mun2 To Bring The Tradition Of Thanksgiving NFL Football To Spanish-Language Homes Across America

NBCUNIVERSAL LOGOS -- Pictured: "mun2" Black Logo  -- (Photo by: mun2)La NFL en mun2 Continues its Inaugural Season with the Exclusive Spanish-language Telecast of the NFL’s Thanksgiving Night Game at 8 PM ET

LOS ANGELES – Nov. 25, 2014 - NBCUniversal’s Hispanic cable network mun2 is bringing the uniquely American tradition of Thanksgiving NFL football to the homes of Latinos across the U.S., with the exclusive Spanish-language broadcast of the NFL’s Thanksgiving night game this Thursday, Nov. 27. The highly anticipated contest is a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers, won by the eventual Super Bowl-champion Seahawks, 23-17.

La NFL en mun2 pre-game show will begin live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT. Bringing viewers all the action on the field throughout this NFC West divisional clash will be play-by-play announcer Rene Giraldo, along with color commentator Edgar Lopez and sideline reporter Veronica Contreras. In addition to live action reporting, mun2 will air several custom segments showcasing the two teams, the NFL and the Thanksgiving tradition in a relatable way to the Hispanic audience.

The Thanksgiving night game is the second of five La NFL en mun2 broadcasts this NFL season. mun2 kicked off its coverage in September, broadcasting the Hispanic Heritage Game on Sept. 28, during which the Dallas Cowboys defeated the New Orleans Saints, 38-17, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After the Thanksgiving night game, the network will broadcast two ‘win-or-go-home’ NFL match-ups: a Wild Card Playoff on Jan. 3 or 4, 2015, and a Divisional Playoff game on Jan. 10 or 11, 2015. The season will culminate on Feb. 1, 2015 – the day mun2 rebrands to become NBC UNIVERSO – and airs the exclusive Spanish-language telecast of Super Bowl XLIX, from Glendale, Arizona.

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Philadelphia Flyers Host New York Rangers In 2014 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown Friday at 1 P.M. ET on NBC

nhl_nbc_2Rangers Visit Flyers in 2014 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown Friday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC; NHL Live On-Site in Philadelphia

“I love playing hockey – I think I love watching my kids play hockey more than I love to play.” – Rangers Forward Martin St. Louis to Pierre McGuire

Boston Bruins Host Pittsburgh Penguins Tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Detroit Red Wings Host Flyers Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 24, 2014 – NBC’s coverage of the 2014-15 NHL regular season begins this Friday at 1 p.m. ET, when Martin St. Louis, Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers travel to Philadelphia to face Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and the Flyers in the 2014 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown. Coverage begins with NHL Live – NBC Sports Group’s NHL pre-game show – on-site from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., hosted by Kathryn Tappen, alongside analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

This week’s NHL coverage begins tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Coverage continues on Wednesday night, when Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings host the Flyers at 7:30 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide live coverage of Penguins-Bruins, Flyers-Red Wings, and Rangers-Flyers.


The Flyers and Rangers face off in the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown this Friday on NBC following their Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown last week on NBCSN. Last Wednesday, goalie Cam Talbot stopped all 31 shots he faced, and Rangers leading scorer Rick Nash found the back of the net in a 2-0 victory in New York. The Flyers enter the week following a 4-2 victory on Saturday, and face the New York Islanders and Red Wings prior to Friday’s game. The Rangers travel to Tampa Bay on Wednesday to face the Lightning.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Philadelphia.


NBC’s coverage will feature a sit-down interview with Pierre McGuire and Rangers forward Martin St. Louis. St. Louis discussed the joy he gets from seeing his three young boys play hockey, while finding the balance between being a star hockey player, a husband and a father.

Following are excerpts from McGuire’s conversation with St. Louis:

St. Louis on the joy of watching his boys play hockey: “I love playing hockey – I think I love watching my kids play hockey more than I love to play. It’s great when they score, and for them, that’s the reward. Knowing the game the way I know the game, it’s the little things they do on the ice that nobody sees…but I see it, and that’s what makes me proud of how they play the game.”

St. Louis comparing his nerves on the ice to his nerves watching his boys on the ice: “I’m probably more on the edge of my seat watching them play than when I play, because when I play, I have control. When they’re out there, sometimes they get in a vulnerable position, and I tell them, ‘If you stay down, you better be hurt.’”

St. Louis on taking his boys to practice during early mornings after Rangers’ night games: “My dad (would take me to practice) at 6 a.m., 7 a.m.…it’s just part of being a dad. That’s the time that you can’t get back.”


This week’s NHL coverage kicks off tonight, when the Penguins travel to Boston to face the Bruins at 7 p.m. ET. Sidney Crosby is currently tied with Dallas’ Tyler Seguin for second in the NHL in points (26), behind Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek (29), which has propelled Pittsburgh to the top spot in the Metropolitan Division (13-4-2), tied with the New York Islanders (14-6-0). Last year, the Bruins won two of three meetings against the Penguins, including both matchups in Boston.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will provide live commentary from TD Garden in Boston, Mass.


Coverage continues Wednesday when the Flyers travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Detroit looks to rebound from a 4-1 loss on Saturday to Toronto. In their last meeting on Oct. 25, Detroit outshot Philadelphia 37-17, but Flyers goaltender Ray Emery stopped 35 shots en route to a 4-2 victory over the Red Wings.

Jim Jackson (play-by-play), Bill Clement (analyst), and Chris Therien (Inside-The-Glass analyst) will have the call from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.

This week’s pre-game coverage on NBCSN begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live. Kathryn Tappen anchors tonight’s studio coverage with analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter, and hosts Wednesday night’s coverage alongside Keith Jones and Bob McKenzie.

Note: Both Penguins-Bruins and Flyers-Red Wings games are subject to local blackouts.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., November 24 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Boston NBCSN 7p.m.
Wed., November 26 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Fri., November 28 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown – N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia NBCSN 1 p.m.


NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.


NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2014-15 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.


SEC Network to Simulcast Iron Bowl with Finebaum Viewing Option; Airs “SEC Nation” live from the Egg Bowl

SEC_Network_logoSEC Network will surround Thanksgiving weekend’s legendary Southeastern Conference rivalry games – the Iron Bowl and the Egg Bowl – with an expanded layer of in-depth studio and live game coverage. In addition to airing Georgia Tech at No. 10 Georgia and Tennessee at Vanderbilt, SEC Network will televise SEC Nation live from Oxford, Miss., the site of the Egg Bowl, and provide an alternate viewing option for the Iron Bowl.

Both the Iron Bowl (No. 14 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama) and the Egg Bowl (No. 4 Mississippi State at No. 8 Ole Miss) match a Top 15 team facing an in-state rival currently ranked in the Top Four of the College Football Playoff Rankings.

Iron Bowl – No. 14 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama
ESPN will televise the Iron Bowl (Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7:45 p.m. ET) for the first time since 2007 and feature the SEC Network’s lead commentating team of Brent Musburger, analyst Jesse Palmer and reporter Maria Taylor.

SEC Network will carry a complimentary viewing option to ESPN’s game coverage in which Paul Finebaum watches the game with analysts in the SEC Network studios as it plays out. Finebaum Film Room: Iron Bowl Live begins at 7 p.m. and will include analysts Marcus Spears, Greg McElroy, Cole Cubelic and Booger McFarland discussing the game and breaking down plays.

The simulcast will also gauge fan reaction with live callers, a trademark of The Paul Finebaum Show that has cemented him as an integral player in the Alabama vs. Auburn rivalry.

Egg Bowl – No. 4 Miss State at No. 8 Ole Miss
SEC Nation will preview a full day of SEC football with on-site coverage of the scene in Oxford, Ms., prior to the Top 10 matchup of No. 4 Mississippi State at No. 8 Ole Miss. The two-hour pregame show will be live from The Grove 9-11 a.m. CT/10-noon ET with its full slate of SEC experts: Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears and Paul Finebaum alongside host Joe Tessitore and reporter Kaylee Hartung. This will mark the traveling pregame show’s second trip to The Grove this season.

Following the show, SEC Network will feature a doubleheader of Rivalry Week action with Georgia facing Georgia Tech as it fights to remain a contender from the East for the SEC Football Championship Game and Tennessee at Vanderbilt as the Volunteers look to secure one last win to become bowl eligible for the first time in four years.

SEC Network schedule highlights:

Date Time (ET) Telecast/Commentators
Sat, Nov. 29 10 a.m. SEC Nation
Joe Tessitore, Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears, Paul Finebaum & Kaylee Hartung
  Noon Georgia Tech at No. 10 Georgia
Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Laura Rutledge
4 p.m. Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Tom Hart, Matt Stinchcomb & Heather Mitts
7 p.m. Finebaum Film Room: Iron Bowl Live
No. 14 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama
Paul Finebaum, Greg McElroy, Cole Cubelic, Marcus Spears, Booger McFarland

*Rankings as of Nov. 18

The SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which will launch August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will carry SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network will televise 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming will also include in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. AT&T U-verse® TV, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV,  Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, LUS Fiber, Mediacom, PTC Communications, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Wilkes Telephone, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC and will carry the television network nationwide at launch. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively as SEC Network+ events on WatchESPN and through authenticated access from AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DISH, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC.


NBC Sports Group Presents 20 Premier League Matches In Five Days

nbc-sports-groupSecond-Place Southampton v. Third-Place Manchester City Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Unbeaten Chelsea visit Sunderland Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

The 2 Robbies “Football” Show Expands Distribution to Terrestrial NBC Sports Radio Network

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 25, 2014NBC Sports Group presents 20 Premier League matches in five days beginning this Saturday, November 29. Weekend coverage is highlighted by second-place Southampton facing third-place Manchester City and Premier League-leading scorer Sergio Aguero (12 goals) this Sunday, November 30, at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC Sports Group’s Premier League lead play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the match, joined by Lee Dixon at St. Mary’s Stadium.

Premier League coverage kicks off on Saturday, November 29, at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by West Bromwich Albion hosting Arsenal and their leading scorer Alexis Sanchez (eight goals, third-most in BPL) at 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and mun2. Coming off a crucial 2-1 victory over Arsenal, Manchester United host Hull City Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and mun2.

NBC hosts coverage of first-place Chelsea visiting Sunderland at 12:30 p.m. ET this Saturday. Premier League powerhouse Chelsea won 2-0 over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, and are off to their second-best start in Premier League history (10-2-0). White calls the match joined by Dixon at the Stadium of Light.

Following the Saturday matches, The 2 Robbies “Football” Show, hosted by former Jamaica National Team Player Robbie Earle and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe, airs at 5 p.m. ET. For the first time, the show will be available on the terrestrial NBC Sports Radio Network as well as on and the NBC Sports Radio mobile app. For more information, and to download the app, visit

Following Sunday’s Southampton v. Manchester City match, Tottenham host Everton and U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW hosted by Michael Davies and Roger Bennett will air at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN each Monday throughout the Premier League season.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the first mid-week match day of the season begins Tuesday, December 2, at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Manchester United v. Stoke City and continues Wednesday, December 3, at 2:45 p.m. ET with Chelsea v. Tottenham on NBCSN. White will be joined by Graeme Le Saux to call Chelsea v. Tottenham from Stamford Bridge.

The five additional matches this Saturday in the 10 a.m. ET slot as well as the five additional matches on Tuesday, December 3, in the 2:45 p.m. to 3:00 pm slot, and the three additional matches on Wednesday, December 3, in the 2:45 p.m. slot will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN.

The Premier League Game Finder can be accessed at

All matches will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live alongside Earle and Mustoe.

All Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets.

Below is the schedule for NBCUniversal’s soccer coverage through Wednesday, December 3 (all times ET):

Date Time Match Network
Sat., Nov. 29 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 29 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 29 7:45 a.m. West Brom v. Arsenal NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. Manchester United v. Hull City NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. Liverpool v. Stoke City Extra Time
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. West Ham v. Newcastle Extra Time
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. Swansea City v. Crystal Palace Extra Time
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. Burnley v. Aston Villa Extra Time
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. Queens Park Rangers v. Leicester City Extra Time
Sat., Nov. 29 12:30 p.m. Sunderland v. Chelsea NBC
Sat., Nov. 29 3 p.m. MLS Cup Playoffs: New England Revolution vs New York Red Bulls NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 29 Midnight Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 30 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League World NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 30 6:30 a.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 30 7:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 30 8:30 a.m. Southampton v. Manchester City NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 30 11 a.m. Tottenham v. Everton NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 30 1 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 30 2 p.m. Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., Dec. 1 12:30 a.m. Match of the Week NBCSN
Mon., Dec. 1 10:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League Review NBCSN
Tues., Dec. 2 12:30 a.m. Premier League Encore NBCSN
Tues., Dec. 2 2 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Tues., Dec. 2 2:45 p.m. Manchester United v. Stoke City NBCSN
Tues., Dec. 2 2:45 p.m. Leicester v. Liverpool Extra Time
Tues., Dec. 2 2:45 p.m. Burnley v. Newcastle Extra Time
Tues., Dec. 2 2:45 p.m. Swansea City v. Queens Park Rangers Extra Time
Tues., Dec. 2 3 p.m. Crystal Palace v. Aston Villa Extra Time
Tues., Dec. 2 3 p.m. West Brom v. West Ham Extra Time
Tues., Dec. 2 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Wed., Dec. 3 1 a.m. Premier League Encore NBCSN
Wed., Dec. 3 1:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Wed., Dec. 3 2 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Wed., Dec. 3 2:45 p.m. Chelsea v. Tottenham NBCSN
Wed., Dec. 3 2:45 p.m. Arsenal v. Southampton Extra Time
Wed., Dec. 3 2:45 p.m. Sunderland v. Manchester City Extra Time
Wed., Dec. 3 2:45 p.m. Everton v. Hull City Extra Time
Wed., Dec. 3 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will once again make all 380 games from the Premier League available in the United States on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra. Every MVPD has the option to carry every Premier League match on live television and via live streaming at no additional cost to consumers.


Notes & Quotes From NBC’s “Football Night In America” – Week 12

FNIA-nfl-nbc“They’re not just beating people, they are crushing people.” – Bob Costas on Patriots

I like Green Bay to win four of the next five games.” – Rodney Harrison

“They fired Lovie Smith but they got back to Lovie Smith philosophy today – run the ball and get takeaways on defense.” – Tony Dungy on Bears

“The Pro Football Hall of Fame tomorrow is going to announce the biggest gift in the 51-year history of the Hall.” – Peter King

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 23, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on, and NFL Insider Peter King. Alex Flanagan reported from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on the Cardinals-Seahawks game.

In addition, Bob Costas interviewed New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., and Josh Elliott spoke with Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:


Dungy: “I don’t think either one of these teams can catch Arizona. The winner of this game Thursday night is in good position for a Wild Card.”

Harrison on Seahawks: “If they can stop the run, they can win this football game.”

Flanagan on Marshawn Lynch: “As for Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, he did speak to reporters. He was in his locker room after tonight’s game surrounded by reporters who threw him question after question. To each question he had a single word answer, “Yeah,” “No,” “Maybe,” but it’s enough to probably avoid another $100,000 fine.”


Costas: “There is no hotter team than the New England Patriots. Not that long ago, 2-2, the sky was falling in New England. Now they’ve reeled off seven straight wins. And they’re not just beating people, they are crushing people.”

Ward: “It’s hard to believe the AFC Championship Game won’t be in New England. The Patriots offense just ran through a tough Detroit defense with ease…I think (Brandon) Browner and (Darrelle) Revis are the best cornerback tandem in the NFL.”

Dungy on end-of-game play where Lions C Dominic Raiola dove at Patriots DT Zach Moore: “I was surprised the Patriots didn’t take a knee there at the end of the game and tried to score. That still doesn’t excuse going after a guy’s knee. There’s no place in the game for that.”

Harrison: “This is what Bill Belichick preaches from the very first day of training camp, playing 60 minutes. This is professional football. You’re getting paid millions and millions of dollars. This is not high school … (Bill Belichick) wants to lay a foundation for his younger players. That’s why he always finishes. It doesn’t matter if it’s Cincinnati, if it’s Indianapolis, if it’s the Denver Broncos, he’s preaching 60 minutes.”

Harrison on Belichick’s philosophy regarding Darrelle Revis: “He’s taken his best cornerback, Darrelle Revis, and he puts him on the number two wide receiver. And he completely shut Golden Tate down this week and last week he did the same thing to Reggie Wayne. What they’re doing is they’re taking Brandon Browner, they’re giving him help over the top, and he’s negating the number one receiver.”

Harrison: “The strength of this team might be the defense.”


Harrison: “I like Green Bay to win four of the next five games. They might struggle with the New England Patriots, but I look for them to win at least four of five.”


Dungy: “It was funny to me, they fired Lovie Smith but they got back to Lovie Smith philosophy today – run the ball and get takeaways on defense.”

Patrick on Jay Cutler’s post-game remarks: “I think we’re so used to hearing guys programmed when they go into those press conferences, all of a sudden Cutler went unscripted there.”

Harrison: “It’s easy for the fans to blame Marc Trestman, but when you’re paying a lot of superstars a lot of money, they have to perform. You saw Matt Forte. They got back to making him the number one priority on offense.”


Harrison: “I respect everything they’ve done, but I still think they’re the third- or fourth-best team in that division.”


Dungy: “The Cincinnati Bengals really impressed me — the second week in a row, going on the road, a tough opponent and winning a big road game.”

Harrison on how to stop A.J. Green: “Maybe if you have Darrelle Revis on your team…He’s a complete wide receiver. Very physical and he can make all the catches.”


Harrison on Shaun Hill’s late-game interception: “Jeff Fisher wanted the experience of a veteran quarterback. That’s why he put him in there and to avoid these types of mistakes. You just can’t throw this. You’re in perfect position for a field goal. Kick the field goal, go into overtime, trust your defense, but you can’t turn the ball over right there.”


Dungy on Falcons’ clock management: “They would have been better off letting Cleveland take the time out and then probably running the ball the next play, make them use another time out. You’ve got a great field goal kicker in Matt Bryant. You’re pretty sure you’re going to make it.”

Harrison on Falcons defense on final drive: “Keep it simple. Don’t bring out all these exotic plays.”


Costas on Romo: “One thing no one can say about him is that he is not tough.”

Dungy on impact of DeMarco Murray: “Teams are not going in and saying, ‘We’ve got to stop Tony Romo.’ They’ve got to stop that running game first and that makes it easier for him (Romo).”

Harrison: “Best offensive line in football and best running back in football. Run the ball.”


Ward: “It’s rare to have a rookie wide receiver be the best player on your team considering (he) missed all of training camp and the first four games. I like this kid’s will to want to compete…He gave it to Richard Sherman (a few weeks ago). He went after him and competed with him all day, and really gave Richard Sherman all that he could handle.”


King: “The Pro Football Hall of Fame tomorrow is going to announce the biggest gift in the 51-year history of the Hall. New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson will be giving the Hall a multi-million dollar donation. And the biggest thing, as far as I’m concerned, is he is providing some seed money for a residential village to be built on the Hall of Fame campus to help indigent and needy former players.”

Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Odell Beckham Jr., and Elliott’s interview with Romo.


Beckham Jr. on attending Isidore Newman High School (the alma mater of Beckham Jr., Eli Manning and Peyton Manning): “The bar is set high. Two of the best quarterbacks in the country. Isidore Newman has some high standards.”

Beckham Jr. on having the opportunity to take practice throws from Eli and Peyton Manning while he was still in high school: “I think my coach told me about it a couple days in advance. I remember going to buy new gloves and new cleats (laughing). I was ready to go.”

Beckham on his father Odell Beckham, Sr., who was a RB for LSU: “God has blessed me with some abilities and some great parents. Not just the athletic ability, but their mindsets. It has propelled me to where I am today.”

Beckham Jr. on his father being college roommates with Shaquille O’Neil: “My dad would take me to the LSU training facility and hold me up and let me dunk the ball. Shaq would hold me in the palm of his hand. His hands are huge. It was great to have that relationship with him. We text every now and then. He’s a converted Cowboys fan, so I’m trying to make him proud as a Giant.”

On already having lost the same number of games during his rookie season in the NFL (7), as he did during his entire college playing career at LSU (33-7): “I guess we can’t lose any more. Chances are you are going to have more losses than you did in college. You just have to take those loses and learn from them.”


Romo on how he feels after fracturing two bones in his back: “I’m getting better. It’s like anything. You have to let broken bones heal and get better.”

Elliott: “Broken bones in your back, as a quarterback especially, is an injury that the average NFL fan has a hard time wrapping their head around.”

Romo: “As a competitor, you ultimately just want to play and help your football team. You just suck it up and go do it, if you are able to in some capacity. Once you step on the field, no one actually cares. You have to go be good. That’s part of your job.”

Romo on his pre-season expectations for the team: “When you have played long enough, you start to recognize that this team that we have is pretty good. But until we go out and do it, I’m not really sure. Once you start to win, and start to do things a little better than you have as a team in the past, you start to recognize the abilities.”

Romo on his pre-season comments about fans seeing the best version of him this season: “There is no question. Just from a physical standpoint, I’ve never thrown it as well as I have this season. You are always trying to perfect your craft and get to a point that is exact. I felt like I was getting to a point where I was going to be able to do my job at a high level every day. Not just two-out-of-every-four games, or three-out-of-four games, but four-out-of-four days. When you get there, you feel very confident going out on the football field. Having a football team that gives you a chance is a game changer.”


Tonight on Real Sports: How the cops in Watts (LA) forged a relationship in the community




HBO Real Sports: The Watts Bears
Carl Quintanilla speaks with community members and police officers in Watts (LA) about the unlikely success of the Watts Bears. Real Sports debuts Tues., Nov. 25 at 9pm ET/PT on HBO.

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL continues its 20th season with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 212th edition debuts at a special time on TUESDAY, NOV. 25 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Segments include:

            *The Watts Bears.  REAL SPORTS visits Watts, Los Angeles, long a source of anti-police resentment. In 1965, the neighborhood was the site of race riots that left 34 people dead and more than 1,000 injured, resulting in nearly 4,000 arrests. In the decades since, gang activity and a tumultuous relationship between residents and police have been a constant.

Today, a football team is bridging the gap between communities and cops. It started in 2011, when the LAPD and LA Housing Authority launched the Community Safety Partnership (CSP). Among other initiatives, that meant starting a football program to take kids out of the gang culture of the street and unite them on the field. While the team has struggled for wins, their impact is felt throughout the community. Despite affiliations that might otherwise deem them enemies, parents and other residents support the team together, while the number of homicides has dropped from 79 in the decade before CSP, to just four in three years. REAL SPORTS correspondent Carl Quintanilla speaks with community members and police officers about the Watts Bears.

Producer: Maggie Burbank.


Quotes From Week 12 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay Highlights’ & ‘NFL GameDay Final’

nfl-gameday-finalQuotes From NFL GameDay Highlights & NFL GameDay Final

“They’re protecting Tom [Brady] better, they’re catching the ball [and] they’re playing good defense. That secondary has the best four corners in the league and they can lock you down.” – Steve Mariucci on the difference with the New England Patriots since their Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs

“Tom Brady and [Rob Gronkowski] may be the best combination in the game.” – Deion Sanders on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski

“This is the best [Rob Gronkowski] we have ever seen with the New England Patriots right now and they are by far the team that is rolling right. Gronk is playing the kind of football that belongs somewhere on Mars.” – Michael Irvin on tight end Rob Gronkowski and the New England Patriots

“You start out like this against Philadelphia who is explosive and they can explode on you, this is not going to do it. You’re not going to be able to have the opportunity to come back.” – Michael Irvin on the Dallas Cowboys, who face the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13 after coming back to defeat the New York Giants in Week 12

“They played a little sloppy early in that game. They came out and got away from their identity early on and it could have cost them this game.” – Michael Irvin on the Dallas Cowboys’ 31-28 victory over the New York Giants

“[Tony Romo] statistically will go down in history as one of the best quarterbacks to play the game. The problem we have with Tony Romo is winning that big one and not maximizing those moments when they come to pass.” – Deion Sanders on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

“They can catch Arizona because of the way they played today…I like Seattle going forward. I think they can come back and win this division.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West race

“Russell Wilson has found the balance of pass and run, and that’s what RG3 needs to find. He doesn’t understand OK if it’s not there [then] take off and run. Either he’s all in or he’s not…He needs to learn from Russell Wilson [about] finding that balance.” – Deion Sanders on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

“This guy has proven that he can carry the load. They need him to. He can run between the tackles, outside the tackles and he can handle the carries they need him to handle.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, who rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown in the 39-36 win over the Miami Dolphins

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Bradshaw Upset With Commissioner’s Handling of Adrian Peterson Case

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Bradshaw Blasts Commissioner Goodell’s Handling of Adrian Peterson Case: “It’s a Double Standard and It Makes No Sense”

Johnson: Relationship Between Gruden & RGIII is Beyond Repair; Believes RGIII is Done in Washington

Long: If Romo Stays Healthy, Dallas is Frontrunner in NFC East

Randy Moss Sits Down for 1-on-1 Interview with Tom Brady:



Three-time Super Bowl-winner and NFL on FOX analyst Daryl Johnston joined the program from Minneapolis, site of today’s Packers vs. Vikings game.  Johnston described the meeting he had with Green Bay Packers players yesterday:  “This is as confident a group that I have ever been around since I’ve been a broadcaster.  They feel like they can just go out and move the ball at will.  Add to that this defense which has been taking the ball away and scoring points, so this is a pretty tough team to play right now.”

Six-time Pro Bowl quarterback and FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Donovan McNabb believes the Denver Broncos offense is more dangerous than the Green Bay Packers offense:  “Everything that I’ve seen from the Denver Broncos and the talent that they have all around on offense puts them in a position where in total offense in the last eight weeks, they are second in the NFL.”

Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt commented on Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith facing his old team, the Chicago Bears this afternoon:  “I’ve been in his shoes before.  To the media, to his staff to everybody, he’s going to say the coach talk, ‘It’s another game.’  But he’s going to call [quarterback] Josh McCown in behind closed doors and he’s going to say, ‘They fired both of us and we can go in there and win this game!’ Psychologically, this is worth two wins for Lovie.” 


Two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Jimmy Johnson weighed in on what unfolded earlier this week between Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Robert Griffin III:  “It’s not going to end, because in my opinion, Robert Griffin is done in Washington. The question is, is Jay Gruden done and is he going down with this quarterback? Robert Griffin tried to be a leader with his words. But in the NFL, players don’t care about words; they want to see the action on the field. Are you going to help them win ball games? You look at Jay Gruden he has never bought in to Robert Griffin as his quarterback. How many coaches have you ever seen in a press conference call out their quarterback and point out his mistakes in a press conference? As far as Robert Griffin’s teammates, they don’t respect his work ethic and they don’t respect what he is doing on the field, because it’s not helping them win. It’s a shame because Robert Griffin is a talented guy, but I don’t think you can repair this relationship.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan questions whether owner Dan Snyder will make the ultimate call on Griffin:  “He [Griffin] isn’t a Gruden guy, we know that. But is he a Snyder guy? I guess we’ll find that out if Snyder picks up the option on his contract.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long says the NFC East race will favor the Cowboys, provided quarterback Tony Romo and his ailing back can hold up: “The bye couldn’t have come at a better time for Dallas. One, they get some defensive players back. Tyrone Crawford, Rolando McClain, who is probably their best defensive player up front and they’re going to work Josh Brent back in as he comes off of his suspension. Stephen Jones said something really interesting during their bye. He said, ‘Don’t blame Tony Romo for the shortcomings of the Dallas Cowboys over the last few years. Blame the Jones family, because we didn’t do a good enough job of surrounding him with talent. ‘Well, I am going to give you some love Stephen because [this year] you’ve done a great job of surrounding him with talent. But my question is, will he be upright through the second half of the year? They play three games over the next 12 days and with that fractured back, will Tony Romo have the ability to finish the football season? If he can, the Dallas Cowboys are the frontrunner to win the NFC East.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw was upset by Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to suspend Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson for the rest of the 2014 regular season:  “Let’s go back to September when the Commissioner bungled the Ray Rice situation. He came out publicly and said, ‘Hey I screwed it up, I’m sorry, give me a second chance and I’ll get it right the second time.’ That’s what Adrian Peterson did. He had a misdemeanor reckless assault charge, for whipping his son with a switch. He said he was sorry and would never do it again. He was given 80 hours of community service and a $4,000 fine. It was time to go back to work, but wait a minute, he didn’t show enough remorse according to the Commissioner and because he didn’t beg and cry and plead, and so therefore he cannot come back to work. On December 2nd, they are going to sit down and try to get him reinstated and I don’t think it is going to happen. It’s amazing to me that the Commissioner can say, ‘Forgive, me, I’ll do a better job next time,’ still keeps his job, still makes $40 million a year and Adrian Peterson is sitting outside with no job. It’s a double standard and it makes no sense.”

NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer reports that the Vikings organization was surprised and disappointed by the NFL ruling that Peterson will be suspended for the remainder of the season: “The Minnesota Vikings were a little bit taken aback this week, because they thought there was a legitimate shot that AP would come back. Mike Zimmer addressed the team and said, ‘Guys, I am going to say one thing publicly, but privately we all feel the same way, but we have no choice now but to move on.’ Their only glimmer of hope is Harold Henderson, who is the appeals officer. He is the same guy who actually reduced Brandon Marshall’s suspension a few years ago from three games to one game, but also the same guy who upheld Josh Gordon’s full suspension.”

Glazer reports that the Washington Redskins front office wants to see Robert Griffin play out the team’s final six games before making an off-season decision on his contract option for 2015: “There is a discrepancy of the leash between the front office and the head coach. What I mean by that is, they have to pick up a contract option on RGIII for $15 million for next year, so the front office wants a longer leash and they have to know, because they have committed an awful lot to this guy. Jay Gruden, he wants a shorter leash. This week, RGIII got up and addressed the team on Monday, tried to apologize and eventually Ryan Clark got up as well and said, ‘Guys, we’ve got to move on.’”

Glazer explains the sideline argument that took place between San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula: “The real story wasn’t the argument, it was what happened that led up to the argument. He knew his role was going to be a little bit limited with the return of Aldon Smith. Still, when it happened, he got ticked off, pulled himself after the first series, took the tape off of his shoes, took his shoes off like he put himself in timeout and that’s what led to the argument.”

Johnson says the Seahawks have to find a way to manage running back Marshawn Lynch, because his production warrants patience: “You don’t ever treat players the same. If he rushed for 2 yards per carry, rather than 4.5, they would have cut him a long time ago. It would be great if they could sign him to a new contract and he could stay with Seattle.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and three-time Super Bowl Champion Troy Aikman joined the show from Gillette Stadium where he is calling today’s Detroit Lions-New England Patriots game. Aikman assessed the inconsistency of the Detroit offense this season: “I don’t know that it’s going to be fixed today, I don’t know that it’s going to be fixed as we move through the remainder of this season. You look at the Lions offensively and they’re inconsistent. A big reason for that is Joe Lombardi, who is a first-time offensive coordinator in the NFL, put in an entirely different offense for Matthew Stafford and this group. And Stafford has been without some key guys, Calvin Johnson has missed considerable time, Brandon Pettigrew has been out, Reggie Bush is out again today. The only real constant that he has had has been Golden Tate, so they have had to rely heavily on that No. 1-ranked defense, unlike years past and I think that’s going to be the case throughout the rest of the regular season.”


Yesterday. FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Randy Moss visited with former teammate and Patriots three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady.  The interview airs in two parts this Sunday, Nov. 23 on FOX Sports 1’s FOX NFL KICKOFF (11:00 AM ET) and on FOX NFL SUNDAY on the FOX broadcast network (12:00 PM ET).  Six-time pro bowl wide receiver Moss and nine-time pro bowl quarterback Brady spent three seasons as teammates in New England toward the end of Moss’ illustrious NFL career.  The former teammates cover several topics including the backlash Brady received from the national media following an early-season loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, beating the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts in back-to-back games, and the Patriots’ current six-game winning streak.  The following answers from Brady have been excerpted from the interview:

Regarding the negative media attention he received after being replaced by backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in a lopsided loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4:  “Really, for my pro career, I’ve never had a lot of criticism.  We won (the Super Bowl) the first year I played and then we won two more shortly after that, so this was really the first time people had come down on me.  So you know what I appreciate?  How about those teams they come down on every week and how do they deal with that?”

Even after all he’s accomplished, Brady admits to still having to prove himself: “I think I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder.  I was the one that no one really wanted in college, and I was the sixth round draft pick in the pros.  Now, I’m always like, why do they want me to go away so quick?”

Notes from NBA on TNT Coverage – Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

nba-on-tntNotes from NBA on TNT Coverage – Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

TNT’s NBA coverage will continue Thursday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. ET with a doubleheader featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers @ New York Knicks followed by the New Orleans Pelicans @ Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m. 

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 O’Neal on the Clippers dealing with trust issues: “When are they going to get it?  A team of this caliber, that has been together this long, should not be talking about trust issues.”
   Smith on Heat small forward Luol Deng: “I think Luol Deng is underrated. This is a guy that, at one time, Chicago said was untradeable.”

Smith on the Heat“After 11 games, I would have thought they would have won eight games.”

Barkley on the Heat: “The Miami team is a mediocre team; they are a good solid team.”

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Los Angeles Clippers (110) @ Miami Heat (93)
Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Reggie Miller (analyst) with Lewis Johnson (reporter)



 Miller on the Clippers: “This Clipper team is not a great rebounding team, especially at the offensive end.”

Miller on Clippers guard Chris Paul: “When you talk about pick and rolls, this guy has eyes in the back of his head.”

Miller on Darren Collison: “The loss of Darren Collison may effect this team. I like Jordan Farmer, he’s a better offensive player than Darren Collison, but he’s not a defender like Collison.”

   Miller on the Heat: “They are building Championship habits. I like the new pieces they put together.”

Miller on Chris Bosh staying in Miami: “People are ecstatic that he stayed around and is showing his loyalty.”

Miller on Chris Bosh: “How do you utilize Chris Bosh in this system? You bring in a veteran presence on this team to surround Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to keep that level of play.”

Miller on Heat point guard Shabazz Napier: “This rookie is smooth. I loved him when he was at UConn. I thought he played under control for a point guard. He has come here and played fantastic early on for the Heat.”

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Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Chris Webber (analyst) with Rebecca Haarlow (reporter)



 Webber on Bulls power forward Taj Gibson: “I just love Taj Gibson. If you watch Taj Gibson, all you have to know is that he works hard, puts his body into position and makes the second, third and fourth effort to help his team.”

Webber on the Bulls maturing on the offensive end: “When you look at the Bulls, they have been known for their defense, not offense. This year, Coach Thibodeau has more offensive power – especially off the bench. It’s going to be interesting to watch this team mature throughout the season.”

Webber on Bulls guard Aaron Brooks: “You have to love his cadence. He’s just the guy, when everyone plays with him, they have to keep up with his pace because there is no time for laziness when he is on the floor. You have to love that if you are a coach.”

Webber on Bulls small forward Jimmy Butler: “This guy may be the most improved player in the NBA, offensively.  He is going to be a great player – at the end of the season heading into the playoffs – because he’s had a chance to play with [Derrick] Rose being out.”

Webber on the Bulls work ethic: “[They have the] most injuries, most heart. You have to love and admire how they go out on the court every day and give a steady dose of hard work. You just have to admire that.”



 Smith on the Kings: “This is just the first year I can look at Sacramento and say they play with effort and energy.”

Webber on Kings center DeMarcus Cousins: “He is one of the best big men in the game. This year there is no stopping him as he is becoming a better leader in this game.”

Webber on the Kings identity: “Every team has an identity…their identity is DeMarcus Cousins in the paint. It’s good that they are starting to play off of that.”

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Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith



 Barkley: “This is how the Clippers play; they are a dunk and layup machine; they have no physical toughness.”

Barkley on the Clippers half-court game: “We know the Clippers are very good in the full court. We know they are an elite team, but they have to fix their half-court offense.”

Barkley on the Clippers’ potential: “This team just has a ceiling. They are very talented, they are an elite team, but they are not going to win a Championship. They are great when they are running, jumping and dunking but they do a horrible job off the boards.”

Barkley on Clippers power forward Blake Griffin: “Blake Griffin is a very talented player, but he does not enforce his will down low. He is the one guy that can be dominant every night. But you have to wonder if he will ever develop that killer instinct.”



Barkley on the Bulls: “The Bulls just don’t have enough offensive fire power without Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol.”

Barkley on Bulls guard Derrick Rose playing through his pain: “Derrick Rose has to understand something – we are all in pain when you play basketball. You have to learn to play in pain.”

Barkley on Bulls guard Derrick Rose listening to his body: “He’s going to have to change the way he plays. Derrick Rose goes 100 percent every time. He needs to learn his body.”

  O’Neal on Kings center DeMarcus Cousins: “He’s playing like the best big man in the league.”

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ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 12

Sunday NFL Countdown logoESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson previewed the NFL’s week 12 games with insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Comments from today’s show:
On the return of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon …
Jackson: “So many good things will happen if Josh Gordon is the Josh Gordon he was last year.”
Johnson: “He now adds an extra weapon to this football team. Last year he played with three different quarterbacks. Imagine now that he’s only with (Brian) Hoyer, what he’s capable of doing, not only in the pass game but the run game. It opens everything up.“
Ditka: “I don’t even worry about his talent. … Where’s his mind at? … And that’s what you’ve got to find out. … If he’s got it all together, he’s going to be really valuable to this football team because they’ve got to run the ball and he’s their passing threat.”
Carter: “Without a doubt – and you can’t say this about a lot of players – he has Hall of Fame talent. He’s one of the most talented receivers I’ve ever seen in the NFL. He has that type of ability. Now, I know something about this, and I know what he’s going through, and I’m more concerned about his day-to-day. Up until now, Josh has done everything he’s supposed to do. He’s got a great support system in the Browns. When this happened, I was calling for the Browns to release him. They have supported him and he has made tremendous strides off the field. Playing football – when you are going through what he’s going through – is the easiest part of his life. Now, me, I’m personally cheering for him because what he’s going to do today will be second nature to him. What he’s going to have to do every other day is make those right decisions. That’s what I’m concerned about, but I am pulling for him.”
On the Seattle Seahawks offense and their lack of a passing game this season …
Johnson: “This offense has no Golden Tait. They have no Percy Harvin. So if you are Arizona, you can stack the box, make guys come downhill, force Marshawn Lynch outside, try to pursue that way, make Russell Wilson do something besides run the football – put it in the air. … They’ve got to get the passing game going if they’re going to do anything.”
Ditka (on Marshawn Lynch): “It ain’t complicated. What’s my best deal? Hand it to him, and hand it to him, and hand it to him, and hand it to him again because he’s your best option. Hand it to him. Let him pound it. He likes that.”
On the success of the Arizona Cardinals defense this season under defensive coordinator Todd Bowles …
Jackson: “The one thing that Todd Bowles has done: he’s put tremendous pressure on the running game and the quarterback, and he does it at the same time – combination run-pass blitzes out of the 3-4 defense.”
On just how good Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt is …
Jackson: “I don’t think we’ve seen this exact combination of skills in a player. … When you look at his career right now – and I can’t dictate who’s going to go to the Hall of Fame and who’s not – this is what it looks like early on when a guy plays like this, whether he’s making money, whether he’s not making money. You play with every single fiber of yourself every down that you play.”
On the surging Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers …
Ditka: “I think what’s great about Aaron Rodgers is off the field. He’s a great example for young people – young athletes for how to prepare and how to play the game of football. … This defense was questionable early but it’s getting better now. They have this NASCAR look and they’re bringing people everywhere, lining up (Clay) Matthews all over the defense and he’s coming after people.”
Jackson: “It’s a team game but when you talk about Aaron Rodgers, yes, they are the best team in the NFC. … I’m going to tell everybody: put on a bucket list going to see him throw a football because it is different than everybody else in the National Football League. And I’m talking about Brady, Manning, everybody.”
Berman (on how tough the Packers are at home): “Even through the years of Brett Favre and everybody, Lambeau was never like an 8-0 place at home. It’s looking like that now for the Packers.”
On what makes Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots so good …
Jackson: “The brilliance of coach Belichick: when it comes to any football team in the National Football League, whatever your strength is – whatever the one thing is that you do best – I’m gonna take that away.”
On Robert Griffin III, head coach Jay Gruden and the Washington Redskins …
Johnson: “I don’t have a problem with what Jay Gruden said about him in terms of his future with the organization, this year and long-term. I have a problem with coaches when they don’t tell the truth.”
Jackson: “RGIII critiqued his teammates, albeit subtly. He did it. So Coach Gruden felt the necessity to come out and let him know. … I actually appreciated that commentary about RGIII. I don’t think that it was necessary to come out and say ‘you’re not auditioning, the clock is ticking here with your career and the Washington Redskins’. I think that RGIII probably knows that and everybody in Washington and in that locker room probably already knew that. That, you could have said in private.”
Carter: “RGIII’s fundamentals are not very good. So to me, yes, the truth is necessary, and to be a great player it’s going to be necessary.”
On how the Dallas Cowboys will perform the rest of the season vs. past years …
Carter: “I believe that they are going to be able to get it done. This is not the same Dallas Cowboys. The reason why: I don’t believe their defense is as good, but Tony Romo and their ability to be physical on the offensive line, is totally different than what we’ve seen. If they stick to their MO, I look for Dallas to continue to have success and not be like the Dallas teams we’ve seen in recent years.”
Ditka: “If Dallas doesn’t win this game today, they’re taking a big step backwards, a really big step backwards because the Giants have no defense.”
Johnson: “I think in the end, they’re gonna be one of the four teams in the end playing in the playoffs to get to the Super Bowl.”
Jackson: “I’ll judge this team by what they are now and what they do now, but the collapses have been historic.”
On a lighter note …
Schefter: “Colts wide receiver TY Hilton and his wife had a baby daughter this morning. No truth to the rumor that they’re considering naming her Paris.”
Countdown also included the following features during the three-hour program:
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