Brandon Marshall Calls For Team Kumbaya In The Off-Season, Tonight on INSIDE THE NFL, 9p ET/PT on SHO

sho-nfl“Unfortunately, what has been going on these past couple weeks is a microcosm to our whole season … this is unacceptable…” – Brandon Marshall

“Playing quarterback … it’s no joke … The difference here with Johnny Manziel, there’s a lot of style and very little substance.” – Boomer Esiason

NFL ON CBS Rules Expert Mike Carey Joins As Special Guest

INSIDE THE NFL Premieres Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Dec. 16, 2014) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  Host Greg Gumbel is joined by expert analysts Boomer Esiason, Ed Reed and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin in-studio to discuss an action-packed Week 15. Injured Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall joins via satellite with a health update on the Bears and himself.

NFL ON CBS Rules Expert Mike Carey joins the INSIDE THE NFL cast to go over several controversial calls, including 49ers Nick Mooney’s hit on Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III‘s no-touchdown dive into the end zone. Also highlighted is discussion of Johnny Manziel’s first NFL career start, as well as the playoff picture heading into the final two weeks of the regular-season.

Plus, Ravens’ Linebacker Terrell Suggs and more are wired for sound.

INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

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BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION

On The Chicago Bears…

Brandon Marshall – “Unfortunately, what has been going on these past couple weeks is a microcosm to our whole season. We really have to just gel together and really try to do, I don’t know, some kumbaya in the off-season to really get back where we need to be because this is unacceptable and this is bad.”

On Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Aaron Kromer…

Brandon Marshall – “I love [Aaron] Kromer. He’s probably the best teaching coach I’ve ever been around. This is just a part of our season right now … We are all so frustrated. Sometimes, people do things and say things that they regret. I think this is one of those things for Kromer. Unfortunately, it’s at the hand of Jay Cutler, taking a nice little lashing, and our team now… Sometimes, if you get too emotional you say the wrong things, it can unfortunately get back to the wrong person.

On Johnny Manziel’s First NFL Career Start…

Michael Irvin – “Folks, it’s going to take a while before ‘Johnny Be Good’ … There’s one thing to sit and watch. Really, to learn this game you have to be on that football field … This is not college football.”

Boomer Esiason – “Playing quarterback is a beast. It’s no joke … I started four games my rookie year and I was lost. If you asked [Cris] Collinsworth and [Anthony] Muñoz and all my ex-teammates from back then, they would probably tell you that there’s no way this guy is going to be the quarterback of the future. We all go through it. Troy Aikman went through it. John Elway went through it. The difference here with Johnny Manziel, there’s a lot of style and very little substance.”

On Teams Tanking in the NFL…

Michael Irvin –  “The one thing football players will always do, and they will always tell you, whenever you step on that football field if you don’t go as hard as you can go … you get hurt. I’ve always believed you get hurt anytime you don’t play all-out on a football field. I just don’t see it [tanking] happening.”

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KOBE BRYANT’S MUSE: SHO RELEASES FIRST-LOOK TRAILER

showtime-sportsHighly Anticipated Feature-Length Documentary Film Coming In February

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LOS ANGELES (December 12, 2014) – SHOWTIME has released the first-look trailer for its feature-length documentary film, KOBE BRYANT’S MUSE, which will premiere in February on the premium network. Compelling and revelatory, this highly personal film captures a side of Kobe Bryant that the public has never seen before.

“People know me because of what I am, a basketball player,” said Bryant.  “In MUSE, everyone will begin to understand who I am and how I became who I am.  I created this film to open up my journey in hopes of inspiring others as they guide their own.”

“Rarely has a superstar athlete afforded this type of access and engaged in this level of self-reflection during his playing career,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®.  “Throughout his NBA career, Kobe has been an intensely private person, so in many ways this film is the antithesis of the Kobe Bryant that the public has come to know.  Through this film, Kobe opens his heart and his mind to the world for the first time in a deeply personal way.”

Bryant, an 18-year veteran and 16-time NBA All-Star, has earned five NBA Championships during his time in the league. At this critical juncture in his career, viewers will watch as Bryant attempts to cement his legacy, opening a window into the mind of an elite athlete still motivated to be the best, but also contemplating life after sports.

The film is created and produced by Kobe Bryant in association with Kobe Inc., and directed by Gotham Chopra.

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“…They should re-seed. You shouldn’t reward teams for playing in a poor division …” – Boomer Esiason on INSIDE THE NFL, on SHO

inside-the-nfl-showtimeNEW YORK (Dec. 9, 2014) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  Host Greg Gumbel is joined by expert analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin in-studio to discuss an action-packed Week 14 leading to the NFL playoffs.

This week’s episode of INSIDE THE NFL is highlighted by the Patriots, Broncos, Seattle and Packers and whether any other team has what it takes to get ahead of them in the playoff race, as well the NFC South and what lies ahead for the Harbaugh brothers.

Plus, watch Boomer Esiason recite the offensive linemen’s prayer and reveal his choice for the top offensive line in the league.

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INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

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BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION

On the winner of the NFC South hosting a playoff game…

Boomer Esiason – “I definitely think they should re-seed.  And I think you shouldn’t reward teams for playing in a poor division.  I know that old school guys will all say that, ‘Well, you know, you build your team to win in your division.’ You could put any team in that division and they would win it.  I think that, in all fairness, a team that is 11-5 should not have to travel on the road to a team with a losing record.  I think you should re-seed the whole thing and give the teams that have the best years the opportunity to host a home playoff game.”

On Who Can Challenge The Final Four Favorites of Green Bay, Seattle, New England and Denver…

Michael Irvin – “THE Dallas Cowboys. They did go into Seattle and beat Seattle. I think it’s all about matchups. The Cowboys match up well with Seattle. I think they can crash this party.”

Boomer Esiason – “…The Detroit Lions can do it. And the reason for that is because they have a top-notch defensive line that stops the run… The offense the last couple of weeks has been on fire.  Matthew Stafford, five touchdowns, over 700-yards passing.  Now, all of a sudden, you have a full, complete team coming together at the right time.”

Phil Simms – “When you look at the AFC, the one team that jumps out at me is the Indianapolis Colts. I know everybody hates their defense.  But the one thing about their defense, they are willing to try to do anything. They can cover well. I know they don’t rush the passer well, but on the other side [offense] they have T.Y. Hilton.  They have Reggie Wayne.  And they have big Andrew Luck. Listen, there’s no lead safe when you play the Indianapolis Colts.”

On Jim Harbaugh…

Boomer Esiason –   “Success breeds contempt.  It happened in Dallas with Jimmy [Johnson] and Jerry [Jones], right?  You have all the success and people want to be paid for their success.  Because being paid in this business is about respect. And Jim Harbaugh has done nothing but win since he got there to San Francisco. Clean up the mess, revive… I’ll tell you this right now, if Jim Harbaugh becomes available, I am taking him as my head coach because he has a track record.  Everywhere he has gone, he’s been a winner, a lot like Bill Parcells.”

Michael Irvin – “This is the NFL – ‘Not For Long.’  What are you doing for me lately?  And it’s sad.  He went three straight times to the NFC Championship game and we’re sitting here talking about him, now he may be on the streets looking for a job.  I find it incredible.”

“All I know is you mess with me, you’ve got problems ” – J.J. Watt Mic’d Up On INSIDE THE NFL On SHOWTIME

inside-the-nfl-showtimeINSIDE THE NFL TALKS J.J. WATT, RAY RICE, RICHARD SHERMAN, GIANTS COACHING & BROWNS QB DECISION

“All I know is you mess with me, you’ve got problems … Get some popcorn … Enjoy the show.” – J.J. Watt Mic’d Up In One Of The Best Wires In INSIDE THE NFL History

INSIDE THE NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 2

at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Dec. 2, 2014) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  Host Greg Gumbel is joined by expert analysts Boomer Esiason, NFL veteran safety and nine-time Pro Bowler Ed Reed and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin in-studio to discuss all the dramatic action of NFL Week 13.

This week’s episode of INSIDE THE NFL is highlighted by the Ray Rice situation and whether he’ll be able to play this season, the ongoing question of restrictions in the NFL and what’s next for Tom Coughlin and the Giants.

Plus, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is wired for sound in what INSIDE THE NFL producers have called one of the best soundbites they have ever heard.

INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

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BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION

On What Did We Learn Last Week …

Michael Irvin – “That Philadelphia Eagles defensive line is a lot better than I thought. I mean, they put it on the Dallas Cowboys. So much so…that I thought, ‘Man, not only are they scaring me now, they are scaring me for the next time they have to play Dallas.’”

Boomer Esiason – What I learned this week was, number one, Tony Romo on a short week of practice, guys, [he] doesn’t look right. And you know what I’m talking about. He just doesn’t look right. And this week he’ll play Thursday, but he’ll have a week in between games. [Let’s] see if he plays a little bit better in Chicago, and you know it’s going to be freezing cold there…”

On Richard Sherman And J.J. Watt’s Behavior Last Week  …

Boomer Esiason – “Both great players in their own right. Both get it. They understand the platform that they have … Richard Sherman basically parlayed himself into a multi-million dollar enterprise … and the same thing for J.J. Watt. I don’t really have a problem with either one of these things [Watt’s celebration and Sherman’s press conference].   As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t want to play against either one of these players.”

On The NFL Restrictions …
Michael Irvin – “If you want to get close into a football game, which is what the cameras want and what we are trying to give the fans, sometimes you are going to get that kind of reaction that close to the game. And talking about having no fun, what Richard Sherman is doing is trying to stand up for Marshawn Lynch, who doesn’t want to talk to the media. And I like a running back that is called the beast and doesn’t want to talk. It just puts more fear in the defenders.”

On Richard Sherman’s Press Conference …

Ed Reed – “Some people don’t like that distraction. Some of us just want to play football … I didn’t do all the interviews, and they were about to fine me at times.  But I just gave them a little something … Maybe Marshawn should give them a little bit more.  But you have to also understand that this guy is maybe frustrated with the business side of things because of his contract situation.”

Boomer Esiason – “Richard Sherman is a smart guy. This kid went to Stanford.  He knows what’s going on.  And he knows how to promote himself… The good news for him is that he backs it up on the field. That is the most important thing.”

New England and Tom Brady on sidelines after loss to Packers …

Boomer Esiason – “The last time I saw him that hot was after they lost to Kansas City.  They have reeled off seven.  I think the Patriots are a terrific football team.  I think they are the best team in the NFL.”

On the Pittsburgh Steelers…

Ed Reed – “The Steelers are hurting right now.  They lost [Brett] Keisel who is a big part of that defense.  The secondary is in shambles.   They need help.  They need a lot of help.  I am not available.”

On Cincinnati Quarterback Bengals Andy Dalton …

Boomer Esiason – “Andy Dalton is my comeback player of the year within the year.  He has been down.  He’s been up.  He’s been down.  He’s been up.  He will be up for the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

On The Cleveland Browns Quarterback Johnny Manziel replacing Brian Hoyer…

Boomer Esiason – “This is a tough decision for Mike Pettine, but I think he is leaning toward Johnny Manziel. I said early on in the season that it is inevitable that first round draft picks at quarterback are inevitably going to see the field. Somewhere along the line they are going to find the field for all different reasons. In this particular reason, I think it’s because there’s a lack of energy with Brian Hoyer all of a sudden in the last three weeks. When LeBron James tweets, ‘My man is ready to go,’ that means that Mike Pettine is getting all that extra pressure on him.”

On the N.Y. Giants …

Boomer – Two Super Bowls can only take you so far. In my estimation, Tom Coughlin is a Hall of Fame coach. I think he goes out the right way. I think he makes it easy for the Mara family and the Tisch family. I don’t see them sitting him down and saying we are firing you. That’s not going to go down that way here in New York. But I think he senses, and I hear it in his voice, that things just are not going well. Even though all the injuries and everything else, the fact that they’ve not made the playoffs again this year, I think it means it’s time for a change.”

Michael Irvin – “It’s not just that they are just losing games, it’s how they look losing those games … You had that game won and you start turning the ball over late in the game and give that game away … It’s hard to see Coach Coughlin go through this … Everybody is hoping for … a soft landing for him. That’s a great testament to the man that he is.”

On The Ray Rice Situation…

Ed Reed – “That is a question for the owners. I think he should. I think there are lot of teams that could use Ray Rice right now especially with making these playoff pushes. One team that sticks out to me is Indianapolis. I know they need a running back and they know they need a running back. Now whether or not you want to pick up Ray Rice? … That’s on them. But, at the same time, this league is about winning. It’s about winning.  It’s about redemption stories. It’s about helping the next man, building the next man up…I really believe he deserves a chance.  Some teams need him.”

Boomer   Esiason – “I don’t think any team really wants to go knee deep into this type of distraction as they get ready for the playoffs.  I do believe he deserves a second chance. I think he’ll get a second chance next year. But, right now, I just don’t see any team out there that is going to be willing to upset whatever is going on in their locker room right now.  Because while we may feel like he deserves a second chance, there may be other players out there that may not want him to be on their team.”

Michael Irvin – “I believe in giving the guy another shot. I benefited from having that second shot, so I am in the redemption business. And hopefully Ray gets an opportunity to redeem himself in this situation…Right now in Indy you have a real need at running back.  And I say if Indy signs Ray Rice…they have a real good shot here in the next three, four weeks…to make a run in the playoffs.”

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“One of the most demoralizing games I’ve been in” – Brandon Marshall on INSIDE THE NFL

inside-the-nfl-showtime“One of the most demoralizing games I’ve been in” – Brandon Marshall 

Click On The Link Below To Watch Marshall Talking Bears

Inside The NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME® 

NEW YORK (Nov. 11, 2014) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Host Greg Gumbel is joined by CBS analysts Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall in-studio to discuss an action-packed NFL Week 10.

The 11th episode of INSIDE THE NFL is highlighted by the Chicago Bears situation, the new wide receiver era in the NFL, Philadelphia Eagles’ Mark Sanchez and whether you can win it all with a backup quarterback.

Plus, take a behind scenes peek at Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett, who was wired for sound during last Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

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BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION 

On The Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers …

Brandon Marshall – “[I came out of that game] a little banged up. Ankle sprain. But I’ll be alright. I’ll be out thereon Sunday, ready to roll. And it was tough. [Did] you see those highlights? Man, that was probably one of the most demoralizing games I’ve been in. I mean, I’m at a loss for words. I think everyone is at this point… When adversity hits, what type of person are you going to be? Are you going to give up or are you going to fight? And that’s where we are at right now.… Life is tough right now. You know, walking outside, going to the grocery stores, looking at the fans in the eyes. This is bad all around.

“Confidence is everything. It doesn’t matter if you are in professional sports, or if you are the CEO, or if you are a teacher, or if you are starting a new company. Confidence is everything.  And when you lose your confidence, it’s over. You don’t have a chance.  And right now, that’s where we are at.

“It all starts with confidence.  When you are looking at 3-6, there’s not much hope. There’s not much confidence. That’s just the reality of this. It has nothing to do with the Chicago Bears. It’s just the reality of life.”

Boomer Esiason – “Lambeau Field to the Bears is what the Houston Astrodome used to be to us and the Cincinnati Bengals and it was called “The House of Pain” back in the day. Nobody inflicted more pain on us than the Houston Oilers under Jerry Glanville, Warren Moon and all those great teams they had down there. And there’s nothing more demoralizing. You are right. You can’t go out. You can’t go to your local supermarket. You can’t go to the movies theater without somebody saying something to you. It’s a hard reality.  And it’s harsh that you have to sit here every Tuesday, your day off. You chose to come here and speak to us about football. People don’t realize. Tuesday is your day off. You can run away.  You haven’t run away. You showed up and I give you credit for that.”

Phil Simms – “The game is about adversity, right? If it can go wrong, it will go wrong in the NFL for teams and players. So, you know you have to deal with that.  And how do you deal with that? … To me there’s only one way to do it. To be really quiet and just work and try to remedy the situation and win football games … What do you do about situations like that? You don’t go out. People are going to say things.  And if you are not prepared for it, you are going to react badly. So, there’s only one thing, you go in that building, put your head down, work hard and try to fix what’s wrong with your football team … My dad told me this once, ‘If you are going to go down, go down your way.’ … Go down trying.”

On Pittsburgh’s Mike Mitchell Victory Formation Jump Last Sunday Against N.Y Jets …

Boomer Esiason – “That’s a cheap shot. The way that the officials protected Ben Roethlisberger in the game and did not protect Mike Vick, I can totally understand why Rex Ryan and all the N.Y. Jets were upset at the end of that game.”

On Mark Sanchez and the Philadelphia Eagles …

Boomer Esiason – “I saw Mark Sanchez up close and personal last night and I have never seen him look that comfortable as he did when he was a Jets quarterback. And there’s a reason for that.  Because there’s an expectation in Philadelphia. If you are going to play quarterback, you are going to throw the ball. It’s going to be spread out and there’s not going to be a lot of thinking. It’s going to be hurry-up offense, something very near and dear to my heart, and I love that. He seems to excel in that situation.”

Phil Simms – “It’s a whole different scenario for Mark Sanchez. Look, it was a defensive coach in New York, now he’s playing for an offensive coach. They teach the quarterback differently.”

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Notes & Quotes From Tonight’s Episode Premiere of JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME

showtime-sports“I honestly think this issue has something to do with PED’s and high testosterone levels contributing to this type of behavior and guys not being able to handle their rage.”

– Eddie George, on the issue of domestic violence in the NFL

EDDIE GEORGE, MICHAEL IRVIN AND BRIAN SCALABRINE DEBATE OFF-FIELD VIOLENCE AND LEBRON’S REAL REASONS FOR “COMING HOME” ON THIS MONTH’S EDITION OF JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME®

This Month’s Edition of JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME® Premieres Tuesday, October 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME; Encores all month long on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®

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LOS ANGELES (October 14, 2014) – Heisman Trophy winning running back and NFL veteran Eddie George, Hall of Fame receiver and three-time Super Bowl champ Michael Irvin and 11-year NBA veteran Brian Scalabrine debate off-field violence among NFL players on this month’s edition of JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME premiering Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

“I can’t recall when I played seeing this many athletes in trouble for domestic violence,” said George in The Forum segment. “I honestly think this issue has something to do with PED’s and high testosterone levels contributing to this type of behavior and guys not being able to handle their rage. Listen, I’m married and I know the challenges behind that, but it seems like now the behavior is out of control.”

Irvin and Scalabrine noted that the advent of technology and social media is bringing the issue of domestic violence to the forefront like never before.

“Athletes need to realize that we live in the technology age,” Irvin said. “Anything that goes on right now, we get instantaneously all around the world. Obviously there have been things that have gone on earlier that we knew nothing about, but it won’t and can’t happen here and now. Here’s the sad part, technology and social media have made all of us turn an eye towards something that we should’ve been focused on a long time ago.”

George, Irvin and Scalabrine also discuss other relevant topics in sports in The Forum, including the return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the influence that the Ray Rice saga has had on bringing the issue of hazing in high school sports to the national spotlight.

Mixed martial artist, actress and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, Emmy award-winning actor and stand-up comedian Ray Romano, Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Steve Ballmer and Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback and two-time Super Bowl Champion Ben Roethlisberger all appear on this episode as well.

Here are additional highlights from Tuesday’s show:

On LeBron James:

JIM ROME: “Does he need to win right now and does he need to win multiple titles?”

BRIAN SCALABRINE: “Yes, that’s what I think LeBron needs to do to establish himself as a great all-time player. For him to be looked on the same level or better than Michael (Jordan), he needs to win more than six championships.”

“Let’s keep it real. I think that all LeBron cares about is his legacy. He’s looking at Dwyane Wade with the ice on his knees and then sees Kyrie (Irving) with his MVP from last year’s all-star game and goes, I need to make this move now and pull the wool over everyone and pretend that I’m doing it for Northeast Ohio. He’s really going back to Cleveland because it gives him the best chance to win.  Miami didn’t have the salary cap situation (flexibility)… Cleveland had young stars with flexible contracts.”

“To pull the wool over the fans, if he were to go to LA, people would be like ‘so what’s your deal?’ You go to Miami and leave us and then you go to LA, all you’re doing is chasing around these championships. But, if he goes home back to Northeast Ohio and ‘changes the kids’ then that’s what everyone’s going to think it’s about-when in reality it’s about winning and cap flexibility. It comes down to passing Michael Jordan and his six championships and everything else is second.”

EDDIE GEORGE: “LeBron is going to do it all for Cleveland. It’s beautiful because as athletes it’s very rare to be able to control your own destiny. He learned the blueprint on how to win in Miami and now comes back to Cleveland with that blueprint and rides off into the sunset. If he wins one championship for Cleveland, that’s equivalent to winning nine championships for LA.”

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Concerning hazing incident at Sayreville High School in New Jersey:

MICHAEL IRVIN: “The fundamental idea behind hazing is to create moments that are supposed to bond a team together. The situation at Sayreville sounds like some sick, perverted person was given some form of leadership and has led an entire group of people into this type of negative behavior. Nowhere is this type of hazing effective in team-building. This incident is sick.”

“The good thing about this, and honestly I believe this wholeheartedly, is that had we not had the Ray Rice situation, this incident wouldn’t have become as big as it has. People understand now because of the Ray Rice situation that you can’t even try to explain an incident like this to the public. You must shut it down and that’s exactly what happened.”

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One-on-one with Ben Roethlisberger (via satellite)

JIM ROME: “Players talk about a goal in mind (Super Bowl victories).  What was your goal?”

BEN ROETHLISBERGER: “Well I know that anyone who has played quarterback knows that four is the number that (Terry) Bradshaw and (Joe) Montana have. Bradshaw’s the greatest Steeler quarterback so I would like to try to get five championships, one more than him.

JIM ROME: “Do you think Bradshaw’s pulling for you to get four championships?”

BEN ROETHLISBERGER: “I’m not sure; you’d have to ask him. I’m sure he wouldn’t want me to get four championships, but if he’s a true Steeler at heart then he would want this organization to win as many championships as possible.”

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RONDA ROUSEY: “There have been times during a fight when I thought I was going to die. I thought to myself, I would rather break my neck than lose this fight. I will never tap out of a fight. Because I know the feeling of losing, I know that I would rather die than lose a fight. It’s not that I’ve never lost; it’s that I’ve lost at the worst times so I know what a loss is. That’s why I want to win so much more than these other girls because I know that I would rather physically die than die inside from losing a fight. I remember every single loss of my career, but have forgotten so many of my victories.”

JIM ROME: “When you saw the Ray Rice elevator incident for the first time, what was your reaction?”

RONDA ROUSEY: “I couldn’t believe what I was watching, I didn’t know if it was an actual person that this was happening to.”

“The thing that really surprised me was that she married him after that. I think that she deserves better and I wish that she knew that.”

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JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME airs Tuesdays with encore airings all month long on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME® and is available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.

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The Dirt On Derek Jeter–on the next 60 MINUTES SPORTS–Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 10p

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See the Classic 60 MINUTES Profile of the Yankee Great in His Prime and

Two of His Colleagues Reflect on a Legendary Career on and Off the Field

NEW YORK (Oct. 3, 2014) – You’ve never heard of Derek Jeter getting into any trouble because he doesn’t – and he’s even nicer than you think.  That’s what his colleagues Tino Martinez and Michael Kay say about the just-retired Yankee great.  They speak to James Brown for a 60 MINUTES SPORTS retrospective on Jeter that includes an encore of the 2005 classic 60 MINUTES profile of Jeter by the late Ed Bradley.  In the profile, the then-31-year-old Jeter discusses everything from his childhood to his relationship with legendary Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and includes an interview with Jeter’s parents.  It’s all on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 10:00 PM ET only on SHOWTIME.

Martinez played with Jeter when Jeter was a rookie and remains a close friend.  He says the secret to Jeter’s clean life is that he can have fun like everybody else, but knows where to “draw the line.”  It’s a line he’s been drawing since he was young, when he signed a contract with his parents.  Martinez says of Jeter, “He signed that contract and he lived up to it.”

Kay, the YES Network announcer for Yankees telecasts, says Jeter did more than live up to contract promises, he really cares about people.  He tells this story about a class act who doesn’t play for the cameras:  “The players meet kids that might be sick and…when the cameras are on, they treat them great,” says Kay.  “And I’ve seen the same players where the kids could be down the hallway in a wheelchair, and if there’s no camera there, they don’t think there’s any prying eyes, they’ll just go right by,” he tells Brown.  “I’ve seen Derek kneel down and talk and make a connection.”

What might Jeter do in his retirement?  In this excerpt, an outtake from the 2005 60 MINUTES profile, he says he might like to own a team.  Watch the excerpt.

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Inside The NFL Talks About MVPs, Benching Quarterbacks, Steelers And Patriots And All The Action Of NFL Week 4

inside-the-nfl-showtimeN.Y. JETS LEGEND JOE NAMATH JOINS AS SPECIAL GUEST

Inside The NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Sept. 30, 2014) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Host Greg Gumbel is joined by CBS analyst Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason, NFL veteran safety and nine-time Pro Bowler Ed Reed and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall in-studio to discuss all the action of NFL Week 4.

The fourth episode of INSIDE THE NFL covers Marshall’s apology to the press after a tough game against the Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt historic 80-yard interception return for a touchdown, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers flaws, and all the action of NFL Week 4.

Plus, the INSIDE THE NFL cast discusses Geno Smith’s future as starting New York Jets quarterback with legendary Joe Namath.

INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

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BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION

 On Brandon Marshall’s Apology to the Press …

Brandon Marshall – “People in Chicago have really treated me well, and I need to give them a little more. I tried to channel my inner Marshawn Lynch and it didn’t work … They’ve really been hounding me for the past three weeks and I know I have to give [the press, the fans, Chicago] a little more… I have to do a better job … I’ve done a great job my whole career, but these past few months I really haven’t talked to the media at all… I’ll do a better job.”

On J.J. Watt For MVP …

Boomer Esiason – “Texans’ defense J.J. Watt is not only dominating on defense, but after his 80-yard interception return against the Bills, he now has more touchdowns this year than Arian Foster and Andre Johnson combined … Is he the most dominating player in football?”

Phil Simms – “He can win the MVP if he breaks the sack record or if he has five more interceptions and scores a few more touchdowns … It’s going to take an unbelievable performance on his behalf … I can think of four guys that he is going to have problems beating: Philip Rivers, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Demarco Murray, who is having a great season for the Cowboys … In 57 MVPs, we had two defensive players winning.”

Brandon Marshall – “I think what he’s done in these past few years, early on his career,  has established him as a top five talent. But I wouldn’t say he is the most valuable player.”

On the New England Patriots …  

Boomer – “Something I can tell you from that Patriots offense is that nobody, I mean nobody, scares anybody. They are not throwing the ball at all. Plus everything is short and as much as I appreciate the toughness and the intuitiveness of Julian Edelman, he’s not going to scare anybody down the field … I can see with my own plain eyes that nobody is scaring anybody with that offense. And this was a team that always lived scoring between 28 and 34 points, so the defense was an afterthought …The Patriots have really big problems and I don’t see the answer on their roster.”

Ed Reed – “Nobody is pumping any fear into me if I’m looking at that receiving corp … The Patriots might be in trouble.”

On the Pittsburgh Steelers going sideways  …

Ed Reed – “Their discipline is not very good. If you look at the play recognition you can see that the safety is dropping in but he doesn’t know where the help is  …They need some discipline. Pittsburgh indeed has some discipline problems.”

Phil Simms – “It’s a flip for the Steelers. Their offense is pretty good. Their offensive line is straightening up …The Steelers, like many other teams, are protecting their quarterback. That is going to give them a little bit of a chance, but they can’t hit the opposing quarterback … Now they don’t work and they need a guy to get it done. And they don’t have that guy … If you look at the Steelers, their offense is camouflaging what they are doing on their defense.”

On Benching New York Jets’ Geno Smith…

 Joe Namath – “The Jets have made the commitment to Geno. He’s got to live. He’s got to grow. This team is not going anywhere. I don’t believe that they are a playoff-quality team … If you are going to stay with Geno, and you are going to keep him for next year, they have to keep him on … Geno has the talent. He’s got decent footwork, decent speed. He’s a decent passer. How much talent? Well, we haven’t found out yet … We need more time. That’s why we don’t bench him.”

Phil Simms –  “When you bring Michael Vick as your back-up quarterback, you have to know what you are in for … The fans want to see it because they know the highlights that he creates. And the media of course, loves a backup quarterback because it’s the easiest story to write in the world.”

Brandon Marshall – “Why in any other sports and in any other position, is it so easy for us to bench a guy? But when we look at the quarterback position everybody gets so sensitive. Why?  Our coaches get sensitive and it messes up their psyche.”

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Inside The NFL Talks Football With Super Bowl XLVIII Rematch, Coaches And All The Game Action of NFL Week 3

inside-the-nfl-showtimeInside The NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2014) – This week’s edition of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Host Greg Gumbel, expert analysts Boomer Esiason, NFL veteran safety and nine-time Pro Bowler Ed Reed, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and fresh off his team’s Monday night victory, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, are in-studio to discuss Week 3 of the NFL.

The fourth installment of INSIDE THE NFL also covers lessons from NFL Week 3, the rematch of Super Bowl XLVIII proving to be an early season classic, the difference a good coach can make, Philadelphia Eagles Cary Williams’ comments on Chip Kelly’s demanding training routine and how to cope with off-field distractions.

INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

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BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION

On Off-Field Distractions…

Michael Irvin – “Kudos to those guys [Baltimore Ravens] for putting all of that aside and saying, ‘This field is our sanctuary, we control things here’… If you are a football team or an organization, those type of distractions are going to get you, but if you are a family, you can maintain.”

Ed Reed – “There’s a moment when you are not worried about anything else.  You are worrying about your job and focusing on your job. For Baltimore to do the things they are doing on the football field, kudos to those guys because they are concentrating on doing their jobs. And you have to respect that.”

Boomer Esiason – “You come together in the face of adversity … I played for great coach Sam Wyche. He was ahead of his time. He was a human distraction. We had a lot of distraction in Cincinnati, one happened to be the night before Super Bowl XXIII when Stanley Wilson basically withstanding a drug addiction decided not to play. He was one of our best players … I thought our defense really stepped up…but our team played really well despite the distractions and that’s when you all come together as a team.”

On Philadelphia Eagles’ Cary Williams Comments About Practice…

Michael Irvin – “It’s three games and three come-from-behind victories for the Philadelphia Eagles. Yet what everybody is talking about in Philadelphia this week is cornerback Cary Williams complaining about how hard Head Coach Chip Kelly works the team in practice … They are 3-0, and not any 3-0, big comebacks 3-0 … I don’t understand why they are talking about anything else other than that.”

Ed Reed – “Cary has been having trouble with his hamstring, so this could be coming from him as an individual, but I think that this might be coming as a team. This might be something that they might have discussed as a team in the locker-room … Cary is a vocal guy. He says things. He said things a couple weeks ago about New England in the preseason. So, he does that. He voices his feelings … This is an in-house situation. And they need to talk it out.”

Brandon Marshall – “The issue here is that some of these guys don’t know how to take care of their bodies. So, eventually they are going to break down … That’s an in-house situation.  And you have to discuss that with your team, in-house … Do these guys know how to take care of themselves and to recover from one day to the next? Do you have the right specialists? The right gurus working on their bodies? That’s the problem here.”

On Bill Belichick Being a Player’s Coach…

Ed Reed - “I think Belichick really understand his players. He put guys like Troy Brown years ago from receiver to DB. He understands guys that have talents and knows how to use those guys to win games … He’s not giving the player all of the power. He is also communicating with them.”

Brandon Marshall – “I got a little taste of the Belichick way and Josh Daniels in Denver. And I’d like to say those guys are well prepared and always find a way to get it done week-in and week-out …I think he is one of the most respected coaches out there right now in all of sports … I think the coaches that really get it are the ones that their approach is more of a partnership and not a dictatorship.”

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

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

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

LaVAR ARRINGTON, BRUCE PEARL, JEFF PEARLMAN DEBATE RAY RICE’S NFL FUTURE ON THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME®

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

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

Encores all month long on SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND

and SHOWTIME ANYTIME

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some additional highlights from Tuesday’s show:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Concerning Wes Welker’s series of concussions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JIM ROME: “How did you beat this?

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

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