, August 4, 2004

Fox Sports Net Notes & Quotes

Red Sox Fan Biking Across America For Jimmy Fund Profiled on Fox Sports Net Across America

Former Red Sox Pitcher “Oil Can” Boyd to Appear on
BDSSP on Friday

FOX SPORTS NET ACROSS AMERICA

FSN’s sports magazine show, comprised of great local stories that also have national appeal and produced by FSN’s regional sports networks, continues on Saturday with an all-new episode. The 30-minute show highlights players, coaches, events and the biggest news from the world of sports. Carolyn Hughes hosts the show and each week noted Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander offers commentary on the most pressing issues in the sports world in a segment titled: “An audible?from Rick Telander.” FSNAA airs on Saturday nights at 10:30 p.m. (1:30 a.m. repeat).

Charlie Hamilton of Provincetown is a Boston Red Sox fan who has always wanted to do two things, visit all the Major League Baseball ballparks and go on a cross country bike ride. Well, Hamilton is living out both his wishes as he rides to every major league ballpark this summer. And he is doing it for a worthy cause, raising money for cancer research, hoping to net $125,000 for the Jimmy Fund. Hamilton’s ride began in Atlanta in April and he will arrive in Boston in September. Hamilton is riding in the name of 15-year old cancer victim Erik Donovan and in conjunction with the Pan-Mass Challenge. TAPES OF THE FSN ACROSS AMERICA feature are available.

FSNAA’s Carolyn Hughes reports. With NFL training camps in full swing, FSN NFL Insider Jay Glazer sits down with three NFL head coaches — Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis, Carolina’s John Fox and new Buffalo coach Mike Mularkey — to discuss the hot button issues in the league including players forcing their way onto teams, the coaching turnover in the league and the problem of player salaries becoming public knowledge.

Cardinals’ third baseman Scott Rolen may not only be the best player in the game right now, he may be its most valuable. Among the league leaders in several hitting categories, many consider him the best fielding third baseman since Brooks Robinson. And Rolen does it all with his humble, working-class approach. FSN Midwest’s Dan McLaughlin reports.

In “An audible?from Rick Telander“, Telander discusses the start of the Olympic Games later this week, wondering whether all the hoops cities have to jump through to get to the Olympics are really worth it.

BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD

A cult favorite that has become a mainstream sports television staple, BDSSP features host Chris Rose, actor/comedian Tom Arnold as the voice-of-the-fan, ex-NBA standout John Salley and former NFL All-Pro Bryan Cox. The 90-minute nightly telecast airs at 8:30 PM and repeats at 11:00 PM local time on FSN New England.

Thurs., Aug. 5:

Actors John Cho & Kal Penn, MLB on FOX’s Kevin Kennedy, Best Damn correspondent Lauren Sanchez, poker player Phil Laak, ex-NFL All-Pro Christian Okoye

Fri., Aug. 6:

The Sports List host Summer Sanders, former baseball player Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd

JB AWARDS & REEBOK NFL PLAYERS ROOKIE PREMIERE

This Sun. Aug 7, FSN presents two television specials to kickoff the NFL pre-season: The REEBOK NFL PLAYERS ROOKIE PREMIERE airing at 2PM local and the one-hour presentation of the JB AWARDS, airing at 3PM local.

The REEBOK NFL PLAYERS ROOKIE PREMIERE features highlights of the NFL’s top draft picks including Eli Manning, Robert Gallery, Larry Fitzgerald, Philip Rivers and Kellen Winslow, Jr. as they participate in the NFL Player’s Rookie Premiere Weekend. The event, which took place in Los Angeles on May 21-23, is hosted by BDSSP host Chris Rose and gives fans a first look at the personalities of the league’s bright new stars before they step onto the playing field.

Also airing on FSN are the JB Awards, co-emceed by FOX’s James Brown and Pam Oliver. This one-hour special features highlights from the NFL Players Gridiron Gala weekend, where ten NFL players including Eagles QB Donovan McNabb, Cardinals RB Emmitt Smith, Titans TE Erron Kinney and Bucs LB Derrick Brooks, were recognized for their excellence off the field.

THE SPORTS LIST

This week, Fox Sports Net continues its newest daily program, THE SPORTS LIST, featuring the dynamic and energetic Summer Sanders. A two-time Olympic gold medalist and one of swimming’s most decorated athletes, Sanders serves as the host of this new 30-minute program, counting down the top ten positions on a variety of sports-related categories in an entertaining, informative and interactive way. THE SPORTS LIST airs weeknights at 5:00 PM local with repeats at 8:00 PM and 1:00 AM local.

Upcoming episodes of THE SPORTS LIST include:

Wed., Aug. 4:

Greatest Streaks

Thurs., Aug. 5:

Best Athletes with No Rings

Fri., Aug. 6:

Greatest Individual Performance

Mon., Aug. 9:

Greatest Shortstops

Tues., Aug. 10:

Moments that Transcend Sports
I, MAX

FSN’s hottest daily talk show, I, MAX, continues with the brash and opinionated Max Kellerman, alongside co-hosts Bill Wolff and Michael Holley. The unique format of the show pairs Kellerman against the world, represented by Holley and a special guest each day. Kellerman takes on the news of the day with his analysis and then gives “the world” a chance to respond. Each topic is judged and is tallied throughout the show. I, MAX is the first FSN program to completely originate from New York City. The 30-minute telecast airs at 6:00 p.m. (12:30 a.m. repeat) on FSN New England.

Kellerman Quotes:

  • On Allen Iverson: “What is this country about? Rugged individualism. And who’s more of a rugged individual than Allen Iverson? He’s a great representative for this country in the Olympics.”
  • On the worst team in the NFL: “The worst team in the NFL? I give you your San Francisco 49ers. Here’s their formula: Fire a good coach plus hire a bad coach plus get rid of the best players equals the worst team in football.”
  • On America’s continuing fascination with Mike Tyson despite his recent troubles: “Part of America does think he’s the monster under the bed and another part remembers when he was a monster in the ring. And both parts who think of Tyson in those ways want to see him fight?He’s a heavyweight who brings it every time, he forces the action, he has deadly two-fisted punching power and he’s fun to watch.”

    World Quotes:

  • Don Zimmer (on if there is a chance for he and George Steinbrenner to reconcile): “No chance…Because of the way he did things and the things he did to me and tried to do to other coaches. Some of them are still there but I’m gone. He buys a lot of people back, but he’s not going to buy me back, I don’t care how much money he has.”
  • Michael Holley (on ARod’s suspension): “This is not New York, this is Boston. And in Boston, you can’t run your mouth and not get pushed in the face.”
  • Holley (on the best available weekend entertainment): “The Democratic National Convention is over which means the Kerry daughters are free.”

    BEYOND THE GLORY: CARL LEWIS

    Fox Sports Net’s one-hour documentary series, BEYOND THE GLORY, continues with an all-new episode featuring Olympic gold-medalist Carl Lewis. In this episode, BTG takes a look at how this short, small kid raised during the Civil Rights movement would push himself to become a nine-time Olympic gold medalist. BTG: CARL LEWIS airs Sun., Aug. 8 at 8:00 PM local.

    Those interviewed in addition to Carl Lewis include: sister Carol Lewis, mother Evelyn Lewis, brother William Lewis, Santa Monica Track Club’s Joe Douglas, University of Houston coach Tom Tellez, former Olympians Ben Johnson and Dwight Stones, agent Morris Chrobotek, former teammates Michael Marsh, LaMont Smith and Johnny Grey

    Upcoming new episodes of BTG include: Jim Brown (9/26), Greatest Games: 1998 World Series Game 1: A’s at Dodgers (10/3), Priest Holmes (10/17)

    NASCAR

    Fox Sports Net’s comprehensive NASCAR coverage continues as TOTALLY NASCAR and NASCAR THIS MORNING provide viewers with all the latest racing information.

    TOTALLY NASCAR is FSN’s half-hour weeknight show dedicated to the sport of NASCAR. Voda hosts with McReynolds and Jeff Hammond as in-studio analysts and Pragano as the onsite reporter. TOTALLY NASCAR airs each weeknight at 5:30 PM local time.

    This week on TOTALLY NASCAR:

    Thurs., Aug. 5:

    The TN crew takes a look back at the July races and winning drivers. Also, the panel will talk with driver Tony Stewart about driving in the Busch Series as TN’s Krista Voda goes skydiving.

    Fri., Aug. 6:

    Sean Pragano brings TN the news from the Indianapolis garage and also will be talking with drivers Jeff Gordon, Bill Elliott and Bobby Hamilton.

    This week on NASCAR THIS MORNING driver/analyst Kenny Wallace will attempt to make the field for Sunday’s running of the Brickyard 400 this weekend. NTM also features car owner Ray Evernham as Krista Voda “relief drives” for track reporter Winston Kelley.

    NTM is Fox Sports Net’s 90-minute, live, studio-based pre-racing program from Charlotte, taking viewers from Daytona all the way to the final race of the season. The show includes live reports from the track, analysis from our panel of in-studio experts and features on the biggest NASCAR stories of the week. John Roberts hosts alongside analysts Chad Little and Wallace and field reporter Kelley. NTM airs on Sundays at 11:00 AM ET.

    UPCOMING ON FSN

    Fox Sports Net continues to showcase a wide variety of sports programs.

  • Aug. 8: AFLAC ALL-AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL CLASSIC airs at 2:00 PM local — This Sunday, FSN telecasts the AFLAC ALL-AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL CLASSIC. The All-American teams feature the top high school baseball players in the country as determined by official selection partners, Baseball America and Perfect Game.

  • Aug. 22: Cal Ripken Jr. World Series airs on FSN at 4:00 PM local

  • Sept 18: FUEL’S 54321 WEEKLY UPDATE launches on FSN at 12:00 PM local.

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