- Michelle Beisner’s interview with Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib.
- SportsCenter anchor Jade McCarthy’s feature on Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver John Brown.
EAGLES-PACKERS GOES TO 4:25 PM ET ON FOX;
VIKINGS-BEARS TO 1:00 PM ET ON CBS
PATRIOTS-COLTS REMAINS NBC SUNDAY NIGHT GAME
The Week 11 Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers game on Sunday, November 16 will be played at 4:25 PM ET on FOX and the Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears game at 1:00 PM ET on CBS, the NFL announced today.
The originally scheduled New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts game remains in place on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Following is the final Week 11 NFL schedule:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 (WEEK 11)
(Byes: Baltimore, Dallas, Jacksonville, N.Y. Jets)
|BUFFALO AT MIAMI||8:25 PM (ET)||NFLN|
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16
|ATLANTA AT CAROLINA||1:00 PM (ET)||FOX|
|*MINNESOTA AT CHICAGO||12:00 PM (CT)||CBS|
|HOUSTON AT CLEVELAND||1:00 PM (ET)||CBS|
|SEATTLE AT KANSAS CITY||12:00 PM (CT)||FOX|
|CINCINNATI AT NEW ORLEANS||12:00 PM (CT)||CBS|
|TAMPA BAY AT WASHINGTON||1:00 PM (ET)||FOX|
|DENVER AT ST. LOUIS||12:00 PM (CT)||CBS|
|SAN FRANCISCO AT N.Y. GIANTS||1:00 PM (ET)||FOX|
|OAKLAND AT SAN DIEGO||1:05 PM (PT)||CBS|
|*PHILADELPHIA AT GREEN BAY||3:25 PM (CT)||FOX|
|DETROIT AT ARIZONA||2:25 PM (MT)||FOX|
|NEW ENGLAND AT INDIANAPOLIS||8:30 PM (ET)||NBC|
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17
|PITTSBURGH AT TENNESSEE||7:30 PM (CT)||ESPN|
The NFL uses “flexible scheduling” to ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots and to give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:25 PM ET time slot on CBS or FOX.
For the first time, flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.
Also, for the first time, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.
The NFL will continue to use flexible scheduling on Sundays in Weeks 11-17. For each flexible scheduling week with the exception of Week 17, the NFL announces the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend. To ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications in Week 17, flexible scheduling decisions for that Sunday can be made on six days notice.
NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Ravens-Steelers
NFL Turning Point Airs Tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Pro Football Talk Weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NBCSN Sunday Sports Report Has Comprehensive Post-Game Coverage Sunday Nights at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Stamford, Conn. – Oct. 29, 2014 – Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) look to build on last weekend’s record-setting offensive performance, when they host Joe Flacco and the AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens (5-3) this Sunday, Nov. 2, on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Sunday night’s pre-game coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET.
The Steelers enter Sunday night’s game following a 51-34 win over the Colts last weekend, in which Roethlisberger passed for a career-high 522 yards, the fourth-most in league history, with six touchdowns and no interceptions. With the performance, Roethlisberger became the first player in NFL history with two 500-yard passing games (503 yards vs. Green Bay, 12/20/09), and now boasts a 100-50 (.667) record as a starter in the regular season. With his 100th career regular-season win, Roethlisberger joins Tom Brady (116), and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana (108) and Terry Bradshaw (102) as the only QBs to win at least 100 games in their first 150 career starts (since 1966).
The Ravens look to rebound from a 24-20 loss to the division-leading Bengals in Cincinnati. Earlier this season in Week 2, Flacco threw for two touchdown passes, and the Ravens rushed for 150 yards in a 26-6 win over the Steelers, holding Roethlisberger without a touchdown pass. Baltimore and Pittsburgh sit deadlocked in a tight AFC North race, where all four teams hold winning records.
This Sunday marks the sixth consecutive year that NBC will televise a Ravens-Steelers game, matching Eagles-Cowboys (2009-Dec. 14, 2014) and Eagles-Giants (2007-12) for the longest such streak in NFL history on the broadcast primetime package (ABC 1970-2005; NBC 2006-present).
Calling Ravens-Steelers is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 29th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his five seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew Esocoff. Sunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for a record six consecutive years.
Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, and two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 and will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Kathryn Tappen will report from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on the Broncos-Patriots game.
Dungy on Roethlisberger and Steelers: “He’s gotten confidence in Le’Veon Bell. They’re running the ball – the protection is so much better and shored up – and Ben Roethlisberger has played outstanding the last two weeks.”
Dungy on Ravens-Steelers and AFC North implications: “I really like Baltimore. Right now, they’re the most complete team (in the division). This game will do a lot in determining where these teams go. Pittsburgh cannot afford to go 0-2 against Baltimore. They need to break even if they are going to have a chance to win this division.”
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
For the seventh consecutive season, Sunday Night Football will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product, will stream all SNF games to desktops and tablets. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL COVERAGE
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS: SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos and videos of the Sunday Night Football production team, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya’s “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with NFL players, and conversations with SNF and FNIA talent.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA:
NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive social media coverage includes the Sunday Night Football Facebook page, providing exclusive behind-the-scenes SNF content & digital content from NBCSports.com, SNF All Access, ProFootballTalk.com, and Rotoworld.com, @SNFonNBC, using tweets, photos, Vines and videos & real-time tweets from Michele Tafoya, and a look at SNF through the filters of Instagram.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS
NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country visiting the host cities of all 17 Sunday Night Football games and postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIX. The bus arrives in each city two to three days prior to the game and stops at local landmarks and events, where fans have the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show via exclusive memorabilia, and an interactive 55-inch touch screen housing social media elements, photos and video. Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus at NBCSports.com/FollowSNF.
“THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”
For the third consecutive season NBC Sports presents “The Sunday Night Football,” a custom-made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter can keep up with “The Sunday Night Football” on the SNF Facebook page, and at the end of each SNF game, “The Sunday Night Football” will be signed by the player of the game.
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NFL TURNING POINT – TONIGHT AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Tonight’s all new edition of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, will feature in-depth analysis of some of Week 8’s most compelling matchups, including the New Orleans Saints upset over the Green Bay Packers. Airing tomorrow night at 10:30 p.m. ET, the episode will also review the key moments that defined the Eagles-Cardinals, Falcons-Lions and Bengals–Ravens contests.
In addition, NFL Turning Point will bring viewers inside an NFL film study session with Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake.
PRO FOOTBALL TALK ON NBCSN WEEKNIGHTS, 5:30 P.M. ET
Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister, airs at 5:30 p.m. ET every Monday through Friday. Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, and features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators who share a combined eight Super Bowl titles and 169 seasons of NFL experience, including Cris Collinsworth (Thursdays), Tony Dungy (Tuesdays), Hines Ward (Wednesdays), Doug Flutie (Fridays), Jason Taylor, Takeo Spikes, Brian Westbrook, Ross Tucker, Jon Ritchie, NFL coach Kevin Gilbride, and longtime NFL athletic trainer Mike Ryan.
FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE ON NBCSN TUESDAY – THURSDAY NIGHTS, 6:30 P.M. ET
Fantasy Football Live is a live and on-demand, multi-platform, fantasy football program that airs Tuesday through Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, combining the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports, including unique metrics from Yahoo! Sports’ leading fantasy football platform, and full integration with NBC Sports’ premier fantasy sports information site, Rotoworld.com.
Hosted by NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs, Fantasy Football Live features a roster of Yahoo Sports, NBC Sports and Rotoworld fantasy analysts, including Rotoworld’s Kay Adams, as well as Yahoo Sports’ Brad Evans, Brandon Funston and Andy Behrens.
NBCSN SUNDAY SPORTS REPORT – SUNDAY NIGHTS, 11:30 P.M. ET
NBCSN Sunday Sports Report, a new, weekly, one-hour program that showcases the news and highlights of the sports properties that are carried by NBC Sports Group, airs every Sunday night at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Hosted by Liam McHugh, NBCSN Sunday Sports Report goes in-depth into the high-profile sports properties that primarily air on NBC and NBCSN, including the Olympics, NFL, NASCAR, NHL, Premier League, golf, Triple Crown horse racing, Notre Dame Football, Formula One, IndyCar and more.
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NBC SPORTS RADIO
NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2014 NFL season with daily coverage on 439 radio affiliates, highlighted by McNabb and Malone; an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks, and Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison.
To listen to a live stream of NBC Sports Radio, or find your local affiliate, visit www.NBCSportsRadio.com
NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS
NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2014 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 43 million U.S. households.
2014 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2014 regular season including NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, featuring the heated NFC West rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
|2014 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|*Sun. Nov. 2||Week 9||Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers|
|*Sun. Nov. 9||Week 10||Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers|
|*Sun. Nov. 16||Week 11||New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts|
|*Sun. Nov. 23||Week 12||Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants|
|**Thurs. Nov. 27||Week 13||Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers|
|*Sun. Nov. 30||Week 13||Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs|
|*Sun. Dec. 7||Week 14||New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers|
|*Sun. Dec. 14||Week 15||Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles|
|*Sun. Dec. 21||Week 16||Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals|
|*Sun. Dec. 28||Week 17||TBA|
** Thanksgiving Night Game
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Sunday NFL Countdown: Brady and Manning – Best of SNL; Cardinals WR John Brown; Seahawks Gnome; and More
Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and Ray Lewis will preview week 8 on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m. Anchor/host Wendi Nix will handle select segments, while NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will report the day’s headlines and news.
ESPN reporters at game sites:
· Cardinals at Cowboys (Ed Werder and Ron Jaworski)
· Eagles at Texans (Josina Anderson)
· Chargers at Dolphins (Britt McHenry)
· Broncos at Patriots (Sal Paolantonio)
· Brady and Manning – Best of SNL: Off the field, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have both served as guest hosts of Saturday Night Live, America’s premier sketch comedy and variety show. Countdown presents some of the best moments of these two quarterbacks hosting SNL.
· Playing with Manning and Brady: In their own words, some of the players who have played with both quarterbacks – WR Wes Welker, C Dan Koppen and DT/FB Dan Klecko – share the similarities, differences, strengths and weaknesses of these Hall of Fame-bound quarterbacks.
· Brady-Manning – Through the Years: Countdown relives the journey for Brady and Manning with a vignette dating back to their childhood, through pee wee football, high school, college football, and their careers in the NFL.
· Aqib Talib: In a one-on-one conversation with Countdown’s Michelle Beisner, Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib, formerly with the Patriots, discusses being teammates with Manning and Brady, playing for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, and more
· Arizona Cardinals’ John Brown: After watching his half-brother James Walker die following nine months in a coma after being shot, John Brown vowed to make it to the NFL – a dream that bound the two brothers together. SportsCenter host Jade McCarthy, in her first report for Countdown, tells how the Cardinals rookie receiver has turned the tragedy into a motivating force behind his success in the National Football League.
· The Seattle Gnome: After the Seahawks won the Super Bowl last season, a Seattle couple had the Seahawks gnome in their garden stolen. The gnome mysteriously re-appeared on the opening night of the 2014 season, along with a calendar of pictures showing the many places the gnome had travelled – San Francisco, Yellowstone Park, Las Vegas, and more. ESPN.com’s Greg Garber chronicles the mysterious off-season journey of a Seahawks gnome.
· Frank Caliendo – Jon Gruden, The History Teacher: Countdown comedian Frank Caliendo plays ESPN Monday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden as an American history teacher, including a Bob Ley cameo role as the school principal.
Andrew Luck and the Colts Face Eli Manning and the Giants on ESPN’s Monday Night Football
Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts will face Eli Manning and the New York Giants on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on Nov. 3, at 8:15 p.m. The MNF booth team of Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will call the game from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., with sideline reporter Lisa Salters.
MNF is also televised on ESPN Deportes and available on WatchESPN for fans with video subscriptions from affiliated providers.
The ESPN NFL lineup Monday begins with NFL Primetime (2 p.m.), followed by NFL Insiders (3 p.m.), NFL Live (4 p.m.) and the MNF pregame show Monday Night Countdown at 6 p.m. Countdown will originate from New Jersey with Suzy Kolber and NFL analysts Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young and from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn., with studio host Chris Berman, NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.
Monday Night Countdown features:
· Soundtracks – Andrew Luck: In his third NFL season, Luck leads the league in passing yards and touchdowns and has thrown for 300+ yards in six straight games. Luck, wired for in-game audio during the Colts’ week 5 win over the Ravens, is the subject of this week’s Soundtracks.
· Gruden’s Grill Session with Ahmad Bradshaw: MNF’s Gruden sits with Colts running back Bradshaw, who talks about the matchup against his former team in this week’s Grill Session.
· Rick Reilly’s Feature – Steve Weatherford: Weatherford might not only have the best physique on the New York Giants team, the punter is arguably at the top among active NFL players. Countdown’s Reilly reports on Weatherford’s non-stop energy in the gym, as well as his service to the community.
NFL Matchup – Patriots Defense vs. Manning; Carson Palmer to John Brown; Roethlisberger Throwing with Anticipation; and More
NFL Matchup host Sal Paolantonio and analysts Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge preview the weekend’s key matchups via fill room Xs and Os analysis Saturday, Nov. 1, at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN2 (re-air on ESPN, Sunday at 3:30 a.m.). Highlights:
· Inside the Matchup – Patriots Defense vs. Manning: Jaworski and Hoge take a deep dive into how the Patriots will mix up their defensive schemes against Broncos receivers to stall the Peyton Manning-led offense.
· X and O Files – Tom Brady Sack vs. Chiefs: In a key matchup versus a speedy Broncos pass rush, the Patriots offensive line must protect Tom Brady better than they did against the Chiefs’ in week 4.
· Blitz Breakdown – Redskins Pressure Confuses Romo: The Redskins were able to bring pressure and disrupt the Cowboys passing game – something Tony Romo and his offensive line must fix before their matchup with the heavy-blitzing Arizona Cardinals defense.
· Game Changer – Carson Palmer to John Brown: The Cardinals designed a perfect play to beat the Eagles defense last week, creating a matchup for speedy rookie wide receiver John Brown for the winning score.
· Anatomy of a Play – Ryan Tannehill to Mike Wallace: Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill shows his development as a passer by throwing a perfect touchdown to receiver Mike Wallace in the back of the end zone.
· Hoge Breakdown – Roethlisberger Throwing with Anticipation: Hoge shows how the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger found his groove against the Colts, making perfect throws to his receivers by trusting they would be open against tight coverage.
· Between the Lines – Luck to Hilton Touchdown: Jaworski explains how the big play ability of receiver T.Y. Hilton, and the downfield passing attack of the Colts, will be key in this week’s matchup against the Giants.
· Coaches Clicker – Arian Foster’s Big Numbers: Jaworski and Hoge contend that if Houston wants to beat Philadelphia on Sunday, they will have to feed the ball to running back Arian Foster, who is compiling an impressive season in a well-designed running game.
NFL on ESPN Radio: Nick Foles and the Eagles at J.J. Watt and the Texans Sunday
On Sunday, Nov. 2, at 12 p.m., ESPN Radio will broadcast Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles visiting J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans. Play-by-play voice Mark Kestecher will describe the action with reporter Ian Fitzsimmons.
Mike & Mike Celebrate Halloween in Foxborough on Fall Football Tour
ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike will broadcast live from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31, as part of ESPN Audio’s annual Fall Football Tour. The show will preview the New England Patriots game against the Denver Broncos this weekend, and will feature Greeny and Golic dressed in Patriots-themed costumes. Mike & Mike airs weekdays 6 – 10 a.m. on ESPN Radio via terrestrial stations, ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN Radio app, SiriusXM, iTunes Radio, Slacker, TuneIn and is simulcast on ESPN2.
Also, the show launched its “Who’s In? Mike & Mike at the College Football Playoff” contest earlier this week, in which listeners have the opportunity to win a trip to the College Football Championship game in Dallas.
ESPN.com NFL “Hot Read”
Ahead of the matchup between the two top NFL quarterbacks – Tom Brady and Peyton Manning – ESPN.com features a three-pronged “Hot Read” on the matchup. Highlights:
· Brady-Manning Finish Line: Insight from a roundtable of eight ESPN experts – Mike Reiss, Jackie MacMullan, Jeff Saturday, Bill Williamson, Kevin Seifert, Tedy Bruschi, Jeff Legwold and Field Yates – on what to expect in the last few years of the Hall of Fame careers of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
· The ESPN Stats and Info blog delves into numbers and analysis via a “Next-Level” look inside the matchup of Brady vs. Manning.
· Broncos-Patriots Salary Comparison: While Denver seems to have gone all-in on quarterback Peyton Manning’s championship window, New England seems unwilling to mortgage the future for Tom Brady. ESPN.com NFL Nation writer Kevin Seifert on how both organizations are building their teams to take advantage of the championship windows of their Hall of Fame-bound quarterbacks.
E:60 Profiles Cam Newton
ESPN’s award-winning newsmagazine, E:60, will profile Carolina Panthers quarterback and 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton on Tuesday, Nov. 4 (8 p.m., ESPN). Summary:
Cam Newton is used to being number one. He was the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He led his Auburn Tigers to the 2010 BCS National Championship. That season he also won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award, given to the nation’s top quarterback. Even his jersey with the Panthers is #1. It’s been this way since his father pushed him into youth football, and since he starred as a high school quarterback in Atlanta, GA. Greatness has been always been expected of Newton. But now in his fourth season with Carolina, many are wondering if he will reach the same heights in the NFL. Reporting for E:60, ESPN First Take host Cari Champion tells the story of the immensely talented Cam Newton, to whom much was given, and of whom even more is expected. Newton recounts, along with his father, the past incidents that cast doubt upon his integrity, and describes the maturation that could ultimately deliver the NFL success so many expect. Preview.
MLB: For Only the Second Time Since 2002 – World Series Game 7 on FOX with San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals
NFL: NFC West Leaders Cardinals at NFC East Leaders Cowboys on FOX
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: No. 5 Oregon Hosts Stanford in Key Pac-12 Battle on FOX
WORLD SERIES GAME 7 TONIGHT ON FOX
For just the second time since 2002, baseball fans get a World Series Game 7 as the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals battle for the 2014 World Series title tonight on FOX (7:00 PM ET) live from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO.
Kevin Burkhardt anchors FOX’s extended 60-minute pregame show and is joined by Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher and MLB on FOX analyst Gabe Kapler, both past World Series Champions, in addition to Hall of Famer Frank Thomas.
Seven-time Emmy award-winner Joe Buck handles play-by-play for Game 7 with analysis from Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci. MLB insider Ken Rosenthal and veteran Erin Andrews report from the field.
Immediately following Game 7 on the broadcast network, FOX Sports 1’s FOX SPORTS LIVE recaps and analyzes the game with former MLB players Eric Karros and C.J. Nitkowski. The program features game highlights from Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole.
ENTERTAINING NFL SINGLEHEADER SLATE ON FOX HIGHLIGHTED BY CARDINALS AT COWBOYS THIS SUNDAY
Week 9 of the NFL season is upon us and the NFL on FOX rolls on with another exciting matchup as the Arizona Cardinals visit the Dallas Cowboys from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, at 1:00 PM ET this Sunday. After calling MLB Postseason coverage on FOX and FOX Sports 1, play-by-play announcer Joe Buck rejoins his football broadcast partner Troy Aikman in the booth. NFL reporter Erin Andrews contributes from the sidelines.
FOX Sports’ NFL coverage begins each Sunday on FOX Sports 1 with FOX NFL KICKOFF 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.
Sunday, November 2
GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST/SIDELINE COV. TIME (ET)
Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys Joe Buck, Troy Aikman 63% 1:00PM
& Erin Andrews
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas
MARKETS INCLUDE: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Phoenix, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Charlotte, Nashville, Hartford, Salt Lake City, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Greenville, West Palm Beach, Las Vegas, Austin, Birmingham, Oklahoma City, Greensboro, Albuquerque, Jacksonville, Louisville, Memphis, Buffalo, New Orleans, Providence, Tulsa, Knoxville, Fort Myers
Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston 7% 1:00PM
& On-field analyst Tony Siragusa
NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas
MARKETS INCLUDE: Philadelphia, Houston, Indianapolis
Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings Chris Myers, Ronde Barber 10% 1:00PM & Jennifer Hale
TCF Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, Minn.
MARKETS INCLUDE: Washington, Minneapolis, Raleigh, Baltimore, Norfolk, Richmond
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns Thom Brennanman, David Diehl 8% 1:00PM
& Laura Okmin
FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland, Ohio
MARKETS INCLUDE: Tampa, Cleveland, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Dayton
St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch 11% 4:05PM & Pam Oliver
Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, Calif.
MARKETS INCLUDE: San Francisco, Miami, Sacramento, St. Louis, San Diego, Kansas City, Cincinnati
KEY PAC-12 BATTLES HIGHLIGHT COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON FOX AND FOX SPORTS 1
o No. 19 Oklahoma at Iowa State
o Western Kentucky University vs. Louisiana Tech
o Kansas at No. 12 Baylor
o Stanford at No. 5 Oregon
o Texas at Texas Tech
o Southern Miss at UTEP
o No. 18 Utah at No. 15 Arizona State
BILL RAFTERY GOES IN-DEPTH ON BIG EAST HOOPS WITH BILL RAFTERY’S BIG EAST PREVIEW
FOX SPORTS OPENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL SEASON WITH HISTORIC EXHIBITION CONTEST
o Northwood at Villanova (exhibition)
FOX SPORTS LIVE – WORLD SERIES GAME 7 POSTGAME COVERAGE, EXTENDED NBA HIGHLIGHTS AS REGULAR SEASON BEGINS: THURSDAY NIGHT NFL POSTGAME
FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF FEATURES TALKBACK WITH TOP HEISMAN CONTENDER MARIOTA
AMERICA’S PREGAME – WORLD SERIES GAME 7 PREGAME, TALKBACKS WITH SABERHAGEN AND MORRIS WEDNESDAY, CARDINALS LB FOOTE THURSDAY, NASCAR LEGEND JEFF GORDON FRIDAY
A WIN AND SPOT IN FINAL CHASE ROUND UP FOR GRABS AT TEXAS; TRUCK SERIES OFFERS TRICKS & TREATS FOR FANS ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1 — Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Martinsville Speedway last weekend, robbing the eight remaining contenders in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s Eliminator Round of a win and subsequent automatic advancement to the final round of the championship. In addition, usually dominant drivers Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski suffered miserable outings, digging deep holes in the point standings with only two races remaining in the third of four rounds in the Chase.
Headed into Texas Motor Speedway this weekend with three races remaining in 2014, four-time champion Jeff Gordon leads Ryan Newman (-3), Joey Logano (-4), Matt Kenseth (-5), Denny Hamlin (-7), Carl Edwards (-20), Keselowski (-31) and Harvick (-33). A win in any of the Eliminator Round’s three races automatically advances a driver to the final, one-race Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway, for which only four drivers qualify.
FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports GO offer 12.5 total hours of live NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES, NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES and NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES coverage this weekend from Texas, beginning Friday, Oct. 31 at 12:00 PM ET. The Truck Series competes under the lights on Halloween night, kicking off with NCWTS SETUP live on FOX Sports 1 at 8:00 PM ET.
Defending Truck Series champion Matt Crafton continues his quest to become the first Truck Series champion to win consecutive titles. Last week at Martinsville, he slightly stretched his lead over second-place Ryan Blaney to 18 points, followed by Darrell Wallace Jr. (-22), Johnny Sauter (-40) and Timothy Peters (-77).
LARRY MCREYNOLDS SAYS RYAN NEWMAN HAS BEEN A SURPRISE THUS FAR IN THE CHASE: “Ryan Newman is playing with house money right now because he is one of three drivers who barely got into the Chase, and he had no wins in the first 26 races. I felt consistency would get him through the Challenger Round but didn’t think it would get him past the Contender Round. In the first 26 races, he only had two top-five finishes. In the last five races of the Chase, he’s had five consecutive top-10 finishes and now two consecutive top-five finishes at Talladega and Martinsville. Dale Earnhardt Jr. winning Martinsville (and not a Chase contender) could play right into Newman’s wheelhouse (on advancing into the final round).”
MCREYNOLDS THINKS KEVIN HARVICK’S FRUSTRATION WITH MATT KENSETH COULD BECOME A DISTRACTION IN HARVICK’S TITLE PURSUIT: “I was a little puzzled with everything I saw (from Harvick at Martinsville). I know Kevin Harvick had to be wondering how in the world that accident happened. When he was sitting in his car in the garage, he called the camera man over to watch the replay on the monitor. I guess in Harvick’s mind, he’s wondering why Kenseth is driving that far over his head when they’re not even at the halfway point of the race. And, of course, when he got back out, he tried to brake-check Kenseth and just about put the radiator up in the firewall. I’m not sure Kenseth did anything intentional to Harvick, though. It’s hard to control Kevin Harvick’s emotions, but Rodney Childers is the leader of that No. 4 team. He has to get his focus back. Focusing on Matt Kenseth and the No. 20 car right now will help Harvick accomplish nothing. Focus on Texas and Phoenix. That’s the dot on the radar right now.”
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE FROM TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
NCWTS SETUP FROM TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
NASCAR RACE HUB
NASCAR RACEDAY FROM TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
UFC FIGHT FLASHBACK: VELASQUEZ VS DOS SANTOS III
UFC TONIGHT INTERVIEWS BISPING, STANN GUEST CO-HOST
THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER: #5 DALY BATTLES #12 MAGANA FOR SHOT IN QUARTERFINALS
UFC ULTIMATE KNOCKOUTS FEATURES TITLE FIGHT KNOCKOUTS
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGES CONTINUE TUESDAY
Tuesday, Nov. 4 Match Network
2:00 PM UEFA Champions League Pregame FS1, FS2, FSN, Plus
2:30 PM Real Madrid vs Liverpool FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM Arsenal vs Anderlecht FOX Sports 2
2:30 PM Juventus vs Olympiacos FOX Sports Net
2:30 PM MULTIMATCH 90 FOX Soccer Plus
2:45 PM Malmö FF vs Atlético Madrid DirecTV
11:50 AM Zenit vs Bayer Leverkusen Plus/DirecTV
2:45 PM Basel vs Ludogorets DirecTV
2:45 PM SL Benfica vs AS Monaco DirecTV
2:45 PM Borussia Dortmund vs Galatasaray DirecTV
Wednesday, Nov. 5 Match Network
2:00 PM UEFA Champions League Pregame FS1, FS2, FSN, Plus
2:30 PM Ajax vs Barcelona FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM Manchester City vs CSKA Moskva FOX Sports 2
2:30 PM NK Maribor vs Chelsea FOX Sports Net
2:30 PM MULTIMATCH 90 FOX Soccer Plus
2:45 PM Bayern München vs AS Roma DirecTV
2:45 PM Paris Saint-Germain vs APOEL DirecTV
2:45 PM Sporting Lisbon vs FC Schalke DirecTV
2:45 PM Shakhtar Donetsk vs FC BATE Borisov DirecTV
2:45 PM Athletic BIlbao vs FC Porto DirecTV
GOLDEN BOY BOXING PRESENTS BOSTON “MONSTER BRAWL” FEATURING WELTERWEIGHTS O’CONNOR VS. FARMER
SPADE RIDES THREE-GAME WIN STREAK TO CLIMB WITHIN ONE GAME OF LEADERS ON FANTASY FOOTBALL UNCENSORED
STREET LEAGUE SUPER CROWN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ENCORE ON FOX
RED BULL CLIFF DIVING MAKES FIRST-EVER STOP IN BASQUE COUNTRY
Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, October 30, 2014
TNT’s NBA coverage continues Thursday, November 6, at 8 p.m. ET with an exclusive doubleheader featuring the San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets followed by the Dallas Mavericks @ Portland Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m.
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Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Chris Webber
|Smith on Cleveland’s LeBron James being a scorer as opposed to deferring to teammates: “When he did that in Miami they didn’t win. When he said, ‘I’m the best player, and I’m going to be the best player, and you guys have to fall back,’ that’s when they won championships. So, to me, he’s going to have to be the best player for them to be successful.”
Webber on the excitement building for James’ return as a special event in Cleveland: “When you go to places, New York, L.A., you notice the stars, the celebrities on the side. If you’re a superstar, you want to make sure you give them their money’s worth; you go to their movies and to their concerts. I think it’s going to be electric.”
|Smith on the New York Knicks needing to display patience: “Patience is not a New York City word. I’ve never heard that in the vocabulary of a New York franchise, New York person. So, the lack of patience, they have to get it done, figure out a way to get it done… J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony, they have to have phenomenal seasons to take them to the 54 wins they had two or three seasons ago.”
O’Neal on players improving individually once they grasp the triangle offense: “History shows the triangle has worked perfectly when you have two Hall of Famers, two great players… Every great player that has used the triangle, when you look at their highlights, it’s [Michael] Jordan in the iso, it’s Shaq in the post, it’s Kobe [Bryant] in the iso; so once these guys learn it, Carmelo can say, ‘cut through, cut through,’ I’m going to do what I do.”
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Marv Albert (play-by-play), Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller (analysts) with Rachel Nichols (reporter)
|Miller on the adjustment James’ Cavaliers teammates need to make: “When you acquire the best player on the planet in LeBron James, I said early on, Kyrie Irving and Dion Waters need to be in the gym shooting 500 to 1,000 jump shots a day because LeBron James is going to be double and triple teamed, especially in the open court.”
Barkley on Kevin Love as one of the best power forwards in the NBA: “The guy’s been the best power forward in the NBA the last three or four years. He didn’t have a lot of help in Minnesota. You’re getting 12, 13, 14 rebounds a night… You can’t fake rebounding numbers…if you’re getting 14 rebounds a night, you’re a hell of a player.”
Barkley on David Blatt’s goal the first month of the season: “The first month of the season is really going to be for the Cavaliers, trying to figure out who works well together. He’s [Blatt] got to figure out [Anderson] Varejao, Love, Tristan Thompson, he’s got to get their big man rotation in order. That to me is going to be the key to the first month for the Cavaliers.”
Miller on Love’s passing: “An underrated part of Kevin Love’s game is his ability to pass the basketball, and more so, his length of court outlets.”
Barkley on the Cavaliers’ weaknesses: “One thing I think the Cavs need is they’re missing a big guy.”
Barkley on the Cavaliers not handling pressure of such a big game to start the season: “The moment just got too big for them tonight. They played flat the entire game…they played great, like the first five minutes, then the adrenaline, everything, made them tired and flat for the rest of the game.”
|Barkley on Tim Hardaway, Jr.: “I like Tim Hardaway, Jr. He’s going to be a good player in the league for a long time.”
Barkley on Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks and Kevin Durant: “Carmelo’s obviously a great player. It drives me crazy sometimes, he’s not the reason the Knicks are not any good. Kevin Durant is a good scorer, but if I need one basket, inside [or] outside, I’m going to Carmelo Anthony.”
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Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Greg Anthony (analyst) with David Aldridge (reporter)
|Anthony on Russell Westbrook’s status in the league: “He’s a true superstar. It still baffles me that he catches so much criticism for a guy who’s truly a superstar.”
Anthony on Oklahoma City Thunder forward Perry Jones: “This is about as good as he’s looked as a pro. It’s been a transition for him. [He had] only the one year in college. Often times with players like that, it takes them a little longer to get comfortable, and physically be mature enough to have an impact at this level.”
Anthony on the Thunder’s approach without Kevin Durant: “They have realistic expectations. The bottom line, you want to make sure that by the time [Kevin] Durant comes back, our young guys are better basketball players. It may not be reflective in the win-loss column, but it allows you to keep your eye on the big picture.”
|Anthony on Blake Griffin’s improved jumper: “The talk was coming in, the improvement of that midrange jump shot. It just takes a lot of pressure off your body when you have that where you can knock down several of these during the course of a game.”
Anthony on new Clippers’ owner Steve Ballmer: “He’s like a kid in a candy store. It is good to see.”
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Johnson, O’Neal, Smith and Webber
|Webber on Cavaliers’ struggles: “I want to go back to the Miami Heat. Watching this Cleveland team just made me remember how much of a well-oiled machine the Miami Heat were with LeBron… and remembering their journey, and how they they had to do that [develop] with Erik [Spoelstra] makes those fans kind of patient.”
Smith on James’ uncharacteristic turnovers: “The one thing you don’t expect him to make are mental errors. With eight turnovers it was mental errors. That means possessions when you didn’t get a shot…he is the master at getting the right shot at the right time in his runs with Miami. And, today, he was not that.”
|O’Neal on the Knicks’ triangle offense: “As a professor of the triangle, I gave them a C-minus on the triangle tonight. But, when it comes to heart and effort, I give them a B-plus. When it comes to Carmelo doing what he does, they get an A-plus.”|
|Webber on players needing to step up for Oklahoma City following injuries to Durant and Westbrook: “Every team I played on or watched, you see it as an opportunity for other guys to step up. Look at Chicago, the reason why I think Chicago will be such a problem this year, [Jimmy] Butler got chances to play without [Derrick] Rose, other guys got a chance to play.”|
|O’Neal on the Clippers needing to put teams away: “We talk about identity, and for so many years the Clippers were viewed as soft… New owner, we’re at home, new, fresh beginning, you have to start developing that killer instinct now.”|
Awards Coverage Includes BBWAA Awards, Players Choice Awards,
Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards, Silver Slugger Awards & MLB.com GIBBY Awards
October 30, 2014 – Fresh off its extensive coverage of the 2014 World Series, MLB Network’s offseason programming begins with an expanded schedule on Monday, November 3 as High Heat with Christopher Russo and MLB Now, hosted by Brian Kenny, continue year-round.
Weekdays in the offseason on MLB Network will include a full slate of studio shows, beginning with Hot Stove presented by Sports Authority, now in its third season and hosted by Matt Vasgersian and Harold Reynolds live at 9:00 a.m. ET. The afternoons feature High Heat presented by Liberty Mutual, MLB Now presented by the U.S. Army, and Intentional Talk presented by The Marines with Chris Rose and Kevin Millar. MLB Network’s signature studio show, MLB Tonight presented by Kay Jewelers, will continue to provide the latest news and interviews around the league live at 6:00 p.m. ET.
MLB Network will provide exclusive coverage of end-of-season awards announcements throughout the next several weeks, starting with the winners of the Players Choice Awards presented by PlayStation on Monday, November 3. Later in the week, MLB Network will host the announcement of the finalists for the BBWAA Awards on Tuesday, November 4, followed by the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards on Wednesday, November 5, and the Silver Slugger Awards presented by Louisville Slugger on Thursday, November 6. Beginning on Monday, November 10, MLB Network will dedicate the entire week to the BBWAA Awards and the exclusive announcements of the winners of the Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards. Coming in December, MLB Network and MLB.com will host the announcement of the winners of the 13th annual MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards.
As announced earlier this week, live baseball coverage will continue this offseason as many of the game’s elite prospects can be seen on MLB Network and MLB.com in Arizona Fall League games televised and simulcast online starting tomorrow, October 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET. MLB Network’s daily offseason programming schedule can be found here.
on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 91
Kansas head coach Bill Self and Denver Nuggets/Team USA forward Kenneth Faried
will join Coach K on the season premiere
NEW YORK – October 22, 2014 – Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the Duke University Blue Devils and the USA Basketball Men’s National Team, will debut the 10th season of his weekly SiriusXM show, Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, tomorrow, October 23 (6:00 pm ET) on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 91.
Coach K will be joined on the season premiere by Kansas Jayhawks head basketball coach Bill Self and Denver Nuggets/U.S. Men’s National Team forward Kenneth Faried. Throughout the season, a new edition of Basketball and Beyond will air every Thursday on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, which is available on satellite radios, on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and at SiriusXM.com. Each show will also be available on SiriusXM On Demand.
“It is amazing that we have been part of the SiriusXM team for a decade,” said Krzyzewski. “Working side by side with my partner Dave Sims, we have tried to deliver compelling conversations to our listeners over the past nine seasons. I am certain our 10th year will be no different. We’re very proud of the show and we thoroughly enjoy doing it each week throughout college basketball season. We are excited to get started this week with two outstanding guests in Coach Self and Kenneth Faried.”
“We’re honored and excited to be embarking on a 10th season of Basketball and Beyond,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “Coach K is one of the most exceptional figures of our time. To have him on SiriusXM all these years sharing his perspective and inspiring people, in sports and in their daily lives, is truly special.”
Basketball and Beyond features Coach K discussing a wide array of subjects and interviewing successful people from sports, entertainment, government and more. Some of the high profile guests who have joined Krzyzewski on the program over the past nine seasons include former NBA Commissioner David Stern, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, fellow coaching greats Bob Knight, John Madden, Pat Summitt , Joe Torre, Bill Belichick and many others.
Over 39 years as a head basketball coach, 34 of them at Duke University, Coach K has built one of the most extraordinary coaching resumes in sports history. He is the all-time winningest head coach in NCAA Men’s Division I basketball history with 983 victories, and has led Duke to four NCAA Championships, 13 ACC Tournament championships and 11 Final Four appearances. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.
Krzyzewski has been involved with USA Basketball as a coach on and off since 1979, when he started out as an assistant to Bob Knight. Over that time he has helped lead the U.S. to 10 gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals. Since 2005, when USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo selected Krzyzewski as the Senior Men’s National Team head coach, the USA is an extraordinary 75-1 in major international competitions.
In addition to Coach K’s program, SiriusXM carries live play-by-play coverage of Duke basketball games throughout the season. SiriusXM is the leading broadcaster of live college sporting events and offers play by play from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac 12, SEC, American Athletic Conference and other NCAA Division I conferences.
NBA TV’s Special Programming to Include Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs,
Open Court: NBA Champions Edition, 2014 San Antonio Spurs: Go Spurs Go & NBA Finals Re-Airs
NBA TV will feature special daylong programming on Monday, Oct. 27, to celebrate the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. The network will premiere three original programs – Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs, Open Court: NBA Champions Edition and 2014San Antonio Spurs: Go Spurs Go – along with re-airs of past NBA Finals performances and season reviews from the Spurs’ five title-winning seasons.
Anchoring the programming block, Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs, an NBA TV Originals production, will feature a candid conversation between the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, at 9 p.m. ET. The four principal figures sat down following last year’s NBA Finals win to reflect on the building of a dynasty, how their relationships have developed over the years and the satisfaction of this past year’s championship season.
The three-hour primetime block of original programming will tip off with 2014 San Antonio Spurs: Go Spurs Go, a look back at last year’s Spurs championship season, at 8 p.m. The hour-long program relives the Spurs’ fifth title run with exclusive interviews, highlights and behind-the-scenes footage.
The night will conclude with a champions-themed edition of Open Court at 10 p.m., with the critically acclaimed roundtable show featuring a cast of NBA Champions – Hall of Famers Shaquille O’Neal and Isiah Thomas, along with Rick Fox, Kenny Smith, Steve Smith and Chauncey Billups – with Sports Emmy Award-winning host Ernie Johnson. The panel of NBA greats reflects on championship experiences and discusses the perseverance it takes to win a title.
Earlier in the day, NBA TV will re-air season in review shows from the Spurs’ previous four championship seasons starting at 9 a.m., followed by encore airings of Games 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals, beginning at 2 p.m.
Excerpts from Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs:
Popovich on the beginning of the Duncan Era in San Antonio: “[Tim Duncan] came to training camp and David Robinson watched him play and about the second practice the whole offense changed. David was now in the dunker spot and Timmy was on the block catching the ball and David never even said a word…You know this new kid comes in and all of a sudden David’s not getting all of his touches…I never said, ‘David this is the way it’s going to be.’ We just did what we did and he knew it right off the bat and he loved it. Timmy just grew and grew from there, unbelievable.”
Parker on the quality of people in building the Spurs: “I like what TD said…we talked and he said we are good people at heart. I think that is the best thing when you choose the players, they are like good people, and all they care [about] is the team. It’s easy for everybody to follow.”
Duncan on Ginobili’s maturation through tough practices against Bruce Bowen: “I remember the first year you were here when we practiced; you’d have to play against Bruce [Bowen] a lot. And Bruce used to beat the absolute crap out of you. That’s where I started believing and started seeing that he was as good as advertised because Bruce would go at him and beat him up and try to slow him down and he’d play through all of it.”
Manu on witnessing firsthand the Spurs’ chemistry and execution last season: “I start on the bench so I get to see what’s going on more and there were some plays, especially this year, where it was like boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, wow, or those passes from Tony to a wing to Boris [Diaw] to you or an extra pass to the corner, it was fun… I said, ‘This is nice. We are playing at a really high level and if we could understand that this is the way to go on a daily basis it can be so special.’”
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