FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES
NFL Preseason Football Thursday & Friday at 8:00 PM ET on FOX
Billick: Choosing Denver Puts the Pressure on Peyton
NFL ON FOX KICKS-OFF PRESEASON: BENGALS @ FALCONS & LIONS @ RAVENS – FOX Sports kicks-off its preparations for the 2012 season with two preseason clashes. On Thursday, August 16 (8:00 PM ET) the Cincinnati Bengals travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons. The broadcast team of game announcer Kenny Albert, analyst Daryl Johnston and on-field analyst Tony Siragusa call the game action. FOX moves its NFL preseason coverage to Baltimore on Friday, August 17 (8:00 PM ET) when the Ravens faceoff against the Detroit Lions. Play-by-play broadcaster Thom Brennaman, analyst Brian Billick and reporter Laura Okmin call the action on the field. FOX NFL SUNDAY co-host Curt Menefee welcomes fans LIVE from the Georgia Dome on Thursday and travels to Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium to do the same for the Ravens vs. Lions telecast on Friday. Additionally, Menefee handles halftime and postgame coverage for both games.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 16
Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta Falcons Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions
FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK RETURNS – Fresh of its two-week hiatus, MLB on FOX returns on Saturday, August 18 (3:30 PM ET) with two division-rivalry matchups. As the Red Sox endure another week filled with off-the-field drama, the team heads down to the Bronx to face Derek Jeter and the AL East-leading Yankees. Kenny Albert, Tim McCarver and Ken Rosenthal call the action from Yankee Stadium. Meanwhile in the NL Central, the Pirates and Cardinals find themselves chasing the Reds. Led by NL MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen, the Bucs look to take down Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran and the St. Louis Cardinals this Saturday on FOX.
Coverage begins with the FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL PREGAME SHOW, originating live from MLB Network’s state-of-the-art Studio 3 in Secaucus, NJ. The show is hosted by MLB Network studio host Matt Vasgersian, who is joined by analysts Harold Reynolds and Dan Plesac.
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Kenny Albert, Tim McCarver
Yankee Stadium – Bronx, NY
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. TBA
Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals Dick Stockton & Eric Karros
Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tulsa
Probable Pitchers: Erik Bedard, LHP (7-12, 4.56 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn, RHP (13-5, 3.65 ERA)
ROSENTHAL: CHAPMAN FOR CY YOUNG? “NOT SO FAST” – As the MLB season heads into its homestretch, chatter for season ending awards and honors begins. MLB on FOX insider and FOXSports.com senior MLB columnist Ken Rosenthal sees a theme emerging for the 2012 season: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman for National League Cy Young. Rosenthal isn’t sure that he agrees with some of his media brethren. “I don’t buy it. I’m not sure I will buy it even if Chapman averages 18 strikeouts per nine innings and holds NL opponents to a .100 batting average — achievements that, at the moment, are just slightly beyond his reach,” Rosenthal writes. “Don’t get me wrong — Chapman is great. His numbers are mind-boggling, historic. Calling him the best pitcher in the NL this season is not outrageous — provided, of course, you’re willing to apply that description to a reliever. I am, but only in the rarest of circumstances.”
To read why Rosenthal believes Chapman doesn’t fit one of these circumstances, click here:
BILLICK: CHOOSING DENVER PUTS THE PRESSURE ON PEYTON – NFL on FOX analyst Brian Billick joined FOX Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick Show this week to talk about the immense pressure on Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Billick believes the proven veteran Super Bowl-winning MVP has more pressure than this year’s No. 1 overall draft pick, Indianapolis Colts quarterback, Andrew Luck. “I say Manning because there’s a clock ticking. Andrew Luck is likely to have a long career and everyone recognizes how bad Indianapolis is right now…there’s going to be a certain amount of patience in Andrew Luck’s growth as there was with Peyton Manning when he first got started,” said Billick. “Manning chose Denver specifically for the assets they have and the organization expects results immediately. If not going to a championship then showing that indeed this is an organization that can support him in that fashion and maybe get to that championship within 2-3 years because I don’t see Peyton Manning going behind that.”
To listen to Brian Billick’s complete interview on Fox Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick show, click here: