CBS’s Jim Nantz Talks Turkey on Houston-Detroit

THE NFL ON CBS: WEEK 12 (THANKSGIVING DAY, NOV. 22 & SUNDAY, NOV. 25)

AUDIBLES WITH “NFL ON CBS” LEAD PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER JIM NANTZ

            The CBS Television Network, home of Super Bowl XLVII, continues its 53rd year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22 (12:30 PM, ET) and Sunday, Nov. 25 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s studio show, (12:00 Noon-12:30 PM, ET) and (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET), respectively, live from THE NFL TODAY studio in New York City.

THE NFL ON CBS lead announce team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms call the action live from the Houston Texans-Detroit Lions game from Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.  Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer and Mike Arnold is the lead game director.

Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports, and serves as Executive Producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS.  Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

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 JIM NANTZ

Thanksgiving Day has turned into the perfect alignment of a sport and a holiday. In professional sports, I can’t think of anything that resonates like the NFL and Thanksgiving Day. It’s part of the fabric of America.

It’s been awhile since we’ve been to Detroit with as meaningful of a game as we have on Thursday. Detroit has to win.  There are no more mulligans, no more second chances for a team that everyone thought was ready to take that next step this season and be a playoff team.  Now they are coming off another wrenching loss on Sunday to Green Bay. They have to win here or it’s just too late to work their way back into the wild card equation. The division is too strong.  They’ve got to start a winning streak now.

Beyond the pageantry of the pigskin, there is some pressure. The Lions have a must-win scenario.  And Houston is trying to maintain its position as the leader of the pack in the AFC.  It is going to be a wild home stretch for the AFC to see which teams get the top two seeds and a first-round bye.  Right now Houston as the No. 1-seed has the pole position.  But there are three other teams that are worthy and good enough to be a No. 1-seed at the end of the season. Denver, New England and Baltimore, the same divisional winners of the AFC a year ago, look as though they are going to win their divisions again.  So it’s all about positioning.

Even though there’s a buzz around the league about how good the Texans are, there is still not a real familiarity with them in the spotlight. Now they have the coveted Thanksgiving Day game and a great chance for them to showcase why they have Super Bowl potential.

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Following are THE NFL ON CBS assignments for Week 12, Week 13 and Week 14 (subject to change).

WEEK 12 – Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day)* & Nov. 24

 

GAME                                    PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST            PRODUCER/DIRECTOR

12:30 PM, ET start:

·Houston @ Detroit*              Jim Nantz/Phil Simms                       Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold

 

WEEK 12 – Nov. 25

 

 

GAME                                    PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST            PRODUCER/DIRECTOR

1:00 PM, ET starts:

·Oakland @ Cincinnati          Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker                 Victor Frank/Chris Svendsen

·Pittsburgh @ Cleveland        Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots         Jim Rikhoff/Mark Grant

·Buffalo @ Indianapolis         Marv Albert/Rich Gannon                 Ross Schneiderman/Andy Goldberg

·Tennessee @ Jacksonville    Spero Dedes/Steve Beuerlein             Ken Mack/Jim Cornell

·Denver @ Kansas City          Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf               Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman

4:00 PM, ET starts:

·Baltimore @ San Diego        Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts                           Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith

WEEK 13 – Dec. 2 – DOUBLEHEADER

 

GAME                                    PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST            PRODUCER/DIRECTOR

1:00 PM, ET starts:

·Indianapolis @ Detroit         Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts                           Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith

·Jacksonville @ Buffalo        Spero Dedes/Steve Beuerlein             Ken Mack/Jim Cornell

·New England @ Miami        Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf               Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman

·Houston @ Tennessee           Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots         Jim Rikhoff/Mark Grant

4:25 PM, ET starts:

·Pittsburgh @ Baltimore        Jim Nantz/Phil Simms                       Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold

·Cleveland @ Oakland           Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker                 Victor Frank/Chris Svendsen

·Cincinnati @ San Diego       Marv Albert/Rich Gannon                 Ross Schneiderman/Andy Goldberg

WEEK 14 – Dec. 9

 

GAME                                    PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST            PRODUCER/DIRECTOR

1:00 PM, ET starts:

·Baltimore @ Washington     Marv Albert/Rich Gannon                 Ross Schneiderman/Andy Goldberg

·Kansas City @ Cleveland     Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker                 Victor Frank/Chris Svendsen

·San Diego @ Pittsburgh       Jim Nantz/Phil Simms                       Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold

·Tennessee @ Indianapolis    Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts                           Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith

·N.Y. Jets @ Jacksonville      Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots         Jim Rikhoff/Mark Grant

4:00 PM, ET starts:

·Miami @ San Francisco       Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf               Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman

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“THE NFL TODAY” FEATURES THANKSGIVING STORY ON DETROIT LIONS’

JEROME HARRISON AND “THE NFL TRADE THAT SAVED A LIFE” FOR WEEK 12 OF “THE NFL TODAY” ON THURSDAY, NOV. 24

Detroit’s Own to Perform National Anthem and at Halftime as Kid Rock to Perform at Halftime of Houston-Detroit Thanksgiving Day Game; and

Long-Time “Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band” Saxophonist Alto Reed to Perform National Anthem

THE NFL ON CBS, broadcasting its 53rd year of the NFL, continues its 2012 NFL season on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22 (12:30 PM, ET) and Sunday, Nov. 25 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY (12:00 Noon-12:30 PM, ET) and (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET), respectively, live from THE NFL TODAY studio in the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.

THE NFL TODAY features a special Thanksgiving Day story on Detroit Lions running back Jerome HarrisonCharlie Bloom produces.

Every trade in sports is contingent upon the player passing a physical exam, but the results of running back Jerome Harrison’s physical were anything but normal.  The Lions’ running back was in the process of being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in October of 2011 when doctors in Philadelphia discovered that he had a brain tumor.

Harrison immediately returned to Detroit for surgery.  Four hours into the what was expected to be a three-hour operation, the surgeon came to the waiting area and told Harrison’s pregnant wife Michelle, his parents and friends that there were some “complications” and that the surgery would continue for several more hours.

Twelve hours later, the surgeon returned to deliver the news that he could not promise the outcome.  The following day, Harrison suffered a series of strokes, which only complicated matters further.  It seemed to the family that Jerome might never awaken or if he did, he would surely be unable to walk, talk or care for himself.

Last Thanksgiving, the family’s emotions were stressed beyond overload. Despite her pregnancy, Michelle never left her husband’s side. She followed him from the hospital to a rehab facility in Ann Arbor, where he was registered under an alias to safeguard the family’s privacy. Those outside of the Harrison’s immediate circle remained unaware of his condition, prognosis, or even where he was situated while battling for his life.

On this Thanksgiving Day, Michelle Harrison narrates their story as she and Jerome speak for the first time and share their remarkable journey with THE NFL TODAY on CBS.

In addition, Detroit natives will perform the National Anthem and at halftime as Grammy Award-winning recording artist Kid Rock will perform live during the halftime of the Houston-Detroit game, and long-time member of “Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band” saxophonist Alto Reed will perform the National Anthem.

James Brown hosts THE NFL TODAY, along with analysts Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher, NFL TODAY Insider Jason La Canfora, as well as Lesley Visser reporting.

Eric Mann is senior producer and Bob Matina is director of THE NFL TODAY.

Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports, and serves as the Executive Producer for THE NFL ON CBS.  Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

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