NFL Network’s ‘NFL Total Access Kickoff’ & ‘NFL Thursday Night Kickoff’ Notes & Quotes – Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams

Thursday_Night_Football_logo-cbs-nflNFL Total Access Kickoff aired from outside Edward Jones Dome tonight at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, with host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner providing pregame analysis leading up to Cardinals-Rams on Thursday Night Football.

At 7:30 PM ET on NFL Network, James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher hosted NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. Eisen, Irvin, Faulk and Warner appeared on the show.

Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians with Marshall Faulk

NFL Network analyst Marshall sat down with Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians for an interview on NFL Total Access Kickoff:

On who is Bruce Arians:

“Teacher, father, husband…solid golfer.”

On the ideas and mindset he instills on his quarterbacks:

“It’s no difference coaching offensive line or receivers, there’s only one way to do it and that’s the right way. If it’s not the right way and perfect, coaching needs to be involved. I just have to do it rough sometimes. That’s just the way I communicate.”

On whether or not he’ll shrink the playbook with new player personnel:

“Never ask players to do things they can’t do, that’s bad coaching just to say that’s your system. We try to put each guy in a position to be successful. If Drew [Stanton] can’t handle the playbook we’ll shut it down – but he can handle more volume probably than Carson [Palmer] could because he’s been in the offense longer.”

On critiquing Bruce Arians:

“Right now, doing OK. The test of time always is what you’re measured by. This next month we’ll see how damn good a coach you are. Everybody wants to pat you on the back in September [and] October, they remember what you do in December.”

Quotes from NFL Total Access Kickoff & NFL Thursday Night Kickoff

“I took three things away from [Bruce Arians]: his trust in his players, he respects his players, and more than anything, he’s honest with his players.” – Marshall Faulk on the three things he took away from his interview with Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians

“What [Bruce Arians] has on that staff is a mix of experience [and] a mix of youth. They bring knowledge and respect to the game of football and that’s permeated through that team. They are teachers. They have great respect for the game. That staff has a way of bringing that football team united and they know what they’re doing every Sunday – they’re prepared.” – Bill Cowher on Arizona Cardinals Bruce Arians and his coaching staff

“[The Arizona Cardinals] have five cornerbacks that can start for any team in the NFL.” – Deion Sanders on the Arizona Cardinals secondary

“I’m a defensive coach at heart. If you like defense, and you like an aggressive approach to it, you will love tonight’s game.” – Bill Cowher on tonight’s Cardinals-Rams matchup

“It’s all about the quarterback. I believe Drew Stanton has to play better.” – Kurt Warner on the keys to winning the NFC West for the Arizona Cardinals

“Shaun Hill has been a spark for this football team. I think what he brings to this team…Is an aggressive veteran that’s willing to take chances down the field.” – Kurt Warner on St. Louis Rams quarterback Shaun Hill

“I believe that [Tre Mason] has ‘it’ and you need ‘it’ if you’re going to run the ball effectively week in and week out in the NFL. He has ‘it’ and they need to hang their hat on him.” – Marshall Faulk on St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason

“This [St. Louis Rams] squad has realized that they possess a front four that can rarely be matched with anybody in this league…on defense these guys come hard, they come ferocious, they understand the alignment and assignment.” – Deion Sanders on the St. Louis Rams defense

“I like the Dallas Cowboys in this division.” – Deion Sanders on the NFC East

“I expect a little bit of everything. I think there’s going to be some good, I think there will be some bad, and I think there could quite possibly be some ugly.” – Kurt Warner on what to expect from Johnny Manziel Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals

“I’m expecting Manziel-Mania going off in Cleveland.” – Michael Irvin on expectations for Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel 

“I know he’s not Brian Hoyer. We don’t know what Johnny Manziel is. I want to see can he be [money] in the NFL.” – Marshall Faulk on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel

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espnW to Reveal 2014 Inaugural Impact 25, Woman of the Year on December 16

espn-logoOn Tuesday, Dec. 16, espnW will honor 25 people who made the greatest impact for women in sports this past year with the inaugural Impact 25 — a who’s who of athletes and influencers who have made the biggest mark on women in sports – capped by The espnW Woman of the Year.

From the boardroom to the backcourt, 2014 was a historic year for women in sports. espnW surveyed a panel of sports experts and luminaries, including women’s sports influencers, former players and ESPN’s own editors and executives, on the 2014 sports landscape and divided the standout individuals into two categories, Athletes and Influencers, with 12 in each group and one Woman of the Year.

“espnW is committed to chronicling stories of excellence and achievement by women in sports, whether it be through our college Player of the Week accolades or in the powerful storytelling we do in our espnW Originals films,” said Alison Overholt, editor-in-chief, espnW. “This year, particularly, was a transformative and historic year of achievements by women in sports, both on and off the field. The Impact 25 gives us the opportunity to honor and highlight those who are truly making an impact.”

Some of the groundbreakers on the Impact 25 list include: Michele Roberts, who made history as the first female executive director of the National Basketball Players Association; Condoleezza Rice, whose appointment to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee made headlines across the country; tennis star Serena Williams, who overcame several injuries to end the year as the world No. 1; and Little League phenom Mo’ne Davis, whose 70 mph fastball made her a household name.

In addition to the Impact 25 list, espnW will offer a comprehensive look at the honorees including an essay on the Woman of the Year written by Allison Glock, as well as features by Kate Fagan, Alyssa Roenigk and Ramona Shelburne. ESPN The Magazine will feature interviews with the Impact 25 honorees in its “Interview Issue” (on newsstands today), and all Impact 25 content – including The Magazine and SportsCenter pieces — will be available at espnW.com/Impact25 on December 16.

About espnW

espnW serves women who love sports. espnW.com provides an engaging environment that offers total access to female athletes and the sports they play, takes fans inside the biggest events, and shares a unique point of view on the sports stories that matter most to women. Founded in July, 2010, espnW lives across television, films, events, digital and social platforms. The annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit is the leading event of its kind in the sports industry. The Women’s Sports Foundation is a charity of choice for espnW.

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FOX Sports Programming Highlights: NFL, UFC, Golf & More

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  •  FOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
  • NFL: Doubleheader featuring Browns hosting Bengals and 49ers at Seahawks
  • UFC: First-Ever Strawweight Champ Crowned on UFC FIGHT NIGHT on FOX Sports 1 Friday, while Top-Ranked Heavyweights Battle Saturday On FOX
  • GOLF: FOX Sports’ Golf Coverage Tees off This Saturday on FOX with 26th Annual Franklin Templeton Shootout
  • #ICYMI: Watch Exclusive Interview with FOX Sports’ Brad Friedel On USMNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard’s Controversial Comments – http://bit.ly/1D4CQhY

 

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NFL OX WEEK 15 – With only a few weeks left in the 2014 NFL regular season, FOX Sports presents doubleheader coverage of six exciting matchups Sunday, Dec. 14 (1:00 PM ET & 4:25 PM ET). As first reported by FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer), Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel gets his first NFL start this Sunday when Cleveland hosts the Cincinnati Bengals on FOX (1:00 PM ET). Play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt, analyst John Lynch and sideline reporter Pam Oliver are on the call. Additionally, this week’s NFL on FOX action is highlighted by an NFC West rematch when the San Francisco 49ers fly north to Seattle to battle the Seahawks (4:25 PM ET). NFL announcer Joe Buck is joined in the booth at CenturyLink Field by analyst Troy Aikman with sideline reporter Erin Andrews.

FOX Sports’ NFL coverage begins each Sunday on FOX Sports 1 at 11:00 AM ET with host Joel Klatt and analysts Donovan McNabb, Dave Wannstedt and Randy Moss. On the FOX broadcast network, FOX NFL SUNDAY immediately follows FOX NFL KICKOFF at 12:00 PM ET with co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee alongside analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, insider Jay Glazer and rules analyst Mike Pereira.  In Sunday’s pregame show, reporter Andrews sits down with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll to talk about his team’s ups and downs this season coming off their Super Bowl XLVIII victory.

SUNDAY, DEC. 14

 

GAME                                                                    PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST/SIDELINE            COV.             TIME (ET) 

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns             Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch                46%                1:00PM         

         & Pam Oliver    

FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland, Ohio

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles ,Louisville Memphis, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tulsa , West Palm Beach

 

Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills                        Justin Kutcher, David Diehl                   24%               1:00PM           

          & Laura Okmin

Ralph Wilson Stadium – Orchard Park, N.Y.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Birmingham, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle

 

Washington Redskins at New York Giants          Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston                13%               1:00PM

         & On-field analyst Tony Siragusa

MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Hartford, New York, Norfolk, Providence, Richmond, Washington

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers      Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn                9%                 1:00PM

          & Kristina Pink

Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, N.C.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Charlotte, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, New Orleans, Orlando, Raleigh, Tampa

 

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks            Joe Buck, Troy Aikman                          84%                4:25PM

                                                                                           & Erin Andrews

CenturyLink Field – Seattle, Wash.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas Dayton, Denver, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions                          Chris Myers, Ronde Barber                 13%                 4:25PM

                                                                                           & Jennifer Hale

Ford Field – Detroit, Mich.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Chicago, Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis

 

 

GOLF

 

FOX SPORTS’ GOLF COVERAGE TEES OFF THIS SATURDAY WITH 26TH ANNUAL FRANKLIN TEMPELTON SHOOTOUT

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 13 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Joe Buck, lead analyst Greg Norman, Brad Faxon, Steve Flesch, rules analyst/editorial advisor David Fay, Scott McCarron, E.A. Tischler
  • This Week: The FOX broadcast network presents its first ever golf coverage with final-round play of the Franklin Templeton Shootout live from Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. Norman, the World Golf Hall of Famer who founded the Franklin Templeton Shootout in 1989, announced the 12 two-man teams competing in this year’s event in October, featuring eight of the top 30 players in the world.  Led by FedEx Cup Champion Billy Horschel and last year’s Shootout champions Harris English and Matt Kuchar, the 12 teams battle for a piece of the tournament’s $3.1-million purse. The Franklin Templeton Shootout is the longest-running PGA Tour-sanctioned post-season event, and throughout its history the tournament has included many of golf’s greatest players.

UFC

 

FOX SPORTS PRESENTS EXCITING BACK-TO-BACK UFC FIGHT NIGHTS THIS WEEKEND WITH STRAWWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP AND EPIC HEAVYWEIGHT BATTLE: FOX Sports presents two exciting UFC FIGHT NIGHTS this weekend with 16 hours of live coverage over three days. First, history will be made at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: A CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED on Friday, Dec. 12 (9:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1, when the UFC’s first-ever strawweight champion is crowned. Action moves to the FOX broadcast network on Saturday, Dec. 13 (8:00 PM ET) for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS SANTOS vs. MIOCIC featuring the five-round main event between former heavyweight champion and No. 2-ranked Junior Dos Santos and No. 4-ranked Stipe Miocic. UFC on FOX analyst Kenny Florian predicts the Dos Santos vs. Miocic headliner ends in a knockout: “These are two phenomenal strikers,” Florian says. “They’re pretty similar – Miocic is more of a wrestler, but both are excellent strikers. Both men are very athletic and are very fast for the division. I don’t think this is going the distance.” Click the link for Florian’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT break down: http://foxs.pt/1Ga6UF5

 

THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER: SEMIS DETERMINE FRIDAY’S TITLE FIGHT – NO. 1 ESPARZA VS. NO. 4 PENNE AND NO. 7 NAMAJUNAS VS. NO. 14 MARKOS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez and Dana White
  • This Week: This week on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, it all comes down to the semifinals, with the winners securing a spot in the live finale in Las Vegas and a shot at the first-ever UFC women’s strawweight belt. First up, No. 4 seed Jessica Penne looks to put personal feelings aside as she takes on top seed and close friend Carla Esparza.  Then, No. 14 seed Randa Markos tries for her third straight upset victory, as she faces No. 7 Rose Namajunas of Team Melendez.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE WEIGH-IN FEATURED ON AMERICA’S PREGAME THURSDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Dec. 11 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans, Miesha Tate and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The weigh-ins for THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER finale is part of AMERICA’S PREGAME and features host Jay Glazer, with former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate as analysts, as the fighters on the card attempt to make weight. Heidi Androl interviews fighters during the show.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS SANTOS VS. MIOCIC WEIGH-IN SHOW FRIDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 12 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Karyn Bryant, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN features host Karyn Bryant, with analysts Brian Stann and UFC light heavyweight title contender Daniel Cormier commenting on the fighters as they tip the scales. Fighters are interviewed backstage by Ariel Helwani.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW: PREVIEWING STRAWWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 12 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans, Miesha Tate and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Host Glazer and analysts Cruz, Evans and Tate preview the first-ever women’s strawweight title fight. The three also break down the other exciting strawweight fights featuring the cast of this season’s THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER.

 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS ON FOX SPORTS 1 FEATURE THIS SEASON’S THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER CAST

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 12 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Kenny Florian, Jay Glazer, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans, Miesha Tate and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS feature four exciting fights live from the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas. Fight order will be announced Wednesday night after the final episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT: A CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED ON FOX SPORTS 1 FEATURES FIRST-EVER UFC STRAWWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 12 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Kenny Florian, Jay Glazer, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans, Miesha Tate and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The three-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT: A CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED features six exciting fights, culminating with the inaugural strawweight championship. Plus, featherweight contenders Jeremy Stephens and Charles Oliveira square off. No. 10-ranked “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens has won three of his past four bouts, while No. 14 Oliveira is on a two-fight hot streak. Fight order is announced Wednesday night after the final episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER.

FOX SPORTS LIVE RECAPS FIRST-EVER WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 12 (12:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans, Miesha Tate and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Watch the recap of the first-ever UFC women’s strawweight title fight, with host Glazer and analysts Cruz, Evans and Tate breaking down the fights. The group interviews winners and highlights the evening’s most exciting action.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW PREVIEWS HEAVYWEIGHTS BOUTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 13 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Bryant and analysts Cormier and Stann break down the hard-hitting night featuring three heavyweight bouts. The three also analyze several exciting match-ups on the PRELIMS.

 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS ON FOX SPORTS 1 FEATURES UNDEFEATED STRAWWEIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 13 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Joe Rogan, Mike Goldberg, Karyn Bryant, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The three-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS feature six exciting fights live from the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Undefeated strawweight Claudia Gadelha (12-0) faces fellow undefeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk (7-0), while No. 5-ranked flyweight John Moraga (15-3) fights Willie Gates (11-4). Veteran Joe Riggs (28-9) takes on Ben Saunders (17-6-2) in a welterweight bout. Lightweights Jamie Varner (21-10-1, 2NC) and Drew Dober (14-6) and middleweights Ed Herman (22-9, 1NC) and Derek Brunson (12-3) keep the action rolling, while Joe Ellenberger (15-1) and Bryan Barberena (9-2) open the PRELIMS with a lightweight scrap.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON FOX: DOS SANTOS VS. MIOCIC FEATURES THREE EPIC HEAVYWEIGHT BOUTS

  • Network/When: FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 13 (8:00 PM ET)

FOX SPORTS LIVE RECAPS HEAVYWEIGHT ACTION AT UFC FIGHT NIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, Dec. 13 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Watch the recap of UFC FIGHT NIGHT, with host Bryant and analysts Stann and Cormier breaking down all the heavyweight action. The group interviews winners and highlights the most exciting action of the evening.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER:  SERGIO PETTIS ON THE BRINK, MACHIDA’S WARRIOR CODE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (6:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Watch On the Brink for the UFC debut of promising prospect Sergio Pettis. Then, UFC elite discuss the philosophies behind their Octagon game plans. Finally, Lyoto Machida unlocks his Warrior Code.

UFC UNLEASHED: BIGGEST UPSETS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (7:00 PM ET)
  • This Week: UFC UNLEASHED presents three of the most unexpected, most shocking upsets in MMA championship history, including Georges St-Pierre, Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, T.J. Dillashaw and more.

UFC UNLEASHED: PROFILES TEAM AKA

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (8:00 PM ET)
  • This Week: UFC UNLEASHED brings you fights from some of the biggest stars who train at San Jose’s American Kickboxing Academy, featuring heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, light heavyweight title contender Daniel Cormier, Josh Thomson and Luke Rockhold.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

 

GUS JOHNSON AND BILL RAFTERY ON THE CALL FOR NO. 10 KANSAS AT GEORGETOWN WEDNESDAY ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   No. 10 Kansas at Georgetown, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (7:00 PM ET), Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery

o   Rhode Island at Providence, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (7:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Vin Parise

o   No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 25 DePaul (W), FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (9:00 PM ET), Eric Collins and LaChina Robinson

o   Fresno State at Texas Tech, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (9:00 PM ET), Robert Giovannetti and John Harris

o   No. 12 Nebraska at Creighton (W), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Dec. 11 (9:00 PM ET), Eric Collins and LaChina Robinson

o   Radford at Georgetown, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 13 (12:00 PM ET), Scott Graham and Ron Thompson

o   Stony Brook at Providence, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 13 (12:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Vin Parise

o   St. Mary’s at Creighton, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 13 (2:00 PM ET), Aaron Goldsmith and Nick Bahe

o   St. Peter’s at Seton Hall, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (12:00 PM ET), Jeff Levering and Jim Spanarkel

o   Temple at No. 7 Villanova, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (2:00 PM ET), Joe Davis and Bill Raftery

o   No. 24 St. John’s vs. Fordham, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (2:30 PM ET), Carrino and Ron Thompson

o   Illinois State at DePaul, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (4:00 PM ET), Steve Physioc and Donny Marshall

o   Savannah State at K-State, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (6:00 PM ET), Ben Boyle and Stan Weber

o   Arizona State at Marquette, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Dec. 16 (9:00 PM ET), Tim Brando and Bill Raftery

  • This Week: Two of the country’s most historic college basketball teams collide Wednesday, Dec. 10, as Georgetown hosts No. 10 Kansas at 7:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1 with the incomparable duo of Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery on the call. The week features several other exciting college hoops matchups, including a Philadelphia Big 5 showdown between Temple and No. 7 Villanova on Sunday, Dec. 14 (2:00 PM ET).

SOCCER

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP STAGES CULMINATE WITH FINAL MATCH DAY 6 ON FOX SPORTS

  • This Week: The highly competitive UEFA Europa League group stages come to a close this week with the final Match Day 6. FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer Plus all feature doubleheaders tomorrow; Brad Friedel’s Tottenham is in action followed by Tim Howard’s Everton, both on FOX Sports 1.
  • Network/When:
  • Qarabag vs. Inter Milan, FOX Sports 2, Thursday, Dec. 11 (11:50 AM ET)
  • Besiktas vs. Tottenham, FOX Sports 1, Thursday, Dec. 11 (12:30 PM ET)
  • Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Zurich, FOX Soccer Plus, Thursday, Dec. 11 (12:30 PM ET)
  • Everton vs. Krasnodor, FOX Sports 1, Thursday, Dec. 11 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Sevilla vs. Rijeka, FOX Sports 2, Thursday, Dec. 11 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Napoli vs. Bratislava, FOX Soccer Plus, Thursday, Dec. 11 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Julie Stewart-Binks hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage alongside analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride.

FOX SPORTS BEGINS FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP COVERAGE

  • This Week: FOX Sports’ exclusive coverage of the FIFA Club World Cup tournament kicks-off next week with coverage of three quarterfinal matches. In total, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer Plus are scheduled to carry eight matches live beginning Dec. 10, culminating with the final on Dec. 20. After winning the all-Spanish UEFA Champions League Final this year, Real Madrid now looks to add the title of world’s best club to its accomplishments in 2014.
  • Network/When:
  • Quarterfinal: Moghreb Athletic de Tetouan (MAR) vs. Auckland City (NZL), FOX Soccer Plus, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (2:20 PM ET)
  • Quarterfinal: Entente Sportive Setifienne (ALG) vs. Playoff Winner, FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Dec. 13 (10:50 AM ET)
    Quarterfinal: Cruz Azul (MEX) vs. Western Sydney Wanderers (AUS), FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Dec. 13 (2:20 PM ET)
  • Fifth-Place Match, FOX Sports 2, Wed., Dec. 17 (11:20 AM ET)
  • Semifinal: TBD vs. Real Madrid, FOX Sports 1, Tues., Dec. 16 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Semifinal: San Lorenzo (ARG) vs. TBD, FOX Sports 2, Wed., Dec. 17 (2:20 PM ET)
  • Talent: Julie Stewart-Binks hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage of the Real Madrid semifinal alongside analysts Warren Barton and Cobi Jones.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND OF 16 DRAW

  • What: With the UEFA Champions League group stages coming to a close this week, FOX Sports 1 features live coverage of the Round of 16 Draw. A total of 16 teams in Europe have qualified to now learn their fates for the knockout phase beginning in February 2015.
  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday, Dec. 15 (6:00 AM ET)

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – NFL AND COLLEGE BOWL SEASON COVERAGE, HEISMAN TROPHY COVERAGE SATURDAY, EXCLUSIVE WITH CM PUNK FOR UFC SPECIAL WEDNESDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Reid Forgrave, Jay Glazer, Casey Jacobsen, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Gary Payton, Brady Quinn, Bill Reiter, Chris Rix, Ephraim Salaam.
  • This Week: A special one-hour UFC edition of the show airs Wednesday night, highlighted by an exclusive interview with Phil “CM Punk” Brooks, the former World Wrestling Entertainment champion and phenomenon who recently signed a contract to become a fighter in the UFC. The National Football League is in the home stretch of its regular-season schedule and with just three games remaining for each of the teams, FOX SPORTS LIVE turns its focus squarely to the gridiron. Nightly wraps from various team facilities, updated injury information and closer looks at the divisional and wild card playoff races are featured throughout the show, including coverage of Thursday night’s NFC West showdown between the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams. The college football regular season has concluded and the attention now turns to the bowls, inaugural College Football Playoff and postseason awards, including Saturday night’s announcement of this year’s Heisman Trophy winner. Nightly NHL and NBA highlights and analysis also remain an emphasis, in addition to coverage of the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings, taking place in San Diego this week.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NIGHTLY NBA AND NHL PREVIEWS, INTERVIEW WITH GREG NORMAN WEDNESDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Jill Arrington, Kirk Morrison, Jay Glazer, Bill Reiter, Ephraim Salaam, Julie Stewart-Binks
  • This Week: With both the NBA and NHL regular seasons in full swing, APG uses live satellite interviews from various sites with local correspondents and insiders who provide up-to-the-minute information in previewing all of the nightly action. Wednesday’s show is also highlighted by a satellite interview with two-time major tournament champion Greg Norman, who is making his debut this week as a golf analyst for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 26th annual Franklin Templeton Shootout from Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. Earlier this week, six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Randy Moss made a special announcement on his weekly ‘Like A Moss’ segment on the show. Commemorating New York Giants’ wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s electrifying, one-handed 43-yard touchdown catch in Week 12 against the Dallas Cowboys, Moss inducted Beckham as the first-ever entrant into the ‘Like A Moss’ Hall of Fame and Beckham appeared via a video message to accept the honor.

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Quotes From Week 14 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay Highlights’ & ‘NFL GameDay Final’

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“I wish I could have played for [Bill Belichick].” – Deion Sanders on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

“This defense is good enough to win a Super Bowl…They’re good against the run, they can cover. Bringing in [Brandon] Browner, bringing in [Darrelle] Revis, now they can matchup with those high-powered offenses.” – Willie McGinest on the New England Patriots defense that held the San Diego Chargers to just seven points on offense in a 23-14 win

“I just love what [Julian Edelman] has become in the National Football League. He’s earned it the old fashioned way. He has worked his way to become of the best receivers in this league right now.” – Michael Irvin on New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman who had eight receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown

“[Rob Gronkowski] is my man. I want my son to play like Gronk.” – Michael Irvin on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski who had eight receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown

“The secondary is playing physical, they’re getting to the ball, [and] they’re making things happen. It seems as though they come up and make a play week in and week out. This is a whole collection of players on defense that have bought in to the Bill Belichick way and they are exuding with confidence.” – Deion Sanders on the New England Patriots defense

“J.J. Watt is the MVP of this league.” – Deion Sanders on Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt who had three sacks on Sunday in a 27-13 win versus the Jacksonville Jaguars

“[The Seattle Seahawks are] playing championship football.” – Michael Irvin on the Seattle Seahawks who beat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-14

“This Legion of Boom is now playing like they did last year as Super Bowl champs…The chemistry on this defense is unbelievable.” – Steve Mariucci on the Seattle Seahawks defense which held the Philadelphia Eagles to 139 yards of total offense

“[Fletcher Cox] is playing like Reggie White reincarnated.” – Michael Irvin on Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox who led the Eagles in tackles with 11 against the Seattle Seahawks

“[The Philadelphia Eagles] have the best running back this season in the NFL. Run the darn football until the cows come home and keep that [opposing] offense off the field.” – Deion Sanders on the Philadelphia Eagles offensive game plan and running back LeSean McCoy

“Tony Romo has to show the Dallas fanbase that he can overcome this big hurdle and get his team to their rightful position – and that’s the lead in the playoffs and win the NFC.” – Deion Sanders on what the Dallas Cowboys have to do for the remainder of the season

“I’m still in [the playoff race]. I’m not totally out of it so I’m staying with [Brian] Hoyer until I know I’m out of it because if you go with [Johnny] Manziel, you can’t go back.” – Deion Sanders on the Cleveland Browns quarterback situation

“When you’re able to have that type of production with that size, I have to say right now [Le’Veon Bell] is the best doing it.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell who had 235 total yards and 3 touchdowns

“I thought [Mike Evans] was one of the top players in the draft and he is showing it. He is just that.” – Michael Irvin on Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans who had four receptions for 45 yards and two touchdowns

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

- Week 14 Let’s Go Primetime Deion Sanders provides his top 10 performances of Week 14:

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- Should Manziel Replace Hoyer as Starter? – Host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin discuss the quarterback situation in Cleveland:

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- Edelman on Big Play, Victory over the Chargers – NFL Network’s Willie McGinest and Marshall Faulk were in San Diego for the Patriots-Chargers game and caught up with New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman after the game:

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 Bradshaw: San Francisco Needs To Appreciate Jim Harbaugh

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Johnson Picks Saints to Win NFC South

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Former NFL head coach and Super Bowl-winner Dave Wannstedt believes the decision not to start quarterback Johnny Manziel in Cleveland is based on the team’s playoff chances this year: “I’ve been in this situation before. Cleveland is in the playoff hunt and that’s huge in this situation. If you make a change at the beginning of the game and start Johnny Manziel, you’re sending a message in that locker room that we’re building for next year and that could be a morale killer in a hurry.”

Six-time NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb offers his opinion on which team presents the biggest challenge to the Green Bay Packers: “It’s not a strong defense [Dallas Cowboys] but what DeMarco Murray and Tony Romo have done this year, they would be able to keep Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines, eat up some yards, eat up some points and keep things at a reasonable pace.”

Six-time NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Randy Moss’ prediction on the remainder of the season for the Arizona Cardinals: “I see them getting maybe three wins total and exiting in the second round of the playoffs.”

Moss responds to the St. Louis Rams players doing the ‘hands up’ gesture in protest of a grand jury’s decision in Ferguson not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown: “The gesture was a good thing for them to do. For me, playing in the National Football League for 15 years, one thing I made an effort to do was to get out in the community. I want to see what happens next.  Are those players going to go out in St. Louis, reach out to Ferguson, MO and really give some help?  That’s where we mess up as players sometimes when we do something just for one time and then forget about the rest of the situation. I’m looking for the St. Louis Rams, coach Jeff Fisher, the organization and the police group in Missouri to team up because this is something big that our country really needs to go ahead and tackle.”

 

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FOX NFL Sunday analyst Jimmy Johnson believes the New Orleans Saints will win the NFC South division:  “Even though they are next to last in defense, one of the worst in the league as far as turnover ratio, and don’t protect Drew Brees very well, they’re starting to get hot. They’re going to win out and have a chance for a 9-7 record.  In my opinion they will win the division.”

FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer reports on the latest news with Adrian Peterson:  “Adrian Peterson right now is suspended until April of next year.  During the hearing this week, one of the bones of contention was whether or not NFL executive Troy Vincent actually offered a two-game suspension to Adrian Peterson as part of his settlement. The NFL saying ‘no it was just one of the options, it wasn’t a guarantee.’ So that is something they’ve been going back and forth on all week long. I am told however to expect a decision this week.”

FOX NFL insider Glazer believes Los Angeles is closer than ever to having an NFL franchise: “The one difference is that throughout league circles people think resoundingly that the Rams are going to be the team to move followed by the Raiders. Expect two teams to move out to Los Angeles.  But the other team that’s really been laying under the radar here that is still very much involved is the San Diego Chargers. Here’s the big problem though, Curt, is that for the last 20 years every single story that has been done on this has been incorrect. It’s been the worst reported on story in the history of the NFL. However, I do believe we are closer than ever to getting a franchise out here in LA.”

NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw defends San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh: “This team has been to three NFC championship games and won a Super Bowl under Jim Harbaugh. If you don’t like him when the season is over go ahead and trade him. This is a good coach and everybody needs to calm down a little bit and appreciate what you’ve got.”

NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long echos Bradshaw’s thoughts on Harbaugh and points to San Francisco’s passing game as needing help: “All that Jim Harbaugh has done in San Francisco is win. Greg Roman is on of the more creative offensive coordinators in football.  Their power running game is as complex as you’ll face. The area that hasn’t evolved is the passing game. As complex as they are in their running game, they’re a lot simpler in their passing game.”

NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan discusses the mishaps of the Arizona Cardinals: “The Arizona Cardinals are leaking oil. Head Coach Bruce Arians has done as good of a job as any coach at motivating a team that’s been short-handed the entire season. He’s been plugging holes but you can only plug holes for so long and the way to cover up a quarterback is with a great running game but they don’t have that.”

Quotes From Week 14 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

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“I’m still under contract. I haven’t even made it through this year. I’m chasing after another one of these [Super Bowl rings].” – Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch on if this is his final year playing in the NFL

“How many guys on the Seahawks defense are going around saying ‘I am the best’ and trying to get attention? [Marshawn Lynch] is saying ‘I don’t want that attention – I want the attention to be on the team.’ The Seahawks need that.” – Shaun O’Hara on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch

“I’m not worried about the workload for DeMarco Murray because I think that’s exactly what you have to give him in order to keep Tony Romo healthy.” – Michael Irvin on Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray

“He was the most consistent player on this team…He got you here, you’re still in the playoff mix. To me, this was a no-brainer.” – Kurt Warner on the Cleveland Browns’ decision to start quarterback Brian Hoyer

“This guy is finally getting them to a point where they’re respectable. Let the guy play.” – Steve Mariucci on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer

“I think that Brian Hoyer gives you the best opportunity to beat the Indianapolis Colts. You don’t want to put Johnny Manziel out there and tell him he has to try to keep up with Andrew Luck.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Cleveland Browns quarterback situation

“I’m told by Bears sources that there is a serious case of buyer’s remorse for Jay Cutler and signing him to that huge contract that is guaranteed through next year.” – Ian Rapoport on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

“You have to beat them one of two ways: you have to beat them with deep balls or you have to beat them by being more physical than them. Neither of these come from this Philadelphia Eagles football team.” – Michael Irvin on the Seattle Seahawks defense

“If he wins the NFC West, he’s going to be the Coach of the Year again.” – Steve Mariucci on Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians

“Right now, he is the best back in the league.” – Marshall Faulk on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell

***For complete quotes from ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning,’ see below***

Seattle Seahawks Running Back Marshawn Lynch with Michael Robinson

NFL Network analyst Michael Robinson sat down with his former teammate, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, for an interview on NFL GameDay First and NFL GameDay Morning:

On his relationship with the media:

“I guess they just want to talk to your boy [me]. But I don’t have anything to say. I just want to play football.”

On what a strong run game does for a team:

“A strong run game manages the game, the overall game. It keeps your defense off the field, it keeps your defense fresh. If you can run the ball, it takes the pressure off a quarterback. It gives life to the game.”

On what makes him a special player:

“I don’t know. I just like to play football. Anytime I have an opportunity to touch the ball, I feel like I can be successful.”

On other running backs he watches in the NFL:

“I take a lot of stuff from a lot of running backs. [Adrian Peterson]. Ray Rice. Chris Johnson; I really like to see him run. [LeSean McCoy]; I love seeing Shady run, he does some amazing things. Arian Foster. One that’s growing on me now is DeMarco Murray.”

On if this is his final year playing in the NFL:

“I’m still under contract. I haven’t even made it through this year. I’m chasing after another one of these [Super Bowl rings].”

On his connection to the fans:

“When people come up to me and they say, ‘What’s up,’ they get a real, genuine ‘What’s happening?’ Or when I’m at my camp, I’m actually at my camp. I actually get down with the kids in my camp. It’s not like I’m going to sit here and talk to the media because I know when [fans] see me in public they’re going to love me and then I can just give them a wave and then it’s going to be, ‘He waved to me.’ No. All of that is superficial to me.”

On what would he say to 20 year-old Marshawn Lynch:

“Probably first off telling him don’t regret none of the decisions that you make because they’re going to make you into who you’re going to grow in to. I mean from the bad to the good, to the pretty and the ugly. So 28 year-old Marshawn telling 20 year-old Marshawn get ready for a whirlwind because it’s not going to be pretty.”

To view the entire interview with Lynch, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000439544/Beastmode-opens-up

Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians with Marshall Faulk

NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk sat down with Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians for an interview on NFL GameDay Morning:

On coaching at the University of Alabama under Bear Bryant:

“That was a learning experience every day. I thought I knew everything; I was 26, I thought I knew everything…He would tear me up every week. We had a great relationship in that I would never back off. He’d rip me – I’d go straight to his office [and he’d say], ‘You’re doing fine.’ He just loved ripping me in front of the other coaches. He just wanted to see if I was going to keep coming back. There is a big picture of him that’s been over my shoulder in my office for 34 years. The last thing he said to me when I took the Temple job off his staff: ‘Coach them hard and hug them later.’ That’s just been my mantra ever since.”

On his coaching style:

“To coach them hard, they have to know you care about them. You’re talking about football, not the person. Your football stinks – you’re a hell of a guy, I love you off the field.”

On what he tells his team about the playoffs following two consecutive losses:

“We have to take care of business this week. We had a great week of preparation last week – we showed up at the stadium with no passion and energy. I don’t care who you’re playing in this league, you better have passion and energy or you’re going to get beat. And we got beat soundly.”

On if he is concerned about showing up to the stadium without passion and energy again:

“I don’t think we’re going to have that problem again. You’re as good as your film. That film stinks so bad, if you’re not embarrassed then you shouldn’t be a Cardinal.”

On how he would critique Bruce Arians the head coach:

“Right now, doing OK. The test of time always is what you’re measured by. This next month, we’ll see how damn good a coach you are. Everybody wants to pat you on the back in September and October – they remember what you do in December.”

To view the entire interview with Arians, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000439539/Coach-hard-hug-later

Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Jeremy Maclin with Melissa Stark

NFL Network’s Melissa Stark sat down with Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin for an interview on NFL GameDay First and NFL GameDay Morning:

On if there was any doubt in his mind that he would not return following his injury:

“No. I’ve been challenged so much away from football, away from anything that has to do with sports that when it comes to rehab or treatment or playing football, practice, weightlifting – it’s all easy in my mind. Just don’t take anything for granted.”

On playing for head coach Chip Kelly:

“It’s been awesome. Chip is fun to work with, he’s a great guy to be around. I respect him as a man, as a coach. It’s been fun. You have so many opportunities to go out there and make plays. He does a great job of putting his guys in a position to be successful.”

On Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez:

“Mark’s a professional. He’s won in this league at a very high level before. He can definitely play some football, so that’s a credit to him. I think one thing Chip [Kelly] said is he likes to have two starting quarterbacks. I think he has that in both [Nick] Foles and Mark.”

To view the entire interview with Maclin, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000439517/Jeremy-s-journey

Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back Le’Veon Bell with Steve Cyphers

NFL Media’s Steve Cyphers sat down with Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell for an interview on NFL GameDay Morning:

On his workload:

“I like being on the field at all times. You never know what play is going to change the game. People tell me, ‘You play 90 snaps, how do you feel?’ I feel normal.”

To view the entire interview with Bell, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000439568/A-running-backstory

 

Quotes from NFL GameDay First

Every Sunday morning at 7:00 AM ET, NFL Network is first on the field with NFL GameDay First. Host Melissa Stark, co-host/analyst Sterling Sharpe, and analysts Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson provide the first analysis of the day’s games, while NFL Network reporters stationed across the league report from stadiums with the first on-location reports of the day.

“There is not another guy in the draft, there is not a guy in free agency – in my respect, there is not another guy walking this Earth – that can do what Marshawn Lynch does. So, if I’m Pete Carroll, if I’m John Schneider, I’m looking at this guy and I’m saying, ‘Hey, maybe I open up the wallet a little bit…I have to make sure this guy plays next year and if he plays, he plays for me.’” – Michael Robinson on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch

 

“How many guys on the Seahawks defense are going around saying ‘I am the best’ and trying to get attention? [Marshawn Lynch] is saying ‘I don’t want that attention – I want the attention to be on the team.’ The Seahawks need that.” – Shaun O’Hara on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch

 

“I think the speed of the Eagles offense is going to catch the Seahawks a little bit by surprise…I think that can be a little bit of a factor.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Philadelphia Eagles offense versus the Seattle Seahawks defense

“I think this game comes down to stopping the run and forcing the quarterback to win the football game. [Mark Sanchez] has been playing beautifully. Chip Kelly has done a great job knowing and figuring out who Mark Sanchez is, but the game is going to be in his hands.” – Sterling Sharpe on what it would take for the Philadelphia Eagles to get the win over the Seattle Seahawks

“I think it is the right decision. I think that Brian Hoyer gives you the best opportunity to beat the Indianapolis Colts. You don’t want to put Johnny Manziel out there and tell him he has to try to keep up with Andrew Luck…I think to your team, Brian Hoyer has become a leader.” – Shaun O’Hara on why it is the right decision for the Cleveland Browns to start Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel

“I have played with rookie quarterbacks. Eli Manning was as prepared as you could be as a rookie quarterback coming into the NFL. Guess what Baltimore did when we played them on the road? Guess what defenses did to us? They blitzed us, they brought the pressure. That is what defenses are going to do to Johnny Manziel. They are going to try to rattle him and try to make him scramble. He is a turnover waiting to happen.” – Shaun O’Hara on why Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is not ready to start

“The strength of this team is the defensive secondary. Don’t be surprised if Brandon Browner is following Antonio Gates around the field. He is a guy who can tackle; he is big, he is long, and he can keep with them in coverage. They are going to have to find a way to get Philip Rivers under pressure to get the ball out.” – Michael Robinson on why the New England Patriots are going to defeat the San Diego Chargers

Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning

 

NFL GameDay Morning is the most comprehensive pregame show on Sunday morning, airing at 9:00 AM ET for four hours on NFL Network and taking viewers straight up to kickoff. Host Rich Eisen joins analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin to bring fans the latest news, injury reports, pregame analysis and game previews. Additionally, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest inside information from around the league.

“Brian Hoyer is what got you here. Before the last three games, he had 10 touchdowns [and] just four interceptions – he was the reason that they were winning games. He was the most consistent player on this team…He got you here, you’re still in the playoff mix. To me, this was a no-brainer.” – Kurt Warner on the Cleveland Browns

 

“This guy is finally getting them to a point where they’re respectable. Let the guy play.” – Steve Mariucci on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer

 

“You have to beat them one of two ways: you have to beat them with deep balls or you have to beat them by being more physical than them. Neither of these come from this Philadelphia Eagles football team…They’ve already seen this finesse game with the Denver Broncos in last year’s Super Bowl and they’ve seen it this year. If you want me to believe that Chip Kelly in the ear of Mark Sanchez is better than the brain that’s in Peyton Manning, I’m sorry, I have issues believing all of that. If they did it to Peyton Manning, they can do it to this offense right here.” – Michael Irvin on the Seattle Seahawks defense

 

“Right now, he is the best back in the league.” – Marshall Faulk on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell

 

“He’s a very confident guy, he’s a very loyal guy but he’s an honest coach. When you work with him and you listen to him coach, he’s honest with you about what you’re doing, what he does wrong, and I believe that’s what the Arizona Cardinals are responding to and what he believes is going to get them over the hump coming down the stretch.” – Marshall Faulk on Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians

 

“If he wins the NFC West, he’s going to be the Coach of the Year again.” – Steve Mariucci on Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians

 

“When Philip Rivers is hot, he is one of the best quarterbacks in our league. What he did against the Seattle Seahawks, that game showed me Philip Rivers can handle the load for his team.” – Marshall Faulk on San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers

 

“I’m not worried about the workload for DeMarco Murray because I think that’s exactly what you have to give him in order to keep Tony Romo healthy. They connect.” – Michael Irvin on Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray

 

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On how long the leash will be today for Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer:

“My understanding talking to Browns sources is that they want to give Brian Hoyer every chance to win this game. As long as the Browns are in the playoff hunt, as they are in the thick of it right now, he will continue to be their starting quarterback. It is not going to be a quick hook if say he goes three-and-out in the first two series. They do not want Brian Hoyer looking over his shoulder at Johnny Manziel. He will be the starting quarterback today and they would like that to continue. Now, if the Browns do go down big today and the game gets out of hand like it did last week, then you will likely see Johnny Manziel. In fact, I am told if the Browns lose today and fall out of the playoff race, don’t be surprised to see Manziel start for the next three games as the Cleveland Browns begin to evaluate their future. As far as what it will actually be like today, do not expect a Manziel package; don’t expect him to be running in and out with specially designed set of plays. It is going to be Brian Hoyer you’ll see on the field today.”

On why Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is considering retirement:

“One of the reasons is Marshawn Lynch is dealing with a very painful back. I’m told by a source involved in the situation that Marshawn Lynch has compressed cartilage in his back that does lead to back spasms and can result in some early arthritis which is why we saw him spend halftime on the sideline getting a massage in a recent game. It’s really painful, it’s something he deals with all of the time and it is one reason why Marshawn Lynch is considering not playing next year.”

On Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler:

“I’m told by Bears sources that there is a serious case of buyer’s remorse for Jay Cutler and signing him to that huge contract that is guaranteed through next year. Jay Cutler simply has not played well enough but it’s not just in the passing game. His refusal to check out of bad run plays has absolutely killed this team and there is a serious case of frustration inside the organization just about the way that Jay Cutler played. In fact, I’m told they considered benching him against Tampa Bay when they were shut out; decided against it, mainly because Jimmy Clausen is their backup and he’s not good enough. If they trade Jay Cutler, they save $12.5 million against the cap next year. Certainly something to consider.”

On Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker:

“I’m told by Bears sources [that] barring a significant improvement Mel Tucker, the defensive coordinator, is expected to be replaced at the end of this year. What the Bears will say publicly is that they have not had these discussions; I’m told they have had these discussions and they have already decided a change will be made at defensive coordinator.”

On San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh:

“The Raiders do have interest in Jim Harbaugh as they want to lure a rock star coach for their franchise. I’m told Harbaugh would have interest in Oakland – will have interest in Oakland – once the season ends, mainly because of the proximity and of course the quarterback that he is a big fan of, which would mean the 49ers would have to trade Harbaugh. So I reached out to a high-ranking league source to explain to me how this would work. First off, Harbaugh would have to OK the trade. Then the 49ers would negotiate the terms with another club, they would release Harbaugh from his contract that he is currently under and a new team would then negotiate a new contract with Jim Harbaugh. I am told [the University of Michigan has] reached out to Jim Harbaugh and they left convinced that he wants to be an NFL coach next year, not a college coach.”

On Mike Singletary:

“I’m told by several high-ranking people around the league that [Mike] Singletary is now on the radar of several owners. They really believe that even after a year away, even after the failed 49ers stint, that he will be a head coach in 2015.”

On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning are available for viewing:

 

- Week 14 Bold Predictions NFL GameDay Morning provides Bold Predictions for Week 14:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000439551/Bold-Predictions-Hawks-clip-Eagles-wings

 

- Week 14 Sunday Statements – The NFL GameDay Morning crew provide their Week 14 Sunday Statements:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000439524/Sunday-Statements-Dolphins-Bengals-take-control

 

- Did the Cleveland Browns Make the Right Choice? NFL GameDay First analyzes the Cleveland Browns quarterback situation and discuss if they made the right decision to start Brian Hoyer:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000439518/Did-the-Browns-make-the-right-choice

 

- Will Brian Hoyer Have a Short Leash? – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports on the Cleveland Browns quarterback situation heading into today’s game against the Indianapolis Colts:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000439519/Will-Hoyer-be-on-a-short-leash

- Are the Chicago Bears Regretting Jay Cutler’s Extension? – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has the latest regarding the Chicago Bears:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000439527/Are-the-Bears-regretting-Cutler-s-extension

- San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and Possible Connection to the Oakland Raiders – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides insight on San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and a possible connection to the Oakland Raiders:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000439540/Jim-Harbaugh-interested-in-Raiders-trade

- More Pivotal for the Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo or DeMarco Murray? – Who is more pivotal for the Dallas Cowboys: quarterback Tony Romo or running back DeMarco Murray? NFL GameDay Morning debates:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000439528/More-pivotal-for-Cowboys-Romo-or-Murray

- 2013 Seattle Seahawks vs. 2014 Seattle Seahawks Michael Robinson joins Kim Jones to discuss this year’s edition of the Seattle Seahawks compared to the team which won the Super Bowl last year:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap3000000439557/2013-Seahawks-vs-2014-Seahawks

- Who Will Win the NFC South? – The NFC South will come down to the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. NFL GameDay Morning determines which team will win the division:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000439532/Who-will-win-the-NFC-South

- Players Only: Teammate with the Most Interesting Personality – The former players of NFL GameDay Morning look back on their careers to discuss teammates with interesting personalities:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap3000000439546/Players-Only-Teammate-with-the-most-interesting-personality

Inaugural College Football Playoff Highlights ESPN’s 38-Game Post-Season Bowl Schedule

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ESPN’s extensive coverage of the 2014-15 college football season will culminate with 38 post-season games, highlighted by every matchup of the inaugural College Football Playoff format. With the new post-season format – four teams meeting in semifinals followed by a championship contest between the winning programs – ESPN and ESPN Radio will provide New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tripleheaders as part of a New Year’s Six schedule featuring both semifinals and four additional premier bowls. Both networks will provide exclusive coverage of the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship on January 12.
College Football Playoff & New Year’s Six Schedule
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Wed, Dec 31 12:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: No. 9 Ole Miss vs. No. 6 TCU

TV: Joe Tessitore, Brock Huard & Shannon Spake
Radio: Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Laura Rutledge
ESPN & ESPN Radio
4 p.m. VIZIO Fiesta Bowl: No. 20 Boise State vs. No. 10 Arizona

TV: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Todd McShay
Radio: Dave Flemming, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
ESPN & ESPN Radio
8 p.m. Capital One Orange Bowl: No. 7 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Georgia Tech

TV: Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer & Maria Taylor
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Thu, Jan 1 12:30 p.m. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: No. 8 Michigan State vs. No. 5 Baylor

TV: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill
Radio: Brad Sham, Kelly Stouffer & Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN & ESPN Radio
5 p.m. Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual College Football Playoff Semifinal: No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 3 Florida State

TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox & Tom Rinaldi
Radio: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Todd McShay
ESPN & ESPN Radio
8:30 p.m. Allstate Sugar Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio State

TV: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Mon, Jan 12 8:30 p.m. College Football Playoff National Championship Presented  by AT&T: TBD vs. TBD

TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox & Tom Rinaldi
Radio: Mike Tirico, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe & Joe Schad
ESPN & ESPN Radio
 
The schedule will kick off on Saturday, Dec. 20, with five games, four on ESPN and ESPN Radio and one on ABC.  An ESPN outlet will present at least one game a day for 12 out of the 14 days from December 22 to January 4. Highlights:
 
  • Every bowl game on ESPN, ABC and ESPN2 will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, on Apple TV and Roku to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
  • ESPN Radio will broadcast 30 bowl games, including all of the New Year’s Six matchups and the College Football Playoff National Championship.
  • ESPN platforms will cover all 11 ESPN Events owned-and-operated bowl games:
  • Four on Saturday, Dec. 20: Gildan New Mexico Bowl (2:20 p.m. on ESPN & ESPN Radio); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (3:30 p.m. on ABC); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (5:45 p.m. on ESPN & ESPN Radio) and Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (9:15 p.m. on ESPN & ESPN Radio).
  • Additional pre-Christmas Day games on ESPN and ESPN Radio include the Boca Raton Bowl (Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m.) and Hawaii Bowl (Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m.).
  • Two matchups on Friday, Dec. 26, include the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (1 p.m. on ESPN) and the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl (8 p.m. on ESPN & ESPN Radio)
  • Additional games include: AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Monday, Dec. 29, at 9 p.m. on ESPN & ESPN Radio), Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Friday, Jan. 2 at noon on ESPN); and Birmingham Bowl (Saturday, Jan. 3, at noon on ESPN & ESPN Radio).
 
Additional Postseason Games
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Dec 20 11 a.m. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

TV: Bob Wischusen, Mack Brown & Kaylee Hartung
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN & ESPN Radio
2:20 p.m. Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Utah State vs. UTEP

TV: Mark Neely, David Diaz-Infante & Kayce Smith
Radio: TBD, Tom Ramsey & TBD
ESPN & ESPN Radio
3:30 p.m. Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl: No. 22 Utah vs. Colorado State

Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer & Maria Taylor
ABC
5:45 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Air Force

TV: Eamon McAnaney, Dan Hawkins & Dawn Davenport
Radio: Paul Loeffler & Pat Hill
ESPN & ESPN Radio
9:15 p.m. Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: South Alabama vs. Bowling Green

TV: Dave Lamont, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Jason Benetti, Gene Chizik & Niki Noto
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec 22 2 p.m. Miami Beach Bowl: BYU vs. Memphis

Dave Flemming, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
ESPN
Tue, Dec 23 6 p.m. Boca Raton Bowl: Marshall vs. Northern Illinois

TV: Dave Lamont, Desmond Howard & Quint Kessenich
Radio: Marc Kestecher, John Congemi & TBD
ESPN & ESPN Radio
9:30 p.m. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Navy vs. San Diego State

TV: Tom Hart, Mike Bellotti & Heather Mitts
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec 24 Noon Popeyes Bahamas Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky

TV: Steve Levy, Lou Holtz, Mark May & Laura Rutledge
Radio: John Brickley & Pete Najerian
ESPN & ESPN Radio
8 p.m. Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State vs. Rice

TV: Allen Bestwick, Rod Gilmore & Holly Rowe
Radio: Kevin Winter & Trevor Matich
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Fri, Dec 26 1 p.m. Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech

Mike Corey, Charles Arbuckle & Kayce Smith
ESPN
4:30 p.m. Quick Lane Bowl: Rutgers vs. North Carolina

Mark Neely, Ray Bentley & Niki Noto
ESPN
8 p.m. Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl: NC State vs. UCF

TV: Adam Amin, John Congemi & Kaylee Hartung
Radio: Dave Lamont, Anthony Becht & Cara Capuano
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec 27 1 p.m. Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech

TV: Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Eamon McAnaney, Jay Walker & TBD
ESPN & ESPN Radio
3:30 p.m. Duck Commander Independence Bowl: Miami (Fla.) vs. South Carolina

Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Laura Rutledge
ABC
4:30 p.m. New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Boston College vs. Penn State

TV: Bob Wischusen, Matt Millen & Quint Kessenich
Radio: Kevin Winter, Jack Ford & TBD
ESPN & ESPN Radio
8 p.m. National University Holiday Bowl: Nebraska vs. No. 24 USC

TV: Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec 29 2 p.m. AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Texas A&M vs. West Virginia

TV: Clay Matvick, Anthony Becht & Dawn Davenport
Radio: Mark Neely, Ray Bentley & Niki Noto
ESPN & ESPN Radio
5:30 p.m. Russell Athletic Bowl: Oklahoma vs. No. 17 Clemson

TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN & ESPN Radio
9 p.m. AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: Arkansas vs. Texas

TV: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill
Radio: Adam Amin, John Congemi & Kayce Smith
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Tue, Dec 30 3 p.m. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Notre Dame vs. No. 23 LSU

TV: Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore & Jessica Mendoza
Radio: Mark Neely, David Diaz-Infante & Dawn Davenport
ESPN & ESPN Radio
6:30 p.m. Belk Bowl: No. 13 Georgia vs. No. 21 Louisville

TV: Anish Shroff, Kelly Stouffer & Cara Capuano
Radio: Tom Hart, Matt Stinchcomb & Heather Mitts
ESPN & ESPN Radio
10 p.m. Foster Farms Bowl: Maryland vs. Stanford

TV: Dave Flemming, Greg McElroy & Shelley Smith
Radio: Roxy Bernstein, Tom Ramsey & Dave Shore
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Thu, Jan 1 Noon Outback Bowl: No. 19 Auburn vs. No. 18 Wisconsin

Bob Wischusen, Matt Millen & Quint Kessenich
ESPN2
1 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: No. 16 Missouri vs. No. 25 Minnesota

TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
Radio: Dave Lamont, Tom Ramsey & TBD
ABC & ESPN Radio
Fri, Jan 2 Noon Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Houston vs. Pittsburgh

Tom Hart, Matt Stinchcomb & Heather Mitts
ESPN
3:20 p.m. TaxSlayer.com Bowl: Iowa vs. Tennessee

TV: Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore & Jessica Mendoza
Radio: Adam Amin, John Congemi & TBD
ESPN & ESPN Radio
6:45 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl: No. 11 Kansas State vs. No. 14 UCLA

TV: Joe Tessitore, Brock Huard & Shannon Spake
Radio: Bob Wischusen, Matt Millen & Quint Kessenich
ESPN & ESPN Radio
10:15 p.m. TicketCity Cactus Bowl: Washington vs. Oklahoma State

TV: Dave Flemming, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
Radio: Mark Neely, David Diaz-Infante & TBD
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Sat, Jan 3 Noon Birmingham Bowl: East Carolina vs. Florida

TV: Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Laura Rutledge
Radio: Clay Matvick, Greg McElroy & Cara Capuano
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Sun, Jan 4 9 p.m. GoDaddy Bowl: Toledo vs. Arkansas State

Allen Bestwick, Ray Bentley & Quint Kessenich
ESPN
 
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NOTES & QUOTES FROM NBC’S “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA” – WEEK 14

FNIA-nfl-nbc“I believe the Ravens will win the division.” – Rodney Harrison on AFC North

“Bobby Wagner has brought the swagger back to that Seattle defense.” – Tony Dungy

“They have the weaponry to beat Indianapolis…but they’ve got a mental block. None of those guys have ever won up there.” – Dungy on Texans at Colts next week

“There’s a chance we’re going to see Robert Griffin III back under center sooner rather than later.” – Mike Florio

STAMFORD, Conn. – December 7, 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 Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., to preview Patriots-Chargers. 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 NBCSports.com, and NFL Insider Peter King. Kathryn Tappen reported from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., on the Seahawks-Eagles game.

In addition, Costas interviewed Patriots DT Vince Wilfork, and Elliott spoke with Chargers QB Philip Rivers.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON AFC NORTH

Dungy: “Cincinnati had a chance to get some distance and take control, but Pittsburgh, as inconsistent as they’ve been playing, they won the game today. And now, if they win out, they win the North.”

Harrison: “I believe the Ravens will win the division. They play against Jacksonville, Houston, and Cleveland. I don’t trust the Bengals. I see them each and every week and I’m always shaking my head. I just can’t believe they continue to win football games.”

Ward on Steelers: “Today was a must-win for the Steelers. Big Ben continues to show to everyone that he is still an elite quarterback…Offensively, I love what they’re doing…Running back Le’Veon Bell is a superstar. He can do so many different things. But I think in order for them to make a serious push at the playoffs, they have to play better in the secondary because they got torched today.”

Collinsworth on Bengals: “I still have to remind everyone, and myself, that the Bengals are still in first place in that division…(laughing about how their tie may help their playoff chances) We’re hanging on every thread at this moment right now. We love ties in Cincy.”

Patrick on Ravens: “You don’t have Haloti Ngata for the rest of the regular season and Elvis Dumervil stepped up.”

Harrison on Ravens: “You’re talking about somebody that’s overshadowed — Elvis Dumervil. He’s been overshadowed because of all the attention we pay to J.J. Watt.”

ON SEAHAWKS

Dungy: “Bobby Wagner has brought the swagger back to that Seattle defense.”

Harrison: “You talk about Bobby Wagner and Richard Sherman, but Byron Maxwell, he’s been playing excellent cornerback.”

http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/seahawks-put-eagles-tempo-offense-pause

ON TEXANS

Dungy on upcoming game at Indianapolis: “They have the weaponry to beat Indianapolis. They’ve got a great pass rush. They’ve got a good running game. That’s how you beat Indy…but they’ve got a mental block. None of those guys have ever won up there.”

Harrison: “It seems like every week I’m watching the same tape of J.J. Watt. It’s unbelievable. Indy has a banged up offensive line. J.J. Watt should have a big game.”

ON BRONCOS

Patrick: “What a difference-maker C.J. Anderson has been.”

ON CARDINALS

Dungy: “I thought defensive coordinator Todd Bowles called a great game.  He put the pressure on Alex Smith, lowered the box and made Alex Smith (try to) win it…Arizona’s defense came up big all day.”

Harrison on Todd Bowles: “He wasn’t afraid of Alex Smith.”

ON CHIEFS

Harrison: “My biggest concern with Kansas City going into this game, and to the entire season, is their inability to throw the ball down the field. You can’t just rely on Jamaal Charles.”

ON REDSKINS

Florio: “Washington quarterback Colt McCoy has that neck strain, but even if he’s healthy, there’s a chance we’re going to see Robert Griffin III back under center sooner rather than later as the starting quarterback. There’s been so much talk out of Washington that coach Jay Gruden is done with Griffin, but the truth is the organization still believes in Griffin, that they can get him back in the right mindset, and that, in the off-season with the draft picks back and with salary cap space, they can make the team better around him.”

King on Jay Gruden: “The Washington Post reported this weekend that Jay Gruden, the coach of Washington, could be quote ‘one-and-done,’ meaning out after his first season as a head coach. After the game, NBC Washington reported that Bruce Allen, general manager of the team, has told Gruden, ‘You will not be one and done. You’ll be back next year.’”

http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/could-jay-gruden-be-one-and-done-washington

ON 49ERS

Dungy on if 49ers are done: “Yes. I thought they were after (the Thanksgiving night game). Now it’s official.”

Harrison: “Colin Kaepernick, no confidence. And they miss those veteran linebackers.”

ON VIKINGS

Patrick: “If you add Adrian Peterson, are you looking at a playoff team here in Minnesota?”

Dungy: “Possibly. They rode Adrian Peterson to the playoffs a couple of years ago and Teddy Bridgewater’s giving them better quarterbacking than they had then.”

Harrison: “They have the potential of being a playoff team.”

ON PANTHERS

Patrick: “You can’t stop Fozzy Whittaker.”

ON SAINTS

Harrison: “I still have the Saints winning the division…I trust Drew Brees in the big moment.”

Patrick: “As long as they’re not playing at home, they’ve got a chance to win.”

ON PATRIOTS

Collinsworth: “The margin of error for New England is now gone…If the Chargers don’t get them, I think the Patriots will run the table.”

ON CHARGERS

Ward on Philip Rivers: “That’s why it’s hard to put him in that elite category, because he hasn’t had a lot of success in the big games. He’s going to put up a lot of big numbers, but often you find him making the crucial mistake that costs this team. But I love his cockiness and his will to compete.”

ON MOVING TO LOS ANGELES

Florio: “Do not overlook the San Diego Chargers. There’s thinking in League circles that because the Chargers have been trying for so long to get a new stadium in San Diego they’re in a better position to satisfy the relocation policy than the other two teams (Oakland and St. Louis). Also, the owners would be inclined to allow a team to move just a fairly short distance, more inclined to do that than have a team move across the country. As for the Chargers, publicly they’re saying nothing, but privately they’re keeping all options open.”

Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Wilfork, and Elliott’s interview with Rivers.

VINCE WILFORK WITH BOB COSTAS

On bandwagon fans: “We’ve been great, we’ve sucked, we were this, and we were that. The only thing we have is our fans and what we have in that locker room. When we were down, we were kicked a lot. Now we’re up, all of the sudden it’s the Patriots this, the Patriots that. I told our guys, ‘We don’t have time for that.’ The only thing we’re concentrating on is what we have in here.”

On whether he wishes he had more chances to get in the end zone: “Early in my career, I used to talk about it a lot. But now, it is what it is. If it happens, I’ll be prepared for it. I play catch a lot, so they know the ability that I have, and it’s possible I could do it. We just have so many great options on offense that they don’t need me over there.”

On coach Bill Belichick: “He’s a great person. A lot of people don’t understand that because they just see him on Sundays or in the media. But, we have a chance to be around him every day. He’ll come into the locker room and talk with us; in the weight room he’ll come talk and joke. I was just talking with him the other day about my son’s state football game…when I first came up here, [my son] was 6, and now he’s 17. Just being around him every day you get the coach Bill Belichick, and you get the person Bill Belichick, where you can step into his office and talk about anything.”

On the importance of tonight’s game: “Every game is a big game. [Tonight] it happens to be the Chargers – a great football team led by a great quarterback. I love playing against [Philip Rivers] because he is so competitive, he is so fiery. You can just tell how he just gets his guys going. I like to see that in a player, especially coming from a quarterback. You’ll hit him, and he’ll get up and laugh at you and say, ‘That’s all you have?’ It’s an enjoyment to play against somebody like that, who has the passion he has for the game. Philip Rivers got those guys rolling, but we know what we have to do. We have to walk away with a W. It’s going to be tough.”

http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/vince-wilfork-its-about-what-you-have-locker-room

                                          PHILIP RIVERS WITH JOSH ELLIOTT                  

On his game-winning touchdown pass with 38 seconds remaining against Baltimore last week: “It’s either going to end in a touchdown to win or an interception to lose…it was big. All that comes with winning that game. Now it gets no easier for us.”

On hard late-season schedule: “They’re all hard in this league. You see it every week, anybody can beat anybody. The good news for us in the last four [games], we don’t have to play them all in the same day. They give us a break between each of them, which is good.”

On his respect for Tom Brady: “Growing up, I wasn’t as much a fan of the NFL as I was a fan of quarterbacks. Marino, Favre, Elway, Aikman, Montana – all of those guys’ posters were on my wall as a kid. To think, ‘Hey, shoot, you’re getting to play a Tom Brady-led Patriots team.’ That really is special, to get him on Sunday night at our place. If you would have told us Week 1 that this was what it’s going to be, we would have said ‘deal.’”

On his attitude every Sunday: “It’s just passion. My dad is a football coach, and there are times when I see some of his mannerisms, his passion, the way he coached…I’m doing the exact same thing. I hate that sometimes it’s viewed the wrong way, but it’s just like, golly, I hope that when it’s all said and done they’ll be like, ‘That guy loves to play football.’”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

MLB Network to Premiere Documentaries “The Third Team: All-Access 2014 World Series” & “Derek Jeter: 2 Witness An Icon”

mlb-networkDecember 10, 2014 – From a crew of umpires calling a remarkable seven-game World Series to a renowned player who thrived in pressure-filled moments, MLB Network will premiere two new documentaries this week that bring viewers behind the scenes of some of baseball’s biggest stages with the debuts of The Third Team: All-Access 2014 World Series this Friday, December 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET and MLB Productions’ Derek Jeter: 2 Witness an Icon tomorrow, December 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

For MLB Network’s second installment of The Third Team, the 90-minute show includes highlights from more than 80 hours of footage and live audio both on and off the field, giving a glimpse at umpires’ personalities and their interactions with members of the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals, including during the outburst between Royals catcher Salvador Perez and Giants reliever Hunter Strickland in Game Two. With expanded replay used for the first time in 2014, The Third Team also gives viewers an exclusive look inside the MLB Replay Operations Center during each of the two World Series replay reviews, including the pivotal overturned call at first base during Game Seven.

During the filming of The Third Team, MLB Network spent 11 straight days with the 2014 World Series umpire crew, including veteran World Series umpires Ted Barrett, Jeff Nelson and crew chief Jeff Kellogg, plus four umpires working their first World Series: Eric Cooper, Jerry Meals, Jim Reynolds and second-generation MLB umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. For the first time, MLB Network’s cameras captured exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre calling each umpire to let them know of their World Series assignment, which can be seen here.

In MLB Productions’ Derek Jeter: 2 Witness An Icon, the one-hour special presents some of the most famous moments of Jeter’s 20-year career from the perspectives of those who witnessed the plays first-hand. From the flip play in the 2001 ALDS to his 3,000th hit and the walk-off single at Jeter’s final home game, former manager Joe Torre, former teammates David Cone, John Flaherty, Paul O’Neill, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada, and Jeter himself each share stories of what they saw and experienced first-hand on the field.

Highlights from The Third Team: All-Access 2014 World Series

Joe Torre: “This is what they strive for. Just like when you lace them up in Spring Training as a player and manager, you want to get to October. These guys want to get to October.”

Hunter Wendelstedt: “As an umpire, we have the same passion, the same love for the game that the ballplayers have. We’re not a black-hearted villain. We don’t try to make mistakes. We love the game of baseball more than anybody.”

Jeff Kellogg: “Anytime you have a tough call in the Postseason, it is magnified a thousand times, and depending on the closeness of the game, it can be magnified even more, so the ability to go to replay is huge.”

Highlights of Derek Jeter: 2 Witness An Icon:

Jeter on hitting a home run for his 3,000 hit: “You feel a sense of relief, and then you can’t believe what just happened.”

Jorge Posada on the flip play in Game 3 of the 2001 ALDS: “We do practice this in Spring Training, especially on large fields with large foul territories, so six months earlier we were practicing it and he still has it on his mind.”

Paul O’Neill on Jeter’s walk-off home run in Game Four of the 2001 World Series: “You don’t see a lot of emotion in Jeter’s career, you saw a lot there. … Because it became November, is it more memorable? Possibly. But World Series game-winning home run, that says enough itself. It was the most exciting baseball I think I ever remember.”

HBO World Championship Boxing Saturday Night from Las Vegas: Bradley vs. Chaves, Korobov vs. Lee, Herrera vs. Benavidez

hbo-boxingHBO BOXING® PRESENTS THE HOT TRIPLEHEADER

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®:  TIMOTHY BRADLEY JR. VS. DIEGO CHAVES,

MATT KOROBOV VS. ANDY LEE AND MAURICIO HERRERA VS. JOSE BENAVIDEZ

SATURDAY, DEC. 13 FROM LAS VEGAS

A talented international cast takes the spotlight in Las Vegas when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: TIMOTHY BRADLEY JR. VS. DIEGO CHAVES, MATT KOROBOV VS. ANDY LEE AND MAURICIO HERRERA VS. JOSE BENAVIDEZ is seen SATURDAY, DEC. 13 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 14 (8:45 a.m.) and 15 (midnight)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 14 (6:00 p.m.) and 16 (midnight)

Former junior welterweight and welterweight champ Timothy Bradley Jr. (31-1, 12 KOs) of Palm Springs, Cal. is one of the sport’s most recognizable fighters.  Polished and resourceful. Following his first loss as a pro to superstar Manny Pacquiao last April, he’ll look to bounce back in this 12-round welterweight rumble.

Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina is a power puncher who seeks to score a knockout in every fight. He was disqualified for excessive fouling in the ninth round of his last outing, a competitive ten-round bout with Brandon Rios in which one judge had him ahead.

Second on the bill, two gritty middleweights square off for a vacant 160-pound title belt, as Matt Korobov (24-0, 13 KOs) meets Andy Lee (33-2, 23 KOs) in a 12-round contest. Both Korobov, a 2008 Russian Olympic team member, and the London-born Lee, a veteran of the 2004 Irish Olympic team, are pursuing their first world championship, which could lead to huge fights in the competitive division.

The opening bout is a super lightweight showdown pitting Mauricio Herrera of Riverside, Cal. (21-4, 7 KOs) against Jose Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs) of Phoenix in a 12-round tilt. Herrera has fought some of the most dangerous opponents in the division, including titlists Mike Alvarado, Danny Garcia and Ruslan Provodnikov. Benavidez had a sensational amateur career, winning the Golden Gloves national championship at age 16. Since turning pro at 17, he’s undefeated in 21 bouts.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, HBO’s flagship boxing series, launched in Jan. 1973, and is the top-performing boxing series on TV.

Follow HBO boxing news at hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter at twitter.com/hboboxing.

All HBO boxing events are presented in HDTV. HBO viewers must have access to the HBO HDTV channel to watch HBO programming in high definition.

The executive producer of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Rick Bernstein; producer, Jon Crystal; director, Johnathan Evans.

® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.