Monday, October 31, 2011

The ramp-up fo LSU/Alabama begins!

From CBS Sports Network -


CBS SPORTS NETWORK PROVIDES WEEK-LONG COVERAGE LEADING UP TO
NO. 1-RANKED LSU VS. NO. 2-RANKED ALABAMA ON CBS SPORTS

Four Undefeated Teams to Appear on CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network on Saturday, Nov. 5-
No. 1-LSU, No. 2-Alabama, No. 5-Boise State and No. 13-Houston

CBS Sports Network provides complete week-long coverage leading up to CBS Sports’ broadcast of *No. 1-ranked LSU taking on *No. 2-ranked Alabama on Saturday, Nov. 5 (8:00 PM, ET).  CBS Sports Network features in-depth programming surrounding this historic match-up. 

Also on November 5, CBS Sports Network will air undefeated No. 13-ranked Houston at UAB (7:00 PM, ET) and undefeated No. 5-ranked Boise State at UNLV (10:30 PM, ET).

Special LSU-Alabama programming includes:

·        INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL (Tuesday, 8:00-10:00 PM): Interviews with Alabama head coach Nick Saban and LSU head coach Les Miles, as well as a feature on the Alabama defense.

·        TONY BARNHART SHOW (Wednesday, 8:00-9:00 PM): Interviews with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, radio host Paul Finebaum and CBS Sports’ lead college football analyst Gary Danielson.

·        TACKLING THE TRENDS (Wednesday, 9:00-9:30 PM): Hosted by CBS Sports’ lead college football reporter Tracy Wolfson, the show will feature student reporters from LSU and Alabama discussing the atmosphere and latest social media buzz on campus leading up to the game.

·        SEC EXPRESS (Thursday, 4:00-7:00 PM / Friday, 10:00 PM-1:00 AM / Saturday, 6:00-9:00 AM): Re-live the action from the last three LSU-Alabama games.  These three one-hour telecasts feature the top plays and key moments from the match-ups in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

·        INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL (Thursday, 7:00-8:00 PM and 11:30 PM-12:30 AM): CBSSports.com insider Bruce Feldman provides a series of reports regarding the latest news out of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

·        LEMMING REPORT (Friday, 5:00-5:30 PM, ET): The nation’s leading college football recruiting expert Tom Lemming discusses the recruiting implications surrounding Saturday’s game.

·        TIM BRANDO SHOW (Weekdays 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, ET): Interviews with various reporters and personalities covering the teams in Tuscaloosa and Baton Rouge.

From ESPN -


ESPN2 to Televise First-Ever Rawlings Gold Glove Awards Show

ESPN2 will televise the first-ever Rawlings Gold Glove Awards Show – emanating from ESPN’s Baseball Tonight studio in Bristol – Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 10 p.m. ET. The one-hour telecast, hosted by Baseball Tonight’s Karl Ravech with analysts John Kruk and Barry Larkin (a three-time Gold Glove winner – 1994, 1995, 1996), will include the announcement of the 2011 Gold Glove Award winners and extensive highlights and analysis of the best defensive performers and plays during the MLB regular season.  

The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards are presented annually to the best defensive Major League Baseball players in both the American League and National League at every fielding position. All 18 Gold Glove Award winners, one for each position in each league, will be announced during the telecast. Guest presenters Omar Vizquel (11-time Gold Glove winner) and Mike Matheny (four-time winner) will join ESPN Baseball Tonight analysts during the show.

Category
American League Nominees
National League Nominees
Pitcher
Mark Buehrle, CWS
Dan Haren, LAA
Fausto Carmona, CLE
Clayton Kershaw, LAD
Hiroki Kuroda, LAD
Kyle Lohse, STL
Catcher

Matt Wieters, BAL
A.J. Pierzynski, CWS
Alex Avila, DET
Yadier Molina, STL
Brian McCann, ATL
Carlos Ruiz, PHI
First Base
Adrian Gonzalez, BOS
Casey Kotchman, TB
Mark Teixeira, NYY
Joey Votto, CIN
Gaby Sanchez, FLA
James Loney, LAD
Second Base
Dustin Pedroia , BOS
Robinson Cano, NYY
Ian Kinsler, TEX
Brandon Phillips, CIN
Neil Walker, PIT
Omar Infante, FLA
Shortstop
Erick Aybar, LAA
J.J. Hardy, BAL
Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE
Troy Tulowitzki, COL
Ronny Cedeno, PIT
Alex Gonzalez, ATL
Third Base
Adrian Beltre, TEX
Kevin Youkilis, BOS
Evan Longoria, TB
Placido Polanco, PHI
Daniel Descalso, STL
Pablo Sandoval, SFG
Left Field
Alex Gordon, KC
Brett Gardner, NYY
Sam Fuld, TB
Gerardo Parra, ARI
Ryan Braun, MIL
Matt Holliday, STL
Center Field
Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS
Austin Jackson, DET
Peter Bourjos, LAA
Matt Kemp, LAD
Shane Victorino, PHI
Chris Young, ARI
Right Field
Nick Markakis, BAL
Torii Hunter, LAA
Jeff Francoeur, KC
Andre Ethier, LAD
Carlos Beltran, NYM/SFG
Jay Bruce, CIN

Cowboys/Eagles Ratings

From NBC Sports -


EAGLES 34-7 BLOWOUT WIN OVER COWBOYS EARNS 14.7 OVERNIGHT RATING ON “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”
 
*Philadelphia Market Excluded from Nielsen Overnight Ratings Due to Snowstorm
14.7 is 3rd Highest SNF Overnight This Season; Up 25 Percent From Week 8 Game in 2010
SNF Is No. 1 Show of Night and Leads NBC to Sunday Night Win
 
NEW YORK – October 31, 2011 – Sunday Night Football was the No. 1 broadcast on Sunday night and led NBC to a Sunday night win, according to overnight data released today by The Nielsen Company.
Last night’s game on NBC, in which the Eagles dominated the Cowboys scoring a 34-7 blowout victory, registered a 14.7 overnight rating and a 23 share, up 25 percent from last year’s Week 8 game (Steelers-Saints, 11.8/18), which faced Game 4 of the World Series. The Eagles jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead and led 34-0 in the fourth quarter before the Cowboys scored their only touchdown of the game with just under 13 minutes to play.

Despite the fact that the home market of Philadelphia was excluded from the rating due to Saturday’s snowstorm that affected the northeast, the 14.7 overnight is the third highest-rated Sunday Night Football game this year (Sunday’s only). New York, Boston and Hartford are also excluded from the overnight rating.

*Philadelphia has averaged a 32.7 rating and 46 share in eight Sunday Night Football games over the past three seasons. In last year’s Eagles-Cowboys game in Week 14, the Philadelphia market averaged a 38.4 rating and a 51 share.

NBC NO. 1 ON SUNDAY NIGHT: Last night’s Sunday Night Football broadcast won the night while facing original network programs. NBC led the night among metered markets in primetime (7-11 p.m. ET) with an 11.4/18, topping the 10.2/16 for second-place CBS, which was aided by an NFL overrun of the close game between the Steelers and Patriots. NBC also beat ABC by 104 percent (5.6/9) and Fox by 208 percent (3.7/6).

35 FOR 36: When the viewership is available tomorrow from Nielsen, Sunday Night Football is expected to be the most-watched primetime show on Sunday night. This will mark the 35th time in 36 primetime NFL games – dating back to Week 7 in 2009 – that NBC has defeated its competition (32 Sundays, two Thursdays and one Tuesday).

TOP 10 METERED MARKETS FOR COWBOYS-EAGLES:
*Philadelphia was excluded from the overnight rating
1. Dallas, 30.5/45
2. Norfolk, 23.8/32
3. San Antonio, 23.7/33
4. Richmond, 24.3/34
5. Las Vegas, 21.0/33
6. Austin, 20.7/32
7. Washington, D.C., 19.8/31
8. Albuquerque, 19.6/29
9. Memphis, 18.5/24
10. New Orleans, 18.4/24
**Viewership numbers will be available when national ratings are released tomorrow**
From NBC Sports -


“FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA” NOTES & QUOTES – WEEK 8
 
“At this midpoint, he should be Defensive Player of the Year.” – Rodney Harrison on Bills S George Wilson
“They are not going to let Peyton Manning dictate anything about their first pick in the draft.” – Peter King after speaking this week with Bill Polian
“I’m definitely not coaching in 2012.” – Tony Dungy
 
NEW YORK – October 30, 2011 – Following are highlights from Football Night in America. Bob Costas hosted the show live from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and was joined on site for commentary by Sunday Night Football commentators Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth. Co-host Dan Patrick and commentators Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Peter King and Mike Florio covered the news of the NFL’s eighth week live from Studio 8G at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios in New York. Alex Flanagan reported from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., on the Patriots-Steelers game.

EMBED NBC SPORTS VIDEO: Highlights from Football Night and other NBC Sports programming are available to be embedded at NBCSports.com. Click the following links for:
Al Michaels’ interview with Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan:
Tony Dungy on the Saints being out-hustled
http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/22825103/vp/45097783#45097783
Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray:
ON SAINTS
Dungy: “What happened to the Saints? We had them last Sunday night and they looked like a juggernaut. They are playing their second straight winless team with a chance to control the division. They got totally out-hustled and got hit by the winless Rams.”
Harrison: “No way is that supposed to happen if you’re the New Orleans Saints. No way.”
Patrick: “How do the Saints go from being so good to so bad in a week’s time?”
Dungy: “Part of it is, instead of being at home, being on the road. They have not played well being on the road all year. But I have to credit the St. Louis Rams, they did not play like a winless team. I have never seen Drew Brees rattled like this and it started with that (Rams) defensive line.”
ON RAMS
Michaels: “The Rams were clearly inspired by the Cardinals.”
ON GIANTS
Harrison: “If you look at the Giants, yes, we know they can get to the quarterback, but they miss a lot of tackles, no gap responsibility, and lack of effort by some players.”
Harrison (while showing video highlights): “You look at Chris Canty, he’s a veteran player, look at the lack of hustle right here. This is not a division winning effort. Then you come up the middle with Reggie Bush, there are three guys right here, linebackers over pursuing, Kenny Phillips missing tackles, just a terrible effort. Then you have another one of your veteran defensive tackles (#95, Rocky Bernard) not hustling and completing the play.”
Harrison: “They’ve got the Patriots next week, they better come ready.”
Dungy: “They better play a lot better than this.”
ON BILLS
Dungy: “I’m on the Buffalo bandwagon now. My question with them was about their defense, but the way they played today, shutting down that running game, pressure, their defense played great today.”
Harrison: “When you talk about their defense, you talk about one guy in particular and that guy is George Wilson…He’s been getting it done all year round. At this midpoint, he should be Defensive Player of the Year.”
Dungy: “He’s had big plays, and he did it again today.”
ON RAVENS
Harrison: “Two teams that won today that still have some issues are the Ravens and the Giants. The Ravens have to find a way offensively to manufacture some touchdowns in the passing game.”
Harrison on Joe Flacco: “The last month of the season he’s thrown one touchdown and four interceptions. He has to play better.”
ON STEELERS
Dungy: “They shut Tom Brady down for the first time in a long time.”
Harrison: “Last year Pittsburgh tried to play a zone coverage and Tom Brady ate them alive. This year, they came out in basic man-to-man coverage.”
Harrison: “Pittsburgh’s defense, basically dominating the game and holding Tom Brady to under 200 yards passing.”
King: “Ryan Clark, the safety for the Steelers, told me a few minutes ago that this is the most press coverage that he’s played in the six years that he’s been a Pittsburgh Steeler. That to me was the huge difference in the game in frazzling both Wes Welker and Tom Brady.”
Harrison: “I think they are the best team in the AFC. Earlier in the year, everybody called them old and washed up.”
Patrick: “Yeah, that was like three weeks ago.” (laughter)
ON NEXT WEEK’S SNF RAVENS @ STEELERS
Collinsworth: “No matter what happens, when you get Baltimore and you get Pittsburgh together, and we’ve talked about it before, it’s probably the most electric game that we do every year.”
ON BRONCOS
Patrick: “No encore for Tim Tebow.”
Harrison: “Everyone is talking about Tim Tebow. Yes he played bad, but he’s not the only problem. You look at the offensive line, they gave up a bunch of sacks. He doesn’t have anybody to throw to down the field. The defense gave up 48 points. You can’t blame Tim Tebow for everything.”
Patrick: “I think the media overreacts when he does something great, and now they are going to overreact. He’s a rookie quarterback, basically, in his fifth start.”
Harrison: “Stay with Tim Tebow, ride it out.”
ON BENGALS
Dungy: “I’ve been on Cam Newton’s bandwagon, but Andy Dalton, the Cincinnati quarterback, and A.J. Green, they are for real and they’ve got a very, very good defense.”
ON EAGLES
Harrison on if he still thinks the Eagles are the best team in the East: “I do. I think they have the best quarterback. I think Washington is terrible, and the Giants are inconsistent.”
Dungy: “I believe Rodney. He has been saying it for three weeks now, so I am going with him – Eagles.”
ON COLTS
King on Andrew Luck: “I talked to Bill Polian, the Colts’ Vice Chairman and draft czar this week. He said, ‘We’ve made no decision whatsoever. We can’t. We don’t know where we are drafting, nothing like that.’ However, after I talked to him I thought two things: number one, they are not going to let Peyton Manning dictate anything about their first pick in the draft, and number two, if I had to guess right now, based on my conversation and based on knowing Bill Polian’s history, they will take Andrew Luck with the first pick of the draft, if they have it.”
ON DOLPHINS
Florio on rumors the team will hire a big name coach for next season: “Stay tuned in Miami. It’s not a done deal that they are going to go big.”
ON BILL COWHER & JON GRUDEN 2012 COACHING STATUS
King: “Everybody in America heard Bill Cowher say today, ‘I have no plans to return to coaching.’ He actually used the word ‘plan’ twice, saying he had no plans to coach. Coach, I’m sorry, I’m not buying it. The reason I’m not buying it is because if you have no plans to coach, what you say is, ‘I’m definitely not coaching next year.’ Bill Cowher will get some phone calls at the end of this year. The big thing that people will have to decide is, is five years out of the game too much?”
Florio: “This is all about throwing water on the talk during the season and deferring it to out of the season. Same thing with Jon Gruden; signs a five year exclusive deal with ESPN, but what does exclusive mean? Does it mean he can’t coach? Well, we’re not going to tell you that. So same idea, Gruden’s name stays out of the mix until January. I think Gruden and Cowher are both going to be in play.”
Patrick to Dungy: “Got any plans for 2012?”
Dungy: “No. Peter, it is easy to say. This is how you say it, ‘I’m definitely not coaching in 2012.’”
Following are highlights from Al Michaels’ interview with Cowboys defensive coordinator Roby Ryan, and Rodney Harrison’s interview with Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha:
ROB RYAN WITH AL MICHAELS
MICHAELS on Ryan’s father, Buddy, having been the head coach in Philadelphia and Arizona, both Cowboys rivals: What was his initial reaction when you got the job in Dallas?
RYAN: Disbelief. He was a little shocked by it. He’s like, ‘You’ve got all these other things going. Why here?’ I’m like, ‘Dad, it’s the best opportunity for me.’ It really has worked out great.
MICHAELS on Dallas’ defense playing better: What’s made the difference this year?
RYAN: Well, me. [joking; laughter]. Honestly, starting over with some Pro Bowl football players. All these guys have been in the Pro Bowl and deservedly so. We got all together and have been working hard ever since. We’re not all the way there yet, but we’re playing good ball and we’re going to keep doing it.
MICHAELS: You’ve been an assistant coach for 25 years, 10 different places, but no head coaching opportunity yet. Does that eat at you?
RYAN: I don’t think it’s going to eat much further. My chance will come. It only took my dad 25 years and, hell, he’s better than me and Rex put together. Those things happen. I’m not sure how it will go, but eventually I’ll get my chance to be a head coach.
RYAN on his war of words with Eagles WR Desean Jackson earlier this year: That was kind of annoying because we signed three great players the day before, so I’m bragging about those guys and all I’m hearing about is all these great players that Philadelphia had signed. It bothered me because I thought it was disrespecting the players that I coach and that I knew would be great for us.
RYAN on Jackson saying, ‘Maybe I can run on the sideline and tackle the coach’ and Ryan responding that he’ll fall on him: [Joking] There’s no question. Is he a good enough athlete to get it done? Absolutely. Am I a bad enough athlete to get tackled by a small guy? Sure, but I am going to fall on him. So I welcome the challenge. If he wants to come hit me, beautiful. A little guy like that not’s going to hit that hard anyway.
It would be fun to beat these guys. There’s no question. They have a ton of talent over there. They’re the fastest team I’ve ever seen on offense, but I always believe in hitting them in the mouth. We’ll see what happens.”
NNAMDI ASOMUGHA WITH RODNEY HARRISON
HARRISON: Three months in, is there anything you regret?
ASOMUGHA: No. Not at all…I don’t regret it because the journey isn’t over yet…Everyone’s hot and cold on us. And it’s all part of the journey. We know that at the end of this thing, we’re going to be better for what we’ve gone through right now. It’s coming together.
HARRISON: Will Philadelphia make the playoffs? Win the division?
ASOMUGHA: You can’t convince me that we’re not the team to beat. It may not look like it because we’ve lost those close games, and they’ve all been close games. We lost in the fourth quarter, really. You still can’t convince us that it’s not going to be our show to win.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

NFL Week 8 Early Thoughts

A few thoughts on week 8...

* For one of the few times in the Patriots/Steelers series, the Steelers defense could match-up and adjust, thus holding Tom Brady to just 17 points and a loss. It gives them a quality win for a Pittsburgh team that had yet to beat a good team to date.

* A wake-up call perhaps for the Saints in St. Louis as the Rams pick up their first win of the season, even without QB Sam Bradford.

* Kudos to both the Giants and Ravens, who each turned ugly first halves into come from behind wins. A loss by either to Miami or Arizona at home would be disastrous.

* The Lions are back on track.

* Sorry Tim Tebow, you can't play the Dolphins every week.

* Frank Gore IS that good and IS in the MVP conversation.

* Houston has held it together just enough to take control of the AFC South and they should get WR Andre Johnson back in a week.

* Give the Bengals credit. They went into Seattle, one of the tougher road joints in the league and won with a rookie QB in Andy Dalton that is growing up before Cincinnati's collective eyes.

* After three weeks, the Redskins and Bills were both in the upstart category. After Buffalo's rout of the Redskins in Toronto Sunday, the Bills clearly showed they are the only ones left in that category.

* The Panthers and QB Cam Newton deserved a better fate Sunday than watching Olindo Mare missing a 31-yard FG to end it with a loss.

ESPN NFL Sunday Countdown Pregame Notes - Week 8

From ESPN -


ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 8
 
Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Johnson previewed today’s NFL’s week 8 games with Suzy Kolber, analyst Merril Hoge, and NFL Insiders Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen. Some excerpts:
 
On the Ravens offensive concerns:
Carter:  “He’s (quarterback Joe Flacco) completing 52% of his passes … This is my biggest concern in Baltimore.  I take my eyes off the quarterback and I go right to the wide receivers.  I don’t see the separation at the top of the route that I would like to see from the wide receiver to get the quarterback some separation.  Quarterbacks do not like to see wide receivers and DBs (defensive backs) married to each other at the top of the route.”
Jackson:  “His (Flacco’s) play has regressed from the time that he was a rookie when he won two playoff games on the road.  He is playing his worst football right now.  The guy who has to recognize that is the offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.  There is no way you can drop him back to throw the ball 41 times and at the same time give Ray Rice eight carries in a football game.  For once, I agree with those (Ravens) players who are complaining.  They’re complaining and they are doing it in the right way – ‘we need a different game plan to be successful.’”
Ditka:  “I don’t know Joe Flacco personally, but he is the most unemotional man I’ve ever watched on a football field.  He reminds me of the coach in Indianapolis … Here’s the thing, all the leadership on this football team is on the defensive side of the ball.  It doesn’t work that way.  You have to have leaders on offense.  You cannot win in this league with just one side of the ball.  You can’t win with just a great defense.”
Johnson:  “It is tough though at the quarterback position, or even for the offensive coordinator or the offensive staff, if you don’t trust the quarterback.  I don’t think the coaches trust the quarterback … The fact that he’s playing the way that he’s playing puts you in a bad situation to call plays, to game-plan because there’s no consistency.”
Berman:  “Only (Blaine) Gabbert and Kerry Collins have completed less passes than him.  Flacco is better than that.”
 
On teams losing for (Andrew) Luck:
Hoge:  “All players have a job.  They have mortgages.  It is what they do for a living.  I remember in my rookie year, we were like 5-10 – bad, bad year.  I was listening to Chuck Knoll’s press conference, he was asked – ‘Coach, this is going to be a very hard team to evaluate?’  He said, ‘no, it is going to be the easiest one I’ve ever evaluated.’  It caught my attention.  Really, why?  He was like, ‘because I know who already quit.’  You know what is interesting, half the guys were gone the next year.  They are playing for their jobs.”
Carter:  “I was on the Vikings, we were 15-1.  We decided to draft Daunte Culpepper compared to drafting Jevon Kearse.  Me, as a veteran, I think it was my 13th or 14th year, I’m like, my future is right now.  I don’t have a future.  Football players, it is not in our DNA when we go onto the field not to go at a 100%.”
Mortensen:  “A guy like Peyton Manning hasn’t been placed on injury reserve.  We don’t think he’s going to be playing in December.  I know this much, if he were healthy enough to play the last two games and he was still active.  If he can help Jeff Saturday and all his teammates from losing a game so they won’t be an 0-and-16 team, you know darn well he’d do that.”
 
Reaction to NFL players asking out of the game:
Hoge:  “Tapping out means a sign of weakness …I played in the league, I never tapped out.”
Johnson:  “I totally disagree with you.  In 1998, AFC Championship game up in Denver, we were playing the Denver Broncos, I tapped out …I couldn’t go the next play.  I felt the backup who is a good receiver in Alex Van Dyke, they just drafted him, they drafted him to do this – all I needed was eight seconds … Sometimes, players have to get their breather or they are going to hurt the team.”
Hoge:  “The winded thing though, bothers me.  You’ve got 35 seconds in the huddle to recover.”
Johnson:  “I’m not going to sit up here and act like you are a great athlete, you can’t tap out.”
 
Should 0-6 Dolphins make coaching change now?
Carter:  “They might want to blame it on the coach, but they’ve got a lot of problems there.  They have a football credibility problem as far as the people making the decisions.” 
Ditka:  “I don’t believe in changing a coach in the middle of the season.  I don’t think that’s going to change anything.  This is an organizational disaster – top to bottom.  They made bad decisions since Bill (Parcells) left, and they have to live with them now.”
 
On Tim Tebow:
In a one-on-one interview with his former teammate and Countdown analyst Tom Jackson, Denver Broncos executive vice president for football operations and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway discussed the Broncos:
Elway on Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow:  “As much as we love the kid, I mean, I’d love my daughter to marry him – that’s how special the kid is and he does everything right.  But the bottom-line is, we’ve got to look at his football ability and is that going to give us the ability next year, two years, three years, and four years, down the line to be competitive and compete for the championship.”
 
Jackson on believing in Tebow:  “I have my doubts.  I know that mechanics mean something.  I know that the ability to throw the ball is meaningful – accuracy, elongated throw, reading of defenses and anticipating where wide receivers are.  I am saying this and it is going to sound so mysterious, there is something about him that is unexplained, or maybe inexplicable, that you see it and you see it at the end of games.”
Johnson:  “In the quarterback position, you have to play it to give your team a chance to win the football game … All the intangibles in the huddle is great, but you have to be able to play that position.”
Ditka:  “As a coach, did I want every player that comes to me to be a finished product?  That’d be wonderful.  That’s not going to happen.  He’s a work in progress.  But that coach has to help him.  If I had his competitive spirit, nobody will hold me back.”
Carter:  “Football is a game of fundamentals. The reason why Tebow is having problems is because his fundamentals aren’t very good.  That’s why you see 55 minutes of bad football … For me, I can’t forgive and forget.  I can’t forget when he misses wide open guys.”
 
On impressions of Cam Newton:
Ditka:  “Poise under pressure.  His (Cam Newton’s) presence in the pocket, he stands so tall, it’s unbelievable.  And to deliver the ball the way he does, with people all around him, this guy is the real deal.”
Jackson:  “I met him a couple of times.  It is not often that you run into a professional player who is physically dominant over the rest of the players in the league.  Would he be able to pick up a pro system?  It’s something that I heard a lot when he was coming into the league.  It is true, when they called the plays at Auburn, it was literally a number.  He’d go into the huddle and go ‘53,’ and all the other guys had to know what 53 meant.  He has picked up the system.  He is perfect, in form and technique, kind of Anti-Tebow, and does all the things well.”
Kolber:  “This is something that coach (Ron) Rivera said that was so impressive about his progress and about making these reads and about being able to see defenses and nobody was sure he could.  That in the preseason, everybody was critical of the ball which seemed to go high, but on the play-sheet, he was making the right decisions.  They were already thrilled because, they said, his mind is getting it.  If his body can catch up to the speed of the game, he’s got it.  He did it right.”
 


NFL Today on CBS Pregame Notes - Week 8

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 30

BILL COWHER TO REMAIN WITH CBS SPORTS

► BILL COWHER ADDRESSED RUMORS AND SPECULATION ABOUT COACHING NEXT YEAR ON CBS SPORTS’ PRE-GAME SHOW, “THE NFL TODAY”

COWHER: I'd just like to say this. I've not been contacted directly or indirectly by any football team or any organization. It's all speculation, and it's unfortunate because it affects the lives of many people that are in the profession. I am here to say to you today, I do not plan on coaching next year. I love where I work, and more importantly I enjoy the people that I work with up here. So I can put all the speculation to rest. And if I have to repeat this in December again, I will. But you know what, J.B., it's a tough profession, I know there is speculation out there. I'm flattered by it to be honest with you. But at the same time it affects too many
people's lives. I like what I'm doing right here, and I plan on being back in the same seat next year.

Click to view: http://bit.ly/tYaiuM
 
►QUICK HITS

(On Andy Reid and Philadelphia)
COWHER: The story to me is in Philadelphia.  Andy Reid coming off a bye, has not lost his entire career in Philadelphia.  Although he's playing a Dallas team that's won five-of-the-last seven.  You talk about a statement game.  To me, this is their Waterloo.  They have to win this game at 2‑4 at home playing against Dallas.

(On San Diego’s Kris Dielman suffering a concussion and continuing to play, then suffering a seizure)
BOOMER ESIASON: (Over video of the play and Dielman looking wobbly) Take a look at this video we have from last week's game against the New York Jets.  Another example, in my estimation, of negligence on the part of the San Diego Chargers and their medical staff.  Now, there is a lot of pressure for him to stay in the game because there are no other linemen that can play.  But you can clearly see here.  What about his teammates saying something?  How about the referees saying something?  Yet he played and finished the game out.  Then it was reported that he had a seizure on the way home on the airplane.  I’m always talking about concussions, managing them and looking out for them.  This was a clear dose of negligence in my eyes on the part of the San Diego Chargers and their medical staff.

►“INSIDE THE NFL” WITH CHARLEY CASSERLY

(On Congressional Committee possibly having hearings dealing with HGH and NFLPA)
CASSERLY: My Congressional sources told me what upset the committee was the fact that they offered to help the NFLPA solve any questions they might have with the testing procedures for HGH (Human Growth Hormone).  The NFLPA (NFL Players Association) didn't take them up on it.  What Congress wants to see from a group is an interest in solving the problem.  They have not seen that from the NFLPA.  The next step, they'll bring in and begin hauling people to Capitol Hill and start talking to them.  And it won't just be DeMaurice Smith, Union officials or League officials.  They're going to bring in players and put them under oath.  And they're going to ask them the tough questions.  Are you taking HGH?  Who is taking HGH?  Where is it coming from?  Are club officials knowledgeable of this?  All under oath, just like they did in baseball.  The first player I expect to be brought in, Buffalo Bills lineman, Shawne Merriman, who was put on injured reserve this week.  Remember, he has been suspended in the past for using performance enhancing drugs.

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CASSERLY (On futures of Miami Coach Tony Sparano and Indianapolis Coach Jim Caldwell)
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CASSERLY (On Indianapolis potentially drafting Andrew Luck with Peyton Manning still as quarterback)
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►TRICKS & TREATS
THE NFL TODAY celebrates Halloween at Kris Jenkins' house. You might be surprised at some of the NFL coaches and players who stopped by. 

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NFL FOX Sunday Pregame Notes - Week 8

From FOX Sports - 

Strahan: If Suh Taunted Ryan, Why Didn’t Falcons Players Challenge Him on the Field Instead of in the Media?

Glazer Reports That NFL GM’s Say Andrew Luck Is Biggest Prospect in 15 Years

Long: Tebow’s Mental Focus Is ‘Remarkable’

Bradshaw Picks Bengals Andy Dalton As His Top Rookie QB 

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Following allegations by Atlanta Falcons players who said that during last week’s Falcons vs. Lions game, Detroit DT Ndamukong Suh taunted an injured Falcons QB Matt Ryan while Ryan laid on the field waiting for his team’s trainer, FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Michael Strahan defended Suh:  “Ndamukong Suh is not a dirty player.  He is aggressive and he is a great player.  What I don’t understand, is players talking about what may have happened on the field, off the field.  A lot of stuff happens out there that can really get you put in jail.  I’m disappointed that it came off the field.  Also, if Suh said those things about Matt Ryan, then why wasn’t any Falcons player in his face to challenge Suh on the field instead of in the media?”

FOX NFL SUNDAY insider Jay Glazer reports that Suh asked to meet with Commissioner Goodell and the NFL’s officiating office: “In light of all the controversy, Ndamukong Suh is scheduled to go to New York this week to meet with Commissioner Goodell, the Commissioner’s office, the officiating department and Merton Hanks who hands out the fines.  It was Suh who actually asked to come in.  He wants to clarify why he keeps getting fined and what he’s doing wrong.  Suh also is going to plead his case that he shouldn’t be getting fined and shouldn’t be getting flagged.” 

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Co-host Terry Bradshaw on if the Indianapolis Colts will draft Andrew Luck if they end up with the number 1 pick in the draft: “Absolutely you draft Andrew Luck.  You hope Peyton Manning can play another year or two, break this kid in and bring him along.”

Analyst Jimmy Johnson added: “Even if you don’t take Andrew Luck, it will be a valuable pick.  You can get a bonanza of picks for that number 1.”

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Insider Glazer reports that NFL GM’s think Stanford QB Andrew Luck is the best prospect to come out of college since Peyton Manning:  “I talked to six NFL GM’s this week specifically about Andrew Luck. They said this is the best prospect to come out of college since Peyton Manning.  Some think he’s an even better prospect than Peyton Manning.  The GM’s I talked to are saying Andrew Luck will be the most valuable pick in 15 years.”

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Analyst Howie Long is impressed with the mental toughness of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow: “We see his will to compete, his toughness, the enthusiasm he generates not only in the stadium, but also within the football team.  I’ve never heard a player who hadn’t been arrested for shooting someone or something off the football field who’s been more criticized on a 24 hour, 7 day a week basis for the last few weeks than Tim Tebow.  For him to stay as mentally positive and focused on the task at hand is remarkable.”

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Johnson says two things need to happen for the Miami Dolphins to get either Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden as their next head coach:  “The Dolphins don’t have enough good players and they’re not going to have an opportunity for Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher unless they come up with a barrel of cash and the opportunity to get Andrew Luck.”

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Strahan responds to co-host Curt Menefee’s question on if the Giants got the better end of the deal by getting Eli Manning over Philip Rivers: “Everybody looks at Eli Manning and they think Peyton Manning.  Eli is not Peyton.  He never will be Peyton.  But if you look at him compared to Philip Rivers, his numbers are as great as his are.  I think Eli needs a little more credit than he’s given.”

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Johnson doesn’t believe the Saints can get home field advantage over the Packers: “The Saints running game is going well and it’s helping their defense and that team is on a roll right now. But in order for the Saints to make a run at the Super Bowl, they’ve got to get home field advantage and I don’t see them overtaking Green Bay so it’s going to be tough on them.”

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Strahan weighs in on the coaches who could be on the hot seat: “The three teams that are winless, I hate to say it but Steve Spagnuolo in St. Louis is under some fire.”

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Strahan on where Ravens LB Ray Lewis ranks on the all-time list of great linebackers: “Ray Lewis’ longevity has been amazing, but even more amazing than that has been his production over those years.  So I put him with the likes of Lawrence Taylor, Dick Butkus and Willie Lanier.”

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Co-host Terry Bradshaw ranks his top rookie quarterbacks this season:

5. Jake Locker (Tennessee Titans) – “Sorry Jake, but you have to play in the game to move up on the list.  Check back in 2012”
4. Blaine Gabbert (Jacksonville Jaguars) – “The Jaguars slowed the process with this kid when they decided to wait until the opener to cut David Garrard.  He needs weapons in Jacksonville in order to make more of an impact.”
3. Christian Ponder (Minnesota Vikings) – “This is the guy I’ve been waiting to see all season long.  He has great feet and a quick release.  Plus he’s deceptively fast so he can buy himself more time.  Working under center at Florida State, I thought he was truly ready for the pro game.  And oh by the way, Adrian Peterson helps.”
2. Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers) – “You can’t coach confidence and this kid has confidence.  If the rankings were just on wow factor alone, he would be No. 1.  Newton is playing like he’s been in the NFL forever and I’m shocked.  It’s amazing the coaching job they’ve done with him.”
1. Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals) – “It’s all about wins in this league and Dalton has 4, Newton has 2.  That’s why he’s my number 1 guy.  He also has the number 1 quarterback rating among all rookies.  Like Newton, he plays with confidence and his accuracy of 62.4 percent is better than 20 other NFL starters.  The Bengals appear to have a bright future with Dalton.  The kid just wins.”

NBC previews Cowboys/Eagles on SNF

From NBC Sports -


“FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA” PREVIEW – WEEK 8
 
AL MICHAELS INTERVIEWS COWBOYS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR ROB RYAN; RODNEY HARRISON INTERVIEWS EAGLES CB NNAMDI ASOMUGHA
 
“They’re the fastest team I’ve ever seen on offense, but I always believe in hitting them in the mouth. We’ll see what happens.” – Ryan to Michaels on tonight’s game

“You can’t convince me that we’re not the team to beat.” – Asomugha to Harrison on making the playoffs despite Eagles 2-4 record
 
NEW YORK – October 30, 2011 – Al Michaels interviewed Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and Rodney Harrison interviewed Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha 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.

Football Night airs each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET with Costas hosting the program live from inside the stadium. In addition to his interviews, Costas is joined on site by Sunday Night Football commentators Al Michaels (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (analyst) for reaction to the afternoon games.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from Studio 8G at NBC's 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios and is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com. Alex Flanagan will report from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., on the Patriots-Steelers game.

INTERVIEWS: Below are excerpts from Michaels’ interview with Ryan and Harrison’s interview with Asomugha. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Football Night in America.”

ROB RYAN WITH AL MICHAELS

MICHAELS on Ryan’s father, Buddy, having been the head coach in Philadelphia and Arizona, both Cowboys rivals: What was his initial reaction when you got the job in Dallas?
RYAN: Disbelief. He was a little shocked by it. He’s like, ‘You’ve got all these other things going. Why here?’ I’m like, ‘Dad, it’s the best opportunity for me.’ It really has worked out great.
MICHAELS on Dallas’ defense playing better: What’s made the difference this year?
RYAN: Well, me. [joking; laughter]. Honestly, starting over with some Pro Bowl football players. All these guys have been in the Pro Bowl and deservedly so. We got all together and have been working hard ever since. We’re not all the way there yet, but we’re playing good ball and we’re going to keep doing it.
MICHAELS: You’ve been an assistant coach for 25 years, 10 different places, but no head coaching opportunity yet. Does that eat at you?
RYAN: I don’t think it’s going to eat much further. My chance will come. It only took my dad 25 years and, hell, he’s better than me and Rex put together. Those things happen. I’m not sure how it will go, but eventually I’ll get my chance to be a head coach.
RYAN on his war of words with Eagles WR Desean Jackson earlier this year: That was kind of annoying because we signed three great players the day before, so I’m bragging about those guys and all I’m hearing about is all these great players that Philadelphia had signed. It bothered me because I thought it was disrespecting the players that I coach and that I knew would be great for us.
RYAN on Jackson saying, ‘Maybe I can run on the sideline and tackle the coach’ and Ryan responding that he’ll fall on him: [Joking] There’s no question. Is he a good enough athlete to get it done? Absolutely. Am I a bad enough athlete to get tackled by a small guy? Sure, but I am going to fall on him. So I welcome the challenge. If he wants to come hit me, beautiful. A little guy like that not’s going to hit that hard anyway.
It would be fun to beat these guys. There’s no question. They have a ton of talent over there. They’re the fastest team I’ve ever seen on offense, but I always believe in hitting them in the mouth. We’ll see what happens.”

NNAMDI ASOMUGHA WITH RODNEY HARRISON

HARRISON: Three months in, is there anything you regret?
ASOMUGHA: No. Not at all…I don’t regret it because the journey isn’t over yet…Everyone’s hot and cold on us. And it’s all part of the journey. We know that at the end of this thing, we’re going to be better for what we’ve gone through right now. It’s coming together.
HARRISON: Will Philadelphia make the playoffs? Win the division?
ASOMUGHA: You can’t convince me that we’re not the team to beat. It may not look like it because we’ve lost those close games, and they’ve all been close games. We lost in the fourth quarter, really. You still can’t convince us that it’s not going to be our show to win.

Bill Cowher says he's staying with CBS

From CBS Sports -


BILL COWHER TO REMAIN WITH CBS SPORTS

BILL COWHER ADDRESSED RUMORS AND SPECULATION ABOUT COACHING NEXT YEAR ON CBS SPORTS’ PRE-GAME SHOW, “THE NFL TODAY”

COWHER: I'd just like to say this. I've not been contacted directly or indirectly by any football team or any organization. It's all speculation, and it's unfortunate because it affects the lives of many people that are in the profession. I am here to say to you today, I do not plan on coaching next year. I love where I work, and more importantly I enjoy the people that I work with up here. So I can put all the speculation to rest. And if I have to repeat this in December again, I will. But you know what, J.B., it's a tough profession, I know there is speculation out there. I'm flattered by it to be honest with you. But at the same time it affects too many
people's lives. I like what I'm doing right here, and I plan on being back in the same seat next year.
 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

NFL TV Schedule - Week 8

As you dig out of the snow on Sunday, here's your NFL Week 8 viewing schedule.  As always, check out our friends at The506.com for all the coverage maps.

1pm - CBS Games
Miami Dolphins at New York Giants - Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans - Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans - Marv Albert, Rich Gannon

1pm - FOX Games
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens - Sam Rosen, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams - Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale

4pm FOX Games
Washington Redskins vs. Buffalo Bills at Toronto - Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos - Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jaime Maggio

4:15pm CBS Games
New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers - Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers - Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks - Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker

Sunday 8:20pm Game - NBC
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles - Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya

Monday 8:30pm Game - ESPN
San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs - Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski

Abbie's NFL Picks - Week 8

Check out my little girl, Abbie's NFL Picks for Week 8! Unfortunately, she doesn't see a good Sunday for the Patriots.

Steelers over Patriots
Giants over Dolphins
Redskins over Bills
Cowboys over Eagles
Chiefs over Chargers

25 Million Watch Cardinals Win World Series

From FOX Sports -


A FALL CLASSIC
25.4 Million Viewers Watch Amazing Comeback Cardinals Capture 11th World Series Crown
Game 7 Is Highest-Rated, Most-Watched World Series Game Since 2004
2011 World Series Ratings Up +19%
Throughout history, there have been many reasons why the World Series has become known as "The Fall Classic."  Today, you can add 25.4 million more.
Game 7 of the 2011 World Series posted a 14.7/25 household rating/share with 25.4 million viewers and is the highest-rated, most-watched game since 2004 when the Boston Red Sox ended their historic World Series drought with a massive 18.2/28 and 28.8 million viewers.
Just as impressive, Game 7 is the single highest-rated Friday night program in FOX history and stands as the highest-rated and most-watched Friday night program of any kind on any network since the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games on NBC.
FOX averaged a 14.5 household rating and 25 million viewers between 8 and 11 PM ET to earn the network its highest-rated and most-watched Friday night ever.  In addition, Game 7 also produced the highest-rated, most-watched night on any network this broadcast season and FOX's best prime time night since the American Idol finale in May.
The World Series remains an annual force in prime time. Game 7's dominating performance (14.5) also powered FOX to first place finishes in prime time six out of 7 nights the 2011 "Fall Classic" was broadcast.  Since 1996 when FOX began airing World Series games, the network has won 64 out of 75 prime time nights, an incredible 85% performance.
The complete 2011 World Series on FOX averaged a 10.0/16 national household rating/share and 16.6 million viewers, up an impressive +19% over last year's 8.4/14 (14.3 million viewers).
The demographic story is just as impressive as the 2011 World Series posted year-to-year double-digit increases across all key male and adult categories:  Men 12-17 (3.0 vs. 2.3, +30%); Men 18-34 (5.2 vs. 4.2, +24%), Men 18-49 (6.1 vs. 5.2, +17%); Men 25-54 (7.3 vs. 6.3, +16%); Adults 18-34 (4.2 vs. 3.3, +27%); Adults 18-49 (4.9 vs. 4.0, +23%); and Adults 25-54 (5.8 vs. 4.8, +21%).
Last night's Game 7 broadcast opened with a 10.5 (17.9 million viewers) at 8:00 PM ET and grew steadily throughout the broadcast growing to a 14.2 (24.7 million viewers) at 9:00 PM ET, 16.1 (27.9 million viewers) at 10:00 PM ET, peaking at a 17.1 (29.7 million viewers) at 11:00 PM ET.
St. Louis led all markets with a sensational 52.7/80, peaking at a staggering 62.4/89 in the final quarter hour as David Murphy's fly ball to left landed in Allen Craig's glove sealing the Cardinals 11th World Series Championship.  Dallas averaged a 40.3/61 for the night.
For the complete seven-game series, St. Louis averaged an amazing 47.2/67 while Dallas averaged a 38.0/57, up +22% over the 31.1/49 for last year's five-game average.

Friday, October 28, 2011

MLB Network to air Arizona Fall League Games

From MLB Network -


MLB Network & Arizona Fall League Announce Three November Telecasts 

Phoenix, Arizona — The Arizona Fall League today announces that MLB Network will televise three upcoming events from three of the league’s six venues:

Rising Stars Game
Saturday, November 5 5:10 p.m. AZ (8:10 ET)
Surprise Stadium

United Concordia Dental Military Appreciation Game
(Mesa Solar Sox @ Salt River Rafters)
Friday, November 11 6:10 p.m. AZ (8:10 ET)
Salt River Fields

Championship Game
Saturday, November 19 1:10 p.m. AZ (3:10 ET)
Scottsdale Stadium

Rising Stars Game — The first two selections in Major League Baseball’s 2011 Draft — Mesa Solar Sox right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole (Pirates) and Peoria Javelinas left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen (Mariners) — will be the East and West starting pitchers, respectively, for the sixth annual Rising Stars Game.

Rosters will be announced next week. MLB Network’s Paul Severino (play-by-play) and Dave Valle (color commentary) form the broadcast team.

Scouting and minor-league directors of every major-league organization, in consultation with Fall League Director Steve Cobb and his baseball personnel staff, select the players for the annual showcase that pits elite prospects from the Fall League’s East Division and West Division clubs.

Each major-league organization is offered the opportunity to be represented by at least one player.

The first five Rising Stars Games showcased some of baseball’s current standouts, including Ryan Braun, Jacoby Ellsbury and Hunter Pence in 2006, Brett Gardner and Andrew McCutchen in 2007, Gordon Beckham, Tommy Hanson and Drew Stubbs in 2008, Starlin Castro, Ike Davis, Buster Posey, Drew Storen and Stephen Strasburg in 2009, and Dustin Ackley, Brandon Belt, Eric Hosmer, Jason Kipnis, Ben Revere and Eric Thames last year.

World Series Game 6 Ratings

From FOX Sports -

WORLD SERIES GAME 6 BANGS IT OUT-OF-THE-PARK FOR FOX

Highest-Rated & Most Watched WS Game Since ‘09

FOX Posts Best Night for Network since May; Best Thursday Night since March


Epic.  Unforgettable.  Dramatic.  Pick an adjective; they all apply to Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, as would many, many more. 

Last night, Game 6 of the 2011 Fall Classic was just that – a classic, and tens of millions of Americans watched the fireworks unfold on FOX as clutch hits and late-game home runs filled Missouri’s chilly autumn sky.  The St. Louis Cardinals, on the brink and down to their final strike not once, but twice, came back and beat the Texas Rangers 10-9 in 11 innings to force a decisive Game 7 tonight.  It is the first Game 7 in the World Series since 2002, a nine-year span unprecedented in baseball since adopting the best-of-seven format in 1922.

Game 6 posted a 12.7/21 fast national household rating/share with an average viewership of 21.1 million viewers, and is the highest-rated and most-watched World Series game since Game 6 of the 2009 World Series (13.4/22, 22.3 million), according to Nielsen Media Research.  Ten World Series games have been played since then.  It is also the highest-rated World Series game not involving the New York Yankees since Game 4 in 2005 (13.0/21), and is the most-watched World Series game sans the nationally popular Yankees and Boston Red Sox since Game 7 in 2002 (30.8 million).

Through six games, the 2011 World Series on FOX is averaging a 9.3/15 in household rating/share, with 15.3 million viewers, +11% in rating over last year (8.4/14, 14.3 million) and 2008 (8.4/14, 13.6 million).  Both were five game series.  The current 9.3/15 average for the 2011 World Series would rank as the sixth highest-rated show (live+same day) in primetime, a ranking that is likely to improve with the inclusion of tonight’s rare Game 7.

The World Series on FOX Game 6 powered the network to a first place finish in Households and all key Adult, Male and Female demographics while setting numerous impressive benchmarks:

-       Among Households, FOX averaged an 11.8 rating from 8:00-11:00 PM, easily eclipsing CBS (7.5), ABC (5.0), and NBC (2.7).

-       Last night’s 11.8, with 19.4 million viewers in primetime gave FOX the highest-rated and most-watched night in Households on any network this broadcast season.

-       The 11.8 rating and 19.4 million viewers in Primetime made last night FOX’s highest-rated and most-watched night since the American Idol Finale in May.

-       Among Adults 18-49, FOX was just as dominant averaging a 5.6, beating CBS (3.0), ABC (2.8), and NBC (1.7).

Last night’s game opened with an 8.5 at 8:00 PM ET and grew steadily throughout the night averaging 11.7 from 9:00-9:30 PM ET; 12.9 from 10:00-10:30 PM ET; and 13.2 from 11:00-11-30 PM ET.  The broadcast peaked with a 15.0 HH rating and 25.2 million viewers from midnight-12:30 AM ET.

As mentioned, from 8:00 to 11:00 PM ET, Game 6 averaged an 11.8 HH rating, with 19.4 million viewers.  From 11:00 PM ET to its conclusion, the game averaged a 14.3 HH rating, with 23.9 million viewers, +21% in rating and +23% in viewership compared to Primetime.  Post mid-night, the game averaged a 14.8 rating and 24.9 million viewers, +25% in rating and +28% in average audience.

St. Louis led all local markets for Game 6 with a 49.4/70, peaking at a 57.0/75 from 10:30-11:00 PM ET, with the final quarter hour averaging a 53.1/82.  Dallas averaged a World Series-high 47.1/67, while peaking at 55.7/81 from 11:15-11:30 PM ET.

Big Snowstorm Headed for the Northeast This Weekend

Big Snowstorm Headed for the Northeast This Weekend

Freese it! Cardinals win Greatest World Series Game Ever!

Simply put, it's the greatest World Series game ever Thursday night in St.Louis! The Cardinals win it in 11 innings over Texas on David Freese's walk-off HR!

Bad baseball early - 5 errors.

Clutch hitting by Freese to tie it in the bottom of the ninth (and 11th), Josh Hamilton to give the Rangers a 9-7 lead in the 10th with a two-run HR and Lance Berkman for the tie in the 10th.

Goats, heros, drama and more. It had it all for the Cards 10-9 win, including the Rangers being one strike away from a title twice!


Click here for the highlights from MLB/FOX.