FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES
Star RB’s Turner & Peterson Take Center Stage in NFC Clash This Sunday on FOX
Aikman Still Thinks Cowboys Won’t Make Playoffs
FedEx BCS National Champ Game Is First Major Live Sporting Event Presented in 3-D
NFL ON FOX WEEK 16: STAR RB’S COLLIDE IN MINNESOTA – With only eight remaining playoff spots and two weeks to go in the regular season, FOX Sports presents doubleheader action this Sunday, Dec. 21, with five exciting matchups. At 1:00 PM ET, Randy Moss and the New England Patriots look to keep pace with the Jets and Dolphins in the AFC East when they host Kurt Warner and the Cardinals. The 1:00 PM ET window also features Saints at Lions and 49ers at Rams. The second half of FOX Sports’ doubleheader kicks-off at 4:15 PM ET as Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver call an NFC East slugfest from Washington when Clinton Portis and the Redskins host Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and the Philadelphia Eagles. In Minneapolis, the Vikings head into Sunday’s clash against the Falcons with a chance of wrapping up the NFC North division. The Falcons are led into the Metrodome by the bruising running style of Michael Turner and look to steal the headlines from Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson.
Coverage begins 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. Jillian Reynolds provides the latest, most complete and accurate game day forecasts while critically acclaimed comedic impressionist Frank Caliendo makes his entertaining weekly picks. This week, Pam Oliver interviews Cowboys DE practice player, Marcus Dixon who is rebuilding his life after a troubled past and 15 months behind bars.
GAME BROADCASTERS COV. TIME
Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots Announcer Kenny Albert 83% 1:00PM
Analyst Daryl Johnston
On-Field Analyst Tony Siragusa
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams Announcer Sam Rosen 5% 1:00PM
Analyst Tim Ryan
Sideline Reporter Chris Myers
MARKETS INCLUDE: Sacramento, San Francisco
New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions Announcer Ron Pitts 4% 1:00PM
Analyst Tony Boselli
Sideline Reporter Charissa Thompson
MARKETS INCLUDE: New Orleans
Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings Announcer Dick Stockton 64% 4:15PM
Analyst Brian Baldinger
Analyst Brian Billick
Sideline Reporter Laura Okmin
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque*, Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greenville, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, San Diego, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins Announcer Joe Buck 22% 4:15PM
Analyst Troy Aikman
Sideline Reporter Pam Oliver
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque*, Austin, Baltimore, Buffalo, Dallas, Greensboro, Hartford, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Sacramento, San Antonio, Washington, West Palm Beach
*Depending on NFL blackout rules, Albuquerque will either receive Eagles @ Redskins or Falcons @ Vikings.
AIKMAN ASSESSES THE COWBOYS & THE EXCESSIVE MEDIA COVERAGE – NFL on FOX lead analyst Troy Aikman comments on whether or not the excessive media coverage the Cowboys bring on themselves hurts them on the field: “I think the excessive media coverage does hurt them on the field. This is where even going back to when I played for the Cowboys that Jerry Jones and I would disagree. Jerry has a different philosophy and a different thought process as far as what ultimately allows a team to have a success and what it takes to have success within a team and I’m very much old school in my approach. I look at teams that have had great success over the years and believe you have to have some talent but I think team chemistry is extremely important. I don’t know that Jerry Jones places a lot of importance on that.”
Aikman also discussed the current state of the Cowboys: “I think the Cowboys have some problems going on but I just don’t know to what level. Maybe winning a game like they were able to last Sunday night helps them. Maybe the win unites them and the episodes last week were a flushing of some ill will. They bounce back again this week on Saturday night against another good opponent that needs a win themselves in Baltimore. Before the game last Sunday against the Giants I was on record as saying ‘I don’t think the Cowboys make the playoffs,’ I’m still willing to stick with that but if they beat Baltimore there’s a chance that their last game against the Eagles may not mean anything.”
BCS NATIONAL CHAMP GAME IS FIRST LIVE SPORTING EVENT PRESENTED IN 3-D TO THE MASSES – Yesterday, FOX Sports along with Sony, Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp and 3ality Digital announced distribution details for FOX’s exclusive presentation of the FedEx BCS National Championship Game on January 8th in 3-D. The announcement marks the first time that a major live sporting event will be available to the public in 3-D. Jan. 8’s showdown between the Florida Gators and Oklahoma Sooners will be shot using 3ality Digital’s image-capture technology and transmitted live via Cinedigm’s CineLive™ satellite distribution network from Dolphin Stadium in Miami to over 80 theatres in 35 states across the country, including 6 in the states of Florida and Oklahoma. Ticket prices are expected to range between $18 and $22. To find the nearest participating theatre location and to purchase tickets online, log on to www.CinedigmEntertainment.com.
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