Friday, February 28, 2014

The Fabulous Friday Five

This week, we serve up Alex Morgan from the US Women's Soccer Team, Pitch Perfect's Anna Kendrick, Lita from the WWE, Megyn Kelly from Fox News and LPGA's Natalie Gulbis.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Gonzalez in, Marino and Sharpe out at CBS


Gonzalez to Provide Analysis Across Multiple CBS Sports Platforms Including THE NFL TODAY, INSIDE THE NFL and THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW
Former Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez joins CBS Sports as an analyst for the CBS Television Network’s NFL pre-game show, THE NFL TODAY, and will contribute across multiple CBS platforms including INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME and CBS Sports Network’s Sunday pre-game show, THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW (TOPS). The announcement was made today by Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports.

“Having just stepped off the playing field, Tony brings a fresh and insightful perspective,” said McManus. “As a future Hall of Famer, we are excited for him to share his knowledge, experiences and opinions with our viewers. Tony was one of the most respected and hardworking players in the NFL and a tremendous teammate. We look forward to him bringing these attributes to CBS Sports.”

Tony will join James Brown, Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason on THE NFL TODAY.

“While we welcome Tony, we want to acknowledge Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe who have contributed greatly to the success of THE NFL TODAY for more than a decade,” added McManus. “Dan and Shannon are true Hall of Famers on the field and in front of the camera. As they pursue other professional opportunities, we thank them for their hard work and dedication and wish them nothing but the best.”

Gonzalez’s NFL career spanned 17 years, 12 with Kansas City after being their first-round pick in 1997, and five with Atlanta before his retirement in 2013. He is the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdowns (111) and yards (15,127) by a tight end. He also is the NFL’s all-time leader in consecutive starts (120) and Pro-Bowl appearances (14) by a tight end, and ranks second overall among all players in catches with 1,325.  Known for his strength and durability, Gonzalez missed only two games during his 17-year career.

Gonzalez attended University of California, where he played football and basketball and majored in Communications.  During his junior season he recorded 46 receptions for 699 yards and five touchdowns, earning him first-team All-Pac 10 and first-team All-America honors.  That year he also helped lead the California basketball team to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, averaging 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds.

Gonzalez started his television career as host of the local television show, “Chiefs Locker Room,” and went on to appear on numerous national programs.  He also is an author, writing two books, and entrepreneur, developing multi-media programs that celebrate and advocate sports for children in an educational format.

Gonzalez’s philanthropic endeavors include a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs, along with Shadow Buddies, an organization that provides emotional support through education regarding illness, disability or medical treatments. He is very active in health, wellness and fitness space. Tony is an investor and trainer in the fitness app FITSTAR and is on the board for Fusionetics which utilizes a state of the art, evidence-based sports science process to optimize human performance.

The Sporting News named Gonzalez the #1 NFL Good Guy in 2004.  Additionally, he won a Presidential Volunteer Award for his work on the “Books and Buddies” project, which sought to promote understanding between teenagers and seniors. 

Tony and his wife, October, reside in his hometown of Huntington Beach, Calif. with their children.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Fabulous Friday Five

Check out this week's picks.......Kate, Mila, Stacy, Trish and Vanessa.  (That's Beckinsale, Kunis, Kiebler, Stratus and Marcil to you and me!)

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Curt Schilling announces he has cancer

Our thoughts and prayer are with Curt Schilling as #38 faces another personal battle, this time with cancer.  Here's the releases from Curt and ESPN:

Curt Schilling statement:
I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer. Shonda and I want to send a sincere thank you and our appreciation to those who have called and sent prayers, and we ask that if you are so inclined, to keep the Schilling family in your prayers.

My father left me with a saying that I've carried my entire life and tried to pass on to our kids: “tough times don't last, tough people do.” Over the years in Boston, the kids at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have shown us what that means.  With my incredibly talented medical team I'm ready to try and win another big game. I've been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience, and I'll embrace this fight just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on.

Thank you,
The Schillings

ESPN statement:
Our thoughts are with Curt and his family during this challenging time. His ESPN teammates wish him continued strength in his cancer fight and we look forward to welcoming him back to our baseball coverage whenever he’s ready.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Super Bowl 49 Odds


49ERS: 8/1
SAINTS: 20/1
COLTS: 30/1
CHIEFS: 30/1
EAGLES: 30/1
BEARS: 30/1
GIANTS: 40/1
LIONS: 40/1
RAMS: 40/1
RAVENS: 40/1
TEXANS: 40/1
BUCS: 60/1
TITANS: 60/1
JETS: 75/1
BILLS: 75/1
BROWNS: 75/1
VIKINGS: 100/1
JAGUARS: 200/1
RAIDERS: 200/1

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII - Seattle Supreme!

So, finally it is here.  Super Bowl XLVIII in NY/NJ and there is no February Blizzard of 2014.  It's just the top two teams in football with the Broncos taking on the Seahawks.

The best offense in the history of the game faces the best defense in the NFL this season.  The old pro, Peyton Manning, takes on Mr. Cool, 2nd year QB Russell Wilson.  The Beast, Marshawn Lynch battles Knowshon Moreno.  And the mouth that roared, Richard Sherman takes on the wily vet Champ Bailey in both their first Super Bowl experience.

Since weather will not be an extreme factor, you'd expect Manning to be at his best.  So, will Seattle's "we'll play what we'll play" defense be able to shut down #18 enough to keep the Seahawks in the game.  Remember, even despite 500+ yards of offense against the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, Denver only managed 26 points with some red zone trip ups.

The feeling here is that the Seahawks won't give up on the running game quite as early as New England did (just 16 carries).  So, that should limit the amount of times Wilson will have to come up with the big play, something #3 did quite well against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

Outside of the obvious, who do you look for on each side of the offensive ball? 

For the Broncos, it's the TE's - Julius Thomas and Jacob Tamme.  With Sherman and Earl Thomas set to take out Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker, those two could be open in key spots.

For the Seahawks, it's WR Doug Baldwin.  He was a beast not only catching the ball but also in the return game.  Add to that, can Golden Tate hang on to the ball in THE key spot?  Maybe he could ask Welker about that one (sorry Pats fans!).

In the end, it's a great game coming down to the last possession.  But they will reign supreme in Seattle with Pete Carroll's first Super Bowl Championship.

Seahawks 27
Broncos 21