Sunday, October 31, 2010

Randy Moss praises Patriots and disses Vikings after Sunday's loss

As usual, Vikings WR Randy Moss delivered an entertaining and bizarre postgame presser Sunday after his former team, the New England Patriots defeated his current team, the Minnesota Vikings 28-18.  Here's the transcript from ESPN1500.com.

"Well, I'm going to go ahead and start this thing off. I'm going to go ahead and say this. I feel like I said something a couple of weeks ago. Look, I got fined 25,000 dollars for not talking to you all, and me personally, I really don't care. But at the same time, I do ... answer questions throughout the week, and for the league to fine me 25,000 dollars -- I'm not going to answer any more questions for the rest of this year. If it's going to be an interview, I'm going to conduct it. So, I'll answer my own questions, ask myself the questions and then give you all the answers. So, from here on out, I'm not answering any more questions for the rest of this season.

"Enough said of that. Now we get to the game. (deep breath) Trying, trying, trying to ... ah, let me hold it down. All right. I really haven't had a chance to really talk to the guys, so this was no disrespect to the Minnesota Vikings and their organization. The captains -- (Vince) Wilfork, Tommy Boy (Brady), (Jerod) Mayo. Am I forgetting somebody? Kevin Faulk. Man, I miss them guys, man. I miss the team. It was hard for me to come here and play. Been an up-and-down rollercoaster emotionally all week. And then to be able to come in here and see those guys running plays that I know what they're doing, and the success they had on the field, the running game -- so, I kind of know what kind of feeling they have in their locker room, man, and I just want to be able to tell the guys that I miss the hell out of them. Every last helmet in that locker room, man.

"I mean, Deion Branch came up to me after the game, and I've never really had a chance to meet Deion Branch, but it was definitely a pleasure to meet him. Coach(Bill) Belichick, he gave me an opportunity to be a part of something special, and that's something I really take to heart. I actually salute Coach Belichick and his team for the success they've had before me, during me and after me. So, I'm actually stuck for words, just because the fact that -- man, this is just a lot of memories here.

"To the New England Patriots fans, that ovation at the end of the game -- that really felt heartwarming. I think I actually shedded a tear for that. But like I said, man, it's been an emotional rollercoaster this whole week. I tried to prepare. Tried to talk to the players and coaches about how this game was going to be played and a couple tendencies here, couple tendencies here. The bad part about it -- you have six days to prepare for a team, and on the seventh day, that Sunday, meaning today, I guess they come over to me and say, 'Dag, Moss, you was right about a couple plays and a couple schemes they were going to run.' It hurts as a player that you put a lot of hard work in all week, and toward the end of the week, Sunday, when you get on the field, that's when they acknowledge about the hard work you put in throughout the week. That's actually a disappointment.

"I can't really say enough about this team, this organization. I met with Ms. Kraft before the game, because I really didn't have a chance to talk to her before I left, and I just thanked Ms. Kraft for the opportunity to let me be a part of something special. The New England Patriots has always been a special organization and I've always watched from afar, and when I got drafted by Minnesota (in 1998), and I think I said this a couple weeks ago, I felt obligated to try to bring a Super Bowl to Minnesota. And this season's still not over.

"Do I know what next season and the future's going to bring? No, I do not. But all I can say is, man, it's a lot of work that we leave on the field each day. It's a lot of film study that we leave in that room each day. I know how hard these guys work here in New England, and (all) that I really tried to do is take what the best coach in football history has brought upon me, or the knowledge that he's given me about the game of football, and I tried to just sprinkle it off to the guys the best way I know how.

"So, I'm going to go ahead and end this, this interview. I have my family to see. Definitely down that we lost this game, because I didn't really expect for us to lose this game knowing that we had a few things that we had to clean up. But like I said, they played a good game. I wish we could have had that three at the end of the half. Maybe could have been different, maybe not. ...

"I don't know how many more times I'm going to be up here in New England, but I'm going to leave the New England Patriots, Coach Belichick, man, with a salute, man. I love you guys, I miss you, I'm out."

BCS Standings - Oregon at the Top!

From ESPN.com, here are your weekly BCS Standings with Oregon at the top!

1Oregon8-0
2Auburn9-0
2TCU9-0
4Boise State7-0
5Utah8-0
6Alabama7-1
7Nebraska7-1
8Oklahoma7-1
9Wisconsin7-1
10LSU7-1
11Ohio State8-1
12Missouri7-1
13Stanford7-1
14Michigan State8-1
15Arizona7-1
16Iowa6-2
17Oklahoma State7-1
18Arkansas6-2
19South Carolina6-2
20Mississippi State7-2
21Baylor7-2
22Virginia Tech6-2
23Nevada7-1
24Florida State6-2
25North Carolina State6-2

NFL Week 8 Early Thoughts

As we normally do every Sunday evening, let's give you a few thoughts heading into the Sunday night match-up between the last two Super Bowl Champions, Pittsburgh and New Orleans.

* We knew it, but Brett Favre showed us once again, he's one tough SOB!

* The Patriots, despite their youth on defense and the loss of Randy Moss, are once again one of the elite teams in the NFL at 6-1.

* Memo to Rex Ryan - your NY Jets are not only NOT the best team in the NFL, but not even the best team in the AFC East after getting shut out at home by the Packers.

* The fact that the Packers are 5-3 despite all their injuries is remarkable.

* Memo to Raheem Morris - your Tampa Bay Bucs are now 5-2 and dodged a huge bullet in the comeback win over the Cardinals, 38-35 Sunday in which the Bucs almost blew a 31-14 lead.

* In case you missed it, the Chiefs and Raiders are atop the AFC West and face-off in Oakland next Sunday at 4:15pm. Both teams are for real, but then again, we told you that back before the season started.

* RB Jamaal Charles is a beast, rushing for 177 yards and catching another 61 yards in the Chiefs 13-10 overtime win over Buffalo.

* If I'm Tony Sparano of the Dolphins, I never want to go home again. His team is now 4-0 on the road (Bills, Vikings, Packers, Bengals) and 0-3 at home (Jets, Patriots, Steelers).

* It's hard to believe but with back-to-back wins, the 49ers are just two wins back in the NFC West at 2-6.

* The Cowboys season just keeping getting worse. This time, it's Jacksonville's turn, 35-17. QB David Garrard combines for 5 TD's and 260 yards to fuel the rout for the Jags.

* How about BenJarvus Green-Ellis! The man with many names goes 112 yards and a pair of TD's against the vaunted Vikings defense.

NFL Fox Sunday Pregame Notes

From Fox Sports -


Johnson: I Thought About Benching Marino in His Final Season But Didn’t Out of Respect

Glazer Reports Romo Will Not Have Surgery This Season to Repair Broken Collarbone

Bradshaw: I Wouldn’t Play Romo the Rest of the Season, He Needs to Heal

Strahan: John Fox Should Coach the Cowboys Next Season

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Given Brett Favre’s current injuries and recent performance, Co-Host Terry Bradshaw and Jimmy Johnson don’t think the legendary quarterback should start today for the Vikings when they face the Patriots in Foxborough:

Bradshaw:  “We can’t get rid of him and he shouldn’t play today. As a right-handed quarterback, when you release the ball, your left foot takes all the weight.  He’s got two broken bones in his left foot and he has a bad elbow.  There’s nothing wrong with sitting down and letting the young kid play.” 

Johnson:  “He still makes some good throws but his bad plays outweigh his good plays and that’s why Tarvaris Jackson should be in there.”

During FOX NFL SUNDAY’s ‘Fired Up’ segment, former head coach Jimmy Johnson related his own experience with coaching an aging Hall of Fame quarterback:

“After my success in Dallas, I went to Miami and even though we made the playoffs three straight years and won a couple of playoff games, my Miami days were not without frustration.  Like Brad Childress, I had a Hall of Fame quarterback who could still throw but after so many surgeries couldn’t move.  Journeyman Damon Huard filled in during Dan Marino’s last season and went 4-1 because our defense ranked fifth overall.  In his last 14 starts, Dan was 6-8 with 25 turnovers, seven of which were returned for touchdowns.  I never admitted this but benching Dan crossed my mind and out of respect for him, I never did.  Because of Brett Favre’s many injuries, Childress faces the same dilemma today.  Brett Favre is the 30th ranked passer in the NFL, hanging out with the likes of Jimmy Clausen and Derek Anderson.  You can’t tell me Tarvaris Jackson isn’t better than those guys.  The Vikings have enough talent to win the NFC North but Brett’s bad plays outnumber his good ones.  He can’t buy time on that fractured ankle.  His elbow is killing him.  Brett probably regrets coming back, unable to repeat last season’s magical numbers.  Don’t get me wrong, like Dan Marino, Brett Favre was one of the greatest players to play the game.  I just wish our last memory of Brett was of him jumping into teammates arms, not limping off the field in defeat.”

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FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer reports the Cowboys opted not to have quarterback Tony Romo undergo surgery to repair his broken collarbone and what that may mean: “In talking with different doctors and team trainers, they said with an injury like that, if you don’t put a plate in there to protect it, there’s still a good chance that if he takes a similar hit, it could break all over again.  What this says, is that Dallas is still hopeful that they could be in it down the road and that Tony Romo can come back by not ‘plating’ it.”

Co-Host Terry Bradshaw on what the Cowboys should do with Romo the rest of the season: “I had the same injury as Romo. Six weeks later I went back out when I shouldn’t have and got hit again. I had to have those bones pinned for four months. I wouldn’t play him the rest of the year. They need to let it heal.”
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Analyst Michael Strahan on who should coach the Dallas Cowboys next season: “A guy who already has a job, John Fox. I think it’s a perfect fit. He’s no slouch and not an easy coach.”

Analyst Jimmy Johnson offered a less specific candidate: “The answer to that question is whoever Jerry wants.”

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Analyst Jimmy Johnson thinks Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan deserves more credit for Washington’s 4-3 record:  “How in the world are they winning ball games?  Donovan McNabb has more interceptions than touchdowns, they’ve got the 31st ranked defense but they are playing a pretty good defensive front.”

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Howie Long reacts to Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris declaring his team is the best in the NFC: “I loved his post-game speech. I think Morris gave the country a look at how fiery and intense he is.”
Analyst Michael Strahan counters: “I’m fiery and intense too but I’m realistic.”

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Co-Host Terry Bradshaw on Vince Young: “He did well for them last year and won a lot of football games. I don’t know why but I’m still not sold on him.”

NFL Today on CBS Pregame Notes

From CBS Sports -

NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE, BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 8 ON OCTOBER 31

► QUICK HITS

(On Dallas and Minnesota)

BILL COWHER
: You're not going to win a playoff spot this week, but you can lose one. I think if you look at Dallas, look at Minnesota, these are two teams that don't panic, don't unravel, but they have to have a sense of urgency about them, because they could lose a playoff spot just like Tennessee last year.

(On whether Brett Favre starts today for Minnesota)

SHANNON SHARPE:
I think this is more of an indictment on Tarvaris Jackson than it is Brett Favre's streak. If they felt that Tarvaris Jackson could play well enough, he'd be starting. Here's a guy that's played with two broken bones in his ankle and they keep saying Brett Favre gives us the best chance to win… Maybe last year when he didn't turn over the football and put you in harm's way…I don't see how he gives them the best chance to win with that situation.


(On Minnesota Head Coach Brad Childress)


COWHER: His credibility is at stake right now. There is no question. Brett Favre is on a short leash today.


(On Brett Favre playing)


DAN MARINO: Right now that's still going to be Brett Favre. You saw all the throws he made last week. He has been making some mistakes, but there are no more excuses. Brett, if it's a bad ankle, whatever it may be, he has all the weapons he needs to win. He just has to find a way to dig down deep in New England, and stare them in the face and get into the playoffs.

(On Dallas and Wade Phillips)


BOOMER ESIASON: What happened last week lays at the feet of one, Wade Phillips. I'm sorry, that is the reality of this business. If you ask me, if they don't turn it around now, I think it's a foregone conclusion that Wade Phillips will be out of a job by the time the season end rolls around.



► “INSIDE THE GAME” WITH “NFL TODAY GENERAL MANAGER” CHARLEY CASSERLY


(On Brett Favre investigation)


CASSERLY: Jenn Sterger has agreed to meet with the NFL either next Thursday or Friday. In that meeting what she's going to do is contradict Favre's statement where he denied sending her elicit pictures. Next, Sterger’s group has identified the ex-Jet employee who passed along Sterger’s number to Favre without her consent. Another note, Sterger’s group is going to speak this week with somebody who can verify it, and possibly has some other information that can help Sterger's case. And also, Sterger is considering suing the Jets and/or Brett Favre.


(On Tony Romo injury)

The Cowboys asked Dr. William Andrews to consult on this and give them a second opinion. Andrews agreed with the doctors from Dallas. First of all, he said surgery should not be done. The break is too close to the clavicle. Eight weeks is the recovery time. The Cowboys said there is no hurry to put him on IR (injured reserve list). They want to see how he recovers and what the record is when he gets healthy.

Game 3 World Series Ratings for Fox

From Fox Sports -

World Series Continues FOX Sports’ Primetime Dominance

Network Earns Another Easy Nightly Win

Game 3 Jumps +17% in Viewership Compared To ’08

New York, NY
– Game 3 of the 2010 World Series earned a 6.7/13 household rating/share (11.5 million viewers) according to fast national ratings released by Nielsen Media Research. That’s a +17% jump in average audience and 10% increase in rating compared to 2008’s Rays-Phillies Game 3 (vs. 9.8 million viewers, 6.1/13).

Saturday night’s special family start time of 6:30 PM ET, the earliest start for a World Series game since 1987, powered the network to its third consecutive primetime win as FOX averaged a 7.3/13 (12.7 million viewers) (8:00 PM – 9:52 PM ET). Last night was FOX’s best average Saturday night rating in over a year.

Through three games, the 2010 World Series is averaging a 8.1/14 (13.7 million viewers), +11% better on viewership and +5% higher on rating when compared to 2008’s non-Yankees World Series (Rays-Phillies, 7.7/14, 12.3 million viewers). Saturday night’s telecast grew steadily throughout the night peaking at an 8.1/15 at 9:30 PM ET as the Texas Rangers won their first game of the series.

San Francisco led all markets with a 30.0/57 for Game 3 followed by Dallas with a 26.9/48. Sacramento continues to act as a third home market with a strong 21.0/39.

Coverage of Game 4 begins tonight at 8:00 PM ET on FOX from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, TX.

NBC previews Steelers/Saints

From NBC Sports -

BOB COSTAS INTERVIEWS DREW BREES & MIKE TOMLIN; TONY DUNGY SITS DOWN WITH STEELERS SAFETY RYAN CLARK

“It starts with taking care of the football.” – Drew Brees to Bob Costas regarding the Saints struggles

“He’s really assessing and evaluating, not only what’s important to him, but who he surrounds himself with and how he conducts himself.” – Mike Tomlin to Bob Costas on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

"Sunday Night Football" Attempts to set Guinness World Record

NEW YORK – October 31, 2010
– Bob Costas interviewed New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin for tonight’s Week 8 edition of “Football Night in America,” which will also include highlights, analysis and reaction to Week 8’s afternoon games. Tony Dungy interviewed Steelers safety Ryan Clark, who has committed his life to making a difference in his hometown of New Orleans.

“Football Night” airs each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET with Costas, who won the outstanding studio host Emmy last year, hosting the program live from inside the stadium. In addition to his interviews, he is joined on site by SNF commentators Al Michaels (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (analyst) for reaction to the afternoon games.

Dan Patrick co-hosts “Football Night” from NBC's 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios and is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach and Emmy-nominated Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and Sports Illustrated's Peter King. Alex Flanagan will report from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on the Vikings-Patriots game.

VIEWERSHIP: “Football Night” (7:30-8:15 pm) is averaging 8.5 million viewers through its first seven weeks, its most ever for that time frame and up 13 percent vs. 2009’s 7.5 million viewers.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD: Fans attending “Sunday Night Football” tonight at the Louisiana Superdome will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for largest Halloween gathering, defined as a group of people in costume in one place. An official Guinness World Records® Adjudicator will be on site at the Superdome to validate the attempt.

INTERVIEWS: Below are excerpts from Costas’ interviews with Brees and Tomlin. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing tonight on ‘Football Night in America.’”

DREW BREES

On Super Bowl hangover: We knew that. It’s tough. Maybe the biggest trap that people fall into is just the fact that you think as Super Bowl champions you can just walk on the field and everybody is going to rollover for you and be intimidated by you. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. It’s still about us though. It’s about our ability to execute and to focus and to do all the right things on Sunday; to pay attention to the process throughout the week, our practice, our preparation. At this point, we obviously haven’t performed at the type of level that we know we can and we know we will.

On inconsistency and three losses: One of those was a pretty tight loss to Atlanta. The last two losses to Arizona and Cleveland have really been due to turnovers and other things that we…we know the difference between winning and losing in this league and what it takes to win football games…unfortunately, we have not done those things. It starts with taking care of the football, turnovers. It’s all about correcting those things and getting back on track.


MIKE TOMLIN

On last week’s play where it appeared James Harrison changed his style of play and pulled up Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown: In that particular instance, they were painting a picture that they wanted to see. The way I viewed that play was that Ronnie Brown caught the ball clean and ducked out like a savvy veteran football player. He’s the person that eliminated the contact as opposed to James pulling off. I took exception to using James in that way.

On the NFL deciding to enforce greater discipline mid-season: When you start looking at things that you discussed in the off-season and adjusting during the season, you’re doing it from an emotional standpoint. Usually emotional decisions aren’t good ones. It was an overreaction to a couple of unfortunate incidents that occurred a few weeks ago.

Tomlin on changes in QB Ben Roethlisberger: As a player, I think he’s enjoying the monotony more. That’s natural. That’s human nature. When something is taken away from you, you have a greater appreciation for it once you have an opportunity to get it back. As a person, more than anything, it’s about taking an accounting of where he is and what’s important to him. A lot of times in life, we all get off the mark a little bit especially when you experience the kind of success that he has. It can be trap door, if you will. He’s really assessing and evaluating, not only what’s important to him, but who he surrounds himself with and how he conducts himself.

Tomlin on Super Bowl hangovers: I don’t know why people are surprised by that. It’s tough to walk the journey and win it one time let alone two times back to back. Your off-season is shorter. There’s more obligations in that off-season that happens to be shorter. There’s a lot of things that can get you off track when you are defending Super Bowl champs. To me, it’s not a shock at all.

Happy Halloween - WWE Style!









Thanks to WWE.com for the videos.

Favre not sure he can play 60 vs. Patriots

From our friends at Pro Football Talk, we get word that Vikings QB Brett Favre isn't sure he can play the full 60 minutes against the Patriots Sunday. That comes from ESPN's Ed Werder.

Patriots vs. Vikings at 4:15pm today in Foxboro!

World Series Game 4 Tonight

World Series Game 4 - Giants lead series 2-1
SFO at TEX 8:20 PM
SFO: M Bumgarner (L) 7-6, 3.00
TEX: T Hunter (R) 13-4, 3.73

Saturday, October 30, 2010

FOX and Cablevision come to terms

From Fox Sports -

Fox Networks and Cablevision

Reach Agreement in Principle to Carry WNYW FOX5, WWOR My9, WTXF FOX29, FOX Deportes, FOX Business Network, and Nat Geo WILD

Viewers to see Game 3 of Major League Baseball World Series and Sunday’s NFL on FOX with New York Jets against the Green Bay Packers


Fox Networks and Cablevision announced today that they have reached an agreement in principle for a new distribution agreement to provide more than 3 million households with programming from WNYW FOX5 and WWOR My9 in New York, WTXF FOX29 in Philadelphia, and the cable channels FOX Deportes, FOX Business Network, and Nat Geo WILD. The signals for all stations and cable channels were restored Saturday prior to the first pitch of World Series Game 3 on FOX.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Patriots/Vikings Friday Injury Report

From NFL.com, we get Friday's injury report for the Patriots and Vikings...

MIN
Jamarca Sanford S Not Injury Related Did Not Participate In Practice --
Chris DeGeare G Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Brett Favre QB Foot Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Lito Sheppard CB Hand Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Husain Abdullah S Concussion Full Participation in Practice Probable
Chris Cook CB Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Letroy Guion DT Hamstring Full Participation in Practice Probable
Steve Hutchinson G Quadricep Full Participation in Practice Probable
John Sullivan C Calf Full Participation in Practice Probable
Pat Williams DT Quadricep Full Participation in Practice Probable
NE
Vince Wilfork DT Not Injury Related Did Not Participate In Practice --
Jarrad Page S Calf Out (Definitely Will Not Play) Out
Fred Taylor RB Toe Out (Definitely Will Not Play) Out
Deion Branch WR Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Patrick Chung S Knee Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Matt Slater WR Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Mike Wright DE Knee Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Tom Brady QB right Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable

Abbie's NFL Picks - Week 8

My little girl Abbie has been sick most of the week, but it won't stop her from her picks!  There are a few surprises from Abbie in her latest NFL picks - week 8! If they don't work out, we'll blame the sickness!


Vikings over Patriots
Packers over Jets
Dolphins over Bengals
Saints over Steelers
Texans over Colts

World Series Game 3 Tonight

World Series Game 3 - Giants lead series 2-0
SFO at TEX 6:57 PM
SFO: J Sanchez (L) 13-9, 3.07
TEX: C Lewis (R) 12-13, 3.72

Bieber Fever hits the World Series Saturday

From Fox Sports -



JUSTIN BIEBER DEBUTS WORLD PREMIERE VIDEO DURING

WORLD SERIES GAME 3 PREGAME ON FOX

Coverage Being Saturday at 6:30 PM ET – The Earliest for WS Game Since 1987

Kelly Clarkson, Raising Hope’s Martha Plimpton Perform During Game 3


FOX Sports presents the world premiere of pop music sensation Justin Bieber’s new music video this Saturday, October 30th, prior to the start of Game 3 of the World Series on FOX. The video is for special acoustic version of his hit single “Never Say Never” off his upcoming album due out at the end of November. Coverage begins at a special start time of 6:30 PM ET.

Bieber filmed the video this week at Angels Stadium in Anaheim and saluted the World Series participants by wearing gear of both the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers during the shoot. The world premiere of the acoustic version of “Never Say Never” airs during the World Series pregame that begins at 6:30 PM ET. This marks the earliest start time of a World Series game in 23 years.

In addition, Texas native and American Idol Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson sings the National Anthem prior to Game 3 in Arlington. Martha Plimpton, star of FOX’s hit comedy RAISING HOPE, performs God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch.

Also during the broadcast, FOX Sports and MLB unveil the winners of their joint initiative, THE WORLD SERIES OF COSTUMES. Thousands of fans submitted photos of their children, 12 & under, in Halloween costumes and the three winners appear during the Saturday night’s World Series broadcast. The photo contest was judged by American Idol’s Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest. Log onto www.mlb.com/halloween for more information.
From NBA TV -

The People Have Spoken: Grizzlies @ Lakers chosen for First NBA TV Fan Night of the Season

The vote is in and the people have spoken, for the first week of NBA TV’s Fan Night presented by 2K Sports’ NBA 2K11. The Memphis Grizzlies @ L.A. Lakers was voted as the match-up of the week by fans on NBA.com. The game will air on Election Night Tues., Nov. 2 at 10:30 p.m. (ET) with host Ernie Johnson and analysts Chris Webber and Kevin McHale on-hand for studio coverage beginning at 10:00 p.m. (ET).

Fan Night presented by 2K Sports’ NBA 2K11 voting will continue on nba.com/fannight from Tues., Nov. 2 (8 a.m. ET) – Thurs., Nov.4 (Midnight ET) as fans select the match-up for Tues., Nov. 9 between:

· Denver Nuggets @ Indianapolis Pacers

· Utah Jazz @ Miami Heat

· New York Knicks @ Milwaukee Bucks

· Los Angeles Clippers @ New Orleans Hornets

· Minnesota Timberwolves @ L.A. Lakers


Tipping off on Tuesday is The Jump presented by 2K Sports’ NBA 2K11, a live, interactive show designed for the ultimate NBA fan. Fans can submit questions and comments via NBA.com, Facebook or Twitter. Host Kyle Montgomery, analysts Dennis Scott, Brent Barry and ‘chat-master’ Sekou Smith will respond and give their comments and analysis on everything happening around the league. The show will stream live each week with its first show of the new season on Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. (ET) on NBA.com and then airing at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on NBA TV.

The Beat will return to prep fans for game action with the show that covers news and storylines across the league with host Marc Fein, regular contributors David Aldridge and SLAM’s Lang Whitaker, as well as reporters from across the country. The Beat airs Nov. 2 at 6:00 p.m. (ET).

In addition, NBA Backstage, the show that gives viewers an all-access pass to the memorable events during the NBA season airs, on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m (ET). NBA Backstage treats fans to a behind the scenes look at the first two games of the season featuring the Heat, Celtics, Rockets and Lakers and the memorable moments that will help define the new season.

NBA TV will also feature live games on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) with the Denver Nuggets at Dallas Mavericks and on Sunday, Nov.7 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) with the Boston Celtics @ Oklahoma City Thunder.

NBA TV PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE:

NOVEMBER 1 – NOVEMBER 7


NBA TV SCHEDULE (all times ET): Nov. 1- Nov. 7
MONDAY, NOV. 1
5:00 – 6 p.m NBA.COM FANTASY INSIDER Rick Kamla, Dennis Scott
7:00 – 7:30 p.m NBA GameTime Matt Winer, Brent Barry, Dennis Scott
7: 30- 8 p.m. AutoTrader.com Pregame Show Matt Winer, Brent Barry, Dennis Scott
9- 11:30 p.m. NBA Regular Season: Portland TrailBlazers @ Chicago Bulls Local Announcers
11:30 p.m.- 2 a.m. NBA GameTime Presented by Hyundai Matt Winer, Brent Barry, Dennis Scott

TUESDAY, NOV. 2: FAN NIGHT Presented by 2K Sports’ NBA2K11
1-1:30 p.m. (NBA.com) The Jump presented by 2K Sports NBA 2K11 Kyle Montgomery, Dennis Scott, Brent Barry
5 – 5:30 p.m The Jump presented by 2K Sports NBA 2K11 Kyle Montgomery, Dennis Scott, Brent Barry
6- 6:30 p.m. The Beat Marc Fein, David Aldridge
6:30 – 7:00 p.m NBA Backstage
7:00 – 10:00 p.m NBA GameTime Rick Kamla, Steve Smith
10 – 10:30 p.m AutoTrader.com Pregame Show Ernie Johnson, Chris Webber, Kevin McHale
10: 30 – 1 am NBA Regular Season: Memphis Grizzlies @ L.A. Lakers Ernie Johnson, Chris Webber, Kevin McHale
1 – 2 am NBA GameTime Presented by Hyundai Rick Kamla, Steve Smith

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 3
7-11 p.m. NBA GameTime Marc Fein, Dennis Scott, Greg Anthony
11- 2 a.m. NBA GameTime Matt Winer, Kenny Smith, Greg Anthony

THURSDAY, NOV. 4
7:00 – 7:30 p.m 24 Hours with Chris Paul (RE-AIR)
7:30 – 8:00 p.m NBA Backstage (RE-AIR)
8:00 – 8:30 p.m NBA Action 2003

FRIDAY, NOV. 5
7 - 2 a.m. NBA GameTime Rick Kamla, Steve Smith

SATURDAY, NOV. 6
1 - 3 p.m. Euroleague Basketball on NBA TV: Fenerbahce Ulker at Regal FC vs. Barcelona Local Announcers
7 – 8:30 p.m NBA GameTime Matt Winer, Dennis Scott
8:30 – 9 p.m. AutoTrader.com Pregame Show Matt Winer, Dennis Scott
9- 11:30 p.m. NBA Regular Season: Denver Nuggets at Dallas Mavericks Local Announcers
11:30 p.m.- 2 a.m. NBA GameTime Presented by Hyundai Matt Winer, Dennis Scott

SUNDAY, NOV. 7
6:30- 7 p.m. AutoTrader.com Pregame Show Marc Fein, Steve Smith, Brent Barry
7- 9:30 p.m. NBA Regular Season: Boston Celtics @ Oklahoma City Thunder Local Announcers
9:30 p.m.- 1:00 a.m. NBA GameTime Presented by Hyundai Marc Fein, Steve Smith, Brent Barry

Fox Game 2 World Series Ratings

From Fox Sports -

FOX SPORTS GOES 2 FOR 2 IN 2010 WORLD SERIES

Network Hits Its Second Consecutive Prime Time Victory Among Households, Average Audience and Key Adults 18-49 Demo

New York, NY
– Thursday night’s Game 2 of the 2010 World Series earned an 8.5/14 (14.1 million viewers) household rating/share to hand FOX its second consecutive win in prime time as well as its highest-rated and most-watched Thursday night since Game 2 of last year’s World Series.

From 8:00 -11:00 PM ET, FOX easily topped all other prime time programming in households and average audience win the night. The network’s 4.1 in Adults 18-49 easily topped CBS (3.4), with ABC (2.9) and NBC (2.4).

Compared to 2008’s Phillies-Rays Game 2 (the last non-Yankees World Series matchup), last night’s showdown between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers is up +11% in average audience (14.1 vs. 12.8 million viewers) and up +5% in rating (8.5 vs. 8.1). As expected, last night’s telecast is down -27% in rating (vs. 11.7/19) and -25% in viewership (vs. 18.9 million viewers) compared to Game 2 of last year’s Yankees-Phillies series.

Through two games the 2010 World Series is averaging an 8.7/15 (14.6 million viewers) to rank it sixth among broadcast prime time programming for the week-to-date, keeping the World Series on track to deliver ratings equal to a top ten prime time hit.

While Game 1 was billed as the premier pitching matchup of the Series, Game 2 delivered it as San Francisco’s Matt Cain and Texas’ C.J. Wilson battled for seven and a half innings before a late blowout by the Giants. Ratings grew from a 6.6/12 at 8:00 PM ET, then to an 8.7/14 at 9:00 PM ET, a 9.2/15 at 10:00 PM ET and peaked at a 9.6/16 at 10:30 PM ET.

San Francisco led major markets with a 36.4/62 with Dallas checking in at a 30.9/47. World Series Game 3 from Arlington, TX begins Saturday night with coverage beginning at a special 6:30 PM ET start time.

Fox and Dish Network agree to restore channels

From Fox & Dish Network -

DISH Network and Fox Networks Reach Comprehensive Programming Agreement

Viewers Ensured Continued Fox Broadcasting and Fox Television Stations Programming in Major Cities

FX, National Geographic Channel, and Fox’s 19 Regional Sports Networks Immediately Restored to DISH Network Lineup

Los Angeles and Englewood, Colo.
— DISH Network L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) and Fox Networks, an operating unit of News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS), today announced a wide-ranging distribution agreement to provide the third-largest video distributor in the United States with continued access to programming from Fox Broadcasting and Fox local television stations in major cities. The agreement also included carriage of FX, National Geographic Channel, and Fox’s 19 regional sports networks, which were restored for DISH Network viewers Friday.

“After prolonged negotiations to reach a fair deal, we’re pleased to enter into a long term agreement with Fox and to assure our customers that they can continue to enjoy these channels,” said Dave Shull, Senior Vice President of Programming for DISH Network. “We thank our customers, our retail and channel partners, and our employees for their support through these negotiations, which we believe resulted in a fair deal that reinforces DISH Network's position as the best value in television.”

"I want to thank our partners at DISH Network who worked tirelessly to help us reach a successful conclusion,” said Mike Hopkins, President, Fox Networks Affiliate Sales and Marketing. “This agreement provides a strategic partnership between Fox and DISH to bring the best programming to DISH subscribers.”

The agreement ensures that DISH Network viewers will continue to have access to Fox’s live national and regional coverage of major sporting events including Major League Baseball’s World Series, the NFL on FOX, the NBA, the NHL, college football and basketball, as well as popular entertainment programming on FOX, such as Glee, House, and The Simpsons; Sons of Anarchy and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on FX; and the Border Wars and the upcoming Great Migrations on National Geographic Channel.

DISH Network will continue to provide programming from the local Fox and MyNet television stations in the following markets: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore (MyNet 24 only), Boston, Chicago, Cleveland/Akron, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Gainesville (FL), Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Tampa, and Washington D.C.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Posies - "Dream All Day"

This one brings back memories!

Thursday's Patriots/Vikings Practice Report

From NFL.com, we get Thursday's practice report from the Vikings and Patriots...

MIN
Brett Favre QB Foot Did Not Participate In Practice --
Husain Abdullah S Concussion Full Participation in Practice --
Chris Cook CB Knee Full Participation in Practice --
Chris DeGeare G Ankle Limited Participation in Practice --
Letroy Guion DT Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice --
Steve Hutchinson G Quadricep Limited Participation in Practice --
Lito Sheppard CB Hand Limited Participation in Practice --
John Sullivan C Calf Limited Participation in Practice --
Pat Williams DT Quadricep Limited Participation in Practice --
NE
Jarrad Page S Calf Did Not Participate In Practice --
Fred Taylor RB Toe Did Not Participate In Practice --
Vince Wilfork DT Not Injury Related Did Not Participate In Practice --
Mike Wright DE Knee Did Not Participate In Practice --
Tom Brady QB right Shoulder Full Participation in Practice --
Deion Branch WR Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice --
Patrick Chung S Knee Limited Participation in Practice --
Matt Slater WR Ankle Limited Participation in Practice --

NFL Week 8 Predictions

Packers at Jets 1:00 PM
The Jets are 5-1, rested after the bye week and at home. The Packers are coming off an emotional Sunday night win over their hated rivals, the Vikings.
Winner: Jets

Broncos at 49ers 1:00 PM
This one’s in London and will see the 49ers start Troy Smith at QB. London may not be far enough away from the U.S. to make the Broncos forget about last Sunday’s humiliating 59-14 loss to Oakland.
Winner: Broncos

Jaguars at Cowboys 1:00 PM
QB Tony Romo is out for 6-8 weeks with a broken collarbone. At least they get an early Christmas present with the Jags coming to town. Merry Christmas Jon Kitna.
Winner: Cowboys

Dolphins at Bengals 1:00 PM
The road is exactly where the Dolphins want to be. 3-0 at Buffalo, Minnesota and Green Bay. 0-3 at home against the Jets, Patriots and Steelers.
Winner: Dolphins

Panthers at Rams 1:00 PM
Carolina finally found some offense and a win last Sunday with QB Matt Moore tossing for nearly 300 yards. The Rams gave one away in Tampa. This week, the planets realign to normal.
Winner: Rams

Redskins at Lions 1:00 PM
QB Matthew Stafford gets his first action since an opening week shoulder injury. Fantasy players will be happy with that news.
Winner: Lions

Bills at Chiefs 1:00 PM
Was that the Bills looking pass-happy and pushing the Ravens into overtime on the road last week? QB Matt Cassel may have finally woken up WR Dwayne Bowe.
Winner: Chiefs

Titans at Chargers 4:05 PM
The Chargers are the best 2-5 team ever! They’re ranked #1 in offense and defense but seemingly come up with a bizarre way to lose each week. QB Vince Young should be back at the helm for the Titans.
Winner: Chargers

Vikings at Patriots 4:15 PM
The Brett Favre saga continues with his latest ankle break/sprain (call it what you will). We think he’ll play. We also think it won’t make a difference.
Winner: Patriots

Seahawks at Raiders 4:15 PM
Are the Raiders for real after a 59 point outburst last Sunday in Denver? They’re not that good, but good enough to beat the Seahawks, who have been playing less than stellar on the road (minus a win in Chicago).
Winner: Raiders

Buccaneers at Cardinals 4:15 PM
If the Bucs want to be taken seriously this season, they’ll have to take care of business against the offensively-inept Cardinals.
Winner: Cardinals


Steelers at Saints 8:20 PM
The past two Super Bowl champions dance on Halloween Night in New Orleans. The roller coaster Saints are back on the upswing this week.
Winner: Saints


Texans at Colts Monday, 8:30 PM
It could be an historic night in Indianpolis as the Texans could get their first ever sweep of the Colts. Indy’s banged up with no Dallas Clark and a beat-up Joseph Addai.
Winner: Colts

Byes: Bears, Browns, Eagles, Falcons, Giants, Ravens

Last week: 7-7

Season: 61-43

World Series Game 1 wins night for Fox

From Fox -

It's A Hit! World Series Game 1 Dominates All Primetime Programming

Network Earns 15 Million Viewers To Win The Night

San Francisco, CA
– Game 1 of the 2010 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers earned an 8.9/15 household/rating share (15.0 million viewers) last night on FOX, allowing the network to cruise to victory as the top-rated program of the night.

Wednesday night’s broadcast ranked as the #5 program of the week-to-date in prime time broadcasts, on track to deliver ratings equal to a top ten prime time hit. Among Adults 18-49, last night’s game averaged a 4.7 rating to give FOX its best night of prime time television in this key demographic among households and average audience since the network’s American Idol finale in May. CBS was second with a 3.0.

Compared to last year’s World Series Game 1 (Yankees-Phillies) Wednesday night’s 8.9/15 (15.0 million viewers) is down -25% on rating (vs. 11.9/19) and down -23% on average audience (vs. 19.5 million viewers). When compared to the last non-Yankees World Series Game 1 (Phillies-Rays, ‘08) the network is up +3% on viewership (vs. 14.6 million viewers).

The showdown between San Francisco flame-thrower Tim Lincecum and Texas Rangers ace Cliff Lee opened at a 5.2/10 and built an audience nicely through the first five innings, peaking at a 10.4/16 at 9:30pm ET before the Giants blew open the game with a six-run fifth inning.

San Francisco topped all markets with a 35.9/60, a superb rating for a west coast team where the game started before 5pm local time. Dallas posted a 33.9/51 for the Rangers’ first ever appearance in the World Series.

NFL Today on CBS Preview - Week 8 & Halloween

From CBS Sports -

“THE NFL TODAY” VISITS SHANNON SHARPE’S HALLOWEEN HOUSE FOR TRICKS AND TREATS FOR WEEK 8 OF “THE NFL TODAY” ON SUNDAY, OCT. 31


THE NFL ON CBS, broadcasting its 51st year of the NFL, continues its 2010 NFL season on Sunday, Oct. 31 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET).

The jack-o-lantern glows ever so bright,


Goblins and ghosts will be here tonight.


It’s time for all to Trick or Treat,


We’ll see what spooky friends Shannon will meet.


Find out Favre, Brady and Ochocinco’s fate,


Here on THE NFL TODAY, Week 8.

THE NFL TODAY features a visit to Shannon Sharpe’s Halloween House to check on what tricks and treats he has for Week 8. Charlie Bloom produces.


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


Eric Mann is senior producer and Bob Matina is director of THE NFL TODAY.

Sean McManus is President, CBS News and Sports, and serves as the executive producer for the Network’s coverage of the NFL. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

SEC on CBS - Florida vs. Georgia Preview

From CBS Sports -

“THE SEC ON CBS” FEATURES GEORGIA-FLORIDA ON SATURDAY, OCT. 30

AUDIBLES with CBS Sports’ Lead College Football Analyst Gary Danielson

CBS Sports’ coverage of the “SEC Game of the Week” continues on Saturday, Oct. 30 (3:30 PM, ET), with national coverage of Georgia vs. Florida.


The CBS Television Network's lead college football announce team of Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson call the action live from EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. 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.


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


AUDIBLES with CBS Sports’ Lead College Football Analyst Gary Danielson


Schedule Advantage

I still haven’t changed my opinion about Boise State, TCU and Utah. They are outstanding football teams but with all these teams being beaten around conferences in college football, it underlines the case even more that Boise State, TCU and Utah have an inherent advantage. Their schedule doesn’t challenge them as much as the others. If we’re going to hold everybody to the same measurement then we have to take that into effect even more than I thought at the beginning of the season. Just because you’re undefeated, that should not be the tie- breaker in this. There has to be more factors. Right now their strength of schedules are way down compared to some of the teams that I’ve been covering.



Georgia and Florida Struggles

The fascinating part about the Georgia-Florida game is the struggle of both of these teams. Sometimes these top schools, just as a generalization, when things go bad their fan base will go, ‘Why us?’ Why is this happening to us? You get a ‘Why me?”- type of thing for the players. These kids that go to Georgia or Florida, maybe the way they should look at it is, ‘Why not us? Why not me?’ They’re not immune. They’re not guaranteed wins. It’s hard to win and I think Florida’s finding this out because the recruits they’ve had the last few years thought they’d just throw on a Florida Gator uniform and they’d automatically be guaranteed 10, 11 wins and a BCS Bowl. They’re under-selling the amount of work that went into being good.


A.J. Green

I’m not surprised that Georgia has made another run. I think they may have in A.J. Green, the most outstanding wide-receiver in college football. One of the interesting things about college football compared to the NFL is that one player in the NFL, if he’s a quarterback, can have a huge impact on a team. But everybody else is pretty darn good, and it’s hard for one receiver or one lineman or one running back, to have that big of an impact on any team. But in college football, one great player, like an A.J. Green, can have a big impact on everyone else on the field. So I’m not surprised that Georgia has come back strong now that A.J. has joined the team.

NFL on CBS Week 8 Preview

From CBS Sports -

THE NFL ON CBS: WEEK 8 (SUNDAY, OCT. 31)

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


The CBS Television Network continues its 51st year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Sunday, Oct. 31 (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 Jacksonville Jaguars-Dallas Cowboys game live from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer and Mike Arnold is the lead game director.

Throughout the 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.

* * * * *

JIM NANTZ

(On parity in the NFL):
Parity is nothing new around the NFL. It has been a year where some whacky things have happened, but a year from now we’ll be saying the same thing about the 2011 season.


(On Dallas): The whackiest thing that stands out so far involves the teams that were expected to be very good, who aren’t very good. The Dallas Cowboys have become the poster team for things gone bad. And, to make matters worse, they lose the guy who really gives them hope – Tony Romo. It’s hard to understand how Dallas is at 1-5 right now, with its one win being an impressive manhandling of the Houston Texans. The Cowboys’ expectations were off the charts and clearly they haven’t been met. I sensed that there was so much chatter out there at the beginning of the season of them becoming the first team to ever host the Super Bowl and play in it, that I thought was some bad karma, or maybe even worse, creating some undue pressure for the football team. I think so far it has helped doom the whole Doomsday plan in Dallas.


The buzz around the Metroplex this year was about its team hosting the big game at the end of the year. They thought it was going to be the Cowboys in the Super Bowl. Instead, it’s the Rangers in the World Series.


Having said all of this, the NFL is unpredictable enough that even with a 1-5 team without Tony Romo, you cannot declare them dead. You cannot flatline them right now. A win on Sunday, a little momentum, win eight of your 10 last games, end up 9-7, who knows? In the NFC, 9-7 is going to get you a Wild Card berth. So let’s not rule Dallas completely out.


DAN FOUTS


(On Tennessee-San Diego): The first thing is what’s wrong with the Chargers? The answer is turnovers and special teams. They are the No. 1 team in offense and defense as far as yardage-per-game is concerned, but they’ve just been killing themselves. Tennessee is playing as good as anyone in the AFC. Their big question is who is going to play quarterback this weekend. Will it be Vince Young or Kerry Collins? But I don’t think it really matters to Tennessee right now because they are playing so well. One thing is that they’ve had trouble beating San Diego, so that’s what makes this an interesting match-up.



(On whether team discipline has been a problem): If you talk about discipline, then you’re talking about the coaches. These are the same coaches that have been there for awhile and have been the toast of the AFC West, so I’m not sure exactly what the problem is. But right now it’s pretty obvious that injuries have affected the special teams and it’s been kind of a snowball effect for the rest of the season so far.


(On World Series Game #2 in which Fouts and his NFL ON CBS producer Bob Mansbach, a San Francisco Bay Area native, will be attending): I think Matt Cain has to get off to a good start and shut down the Rangers offense. Cain has been almost unhittable and unstoppable, so that has to continue tonight. The Giants need to go back to Texas with a two game lead.


* * * * *



Following are THE NFL ON CBS assignments for Week 8, Week 9 and Week 10 (subject to change).


WEEK 8 – Oct. 31

1:00 PM, ET starts:
·Denver @ San Francisco* 
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman


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


Miami @ Cincinnati 
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Jim Rikhoff/Bryan Lilley


Buffalo @ Kansas City 
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker Ken Mack/Jim Cornell


4:00 PM, ET starts:
Tennessee @ San Diego 
Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith


* Wembley Stadium in London


WEEK 9 – Nov. 7 – CBS DOUBLEHEADER

1:00 PM, ET starts:
N.Y. Jets @ Detroit 
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker Victor Frank/Mark Grant


Miami @ Baltimore 
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman


New England @ Cleveland 
Bill Macatee/Rich Gannon Bob Dekas/Andy Goldberg


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


4:15 PM, ET starts:
Indianapolis @ Philadelphia 
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold


Kansas City @ Oakland
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Ken Mack/Jim Cornell


WEEK 10 – Nov. 14


1:00 PM, ET starts:
Tennessee @ Miami 
Ian Eagle/ Dan Fouts Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith


N.Y. Jets @ Cleveland
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold


Cincinnati @ Indianapolis 
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman


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


4:00 PM, ET starts:
Kansas City @ Denver 
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Jim Rikhoff/Bryan Lilley

Conan O'Brien to give sneak peek with "Show Zero"

From TBS Sports -

Conan O'Brien gives fans a sneak peek with “Show Zero” on teamcoco.com set for Monday, Nov. 1, at 11 p.m. (ET)/8 p.m. (PT)

Following the extremely successful "Live Coco Cam," a 24-hour look behind-the-scenes at the Conan offices, Conan O'Brien is letting his fans in on the ultimate warm-up for his new TBS show. O'Brien will host "Show Zero" on Monday, Nov. 1, at 11 p.m. (ET)/ 8 p.m. (PT). "Show Zero" will be triple-simulcast, streaming on TeamCoco.com, YouTube.com, and Facebook.com. “Show Zero” will feature celebrity guests, elements of “The Basic Cable Band” and Andy Richter as they help O'Brien warm up for the main event.

"Show Zero" will originate from the Conaco Production offices at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank.

TBS's Conan premieres Monday, Nov. 8, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT).

World Series Game 2 Pitching Match-up

World Series Game 2 - Giants lead series 1-0
TEX at SFO 7:57 PM

TEX: C Wilson (L) 15-8, 3.35
SFO: M Cain (R) 13-11, 3.14

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fox Sports Notes - NFL Week 8 & World Series

From Fox Sports -


Lee & Lincecum Faceoff in Quest for World Series Crown Tonight on FOX


Saturday’s 6:30 PM ET Start Time for Game 3 Earliest Since 1987 Fall Classic


NFL on FOX Doubleheader Action Features Packers at Jets & Randy Moss’ Return to Foxborough as the Vikings Take on the Patriots – World Series Game 4 Follows


106th WORLD SERIES ON FOX BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Wednesday, Oct. 27 GAME 1 AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA 7:30 PM


Thursday, Oct. 28 GAME 2 AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA 7:30 PM


Saturday, Oct. 30 GAME 3 Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, TX 6:30 PM


Sunday, Oct. 31 GAME 4 Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, TX 8:00 PM


*Monday, Nov. 1 GAME 5 Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, TX 7:30 PM


*Wednesday, Nov. 3 GAME 6 AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA 7:30 PM


*Thursday, Nov. 4 GAME 7 AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA 7:30 PM


* If necessary



ROSENTHAL: ONLY A FOOL WOULD SELL THE GIANTS SHORT – Many didn’t see the Giants beating the Phillies and advancing to the World Series and some don’t see them beating the Rangers. World Series on FOX reporter and insider Ken Rosenthal says the key will continue to be the Giants’ pitching. “The question is whether the Giants can extend their run of remarkable pitching for one more series,” said Rosenthal. “A cynic would suggest that they dominated feeble NL West offenses in September, then the depleted Braves in the Division Series, then the overrated Phillies in the NLCS. But at this point, only a fool would sell the Giants short.”


For more from Rosenthal click here: http://j.mp/9kYT06


GOREN, SHANKS, BUCK, MCCARVER PREVIEW RANGERS/GIANTS WORLD SERIES MATCH UP -- MLB on FOX's Emmy Award-winning broadcast team of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were joined by FOX Sports President Eric Shanks and Vice Chairman Ed Goren on a conference call to answer questions and offer previews of this year’s World Series matchup.


BUCK ON THE STORIES AND PERSONALITIES THAT TEXAS AND SAN FRANCISCO BRING TO THE BROADCAST: “I’m really excited about this matchup. We know how the Giants are built and they’re managed really well. They have a really unique clubhouse with tremendous personalities. I don’t think we’ve run across a guy in the postseason since we’ve started that has the personality of Brian Wilson. Texas is such great story and they’re finally here in the World Series in their 50th year. They finally have the pitching to match that lineup. There is a lot there to like. They have a closer that can tough 100mph. From a baseball and momentum standpoint, it’s a tremendous series going in. “


MCCARVER SUMS UP THE MATCHUP: “I look at it like it’s the balanced pitching of the Giants versus Cliff Lee and the offense and speed of Rangers.”


GOREN ON WHAT THE MATCHUP SAYS ABOUT MLB’S PARITY: “We talk about parity in any given sports but I don’t know if many realize that in the last six years, the only team in baseball that has been to the World Series twice is in Philadelphia. You have Texas, San Francisco, Yankees, Phillies twice, Tampa, Boston, Colorado, St. Louis, Detroit, White Sox and Astros. For years we heard fans say that we want parity. Well, you’ve got it and it’s a great matchup.”


SHANKS ON HAVING THE SAN FRANCISCO AND DALLAS/FT. WORTH MARKETS INVOLVED: “Both of these teams being the top-six markets, it’s only the second time in a decade that two top-six markets have been in the World Series. We always talk about New York, Chicago and LA, but having two top-six markets is a rare thing.”


AFC EAST LEADERS TAKE CENTERSTAGE – The 2010 NFL on FOX campaign rolls into Week 8 on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1:00 PM ET with doubleheader coverage of six enticing matchups - each presented in true HD. The action kicks off at the new Meadowlands Stadium as Mark Sanchez and the Jets return from their bye week with a five-game winning streak and host Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. In St. Louis, Sam Bradford leads the Rams into a clash with the Panthers. The 1:00 PM ET window closes with the Lions and Redskins facing off in Detroit. At 4:15 PM ET, the second half of FOX’s doubleheader kicks off in Foxborough as Tom Brady and the 5-1 Patriots host Adrian Peterson and the Vikings. Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver call all of the action from Gillette Stadium. Head coach Raheem Morris declared the Bucs the “best team” in the NFC and this week they travel to the desert to take on the Cardinals. Coming off their colossal beating of the Broncos last week, Darren McFadden and the Raiders host the NFC West-leading Seahawks.


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. This week’s show will preview scenes from the Broadway play Lombardi, including interviews with cast members.

Green Bay Packers at New York Jets 1:00PM (77% of nation)
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston & Tony Siragusa
New Meadowlands Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Fort Myers, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Seattle, Tampa, Tulsa, West Palm Beach


Carolina Panthers at St. Louis Rams 1:00PM (8%)
Dick Stockton, Charles Davis & Laura Okmin
Edward Jones Domes – St. Louis, MO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, St. Louis


Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions 1:00PM (6%)
Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan & Charissa Thompson
Ford Field – Detroit, MI
MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Norfolk, Richmond, Washington


Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots 4:15PM (89%)
Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman & Pam Oliver
Gillette Stadium – Foxboro, MA
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, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach


Tampa Bay Bucs at Arizona Cardinals 4:15PM (5%)
Chris Myers, Brian Billick & Jaime Maggio
University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ
MARKETS INCLUDE: Jacksonville, Orlando, Phoenix, Tampa


Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders 4:15PM (5%)
Ron Pitts, John Lynch & Nischelle Turner
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – Oakland, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Portland, Seattle


LYNCH: NO ONE IS TRYING TO HURT ANYONE – In light of the NFL’s heightened enforcement of helmet-to-helmet rules, NFL on FOX analyst John Lynch is encouraged by what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has done. "I applaud the league for what they're doing and I applaud the players for making an adjustment last Sunday, but believe me, there will come a time where there's a bang-bang play and the helmet-to-helmet contact will be unavoidable. I’m anxious to see how the league will respond,” said Lynch. “All this talk has created the perception that the NFL has a bunch of people out there trying to hurt each other and that’s not the case at all. I spoke with Commissioner Goodell last week and I told him I thought it was important that he comes out and changes that perception. I played for 15 years and I always thought one of the greatest things about the game was guys competed as hard as they could but no one was trying to hurt someone. Very few people in my entire career intentionally tried to hurt someone and I think it’s blatantly obvious when they do. Moving forward these players need to be dealt with harshly and be suspended.”

Patriots/Vikings Wednesday Injury Report

From NFL.com, we get the Patriots/Vikings injury report for Wednesday:

MIN
Brett Favre QB Foot Did Not Participate In Practice --
Steve Hutchinson G Quadricep Did Not Participate In Practice --
Husain Abdullah S Concussion Full Participation in Practice --
Chris Cook CB Knee Full Participation in Practice --
Chris DeGeare G Ankle Limited Participation in Practice --
Letroy Guion DT Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice --
Lito Sheppard CB Hand Limited Participation in Practice --
John Sullivan C Calf Limited Participation in Practice --
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Saints/Steelers NBC Preview

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THE LAST TWO SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS MEET ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS ON “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”

COVERAGE OF STEELERS-SAINTS BEGINS WITH “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA” AT 7 PM ET

“He’s like a big toy with a lot of different weapons.” – “Football Night’s” Harrison on Roethlisberger

“This has turned into a must-win game for the Saints.” – “Football Night’s” Dungy

NEW YORK – October 27, 2010
– The world’s biggest Halloween party hits New Orleans as the last two Super Bowl champions meet on “Sunday Night Football,” with Drew Brees and the defending Super Bowl champion Saints (4-3) hosting Ben Roethlisberger and the Super Bowl XLIII champion Steelers (5-1).

Calling Steelers-Saints will be six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), who is in his 25th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 11-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who last year, his first in the SNF booth, won the Emmy for outstanding event analyst; and sideline reporter Andrea Kremer about whom TV Guide said is “one of TV’s best sports correspondents.”

Coverage begins with “Football Night in America” at 7 p.m. ET Sunday with Bob Costas, who won the outstanding studio host Emmy last year, hosting live from inside the stadium. Dan Patrick will co-host “Football Night” from NBC's 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach and Emmy-nominated Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and Sports Illustrated's Peter King. Alex Flanagan will report from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on the Vikings-Patriots game.

“Football Night” (7:30-8:15 pm) is averaging 8.5 million viewers through its first seven weeks, its most ever for that time frame and up 13 percent vs. 2009’s 7.5 million viewers.




DUNGY ON THE MATCHUP: “It’s going to be a great game, a contrast in styles. The Steelers are a power team with a strong defense and a big-play offense. The Saints are about precision and throwing the ball quickly, and takeaways on defense. This has turned into a must-win game for the Saints. They don’t want to go 4-4. The Steelers know they are going to have to score and are still trying to incorporate Ben into their offense. I anticipate them continuing to throw the ball as much as they have since Ben’s return.”

DUNGY ON SAINTS PROBLEMS: “Run offense, run defense, they’re turning the ball over, not getting takeaways on defense and their special teams are screwing up.”

HARRISON AND DUNGY DISCUSS THE STEELERS:


Harrrison: “I was really impressed with the Steelers last week, going into Miami and beating them, but my problem is the fact that they’ve become one-dimensional. They want to pass the ball since they have Ben Roethlisberger. He’s like a big toy with a lot of different weapons. They have to get back to running the ball with Rashard Mendenhall.”

Dungy: “I think they’ll run the ball, but they got their best player (Roethlisberger) back and they want to get him involved. Ben is making some good plays in the air.”

Harrison: “But once you start playing against really good teams, you have to have the ability to run the ball.”



SNF EXTRA: For the third straight season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule is streamed live on NBCSports.com. The live coverage on NBCSports.com comes from NBC Sports’ broadcast of Sunday Night Football plus four additional camera angles and several new interactive features.

Sunday Night Football Extra employs a full HD-quality player using Microsoft Silverlight and Smooth Streaming that sets new benchmarks for live streaming video cross-platform. The video player includes full DVR and functionality allowing the user to pause and scroll back-and-forth – even review plays in “slo-mo” -- all while watching live video.

New for the 2010 season, Sunday Night Football Extra has a draggable picture-in-picture feature for any of the online-only cameras, and greatly enhanced social functionality including a Twitter Tug of War between fans of the two teams and the ability for users to share direct links to any play in the game via Twitter and Facebook.

Sunday Night Football Extra includes expert analysis, including fantasy tips from Rotoworld fantasy experts as well as in-game chats and analysis from ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio. Additionally Sunday Night Football Extra employs online-only in-game analysis from the NBC Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America teams.

Sunday Night Football Extra features the broadcast from NBC’s Sunday Night Football team: Michaels, Collinsworth and Kremer.

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VIKINGS-PACKERS MOST WATCHED “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” GAME EVER

The Vikings-Packers game was the most-watched and highest-rated “Sunday Night Football” game ever; the most-watched October primetime NFL game in 14 years, and viewership was up 71 percent from last year’s Week 7 game.

Additionally, “Sunday Night Football” was the No. 1 show on Sunday night for the seventh consecutive week and the No. 1 show of the week among viewers, households and in the key advertising demographics and, is the No. 1 show of the season in all adult and male demographics.

* “Sunday Night Football,” featuring Vikings QB Brett Favre returning to Green Bay in a 28-24 loss, was seen by 25.7 million viewers (8:31-11:35 p.m.), the best ever in the history of “Sunday Night Football,” and a gain of 71 percent over last year’s Week 7 game (Cardinals-Giants, 15.0 million).

* The 15.4/25 national rating for Sunday night’s game is also the best ever in the history of SNF and is 69 percent ahead of last year’s Week 7 SNF game (Cardinals-Giants, 9.1/15).

* Three of top four SNF games ever are all from the 2010 season.


MOST WATCHED “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” GAMES:

1. 10/24/10, Vikings-Packers, 25.7 million (Favre Return to Lambeau II)

2. 9/12/10, Cowboys-Redskins, 25.3 million (SNF: Week 1)

3. 9/20/09, Giants-Cowboys, 24.8 million (Dallas Cowboys stadium debut)

T4. 09/19/10, Giants-Colts, 23.1 million (“Manning Bowl II”)

T4. 12/14/08, Giants-Cowboys, 23.1 million

6. 9/10/06, Colts-Giants, 22.6 million (Original “Manning Bowl”)

7. 11/15/09, Patriots-Colts, 22.4 million

8. 9/21/08, Cowboys-Packers, 22.2 million

T9. 11/8/09, Cowboys-Eagles, 21.9 million

T9. 11/5/06, Colts-Patriots, 21.9 million

*The NFL Kickoff Opener on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 between the Vikings and Saints generated an average viewership of 27.5 million people.


NFL ON NBC IS TOP FOUR MOST-WATCHED BROADCASTS: Since the beginning of the NFL season on 9/9/10, primetime football on NBC are the four most-watched regularly-scheduled programs on primetime television.

1. 9/9/10, Vikings-Saints, 27.5 million (Thursday Kickoff Opener)

2. 10/24/10, Vikings-Packers, 25.7 million (Favre Return to Lambeau II)

3. 9/12/10, Cowboys-Redskins, 25.3 million (2010 SNF: Week 1)

4. 9/19/10, Giants-Colts, 23.1 million (“Manning Bowl II”)

5. 9/27/10, Dancing With the Stars – ABC, 21.4 million

SNF NOW 7 FOR 7: With 25.7 million viewers for Vikings-Packers, “Sunday Night Football” was the most-watched regularly scheduled primetime show on Sunday night for the seventh straight week this season, on a night that faced original programs including ABC's Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters, CBS's 60 Minutes, Amazing Race, Undercover Boss and CSI Miami.

Last season, SNF 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).

NO. 1 SHOW OF THE WEEK: SNF was the No. 1 primetime show of the week among viewers and households and, for the seventh straight week, “Sunday Night Football” was the No. 1 regularly-scheduled primetime broadcast of the week by a wide margin among Adults 18-49, the coveted advertiser demographic, as well as among Adults 18-34, Adults 25-54, Men 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.

* For the week, “Sunday Night Football” has a 109 percent margin of victory over the No. 2 show in Adults 18-49 (9.8 for SNF vs. 4.7 for Modern Family on ABC).

NBC DOMINATES SUNDAY NIGHT COMPETITION: In primetime on Sunday night (7-11 p.m.), NBC’s margin of victory over the No. 2 network was 125 percent in adults 18-49 (8.1 vs. a 3.6 for CBS), 62 percent in total viewers (21.6 million vs. 13.3 million for CBS) and 61 percent in household rating (12.9 vs. 8.0 for CBS).

* It's the top-rated Sunday night for any network among total viewers, households and adults 18-49 since ABC televised the Academy Awards on March 7.


REMAINING 2010 “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” SCHEDULE
Regular Season – “Football Night in America” begins every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET


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