Thursday, September 30, 2010

Patriots/Dolphins Thursday Practice Report

From NFL.com, here's how the Patriots and Dolphins and their injury report for Thursday's practices:
 
NE
Nick Kaczur T Back Did Not Participate In Practice --
Fred Taylor RB Toe Did Not Participate In Practice --
Terrence Wheatley CB Foot Did Not Participate In Practice --
Tom Brady QB Shoulder Full Participation in Practice --
MIA
John Jerry G Illness Did Not Participate In Practice --
Jared Odrick DE Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice --
Jake Long T Knee Full Participation in Practice --
Channing Crowder LB Groin Limited Participation in Practice --

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

DET at BAL 4:35 PM
DET: J Bonderman (R) 8-9, 5.18
BAL: C Tillman (R) 1-5, 6.56

NYY at BOS 7:10 PM
NYY: A Pettitte (L) 11-3, 3.17
BOS: D Matsuzaka (R) 9-6, 4.72

MIL at CIN 7:10 PM
MIL: M Rogers (R) 0-0, 0.00
CIN: T Wood (L) 5-4, 3.46

WAS at NYM 7:10 PM
WAS: J Zimmermann (R) 1-2, 5.76
NYM: P Misch (L) 0-4, 4.66

PIT at FLA 7:10 PM
PIT: P Maholm (L) 9-15, 5.10
FLA: A Mendez (R) 1-2, 4.19

PHI at ATL 7:35 PM
PHI: K Kendrick (R) 10-10, 4.76
ATL: B Beachy (R) 0-1, 2.89

LAA at TEX 8:05 PM
LAA: J Weaver (R) 13-12, 3.02
TEX: T Hunter (R) 13-4, 3.80

CHC at HOU 8:05 PM
CHC: C Coleman (R) 3-2, 4.68
HOU: B Norris (R) 9-9, 5.00

DET at BAL 8:05 PM
DET: R Porcello (R) 10-11, 5.01
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 10-14, 3.98

CLE at CHW 8:10 PM
CLE: F Carmona (R) 12-14, 3.79
CHW: T Pena (R) 5-2, 4.85

TAM at KAN 8:10 PM
TAM: J Shields (R) 13-14, 5.04
KAN: B Chen (L) 11-7, 4.45

TOR at MIN 8:10 PM
TOR: R Romero (L) 13-9, 3.79
MIN: C Pavano (R) 17-11, 3.83

COL at STL 8:15 PM
COL: J De La Rosa (L) 8-6, 4.24
STL: J Westbrook (R) 9-11, 4.38

OAK at SEA 10:10 PM
OAK: T Cahill (R) 17-8, 3.08
SEA: L French (L) 5-6, 4.20

ARI at LAD 10:10 PM
ARI: Z Kroenke (L) 0-0, 21.60
LAD: J Ely (R) 4-9, 5.10

SDG at SFO 10:15 PM
SDG: C Richard (L) 13-9, 3.71
SFO: M Cain (R) 13-10, 2.95

Ryder Cup on NBC this Weekend

From NBC Sports -

NBC SPORTS TO BROADCAST 16 HOURS OF RYDER CUP COVERAGE FROM WALES THIS SATURDAY & SUNDAY

“You could be a good captain with a blindfold on and a dartboard.” – NBC Sports’ Johnny Miller

“I don't think we can overemphasize enough…just how big a home-crowd advantage the Europeans are going to have.” – NBC Sports’ Mark Rolfing

NEW YORK – September 29, 2010
– World No. 1 Tiger Woods, No. 2 Phil Mickelson and 2010 FedExCup champion Jim Furyk (No. 5) lead Team USA against No. 3 Lee Westwood, No. 6 Martin Kaymer, No. 9 Rory McIlroy and the rest of Team Europe in the 2010 Ryder Cup from The Twenty Ten Course at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales this Saturday and Sunday on NBC.

NBC Sports will broadcast 16 hours of coverage over two days, the most weekend golf coverage of any tournament by any network in 2010. Saturday’s 10 hours of four-ball and foursome coverage airs from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. ET/5 a.m.-3 p.m. PT (tape delay). Sunday’s six hours of singles matches air from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. ET/4 a.m.-10 a.m. PT (live).


Host Dan Hicks and analyst Johnny Miller, in their 11th season together as NBC Sports’ lead golf team, anchor coverage and are joined by tower reporter Gary Koch; on-course reporters Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing and Dottie Pepper; interviewer/essayist Jimmy Roberts and Golf World’s Tim Rosaforte.


Team USA is the reigning Ryder Cup champion having defeated Team Europe 16 ½ to 11 ½ in 2008 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Team Europe won the three previous Ryder Cups. Team USA has not won a Ryder Cup on foreign soil since 1993 when they defeated Team Europe, 15-13, at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England.



ON THE RYDER CUP


Miller: “Ryder Cuppers are rare breeds…The Ryder Cup is pretty much about who can make pressure putts. If you look at the run by the Europeans, they’ve had such great success and they’re the guys who hole the putts. The U.S. guys didn’t, and that includes Tiger and Phil and everybody else. The last Ryder Cup both sides played really good golf tee-to-green but it was the U.S. that made the putts and Europe that didn’t. Under pressure, it always goes to the putter.”


Koch: “It’s been 17 years since the United States team last won on foreign soil.”


Rolfing: “I don't think we can overemphasize enough or overestimate too much just how big a home-crowd advantage the Europeans are going to have.”

ON TIGER WOODS AT THE RYDER CUP


Rolfing: “He’s never had to play his way through the swing changes like he has this time. It’s going to help him to have (THE TOUR Championship) week off to get ready for the Ryder Cup. There’s a good chance he wouldn’t play all five matches.”


Maltbie: “It will probably have everything to do with how he’s playing at the moment. Corey will probably monitor that and, if Tiger is getting the ball in play off the tee well, then you have to play him in the foursome match. If he’s struggling … I would think that would be determined as they go along.”


Miller: “Bottom line is if Tiger wins his first match and his second match, he’s playing every match. If he’s losing them, then we’ll talk about it.”


ON WOODS, MICKELSON & FURYK IN PAST RYDER CUPS


Miller: “They’ve just not played well…(Tiger) just hasn’t led the team and Phil really hasn’t either. Furyk, who you think would be a good Ryder Cupper, has played so-so or less than so-so.”


Koch: “I will disagree with Johnny a little bit there because if you look at their individual records, Furyk is 4-1-1 in singles and Tiger is 3-1-1. Sometimes when you get paired up with a guy that’s not playing that well or you don’t mesh as a team, then it brings your game down…These guys have proven that they can handle the pressure when they play in the singles.”


ON WOODS BEING PAIRED WITH STRICKER


Rolfing: “I’d be highly surprised if the two of them weren’t paired together. I think Pavin has some tougher choices in terms of his pairing than (Colin) Montgomerie has. I think a few of them should be fairly well said and one of those teams would be Woods and Stricker. I think you’ll see (Dustin) Johnson and Mickelson. You’ll probably see Stuart Cink and Zach Johnson. After that, one of the dilemmas is who do you pair with Ricky Fowler with or who do you pair Jeff Overton with? There are more logical pairings in Montgomerie’s stash.”


ON DUSTIN JOHNSON


Miller: “He reminds me of a Freddy Couples type, but Freddy was pretty fired up at Ryder Cup, probably the most fired up he ever showed.”



Rolfing: “I sort of see him emerging a little bit like what we saw with Hunter Mahan. Dustin Johnson is going to end up being a spark plug for the U.S. He’s going to play a lot of golf with Phil Mickelson. In a lot of ways, those two could become the core of the American team depending on the Woods-Stricker situation or maybe even another combination. But I really think the core of that American team could be Mickelson and Johnson in a lot of ways.”


ON REMAINDER OF U.S. TEAM


Miller: “Ricky Fowler obviously is a little bit on the hot seat, a really controversial pick in some ways. He’s got a lot of vigor and youth and he’s a cool pick. He’s got to prove himself. I really like Dustin Johnson. He might be in two years the best player in the world. He’s got a putter, power and pretty good accuracy. Kuchar, he could just wear the guys out…I don’t know what to think of Jeff Overton. He’s the first player to make the team unmerited without having won a tour event. He’s got three seconds and two thirds. He is sort of a question mark and he’s going to be nervous as can be. Bubba Watson is going to be nervous and it will be interesting to see how he does.”


ON CAPTAINS


Maltbie: “At times, I certainly question if we don’t overanalyze and make more important than maybe it really is the role of captain of getting your squad to win. I agree with Johnny when it comes down to who’s making the putts. That’s been my experience. I’ve been doing this just as long as Johnny since [1991]. It’s just held that formula each and every time out so I just question sometimes that we don’t make more out of the captains role then is there.”


Miller: “I think you could be a good captain with a blindfold on and a dartboard.”



ON COREY PAVIN


Maltbie: “He will captain and be leader from example, from his Ryder Cup play, his Ryder Cup demeanor. He won and achieved the success that he did by being mentally tough. He’s been there, done that. And that will be a strength. I don’t think he’s going to analyze this thing to the point that (Paul) Azinger did. He will be more old school type of management.”


Koch: “Look at his pick of Ricky Fowler. He admitted it was just a gut feeling. He thought that Fowler would be able to handle the pressure and hopefully provide a spark. He was a young guy that he had confidence in. He’s a small guy like Corey. He probably sees a lot of himself in Ricky Fowler. He’ll lead more by instinct and guts than analyzing.”

SEC on CBS - Primetime Alabama vs. Florida

From CBS Sports -

NO. 7-RANKED FLORIDA TAKES ON NO. 1-RANKED ALABAMA IN PRIME TIME
ON CBS SPORTS’ “SEC ON CBS” DOUBLEHEADER ON SATURDAY, OCT. 2

TENNESSEE BATTLES NO. 10-RANKED LSU TO KICK OFF DOUBLEHEADER

AUDIBLES with CBS Sports’ Lead College Football Analyst Gary Danielson

            CBS Sports’ national coverage of SEC College Football continues with a doubleheader on Saturday, Oct. 2 featuring a primetime match-up between unbeatens as *No. 7-ranked Florida takes on *No. 1-ranked Alabama (8:00 PM, ET). The doubleheader begins with Tennessee battling *No. 10-ranked LSU (3:30 PM, ET).

Play-by-play announcer Craig Bolerjack, along with analyst Steve Beuerlein handle the call from Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. for Tennessee-LSU. Sam Ryan serves as reporter. Steve Scheer produces and Jim Cornell directs.

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

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, the Network’s pre-game, halftime and post-game studio show, starts the day on CBS Sports (3:00 PM, ET) with host Tim Brando, along with analysts Spencer Tillman and 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.

After CBS Sports’ live SEC game coverage each Saturday throughout the season, CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK takes over with SEC TONIGHT PRESENTED BY GEICO (7:00-8:00 PM, ET), providing a recap of all the news, scores and highlights from around the SEC. Adam Zucker hosts along with analysts Phillip Fulmer and Brian Jones. Stephan Van Engen produces.

 The Tennessee-LSU and the Florida-Alabama 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, CBS Sports Mobile and can also be accessed through a link on the websites of all CBS affiliates.

*Coaches Poll as of 9/27/10

AUDIBLES with CBS Sports’ Lead College Football Analyst Gary Danielson


(On Florida-Alabama Rivalry): Most rivalries are built out of proximity or history or long standing relationships. This rivalry has been born out of greatness. The two teams, their level of play and their excellence on the field has forced each other into a rivalry. They are not natural rivals. It’s become the premier rivalry in college football because of their excellence of play over the last five years.

(John Brantley Key for Florida Success): Trey Burton, the young freshman phenom, who is basically taking on the role that Tim Tebow played in the past, is an important part of the game. But he is the second phase. If John Brantley doesn’t play great it doesn’t matter how good Trey Burton is. Florida can’t win.

(On Greg McElroy ): I continue to marvel at how Greg McElroy finds a way to get it done, whether he starts out quickly and leads the team or has a great fourth quarter to lead the team. Last year in the SEC Championship game it was his scrambling in the pocket that led the team. The guy just finds a way to lead the team and it seems likes he is not one-dimensional. He’s stereotyped as being just a thinking man’s quarterback but he seems to find a lot of different ways to help the team. He is a very dangerous college quarterback.

(End of the Road?): This is not the end of the season for either team. This is a cross-divisional game and the loser doesn’t necessarily die. They can re-surface and play each other again because each team can absorb a loss and still get to Atlanta.


World Series on Fox gets earliest start since 1987

From MLB/Fox Sports -

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND FOX ANNOUNCE START TIMES FOR 2010 WORLD SERIES

      Game Three to Have Earliest Start for Any Game Since 1987

     NEW YORK – Major League Baseball and FOX announced the start times for the 2010 World Series with Game Three scheduled to start at 6:57 p.m. ET/3:57 PT on Saturday, October 30.  The remaining World Series games are scheduled for first pitch to take place at 7:57 p.m. ET with the exception of Game Four, which will take place following the conclusion of the NFL on FOX, as in years past.
     The 6:57 ET/3:57 PT start time for Game Three will be the earliest start to a World Series game since Game Six of the 1987 World Series and is one hour earlier than the scheduled start time of the 2009 World Series game on Saturday.
     “I am extremely pleased we are able to provide our fans the earliest World Series start time since 1987 with Saturday’s Game Three,’” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “The changes we made with FOX last year to start the World Series games earlier helped increase viewership including more young fans and we are optimistic that the earlier start time for Saturday’s Game Three will keep us moving in the same direction.”
     Key to the earlier scheduled start time for Game Three is an additional level of advertising support from Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, and a perennial sponsor of MLB on FOX. 
     “Starting the game earlier will allow more families to watch together,” said Chris Perry, vice president U.S. marketing, Chevrolet.  “This fits perfectly with our commitment to baseball which stretches from youth teams across the country to MLB.”                                                                                                   
     “We’ve said over the years that if advertisers were willing to support earlier starts at prime time levels, we’d be able to begin games earlier,” said FOX Sports president Eric Shanks.  “We’re excited to be working with MLB and Chevrolet, along with our FOX-owned stations and affiliates to make this happen.”   

2010 WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE

Date
Game
Host League
First Pitch/Pre-Game on FOX (ET)
Weds., Oct. 27
Game 1
National League
7:57 p.m./7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 28
Game 2
National League
7:57 p.m./7:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 30
Game 3
American League
6:57 p.m./6:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 31
Game 4
American League
8:20 p.m./8:00 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 1
Game 5
American League
7:57 p.m./7:30 p.m.
Weds., Nov. 3
Game 6
National League
7:57 p.m./7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 4
Game 7
National League
7:57 p.m./7:30 p.m.

CBS College Sports - Tripleheader Saturday

From CBS Sports -

TRIPLEHEADER OF GAMES HIGHLIGHTS COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY ON CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK

CBS College Sports Network broadcasts a tripleheader of games on Saturday, Oct. 2, kicking off with Temple at Army at 12:00 NOON, ET from Michie Stadium in West Point, NY. Dave Ryan teams with Jason Sehorn to call the action.

At 3:30 PM, ET Cornell takes on Bucknell in a Patriot League match-up from Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium in Lewisburg, Pa. Jason Knapp pairs with Aaron Taylor for the broadcast. The Network concludes its live game action with a primetime Conference USA showdown at 8:00 PM, ET as Southern Miss hosts Marshall from M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Miss. Roger Twibell serves as play-by-play announcer along with analyst Mike Leach.

Saturday studio coverage includes SEC TONIGHT PRESENTED BY GEICO (7:00-8:00 PM, ET) providing a recap of all the news, scores and highlights from around the SEC. INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL EXTRA (11:30 PM – 12:00 AM, ET), wraps up the day’s action with news and analysis. Adam Zucker and Molly Qerim host, along with analysts Brian Jones and Phillip Fulmer.

For more information, go to GAMES HIGHLIGHTS COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY ON CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK CBS College Sports Network broadcasts a tripleheader of games on Saturday, Oct. 2, kicking off with Temple at Army at 12:00 NOON, ET from Michie Stadium in West Point, NY. Dave Ryan teams with Jason Sehorn to call the action. At 3:30 PM, ET Cornell takes on Bucknell in a Patriot League match-up from Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium in Lewisburg, Pa. Jason Knapp pairs with Aaron Taylor for the broadcast. The Network concludes its live game action with a primetime Conference USA showdown at 8:00 PM, ET as Southern Miss hosts Marshall from M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Miss. Roger Twibell serves as play-by-play announcer along with analyst Mike Leach. Saturday studio coverage includes SEC TONIGHT PRESENTED BY GEICO (7:00-8:00 PM, ET) providing a recap of all the news, scores and highlights from around the SEC. INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL EXTRA (11:30 PM – 12:00 AM, ET), wraps up the day’s action with news and analysis. Adam Zucker and Molly Qerim host, along with analysts Brian Jones and Phillip Fulmer. For more information, go to www.cbscollegesports.com.

NFL on CBS Week 4 Preview

From CBS Sports -

THE NFL ON CBS: WEEK 4 (SUNDAY, OCT. 3)

AUDIBLES WITH “NFL ON CBS” ANALYST DAN DIERDORF



The CBS Television Network continues its 51st year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Sunday, Oct. 3 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s one-hour studio show (12:00 NOON-1:00 PM, ET), live from THE NFL TODAY studio in New York City.


THE NFL ON CBS lead announce team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms call the action from the Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game live from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer and Mike Arnold is the lead game director.


Throughout the 2010 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.


Sean McManus is President, CBS News and Sports, and serves as executive producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.


* * * * *


DAN DIERDORF


(On Buffalo): Buffalo is dangerous. Offensively they showed they can move the football. They scored 30 points against New England last week. And it looks like the switch they made at quarterback to Ryan Fitzpatrick certainly gave them a spark last week. They’ve got an exciting young, talented player in C.J. Spiller. Not only do they have the explosiveness that the rookie brings, but they’ve got two running backs as well who have had 1,000 yard seasons in the past in Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson. They’ve got talent at the wide receiver position. There’s more excitement surrounding a 0-3 team than you would expect considering that they made a switch to an unheralded quarterback.


(On Bills’ Offense vs. Jets’ Defense): The offensive line is so important when you play the Jets because they will give you so many different looks. The Jets confuse some of the NFL’s best and most experienced offensive lines. So, there is a tremendous amount of pressure on the Buffalo Bills’ offensive line in this game.



(On playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo): It remains one of the most difficult places in the NFL to get a win. You always hear coaches say when they leave Buffalo, I don’t care how, I just want to get out of here with a W. Regardless of the home team’s record, they’re hard to beat at home. We’ve seen good football teams over the years struggle in Buffalo.


(On Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez): Last year with Mark Sanchez ball security was a huge issue whether it was interceptions or fumbling the football. Here he is now after three games with six touchdown passes and no interceptions. After being so heavily criticized after the first week, you can now see the confidence is there. He just looks like a different guy.



(On Jets surprise after three weeks): If there is a surprise with the Jets, it has to be that after three games LaDainian Tomlinson has more carries than Shonn Greene and has twice as many yards. It’s pretty impressive to see the rebirth of LaDainian Tomlinson.


(On Jets): This is a Jets team where the sky is the limit for these guys. They really have lots of talent on both sides of the football. If Mark Sanchez continues to grow and progress like we’ve seen him, especially last week, the sky really is the limit for this team.



(On playing in AFC East): The Bills have been a non-factor in the AFC East. There is no getting around that. But you have to go back to last week. The Bills played the Patriots really tough at Gillette Stadium. This isn’t a Buffalo team that is going to go winless. They’re going to beat teams along the way, and I’m sure Rex Ryan is telling his team, it isn’t going to be us.


* * * * *


Following are THE NFL ON CBS assignments for Week 4, Week 5 and Week 6 (subject to change).


WEEK 4 – Oct. 3


1:00 PM, ET starts:


N.Y. Jets @ Buffalo 
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman


Cincinnati @ Cleveland
Bill Macatee/Rich Gannon Bob Dekas/Andy Goldberg


Baltimore @ Pittsburgh 
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold


Denver @ Tennessee 
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Jim Rikhoff/Bryan Lilley


4:00 PM, ET starts:


Indianapolis @ Jacksonville
Ian Eagle/ Dan Fouts Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith


Houston @ Oakland 
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker Victor Frank/Mark Grant


WEEK 5 – Oct. 10 – CBS DOUBLEHEADER


1:00 PM, ET starts:


Jacksonville @ Buffalo 
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker Victor Frank/Mark Grant


Denver @ Baltimore
Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith


Kansas City @ Indianapolis 
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman


4:15 PM, ET starts:


Tennessee @ Dallas 
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold


San Diego @ Oakland 
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Jim Rikhoff/Bryan Lilley


WEEK 6 – Oct. 17


1:00 PM, ET starts:


Miami @ Green Bay 
Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith


San Diego @ St. Louis 
Don Criqui/Steve Beuerlein Ross Schneiderman/Chris Svendsen


Baltimore @ New England 
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold


Cleveland @ Pittsburgh 
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Jim Rikhoff/Bryan Lilley


Kansas City @ Houston
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker Victor Frank/Mark Grant


4:00 PM, ET starts:


N.Y. Jets @ Denver 
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman


Oakland @ San Francisco 
Bill Macatee/Rich Gannon Bob Dekas/Andy Goldberg

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ANTM Australia - Wrong Winner Announced LIVE!

Now this is a classic LIVE moment in TV!

On the Australia edition of America's Next Top Model, host Sarah Murdoch first announces that Kelsey Martinovich as the winner of the TV modeling contest. But then after telling the live audience that "it was fed to her wrong," Murdoch told the stunned crowd that the true winner was Amanda Ware.

Here's how it aired live in Australia on Fox:



Here's a report for SKY News on the gaffe:

FOX Sports Notes: NFL Week 4 & the MLB Playoff Race

From Fox Sports -


Aikman: McNabb’s Knowledge of Field & Defense Gives Him the Upper Hand in Philly


NL West Comes Down to the Wire as Padres/Giants Clash in San Fran Saturday on FOX


McNabb’s Return to Philly to Face Vick and Eagles Anchors


FOX’s Doubleheader National Game


BASEBALL’S BEST MAKE FINAL PLAYOFF PUSH IN MLB ON FOX REGULAR SEASON FINALE -- The FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK culminates its 2010 season on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 4:00 PM ET with three playoff-implicated matchups. With an AL East crown and home field advantage through the ALCS still within their grasps, Derek Jeter and the Yankees travel to Boston to take on David Ortiz and the Red Sox. There is still everything to play for in the NL West as Matt Cain and the Giants aim to hold off Adrian Gonzalez and the Padres. Down in Atlanta, the Braves look to hold onto the Wild Card when they host the Phillies. This week, the pregame show originates live from AT&T Park in San Francisco with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the broadcast crew of Josh Lewin and Mark Grace as a reporter.


**Comcast Sports Net will air the Phillies at Braves game in the Philadelphia markets.


For instant updates throughout the week and during games from the entire MLB on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MLBONFOX. Fans can gain more access to exclusive FOX Sports content by logging on to www.facebook.com/foxsports and www.myspace.com/foxsports.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2


New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (36% of nation)
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver & Ken Rosenthal
Fenway Park – Boston, MA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Dallas, Fort Myers, Hartford, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Providence, San Antonio, Seattle, Tampa, West Palm Beach

Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. Clay Buchholz, RHP (17-7, 2.33 ERA)


San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants (20% of nation)
Josh Lewin & Mark Grace
AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco

Probable Pitchers: Tim Stauffer, RHP (5-5, 1.89 ERA) vs. Matt Cain, RHP (13-10, 2.95 ERA)


Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves (17 % of nation)
Dick Stockton & Eric Karros

Turner Field – Atlanta, GA

MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans,



Due to playoff implications, Saturday’s game for markets below will be announced Thursday afternoon:

Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Richmond, St. Louis, Tulsa, Washington


HOW MUCH BROTHERLY LOVE WILL PHILLY HAVE FOR MCNABB: HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EAGLES/REDSKINS CLASH ANCHORS FOX’S NFL NATIONAL GAME – The NFL on FOX heads into Week 4 on Sunday, Oct. 3 with doubleheader coverage of six games— each presented in true HD. All eyes will be on Lincoln Financial Field at 4:00 PM ET as Donovan McNabb returns to Philadelphia, to lead the Redskins against Michael Vick and the Eagles. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver call all the action of this high-profile QB matchup. At 1:00 PM ET, the action kicks off in New Orleans as Drew Brees and the Saints look to rebound from last week’s defeat when they host Jimmy Clausen and the Panthers. The Packers are another squad looking to get back on the winning track with a divisional game when they welcome the Lions to Lambeau. 49ers-Falcons and Seahawks-Rams round out the 1:00 PM ET action. In San Diego, Philip Rivers and the Chargers host the Cardinals at 4:00 PM ET.


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. NFL Insider Jay Glazer presents the latest league news and scoops and comedic prognosticator Frank Caliendo contributes his weekly “Frank’s Picks” segment. NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira is also on hand to go over any impactful officiating issues from the last week. In this week’s show, Oliver sits down with Eagles QB Vick to discuss his life and what he is making out of his second chance in the NFL.


For instant updates during the week and games from the entire NFL on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NFLONFOX. Fans can gain more access to exclusive FOX Sports content by logging on to www.facebook.com/foxsports and www.myspace.com/foxsports.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3


1:00PM Starts
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans (52% of nation)
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston & Tony Siragusa
New Orleans Superdome – New Orleans, LA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Knoxville, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, San Antonio, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach


Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (27%)
Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick & Charissa Thompson
Lambeau Field – Green Bay, WI
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Louisville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Salt Lake City


San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons (9%)
Dick Stockton, Charles Davis, Jim Mora & Laura Okmin
Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Jacksonville, Sacramento, San Francisco

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams (5%)
Ron Pitts, John Lynch & Nischelle Turner
Edward Jones Dome – St. Louis, MO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Oklahoma City, Portland, Seattle, Tulsa

4:15PM Starts
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (94%)
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Pam Oliver
Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach


Arizona Cardinals at San Diego Chargers (9%)
Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan & Chris Myers
Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Phoenix, San Diego



AIKMAN: MCNABB’S KNOWLEDGE OF FIELD & DEFENSE GIVES HIM THE UPPER HAND AGAINST EAGLES -- Hall of Famer and NFL on FOX lead analyst Troy Aikman has called some big games in his broadcasting career and this Sunday he adds to that list when he heads to Lincoln Financial Field to call Donovan McNabb’s highly-anticipated return to Philadelphia. Aikman compares the quarterbacks at the forefront of this pivotal matchup and which team has the upper hand.

ON MICHAEL VICK: “I thought the Eagles would be a good team this year if they had good play at quarterback. Now they are getting great play at quarterback, it’s just not from the guy they thought would be there. Michael Vick has been impressive. He’s obviously put a lot of time into learning the offense. What has made him such a great player this season has been his ability to accurately put the ball where it has to be. His running and being able to create plays is something he’s always had but now he’s looking to throw the football and that wasn’t the case a few years back. He’s looking to be a passer first and a runner second. That has made all the difference in the world.”


WHO HAS THE ADVANTAGE SUNDAY? - McNabb, who knows the Eagles’ defense and Reid’s tendencies or Reid who brought up McNabb as a rookie and knows his weaknesses? “There’s certainly a benefit to knowing intimately what Donovan struggles with and being able to attack that. But there has to be a huge comfort level on Donovan’s part to going up against players he’s practiced with and knows really well. There’s a greater benefit to Donovan knowing Andy’s Reid’s defense than Reid telling his defense one or two things about an individual player. The defense can change set ups and counts but that might not be worth all the confusion for just one game. Also, there’s not a lot that Andy would know about Donovan that 11 years of film wouldn’t reveal. Donovan’s knowledge and comfort level gives him the advantage.”


ON DONOVAN MCNABB: “Washington is using him differently than Philadelphia did, more play-action and moving him out more. He was with the same system and same head coach for 11 years and there is an adjustment period to learning something new and it’s only going to get better. This is going to be an emotional experience for him. It is going to be different. From getting there on a bus, to getting dressed in the visitors’ locker room and the reaction he gets from the crowd. But once he’s on the field, he’s going to have an advantage in that he’s that familiar with the field and facility.”

MLB Network to highlight NL Playoff Race

From MLB Network -

BRAVES, PADRES AND GIANTS FIGHT FOR POSTSEASON SPOTS DURING LAST REGULAR SEASON WEEKEND ON MLB NETWORK

Path to the Pennant To Preview League Division Series at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 3

Secaucus, N.J., September 29, 2010
- With the Division Series beginning one week from today, MLB Network continues to air matchups with playoff implications, starting when the San Diego Padres host the Chicago Cubs on Thursday Night Baseball on September 30 at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Padres, who are looking for their first trip to the Postseason in four years, trail the San Francisco Giants by two games in the NL West and the Atlanta Braves by 1 ½ games in the NL Wild Card race. Padres right-hander Jon Garland, going for his 15th win of the season, is scheduled to pitch opposite Cubs left-hander Tom Gorzelanny.

The action continues with a doubleheader on Friday, October 1, starting when the NL East champion Philadelphia Phillies visit the NL Wild Card-leading Atlanta Braves at 7:30 p.m. ET. Viewers in select markets will see the New York Yankees, who have clinched a playoff spot, against their division rival Boston Red Sox at 7:00 p.m. ET, live from Fenway Park. In the battle for a division title and home-field advantage, the Yankees trail the Tampa Bay Rays by a half-game in the AL East. At 10:00 p.m. ET, the Padres take on the Giants in a showdown for the NL West division title, live from AT&T Park. Left-hander Barry Zito is scheduled to take the mound for the Giants against the Padres’ Clayton Richard. The Giants are looking to return to the Postseason for the first time since 2003. Saturday Night Baseball features the Rays, who also have clinched a playoff spot, traveling to Kauffman Stadium to face the Kansas City Royals 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. Path to the Pennant, a two-hour program recapping the 2010 division races and looking ahead to the League Division Series, will air immediately following MLB Tonight on Sunday, October 3. 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 complete live game schedule for September 30 - October 2:

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

September 30
6:30 p.m. Chicago Cubs at San Diego
7:00 p.m. Houston at Cincinnati [In Cubs and Padres markets]


October 1 
7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Atlanta
7:00 p.m. New York Yankees at Boston [In select markets]
10:00 p.m. San Diego at San Francisco
10:00 p.m. Arizona at Los Angeles Dodgers [In Padres and Giants markets]


October 2 
7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay at Kansas City
8:00 p.m. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Texas [In Rays and Royals markets]

Inside the NFL Tonight on Showtime!

From CBS / Showtime -

News and Notes From Week Four

NEW YORK (September 29, 2010)
- This week’s INSIDE THE NFL – Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT - celebrates its 50th episode on SHOWTIME. The 50th episode focuses on the biggest surprises so far this season, discipline in the NFL and an inside look at how NFL Films puts together their classic weekly highlights.


Host James Brown anchors INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME with All-Pro NFL greats Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms and Warren Sapp serving as expert analysts.


INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films with new episodes airing on SHOWTIME every Wednesday during the NFL season through February 9, 2011. Pete Radovich serves as coordinating producer. The executive producers are Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports, and NFL Films President Steve Sabol.


Following are excerpts from the show:


(On the 50 Episode of “Inside the NFL” on Showtime)


SIMMS: After about three or four weeks doing this show did you ever think Cris and I would make it for 50 episodes?



COLLINSWORTH: The pre-nup saved us. There were no outs. There were no outs at all.



(On Michael Vick the Home Run Hitter)


SIMMS: It is a great story. We talked about it two weeks ago. His legs are back. I’ll tell you what I learned watching him play Jacksonville this week... Andy Reid has tailored the offense to him. Get him back away from the offensive line, send the receivers deep down the field. He makes highlight throws, but also the big thing that really caught my eye when you let him get far back from the line of scrimmage, what happens? The defense expands, so does the pass rush. Now the running happens very naturally to him. I don’t think it was a great game by him in Jacksonville. There were four throws that were spectacular. The rest of it, it doesn’t matter. He’s a home run hitter and when he hits those home runs that brings in a lot.



COLLINSWORTH: He missed a lot of throws in that game, let’s be perfectly honest about this.


SIMMS: Home run hitters strike out every now and then.
 
(On Surprise of Chicago Bears’ Early Season Success)


SAPP: I really am, because we were talking about a marriage between Jay Cutler and Mike Martz. We didn’t know if it was oil and water or peanut butter and jelly. It looks like its peanut butter and jelly right now, goes down really smooth with some milk to wash it down. This quarterback in the pocket is lighting people up right now…Jay Cutler is doing a great job of finding the open people and putting the ball in his playmakers’ hands. But even more than that, that defense is playing on the other side.


(On New York Jets)


COLLINSWORTH: I have never heard players talk about their coach the way that these Jets players talk about Rex Ryan. They love him. He makes everything fun. He makes practice fun…He right now is one of the big X-factors in the league


SIMMS: This Jets offense, they got you. What are you going to do? If you play pass they can run at almost anybody. If you just line-up and say we’ll take you man-on-man you are going to lose. Two good running backs, the offensive line is trained to be physical, they get it done. We’ve seen it the last two games…Are there anymore questions about the quarterback?

NFL Week 4 Predictions

Jets (2-1) at Bills (0-3), 1:00pm
This one looks like a mismatch on paper. Unfortunately for the Bills, it will look like a mismatch on the field too!
Winner: Jets

Seahawks (2-1) at Rams (1-2), 1:00pm
The Rams won for just the second time in 29 games last week against the Redskins. We know that Seattle has been a Jekyl and Hyde team through three games.
Winner: Rams

Panthers (0-3) at Saints (2-1), 1:00pm
The Saints gave away an overtime win to the Falcons next week. Things will be easier against the Panthers, who couldn’t move the ball with rookie QB Jimmy Clausen at the helm last Sunday vs. the Bengals.
Winner: Saints

Lions (0-3) at Packers (2-1), 1:00pm
The Lions, who have looked awful offensively with QB Matt Stafford out with a shoulder injury, may be without RB Jahvid Best in this one (turf toe). Green Bay should be in a foul mood after a franchise record 18 penalties kept them from staying unbeaten Monday night in Chicago.
Winner: Packers

Bengals (2-1) at Browns (0-3), 1:00pm
Who would’ve thought the Bengals defense, after giving up 38 points in the season opener in New England, would be bringing this team back over the .500 mark? They’ll do it again here, although it will be close.
Winner: Bengals

Ravens (2-1) at Steelers (3-0), 1:00pm
Game of the week right here as the Steelers play what should be their last game without suspended QB Ben Rothlisberger, who will return after the bye for week 6. It’s just a hunch, but Joe Flacco to Todd Heap could be big here.
Winner: Ravens

Broncos (1-2) at Titans (2-1), 1:00pm
Tennessee let the NY Giants go up and down the field for nearly 500 yards, but still got the 29-10 win. Denver’s QB Kyle Orton threw for 476 yards in a loss to Indianapolis. Sounds like a match made in football heaven.
Winner: Titans

49ers (0-3) at Falcons (2-1), 4:15pm
It’s not a good time for the Niners to come east to play. They’re winless, the offense is struggling forcing them to ditch OC Jimmy Raye and the vaunted defense just gave up 31 to KC last Sunday. It won’t get any easier this week against the Falcons, who shoved it down the Saints’ throats for 430 yards (202 of that on the ground) last Sunday.
Winner: Falcons

Colts (2-1) at Jaguars (1-2), 4:05pm
The Jags just picked up former Bills QB Trent Edwards this week. He may see action if QB David Garrard continues his lackluster play. As for the Colts, they just keep rolling – no matter who’s playing.
Winner: Colts

Texans (2-1) at Raiders (1-2), 4:05pm
Which Texans team will we see? The one who amassed over 500 yards against Washington in week 2 or the struggling offense that managed only 13 points against Dallas in week 3?
Winner: Texans

Redskins (1-2) at Eagles (2-1), 4:15pm
It’s the Donovan McNabb Bowl as the Redskins QB returns to Philly for the first time since his trade to DC. Unfortunately, his team’s coming off a bad loss to the Rams and his defense is about to face the most unstoppable force in the NFL right now in the man who’s replacing McNabb at QB – Michael Vick. As former Eagles WR Terrell Owens would say – “Get your popcorn ready!”
Winner: Eagles

Cardinals (2-1) at Chargers (1-2), 4:15pm
The only thing you can count in for this one is that Chargers QB Phillip Rivers will throw for 300 yards and a couple of TD’s.
Winner: Chargers

Bears (3-0) at Giants (1-2), 8:20pm
The Bears are the only undefeated team in the NFC. The Giants looked awful against Tennessee last week despite amassing nearly 500 yards in offense. QB Eli Manning will be licking his chops the way QB Aaron Rodgers was last Monday night.
Winner: Giants

Patriots (2-1) at Dolphins (2-1), 8:30pm
Back-to-back primetime games for the Dolphins after last Sunday night’s loss to the Jets. Expect the offenses to rule the night. Whichever team can make one stop in the fourth quarter will win the game.
Winner: Dolphins

Byes: Bucs, Chiefs, Cowboys, Vikings 

Last week: 10-6
Season: 30-18

It's official - It's over Red Sox Nation!

We knew it was coming but Tuesday night was the official day. The Red Sox have been officially eliminated from the AL Playoffs with the Yankees 6-1 win in Toronto. It didn't help that the Sox, once again, blew a lead in Chicago, 5-4.

Fitting don't you think?!

So, on Tuesday night, the Yankees, Rays and Reds all clinched spots in the playoffs. The only race left is the NL West (Giants lead by 2 with 5 to go) and the NL Wild Card (Giants/Padres/Braves - Braves by 1.5)

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

PIT at STL 1:40 PM
PIT: J McDonald (R) 4-5, 4.25
STL: P Walters (R) 1-0, 7.83

SEA at TEX 2:05 PM
SEA: J Vargas (L) 9-12, 3.91
TEX: R Harden (R) 5-5, 5.42

LAD at COL 3:10 PM
LAD: C Monasterios (R) 3-5, 4.09
COL: J Chacin (R) 9-10, 3.26

OAK at LAA 3:35 PM
OAK: B Cramer (L) 2-1, 3.71
LAA: J Pineiro (R) 10-7, 3.96

DET at CLE 4:05 PM
DET: M Scherzer (R) 12-10, 3.40
CLE: M Talbot (R) 9-13, 4.61

MIL at NYM 4:10 PM
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 14-7, 3.57
NYM: R Dickey (R) 11-8, 2.92

FLA at ATL 4:35 PM
FLA: A Miller (L) 1-4, 8.19
ATL: D Lowe (R) 15-12, 4.07

PHI at WAS 7:05 PM
PHI: J Blanton (R) 8-6, 4.94
WAS: R Detwiler (L) 1-2, 2.52

DET at CLE 7:05 PM
DET: J Verlander (R) 18-8, 3.31
CLE: J Tomlin (R) 5-4, 4.50

NYY at TOR 7:07 PM
NYY: J Vazquez (R) 10-9, 5.07
TOR: B Cecil (L) 14-7, 4.20

HOU at CIN 7:10 PM
HOU: N Figueroa (R) 5-4, 3.81
CIN: J Cueto (R) 12-6, 3.73

BAL at TAM 7:10 PM
BAL: K Millwood (R) 3-16, 5.29
TAM: J Niemann (R) 11-7, 4.49

MIL at NYM 7:10 PM
MIL: D Bush (R) 7-13, 4.70
NYM: J Niese (L) 9-10, 3.95

BOS at CHW 8:10 PM
BOS: J Beckett (R) 6-5, 5.77
CHW: F Garcia (R) 11-6, 4.74

MIN at KAN 8:10 PM
MIN: S Baker (R) 12-9, 4.52
KAN: L Hochevar (R) 6-6, 4.92

CHC at SDG 10:05 PM
CHC: R Wells (R) 8-13, 4.28
SDG: C Young (R) 1-0, 1.20

ARI at SFO 10:15 PM
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 9-9, 3.76
SFO: T Lincecum (R) 15-10, 3.51

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Kenny Chesney's New CD Out - Hemenway's Whiskey - LISTEN!

If you haven't gone out and bought your new Kenny Chesney CD - Hemenway's Whiskey - today, then take a listen via WMZQ's website.

A shout out to our buddy Tim in DC for reminding us that WMZQ, out of Rockville, Maryland, is doing it!

NBA TV has plenty of...what else...the Heat!

From NBA TV -

NBA TV TIPS OFF 12TH SEASON IN MORE THAN 53 MILLION U.S. HOMES AND WITH MORE LIVE GAMES THAN ANY OTHER PROFESSIONAL SPORTS LEAGUE NETWORK

Network to Televise First Game of the New-Look Miami Heat with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh on Oct. 5


As NBA TV prepares to tip off its 12th season in more than 53 million U.S. homes, the league’s 24-hour network will feature up to 275 live games this year, more than any other professional sports league television network.

First Miami Heat Game to Air on NBA TV


To begin the new season, NBA TV will provide an exclusive national broadcast of the first-ever game featuring Miami Heat’s new trio of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh, when they meet the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET in Miami.

The Heat’s preseason opener will feature Basketball Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Marv Albert, along with Hall of Famer Kevin McHale and five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber, who will be live courtside, calling the game for NBA TV. Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller will provide reports from the sidelines.

2010-11 NBA TV Preseason Highlights


Throughout the preseason, NBA TV will roll out extensive coverage featuring 85 hours of original programming, 20 live games in 17 days, including NBA games in Europe, China, and Mexico, and team preview shows for every team beginning with the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 7 at 9:30 p.m. ET.

NBA TV will feature NBA Real Training Camp shows providing unprecedented access to team practices with the Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and Washington Wizards.

Additionally, NBA TV will debut On the Road with Reggie, with NBA Legend Reggie Miller visiting training camps for the Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, and New Jersey Nets and providing exclusive interviews with players and coaches.

2010-11 NBA TV Highlights

This season, the first full-time television network created by a professional sports league will:

· Air 125 live NBA games in HD, including preseason, regular season and postseason action.

· Tip off the 2010-11 NBA regular season with four consecutive nights of exciting match-ups.

· Offers a diverse lineup of live basketball games this year, including up to 150 WNBA, NBA Summer League, NBA D-League games, and international contests.

· Mark the return of Fan Night, the only sports show on television in which fans are given the opportunity to vote on NBA.com for the match-up they want to see televised on NBA TV.

· Feature groundbreaking original programming and the most comprehensive coverage of major basketball events.

During the year, NBA TV will provide a marquee roster of on-air talent that includes Emmy® Award-winners, NBA Champions, Hall of Famers, NBA All-Stars, and Olympic Gold Medalists.

o Anchors: Ernie Johnson, Matt Winer, Ahmad Rashad, Rick Kamla, Marc Fein, and Kyle Montgomery.

o Analysts: NBA greats Kevin McHale, Chris Webber, Steve Smith, Dennis Scott and Brent Barry, as well as NBA Insider David Aldridge.

o TNT Talent: Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller, Mike Fratello, Craig Sager, and Cheryl Miller join NBA TV throughout the season.


NBA TV 2010-2011 NBA PRE-SEASON TELECAST SCHEDULE

Subject to change / All Times Eastern


Oct. 4 Monday 
3:00pm LA Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
London, England

Oct. 5 Tuesday 
7:30pm Detroit @ Miami

Oct. 6 Wednesday 
2:00pm New York Knicks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Paris, France

Oct. 7 Thursday 
7:00pm Boston @ New Jersey

Oct. 8 Friday 
8:30pm Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat
Kansas City, MO

Oct. 9 Saturday
7:00pm Indiana Pacers @ Houston Rockets

Oct. 10 Sunday 6:00pm 
New Orleans Hornets @ Orlando Magic

Oct. 11 Monday 8:30pm 
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Dallas Mavericks

Oct. 12 Tuesday 
7:00pm Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers
9:30pm LA Clippers vs. San Antonio SpursMexico City, Mexico

Oct. 13 Wednesday
8:00am New Jersey Nets vs. Houston Rockets
Beijing, China
8:00pm Miami Heat @ New Orleans Hornets

Oct. 14 Thursday 
7:00pm Milwaukee Bucks @ Washington Wizards

Oct. 15 Friday
8:00pm Dallas Mavericks @ Chicago Bulls

Oct. 16 Saturday 
7:30am Houston Rockets vs. New Jersey Nets
Guangzhou, China
10:30pm Denver Nuggets @ LA Lakers

Oct. 17 Sunday 
10:30pm (Utah Jazz or LA Clippers) @ LA Lakers

Oct. 18 Monday 
7:00pm Orlando Magic@ Atlanta Hawks

Oct. 19 Tuesday 
10:30pm Sacramento Kings @ LA Clippers

Oct. 20 Wednesday 
7:00pm Dallas Mavericks @ Orlando Magic

New York Knicks @ AJ Milano will air on Oct. 3 at 4:00 p.m (ET) on tape delay

Simms to Giants Ring of Honor

From CBS Sports -

CBS SPORTS’ LEAD NFL ANALYST PHIL SIMMS AMONG SELECT GROUP OF NEW YORK GIANTS NAMED TO THE TEAM’S “RING OF HONOR”

Phil Simms, Super Bowl XXI MVP and 15-year New York Giants quarterback, will be among 30 men recognized as the New York Giants unveil their Ring of Honor on Sunday, Oct. 3 at halftime of their game against the Chicago Bears. The Ring of Honor recognizes 30 prominent men who have helped the Giants win seven NFL championships and almost 650 games. The members of the Ring of Honor were selected by the Giants organization based on their contributions to the success and history of the franchise. Each member of the Ring on Honor played a unique and indelible role in helping make the Giants franchise one of the most successful in NFL history. In advance of the unveiling, the New York Giants revealed six of the honorees.

As an All-Pro quarterback, Simms led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl titles. He completed a record 22 of 25 passes in Super Bowl XXI as the Giants defeated the Denver Broncos, 39-20, to win their first Super Bowl title. He established team marks for most passes completed and attempted for one game (40 completed, 62 attempted), season (286, 533) and career (2,576, 4,647), most career touchdown passes (199) and most 300-yard games in a career (21). He was the Giants' first selection in the 1979 NFL Draft, was selected for the 1985 and 1993 Pro Bowls and was the 1985 Pro Bowl MVP. He was named All-Pro in 1986.

Simms joined CBS Sports in January 1998 as lead analyst for the CBS Television Network's coverage of the NFL. This season, he and Jim Nantz pair for their seventh season as the Network's lead NFL announce team. Simms, previously teamed with Greg Gumbel for six seasons (1998-2003), called Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, Super Bowl XLI in 2007 and Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 on the CBS Television Network. This season, Simms once again also serves as a host of INSIDE THE NFL on Showtime alongside James Brown, Cris Collinsworth and Warren Sapp.

SEC on CBS - Best in 11 years

From CBS Sports -

SEC ON CBS’ Coverage of Alabama-Arkansas Scores Network’s Best Ratings for Afternoon Football Since 2003

Season-to-Date Ratings Best in 11 Years


CBS Sports’ coverage of the SEC ON CBS on Saturday, Sept. 25, which saw No. 1-seeded Alabama’s beat No. 10-seeded Arkansas, earned an preliminary national rating/share of 5.2/12, up 117% from last year’s 2.4/6 (Arkansas-No. 3-ranked Alabama).

The 5.2/12 was the highest rating for a regular-season afternoon college football game on CBS (excluding the SEC Championship games) since a 5.7/13 on 11/29/03 for No. 9 Florida State at No. 11 Florida.

CBS Sports’ coverage of the SEC ON CBS through the first two weeks of the season is averaging a national household rating/share of 4.2/10, up 27% from last year’s 3.3/8. This 4.2/10 is the highest average rating in 11 years for CBS at this point in the season since a 5.0/12 in 1999.

Tuesday's MLB Pitching Probables

DET at CLE 7:05 PM
DET: M Scherzer (R) 12-10, 3.40
CLE: M Talbot (R) 9-13, 4.61

PHI at WAS 7:05 PM
PHI: R Oswalt (R) 13-13, 2.80
WAS: J Marquis (R) 2-9, 7.18

NYY at TOR 7:07 PM
NYY: C Sabathia (L) 20-7, 3.26
TOR: K Drabek (R) 0-2, 4.91

FLA at ATL 7:10 PM
FLA: A Sanchez (R) 12-11, 3.60
ATL: T Hudson (R) 16-9, 2.80

HOU at CIN 7:10 PM
HOU: W Rodriguez (L) 11-12, 3.67
CIN: E Volquez (R) 4-3, 4.45

MIL at NYM 7:10 PM
MIL: R Wolf (L) 13-11, 4.24
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 15-9, 3.75

BAL at TAM 7:10 PM
BAL: B Bergesen (R) 8-10, 4.90
TAM: D Price (L) 18-6, 2.84

SEA at TEX 8:05 PM
SEA: F Hernandez (R) 12-12, 2.31
TEX: S Feldman (R) 7-10, 5.45

BOS at CHW 8:10 PM
BOS: J Lackey (R) 13-11, 4.51
CHW: E Jackson (R) 9-12, 4.53

MIN at KAN 8:10 PM
MIN: N Blackburn (R) 10-10, 5.23
KAN: S O'Sullivan (R) 3-6, 6.28

PIT at STL 8:15 PM
PIT: B Burres (L) 3-4, 5.29
STL: J Suppan (R) 2-7, 5.40

LAD at COL 8:40 PM
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 11-13, 3.27
COL: J Francis (L) 4-6, 4.71

OAK at LAA 10:05 PM
OAK: D Braden (L) 10-13, 3.49
LAA: D Haren (R) 10-12, 3.96

CHC at SDG 10:05 PM
CHC: R Dempster (R) 14-11, 3.87
SDG: M Latos (R) 14-8, 2.91

ARI at SFO 10:15 PM
ARI: R Lopez (R) 7-14, 5.04
SFO: J Sanchez (L) 11-9, 3.16

Monday, September 27, 2010

MLB/ESPN presents "Four Days in October" - 2004 Red Sox Comeback

From MLB Network -



MLB PRODUCTIONS AND ESPN FILMS PRESENT FOUR DAYS IN OCTOBER, FOR ESPN’S 30 FOR 30 DOCUMENTARY SERIES

Story of Red Sox 2004 ALCS Comeback vs. Rival Yankees Told in “Real-Time” Features Never-Before-Seen Footage from Personal Cameras of Players, Including First-Ever Look at Curt Schilling’s Ankle before Game Six


With the 2010 MLB Postseason about to begin, Major League Baseball Productions (MLBP) and ESPN Films will look back at what many call the greatest comeback in the history of professional sports, the 2004 ALCS that saw the Boston Red Sox become the first team in history to erase a 3-0 deficit against their arch-rivals, the New York Yankees. Four Days In October, a one-hour film and part of ESPN’s acclaimed 30 for 30 series, includes never-before-seen footage and takes an in-depth and exclusive look in “real-time” at the 96 hours that ended the “Curse of the Bambino,” brought salvation to Red Sox Nation and changed baseball history in the process. Four Days In October premieres Tuesday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Along with using extensive archive coverage from that week including game footage, news reports, press conferences and other interviews, Major League Baseball Productions acquired exclusive never-before-seen footage from multiple Red Sox players. The footage, taken with their own personal camcorders, captures private anecdotes and moments not available to the media, including the clubhouse and locker rooms and even the team plane as it heads to New York after Game Five. Among the most revealing moments, Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling pulls back the bandage on his injured ankle prior to the now-famous “bloody sock game” in Game Six to reveal the after-effects of the surgery he endured in order to pitch.

Four Days In October begins as the clock turns to midnight from October 16 into October 17, and the Yankees are putting the finishing touches on a 19-8 victory in Game Three of the ALCS that leaves most everyone assuming the Red Sox have no chance to win the series. Later that night, in Game 4, the Yankees took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, then turned the game over to Mariano Rivera to secure yet another trip to the World Series. But after a Kevin Millar walk and a hard-fought stolen base by Dave Roberts, the Red Sox historic comeback had begun. For the next four consecutive days and nights the baseball world was riveted by this compelling sports spectacle.

Four Days In October features interviews with key participants including Manager Terry Francona, David Ortiz, Schilling and Millar. The film also features ESPN’s Bill Simmons and comedian Lenny Clarke, noted Red Sox fans, reliving their experiences and representing the “voice” of Red Sox Nation.

Thanks to ESPN/MLB for the clip.

NFL on CBS Week 3 Ratings

From CBS Sports -

“THE NFL ON CBS” SCORES AGAIN WITH RATINGS IN WEEK 3 WITH 13% RISE

Indianapolis-Denver Game Highlights Highest Rated Game of Weekend


THE NFL ON CBS’s Week 3 coverage once again earned high marks as the average household rating/share in the metered markets rose 13% in the Network’s regional and national broadcasts on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Highlighted by the Indianapolis Colts’ 27-13 win over the Denver Broncos, the national window of the Network’s doubleheader earned a 14.2/27, up 13% from last year’s 12.6/24 (Pittsburgh-Cincinnati, Miami-San Diego, Denver-Oakland). The 14.2/27, which also included the San Diego-Seattle and Oakland-Arizona games, was the highest rated game(s) of the weekend in the metered markets.

The Network’s regional game window, featuring the Tennessee-N.Y. Giants, Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay, Cincinnati-Carolina, Buffalo-New England and Cleveland-Baltimore games, earned an average household rating/share of 10.5/22, up 13% from last year’s 9.3/19 (Kansas City-Philadelphia, Tennessee-N.Y. Jets, Jacksonville-Houston, Cleveland-Baltimore) in the metered markets.

Through three weeks of the 2010 NFL season, THE NFL ON CBS has an average household rating/share in the metered markets of 12.8/26, up 13% from last year’s 11.3/23. The Network’s NFL pre-game show, THE NFL TODAY, has a rating/share of 2.9/7, up 15% compared to last year’s 2.5/6 after three weeks.

NFL Week 3 Top 10

NFL Week 3 Top Ten

1.    Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0):
  Seriously?  Three dominating wins by the defense backed by 38 points from third string QB Charlie Batch Sunday at Tampa and you know why they’re at the top of the list.
2.    Green Bay Packers (2-0):  QB Aaron Rodgers takes one of the NFL’s most potent offenses into Chicago Monday night, averaging 31 points a game.
3.    Atlanta Falcons (2-1) : They did get a gift from Saints kicker Garret t Hartley Sunday, but the Falcons defense is for real, giving up only 46 points in three games (24 of them against New Orleans).
4.    New Orleans Saints (2-1):  New Orleans should be 3-0 if not for Hartley’s 27-yard field goal gaffe in overtime Sunday.
5.    Philadelphia Eagles (2-1):  Michael Vick.  Need I say more?
6.    NY Jets (2-1):  They may be loud, obnoxious and nauseating to take, but they can shove it down your throat and stop it as good as anyone in the NFL.  Plus, now QB Mark Sanchez is showing he can open that offense.
7.    Chicago Bear (2-0):  Mike Martz has done wonders for QB Jay Cutler as his new offensive coordinator.  They may move up depending on what they show Monday night against the Packers.
8.    Houston Texans (2-1):  The Texans are better than what they showed Sunday against Dallas.  How they bounce back from it will tell you everything you need to know about Houston’s playoff chances in 2010.
9.    Indianapolis Colts (2-1):  Is it me or can QB Peyton Manning just make anyone good around him? Who’s Blair White?
10.    Baltimore Ravens (2-1): QB Joe Flacco has a new buddy and his name is WR Anquan Boldin (3 TD catches Sunday vs. Cleveland).  Next up:  Pittsburgh in a bloody-good AFC North War!

On the outside looking in:

Kansas City (3-0):
  We’re not surprised the Chiefs are above the Mendoza-line already, but being undefeated with quality wins over SD and SF shows Todd Haley, with help from Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel, are getting things turned around quicker than expected.   Did you know – the Chiefs have only given up 38 points so far this season.

New England (2-1):  The NFL’s most potent offense through 3 weeks with 12 TD’s and 90 points.   Unfortunately, their defense has also given up 82 points.

Tennessee Titans (2-1):  Their defense bended (a lot) against the Giants Sunday, but turned it over three times to make it a 29-10 Tennessee rout.  Being opportunistic over stats wins you many games, my friends. 

It's over - Yankees rally stuns Red Sox

After a thrilling comeback in the the top of the ninth inning Sunday night against the greatest reliever of all-time, Mariano Rivera, the Red Sox hand a 4-3 victory over to the Yankees Sunday.

Jonathan Papelbon blows another save, his 8th, in the bottom of the ninth on three singles and a walk and then Hideki Okajima surrendered the run that puts an end to the Red Sox season in the 10th.

Check out all the details in Peter Abraham's Extra Bases Red Sox blog on Boston.com.

Boston is now 6.5 back behind the Yankees in the AL Wild Card with 7 to play.

Say goodnight boys, it could've been interesting if you held on last night.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Monday's MLB Pitching Probables

DET at CLE 7:05 PM
DET: A Galarraga (R) 4-7, 4.44
CLE: C Carrasco (R) 1-1, 3.03

PHI at WAS 7:05 PM
PHI: R Halladay (R) 20-10, 2.53
WAS: J Lannan (L) 8-7, 4.58

NYY at TOR 7:07 PM
NYY: A Burnett (R) 10-14, 5.05
TOR: M Rzepczynski (L) 2-4, 5.75

FLA at ATL 7:10 PM
FLA: A Sanabia (R) 5-3, 3.99
ATL: T Hanson (R) 10-11, 3.51

MIL at NYM 7:10 PM
MIL: D Bush (R) 7-13, 4.70
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 15-9, 3.75

BAL at TAM 7:10 PM
BAL: B Matusz (L) 8-12, 4.59
TAM: W Davis (R) 12-9, 4.13

SEA at TEX 8:05 PM
SEA: D Pauley (R) 3-8, 4.06
TEX: C Wilson (L) 14-7, 3.15

BOS at CHW 8:10 PM
BOS: C Buchholz (R) 16-7, 2.39
CHW: M Buehrle (L) 12-12, 4.27

MIN at KAN 8:10 PM
MIN: K Slowey (R) 13-6, 4.18
KAN: K Davies (R) 8-11, 5.05

PIT at STL 8:15 PM
PIT: C Morton (R) 2-11, 8.11
STL: K Lohse (R) 4-8, 7.18

LAD at COL 8:40 PM
LAD: T Lilly (L) 8-12, 3.83
COL: U Jimenez (R) 19-7, 3.00

OAK at LAA 10:05 PM
OAK: B Anderson (L) 6-6, 2.73
LAA: E Santana (R) 17-9, 3.77

CHC at SDG 10:05 PM
CHC: C Zambrano (R) 9-6, 3.56
SDG: T Stauffer (R) 5-4, 1.95