Strahan: I’m Surprised Tiki Wasn’t Picked Up
Pennington: Panthers’ Success Not Completely on Cam Newton’s Shoulders
College Football on FX Features Classic Matchup: Nevada @ Oregon
Saturday @ 3:30 PM ET
NFL ON FOX KICKS OFF 18th SEASON WITH WEEK 1 DOUBLEHEADER ACTION – The NFL on FOX’s journey to the NFC Championship game begins Sunday, Sept. 11 with doubleheader coverage of seven games. The action starts at 1:00 PM ET at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis as Michael Vick and the highly-touted Eagles take on Sam Bradford and the Rams. Following the infamous playoff exit, the spotlight will be on Jay Cutler as his Bears host Matt Ryan and the Falcons. A pair of up-and-coming teams meet as the Bucs welcome the Lions to Tampa. The second half of FOX Sports’ doubleheader takes us to New York, as Eli Manning and the Giants host the Redskins. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver call the action between the NFC East rivals from MetLife Stadium. Out west, the Chargers host Donovan McNabb and the new-look Vikings. Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers invite the Seahawks to battle and Cam Newton makes his highly anticipated NFL debut against Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals.
Coverage begins at 12:00 PM ET with the 2011 premiere of America’s No. 1 pregame show, FOX NFL SUNDAY. Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee co-host the Emmy Award-winning program and are joined by analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson. NFL Insider Jay Glazer is back for another season to break the latest league news and scoops from the FOX NFL SUNDAY studio while comedic prognosticator Frank Caliendo contributes his weekly “Frank’s Picks” segment. NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira returns to discuss the rule changes for the 2011 season.
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STRAHAN SURPRISED NO ONE PICKED UP TIKI – Earlier today, FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Michael Strahan reacted to former teammate Tiki Barber’s unsuccessful attempt at a comeback in the NFL. “I was surprised by it. I really was because I feel like Tiki has a few more years in him. Even when he retired, he could still play. He always took care of himself. I felt like somebody would give him a plane ticket and say ‘come in’ and give him a shot. I don’t feel like football was the reason that no one brought him in because that’s the easy part for him. I think it was the reputation thing that scared some teams away,” said Strahan who appeared on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” morning show.
CHAD PENNINGTON: CAM NEWTON NEEDS TO ALLOW PLAYMAKERS TO MAKE PLAYS –Analyst Chad Pennington makes his NFL on FOX debut Sunday for the Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals game at 4:15 PM ET on FOX. He says the Carolina Panthers need to take advantage of all of their playmakers to be successful. “Cam Newton needs to rely on his talent and his coaches and enjoy the moment of being a starting rookie quarterback,” said Pennington. “When I watch Cam play, he’s pretty sound fundamentally. It’s just a matter of getting comfortable and making sure he allows his playmakers around him to make plays. He’s got some offensive weapons there with both of his tight ends and wide receiver Steve Smith and running back DeAngelo Williams, so it’s not all on his shoulders.”
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Philadelphia Eagles at St. Louis Rams Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick 46% 1:00PM
& Laura Okmin
Edward Jones Dome – St. Louis, MO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Buffalo, Dallas, Hartford, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Richmond, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tulsa, Washington
West Palm Beach
Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears
Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Greensboro, Greenville, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando
Phoenix, Providence, Raleigh, Salt Lake City
Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Bucs
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Detroit, Fort Myers
New York Giants at Washington Redskins Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
FedEx Field – Landover, MD
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Fort Myers, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Richmond, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Minnesota Vikings at San Diego Chargers Ron Pitts & Jim Mora
QUALCOMM Stadium – San Diego, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, Tulsa
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers Dick Stockton & John Lynch
Candlestick Park – San Francisco, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle
Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals Sam Rosen & Chad Pennington 8% 4:15PM
University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ
MARKETS INCLUDE: Birmingham, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Phoenix, Raleigh
DIVISION MATCHUPS HIGHLIGHT FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK – The final month push for a playoff spot is on as FOX Sports presents three exciting matchups on Saturday, Sept. 10 (4:00 PM ET). The Tigers have taken control of the NL Central and they host the Twins in this divisional matchup. In Arlington, Josh Hamilton and the Rangers lead the AL West and they welcome the A’s to Texas. Also, Another AL Central matchup takes places in Chicago as the White Sox host Carlos Santana and the Indians.
The MLB on FOX pregame show originates live from the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, TX with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins Glen Kuiper and Tom Grieve as a field reporter.
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. TBA
Oakland A’s at Texas Rangers
Rangers Ballpark – Arlington, TX
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tulsa
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. Alexi Ogando, RHP (12-7, 3.66 ERA)
Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox Josh Lewin & Eric Karros
U.S. Cellular Field – Chicago, IL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, Louisville, Milwaukee
Pittsburgh, St. Louis
Probable Pitchers: Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP (8-11, 4.66 ERA) vs. Philip Humber, RHP (9-8, 3.45 ERA)
DAVIS ON NOTRE DAME – TEAM WANTED REES: Following their upset loss to South Florida Saturday, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly made the announcement that Tommy Rees will be the starting QB this weekend against Michigan. FOX College Football lead analyst Charles Davis talks about the decision to go with Rees and Kelly’s demeanor on the sidelines. “You had to go to Rees,” said Davis. “I almost felt like the team wanted Rees the whole game but Brian Kelly missed the signal and went with the more talented guy, instead of the guy the team responds to best. It’s similar to that of Brad Johnson/Casey Weldon at Florida State in the early 90’s – Johnson was the pro, but the team played better for Weldon. As for Kelly’s blow up on the sidelines, I have no problem with it at all but Notre Dame might. Nebraska’s Bo Pelini was called by his school chancellor after something similar. Notre Dame will be keeping a close eye on how he handles himself from here out.”
FOX SPORTS MEDIA GROUP WEEKEND COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
|Play by play||Analyst||Sideline|
|Saturday, Sept. 10||12:00 PM||Iowa at Iowa State||
|Joel Meyers||Joel Klatt||Jim Knox|
|Saturday, Sept. 10||12:00 PM||Central St. at North Carolina Central||
FOX Sports Ohio/FCS Central
|Rich Waltz||Keith Jones||Jenn Hildreth|
|Saturday, Sept. 10||3:30 PM||Virginia Tech at East Carolina||
|Ron Thulin||JC Pearson||Jim Knox|
|Saturday, Sept. 10||3:30 PM||Nevada at Oregon||
|Gus Johnson||Charles Davis||Tim Brewster|
|Saturday, Sept. 10||3:30 PM||NC State at Wake Forest||
FOX Sports South
|Rich Waltz||Keith Jones||Jenn Hildreth|
BIG TEN’S GREATEST GAMES GETS FANS READY FOR MICHIGAN VS. NOTRE DAME – In advance of this weekend’s Michigan-Notre Dame tilt, BTN televises a classic Michigan victory from the series with Notre Dame on Friday, Sept. 9 (8:00 PM ET). In this 1999 matchup between the Wolverines and the Fighting Irish, Tom Brady leads No. 7 Michigan to a 26-22 victory against No. 16 Notre Dame. Anthony Thomas’ 1-yard touchdown plunge with 1:38 to go was the final tally in a game that saw six lead changes and a wild fourth quarter. Thomas rushed for 138 yards and two scores in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 111,523.
FUEL TV AIRS DRAMATIC MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWN – This year’s 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship will be decided in dramatic fashion at the final race of the season, taking place at the Traxxis Pala National in Pala, CA. Ryan Villopoto, (Poulsbo, WA), has won the last three races and is the current points leader, while 2010 Champ Ryan Dungey (Belle Plaine, MN) is only 14 points behind. FUEL TV airs all the action from the Traxxis Pala National Saturday, Sept. 10 (4:00 PM ET) where the championship will be decided.
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