ great rivalries. The opening theme will continue weekly, kicking off “Sunday Night Football” throughout the NFL season on NBC.

“I wait all year for Sunday Night,” said Faith Hill. “Somehow the season wouldn’t feel the same without seeing everyone from NBC/ Sunday Night Football over the summer (when we record and film the open). It makes it feel like the wait for the season is somehow shorter."

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

"Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" is set to the original Joan Jett song, "I Hate Myself for Loving You." She recorded the track with her longtime producer Byron Gallimore and the video was shot in Los Angeles.

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

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

KAN at DET 1:05 PM
KAN: S O'Sullivan (R) 2-4, 5.14
DET: A Galarraga (R) 4-5, 4.21

SEA at BOS 1:35 PM
SEA: D Pauley (R) 2-4, 3.70
BOS: J Beckett (R) 3-3, 6.67

ATL at COL 3:10 PM
ATL: J Jurrjens (R) 5-4, 3.91
COL: E Rogers (R) 2-2, 4.53

TAM at LAA 3:35 PM
TAM: J Niemann (R) 10-3, 3.12
LAA: D Haren (R) 8-12, 4.55

CIN at SFO 3:45 PM
CIN: H Bailey (R) 3-2, 4.52
SFO: M Bumgarner (L) 5-4, 3.20

OAK at CLE 7:05 PM
OAK: T Cahill (R) 13-5, 2.54
CLE: M Talbot (R) 8-10, 4.23

CHC at WAS 7:05 PM
CHC: R Dempster (R) 11-8, 3.56
WAS: J Marquis (R) 0-6, 11.39

HOU at PHI 7:05 PM
HOU: J Happ (L) 3-2, 3.54
PHI: R Halladay (R) 16-8, 2.16

STL at PIT 7:05 PM
STL: J Westbrook (R) 7-8, 4.48
PIT: D McCutchen (R) 1-5, 6.65

NYY at TOR 7:07 PM
NYY: P Hughes (R) 15-5, 3.90
TOR: B Cecil (L) 10-6, 3.90

FLA at NYM 7:10 PM
FLA: A Sanabia (R) 2-1, 3.77
NYM: P Misch (L) 0-2, 3.00

SEA at BOS 7:10 PM
SEA: F Hernandez (R) 9-10, 2.51
BOS: J Lester (L) 13-8, 3.26

MIN at TEX 8:05 PM
MIN: B Duensing (L) 7-1, 1.92
TEX: C Wilson (L) 12-5, 3.02

BAL at CHW 8:10 PM
BAL: B Matusz (L) 5-12, 4.97
CHW: M Buehrle (L) 12-9, 3.87

LAD at MIL 8:10 PM
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 8-11, 3.48
MIL: R Wolf (L) 10-9, 4.67

ARI at SDG 10:05 PM
ARI: J Saunders (L) 7-13, 4.54
SDG: W LeBlanc (L) 7-11, 3.85

Dexter - Season 5 Preview

This show is awesome! Now, with Dexter's wife dead, who knows where this show will go now!



Thanks to Showtime for the preview. The new season begins on Sunday, September 26th at 9pm (ET)!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Funny thing I heard today...

On the ride home today, I hear this little offering from Tony Massarotti on 98.5 The Sports Hub (yes, I'll admit, WEEI was in a break!).

Mazz, who I loved reading and listening to when he was a columnist covering the Red Sox for most of this decade, decided to rail on the media in "this town" for being so soft and not questioning Red Sox management.

The basis behind his rant was that the former regime (John Harrington/Dan Duquette) wasn't media friendly so they always got criticized. Now, the John Henry-led regime gets a free pass, according to Mazz, because they always keep those lines of communications open with the media.

Funny, wasn't Mazz part of that same media right up until August of 2009? Wasn't he part of the horde of media looking to uncover the "truth" at Fenway Park? Or, was he just masquerading during those years?

It's my one beef with Mazz now that he's a full-time radio host. He's lost all conviction to what he used to be. That is, of course, when he's not uttering "That's right Mike!" to his co-host Michael Felger. He's much better when on his own during his solo hour hosting the Baseball Reporters.

At least with Felger, he knows he's all schtick. No bones about it.

I'd love to see Mazz return to his former self so I could listen more. After all, it's nice to be able to go back and forth between the two like most sportsfan do these days.

Inside the NFL returns to Showtime

The boys are back!



INSIDE THE NFL RETURNS FOR A THIRD SEASON ON SHOWTIME® WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8

James Brown, Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms and Warren Sapp Make Predictions for the 2010 Edition of INSIDE THE NFL

NEW YORK (August. 24, 2010)
The Emmy-award winning INSIDE THE NFL returns for its third year on SHOWTIME beginning with the season debut on Wednesday, Sept, 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Host James Brown anchors INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME along with All-Pro NFL greats Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms and Warren Sapp serving as expert analysts with new episodes airing on SHOWTIME every Wednesday during the NFL season through February 9, 2011.

Brown, Collinsworth, Simms and Sapp recently made predictions on what fans can expect on INSIDE THE NFL during the 2010-11 season. Attached is the link.

INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. Pete Radovich serves as coordinating producer. The executive producers are Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports, and NFL Films President Steve Sabol.

Red Sox PPD - DH Wednesday

No game for the Red Sox and Mariners tonight at Fenway Park. Instead, they'll play a day-night doubleheader with 1:35pm and 7:10pm starts.

CBS announces NFL Broadcast Pairings

From CBS Sports -

CBS SPORTS ANNOUNCES BROADCAST PAIRINGS FOR 2010 NFL SEASON

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms Lead as No. 1 NFL ON CBS Announce Team In CBS Television Network’s 51st Season Covering NFL

THE NFL TODAY Anchored by James Brown, Dan Marino, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe

The CBS Television Network begins its 51st year of broadcasting the NFL on Sunday, Sept. 12 (12:00 Noon-4:00 PM, ET) as Jim Nantz and Phil Simms lead THE NFL ON CBS into the Network’s 2010 NFL season.

James Brown anchors the CBS Television Network’s hour-long pre-game studio show, THE NFL TODAY, along with analysts Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. Charley Casserly serves as THE NFL TODAY’s “General Manager,” while Lesley Visser and Sam Ryan serve as reporters for the show. This season marks the 43rd year of THE NFL TODAY on the CBS Television Network.

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

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

CBS Sports’ complete roster of announce teams for its 51st year of NFL coverage was announced today by Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports, and Executive Producer, THE NFL ON CBS.

Following are the Network’s NFL announcer pairings for the 2010 season (play-by-play/analyst):

Jim Nantz//Phil Simms

Greg Gumbel//Dan Dierdorf

Ian Eagle//Dan Fouts

Kevin Harlan//Solomon Wilcots

Gus Johnson//Steve Tasker

Bill Macatee//Rich Gannon

Don Criqui//Steve Beuerlein

Spero Dedes//Randy Cross


Following are THE NFL ON CBS assignments for Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3 (subject to change).

WEEK 1 – Sept. 12
1:00 PM, ET starts:
Cleveland @ Tampa Bay
Spero Dedes/Rich Gannon

Miami @ Buffalo
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker

Cincinnati @ N. England
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms

Indianapolis @ Houston
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf

Denver @ Jacksonville
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots

Oakland @ Tennessee
Ian Eagle/ Dan Fouts

WEEK 2 – Sept. 19 – CBS DOUBLEHEADER
1:00 PM, ET starts:
Baltimore @ Cincinnati
Bill Macatee/Rich Gannon

Buffalo @ Green Bay
Spero Dedes/Randy Cross

Miami @ Minnesota
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf

Kansas City @ Cleveland
Don Criqui/Steve Beuerlein

Pittsburgh @ Tennessee
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots

4:15 PM, ET starts:
New England @ N.Y. Jets
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms

Houston @ Washington
Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts

Jacksonville @ San Diego
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker

WEEK 3 – Sept. 26 – CBS DOUBLEHEADER
1:00 PM, ET starts:
Tennessee @ N.Y. Giants
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf

Cincinnati @ Carolina
Bill Macatee/Rich Gannon

Pittsburgh @ Tampa Bay
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker

Buffalo @ New England
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots

Cleveland @ Baltimore
Don Criqui/Steve Beuerlein

4:15 PM, ET starts:
Indianapolis @ Denver
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms

Oakland @ Arizona
Spero Dedes/Randy Cross



·San Diego @ Seattle Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith

More good Favre news for NBC

From NBC Sports -

“SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” VIKINGS-49ERS IS MOST WATCHED NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 GAME IN 8 YEARS

SNF Preseason Game is No. 1 Program of the Week in Viewers, Household Rating & All Key Adult and Male Demos

NEW YORK – August 23, 2010
– The “Sunday Night Football” preseason game between the Vikings and 49ers was the most-watched Week 2 NFL preseason game in eight years and was the No. 1 program of the week in all the key adult and male demographics, including the coveted Adults 18-49, according to national data released today by The Nielsen Company.

The game, in which the 49ers defeated the Vikings 15-10, in the return of Vikings QB Brett Favre (who was in the game for a total of four plays), drew 10.8 million viewers, the most for a Week 2 NFL preseason game since a 49ers-Broncos matchup on Aug. 19, 2002 (11.3 million viewers).

The household rating of a 6.7/12 is the best for a Week 2 NFL preseason game since the Aug. 18, 2003 Buccaneers-Rams game (7.4/13) and the third-best rating for an NFL preseason game on any network since Aug. 30, 2004 (Titans-Cowboys, 7.6/13), trailing only behind NBC’s Hall of Fame Games on Aug. 8, 2010 and Aug. 6, 2006 (both had a 6.8/12 household rating).

SNF DOMINATED THE NIGHT: Sunday’s game was the No. 1 broadcast of the night in total viewers, adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Adults 25-54, Men 18-49, Men 18-34 and Men 25-54.

This continues a trend for SNF dominating Sunday nights. The last “Sunday Night Football” broadcast, The Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Aug. 9, was the No. 1 broadcast of the night. In the regular season last year, “Sunday Night Football” was the most watched Sunday night primetime broadcast in a record 15 of 16 (94 percent) weeks. In 2008, SNF won 13 of 16 (81 percent) Sunday nights after winning 11 of 16 in 2007 (69 percent) and nine of 16 in 2006 (56 percent).

BESTS COMPETITION IN PRIMETIME
: “Sunday Night Football” powered NBC to win Sunday night in Adults 18-49, topping its closest primetime competitor among the major networks, Fox, by 67 percent (3.0 for NBC from 7-11 p.m. vs. a 1.8 for Fox from 7-10 p.m.). In total viewers, NBC topped its nearest primetime rival, CBS, by 36 percent or more than 2.4 million persons (9.1 million vs. 6.6 million). NBC scored the highest Sunday averages for any network in Adults 18-49 and total viewers since August 8, the night of NBC's coverage of the Cowboys-Bengals NFL Hall of Fame Game and second highest Sunday for any network since June 13, the night of ABC's coverage of Game 5 of the NBA Finals. In household rating, it's the highest Sunday average for any network since June 13.

Damon staying in Detroit

Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

Johnny Damon staying in Detroit according to Nick Cafardo in the Boston Globe.

Damon's gut tells him to stay in Detroit

While talking to reporters after Detroit's game with Kansas City, Tigers outfielder/designated hitter said his gut tells him to stay in Detroit and block the waiver claim the Red Sox made on him over the weekend. Teammates, says Damon, want him to stay.

As for why the Red Sox want him. Damon said:

“Obviously they claimed me to go out there and play left field and lead off for them. They have a lot of big games with Tampa Bay coming up. They have six more games with New York coming up. That’s why they’re trying. What a scene that would be, playing for the Red Sox while the Yankees go there, and everybody there hates me. That’s the craziness that’s involved. I’m just going to try not to think about it tonight.”

The clock is ticking on the decision Johnny!

I, for one, hope he comes back to Boston!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tuesday's MLB Pitching Probables

OAK at CLE 7:05 PM
OAK: G Gonzalez (L) 10-8, 3.39
CLE: F Carmona (R) 11-11, 4.14

KAN at DET 7:05 PM
KAN: K Davies (R) 6-7, 5.14
DET: R Porcello (R) 5-11, 5.76

CHC at WAS 7:05 PM
CHC: C Zambrano (R) 4-6, 4.97
WAS: J Lannan (L) 5-5, 5.13

HOU at PHI 7:05 PM
HOU: B Norris (R) 6-7, 5.23
PHI: C Hamels (L) 7-10, 3.51

STL at PIT 7:05 PM
STL: A Wainwright (R) 17-7, 2.06
PIT: P Maholm (L) 7-12, 4.92

NYY at TOR 7:07 PM
NYY: D Moseley (R) 3-2, 4.76
TOR: M Rzepczynski (L) 1-1, 4.76

SEA at BOS 7:10 PM
SEA: D Pauley (R) 2-4, 3.70
BOS: J Beckett (R) 3-3, 6.67

FLA at NYM 7:10 PM
FLA: J Johnson (R) 11-5, 2.27
NYM: R Dickey (R) 8-5, 2.41

MIN at TEX 8:05 PM
MIN: C Pavano (R) 15-8, 3.52
TEX: C Lewis (R) 9-10, 3.37

BAL at CHW 8:10 PM
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 7-12, 3.97
CHW: G Floyd (R) 8-10, 3.97

LAD at MIL 8:10 PM
LAD: T Lilly (L) 7-8, 3.23
MIL: D Bush (R) 6-10, 4.63

ATL at COL 8:40 PM
ATL: D Lowe (R) 11-11, 4.32
COL: J De La Rosa (L) 4-4, 4.74

TAM at LAA 10:05 PM
TAM: W Davis (R) 9-9, 4.45
LAA: E Santana (R) 13-8, 3.93

ARI at SDG 10:05 PM
ARI: R Lopez (R) 5-11, 4.94
SDG: C Richard (L) 11-5, 3.69

CIN at SFO 10:15 PM
CIN: T Wood (L) 4-1, 2.51
SFO: J Sanchez (L) 9-8, 3.47

Jessie's back on Big Brother this Wednesday

Mr. Pec-tacular, otherwise known as Jessie from Big Brother, returns to his roots this Wednesday.   Thanks to our friends at the WFX for the heads up!

WFX Wrestling Superstar Mr. PEC-Tacular Jessie Godderz makes a secret celebrity guest appearance on CBS' Big Brother this Wednesday at 8:00pm ET. 
 
It is supposed to be a surprise but several Big Brother links have found out about it in advance:
 
 
http://www.fiint.com/2180/big-brother-12-episode-20-nomination-night-on-cbs/
 
http://www.tvgrapevine.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8617&catid=165&Itemid=40
 
 
That makes 3 years in a row that CBS has invited Jessie to either star on their show or make a celebrity guest appearance.  I think that's a new reality show record...especially for a MAJOR network. 
 
So, in addition to Mr. WFX, Mr. PEC-Tacular has also truly become Mr. CBS!
 
And expect another Jessie appearance on E!'s The Soup shortly thereafter.
 
In the meantime, here is all the rest of his latest news: 
 
 
And here are his latest videos (including another brief wrestling promo in the top video):
 

Surprise, Surprise - Favre nets ratings for NBC

From NBC Sports -

“SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” VIKINGS-49ERS MATCHES BEST NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 OVERNIGHT IN 7 YEARS

SNF Again Dominates Sunday Night; Beats Second Place CBS by 76%

NEW YORK – August 23, 2010
– Last night’s “Sunday Night Football” Vikings- 49ers preseason game matched the best overnight rating in seven years for any NFL preseason Week 2 game on any network. The 7.2 overnight rating and 12 share (8:15-11 p.m. ET) for the Minnesota Vikings-San Francisco 49ers preseason game, which saw the return of Brett Favre (who was in for a total of four plays), equaled the Cowboys-Seahawks (7.2/12 on 8/22/05) for the best Week 2 preseason game since the 7.8/13 for the Buccaneers-Rams game on August 18, 2003 on ABC. Last night’s broadcast peaked from 8:30-9 p.m. ET at an 8.1/13.

NO. 1 BROADCAST OF THE NIGHT:
“Sunday Night Football” was the No. 1 broadcast of the night in the metered markets and dominated its time period, beating second-place CBS in the time slot by 76 percent (7.2 vs. 4.1).

SNF CONTINUES TO DOMINATE SUNDAY NIGHTS: This continues a trend for SNF dominating Sunday nights. The last “Sunday Night Football” broadcast, The Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Aug. 9, was the No. 1 broadcast of the night. In the regular season last year, “Sunday Night Football” was the most watched Sunday night primetime broadcast in a record 15 of 16 (94 percent) weeks. In 2008, SNF won 13 of 16 (81 percent) Sunday nights after winning 11 of 16 in 2007 (69 percent) and nine of 16 in 2006 (56 percent).

BESTS COMPETITIOION IN PRIMETIME
: In primetime from 7-11 p.m. ET, NBC averaged a 6.3/11 in metered-market households, highest for any network on a Sunday since August 8 (6.4/11, Cowboys-Bengals Hall of Fame Game) and second-highest for any network on a Sunday since June 13 (NBA Finals, Game 5 on ABC).

Top 10 Metered Markets:
1. Minneapolis, 21.3/35
2. Sacramento, 14.4/27
3. Milwaukee, 14.1/23
4. New Orleans, 12.9/19
5. San Francisco, 12.4/28
6. Las Vegas, 11.3/19
7. Fort Myers, 10.5/17
T8. Oklahoma City, 10.1/16
T8. Columbus, 10.1/16
T8. Charlotte, 10.1/16

NESN goes "After the Game"

A little more original programming from our friends at NESN -

 “AFTER THE GAME” SHOWS ATHLETES AT HOME & GIVING BACK
Charities Reap The Benefits on New NESN Series
BOSTON, August 23, 2010 –NESN will premiere a new lifestyle program called “After The Game” to showcase the personal homes, lives, and philanthropic efforts of New England’s beloved athletes on Friday, September 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm.  Part of NESN’s new Made in New England programming lineup, “After The Game” is produced by Linda Pizzuti Henry and Kelly Boullet of Nacho Mama Productions.  Pizzuti Henry and Boullet bring a combination of Hollywood production experience and insider Boston sports knowledge to get fans the rare access they crave to their favorite athletes.  Each athlete shares his/her favorite non-profit and why it deserves their – and the viewers – attention.

Each show highlights the rise to becoming a world-class athlete, an inside look at their living space in a “Cribs”-style tour, followed by a look at the charities that he or she is passionate about.  The first episode features Tim Wakefield walking viewers through his Florida home, explaining how he became the famous Red Sox knuckle-baller, and sharing why he takes time to support Space Coast Early Intervention Center and Pitching in for Kids-- his primary philanthropic commitments.  Future episodes will center on Patrice Bergeron, Matt Light, David Ortiz, Bode Miller, Tom Werner, Kristine Lilly, Doug Flutie and many more favorite sports figures. The show aims to help highlight that while these local celebrities have worked hard and live well as a result of their hard work, they also do good by giving back.  And, in the spirit of giving back, Hess Corporation has joined as a sponsor to grant $5,000 to each athlete’s featured charity.  During the series, viewers can vote at www.afterthegametv.com for one deserving non-profit to earn an additional $25,000 from Hess. Hess is one of the leading independent gasoline-convenience retailers on the East Coast with more than 1,350 stations and convenience stores in 16 states from Massachusetts to Florida, including 170 locations in New England.

Nacho Mama Productions pairs Kelly Boullet and Linda Pizzuti Henry – marrying their varied talents.  Boullet pursued a successful Hollywood career producing shows for FX Television Network, Bravo, E! Entertainment and NBC (Access Hollywood) until her move to Boston five years ago.  She has worked both on and off camera, from interviewing celebrities and royalty to hosting shows such as "Firehouse Cooking”, "Life and the City Girl" and "In the Limelight".  Linda is a director of both the Red Sox Foundation and the John W. Henry Family Foundation which supports many charitable, educational, and art organizations.  Her background is in real estate development and project management, where she has worked for more than 10 years specializing in energy efficient development and urban infill projects.
 
“New England’s athletes are among the most generous and hard-working in the country and they should to be celebrated and have their stories told,” notes Pizzuti Henry.

 “With this platform we can not only show their off-field life, but highlight their charitable efforts in order to inspire future athletes and future philanthropists,” added Boullet.

Hess and ACE Ticket have signed on as presenting sponsors of “After the Game”. To learn more about “After The Game” and the athletes, homes and charities featured on the show, visit
www.afterthegametv.com, or follow @afterthegametv on Twitter.

Red Sox put claim in on Damon

This could be fun!


According to SI.com's Jon Heyman, the Red Sox have put in a claim on former centerfielder Johnny Damon.
Boston.com's Extra Bases Blog says Damon says he's leaning to not accept it, but you never know in these cases.

The Sox and Tigers have 48 hours now to make out a deal if they are so inclined. Or theTigers could just pull him back off waivers.

Plus, the Sox could just be messing with teams to block him from going there (i.e. Tampa Bay). 
Stay tuned.

War of words - Pats vs. Jets!

You got to love this back-and-forth already between the Patriots and Jets!

First, on WEEI's "Dennis and Callahan" this morning, Pats QB Tom Brady told the boys: “I hate the Jets,” Brady said. “So I refuse to support that show" when asked about the HBO Hard Knocks Show on the NY Jets this preseason.

Never shy to respond, Jets head coach Rex Ryan fired this back in today's press conference:  “He already knows that we hate the Patriots… so what’s the difference?” 

Rex went on to say: “My brother’s got a couple Super Bowl rings. He loves Tom Brady. But I don’t have them, so I don’t like Tom Brady. I respect him, but I don’t like him.
“My brother’s got a couple Super Bowl rings. He loves Tom Brady. But I don’t have them, so I don’t like Tom Brady. I respect him, but I don’t like him.”

Week 2, September 19th at the New Meadowlands at 4:15pm can't come soon enough!

You can read more in Manish Mehta's blog on NY Daily News website.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tropical Depression Six Becomes Danielle

It's now a Tropical Storm that we are watching in the Atlantic and her name is Danielle.

According to AccuWeather, we will feel the effects from what will turn into Hurricane Danielle later in the week. It's just not sure what those effects will be just yet depending on the track.

Stay tuned.

Monday's MLB Pitching Probables

KAN at DET 7:05 PM
KAN: B Chen (L) 8-6, 4.61
DET: J Bonderman (R) 6-9, 5.37

CHC at WAS 7:05 PM
CHC: C Coleman (R) 0-1, 7.82
WAS: L Hernandez (R) 8-8, 3.06

HOU at PHI 7:05 PM
HOU: B Myers (R) 8-7, 3.11
PHI: J Blanton (R) 5-6, 5.54

STL at PIT 7:05 PM
STL: K Lohse (R) 1-5, 6.79
PIT: R Ohlendorf (R) 1-10, 3.90

NYY at TOR 7:07 PM
NYY: I Nova (R) 0-0, 0.00
TOR: B Morrow (R) 9-6, 4.45

SEA at BOS 7:10 PM
SEA: D Fister (R) 4-8, 3.92
BOS: J Lackey (R) 11-7, 4.62

MIN at TEX 8:05 PM
MIN: N Blackburn (R) 7-7, 6.66
TEX: R Harden (R) 4-4, 5.45

ATL at COL 8:40 PM
ATL: T Hudson (R) 14-5, 2.15
COL: J Hammel (R) 8-7, 4.36

CIN at SFO 10:05 PM
CIN: E Volquez (R) 3-1, 4.98
SFO: M Cain (R) 9-10, 3.11

TAM at LAA 10:05 PM
TAM: J Shields (R) 11-11, 4.82
LAA: S Kazmir (L) 8-10, 6.40

NFL Week 2 Preseason Notes

A few thoughts for week 2 so far of the preseason:

The Patriots run game looks in mid-season form even despite not having Logan Mankins and Nick Kaczur on the offensive line. The Pats ran for 120 yards and 2 TD’s against the Falcons in a 28-10 win.

Miami’s Chad Henne impresses with this performance against Jacksonville in the Fins’ 27-26 victory – completing 11 of 14 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.

A nice little kickers battle going on in Houston with Kris Brown taking on Neil Rackers. Rackers connected on a 52-yard FG against the Saints.

Speaking of the Texans, did you see Steve Slaton return a kick-off for 63-yards? Could that be a new role for him in the regular season?

The Bears Jay Cutler got sacked five times by the Raiders in the first half of Oakland’s 32-17 victory.

It may be only preseason, but the Lions offense looked really good until stalling in the red zone in Denver Saturday, scoring on all four possessions, leading the way to a 25-20 win.

For those of you thinking of drafting Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, he’s had a near-perfect 154.0 passer rating so far this preseason, completing 20 of 24 passes for 275 yards, with three touchdowns and no sacks.

Here’s hoping Matt Hasselback continues his comeback. Here’s what he did against the Packers Saturday night – completed 11 of 15 passes for 127 yards, one touchdown and a 120.7 rating.

Bucs woes continues as QB Josh Freeman’s out for the rest of the preseason with a fracutured thumb suffered in the Kansas City game this week.

A couple of woeful performances as the Jets first teamers muster only 33 yards of total offense in a 9-3 win in Carolina and Rams QB Sam Bradford goes just 6-for-14 and 24 yards in the rain in Cleveland.