For the sixth straight year, Longhorn Network, ESPN’S 24-hour network devoted to The University of Texas, has received recognition from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Lone Star Chapter, winning four awards and earning seven nominations.
ESPN will begin its 29th season of Major League Baseball coverage with a 10-game season-opening schedule, including an Opening Day quadruple-header on Thursday, March 29.
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NBCSN to Televise One-Hour Special Friday, December 8, at 8 p.m. ET
Robert Morton and Daniel Kellison to Executive Produce the Show With Time Inc. Productions
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 20, 2017 – Time Inc.’s (NYSE: TIME) SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (SI) and Time Inc. Productions will produce the first national telecast of the annual SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Sportsperson of the Year awards. The awards show, which was previously only available for viewing online, will air as a one-hour special Friday, December 8 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The event will be held for the second consecutive year at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on Tuesday, December 5.
“When the biggest and most inspiring names in sports come together for SI’s Sportsperson of the Year, there is a uniquely emotional and electric dynamic in the room,” said Chris Stone, Editor in Chief of Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated Group. “People leave the event feeling like they’ve experienced something exceptional and rare. We made the decision to produce the show because television is uniquely positioned to capture that emotion and electricity, and NBCSN is the perfect broadcast partner for the first nationally televised SI Sportsperson of the Year award show.”
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’S Sportsperson of the Year has been presented annually since 1954, the year the brand’s magazine launched. The honor is given to the athlete, coach, or team who best represents the sprit of sportsmanship and achievement, as well as inspires others both on and off the field.
SI’s Sportsperson of the Year event will present honors in six categories: SI Sportsperson of the Year, SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, SI Kids SportsKid of the Year, Rising Star, Performance of the Year and the Hope award. Past SI Sportsperson of the Year recipients have included LeBron James, Serena Williams, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Billie Jean King, Michael Phelps and the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team.
“Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year is a great addition to our programming lineup,” said Gary Quinn, Vice President, Programming and Owned Properties. “NBC Sports is committed to telling the stories of athletes, so we are excited to work with SPORTS ILLUSTRATED to showcase the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement.”
The telecast is being produced by Time Inc. Productions, the company’s television production division, which has tapped JASH, a Group Nine company, to co-produce. Highly regarded producers Robert Morton and Daniel Kellison will serve as executive producers. Executive producers from Time Inc. are Steve Cannella, Ian Orefice and Josh Oshinsky.
NBCSN will air an encore presentation of Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year Sunday, December 10 at 10 p.m. ET and Tuesday, December 12 at 11:30 p.m. ET.
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Western Conference-Leading St. Louis Blues Host Connor McDavid and Edmonton Oilers Tomorrow Night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NHL-Leading Tampa Bay Lightning Host Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
College Hockey – No. 6 Minnesota at No. 4 Notre Dame – Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 20, 2017 – NBC Sports presents the 2017 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown this Friday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC, when Sidney Crosby and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Boston to face Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins, marking the first of nine games that will air on NBC during the regular season.
This week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN features the leaders of the Eastern and Western Conferences, beginning tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET, when 2016-17 Hart Trophy Award winner Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers travel to face Vladimir Tarasenko and the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET with a rematch of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, when Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks visit Steven Stamkos and the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of this week’s NHL action.
Four-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), former player, coach and general manager Mike Milbury (analyst), and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call Penguins-Bruins from TD Garden in Boston on Friday. Host Liam McHugh and Keith Jones will provide pre-game and intermission analysis on-site.
Kathryn Tappen anchors this week’s studio coverage of NHL Live on Tuesday and Wednesday, joined by analysts and former players Keith Jones and Brian Boucher. Post-game coverage on NHL Overtime will air on NBCSN immediately following this week’s games.
2017 NHL THANKSGIVING SHOWDOWN – PENGUINS-BRUINS – FRIDAY AT 1 P.M. ET ON NBC
The two-time reigning Stanley Cup champion Penguins look to rebound from a 2-1 loss to the surging Blackhawks on Saturday. Pittsburgh has netted 14 goals in its last four games. Captain Sidney Crosby has totaled 16 points through 22 games, while teammate Phil Kessel leads the team in points (24) and goals (eight), respectively. The Penguins play the Canucks on Wednesday.
The Bruins have won their last two games – the first time they’ve won consecutive games this season – including a 2-1 road victory over the Pacific Division-leading Kings on Thursday. Boston is led offensively by David Pastrnak, who ranks first on the team in goals (10) and points (17).
OILERS-BLUES – TOMORROW AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The Oilers have dropped their last two games after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights, 8-2, last Tuesday. Connor McDavid and teammate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each scored two goals in Edmonton’s rout of Vegas. McDavid, the 2016-17 Hart Trophy Award winner, leads Edmonton in both goals (10) and points (25). Tuesday’s game marks the second game of a five-game road trip.
St. Louis boasts the best record in the Western Conference (15-5-1) midway through November and enters Tuesday’s contest following back-to-back road wins. The Blues topped the Canucks, 4-3, in an overtime thriller on Saturday. Brayden Schenn netted the game-winner with 2:41 remaining in the extra session. Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko lead the team with 10 goals apiece.
Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’) have the call of Oilers-Blues from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
BLACKHAWKS-LIGHTNING – WEDNESDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The Blackhawks are winners of three of their last four games and netted 17 goals in those contests. Chicago defeated Pittsburgh, 2-1, on Saturday, extending its winning streak over the Penguins to eight games. Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with 19 points, while teammate Artem Anisimov, who netted the game-winner on Saturday, leads the club in goals (10).
The league-leading Lightning (15-3-2) are winners of four of their last six games. Tampa boasts two of the NHL’s top scorers in Steven Stamkos, who leads the league in points (35), and Nikita Kucherov, who leads the league in goals (17). The Lightning have tallied the most goals (79) this season, while the defense has remained stingy, allowing fifth-fewest goals (51). Wednesday’s contest is Tampa’s last home game before it begins a four-game road trek.
Rick Peckham (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (‘Inside-the-Glass’) have the call of Blackhawks-Lightning from Amalie Arena from Tampa, Fla.
COLLEGE HOCKEY – NO. 6 MINNESOTA AT NO. 4 NOTRE DAME – FRIDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN’s 2017-18 college hockey coverage continues Friday with a Big Ten clash between Minnesota and Notre Dame. The Gophers (9-4-1) are coming off consecutive wins over Harvard this past weekend. Minnesota is led offensively by Rem Pitlick, who paces the club with 17 points.
The Fighting Irish (10-3-1) enter the week on a seven-game winning streak. Notre Dame’s Jake Evans is third in NCAA Division I hockey with 22 points in just 14 games this season.
Following is this week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN:
|Tues., Nov. 21||NHL Live||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Edmonton at St. Louis||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime*||NBCSN||10:45 p.m.|
|Weds., Nov. 22||NHL Live||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.|
|Chicago at Tampa Bay||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime*||NBCSN||10:15 p.m.|
|Fri., Nov. 24||2017 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown – Pittsburgh at Boston||NBC||1 p.m.|
*immediately following game coverage
**subject to local blackout
2017-18 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN
NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage nearly 100 NHL regular-season games during the 2017-18 season on NBC and NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.
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NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of the 2016-17 NHL regular season via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
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Network to televise LIVE coverage of this weekend’s Class 1A-8A IHSA Football State Championships from Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, IL
PLUS — Live streaming coverage of EVERY IHSA Football State Championship telecast – including surrounding pre/postgame coverage – to be made available to authenticated subscribers on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the NBC Sports app
NBCSportsChicago.com/Preps to air highlight packages of all games throughout the weekend;
“High School Lites” IHSA Football State Championships recap special to air Sat, Nov. 25 at 11:00 PM CT
Chicago, IL (November 20, 2017) — For the seventh-straight year, NBC Sports Chicago, the home of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championships, will be airing LIVE high-definition coverage of the 2017 IHSA Football State Championships on Friday, November 24 & Saturday, November 25 from Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, IL. Illinois preps football fans can look forward to seeing every action-packed championship battle starting with the Class 1A contest on Friday morning at 10:00 AM CT, leading up to Saturday night’s highly-anticipated Class 8A match-up between two 13-0 powerhouses: Lincoln-Way East vs. Loyola Academy at 7:00 PM CT. The 2017 IHSA Football State Championships will be produced by the IHSA & PlayOn! Sports.
In addition — EVERY IHSA Football State Championship telecast on NBC Sports Chicago, including surrounding pre/postgame coverage, will be streamed LIVE on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and will be made available via the NBC Sports app on tablets and smart phones. Authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers can watch live IHSA Football State Championships action from anywhere in the United States. The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers. In addition, NBC Sports Chicago is also available on numerous digital streaming services including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, CenturyLink Stream, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV. For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit nbcsportschicago.com/live-faq.
- Friday’s Class 4A championship between Morris and Rochester (7:00 PM start), along with Saturday’s 7A championship featuring Prairie Ridge and Nazareth Academy (4:00 PM start) & the 8A championship between Lincoln-Way East and Loyola Academy (7:00 PM start) will all air live on NBC Sports Chicago+…NBC Sports Chicago+ is located on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area and in South Bend, IN, and on ch. 285 in Comcast/Xfinity’s Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets…viewers are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s special “Channel Finder” section (http://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/channel-finder) or IHSA.org for complete channel location details for ALL games throughout the state.
- Fans are also strongly urged to interact via Twitter throughout the entire weekend by utilizing the hashtag #IHSA to share their comments and showcase their school spirit for their favorite teams.
In addition, NBCSportsChicago.com’s IHSA Preps section (NBCSportsChicago.com/Preps) will feature highlight packages from all games throughout the weekend, along with week-long coverage & scouting reports from veteran Illinois preps sports writer “Edgy Tim” O’Halloran (@EDGYTIM). Plus – NBC Sports Chicago viewers can look forward to a special “IHSA Football Championships” wrap-up edition of High School Lites on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 11:00 PM for a complete rundown of every championship game, including expanded highlights and player/coaches interviews. From an additional social media standpoint, fans are urged to follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter throughout the weekend for up-to-the-minute 2017 IHSA Football State Championship news & game updates.
IHSA TV veteran Dave Bernhard (Class 3A, 4A, 7A & 8A) and Lee Hall (Class 1A & 2A) return in 2017 to bring viewers every thrill-packed play-by-play call, which will also include the first-year pxp call from Peoria Chiefs/college/preps broadcaster Nathan Baliva (Class 5A & 6A). Color analysis will be provided by renowned Chicago Bears/NFL expert Hub Arkush (Class 7A & 8A), along with former Illinois State University football standout Chris Highland (Class 3A & 4A), Northern Illinois University football radio color analyst Mark Lindo (Class 5A & 6A) and longtime IHSA TV contributor/Illinois High School Coaches Association Hall of Famer Jack McInerney (Class 1A & 2A).
Sideline reports throughout the IHSA Football Championships weekend will be provided by NBC Sports Chicago’s Siera Santos (@SieraSantos) (Class 5A-8A on Saturday) and Comcast Network/CBS 2 sports anchor Camron Smith (Class 1A-4A on Friday). “Edgy Tim” O’Halloran will also provide studio analysis throughout the weekend recapping and previewing every championship match-up.
The following schedule details NBC Sports Chicago’s coverage (also streaming live to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive & the NBC Sports app) of the 2017 IHSA Football State Championships airing this Thanksgiving weekend (team records & play-by-play/color analyst/sideline reporting teams are in parentheses):
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24
10:00 AM – Class 1A: LENA-WINSLOW (Lena) [13-0] vs. TUSCOLA [13-0] (Lee Hall/Jack McInerney/Camron Smith)
1:00 PM – Class 2A: GIBSON CITY-MELVIN-SIBLEY (Gibson City) [13-0] vs. MAROA-FORSYTH (Maroa) [12-1] (Lee Hall/Jack McInerney/Camron Smith)
4:00 PM – Class 3A: IC CATHOLIC (Elmhurst) [12-1] vs. PLEASANT PLAINS [13-0] (Dave Bernhard/Chris Highland/Camron Smith)
7:00 PM – Class 4A: MORRIS [11-2] vs. ROCHESTER [13-0] (Dave Bernhard/Chris Highland/Camron Smith)
(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25
10:00 AM – Class 5A: PHILLIPS (Chicago) [13-0] vs. DUNLAP [13-0] (Nathan Baliva/Mark Lindo/Siera Santos)
1:00 PM – Class 6A: PRAIRIE RIDGE (Crystal Lake) [13-0] vs. NAZARETH ACADEMY (LaGrange Park) [12-1] (Nathan Baliva/Mark Lindo/Siera Santos)
4:00 PM – Class 7A: BATAVIA [12-1] vs. LAKE ZURICH [13-0] (Dave Bernhard/Hub Arkush/Siera Santos)
(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)
7:00 PM – Class 8A: LINCOLN-WAY East (Frankfort) [13-0] vs. LOYOLA ACADEMY (Wilmette) [12-1] (Dave Bernhard/Hub Arkush/Siera Santos)
(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)
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In its 11th consecutive year, ESPN’s V Week for Cancer Research will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 28, across all domestic ESPN platforms, with additional programming and highlights continuing through December 8. The initiative will drive awareness and donations to the V Foundation for Cancer Research. All proceeds raised will go directly to cancer research and related programs.
“He’s got to play like an MVP. He’s got to be the best player on the field tonight. That’s the only way they’re going to win.” – Rodney Harrison on Dak Prescott
“Now we’re back in that old Chiefs mode of five- and 10-yard plays, dink and dunk. Let Alex Smith go. Let him play.” – Tony Dungy on the Chiefs
“They’re the most athletic defense in the league.” – Harrison on the Jaguars
“This is a defense no one is going to want to play in the playoffs.” – Dungy on the Vikings
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 19, 2017 – Following are highlights from Football Night in America, which aired prior to tonight’s Week 11 Sunday Night Football matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. Mike Tirico opened the show live from inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. He was joined on site by the Sunday Night Football team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya.
Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night, the most-watched studio show in sports, from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 in Stamford, Conn. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison; and NFL Insider Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk. Paul Burmeister reported from Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, on the Patriots-Raiders game.
Football Night included NFL Insider Peter King’s interview with Cowboys TE Jason Witten, and features on Cowboys QB Dak Prescott and Eagles QB Carson Wentz.
Following are highlights from Football Night in America on NBC:
Harrison on New England defense: “When you know the game plan and you know exactly what you’re going to do, you can play fast, you can play relentless defense, and I think that’s what you’re seeing.”
Dungy: “They’ve always had hustle, they’ve always had energy. They were making mistakes early in the year, and you (Rodney) kept saying, ‘simplify, simplify.’ They’ve done it and you see the difference in the scores.”
Dungy on why Case Keenum needs to keep answering questions about being the starter: “He shouldn’t have to answer that question. His coach should say ‘Case Keenum is our quarterback.’”
Patrick: “No, Case closed!” (laughter)
Dungy: “This is a defense no one is going to want to play in the playoffs.”
Harrison on Jacksonville defense: “They’re the most athletic defense in the league. I wouldn’t say they’re the best defense, but they are very fast, they intimidate you, they bully you into making mistakes. The questions are, can Leonard Fournette stay healthy and what will Blake Bortles do in the critical moments?”
Dungy: “They’ve been building this defense for three years now — piece by piece, brick by brick — and it is pretty good. They have a lot of confidence. And the rest of this AFC, other than Pittsburgh and New England, is not very good so I think this defense can take them a long way.”
Harrison on what’s wrong with the Chiefs: “I think back to all the trick plays and all the gimmick plays that worked earlier in the season. They no longer work. The defenses are a lot more disciplined. You also don’t see that same passion from the defensive side of the ball. They’ve got to get back to a mentality where they line up and they just pound people, they physically pound people instead of these trick plays.”
Patrick: “If I look at the weapons, there aren’t many teams in the NFL who have the same weapons.”
Harrison: “They get too cute. Andy Reid gets too cute at times with all the different weapons.”
Dungy: “They’ve got to let Alex Smith throw some balls up the field.”
Dungy: “They have stopped making those explosive plays. We saw them taking chances, taking shots down the field, going to Tyreek Hill. I think now we’re back in that old Chiefs mode of five- and 10-yard plays, dink and dunk. Let Alex Smith go. Let him play.”
Collinsworth: “That’s when you start taking a team seriously. Not only have they won all these games in a row, but now they can win it in multiple ways. You can win it on defense. You can win it with your running game, and, of course, you can win it with that passing game.”
Tirico: “And the joy on the faces of Sean Payton and Drew Brees – guys who have been there and done it – they know they’ve got something special going again.”
Dungy on Drew Brees: “The team has a lot of confidence in him, and we talked about this last week when we were trying to determine who the best threat to the Eagles would be. Drew Brees gives you that weapon you need when you have to win a game like this.”
Harrison: “My only concern is the two miscommunications in the secondary. They gave up two touchdowns — 14 points — they have to get that corrected. It’s very fixable.”
Patrick: “But they’ve got good corners there, too. I mean those are Pro Bowl caliber.”
Dungy: “These were mental mistakes. These weren’t physical at all.”
Dungy on quarterback change: “For the life of me, I don’t know why they did it.”
Florio on Bills’ desire to acquire a franchise quarterback: “Keep an eye on the Bills possibly moving up (in the Draft) to get whoever they fall in love with next year.”
Dungy on Adam Gase’s post-game comments: “Coach Gase, please get out of the tank, ok. With all that went wrong — all the penalties, all the turnovers — look at the standings. You’re still in the Wild Card race, right in the thick of it.”
Harrison: “They’re not going to make the playoffs.”
Dungy: “They might not make it, but they’re in the race.”
Harrison: “They are 4-6. They have to play the Patriots twice, they’ve had a lot of penalties, a lot of turnovers; they need to focus on fundamentals, not the playoffs.”
ON DAK PRESCOTT & CARSON WENTZ
Collinsworth: “It’s amazing. In their first couple of years these two baby quarterbacks, and that’s what they are, have figured out that process (of playing well in crucial situations). They’re not turning the football over, and they both still have the nerve of sailors. They’re willing to work it down the field as they’re trying to get things done. You can’t be more impressed with them on the field or off. They’re tremendous young men.”
Harrison on Dak Prescott: “He’s got to play like an MVP. He’s got to be the best player on the field tonight. That’s the only way they’re going to win.”
Dungy on Carson Wentz: “He’s got to walk that fine line. Play with aggressiveness, try to make those plays, but play under control. Don’t get overhyped and lose the game because you’re trying too hard.”
Harrison on Wentz: “He doesn’t get rattled. He shows so much poise and confidence…he hasn’t thrown an interception (while being blitzed) this year.”
Florio on Jerry Jones: “Here’s the thing, there are owners — and more and more owners — very upset with Jerry Jones’ antics, his tactics, his opposition, not just private, but public, and the threat of litigation if and when they get this done. But if you think that’s going to keep Jerry Jones from pursuing this, think again. He’s still intent on trying to stop this. He’s still upset with the way it’s unfolded. And he still believes that what he’s doing is in the best interest of the NFL.”
Michaels on the importance of a Super Bowl championship for the city of Philadelphia: “Nothing could eclipse a Super Bowl championship and the Lombardi Trophy in the parade down Broad Street. I’m flying in for that one.”
Harrison: “I think they are really mature. I think they’re going to embrace this moment.”
ON USC’S SAM DARNOLD AND UCLA’S JOSH ROSEN
Florio: “I talked to one high-level scout – and this is a guy whose team may be very interested in a quarterback – who said that both players should stay in school for another year.”
PETER KING WITH JASON WITTEN
King: “You walked off the field in Atlanta yesterday, just 13 hours ago. What hurts right now?”
Witten: “Everything hurts. I got a pretty good quad bruise. It feels like I just got hit by a truck.”
Witten on what his Mondays are like: “This Monday is different because I have three games in 12 days coming up. When you age, your body has a tougher time to recover, so that’s going to be critical for me to get out ahead of it. You’re fighting Father Time.”
King: “Do you feel sometimes on Monday, ‘How am I going to put Humpty Dumpty back together again this week?’”
Witten on if he ever wonders how he’s going to recover on Mondays: “There have been 20-25 times that I’ve said, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to play on Sunday.’”
Witten on using dry-needling recovery technique: “I’ve probably been doing it for about three years…it feels great. I’m old-school, so, if it doesn’t work I’m not going to do it.”
King: “Before the needles, before the compression, before the ultra-modern pool, how did players get ready to play?”
Witten: “Those guys are just so tough. We’re spoiled. This is why you’re hearing about quarterbacks playing until they’re 45 and tight ends are playing until they’re 35-36 years old.”
Witten on if he’s paid attention to what Tom Brady has done late in life: “Certainly. Tom and his team have created a formula for all of us.”
Witten on how feels after receiving treatment: “This morning when I woke up, I wasn’t too good. But all of the work, the movement, getting it flushed out, I feel like I’m on my way to recovering. It’s almost like a different guy, and it’ll only get better from here on out.”
Witten on if spending seven hours in recovery is average for a Monday: “Yeah, it’s just another day at the office. That’s what it takes.”
King: “But it’s a day off.”
Witten: “There are no days off, Peter, you know that.”
CARSON WENTZ AND DAK PRESCOTT
Prescott on Wentz: “I have nothing but respect for that guy. He’s a great player.”
Wentz on Prescott: “Everyone talks about Dak and myself, and I think it’s exciting any time there are two young quarterbacks that are hopefully going to be playing in this rivalry for a long time. I have a lot of respect for what he’s done so far.”
Prescott on the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry: “When you play the Eagles, you expect it to be personal, you expect it to be a physical game.”
Wentz on the rivalry: “With the long history that we have with (the Cowboys), this is one that everybody gets pretty excited about…for the fans and for the whole city (of Philadelphia), there’s a lot that goes into this one.”
Prescott: “We’re going to go in there, show them who we are, show them what we’re about, and that this is still our division.”
–FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA–
“There was a time when he thought he would never be able to drive again, but now he is the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Champion.” – Rick Allen on Martin Truex Jr.
“It was the heavyweight fight that we all expected.” – Steve Letarte
“They have made everything happen at the right moments, and he did everything he needed to do here today at the end of the race.” – Dale Jarrett on Truex Jr.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – November 19, 2017 – NBC Sports Group surrounded the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship with more than 22 hours of trackside coverage from Homestead Miami Speedway, in Homestead, Fla. Coverage was highlighted by this afternoon’s race for the title between Championship 4 contenders Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. As part of NBC Sports’ coverage of the Championship, today’s broadcast celebrated Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final race with exclusive interviews and spotlight views of NASCAR’s most iconic driver of his era.
After 267 laps of fierce competition, Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota held off Kyle Busch to secure the checkered flag and win the 2017 Championship. The victory marks Truex Jr.’s 8th Cup Series win of the season, and first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship.
NBC Sports Group’s lead race announcer Rick Allen, 21-time Cup Series winner Jeff Burton, and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte called today’s race in Miami. Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns and Parker Kligerman reported from pit road alongside features reporters Rutledge Wood and Ato Boldon.
Coverage began on NBC at 1:30 p.m. ET with NASCAR America, followed by Countdown to Green at 2 p.m. ET. 28-time Emmy Award winner Bob Costas and Krista Voda anchored pre-race coverage. Costas and Voda were joined by analysts Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett.
Prior to the race, Costas interviewed Dale Earnhardt Jr. before he climbed into the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet for the final Cup Series race of his career. Click here for a link to the full interview.
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2017 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
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The following are highlights from this afternoon’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship coverage on NBC.
Jarrett on race-winner Martin Truex Jr.: “Good things happen to good people. They have been the best car and the best team for the entire year. They have made everything happen at the right moments, and he did everything he needed to do here today at the end of the race.”
Petty added: “What you go through on the race track, makes you who you are as a race team. What you go through off the race track, makes you who you are personally. That just came together this year. With so many things off the race track, but so much success on the race track, it made them a team. It seems to be the glue that brought them all together and has held them together this year.”
Petty on Dale Earnhardt Jr.: “I don’t think there are many people happier than Earnhardt Jr. is right now for Martin.”
Rick Allen on race-winner Truex Jr.: “I think we heard it best from Martin. There was a time when he thought he would never be able to drive again, but now he is the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Champion.”
Burton added: “A great day for Furniture Row Racing, a single car team out of Colorado. No one gave them a shot when they started this. Here they are winning a Championship.”
Letarte added: “I think it comes down to the best car at mile-and-a-half tracks all year long. That is really the story of the entire team. With all of the stories and heartache away from the race track, they continued to find a way to persevere all season long.”
Letarte on the closing laps: “It was the heavyweight fight that we all expected. The closing laps with the two heavyweights toe-to-toe.”
Burton on the battle between Kyle Busch and Truex Jr. with four laps to go: “He is throwing everything he has at Martin Truex Jr. right now. He is just going to have to do something different. The things that he wants to do are not working.”
Burton as Kyle Busch closed the gap on Truex Jr.: “Kyle has to put his race car where it is the fastest. He has to not worry about Kyle Larson behind him. And it sounds crazy, but he has to not worry about Martin Truex Jr. in front of him. He has to focus on lap time. What is the fastest way around this race track.”
Letarte with 18 laps to go: “I love the coaching by Kyle Busch’s crew chief Adam Stevens. It is so calm and so direct.”
Burton on the caution flag with 39 laps to go: “That is what Truex Jr. wanted. That is what he needed!”
Letarte added: “This was the strategy for the No. 78. All of that work was to gain three positions. He is now the leader, and Kyle Busch is in fourth.”
Letarte with just under 70 laps to go: “Brad Keselowski forced everyone’s hand. He said, ‘I’m not going to wait until my pit window. I’m going to pit, take fresh tires, and try to make a gain on the other three.’ Kyle Busch is going to stay on the race track. This call by the No. 18 crew chief Adam Stevens will be the most difficult call of his career. He needs to run about seven or eight more laps to get into his pit window. But every one of those laps he is losing two-to-three seconds to those cars that have fresher tires.”
Letarte at the conclusion of Stage 2: “This is the last guaranteed yellow. From here, with 106 laps to go, we could possibly go 106 green, we could possibly have 10 yellows. We have no idea how these 100 laps are going to run.”
Burton with four laps to go in Stage 2: “I think Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski thought they were going to battle it out amongst themselves. Now Martin Truex Jr. is coming up through the field saying, ‘Hey guys don’t forget about me.’ Now it is a different ballgame.”
Burton on Danica Patrick’s emotional post-crash interview: “When you put your life and soul into this sport, and it’s time to do something else, it is very difficult. You can see she has high expectations. You can see, hear, and feel the disappointment.”
Burton on the Championship 4 drivers with three laps to go in Stage 1: “Kyle Busch has been flying. He is the most improved so far today. How many times do you think Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have driven away from Martin Truex Jr. on mile-and-a-half race tracks? Truex Jr. and his team are on their heels. They are going to have to make some really good changes to this race car.”
Letarte added: “They have to make changes, but remember, the sun is still high in the sky. It will set. Somewhere toward the end of Stage 2, this race track will be in the darkness and will go through another big shift.”
Jarrett in reaction to the Dale Earnhardt Jr. feature voiced by This is Us star Justin Hartley: “He has had an outstanding career, but better than that, he is a great person.”
The full piece is available here.
Bob Costas with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Costas: “In your mind’s eye, how do you see this playing out? How do you want today to go?”
Earnhardt Jr.: “As a driver, you just want to be able to run all the laps. A lot of people came out here to watch our final race. You want to give them everything you can. Make it exciting. I’ve gotten a lot of advice from friends, family and my peers. They say, ‘Just enjoy it, soak it all in. It will be gone, and tomorrow will be another day.’”
Costas: “In a career that includes 26 victories, including two Daytona 500s, what stands out the most?”
Earnhardt Jr.: “What stands out the most to me are the relationships and friendships that I have made in this sport. Those are the things that I value the most and that I hope continue to carry on beyond my time at the track. Everything that ever happened to me in racing happened because of that fan base, and that support. The sponsorship and partners that we have, want to connect to that fan base. That is why they partnered with me. I understand that the driving force behind my success and opportunity in this sport, inside or outside the car, is all because of Jr. Nation. This year we have tried to do our best to show appreciation to them.”
Costas: “We know that many all-time greats, no matter the sport, never won a Super Bowl, World Series or NBA title. You never won the Cup Series. Is that a void of some kind?”
Earnhardt Jr.: “No, not really. As a competitor, you do hate that you did not win. But there are bigger things in life than what you do for a career. I hope being a race car driver doesn’t define me, when it is all said and done. I want to have other things in my life that I’m proud off, and that people recognize and remember me for. I go into the booth next year with NBC. I’m going to attack that, and prepare for that, and take that as seriously as I did driving race cars. I would love to have the same pride in that career as I do in the one as a race car driver. Also my wife and I are getting ready to have a child in May. Those are the things that trump about everything in life. Your family and relationships you have with your friends, and the people you work with, those are the things that I’m so proud of. I feel fortunate to have won races and done well, but that was the icing on the cake. I really just wanted to be able to make a living doing this, so I surpassed my own expectations.”
Costas: “You have been very candid about wanting to walk away with your health, and the rest of your life to enjoy fully in front of you. Since your dad’s tragic death at Daytona in 2001, at the highest levels of the sport, the sport has become safer. A lot of people credit you with changing the culture regarding safety around the sport. Do you see that as part of your legacy?”
Earnhardt Jr.: “Having gone through what I went through, with my concussions. I now understand how important it is to get in front of the right people when you have a problem. I didn’t appreciate, understand, or take that as seriously as I should. But being educated and going through that process, I would love to have the opportunity to help someone make the right choice for themselves. Whether it adds to the legacy or not, it is not really that important. It is just about making sure that people are healthy and doing the right things for themselves, long term.
Costas: “Dale thanks for the time. I hope this is a completely satisfying finale for you today.”
Earnhardt Jr.: “It will be. It already has been. Thank you for being here. It is a real honor for me.”
Earnhardt Jr.’s complete interview is available here.
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