BILL COWHER AND BOOMER ESIASON FOR WEEK 12 ON NOVEMBER 28
THE NFL ON CBS broadcasts its 5,000th game today in its 51-year history of covering the NFL. The historic game, Miami Dolphins-Oakland Raiders, is called by Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker. THE NFL ON CBS’s first regular-season game broadcast was on September 30, 1956 as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Washington Redskins, 30-13. Jim Gibbons and Arch McDonald provided the call for the Redskins audience, while Joe Tucker and Bob Prince called the game for the Steelers audience.
THE NFL TODAY’S Shannon Sharpe was announced today as a semi-finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010
► FACE OFF
(On whether the $25,000 fine of Oakland’s Richard Seymour for hitting Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger would have been bigger if he hit Tom Brady or Peyton Manning)
DAN MARINO: They’d have probably thrown him out of the league. Seriously, Richard Seymour has been a Super Bowl player. I think if he’d known that that was Roethlisberger behind him, he probably wouldn’t have done it. He thought it was a lineman. But at the same time, I’m sure the fine would be higher if it was Brady or Manning.
SHANNON SHARPE: I totally agree with you, Dan. They completely changed the rules when a guy did a legal hit and put Tom Brady out for the entire season. If you go up and hit this guy knowing, Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, they are the face of the National Football League, that’s going to cost you a quarter million, and you’re out of the League. You’re going to have to apply for reinstatement.
(On whether $50,000 fine each of Denver Broncos and Josh McDaniels for illegal videotaping was severe enough and is this it for McDaniels)
BILL COWHER: As far as the punishment, no, it’s not enough. The precedent was set when the New England Patriots were fined, Bill Belichick himself over $100,000, and draft picks should be taken away. I know they say he acted independently. I don’t agree with that because I think in every room, in every building, the dynamics, you always have to answer to a superior. I have a hard time believing this was done independently. It was not heavily fined enough. Draft picks should have been taken away.
BOOMER ESIASON: I agree with Coach, but you put that on the fact they’re 5-15 the last 20, the fact Josh McDaniels got rid of Cutler, Marshall, Sheffler and Hillis, also got blown out at home by the Oakland Raiders, and on top of that drafted Tim Tebow in the first round, you really have to question the decision making of one Josh McDaniels.
► “INSIDE THE GAME” WITH “NFL TODAY GENERAL MANAGER” CHARLEY CASSERLY
(On League fining Denver Broncos and Head Coach Josh McDaniels for videotaping a San Francisco 49ers’ walk-through before their game in London)
CASSERLY: I talked to the League and asked them to compare this to the Patriots. First of all, McDaniels was only fined $50,000 for these reasons: number one, they couldn’t find any evidence at this time that he authorized the videotaping or he looked at the videotape. Now, as to why they weren’t penalized any draft choices, the League said this, unlike the Patriots, who were penalized a first round pick, the Patriots gained a competitive advantage with the videotape they had. They didn’t feel the Broncos gained any competitive advantage with the videotape they had.
(On proposed 18-game schedule)
CASSERLY: In that proposal, there would be a bye on Labor Day, and the season would begin the week after Labor Day. I’ve learned there’s a group of Northern owners, cold weather owners, who want to start the season on Labor Day to have one less game in January. Their reason, it’s hard to sell tickets in January. There’s also going to be no shows with the people who already bought tickets.
► EXCERPTS FROM PITTSBURGH STEELERS FEATURE REMEMBERING UNITED FLIGHT 93
(Former Members of Pittsburgh Steelers and family members spearheading the building of a Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. remembering the heroes of hijacked United Flight 93)
ROCKY BLEIER: Sometimes we have a tendency to forget as time goes on what actually took place. Here was one in our own backyard.
CALVIN WILSON: None of them had a plan to be a hero that day. It was their spirit and their ability to not give in and not give up.
ART ROONEY II: We started to learn about what happened in Shanksville. Coach Cowher and I talked, and we decided to take our players and coaches and staff and went up there and participated in the prayer service.
FRANCO HARRIS: When Rocky calls, you do say yes and take the call because Rocky doesn’t take it lightly to ask. The way I feel about Rocky, I’m willing to be his teammate in just about anything, especially the building of this memorial.
BLEIER: Here is a place that puts in perspective everything that had taken place on 9/11. Not only here you think about the plane that crashed, but you think about the day, and you think about the images.
GORDON FELT: I want everyone, when they leave the park after visiting, to be able to ask themselves a question, could I have done that? If I were in their shoes, would I have been able to act as they did?
DAVID BEAMER: Ordinary people can do extraordinary things. They did. They fought back successfully, and they died. And all of their families and others miss each and every one of them terribly.
► REACTION TO PITTSBURGH STEELERS FEATURE
BILL COWHER: We all remember where we were on that specific day. And the Rooney family, it was very important. It was optional to go up to the memorial. We went up there. From Chris Henry to the heroes, the heroic efforts of the people of Flight 93, Thanksgiving is about not so much what people have accomplished, but it’s about the people they touched. Their spirits will live on forever. It galvanized the city what the people of Flight 93 did, and that whole area. You know, it was something we will always remember, and I was very much, very heavily touched.
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“THE NFL TODAY” FEATURED PITTSBURGH STEELERS’ COMMITMENT TO MEMORY OF UNITED FLIGHT 93
THE NFL TODAY featured a special story on Sunday, Nov. 28 (12:00 Noon, ET) on the Pittsburgh Steelers and their commitment to the memory of the people on board United Flight 93 who heroically made the ultimate sacrifice in fighting back against hijackers of their plane on September 11, 2001.
To see this very special feature, log on to www.CBSSports.com and the link:
On that September day, 40 ordinary people became heroes when they prevented their plane from reaching Washington, D.C. as United Flight 93 crashed in a grassy field in Shanksville, Pa. less than 100 miles from Pittsburgh. In the days following the crash, the Pittsburgh Steelers went to pay their respects and provide whatever comfort they could to the families of the passengers and crew, and the people of the community. Now, nine years later, 40 former Steelers led by four-time Super Bowl Champion and former Vietnam War veteran Rocky Bleier stand in unison with the families of the 40 heroes to honor the memory of those on board and to create a “Flight 93 National Memorial” in Shanksville. Deb Gelman is the producer.
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