Here I was bracing for an inbox inundated by frustrated Giants fans when lo and behold this news arrived Friday from Cablevision (which owns Newsday, by the way):
Starting Sunday the company is providing its metropolitan-area customers a free preview of the NFL Network on Channel 11. Hey, can’t argue with free previews. But the keys here are the timing and channel location.
It just so... » more
"60 Minutes" has greatly increased its sports-related subjects in recent years - often conveniently scheduling them on weekends when CBS has a late afternoon NFL doubleheader game.
Now this: CBS-owned Showtime announced Thursday it will offer entire sports-themed editions of the program monthly beginning in November on the premium cable outlet.
To say Showtime was excited would... » more
As a New York-area sportswriter, it is my sacred duty to ask every former NFL quarterback I encounter about how the Jets are handling that position these days.
So . . . you're up, Fox analyst Troy Aikman:
"It works as long as Mark Sanchez continues to play well," he said. "It's a unique situation. I don't know Mark Sanchez, but I think he sure has handled everything very... » more
Troy Aikman was on the phone, but you could almost hear the wince when I reminded him he now has been a television analyst as long as he was an NFL quarterback.
This is his 12th year at Fox, after 12 with the Cowboys.
"Another reminder we’re getting old; you just say, 'Geez!'" he said. "I do kind of find myself scratching my head and wondering where the time has gone.''
At... » more
As far as Fox's Joe Buck recalls, he never has called baseball and football games on consecutive days in the regular season.
That will change this weekend, with an additional wrinkle: Both games will feature Tampa Bay at New York, first Rays-Yankees Saturday, then Buccaneers-Giants Sunday.
“This is kind of a unique circumstance,’’ he said. “I am excited. I can’t wait . . . It’s... » more
Assuming y’all still are interested in the Jets’ backup quarterback, the NFL Network has a new episode of its series, “A Football Life,’’ premiering at 8 p.m. Wednesday about you-know-who.
The show, “The Faces of Tebow,’’ comes at its subject from an unusual angle, speaking to five former quarterbacks who are said to illustrate elements of Tim Tebow.
Joe Namath talks about fame, Roger... » more
This is the seventh season of live, prime-time games on the NFL Network, but it will be unlike any before.
For one thing, the network finally is available on Cablevision, which owns Newsday, a development senior vice president Mark Quenzel Monday called “a big, big score for us.’’
For another, instead of eight late-season games, the schedule has expanded to 13 beginning this Thursday... » more
Charley Steiner was on a conference call Thursday morning to promote ESPN's upcoming 50,000th episode of "SportsCenter" when he got to reminiscing about his roles in two of the show's most famous commercials:
One that ended with him uttering the infamous line, "Follow me to freedom!" and another in which he was traded from SportsCenter to "Melrose Place" in exchange... » more
I try to schedule vacations for late August to avoid the NFL preseason, which mostly works well, thank you. The downside is I end up having to catch up on the flurry of big football TV news ahead of Week 1.
Let’s do so together, shall we?
Fox will unveil a new designated pregame show “comedic prognosticator’’ when Rob Riggle – formerly of “21 Jump Street’’ and “The Daily Show” and currently... » more
Joe Namath, whose appearances on ESPN Radio have made their share of news, henceforth will have more time to stir up the Jets and their fans.
Starting Monday, Broadway Joe is getting extended to one hour every Monday on “The Michael Kay Show.’’
Won’t that mean having to talk about more than just the Jets? “Yes,’’ Namath said. “We are going to talk about the rest of the league to some... » more