U.S. Davis Cup Team Fights For 2015 Tournament Spot This Weekend On Tennis Channel


Captain Jim Courier Leads Americans Against Slovakia in Chicago

LOS ANGELES, Sept.11, 2014 -Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live coverage of the U.S. Davis Cup team’s competition against Slovakia in Chicago, this weekend, with world-whiparound telecasts at 5 p.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 12; 3 p.m. ET, Saturday, Sept. 13; and 1:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, Sept. 14. Similar to the setup used at major events like the US Open and French Open, Tennis Channel’s Center Court Davis Cup telecast will utilize a central-desk format and seamless coverage of matches playing simultaneously on multiple courts.

The United States must defeat Slovakia to qualify for the 2015 Davis Cup tournament. Top-ranked American player John Isner will join Sam Querrey and World No. 1 doubles twins Bob and Mike Bryan, as they fight for a spot in next year’s Davis Cup tournament after losing their first-round match to Britain in January.

In addition to televising the United States-Slovakia Davis Cup competition this weekend, Tennis Channel will cover the 2014 Davis Cup semifinals, with live coverage of France-Czech Republic play in Paris, beginning at 4:30 a.m. ET, and Switzerland-Italy competition in Geneva, beginning at 7 a.m. ET.  Stars set to play in this weekend’s Davis Cup “Final Four” include France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils; the Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych; Switzerland’s all-time major singles titlist Roger Federer and reigning Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka; and Italy’s Fabio Fognini.

Tennis Channel’s digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus, will also offer live coverage of the Israel-Argentina competition in Sunrise, Fla., Friday-Sunday. Available to all U.S.-based digital users, the service can be accessed through the network’s free Tennis Channel Everywhere app or through www.tennischanneleverywhere.com. Tennis Channel Plus users are not required to subscribe to Tennis Channel.

Tennis Channel’s Davis Cup coverageis as follows (all time ET):

Friday, Sept. 12:

4:30 a.m. – Live Singles #1 France v. Czech Republic

7a.m. - Live Singles France v. Czech Republic/Switzerland v. Italy

{1:30p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #1 Switzerland v. Italy}

5 p.m. – Live Singles #1 USA v. Slovakia

8 p.m. – Live Singles #2 USA v. Slovakia

{11p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #1 USA v. Slovakia}


Saturday, Sept. 13:

7a.m. - Live Doubles France v. Czech Republic/Switzerland v. Italy

{11:30a.m. – Instant Encore Doubles Switzerland v. Italy}

3 p.m. -Live Doubles USA v. Slovakia

{12 a.m. – Instant Encore Doubles USA v. Slovakia}


Sunday, Sept. 14:

4:30 a.m. – Live Singles #3France v. Czech Republic

6a.m. - Live Singles France v. Czech Republic/Switzerland v. Italy

1:30p.m. - Live Singles #3 USA v. Slovakia

4:30p.m. - Live Singles #4 USA v. Slovakia

{10 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #3 USA v. Slovakia}


The United States hopes to uphold its unbeaten record against Slovakia (2-0), with victories coming in 2002 and 2003. The American squad finds itself in a rematch at the same stage of play as in 2003, when the Americans defeated the Slovaks 3-2 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The United States must defeat Slovakia in order to compete in the 2015 Davis Cup competition. The country leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup championships, the most recent in 2007.

The U.S. Davis Cup team is captained by Jim Courier, who as a player helped the American squad win the Davis Cup in 1992 and 1995. John Isner, currently the top-ranked American male, enters this weekend’s competition as the last American man to be eliminated at the US Open.    Sam Querrery recently defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez to advance to the Winston-Salem semifinals for his third-consecutive year before falling to Jerzy Janowicz. Widely considered to be the best men’s doubles team of all time, brothers Bob and Mike Bryan captured their 16th Grand Slam title at this year’s US Open and their 100th career title.

If Slovakia wins this weekend it will qualify for a chance to play for the 2015 Davis Cup. Slovakia’s team is captained by Miloslav Mecir and features Martin Klizan, Lukas Lacko, Norbert Gombos and Michal Mertinak.

Tennis Channel (www.TennisChannel.com) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Emirates Airline US Open Series, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, top-tier WTA competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by nine of the top 10 video providers.

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10 Pennant Chase Games in 6 Days Start Monday on MLB Network



Postseason-Contending Angels, Athletics, Braves, Brewers, Cardinals, Dodgers, Giants, Mariners and Nationals All in Action

Secaucus, N.J., September 11, 2014 – Ten pennant chase games will be featured across six days on MLB Network from September 15 – 20. Highlights include:

  • The NL East-leading Washington Nationals visit the Atlanta Braves, who trail the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second NL Wild Card spot by one and a half games, on Monday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Following the game, AL MVP candidate Mike Trout and the MLB-leading Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim host the Seattle Mariners, who trail the Detroit Tigers by a half-game for the second AL Wild Card, at 10:00 p.m. ET. The Mariners and Angels will meet again on Tuesday, September 16 on MLB Network at 10:00 p.m. ET.
  • West Coast pennant chase baseball will be on display beginning with the NL Wild Card-leading San Francisco Giants matching up against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, September 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET. Josh Donaldson and the AL Wild Card-leading Oakland Athletics play home to the Texas Rangers on Thursday, September 18 at 3:30 p.m. ET, and the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, September 20 at 4:00 p.m. ET. The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers travel to Wrigley Field to face the Chicago Cubs on Friday, September 19 at 2:15pm ET.
  • The NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals, who are looking to win their second straight division title, take on the Milwaukee Brewers, who trail the Pirates by one and a half games for the second NL Wild Card spot, on Thursday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET, live from Busch Stadium.
  • NL MVP candidate Buster Posey and the Giants visit Petco Park to take on the San Diego Padres on Friday, September 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

With the 2014 Postseason less than three weeks away, MLB Network’s Emmy Award-winning flagship program MLB Tonight will continue to bring viewers its signature live look-ins at games in progress, news and analysis seven days a week. MLB Network’s game schedule through September 20, which continues the lead up to MLB Network’s exclusive telecasts of two Division Series games this Postseason, is available here. Games will be blacked out in each team’s home television territory unless otherwise announced. Viewers in areas subject to blackouts will be provided with an alternate game telecast or other programming.

Curt Schilling to Resume ESPN MLB Analyst Role Starting Thursday

ESPN-MLBSchilling Discusses Cancer Battle in Interview with Karl Ravech on Tonight’s 6pm ET SportsCenter

Three-time World Series Champion Curt Schilling will rejoin ESPN and resume his MLB analyst role starting with Thursday’s 10 p.m. ET edition of Baseball Tonight (ESPN2). Schilling will appear on the set with ESPN MLB Insiders Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian, Jayson Stark and Keith Law from the Baseball Tonight studio at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus.

In addition, Schilling will discuss his recent cancer battle in a special interview with Karl Ravech on tonight’s (Tuesday) 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter. Watch preview.

The interview will also be shown during tonight’s midnight edition of Baseball Tonight on ESPN2 and it will be available on ESPN.com’s MLB section. Schilling announced he had cancer earlier this year.

Phil Orlins, ESPN senior coordinating producer, on Schilling’s return: “We are ecstatic to have Curt’s passionate and insightful commentary back on our baseball coverage, but most importantly, we are all thrilled to see Curt healthy and strong again.”

Schilling joined ESPN as a Baseball Tonight analyst in 2010. During the 2013 Baseball Winter Meetings, ESPN announced Schilling had been added to the Sunday Night Baseball booth, alongside Dan Shulman and John Kruk. He will return to the road for Sunday Night Baseball as soon as he is comfortable.


Hall of Fame Defensive Tackle “Mean Joe” Greene Kicks Off New Season of NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’

NFL_Network_2012_Logo‘Joe Greene: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, September 12 at 9:00 PM ET

“When you think of me as a football player, I would like for people to think that I put it on the line every time. Good or bad, win or lose, I put it on the line.” – Joe Greene

“There is nobody else out there that I would put ahead of Joe Greene. By far the best Steeler of all time.” – Jack Ham

As a Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle, four-time Super Bowl champion, 10-time Pro Bowler and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Joe Greene earned the nickname “Mean Joe” and established himself as one of the most-feared defenders in NFL history. Yet off the field, the husband, father of three and grandfather of seven goes by the name of “Papa Joe” and bears little resemblance to the 13-year NFL veteran.

The fourth season of the three-time Emmy-nominated series A Football Life kicks off Friday, September 12 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network with a profile of “Mean Joe” Greene. The one-hour, NFL Films-produced documentary features sitdown interviews with Greene and those who know him well, including former Hall of Fame teammates Franco Harris, Lynn Swann and Jack Ham, Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney, and more.

Among the topics discussed in the documentary are:

  • Presenting Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and having his jersey retired by the Steelers
  • Nearly quitting after a late-season loss during the 1974-75 season
  • Leading the Steelers to four Super Bowl championships as a player and contributing to two Super Bowl titles as a front office executive
  • The dominant “Steel Curtain” defense and his relationship with the other members of the ‘Front Four’ – L.C. Greenwood, Dwight White and Ernie Holmes
  • The iconic Coca-Cola commercial and the impact it had on Greene’s public perception
  • Joe’s relationship with his family

Emmy-nominated actor from CBS’ The Good Wife, Josh Charles, narrates.

Joe Greene: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Joe Greene

Agnes Greene – Joe’s wife

Dan Rooney – Steelers Chairman

Art Rooney II – Steelers President

Franco Harris – Hall of Fame running back and Steelers teammate

Lynn Swann – Hall of Fame wide receiver and Steelers teammate

Jack Ham – Hall of Fame linebacker and Steelers teammate

Rocky Bleier – Steelers teammate

Andy Russell – Steelers teammate

Jon Kolb – Steelers teammate

John Brown – Steelers teammate

Kevin Colbert – Steelers general manager

Woody Widenhofer – Former Steelers defensive coordinator/linebackers coach

Joe Gordon – Former Steelers PR Director

Penny Hawkey – Former Coca-Cola creative director

Tom Okon – Former child actor who appeared in Coca-Cola commercial with Joe Greene

Charles Myers – Childhood friend

Chuck Beatty – North Texas State teammate

Provided below are some select quotes from Joe Greene: A Football Life:

“When you think of me as a football player, I would like for people to think that I put it on the line every time. Good or bad, win or lose, I put it on the line.” – Joe Greene

“I just remember walking out on the deck of this aircraft carrier, and there were airplanes and there was Joe Greene. And they were both impressive. It was just sort of a presence that was there and still is today.” – Jon Kolb

“There is nobody else out there that I would put ahead of Joe Greene. By far the best Steeler of all time.” – Jack Ham

“He was special. He did signify this team. He meant everything; the way he performed, the way he carried himself on and off the field. He was it. He was the guy.” – Dan Rooney

“Joe stands as the beginning of reform and change for a football team and for a city. When Joe came, the Steelers were bad, they didn’t look like they were going to get better, but Joe had the blue-collar work ethic.” – Lynn Swann

“I was depressed. I was just depressed. I did not want to be a Pittsburgh Steeler because I knew of the record.” – Joe Greene on being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers

“When I look back and I think about it, it was being disruptive and belligerent. I don’t know how many other teams would have tolerated my antics.” – Joe Greene

“I was quitting…As I was taking those steps I was saying, ‘Somebody please stop me.’ Lionel Taylor, our receivers coach, said, ‘Hold up a minute,’ and he sat down in the car and we talked. I don’t know what we talked about but I was glad we talked because I went back. And that’s when it started.” – Joe Greene

“It brought Pittsburgh into the picture of football teams in the National Football League that, ‘OK, you have to deal with us now.’” – Joe Greene on the victory in Super Bowl IX

“You look up to that guy and you don’t want to let him down. With Joe Greene, I found that leadership really does matter.” – Jack Ham

“It changed our lives a lot. It changed Joe’s personality a lot. Because so many kids were looking up to him, he decided he really wanted to be a role model for the kids.” – Agnes Greene on the Coca-Cola commercial

This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Below is the broadcast schedule for the September and October episodes:

  • September 19 – Brandon Marshall
  • September 26 – Sean Taylor
  • October 3 – Warren Moon
  • October 10 – Eric Dickerson
  • October 17 – Doug Flutie
  • October 24 – Terrell Davis
  • October 31 – Ricky Williams


Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

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FOX Sports Slates Eight Sports Specials on Singleheader Sundays, Thanksgiving


FOX Sports Specials Featured on Single-Header Sundays, Thanksgiving

FOX Lineup Includes The Ultimate Fighter, IMSA, Supercross, Nicklaus Documentary, Skateboarding, Formula E, College Football Championship and NASCAR Previews

FOX Sports announces an expanded series of multi-sport afternoon specials scheduled adjacent to NFL ON FOX single-header football games across the remainder of the fall broadcast season, leading off with an airing of the season premiere of the popular UFC reality series, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: A CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED, on Sunday, Sept. 14.

For the first time in history, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER features an all-female cast with a UFC championship on the line. UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and No. 1-ranked lightweight contender, Gilbert Melendez, serve as coaches. The full 12-episode season airs Wednesday nights on FOX Sports 1 beginning with a two-hour special on Wednesday, Sept. 10 (10:00 PM ET). For more information on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, please visit http://foxs.pt/1qHxiC0.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for FOX Sports to expose some of our largest network audiences to new sports,” said Bill Wanger, FOX Sports EVP of Programming, Research and Content Strategy. “It also gives us the chance to promote major new partnerships and initiatives, including the U.S. OPEN, as well as tee up big events like college football conference championships and the Daytona 500.”

The IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship comes to FOX this fall, as the broadcast network offers taped coverage of two races from the series’ inaugural season, beginning Sunday, Sept. 21 with the Lone Star Le Mans from Austin, Texas, followed by Petit Le Mans on Sunday, Oct. 5. For more information on the series, covered all season long on FOX Sports 1, please visit http://www.imsa.com/.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS takes center stage on FOX, as the fourth annual MONSTER ENERGY CUP lights up Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on a uniquely designed supercross/motocross hybrid track. The best riders in the world battle for their share of the $250,000 purse and a shot at the $1 million bonus to any rider who wins all three main events. The 2015 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS season opens Saturday, Jan. 3 live and exclusively on FOX Sports 1. For more information on the MONSTER ENERGY CUP, please visit http://www.monsterenergycup.com/.

The STREET LEAGUE SKATEBOARDING SUPER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP from the Prudential Center in New Jersey airs on FOX on Sunday, Nov. 2, bringing skateboarding’s most prestigious professional competitive series and an international roster of skating’s top pros from the SLS Nike SB World Tour to the network. The SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship features the top eight pros, who qualified through a summer-long tour, competing for the largest prize purse in skate history – more than $1 million. To win, the eight not only have to conquer the challenging obstacles of the custom-built skate plaza, but also continually one-up their competitors with trick difficulty, consistency and style. For more information on the series, please visit http://streetleague.com/.

On Sunday, Nov. 23, FOX highlights the inaugural season of the ground-breaking FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP with race coverage from Putrajaya, Mexico. FORMULA E is a new FIA single-seater championship and the world’s first fully-electric racing series. Commencing in September 2014 and running through June 2015, the championship competes in the heart of 10 of the world’s leading cities – including London, Beijing, Los Angeles and Miami – racing around iconic landmarks. For the inaugural season, 10 teams, each with two drivers, will go head-to-head creating a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motor sports fans. For more information on the series, please visit http://www.fiaformulae.com/.

With the U.S. OPEN headlining the USGA’s move to FOX in 2015, a Thanksgiving Day treat is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 27 on FOX when 1962 U.S. OPEN: JACK’S FIRST MAJOR premieres as the first-ever USGA-produced documentary on network television. The one-hour program chronicles Jack Nicklaus’ first U.S. OPEN victory in 1962 at Oakmont Country Club, which set in motion one of the most prolific careers in professional golf and at the same time ignited one of the greatest rivalries in sports, between Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. For more information on USGA golf, please visit http://www.usga.org/default.aspx.

On Sunday, Nov. 30, the FOX Sports College Football team delivers the 2014 COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW, a one-hour special leading with coverage of the BIG TEN and PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP games, and offering insight into the entire postseason. FOX Sports broadcasts the Pac-12 and Big Ten championship games on back-to-back nights, beginning with the Pac-12 on Friday, Dec. 5, live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. – the conference’s first neutral-site championship contest. The following night, Saturday, Dec. 6, FOX Sports heads to Indianapolis, as the Big Ten crowns its champion at Lucas Oil Stadium.

And as 2014 winds down, FOX Sports delivers a preview of the 2015 NASCAR season, the first of a new 10-year relationship. On Sunday, Dec. 21, NASCAR 2015 SEASON PREVIEW offers an early look at a season full of firsts for FOX Sports, including six NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races on FOX Sports 1 and the first 14 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES races on FOX and FOX Sports 1. To learn more about the NASCAR on FOX and FOX Sports 1 seasons, please see http://foxs.pt/1vjQwRx.

NFL game assignments determining what time these specials air regionally are announced two weeks prior to game day.

About FOX Sports

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Notes from “Sunday MLB on TBS” – Royals vs. Yankees – Sunday, September 7, 2014

mlb-on-tbsNotes from “Sunday MLB on TBS” – Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday MLB on TBS continues September 14 at 1 p.m. ET with the Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers. The telecast will be available in the Indians broadcast territory. 

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Kansas City Royals (2) at New York Yankees (0)
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst)



 Darling on the Royals: “I love the Royals. They have something magical working with their fans and they have something magical working on the field. More importantly, the way the game is played today, they’ve got it. If they beat you through six [innings], they’re going to beat you [in nine innings]. They don’t score a lot of runs but their bullpen has been unbelievable.”

Darling on Royals veteran Omar Infante: “He is a clutch player. He’s the kind of guy that will do anything to win. He’ll hit the ball the other way and he’s a good hit-and-run guy. He does all the little things that helps a team win.”

Darling on what the Royals learned from being in the 2013 AL Central race: “They learned a lot from last year. They were trying to hunt down the Detroit Tigers and were kind of in the race last year. They saw the trappings that can come with [being in the race] like all the media attention. They grew from that and it will help them this year.”

Darling on the Royals learning how to compete on a big stage like Yankee Stadium: “Part of becoming a postseason team…you have to learn how to play [at Yankee Stadium] and win. It’s like an art lover going to the Louvre. If you’re a baseball player, you come to Yankee Stadium.”



 Darling on Derek Jeter: “He wasn’t the best player in the league and sometimes, he wasn’t the best player on his own team, but he was the best winner that baseball has had in a long time.”

Darling on the Yankees’ offensive struggles: “In [Yankee Stadium], you try to put together a team that will pull the ball and hit it out of the ballpark. They haven’t found that this year.”

This season marks the first of Turner Sports’ new eight-year multimedia rights agreement with Major League Baseball that will extend the partnership to more than 40 years. As part of the new agreement, TBS has enhanced rights for its Sunday MLB on TBS game of the week with increased co-exist rights in the local markets. The network will also exclusively televise one Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, two of the four Division Series with the MLB Division Series coverage on TBS presented by T-Mobile and one League Championship Series during the 2014 MLB Postseason.

Visit the Turner Sports online press room for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR

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Lavar Arrington, Bruce Pearl, Jeff Pearlman Debate Ray Rice’s NFL Future On This Week’s Edition Of Jim Rome On SHOWTIME®

showtime-sports“You cannot get out of the way of punching that woman in her face and get another job. It won’t happen.”

– LaVar Arrington, on Ray Rice being suspended for domestic violence


This Month’s Edition of JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME® Premieres

Tuesday, September 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME;



 LOS ANGELES (September 9, 2014) – Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker and NFL Network analyst LaVar Arrington, Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl and New York Times best-selling author Jeff Pearlman debate the developing story behind the suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice on this month’s edition of JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME premiering Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

“You cannot get out of the way of punching that woman in her face and get another job,” Arrington said. “It won’t happen. That video will be the long-lasting legacy. He will have to walk around with the scarlet letter on his chest for the rest of his life. That will never go away.”

“I think it will be very difficult, given what we’ve seen, that he’s going to have an opportunity to come back,” Pearl said. “If he doesn’t get back to the league, it sends a message that this conduct is inappropriate, it’s illegal, it’ll put you in jail, and the next guy who thinks about raising his hand to a woman, he’d better put that hand down, because he’s going to lose his right to play ball.”

While Pearl and Arrington argued that Rice may never play another down in the NFL, Pearlman was emphatic that Rice will be given another chance because sports are a bottom-line business.

“I will make a guarantee, and I will win this bet,” Pearlman said. “Next year, there will be a press conference – it could be in Cleveland, it could be in Indianapolis, it could be in New York. A tearful Ray Rice will be holding the hand of his wife after a year of redemption. (He’ll be saying) ‘I learned this, I volunteered with this’ … and the owner of the team will be up there saying ‘We believe in second chances. That’s what we do in America. He’s on a short leash here.’ We do this (expletive) in sports all the time. Why? Because ultimately it’s about winning, and Ray Rice is a good running back. I guarantee you he will come back.”

Arrington, Pearl and Pearlman also discuss the other most relevant topics in sports with Rome in The Forum, including the suspension and concussion issues surrounding Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker, the mounting pressure on the Washington Redskins to change their name and Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson selling his controlling interest in the team after self-reporting racially insensitive emails.

Detroit Tigers left-hander and 2012 American League Cy Young award winner David Price, Philadelphia Eagles running back and two-time Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy, New Orleans Pelicans all-star Anthony Davis and Chris Herren, a former NBA point guard and recovering drug addict, all appear on Tuesday’s show as well.

Here are some additional highlights from Tuesday’s show:

Concerning Ray Rice being released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL:

JIM ROME: “Did the team get it right?”

LaVAR ARRINGTON: “They had to. That is some of the most damning information that you can have. The first thing I thought was it happened too easy … You look at the reaction afterwards. It wasn’t like he was freaking out, but the hand just released way too easily.”

“You cannot get out of the way of punching that woman in her face and get another job. It won’t happen. That video will be the long-lasting legacy. He will have to walk around with the scarlet letter on his chest for the rest of his life. That will never go away.”

JEFF PEARLMAN: I’m from New Rochelle, New York, the hometown of Ray Rice, and where I live, he’s a hero. My wife just said this morning, ‘What do we do with the helmet?’ We have this autographed Ray Rice helmet. I’ve always admired Ray Rice, but I think he’s a (expletive) coward. I really do. I just think he’s disgusting. I have no interest in him, my kids will have no interest in him, and if I’m the Baltimore Ravens, I want nothing to do with this guy.”

BRUCE PEARL: “I think it will be very difficult, given what we’ve seen, that he’s going to have an opportunity to come back. … If he doesn’t get back to the league, it sends a message that this conduct is inappropriate, it’s illegal, it’ll put you in jail, and the next guy who thinks about raising his hand to a woman, he’d better put that hand down, because he’s going to lose his right to play ball.”

“For me as a coach, who lied to the NCAA and didn’t tell the truth, and had a three-year show cause (suspension) for making the mistake of a lifetime  – something I own and am embarrassed about – I’m grateful that I was given a little bit of grace and I’m grateful that  I was given a second chance. This is a little tougher.”

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Concerning Wes Welker’s series of concussions:

LaVAR ARRINGTON: “I would say you need to think about this – three concussions. When I was playing, it was different because we didn’t have that information. But with the information that they have today, with everything that has come out and where we’re at with that knowledge, I would certainly say it’s something that you have to think about.”

JEFF PEARLMAN: “I know it’s all about winning and losing, but if I’m John Fox, I don’t want anything to do with this guy anymore. I do not want to be responsible for some guy 10-15 years down the road having no brain – lacking the ability to think.”

“I just don’t understand how the Denver Broncos can keep putting this guy out on the field, with concussion after concussion after concussion. If you’re a coach, is there a point when you say ‘I am not putting you out there, because I don’t want this to happen to you.’?

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CHRIS HERREN: “I bumped into a line of cocaine in a dorm room that took 14 years to walk away from.”

JIM ROME: “Did you ever play games high?”

CHRIS HERREN: “Never high. I’ve played them coming down. It was miserable.”

JIM ROME: “Was it a good thing being traded to Boston? It would seem like a great thing coming from Fall River.

CHRIS HERREN: “No, because I was familiar. That’s where I was born and raised, and I knew who to call if I needed (drugs). I fell into the feeling. I spent 20 bucks on a little yellow pill called oxycontin, and it turned into $25,000 a month. I tell kids all the time that I dreamed of playing for the Celtics – I didn’t dream of standing outside before the game trying to get oxy so I could be well enough to play in it.”

JIM ROME: “(In your first game in Boston), you’re out there (outside the arena) trying to find your dealer, and you can’t find him. What happened?”

CHRIS HERREN: “Panick. I was withdrawing somewhat before the game, and I knew that if I didn’t get it, I was going to struggle. So in a panic, I ran outside and grabbed it 10 minutes before game time. I got it into my system and was able to play.”

JIM ROME: “So you were high in that game?”

CHRIS HERREN: “Yeah. … At this point in my career, I couldn’t play unless I was high.”

JIM ROME: “How did you beat this?

CHRIS HERREN: “I went back (to rehab after the birth of my third child), and a staff member there said ‘Play dead. Call your wife, tell her you love her, tell her you’ll never call her again, and tell her to tell your kids that you died in a car accident. And just disappear.’ There were two sides of my heart. The good guy was saying ‘Play dead. Just cut them loose.’ The fighter, the athlete in me was saying ‘Come on man, fight for this.’ … I’ve been sober since those words.”

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NFL Media Programming Notes – Sept. 9-14

NFL_Network_2012_LogoNFL MEDIA PROGRAMMING NOTES (9/9 – 9/14)

  • NFL Network Shows and Scheduled Guests

For a full description of each show, please click the show’s link

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: NFL Total Access Kickoff at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network; NFL Thursday Night Kickoff at 7:30 PM ET on CBS

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: NFL Media’s Michael Silver with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant on NFL GameDay Morning Sunday, September 14 at 9:00 AM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Wired sound of Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry on Sound FX Friday, September 12 at 10:00 PM ET 

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Marshall Faulk and Tyler Ritter on Wednesday, September 10, Justin Tuck & Lynn Swann on Friday, September 12.

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice on Tuesday, September 9 & Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware on Friday, September 12           

  • NFL.com Content

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Stanford head coach David Shaw on the College 24/7 Podcast; Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith on The Coaches Show Podcast


Thursday Night Football – Steelers vs. Ravens at 8:25 PM ET on CBS

The 2014 Thursday Night Football schedule on CBS and NFL Network kicks off Thursday, September 11 at 8:25 PM ET when quarterback Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens host quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms have the call, with Tracy Wolfson providing reports from the sideline.

Coverage begins at 6:00 PM ET with NFL Total Access Kickoff on NFL Network. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci are live outside of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore to provide analysis of Steelers-Ravens and highlight the atmosphere and festivities outside the stadium.

Provided below is a list of topics they will discuss:

  • NFL Total Access Kickoff honors the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner and remembers 9/11
  • Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sits down with his former coach Bill Cowher
  • Which group will shine Thursday night: Steelers defense or Ravens offense
  • Who will have the bigger impact: Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown or running back  Le’Veon Bell
  • Which playoff contender can least afford to go 0-2?
  • How to attack the Seahawk defense
  • Bigger concern in Dallas: quarterback Tony Romo or the defense
  • Bigger key for another Broncos Super Bowl run: offense or defense

At 7:30 PM ET on NFL Network and CBS, James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher host NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. Eisen, Irvin, Faulk and Mariucci will also appear on the show.

During halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher host the Lexus Halftime Show on CBS, providing first half highlights and analysis. Following the game, Eisen, Irvin, Faulk, Mariucci and Sanders host the Mazda Postgame Show, which features complete game highlights and analysis, as well as on-set interviews with players from the winning team.



NFL Now is the League’s next-generation video service, providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, accessible though apps and browsers across an array of Internet-connected devices. Offered for free with a premium tier, NFL Now allows fans to customize their own video stream of short-form videos and highlights from NFL Media and all 32 NFL clubs.

The NFL…Personalized: Fans can select their favorite NFL teams and players and upload their NFL.com Fantasy roster, and NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience. The customization grows over time, as the content engine learns each fan’s preferences and fine tunes the video stream, to the point where no two registered fans will have the same experience on NFL Now.

Provided below is a weekly schedule of NFL Now content:

  • Live streaming of NFL Fantasy Live on NFL Now

o   Monday – Friday at 4:00 PM ET,

o   Sunday at 5:30 – 7:00 AM ET

  • Live streaming press conferences
  • Michael Fabiano personalized fantasy analysis
  • Instant in-game highlights for every game
  • In-depth analysis for all 32 teams every day


NFL GameDay on NFL Network – Sunday Starting at 7:00 AM ET

NFL Network’s ‘GameDay’ coverage kicks off Sunday, September 14, providing more than 15 hours of live programming every Sunday during the regular season.

Start each Sunday with NFL GameDay First at 7:00 AM ET, the first NFL pregame show on television. Host Melissa Stark and analysts Sterling Sharpe, Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson provide the first analysis and news reports of the day’s games.

NFL GameDay Morning, the most comprehensive pregame show on television, airs at 9:00 AM ET and takes viewers right up to kickoff. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve Mariucci and Kurt Warner are joined by Hall of Famers in Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp to discuss the upcoming games four hours prior to kickoff. NFL Network reporters stationed around the league provide up-to-the-minute reports and interviews from the game sites, while NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport offers the latest on what is making news around the league. Additionally, Michael Silver, Andrea Kremer, Mark Kriegel and Steve Cyphers provide in-depth feature stories each week.

This week, Michael Silver sits down with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant for an interview on NFL GameDay Morning on Sunday, September 14 at 9:00 AM ET.

At 1:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Live is the only show that delivers in-progress highlights of all of the 1:00 and 4:00 PM ET games, as well as live fantasy updates and reports, live press conferences and 1-on-1 interviews, and live reports from game sites. Kevin Frazier and Dan Hellie host, and are joined by analysts Heath Evans, Brian Billick, LaDainian Tomlinson and Daniel Jeremiah.

At 7:30 PM ET, host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson and Steve Mariucci recap the day’s action thus far with highlights, postgame press conferences and commentary on NFL GameDay Highlights, leading up to kickoff of the Sunday night matchup.

NFL GameDay Final provides the final word on Sunday’s games at 11:30 PM ET with host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin. With postgame press conferences, game highlights, player and coach interviews, expert analysis, a preview of Monday’s game and more, NFL GameDay Final provides everything viewers need to know about the week in the NFL.

Week 1 NFL Replay & Sound FX

NFL Replay offers an exclusive look at the previous week’s games in a condensed, high-octane format. With the use of bonus NFL Films and NFL Network footage, including never-before-seen camera angles and coaches’ commentary, combined with exclusive wired sound from the field, locker rooms and sidelines, viewers will experience the game like never before.

Sound FX offers a compilation of the best on-field sights and sounds from around the NFL each week.

Week 1 NFL Replay & Sound FX schedule:


  • 2:00 PM ET – NFL Replay: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens
  • 3:30 PM ET – NFL Replay: Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers


  • 9:00 PM ET – NFL Replay: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons


  • 10:00 PM ET – Sound FX: Wired for sound this week, Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry on Sound FX

NFL AM – Daily Episodes at 6:00 AM ET; Re-Aires at 10:00 AM ET

Start the day off with the NFL. NFL AM airs Monday – Friday at 6:00 AM ET offering analysis, reports from correspondents in several NFL cities, interviews with players and coaches, and game highlights. A two-hour edition of NFL AM airs Monday – Friday starting at 10:00 AM ET.

Hosts Rhett Lewis and Erin Coscarelli are joined by analysts Eric Davis and LaVar Arrington each morning, setting the football conversation for the day.

The following guest will join the show this week:

  • Wednesday – Hall of Fame running back and NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk and Tyler Ritter from The All American Rejects
  • Friday – Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck

NFL Game Rewind

Re-live every week one game with Game Rewind – a condensed 30-minute edition of each game. Game Rewind airs on Monday from 12 Noon – 3:00 PM ET & 8:30 – 11:30 PM ET, and on Tuesday from 12 Noon – 2:00 PM ET.

Provided below is Tuesday’s NFL Game Rewind schedule:


  • 12 Noon ET – Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos
  • 1:00 PM ET – New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
  • 1:30 PM ET – New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions
  • 2:00 PM ET – San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals

The Aftermath – Mondays at 3:00 PM ET

Every Monday at 3:00 PM ET, get up to speed on everything that happened in the NFL on Sunday with highlights, news, information and analysis on The Aftermath. Host Scott Hanson and analyst Brian Baldinger look back at all of Sunday’s games, along with player and coach press conferences.

Joe Greene: A Football Life – Friday at 9:00 PM ET

As a Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle, four-time Super Bowl champion, 10-time Pro Bowler and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Joe Greene earned the nickname “Mean Joe” and established himself as one of the most-feared defenders in NFL history. Yet off the field, the husband, father of three and grandfather of seven goes by the name of “Papa Joe” and bears little resemblance to the 13-year NFL veteran.

The fourth season of the three-time Emmy-nominated series A Football Life kicks off Friday, September 12 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network with a profile of “Mean Joe” Greene. The one-hour, NFL Films-produced documentary features sit down interviews with Greene and those who know him well, including former Hall of Fame teammates Franco Harris, Lynn Swann and Jack Ham, Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney, and more.

This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Below is the broadcast schedule for the September and October episodes:

  • September 19 – Brandon Marshall
  • September 26 – Sean Taylor
  • October 3 – Warren Moon
  • October 10 – Eric Dickerson
  • October 17 – Doug Flutie
  • October 24 – Terrell Davis
  • October 31 – Ricky Williams


NFL Fantasy Live – Daily Episodes at 4:00 PM ET on NFL.com/NFL Now/NFL Mobile & 5:00 PM ET on NFL Network

NFL Fantasy Live, the premier show for fantasy football players, has returned with daily episodes for the entire 2014 NFL Season.

Continuing throughout the NFL season, the one-hour show airs Monday through Friday. Catch it first on NFL.com, NFL Now and NFL Mobile at 4:00 PM ET and then on NFL Network at 5:00 PM ET.

Additionally, each Sunday at 11:30 AM ET, NFL Fantasy Live airs on NFL.com, NFL Now, NFL Mobile and the NFL RedZone channel.

This Thursday, NFL Fantasy Live airs at the special times of 4:00 PM ET on NFL Network and 5:30 PM ET on NFL.com, NFL Now and NFL Mobile.

Fantasy Experts:

o   Michael Fabiano

o   Adam Rank

o   Matt “Money” Smith

o   Akbar Gbajabiamila

o   Elliot Harrison

o   Marcas Grant

o   Molly Qerim

o   James Koh

Additionally, catch the NFL Fantasy Live podcast: http://www.nfl.com/podcast/nflfantasy-podcast

Returning this year is NFL Fantasy’s Fantasy Genius – the collaborative community for shared fantasy football information.

Around the NFL – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 6:00 PM ET; Thursday at 2:00 PM ET

Around the NFL provides all of the latest news and information surrounding the National Football League Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:00 PM ET, and Thursday at 2:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

Hosts Andrew Siciliano and Lindsay Rhodes are joined each day by a rotating roster of NFL Network analysts including Kurt Warner, Steve Mariucci, Brian Baldinger, Solomon Wilcots, Jamie Dukes and Charley Casserly.

In addition to the NFL Network analysts & NFL players joining Around the NFL, team beat writers from around the league join the show on a regular basis to provide their unique perspective.

NFL Total Access – Monday-Saturday at 7:00 PM ET; Thursday Following Thursday Night Football

NFL Total Access returns to the time of 7:00 PM ET Monday – Saturday on NFL Network (airs on Thursday following Thursday Night Football).

Hosts Dan Hellie and Amber Theoharis anchor the NFL’s show of record each night and are joined by NFL Network analysts Willie McGinest, Heath Evans, Warren Sapp, LaDainian Tomlinson, Steve Mariucci, Brian Billick, Daniel Jeremiah, Brian Baldinger and Shawne Merriman.

Tuesday, September 9

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest,  Heath Evans
  • Guest: Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice

Wednesday, September 10

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest, Heath Evans, Kurt Warner

Thursday, September 11 – After Steelers-Ravens

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest,  Heath Evans

Friday, September 12

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest,  Daniel Jeremiah
  • Guest: Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware

Saturday, September 13

  • Hosts: Scott Hanson
  • Analysts: Jamie Dukes, Daniel Jeremiah

Playbook – Friday at 4:00 PM ET; Playbook Primetime – Friday at 8:00 PM ET

See the game the way the pros do each week with two editions of the show Playbook, the ultimate X’s and O’s football show on television.

Playbook airs every Friday at 4:00 PM ET with former players Sterling Sharpe and Shaun O’Hara, and former Super Bowl-winning head coach Brian Billick bringing the viewers the inside information for every game each week. With the help of “All-22” footage – the same film used by NFL teams each week – Playbook breaks down all of the games and tells you who will win on Sunday. The one-hour show also recaps the previous night’s Thursday Night Football matchup.

At 8:00 PM ET, Sharpe, O’Hara and Billick return for Playbook Primetime, which breaks down the week’s biggest games and explains which teams will win and why.

Inside the NFL – Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET

Showtime’s popular show, Inside the NFL, comes to NFL Network for the first time. Each week’s episode will re-air on NFL Network Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET following its original airing on Showtime.

Host Greg Gumbel is joined by analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason, former Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall cover every game, every week, with trademark highlights from NFL Films, special, in-depth features and spirited debate on the hottest topics in the league.


NFL Editorial Content – Daily on NFL.com

  • Michael Silver

o    Michael Silver writes columns every Monday

o    To read his columns: http://on.nfl.com/1lwmZ3q

  • Judy Battista

o   Judy Battista writes columns every Tuesday and Friday

o   To read her other columns: http://on.nfl.com/17S17El

  • Elliot Harrison’s Weekly Power Rankings

o   Every Tuesday, Elliott Harrison ranks NFL teams from No. 1 through No. 32 in his weekly power rankings. His power rankings will be a staple on NFL Network and NFL Digital Media’s programming throughout the week.

o   To view the weekly power rankings: http://on.nfl.com/17CaPue

  • NFL.com’s Around the NFL Blog

o    Get the latest news & information from around the league with NFL.com’s Around the NFL blog

o    Follow on Twitter: @AroundTheNFL

  • NFL.com’s College Football 24/7

o    Get all of the news and analysis from around college football with NFL.com’s College Football 24/7

o    Follow on Twitter: @NFL_CFB

Catch all of NFL Media’s writers work here:  http://www.nfl.com/news

NFL.com Presents Six Weekly Podcasts

  • Dave Dameshek Football Program
  • Around the NFL
  • The Coaches Show – Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith
  • College Football 24/7 – Stanford head coach David Shaw
  • NFL Fantasy Live
  • Move The Sticks

To listen to all six of NFL.com’s podcasts, visit:


Notes & Quotes From Football Night In America – Week 1

FNIA-nfl-nbcIf you’re going to keep him in the pocket, you might as well play Kirk Cousins because you’re making him a robot.” – Rodney Harrison on RGIII

“Bill Belichick is the best adjustment coach in the league, so don’t bury the Patriots just yet.” – Tony Dungy

“Matt Ryan was the best I’ve ever seen him.” – Cris Collinsworth

“…He is so reckless with the ball. If I’m a teammate of his, I’m very disappointed…” – Rodney Harrison on Tony Romo

STAMFORD, Conn. – September. 7, 2014 – Following are highlights from Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., where the Broncos are hosting the Indianapolis Colts. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth and 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 NBCSports.com and NBCSN, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Carolyn Manno reported from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on the 49ers-Cowboys game.

Costas interviewed Broncos QB Peyton Manning, while Elliott interviewed Colts QB Andrew Luck.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:


Collinsworth on Broncos’ off-season additions: “You’re going to see a more explosive, a faster football team than what you saw in the Super Bowl.”


Harrison on Andrew Luck: “This is a special kid because he’s not trying to be Peyton Manning. He’s trying to be himself.”

Dungy on Luck: “He is special, and he’s going to elevate into that level of great quarterbacks this year.”


Dungy: “I had these guys going to the Super Bowl, both of these teams. They didn’t look like it today.”

Harrison on Patriots defense: “Bill Belichick, he has to be a little bit concerned. Not panic mode, but a little bit concerned.”

Dungy on Patriots: “Don’t get too panicked now if you’re ready to kill the New England Patriots.  They didn’t play well. They had some offensive line problems. But Bill Belichick is the best adjustment coach in the league, so don’t bury the Patriots just yet.”

Dungy on Saints loss: “Drew Brees can take the blame if he wants to, but you have to point the finger at that New Orleans defense.”


Costas: “Even when they have been very good, in recent years, they’ve had trouble head to head in the division against the Saints. Big win for them, exciting overtime game today in Atlanta.”

Collinsworth: “Matt Ryan was the best I’ve ever seen him…(He) was getting out of the pocket, he was mobile. He was doing things I haven’t seen him do. This was his best performance.”


Dungy on offensive line: “Chip (Kelly) is going to work hard this week to get those sacks taken care of.”


Ward: “I’m still going to go with Cincinnati as my favorites in the AFC North.”


Dungy on Robert Griffin III: “Robert Griffin did not put any pressure on the defense. He didn’t look comfortable. He didn’t make those big plays that we’re used to seeing.”

Harrison on RGIII: “I know there’s a balancing act, you want to keep him in the pocket and keep him healthy, but I think you’re taking away his biggest asset and that’s his ability to get outside the pocket and make those plays. If you’re going to keep him in the pocket, you might as well play Kirk Cousins because you’re making him a robot and he can’t use his instincts. That’s the thing that made him a great young quarterback.”

Dungy on RGIII: “He’s a creator, and if he’s not creating, he’s not the best he can be.”


Harrison on Tony Romo: “They were terrible interceptions. Double teams, triple teams, and he is so reckless with the ball. If I’m a teammate of his, I’m very disappointed because it almost gets to a point like, ‘Are you serious? Do you even care the way we’re playing?’ because you don’t take care of the ball.”


Harrison on Bears defense: “I’m not used to seeing a soft Chicago Bears defense get pushed and bullied around…They’ve got to play with some heart.”

Patrick on Antonio Brown return in which he kicked/stomped Spencer Lanning: “Everybody was Kung Fu fighting.”


Florio on Jadeveon Clowney: “We’ve confirmed that Clowney has a torn meniscus. It could be a 4-6 week absence. Surgery upcoming.”


Harrison on team’s playoff prospects: “They’re done. After the very first game, and I’m not exaggerating.”


Dungy on big winner of the day: “For me it has to be Derek Anderson, fills in for Cam Newton, goes on the road and leads the Panthers to a big road victory.”


Patrick: “Same old Buccaneers?”

Dungy: “It looked like it today.”

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


On moving beyond Super Bowl XLVIII loss to Seahawks: “I’m glad football is finally here. I’m not sure what’s worse – losing the Super Bowl, or having to talk about it all offseason. Opening night means that we can stop talking about last season, and truly move on to 2014.”

On knowing when to retire, regarding Tom Brady’s ‘When I suck, I’ll quit,’ comment: “I guess I’m along the same lines as Tom. I don’t want to be out there playing if I can’t help a team, make the throws that I think a quarterback has to make. At the same time, I’m not sure you have to play until you’re not a great player (anymore). I think you could stop before that point.”

On following up his “Football on Your Phone” performance with younger brother Eli, with “Fantasy Football Fantasy” this year: “The director of that commercial actually showed Eli and I a video of Jay-Z and Kanye (West), kind of like showing film – ‘this is what we’re looking for on this particular play.’ I was very uncomfortable…I can’t do what Jay-Z and Kanye are doing…their jobs are safe, let’s put it that way.”

To watch the interview, click here http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/peyton-manning-sits-down-bob-costas


On his long-time relationship with Peyton Manning: “I have an incredible amount of respect for him. Peyton’s obviously one of the best, if not the best, ever. I got to meet him when I was in eighth grade as a camper at the Manning (Passing) Camp…Any time the Colts were on TV, my dad would say, ‘I was a rookie when Archie (Manning) was a quarterback for the Oilers,’ and we felt in our family that we had to be Peyton fans and Colts fans because my dad knows them.”

On attending the World Cup this past summer: “I grew up in Europe, so soccer was a big part of my childhood. I’ve always loved soccer…so to get a chance to go to the World Cup and see the U.S. play, I think that’s really neat.”

On travel destinations following Brazil this past summer: “Hopefully Glendale, Ariz., for a Super Bowl.”


Quotes From Week 1 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay Highlights’ & ‘NFL GameDay Final’

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

“This defense, it seems as though they picked up right where they left off last season, and that’s atrocious.” – Deion Sanders on the Dallas Cowboys defense after giving up 28 points to the San Francisco 49ers at home

“They have to get the ball to DeMarco Murray a little bit more. They have to try and control the tempo. That’s what they need to do going forward. And maybe they can hold onto the ball and outscore people because they’re certainly not stopping them.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on the Dallas Cowboys’ game plan

“He’s already one of the premier safeties in the league. He has return ability as well and he’s very physical. Complete safety.” – Michael Irvin on San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid

“He’s one of the best to ever play on opening day.” – Michael Irvin on San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin who had eight receptions for 99 yards against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday

“Matt Ryan played the game of his life in order to beat Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.” – Marshall Faulk on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who threw for 448 yards and three touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints

“They’re a different team with Julio Jones on the field.” – Michael Irvin on Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones who had seven receptions for 116 yards

“Aqib Talib paid dividends. A great free agent pick up. He’s one of the premier corners in the league.” – Deion Sanders on Broncos defensive back Aqib Talib

“They have such an explosive offense. They always feel like they’re in the game. They did not panic and they had a chance to come back and get that win.” – Michael Irvin on the Philadelphia Eagles coming back to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars

“The vision, the patience, the speed, the power – everything. He possesses everything.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell

“People there’s a new sheriff in town. One of the great running backs in line of Pittsburgh Steelers [and] his name is Le’Veon Bell. He’s on his way people.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, who rushed for 109 yards and caught six passes for 88 yards against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday

“Le’Veon Bell, he brings a dimension to this offense that they’ve been missing for a while.” – Marshall Faulk on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell

“[Brian] Hoyer, he’s not giving that job up anytime soon. He kept fighting back. That was a good performance.” – Steve Mariucci on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer who threw for 230 yards, one touchdown and no turnovers

“This dude right here is really showing he’s one of the better playmakers in this league.” – Michael Irvin on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown after catching five passes for 116 yards and a touchdown

“I love him, he is a good corner, but he has to get back to the old Revis or they are going to keep victimizing him. They targeted him several times today. He played a fairly good game but not a great game, and I expect a little more. I know I’m going to get more because he has to get that attitude back. They brought him over there to take them to the next level, not to be an average corner. He’s better than that.”– Deion Sanders on New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis

“We didn’t expect this defense to play like that.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on the New England Patriots after giving up 30 points to the Miami Dolphins

“I still believe this guy was the steal of the draft.” – Michael Irvin on Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin who had six receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

“How many wide receivers do you know that can play at running back as well?” – LaDainian Tomlinson on Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson who 102 rushing yards and a touchdown to 26 receiving yards

On NFL.com the following video clip from NFL GameDay Highlights & NFL GameDay Final are available for viewing:

- Week 1: Let’s Go Primetime Deion Sanders provides his top 10 performances of Week 1:


- Week 1 GameDay Express – Host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin recap an exciting Week 1 thus far:



About  NFL GameDay Highlights

Every Sunday evening at 7:30 PM ET, NFL Network recaps the afternoon action with NFL GameDay Highlights. Host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Steve Mariucci and LaDainian Tomlinson provide highlights, analysis and set the stage for Sunday Night Football.

About  NFL GameDay Final

Every Sunday night at 11:30 PM ET, recap the complete day in the NFL with NFL GameDay Final. Host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin and Marshall Faulk put the definitive exclamation point on Sundays providing unlimited highlights of all the games, plus post-game press conferences, interviews from the field and locker room, audio captured throughout the day and expert analysis.