FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES
College Football National Champion Crowned Thursday on FOX
NFC Divisional Playoff Doubleheader Weekend on FOX
Panthers & Cardinals Square-Off in Charlotte Saturday
Giants/Eagles Rubber Match at Meadowlands Sunday
Aikman & Strahan Weigh-In on Eagles/Giants Showdown
FEDEX BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: OKLAHOMA SOONERS VS. FLORIDA GATORS — All eyes turn to Dolphin Stadium in Miami on Thursday for the college football season’s main event. BCS on FOX’s lead broadcast team of Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis and Chris Myers call the action as the Oklahoma Sooners face off against the Florida Gators for the coveted crystal ball trophy in the FEDEX BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. Coverage begins at 7:30 PM ET with host Chris Rose, National Championship-winning coaches Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer and former Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George.
BCS NATIONAL CHAMP GAME OFFERED IN 3-D & THROUGH WEBCAST FOR FIRST TIME EVER – FOX Sports along with Sony, Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp and 3ality Digital present FOX’s exclusive broadcast of the FedEx BCS National Championship Game tomorrow night in 3-D. The broadcast, live from Dolphin Stadium in Miami, is available in over 80 theatres throughout 35 states across the country, including six in the states of Florida and Oklahoma. Tomorrow night’s presentation marks the first time that a major live sporting event will be available to the public in 3-D. To find the nearest participating theatre location and to purchase tickets online, log on to www.CinedigmEntertainment.com.
For those fans watching from home, the BCS, FOX Sports and FOXSports.com on MSN offer additional coverage this year’s FedEx BCS Championship Game through a live online webcast, allowing viewers to choose from six different camera angles. The webcast is free to all users and coincides with broadcast coverage of the game. Fans will be able to access the webcast by visiting FOXSports.com’s home page. Once the video player opens, viewers will be able to select from a number of different camera shots, including OKLAHOMA BAND, FLORIDA BAND, CABLE CAM, CART (isolated on each team’s QB) and FULL FIELD. Viewers also have the option to access a live stats feed during the game.
NFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS: REMATCH WEEKEND – FOX Sports continues its drive towards the NFC Championship Game on Saturday, Jan. 10 (8:00 PM ET) when Kurt Warner leads the high-flying Cardinals into Bank of America Stadium to take on the Panthers’ vaunted rushing duo of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Arizona looks to avenge a 27-23 loss to Carolina in week 8. Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa call the action from Charlotte.
On Sunday, Jan. 11 (1:00 PM ET), NFL on FOX’s playoff coverage shifts to the Meadowlands as Eli Manning and the Giants host Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and the red-hot Eagles in the third matchup between the NFC East rivals this season. Each team notched victories on each others home field in the regular season. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver & Chris Myers call this playoff match-up.
FOX NFL SUNDAY – NFC DIVISION PLAYOFF EDITIONS
Coverage begins on Saturday at 7:30 PM ET and Sunday at 12:00 PM ET with America’s most-watched pregame show, FOX NFL SUNDAY. Co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee join analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan to provide insightful opinions on the NFL. The NFL’s best insider, Jay Glazer, breaks the latest information from the FOXSports.com newsroom with updates on coaching and front office moves from around the league. Critically acclaimed comedic impressionist Frank Caliendo makes his entertaining playoff picks.
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2008
FOX NFL SPECIAL 7:30 PM ET
- Howie Long profiles the big-play wide receivers from the Cardinals-Panthers matchup: Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Smith.
GAME BROADCASTERS TIME
Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers Announcer Kenny Albert 8:00 PM ET
Analyst Daryl Johnston
On-Field Analyst Tony Siragusa
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2008
FOX NFL SPECIAL 12:00 PM ET
- Michael Strahan sits down with former teammates Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw to discuss how the three running backs have been the offensive anchor for the Giants this season.
- Reporter Pam Oliver talks to Eagles Pro Bowl safety Brian Dawkins to reflect on his career in Philadelphia.
GAME BROADCASTERS TIME
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants Announcer Joe Buck 1:00 PM ET
Analyst Troy Aikman
Sideline Reporter Pam Oliver
Sideline Reporter Chris Myers
STRAHAN: THE GIANTS ARE A DIFFERENT TEAM WITH PLAXICO BUT NOT NECESSARILY WORSE – The defending Super Bowl champions have had to deal with a few disruptions this season, namely the suspension of Plaxico Burress but as the Giants prepare for their first game of the playoffs, FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Michael Strahan says his former team has made the adjustment of not having their star receiver. “The Giants played well at the beginning of the season without Plaxico, so in the later games where they struggled, I think you can pinpoint their problem to the running backs than any void that Plaxico left. Brandon Jacobs’ absence is a void because he sets up Derrick Ward that sets up Ahmad Bradshaw. Those three guys really have been the key to what the Giants have done this year and will be the key moving forward in the playoffs.”
AIKMAN: NOT FAIR TO COMPARE 2008 EAGLES TO 2007 GIANTS – With the Eagles surging into their divisional matchup with the Giants, many have made claims that they may be on the same path as last year’s Giants. NFL on FOX lead analyst Troy Aikman isn’t so sure that is true. “The big difference is that last season’s Giants team was really struggling. When they got into the playoffs, I don’t think anybody thought that they would run the table and win the Super Bowl. The Eagles on the other hand, have won five of their last six games. I don’t think that anybody looked at Philadelphia and said this team has no chance of going to the Super Bowl. I just think that the expectations of the teams going into the playoffs were much different.”
STRAHAN: EAGLES FANS WON’T KNOW WHAT THEY HAD ‘TIL IT’S GONE – As the Eagles prepare to face the No. 1 seed and division rival Giants this weekend, FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Michael Strahan looked at how Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb has handled his tumultuous season on Philadelphia. “When you cannot accept criticism for what you do, I think that’s where you get into trouble and Donovan accepts his critism very well. There are some guys in the league who would have thrown a fit if they were benched but Donovan took it like a man. Right now, he’s having fun and doesn’t care what the fans and the media say. You see him on the sidelines and he really enjoys being there. I played against a lot of quarterbacks, when he’s done Eagles fans will realize what they had in him as a player and at that point, it’s too late.”
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