Thursday, October 27, 2011

World Series & NFL Week 8 on tap for FOX

From FOX Sports -

Texas Rangers Can Clinch Title – Cardinals Look to Force Game 7 Friday Night

Buck: Cardinal Hitters Are To Blame For Game 5 Loss, Not La Russa

Lynch Goes One-on-One with Tebow on FOX NFL SUNDAY

UFC PRIMETIME Features Intense, Behind-the-Scenes Look at Fighters’ Preparation

World Series Game Coverage Broadcasters: Play-by-Play – Joe Buck, Analyst – Tim McCarver
Field Reporter – Ken Rosenthal
Pregame Show: Host – Chris Rose, Analysts – Eric Karros, AJ Pierzynski

Schedule Subject to Change/All Times Eastern

DATE                            GAME                                       LOCATION                                                       TIME
THURSDAY, OCT. 27     GAME 6                                   Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO                            7:30 PM
*Friday, Oct. 28             GAME 7                                   Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO                            7:30 PM
* If necessary
JOE BUCK: BLAMING LA RUSSA FOR MIS-MANAGING 8TH INNING IS MISGUIDED CRITICISM – MLB on FOX play-by-play broadcaster Joe Buck appeared on Fox Sports Radio this morning to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals Game 5 loss and criticism on the way Tony La Russa managed the 8th inning.  Buck believes La Russa is not to blame and the Cardinal hitters are at fault for that loss.  “The Cardinal hitters lost Game 5…period,” said Buck.  “There is no way you can tell me that years from now when somebody looks back, the story will be who came out of the bullpen in the 8th inning. The game was tied! This is not what cost you the win. That’s just baseball.  To blame that on the phone system and La  Russa, that’s just crazy.”

MOROSI: IF CARDINALS ARE COUNTING ON PUJOLS TO SAVE THEM, THEY’D BETTER FORGET IT – After his all-time great performance in Game 3, the Rangers have decided that Albert Pujols isn’t going to beat them the rest of the World Series. national MLB writer Jon Paul Morosi notes that after his heroics in Game 3, Pujols has been silent at the plate. “As short as our attention spans may be, we haven’t forgotten what he did in Game 3,” Morosi writes. “The issue is what has happened since Pujols joined Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth as the only men to hit three home runs in a World Series game… Game 4: 0-for-4 with few pitches to hit — in a St. Louis loss… Game 5: 0-for-2 with three intentional walks and a botched, Pujols-initiated hit-and-run — in a St. Louis loss. The Texas Rangers have swung the series back into their favor, and they have done so by removing the bat from Pujols’ hands whenever possible.”

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ROOKIE QBs MEET IN CHARLOTTE AND FOX SPORTS KEEPS INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR WITH NFL ACTION IN CANADA – Week 8 of the 2011 NFL on FOX season kicks off on Sunday, Oct. 30 as FOX Sports presents singleheader coverage of five games—each presented in true HD. While the Panthers’ Cam Newton has been the story of the of the 2011 rookie QB class, the Vikings’ Christian Ponder had a rather strong starting debut in a close loss to the undefeated Packers. The rookie signal callers meet at 1:00 PM ET as Newton’s Panthers host Ponder’s Vikings. In Baltimore, Ray Rice and the Ravens look to rebound from their Monday night effort as they host Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals. Coming off a 62-point explosion, Drew Brees and the high-octane Saints travel to St. Louis to face the Rams. The 4:00 PM ET window opens with Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and the Lions looking to end a two-game losing streak as they take on Tim Tebow and the Broncos. The international feel on NFL on FOX continues this week as the Redskins travel to Toronto to battle Ryan Fitzpatrick, Fred Jackson and the Bills.  Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman & Pam Oliver have the call.

Coverage begins at 12:00 PM ET with America’s most-watched Sunday afternoon 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 from the FOX NFL SUNDAY studio while comedic prognosticator Frank Caliendo contributes his weekly “Frank’s Picks” segment.  FOX Sports rules analyst Mike Pereira is also on hand to go over any impactful officiating issues. This week’s edition of “The Journey” opens the show and NFL on FOX analyst John Lynch goes one-on-one with Broncos QB Tim Tebow.

For instant updates during the week and games from the entire NFL on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at Follow the NFL on FOX on-air personalities @Jay_Glazer, @JimmyJohnson, @CurtMenefee, @MikePereira, @MichaelStrahan, @TroyAikman, @KennyAlbert, @CoachBillick, @TimBrewster, @CFD22 (Charles Davis), @DarylJohnston, @The_ChrisMyers, @LauraOkmin, @ChadPennington, @TimRyan99 & @TonySiragusa on Twitter as they provide insight and analysis all weekend. Fans can gain more access to exclusive FOX Sports content by logging on to

Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers  1pm - 22% of nation                  
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston & Tony Siragusa
Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, NC
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Knoxville, Minneapolis, Portland, Raleigh, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle

Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens 1pm - 14% of nation                      
Sam Rosen, Brian Billick  & Laura Okmin
M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, MD
MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, Hartford, Louisville, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence

New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams  1pm - 11% of nation                      
Chris Myers, Tim Ryan & Jennifer Hale
Edward Jones Domes – St. Louis, MO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Memphis, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, St. Louis, Tulsa

Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos 4:05pm - 29% of nation                                   
Dick Stockton, John Lynch  & Jaime Maggio
Sports Authority Field at Mile High – Denver, CO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Chicago, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, Orlando, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Tampa, West Palm Beach

Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills 4:05pm - 23% of nation                          
Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman & Pam Oliver
Rogers Centre – Toronto, ON
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Buffalo, Dallas, Houston, New York, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Richmond, Washington

LYNCH: TEBOW INSPIRES GREATNESS; SUH NOT A DIRTY PLAYER – On Fox Sports Radio’s “The Jim Rome Show” today, NFL on FOX analyst John Lynch previewed the Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos game that he’ll call on Sunday at 4:05 PM ET.  Lynch weighed in on Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow’s ability to motivate his teammates and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s reputation as a dirty player.

ON TEBOW – “There is something special about Tim Tebow,” said Lynch.  “What I see is their defense playing a little harder.  I see their offensive line blocking a little harder.  He does inspire greatness.  He brings the best out of people and that’s what great leaders do.  There are some things that you wonder such as can this guy play quarterback consistently at a high level.  A lot of that has to do with being an accurate thrower of the football.  Against San Diego three weeks ago, he brought them back and gave them an opportunity to win.  And this week, albeit the Miami Dolphins, he had a terrific comeback and there is something special.”

ON SUH – “I don’t think he’s a dirty player.  He’s a tremendous football player,” said Lynch.  “If I’m around Ndamukong Suh, I’d say lay off all the stuff after the play.  That’s fake toughness.  He doesn’t need fake toughness because he’s the baddest guy going in the league right now.  Do your work in between the whistle, leave all the other stuff to other people that need to do that to make people think they’re tough, and play your game.”

*All Times Eastern

Thursday, Oct. 27 
8:00 PM Rice at Houston FSN 
Ron Thulin/JC Pearson/Jeremy Bloom 

Saturday, Oct. 29 
12:00 PM Northwestern at Indiana BTN 
Tom Hart/Derek Rackley/Lisa Byington 

Saturday, Oct. 29 
12:00 PM Missouri at Texas A&M FX 
Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Tim Brewster 

Saturday, Oct. 29 
3:00 PM Washington State at Oregon FSN 
Joel Meyers/Brian Baldinger/Jim Knox 

Saturday, Oct. 29 
3:30 PM Iowa at Minnesota BTN 
Eric Collins/Chris Martin/Dionne Miller 

Saturday, Oct. 29 3:30 PM 
SMU at Tulsa FSN 
Ron Thulin/JC Pearson/Jeremy Bloom 

Saturday, Oct. 29 6:00 PM 
Dartmouth at Harvard FCS 
Eric Frede/Steve DeOssie/Katy Fitzpatrick 

Saturday, Oct. 29 
7:00 PM Iowa State at Texas Tech FSN 
Bill Land/Dave Lapham/Emily Jones 

Saturday, Oct. 29 
10:30 PM Arizona at Washington FSN 
Craig Bolerjack/Joel Klatt/Petros Papadakis

UFC PRIMETIME PREVIEWS VELASQUEZ VS. DOS SANTOS FIGHT – With the UFC on FOX landmark live debut only two weeks away, FOX Sports presents UFC PRIMETIME, an intense, one-hour, behind-the-scenes look at the fighters’ preparation leading up to the Saturday, Nov. 12 main event. Follow UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez as he gets ready to put his title on the line against No. 1 contender Junior Dos Santos.  UFC PRIMETIME airs opposite FOX’s singleheader NFL coverage – 3:00 PM ET (PRE-NFL for markets getting a 4:00 PM ET NFL game) OR 4:30 PM ET (POST-NFL for markets getting a 1:00 PM ET NFL game.

GUS JOHNSON SCHEDULED TO CALL NEARLY 30 BASKETBALL GAMES ON BTN – The Big Ten Network announced earlier this week that America’s favorite play-by-play announcer, Gus Johnson, returns for his fourth basketball season on BTN.  Johnson is scheduled to call nearly 30 men’s basketball games this season, including the network’s four Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament games, plus bitter rivalries like Indiana-Purdue and marquee matchups such as Butler-Indiana.  Johnson is scheduled to make an appearance on the vast majority of BTN Super Wednesday doubleheaders during the regular season. The Michigan native will once again team with Shon Morris during BTN telecasts of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis.  The network will carry four tournament games for the first time as the tournament bracket expands to include Nebraska. BTN will televise the first two games on Thursday and both Friday night quarterfinals.   The Big Ten Digital Network will also provide free, live streaming coverage of Big Ten Basketball Media Day on Thursday.  The conference’s men’s and women’s basketball coaches will address the media for 10 minutes each beginning at 9 AM ET.  Fans can find the schedules for the press conferences and watch them live at

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