Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NBC has best Sunday Night Ratings in 14 years

From NBC Sports -

“SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” HAS BEST NOVEMBER FOR PRIMETIME NFL PACKAGE IN 14 YEARS

19.1 Million Watch Chargers Blowout of Colts

SNF Most-Watched Sunday Night Show Every Week So Far This Season (12 For 12)

No. 1 Show of the Week in All Key Adult and Male Demos

NEW YORK – November 30, 2010
– The four-game November average viewership this season makes “Sunday Night Football” the most-watched primetime NFL package for the month of November in 14 years. Despite the San Diego Chargers 36-14 blowout of the Indianapolis Colts, this week’s “Sunday Night Football” game was the most-watched program on Sunday night for the 12th straight week and the No. 1 primetime show of the week, according to official national data released today by The Nielsen Company.


A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER: “Sunday Night Football” had a four-game November viewership of 20.9 million, making it the most-watched November ever for SNF and the best November for a primetime NFL package in 14 years (23.9 million on ABC in 1996).

* NBC’s 12-week viewership of 21.3 million is nearly two million more than and nine percent above last year’s 19.5 million, and up 31 percent over 2008 (16.3 million) through the same point in the season.


TOPS COLTS-CHARGERS SNF GAME IN 2008 BY NEARLY 4 MILLION: Sunday’s game, in which the Chargers out-scored the Colts 20-0 in the second half, drew 19.1 million viewers, nearly four million more and 26-percent higher than Week 12 in 2008 (with the same matchup) when the Colts beat the Chargers, 23-30, (15.2 million) and just one percent off of last year’s Week 12 game that featured the Ravens beating the Steelers in an overtime thriller (19.2 million). Sunday night’s household rating of 11.4/18 is nearly two rating points and 20 percent higher than that Colts-Chargers game in 2008.


SNF AVERAGE VIEWERSHIP THROUGH 12 WEEKS:

1. 2010, 21.3 million

2. 2009, 19.5 million

3. 2006, 17.5 million

4. 2007, 16.6 million

5. 2008, 16.3 million

DEFEATED ALL SUNDAY NIGHT COMPETITION: Sunday’s Chargers-Colts broadcast defeated all Sunday night competition for the 12th time in 12 weeks, on an evening that included such original competition as CBS's 60 Minutes, Amazing Race and the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “November Christmas,” and Fox's Simpsons and Cleveland Show.


SNF IS 12 FOR 12: With 19.1 million viewers, “Sunday Night Football” was the most-watched primetime show on Sunday night for the 12th straight week this season (100 percent). 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).

The 12-week average household rating of 12.8/21 is eight-percent higher than last year’s 11.8/19 and 27 percent ahead of 2008 (10.1/16) through the same point in the season.


NO. 1 SHOW OF THE WEEK: For the 12th 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. SNF was also the No. 1 show this week among Adults 18-34, Adults 25-54, Men 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.

* For the week, “Sunday Night Football” had a 34-percent margin of victory over the No. 2 show in Adults 18-49 (7.1 for SNF vs. 5.3 for Desperate Housewives).

* Through 12 weeks of the NFL season, “Sunday Night Football” stands as the most-watched primetime show on television, and the No. 1 regularly scheduled primetime show in all key adult and male demos.

o SNF is also the No. 3 show since the beginning of the football season among Women 18-34 and 18-49.


TOP METERED MARKETS FOR CHARGERS-COLTS:

1. Indianapolis, 42.9/55

2. San Diego, 39.2/56

3. Las Vegas, 20.7/30

4. New Orleans, 20.4/26

5. Nashville, 17.4/24

6. Kansas City, 16.5/23

T7. Norfolk, 15.1/22

T7. Richmond, 15.1/21

9. Albuquerque, 15.0/22

10. Baltimore, 14.8/22

Bench, Morgan and Perez and on MLB Network's Studio 42

From MLB Network -

HALL OF FAMERS JOHNNY BENCH, JOE MORGAN AND TONY PEREZ FEATURED ON STUDIO 42 WITH BOB COSTAS ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3

Secaucus, NJ, November 30, 2010
– Hall of Famers and former Cincinnati Reds teammates Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez – members of the “Big Red Machine” – are featured in a new episode of MLB Network’s Studio 42 with Bob Costas on Friday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Throughout the hour-long interview filmed in Cooperstown, New York in July 2010, Bench, Morgan and Perez discuss playing for the late Hall of Fame Manager Sparky Anderson, winning the 1975 World Series against the Boston Red Sox in seven games, where the Reds’ dynasty of the 1970’s ranks in Major League Baseball history, and if former teammate Pete Rose should be a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. A preview of the interview can be viewed here.

As teammates from 1972-1976, Bench, Morgan and Perez won four National League West division titles and back-to-back World Series championships in 1975 and 1976. Bench, the 1970 and 1972 National League MVP, played his entire 17-year career for the Reds and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. Morgan, elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990, had a 22-year playing career with the Houston Astros (1963-1971 & 1980), Reds (1972-1979), San Francisco Giants (1981-1982), Philadelphia Phillies (1983) and Oakland Athletics (1984). Perez, a seven-time National League All-Star, spent his 23-year career with the Cincinnati Reds (1964-76 & 1984-1986), Montreal Expos (1977-1979), Boston Red Sox (1980-82) and Philadelphia Phillies (1983), and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. The 'Great Eight,' including Bench, Morgan, Perez, Rose, Dave Concepcion, George Foster, Ken Griffey Sr. and Cesar Geronimo had a 69-19 record as a starting lineup from 1975-1976.

Prior to Studio 42 with Bob Costas, MLB Network’s live nightly studio show during the offseason, Hot Stove, will air at 6:00 p.m. ET with updates and analysis of the moves all 30 clubs are making and planning in preparation for the upcoming season. Studio 42 with Bob Costas is presented by Travelers.


Highlights from the interview include:


BENCH ON THE “BIG RED MACHINE”:

“Joe Morgan was the one guy that absolutely put our team really over the top. … Then we had George Foster come in, Ken Griffey Sr. was as good a two-place hitter as there has ever been in the game, and Cesar Geronimo won four Gold Glove awards. I mean, how could you ask for a better team?”


MORGAN ON PLAYING FOR HALL OF FAME MANAGER SPARKY ANDERSON:

“Sparky Anderson made sure that not only these three guys [Bench, Perez and Morgan], but everybody on the team knew that we were only a little small spoke in the wheel. We weren’t the wheel. Everybody in here is part of this wheel. And you do your job, and he didn’t care whether Johnny Bench drove in the winning run, or Pete Rose or whomever. He just said, ‘Get it done.’ And we did.”


BENCH ON LOSING GAME SIX OF THE 1975 WORLD SERIES TO THE BOSTON RED SOX:

“Sparky Anderson was so mad. He said, ‘Was this great? Was this the greatest game you’ve ever seen? What the hell are you talking about? We just lost the game. We could have won the World Series.’ But we didn’t lose that night. We didn’t lose the World Series that night.”


MORGAN ON WINNING THE 1975 AND 1976 WORLD SERIES:

"We were a complete team. We could do more than just pitch and hit. We could run the bases, we could play defense. And I've said it before, we were the smartest team I've ever been around. ... Bob Howsam was the General Manager who put this team together. He said to me after we won in 1976, 'Joe, there will never be another team like this.'”


BENCH ON WINNING THE 1975 WORLD SERIES:

"Sparky Anderson wanted that World Series so bad. I don’t blame him, we all did. But after winning that World Series, I found out what it meant to be part of a World Championship. Walking into that clubhouse after the game, seeing 25 players, and it didn’t matter about stats or anything else. We were all World Champions, including the sponsors, coaches, equipment men, trainers, everybody, and all the fans, millions and millions of fans.”


BENCH ON PETE ROSE BEING INELIGBLE FOR INDUCTION TO THE NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME:

“If Pete Rose got help and came out and said, ‘I have a problem. I realize now that I have a problem.’ And if he fell on his knees and said, ‘My gosh, I’m sorry to all of America and all of baseball.’ I think it would have been two years, three years, five years at most”

Lebrontourage comes back to Cleveland on TNT!

From TNT Sports -

LeBron James Returns to Cleveland with the Miami Heat on TNT NBA Thursday

Exclusive doubleheader features Heat @ Cavaliers (8 p.m. ET) and Suns @ Warriors (10:30 p.m. ET)


TNT NBA Thursday continues on December 2 with an exclusive doubleheader featuring Miami Heat forward LeBron James’ first game in Cleveland since leaving the Cavaliers prior to the season. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com will get preview the game at 8 p.m. (ET) with host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith live at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Following NBA Tip-Off, James makes his return to Cleveland with the Heat to face Mo Williams and the Cavaliers. James, an Akron, Ohio native, spent seven seasons with the Cavaliers before joining the Heat in the off-season. Play-by-play announcer Marv Albert will call the game alongside analysts Steve Kerr and Reggie Miller with Craig Sager reporting.


In the second game of the night, Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors will host Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns at 10:30 p.m. (ET). Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Mike Fratello (analyst) will be courtside with Cheryl Miller reporting. TNT’s Emmy® Award-winning studio show, Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai will air directly following the conclusion of the second game with the NBA TV’s Matt Winer (host), Kevin McHale and Chris Webber (analysts) in Atlanta recapping the night’s action.


Exclusive content, analysis from TNT announcers and replays of Inside the NBA are available on TNT OverTime on NBA.com. The broadband channel gives fans the inside scoop on players, coaches and storylines taking place around the league seven days a week. Check out the NBA on TNT pages on Twitter (http://twitter.com/NBAonTNT) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/nbaontnt) to see the latest NBA on TNT schedule, news updates and special features from TNT announcers.



NBA ON TNT NBA SCHEDULE:
Thu., December 2
8 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com live at Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, OH)
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)


8:15 p.m. Miami Heat @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Reggie Miller (analyst) and Craig Sager (reporter)


10:30 p.m. Phoenix Suns @ Golden State Warriors
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) and Cheryl Miller (reporter)


Post-game Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai
Matt Winer (host), Kevin McHale (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)


TNT NBA THURSDAY UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Thu., December 9
8 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)


8:15 p.m. Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) and Craig Sager (reporter)


10:30 p.m. Orlando Magic @ Portland Trail Blazers
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Mike Fratello (analyst) and David Aldridge (reporter)


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

NFL Week 13 Top Ten Rankings

1.    New England Patriots (9-2): The AFC East is on the line this Monday night in Foxboro against the Jets (Last week: 1)

2.    Atlanta Falcons (9-2):
A season defining win against the Packers last Sunday may have given the Falcons the NFC Title Game in the Dome (Last week: 2)

3.    NY Jets (9-2) :
A win Monday night would give the Jets a sweep over the Patriots and most likely, the AFC East Title (Last week: 3)

4.    Baltimore Ravens (8-3)
: Just like the Patriots & Jets, the Ravens battle for the division title in prime time Sunday night with the Ravens going for the sweep of the season series (Last week: 5)

5.    New Orleans Saints (8-3):
Playing as well as anyone right now (Last week: 7)

6.    Philadelphia Eagles (7-4):
You can’t fault them too much for losing on the road against a solid Chicago defense, right? (Last week: 4)

7.    San Diego Chargers (6-5):
Boy, the Chargers certainly have Peyton Manning’s number!  The November climb continues (Last week: 10)

8.    Green Bay Packers (7-4):
The Pack totally outgained the Falcons in the stat column with nearly 500 yards of offense but couldn’t beat them on the scoreboard (Last week: 5)

9.    Kansas City Chiefs (7-4):
A very impressive showing in Seattle, one of the toughest places in the NFL to play (Last week: NR) 

10.    Chicago Bears (8-3):
Still not completely sold on them, but they did as good a job on Michael Vick as anyone this season (Last week: NR)

Outside looking in:
 
Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3)
NY Giants (7-4)
Tampa Bay Bucs (7-4)

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Big East now goes through Texas

That's right, the Big East now has a member in Texas as TCU comes aboard in all-sports starting in 2012-13.  At least now the Big East Football Conference now has a viable national power in its midst with TCU joining the fold, complete with its BCS automatic bid.  TCU, still undefeated this season, will be part of the BCS this year, most likely against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

And yes, for all you math majors out there, the Big East will now have 17 member of the conference, so expect more fun with the scheduling and conference tournament in hoops.

Here's the full release from the Big East:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Texas Christian University has accepted an invitation for full membership into The BIG EAST Conference, it was announced today. The BIG EAST, by a vote of its Presidents and Chancellors, extended the invitation for membership.

TCU will become the 17th conference member on July 1, 2012. Its athletic teams will begin competing in the BIG EAST in the 2012-13 academic year.

With an enrollment of 9,142 in Fort Worth, Texas, TCU competes in 20 sports. The university’s Chancellor is Dr. Victor J. Boschini, Jr. and the Athletics Director is Chris Del Conte. The university was founded in 1873.

“Our membership is genuinely excited to add an institution of the caliber of TCU to our Conference,” stated BIG EAST Conference Commissioner John Marinatto. “Chancellor Boschini and athletic director Chris Del Conte clearly share the same academic and athletic aspirations of our current members and are similarly committed to sponsoring a very highly competitive athletic program. Located in one of the top five media markets in the country, TCU also enables the BIG EAST to extend its media footprint, which already encompasses more than a quarter of the country.”

“The addition of TCU ensures that the BIG EAST will continue to remain one of the nation’s premier athletic conferences well into the future,” stated John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President of Notre Dame and Chairman of the BIG EAST CEO Executive Committee. “With TCU, the BIG EAST adds an excellent academic institution that combines outstanding athletic achievement with a commitment to NCAA compliance and educational success of its student-athletes.”

The Horned Frogs have enjoyed significant recent success in the athletic arena and in the classroom. The TCU football squad finished the 2010 regular season with a 12-0 record. The Horned Frogs are ranked third in the current Bowl Championship Series standings. A year ago, the football team played in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The baseball team played in the 2010 College World Series.

Additionally, the women’s basketball team was the regular-season conference champion. The men’s and women’s tennis teams were conference tournament champions. The men’s swimming team captured a regular-season league crown. The women’s volleyball team participated in the NCAA Championship.

Overall, the Horned Frogs produced nationally-ranked programs in football, baseball, men’s golf, women’s golf, rifle and equestrian. Individually, 51 Horned Frog student-athletes earned all-America honors.

Academically, TCU student-athletes posted a departmental cumulative grade-point average of 2.98 in the 2010 spring semester, the highest since TCU began reporting scores in 1998. Fifty-three percent of the student-athletes had GPAs over 3.0 for the spring semester.

The BIG EAST Conference, the nation’s largest Division I-A conference, is in its 32nd year of existence. The league is a unique consortium that competes at the highest level with integrity and sportsmanship. The current membership includes the University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, DePaul University, Georgetown University, University of Louisville, Marquette University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pittsburgh, Providence College, Rutgers University, St. John’s University, Seton Hall University, University of South Florida, Syracuse University, Villanova University and West Virginia University.

BIG EAST institutions reside in nine of the nation’s 35 largest media markets. TCU will bring the Dallas/Fort Worth market, which is the fifth largest in the country.

The BIG EAST conducts 24 sport championships. The BIG EAST became a reality on May 31, 1979, following a meeting of athletics directors from Providence College, St. John’s, Georgetown and Syracuse universities. Seton Hall, Connecticut and Boston College completed the original seven-school alliance.

More than 575 BIG EAST student-athletes have earned all-America recognition and dozens have won individual NCAA national championships.

The BIG EAST has its headquarters in Providence where the conference administers to more than 5,500 student-athletes.

College Basketball Tips on CBS

From CBS Sports -

“THEN, NOW, ALWAYS…”

CBS SPORTS TIPS OFF OF 30th YEAR OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL ON SATURDAY, DEC. 4 WITH *NO. 8-RANKED KENTUCKY AT *NO. 25-RANKED NORTH CAROLINA


CBS Sports’ 30th consecutive season of college basketball tips-off with a national broadcast on Saturday, Dec. 4 (12:30 PM, ET) with No. 8-ranked Kentucky taking on *No. 25-ranked North Carolina

Clark Kellogg, only the second lead college basketball analysts for CBS Sports over the past 30 years, begins his third year as lead analyst calling the game with Gus Johnson, live from the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. Bob Dekas, the Network’s coordinating producer of college basketball, produces, and Chris Svendsen directs. Dekas has been involved in the production for all of CBS Sports’ 30 years of college basketball, first as an associate director and has served as producer since 1985.


Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.



*AP Poll as of 11/29/10

* * * * *

THEN, NOW, ALWAYS…30 YEAR OF NCAA BASKETBALL ON CBS SPORTS


November 28, 1981 – CBS Sports’ first regular-season of college basketball tips-off with a split-national broadcast with Arkansas playing Michigan and Georgia visiting San Francisco. Gary Bender and lead analyst Billy Packer call the Arkansas-Michigan game and Frank Glieber and Steve Grote handle the call for Georgia-San Francisco.

ESPN hits Oregon for GameDay Saturday

From ESPN:

College GameDay from Corvallis for No. 2 Oregon at Oregon State, Game on ABC; Conference Championships Friday & Saturday


On Saturday, Dec. 4, College GameDay Built by The Home Depot -- beginning on ESPNU at 9 a.m. and continuing on ESPN at 10 a.m. every Saturday and simulcast on ESPN Radio -- will originate from Corvallis, Ore., site of No. 2 Oregon at Oregon State Pac-10 in-state showdown. ABC will televise the game at 3:30 p.m.

Chris Fowler hosts the Emmy Award-winning program with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard. Erin Andrews anchors several segments of the first hour on ESPNU and contributes reports, interviews and features during the ESPN portion.

ESPN’s final weekend of regular-season action will include telecasts of four conference championships Friday and Saturday:
  • ESPN2 will televise two championships: the Marathon MAC Football Championship from Detroit pitting Northern Illinois against Miami (Ohio) Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. and the Conference USA Championship featuring Southern Methodist vs. Central Florida Saturday, Dec. 4, at noon.
  • Primetime action on Saturday, Dec. 4 will include two title games between ranked teams: No. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 13 Nebraska in the Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship from Arlington on ABC at 8 p.m. and No. 21 Florida State vs. No. 15 Virginia Tech in the Dr Pepper ACC Championship from Charlotte at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN.
  • Also on Saturday, Dec. 4, ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise three BIG EAST games that will impact the conference’s automatic BCS bid:  Rutgers at West Virginia at noon on ABC, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati at noon on ESPN and Connecticut at South Florida at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. 
Date Time (ET) Matchup Network(s)
Thu, Dec 2 8 p.m. Arizona State at No. 23 Arizona
Rece Davis, Craig James, Jesse Palmer & Jenn Brown
ESPN / ESPN3.com
Fri, Dec 3 7 p.m. Marathon MAC Football Championship (from Detroit):  Northern Illinois vs. Miami (Ohio)
Joe Tessitore & Rod Gilmore
ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
  10:15 p.m. Illinois at Fresno State
Carter Blackburn, Mike Bellotti & Brock Huard
ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Sat, Dec 4 Noon Rutgers at West Virginia
Mike Patrick & Craig James
ABC
  Noon Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Dave Pasch, Bob Griese & Chris Spielman
ESPN / ESPN3.com
  Noon 2010 Conference USA Championship Game: Southern Methodist at Central Florida
Bob Wischusen & Brian Griese
ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
  2 p.m. Troy at Florida Atlantic
Rob Stone & Danny Kanell
ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. No. 2 Oregon at Oregon State
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Erin Andrews
ABC
  6 p.m. Middle Tennessee at Florida International
TBA
ESPN3.com
  7:45 p.m. 2010 Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game (from Charlotte): No. 21 Florida State vs. No. 15 Virginia Tech
ESPN: Sean McDonough, Matt Millen & Quint Kessenich
ESPN 3D: Joe Tessitore, Tim Brown & Ray Bentley
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN 3D
  8 p.m. 2010 Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship Game (from Arlington): No. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 13 Nebraska
Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Holly Rowe
ABC
  8 p.m. Connecticut at South Florida
ESPN2: Mark Jones, Bob Davie & Quint Kessenich
ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN2 / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
  10:30 p.m. USC at UCLA
TBA
ESPN Radio

ESPN launches Apps for Local Websites

From ESPN:

ESPN Local Android Apps Launch


ESPN’s five local-based apps for Android devices have all launched and are now available.  The five ESPN Local apps give fans in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York a mobile platform to access all the latest breaking news, scores and information from their hometown teams.
All five apps are free to download from the Android market, giving fans instant access to breaking local news, hometown team information, local writers, bloggers and a custom local SportsCenter.  An easy to navigate rotating carousel that allows users to flip through the content at their fingertips mimic the top stories of each local site homepage.  Other features include:
  • Top local and national news stories;
  • GPS-activated local weather updates;
  • Blog posts and tweets from each of the local contributors to the sites;
  • Interactive scoreboard;
  • Access to local SportsCenter video and audio clips;
  • Stadium guides for all local professional sports teams;
  • Schedules;
  • Text direct to ESPN Radio stations in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York;
  • Live digital audio from the ESPN Radio stations;
  • In-app purchase opportunities.

NFL Ratings from Fox & NBC

It's a ratings bonanza from the networks of the NFL in week 12.  Here's how they're spinning it today:

EAGLES/BEARS SHOWDOWN DELIVERS FOX HIGHEST-RATED NFL GAME OF THE SEASON

America’s Game of the Week Posts a Tremendous 18.0/32 Overnight Rating

Saints/Cowboys Thanksgiving Clash Combines to Score the Most-Watched Thanksgiving Weekend in the History of the NFL ON FOX


AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, anchored by the highly-anticipated Bears/Eagles contest in Chicago, propelled Sunday's NFL on FOX Week 12 national game (11/28) to a tremendous 18.0/32 metered market rating/share according to figures released by Nielsen Media Research today.


NFL ON FOX WEEK 12 HIGHLIGHTS:


• The 18.0/32 posted for AMERICA'S GAME OF THE WEEK is the highest-rated NFL game of this season on any network, surpassing the 17.7/28 NBC posted for the Vikings/Saints season opener in September.


• In the early window, FOX posted an impressive 12.3/24 for its regional game coverage, scoring the top rating for a regional game this season on either FOX or CBS.


• The NFL ON FOX notched an amazing 15.2/28 average for Sunday’s doubleheader action, the network’s best NFL doubleheader in 14 years, dating back to Week 13 of the 1996 season (17.9/35).


• Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day NFL action on FOX between the Saints and Cowboys delivered a 14.7/36, the network’s best Thanksgiving Day overnight in 12 years. Thursday’s metered market rating is up +21% over FOX's game last year (Green Bay/Detroit 12.1/29) and up +17% over last year's Cowboys game on CBS (12.6/29, Oakland/Dallas).


• FOX’s three NFL windows this weekend totaled a remarkable 45.0 rating points in the metered markets, making this the most-watched Thanksgiving weekend in the history of the NFL ON FOX.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” NO. 1 SHOW OF THE NIGHT FOR 12TH STRAIGHT SUNDAY DESPITE CHARGERS 36-14 BLOWOUT OVER COLTS


SNF Powered NBC to Sunday Night Win


13.0 Overnight Rating Up 3% vs. Steelers-Ravens 2009 Week 12 Overtime Thriller (12.6)


Indianapolis (42.9) and San Diego (39.2) Led All Metered Markets


Rating Peaked from 9-9:30 p.m. ET at 13.6


NEW YORK – November 29, 2010 – Last night’s “Sunday Night Football” game was the No. 1 program on Sunday Night for the 12th straight week and led NBC to another Sunday night win despite the San Diego Chargers 36-14 blowout of the Indianapolis Colts, according to overnight data released today by The Nielsen Company. The game, in which the Chargers outscored the Colts 20-0 in the second half, earned a 13.0 overnight rating and 19 share, up three percent from last year’s Week 12 game in which the Ravens beat the Steelers, 20-17, in an overtime thriller.

* The rating peaked at a 13.6/20 from 9-9:30 p.m. ET early in the first half with the game still close before the Chargers pulled away, outscoring the Colts 20-0 in the second half.


DEFEATED ALL SUNDAY NIGHT COMPETITION: Last night’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast defeated all Sunday night competition for the 12th time in 12 weeks, on an evening that included such original competition as CBS's 60 Minutes, Amazing Race and the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie November Christmas, and Fox's Simpsons and Cleveland Show.

* “Sunday Night Football” powered NBC to a Sunday night win in primetime (7-11 p.m.), topping second place CBS by 23 percent. NBC also beat Fox (which was aided by an NFL overrun) by 35 percent and ABC by 186 percent.


SNF IS 12 FOR 12: When the viewership is available tomorrow from Nielsen, “Sunday Night Football” is expected to be the most-watched Sunday night show for the 12th consecutive week (every week this season). 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).


TOP METERED MARKETS FOR CHARGERS-COLTS:
1. Indianapolis, 42.9/55
2. San Diego, 39.2/56
3. Las Vegas, 20.7/30
4. New Orleans, 20.4/26
5. Nashville, 17.4/24
6. Kansas City, 16.5/23
T7. Norfolk, 15.1/22
T7. Richmond, 15.1/21
9. Albuquerque, 15.0/22
10. Baltimore, 14.8/22

Sunday, November 28, 2010

BCS Standings - November 27 - Auburn back on top

We have a new #1 atop the BCS - it's Auburn.  Also, Oklahoma takes the Big 12 North with a #9 ranking over Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.  Wisconsin still leads Ohio State and Michigan State in the race to the Rose Bowl.

1    Auburn    .9779   
2    Oregon    .9777   
3    TCU    .9167   
4    Stanford    .8413   
5    Wisconsin    .8185   
6    Ohio State    .7632   
7    Arkansas    .7189   
8    Michigan State    .6980   
9    Oklahoma    .6780   
10    LSU    .6067   
11    Boise State    .5805   
12    Missouri    .5148   
13    Nebraska    .5071   
14    Oklahoma State    .4630   
15    Virginia Tech    .4396   
16    Alabama    .4201   
17    Nevada    .4043   
18    Texas A&M    .3910   
19    South Carolina    .3817   
20    Utah    .2254   
21    Florida State    .2125   
22    Mississippi State    .1630   
23    Arizona    .0713   
24    West Virginia    .0542   
25    Northern Illinois    .0482   

NFL Week 12 Early Thoughts

A few things we now know about the NFL heading into Sunday night’s battle between the Chargers and Colts…

*    After doing what they had to do on Thanksgiving, the Jets and Patriots now get a shot at each other Monday night in Foxboro with the #1 spot in the NFL on the line.
*   The Falcons grew up big time Sunday with the game of the day win over the Packers, 20-17.
*    Somehow, you just knew the Steelers would have some trouble in Buffalo.  Hey, Steven Johnson, “Are you serious now?”  Johnson got fined last week in Cincinnati for having that saying written on his undershirt but then dropped the potential game-winning TD in overtime this Sunday.
*    Sure Cleveland, you got a win, but you should be ashamed of yourself after the 24-23 gift over Carolina.  BTW: it’s time for Jake Delhomme to hang them up!
*    Speaking of being ashamed, here’s hoping Denver owner Pat Bowlen jettison’s Josh McDaniel’s after his Spygate II fiasco in taping the 49ers in London.
*    If only the Texans could put it together for a couple of consecutive weeks, they’d really have something.
*    You could just see it over the Vikings players faces: they enjoyed a game for once and won not only for Leslie Frazier, but to spite Brad Childress.
*    Give the Chiefs a lot of credit going into Qwest Field and routing the Seahawks, 42-24.  Dwayne Bowe is quickly becoming one of the biggest threats in the NFL.
*    It wasn’t easy, but the Rams FINALLY got a road win, 36-33 in Denver.  It wasn’t really that close for a team that’s one just once on the road in each of the past three seasons now.
*    Maybe the Bears are for real after limiting Michael Vick and the Eagles in Chicago, 31-26.  After all, they now have the NFC North lead at 8-3.
*    If I’m the Miami Dolphins, I want to play all 16 on the road.  Rack up another victory as they rout the Raiders, 33-17 to go 5-1 so far away from Miami.
*    The Ravens sure don’t make it easy on themselves do they.  They keep winning, but it’s not easy.
*    You can put the Giants in that category as well as they come back to top the Jaguars, 24-20 that stops a two-game losing skid and ties them with Philly atop the NFC East.  Three big sacks and a turnover seal the deal for the G-Men

NFL Today on CBS feature on United Flight 93

Just in case you missed a very good piece on today's NFL Today on CBS...

“THE NFL TODAY” FEATURED PITTSBURGH STEELERS’ COMMITMENT TO MEMORY OF UNITED FLIGHT 93

THE NFL TODAY featured a special story on Sunday, Nov. 28 (12:00 Noon, ET) on the Pittsburgh Steelers and their commitment to the memory of the people on board United Flight 93 who heroically made the ultimate sacrifice in fighting back against hijackers of their plane on September 11, 2001.



On that September day, 40 ordinary people became heroes when they prevented their plane from reaching Washington, D.C. as United Flight 93 crashed in a grassy field in Shanksville, Pa. less than 100 miles from Pittsburgh. In the days following the crash, the Pittsburgh Steelers went to pay their respects and provide whatever comfort they could to the families of the passengers and crew, and the people of the community. Now, nine years later, 40 former Steelers led by four-time Super Bowl Champion and former Vietnam War veteran Rocky Bleier stand in unison with the families of the 40 heroes to honor the memory of those on board and to create a “Flight 93 National Memorial” in Shanksville. Deb Gelman is the producer.

ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown Pregame Notes - Week 12

From ESPN -

ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 12

ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson previewed today’s NFL action. Some excerpts:

On the Vikings playing better under (new coach) Leslie Frazier, like the Cowboys…

Jackson:  “I don’t think so.  Jason Garrett took over a (Dallas Cowboys) football team that was talented but not playing hard.  There is a difference between that and a dysfunctional locker room, which is what Leslie Frazier is dealing with.”

Johnson:  “The locker room was dysfunctional because of Brad Childress. That locker room has somewhat rallied around Leslie Frazier.  I think that they feel like, this is a guy that’s been on both sides of the table, as a player and now as a coach, understands what it takes to be successful as a player.  Then, he’ll transfer that to Brett Favre, the offense, the defense will get better … I think he will have that little bit of magic like Jason Garrett.”

Ditka:  “To be successful, he has to do it his way, not the quarterbacks’ way.  It is not a popularity contest right now … These guys to me, they sound like a bunch of cry babies.  I know the old Vikings, I played against them, I coached against them, they went after you.  They played the game the way you’re supposed to play the game.”
Carter:  “The only way you are going to change the offense is if Brett Favre has a tremendous impact.  I want Brett Favre to stand up.  He’s telling Ed (Werder) about his injuries – my foot hurt, my elbow hurt, my everything is hurting.  When are you going to play better?  He is the worst quarterback in the NFL … Brett Favre has stunk this season …
“Let me tell you what the Vikings got.  The Vikings got a bunch of chumps on their team – talking, whispering, ‘Oh, I don’t like the coach’.”

On whether the Jeff Fisher-Vince Young relationship is beyond repair…

Ditka:  “When respect is gone out of a relationship, the love is gone and then the divorce is final.  Jeff (Fisher) wants to move forward in a different direction. Vince Young has had every chance in the world.  He’s shown a great amount of immaturity, I feel sorry for him … But you can’t do what he did.”

Johnson:  “He’s definitely a winner, we all know that.  But Jeff Fisher has to be the guy to bring this relationship closer again.  I don’t know that Jeff would do that … And now you have the owner taking sides saying you have to embrace this quarterback.  At some point in time, people have to go their separate ways.”

Jackson:  “Beyond repair, I believe it is. People have to understand, first of all, what was said to Jeff Fisher in that locker room.  We cannot repeat it.  The expletives were such that you totally showed disrespect for your coach … And then to text.  Let me tell you how you do this Vince.  You issue your apology the same way you issued the insult.  You get the team together, with the coach in front of you, and you say, ‘I’m sorry what happened.  I hope I can win the respect of Jeff Fisher and my teammates back again.’  With the same passion and intensity with which you cursed the coach out and left that locker room.  Try that, and see if it works by March.  Right now, I don’t see that happening.”

Carter:  “It’s just like a marriage … The thing about marriage is to keep them successful, you can’t fall out of love at the same time.  The first incident in 2008, Fisher was still in love with him, so they brought him back into the team.  Now, after this incident where Fisher has been embarrassed, they have to have a divorce.  The only problem is, the judge is Bud Adams and he’s writing the check.”

On how Michael Vick vs. Bears defense will play out…

Carter: “The Bears are going to try to keep Michael Vick in the pocket.  My biggest concern is playing in Soldier Field, I played there 14 games.  This surface is not like any other surface in the National Football League. The grass is very very thick … This is not like Lambeau Field.  Lambeau Field, they have heaters under the field, so the players don’t slip as much.  The grass is longer.  Michael Vick would have to stay in the pocket.”

Jackson:  “He is dealing with the team that has outstanding athleticism … This team has Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher.  These guys would be able to track him down.  I don’t know if they’ll get the sacks, but it is the hits on him that will take their toll.  Let’s see how he looks going into the third quarter, fourth quarter.”

Ditka:  “The reason we don’t have those heaters (on the field turf) in Chicago was a political decision.  We have problems with that in Chicago … Bears are a pretty good defense.  They play that cover two and they’re going to have a lot of guys looking at him.”

Carter:  “One thing the Bears have to do is swallow their pride.  Earlier in Bran Urlacher’s career, he could spy.  He can’t spy on Michael Vick, because he can’t run the field like that.”

Who has the edge – Josh Freeman vs. Ravens defense?

Johnson:  “He’ll come out okay, but he won’t come out with a ‘W’. Ray Lewis isn’t going to let a young guy come into his stadium and come out of there with a victory.  Warm weather teams going to a cold weather city, no matter what anybody says, that’s a problem.  Those receivers are not accustomed to running routes in cold weather, catching those types of football.  Not only that, you’ve got Ed Reed back – four games, four interceptions.  Enough said.”  

Carter:  “The graphic said six comebacks in the 4th quarter. That means they’ve been down a whole bunch.  That’s what Ed Reed and Ray Lewis; they key right in on what you’re going to do.  You become one dimensional, and you’re behind in the game, Baltimore will dominate.”

Ditka:  “I guarantee you, he (Freeman) doesn’t care about Ed Reed or Ray Lewis.  All he cares about, getting his team in the end zone.  This is a pretty good young football team.  They emulate their head coach.” 

Which team needs the win more: Chargers or Colts?

Jackson:  “The Chargers – that slow start this year included a couple of division losses … As bad as the Colts look to us right now, they’re still tied for first in their division with a couple of games coming.

Johnson:  “It’s the San Diego Chargers.  They can’t afford another loss.”

Ditka:  “The Colts have lost two out of three.  If they lose another one, that’ll be three out of four.  If they get three out of four, they’ve got a problem.”

On the unwritten NFL rules each Sunday NFL Countdown analyst subscribes to…

Jackson:  “No spitting.”

Carter: “I don’t believe in all that shake your hands before the game.”

Johnson:  “Players talking about other players’ contracts, publicly.”

Ditka: “They talk about all these shots head-to-head.  Mine was, you never go low on a guy if you don’t have to.”

Special Thankgiving “No Huddle”

Biggest “turkey” in the NFL this season?

Jackson:  “Randy Moss.  Considering that he’s had the chance to play with so many different 
people this year and deliver a few things at every stop.”

Carter:  “(Randy) Moss has had a bad year.”

Johnson:  “The Washington Redskins, the Shanahans, the staff, everybody there, plus the Monday night when they bamboozled us on the (Donovan) McNabb contract.”

Ditka:  “It’s Randy Moss.”

Chargers/Colts preview on NBC's Sunday Night Football

From NBC Sports -

“FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA” PREVIEW – WEEK 12


BOB COSTAS INTERVIEWS PHILIP RIVERS & BILL POLIAN


“Nothing better than Sunday night.” – Philip Rivers to Bob Costas


“There has to be a solution that deals with the two extra games.” – Bill Polian to Bob Costas on labor negotiations and an 18-game season


“As long as we’ve got No. 18…the window is open.” – Polian to Costas on the Colts window of opportunity to win Super Bowls


NEW YORK – November 28, 2010 – Bob Costas interviewed San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian for tonight’s Week 12 edition of “Football Night in America,” which will also include highlights, analysis and reaction to Week 12’s afternoon games.

“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, Costas 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 Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and Sports Illustrated's Peter King. Alex Flanagan will report from Soldier Field in Chicago on the Eagles-Bears game.

BEST VIEWERSHIP EVER: “Football Night” (7:30-8:15 pm) is averaging 8.3 million viewers through its first 11 weeks, its most ever for that time frame and up 11 percent vs. 2009’s 7.5 million viewers.


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


PHILIP RIVERS


Rivers on Norv Turner’s detractors: He’s a lot of the reason why we have gotten out of the slow starts we have been in, and it’s carried us into the postseason. If there’s a guy that’s misunderstood maybe more than anybody as a head coach for lack of passion and lack of fire and lack of leadership; he’s just the opposite of how he’s portrayed on the outside.


Costas: What’s with the slow starts and the fast finishes?

Rivers: We know how to do the fast finishes. We haven’t figured out how to change those slow starts. We seem to get a hold of it when it matters late, and able to make a run and push towards the postseason. We’re in the midst of one right now.


Costas: I’ve come across very few guys who wear their enthusiasm and their delight in being an NFL player on their sleeve the way you do.

Rivers: Truly, living a dream. I remember ever since I was little, I wanted to be a quarterback in this league. When it stops being that way, like it was for me in the backyard in Alabama, then I don’t want to play anymore. It’s that way. It’s a combination of loving to play and hating to lose; wanting your team, our team, to win. That drive. There’s nothing better. Nothing better than Sunday night.

BILL POLIAN


Costas: Do you fear the window may be closing?

Polian: No. No. We were asked that seven years ago. As long as we’ve got No. 18 and he can go out there and play, and as long as we can continue to build a defense that’s competitive, I think the window is open. Once his time is over, then we have to approach it from a different perspective because he’s a once-in-a-lifetime quarterback. But as long as he’s here, the window’s wide open.

Costas: How optimistic are you that there may be a possible deal that could avert a work stoppage?

Polian: I’ve always been optimistic because I believe that both Commissioner Goodell and (DeMaurice) Smith want the game to succeed and do well. We’ve been through this before in ’93. We can do it again this time. I’m hopeful.

Costas: What needs to happen for ownership to be happy?

Polian: We have to get a deal that fairly distributes the revenue in the game to both parties. Now, finding that deal, finding that compromise that ultimately arrives at that conclusion is the hard part. The devil’s always in the details but that’s the essence of it.


Costas: You can certainly see from a financial standpoint how an 18-game season could be part of the solution but the more we learn about the toll the game takes on players, the more problematic an 18-game season becomes. How do you see it?

Polian: If you have an 18-game season as the Commissioner has said, there have to be concomitant revisions for how we do things on the other side – on the offseason program, particularly, perhaps even training camp and the way training camp is conducted, especially for veterans who do a lot of playing.


Costas: Additional bye week, expanded rosters. Are all those things possibilities?

Polian: I don’t know that they’re possibilities but there has to be a solution that deals with the two extra games. I don’t think that that’s a difficult problem to solve.

NFL Today on CBS Pregame Notes - Week 12

From CBS Sports -


NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE, BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 12 ON NOVEMBER 28

THE NFL ON CBS broadcasts its 5,000th game today in its 51-year history of covering the NFL.  The historic game, Miami Dolphins-Oakland Raiders, is called by Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker.  THE NFL ON CBS’s first regular-season game broadcast was on September 30, 1956 as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Washington Redskins, 30-13.  Jim Gibbons and Arch McDonald provided the call for the Redskins audience, while Joe Tucker and Bob Prince called the game for the Steelers audience. 

THE NFL TODAY’S Shannon Sharpe was announced today as a semi-finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010

FACE OFF

(On whether the $25,000 fine of Oakland’s Richard Seymour for hitting Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger would have been bigger if he hit Tom Brady or Peyton Manning)

DAN MARINO: They'd have probably thrown him out of the league. Seriously, Richard Seymour has been a Super Bowl player. I think if he'd known that that was Roethlisberger behind him, he probably wouldn't have done it.  He thought it was a lineman. But at the same time, I'm sure the fine would be higher if it was Brady or Manning. 

SHANNON SHARPE: I totally agree with you, Dan. They completely changed the rules when a guy did a legal hit and put Tom Brady out for the entire season. If you go up and hit this guy knowing, Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, they are the face of the National Football League, that's going to cost you a quarter million, and you’re out of the League.  You’re going to have to apply for reinstatement.

(On whether $50,000 fine each of Denver Broncos and Josh McDaniels for illegal videotaping was severe enough and is this it for McDaniels) 
 
BILL COWHER: As far as the punishment, no, it's not enough. The precedent was set when the New England Patriots were fined, Bill Belichick himself over $100,000, and draft picks should be taken away.  I know they say he acted independently. I don't agree with that because I think in every room, in every building, the dynamics, you always have to answer to a superior. I have a hard time believing this was done independently. It was not heavily fined enough. Draft picks should have been taken away. 

BOOMER ESIASON: I agree with Coach, but you put that on the fact they're 5-15 the last 20, the fact Josh McDaniels got rid of Cutler, Marshall, Sheffler and Hillis, also got blown out at home by the Oakland Raiders, and on top of that drafted Tim Tebow in the first round, you really have to question the decision making of one Josh McDaniels. 

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

(On League fining Denver Broncos and Head Coach Josh McDaniels for videotaping a San Francisco 49ers’ walk-through before their game in London)

CASSERLY: I talked to the League and asked them to compare this to the Patriots.  First of all, McDaniels was only fined $50,000 for these reasons: number one, they couldn't find any evidence at this time that he authorized the videotaping or he looked at the videotape. Now, as to why they weren't penalized any draft choices, the League said this, unlike the Patriots, who were penalized a first round pick, the Patriots gained a competitive advantage with the videotape they had. They didn't feel the Broncos gained any competitive advantage with the videotape they had. 

(On proposed 18-game schedule)

CASSERLY: In that proposal, there would be a bye on Labor Day, and the season would begin the week after Labor Day.  I've learned there's a group of Northern owners, cold weather owners, who want to start the season on Labor Day to have one less game in January. Their reason, it's hard to sell tickets in January.  There’s also going to be no shows with the people who already bought tickets. 

EXCERPTS FROM PITTSBURGH STEELERS FEATURE REMEMBERING UNITED FLIGHT 93

(Former Members of Pittsburgh Steelers and family members spearheading the building of a Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. remembering the heroes of hijacked United Flight 93)

ROCKY BLEIER: Sometimes we have a tendency to forget as time goes on what actually took place. Here was one in our own backyard. 

CALVIN WILSON: None of them had a plan to be a hero that day.  It was their spirit and their ability to not give in and not give up.

ART ROONEY II: We started to learn about what happened in Shanksville. Coach Cowher and I talked, and we decided to take our players and coaches and staff and went up there and participated in the prayer service. 

FRANCO HARRIS: When Rocky calls, you do say yes and take the call because Rocky doesn't take it lightly to ask. The way I feel about Rocky, I'm willing to be his teammate in just about anything, especially the building of this memorial. 

BLEIER: Here is a place that puts in perspective everything that had taken place on 9/11. Not only here you think about the plane that crashed, but you think about the day, and you think about the images. 

GORDON FELT: I want everyone, when they leave the park after visiting, to be able to ask themselves a question, could I have done that? If I were in their shoes, would I have been able to act as they did? 

DAVID BEAMER: Ordinary people can do extraordinary things. They did. They fought back successfully, and they died. And all of their families and others miss each and every one of them terribly.

REACTION TO PITTSBURGH STEELERS FEATURE  

BILL COWHER: We all remember where we were on that specific day. And the Rooney family, it was very important. It was optional to go up to the memorial. We went up there. From Chris Henry to the heroes, the heroic efforts of the people of Flight 93, Thanksgiving is about not so much what people have accomplished, but it's about the people they touched. Their spirits will live on forever. It galvanized the city what the people of Flight 93 did, and that whole area.  You know, it was something we will always remember, and I was very much, very heavily touched.

NFL FOX Sunday - Week 12 Pregame Notes

From FOX Sports -

Glazer Reports Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels Admits to Spygate While Coaching in New England  

Bradshaw to Titans Owner Bud Adams: “Get Out of the Way”

Strahan on Minnesota Vikings Troubles: “You Don’t Beg a Man to Come Back and Play”

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FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer reported on news that broke yesterday that the Broncos and Josh McDaniels were each fined $50,000 for illegally taping the 49ers walk-through practice a couple weeks ago at Wembley Stadium in London.  McDaniels was a member of the New England coaching staff during “Spygate 1.”  Coincidence?  “In his staff meeting on Friday, Josh McDaniels told his coaches he’s probably going to get fined, the team is going to get fined and brought up Spygate saying ‘this isn’t the same thing.’  He actually said, ‘Spygate – that was practice, that was coached, that was worked on.’  Then he told coaches that if this gets out, their jobs are on the line.”

Glazer:  “Steve Scarnecchia, who was the video coordinator for the Broncos at Wembley Stadium, allegedly filming the 49ers, was seen by someone from the league that actually caught him doing it.  At the time, Scarnecchia thought he got away with it.  Here’s what happens from here: Scarnecchia has a couple days to call Ray Anderson from the NFL to set up an appointment with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  When he meets with Roger, there is a chance that Roger could ban him for life.  Also, if the Commissioner gets new information, he could reopen this and levee more punishments against Josh McDaniels and the Broncos.”

So what is the reaction inside the Broncos complex?

Glazer:  “There are a lot of raised eyebrows.  Scarnecchia was fired and led away from the complex a couple weeks ago.  Inside, they’re looking at Josh McDaniels like he threw Scarnecchia under the bus but also there has been a lot of animosity recently towards Josh McDaniels.  After a loss to the Raiders a couple of week’s ago, McDaniels took his entire coaching staff and in front of the owner ripped his coaching staff to shreds which you can do but not in front of the team owner.  So right now, there’s not a lot of love for Josh McDaniels behind closed doors there.”

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Analyst Jimmy Johnson doesn’t think all the controversy between Titans quarterback Vince Young and head coach Jeff Fisher should be put solely on Vince:  “If you listen to the Tennessee coaches, Vince Young is young, immature, spoiled, and lazy and that may be true but you’ve got to hear the other side.  Everything we’re getting is from the Tennessee coaches side but how about from Vince Young.  He’s 30-17 as quarterback so he wins games.  He’s been like an unwanted child from day 1.  He gets benched at the drop of a hat so maybe he’s kind of defensive about it.”   

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Analyst Terry Bradshaw relates to Vince Young’s struggles and believes it’s up to the Titans quarterback to make a change:  “I share some of what Vince is going through.  I too was emotionally immature and I don’t blame Chuck Noll for all the things that he did to me – the benching, the booing etc.  I had to learn how to deal with each and every bit of it.  Then I had to realize, am I going to allow all of this to destroy my dream of being successful in the NFL?  Vince, you come to that point where you look in the mirror and say, ‘I’ve got to change.  I’m going to take control, I’m going to study and I’m going to win Fisher over.’  I believe Fisher and Young need each other.  Bud Adams this has got nothing to do with you, you’re the owner, get out of the way.”

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Analyst Jimmy Johnson believes Vikings interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier will be back next year:  “He’s highly regarded and I think he will be the head coach next year.”

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FOX NFL SUNDAY host Curt Menefee asked, when did it go wrong in Minnesota?  

Johnson:  “When the jet went south.”
Strahan:  “Before the jet went south.  You don’t beg a man to come back and play.”
Long:  “It went wrong in New Orleans on the interception in the NFC Championship Game.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY host Curt Menefee asked, what went wrong with the New York Giants?

Johnson:  “There have been too many interceptions thrown by Eli Manning.” 
Strahan:  “They had great opportunities and inopportune turnovers.”
Long:  “Too many fumbles.”

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Analyst Terry Bradshaw broke down this afternoon’s Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons game this afternoon:

“It’s all about balance.  I come from the old school.  If you can run it, you can throw it and Atlanta can run it with RB Michael Turner and they’ve got Roddy White and Matt Ryan at quarterback.  I love them.  On the other side, Green Bay is one dimensional.  If Rodgers plays great and has his best game of the year, they can win otherwise they lose.”

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Analyst Terry Bradshaw unveiled his top 10 quarterbacks under 30 years of age. 

10. Matt Schaub
9. Eli Manning
8. Josh Freeman
7. Mark Sanchez
6. Joe Flacco
5. Sam Bradford
4. Matt Ryan
3. Aaron Rodgers
2. Ben Roethlisberger
1. Philip Rivers

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday's Three-for-All - Oldies but Goodies!

It's a day late, but what can you do, it's a holiday week, right?!

So, on this Saturday edition of the Friday Three-for-all, we give you three oldies but goodies from the 80's!





Abbie's NFL Picks - Week 12

After a very tasty Thanksgiving Day Holiday, my little girl Abbie is back to work at picking my NFL games for the week.

Packers over Falcons
Bears over Eagles
Bucs over Ravens
Dolphins over Raiders
Colts over Chargers


Hopefully, her 5-1 success from last week continues!


If you missed any of the TCN picks for the week, just click right here to see them!

Alabama/Auburn scores for CBS

From CBS Sports -

“SEC ON CBS” COVERAGE OF “IRON BOWL” SCORES HIGHEST RATING OF 2010 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON

The SEC ON CBS’ coverage of the “Iron Bowl” on Friday, Nov. 26, which saw undefeated and *No. 2-seeded Auburn beat *No. 11-seeded Alabama, earned an overnight household rating/share of 7.5/17, up 56% from last year’s 4.8/11 (No. 2-ranked Alabama-Auburn). This 7.5/11 is the highest-rated college football game of the 2010 season on any network in the metered markets.

The 7.5/17 was the highest-rated Friday college football game on CBS Sports in the metered markets since college football returned to the Network in 1996. The previous high was a 5.1/11 for Arkansas-LSU on 11/23/07.

The Auburn-Alabama game rating/share peaked at 10.6/21 from 6:00-6:15 PM, ET

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Stampede

This is why I never go shopping on Black Friday! This is at a Target in Buffalo, NY.



Thanks to WIVB in Buffalo for the story.

Celtics/Cavs wins NBA TV's Fan Night

From NBA TV -

Fans Select Boston Celtics @ Cleveland Cavaliers for NBA TV’s Fan Night on Tuesday, Nov. 30

NBA TV’s Tuesday Fan Night presented by 2K Sports’ NBA 2K11  game will feature the Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers, winning with 44-percent of the fan vote on NBA.com. The game will air on Tues., Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. (ET) with host Ernie Johnson and analysts Chris Webber and Kevin McHale on-hand for studio coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. (ET).  

Fan Night presented by 2K Sports’ NBA 2K11 voting will continue on nba.com/nbatv/fannight from Tues., Nov. 30 (8 a.m. ET) – Thurs., Dec. 2 (Midnight ET) as fans select the match-up for Tues., Dec. 7 between:

·         Denver Nuggets @ Charlotte Bobcats
·         Cleveland Cavaliers @ Philadelphia 76ers
·         New Jersey Nets @ Atlanta Hawks
·         Detroit Pistons @ Houston Rockets
·         Phoenix Suns @ Portland Trail Blazers

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, analyst Dennis Scott and ‘chat-master’ Sekou Smith will respond and give their comments and analysis on everything happening around the league. The show will stream live on Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. (ET) on NBA.com and air at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on NBA TV. 

The Beat returns this week to prep fans for game action with news and storylines across the league with host Marc Fein, regular contributors David Aldridge, SLAM’s Lang Whitaker and Craig Sager as well as reporters from across the country.  The Beat airs Nov. 30 at 6:00 p.m. (ET).

In addition, NBA TV will also feature a live game on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. (ET) with the Orlando Magic at Milwaukee Bucks and on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) with the New Orleans Hornets at San Antonio Spurs.


NBA TV GAMES OF THE WEEK:
NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 5

NBA TV SCHEDULE (all times ET): Nov.29 – Dec. 5
MONDAY, NOV.29
8:30 – 11:00 p.m.
NBA Regular Season: Houston Rockets @ Dallas Mavericks
Local Announcers

TUESDAY, NOV. 30
Fan Night presented by 2K Sports’ NBA 2K11
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
NBA Regular Season: Boston Celtics @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Ernie Johnson, Chris Webber, Kevin McHale

SATURDAY, DEC. 4
8:30 – 11:00 p.m.
NBA Regular Season: Orlando Magic @ Milwaukee Bucks
Local Announcers

SUNDAY, DEC. 5
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
NBA Regular Season: New Orleans Hornets @ San Antonio Spurs
Local Announcers