2013 NFL Schedule: The Primetime Games: Broncos, Falcons, 49ers, Giants, Patriots, Redskins Have Five Games Each

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins will play five games in primetime this season, starting with the 2013 opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 9 on ESPN.

Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins will play five games in primetime this season, starting with the 2013 opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 9 on ESPN.

Here is the list of all the primetime games scheduled for the 2013 NFL season.

Commentary to follow… Actually, I’ll get the back-patting out of the way early: I called the Ravens/Broncos opener on September 5, and I called the Washington Redskins getting five primetime games this season, up from just one last year.

And here are the games:

Thursday, September 5 – Baltimore Ravens @ Denver Broncos – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Sunday, September 8 – New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, September 9 – Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins – 7:10 PM ET – ESPN

Monday, September 9 –  Houston Texans @ San Diego Chargers – 10:20 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, September 12 – New York Jets @ New England Patriots – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, September 15 – San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, September 16 – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, September 19 – Kansas City Chiefs @ Philadelphia Eagles – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, September 22 – Chicago Bears @ Pittsburgh Steelers – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, September 23 – Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, September 26 – San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis Rams – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, September 29 – New England Patriots @ Atlanta Falcoms – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, September 30 – Miami Dolphins @ New Orleans Saints – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, October 3 – Buffalo Bills @ Cleveland Browns – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, October 6 – Houston Texans @ San Francisco 49ers – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, October 7 – New York Jets @ Atlanta Falcons – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, October 10 – New York Giants @ Chicago Bears – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, October 13 – Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, October 14 – Indianapolis Colts @ San Diego Chargers – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, October 17 – Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, October 20 – Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, October 21 – Minnesota Vikings @ New York Giants – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, October 24 – Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, October 27 – Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, October 28 – Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, October 31 – Cincinnati Bengals @ Miami Dolphins – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, November 3 – Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, November 4 – Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, November 7 – Washington Redskins @ Minnesota Vikings – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, November 10 – Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, November 11 – Miami Dolphins @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, November 14 –Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, November 17 – Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, November 18 – New England Patriots @ Carolina Panthers – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, November 21 – New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, November 24 – Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, November 25 – San Francisco 49ers @ Washington Redskins – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving) – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Sunday, December 1 – New York Giants @ Washington Redskins – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, December 2 – New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, December 5 – Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, December 8 – Atlanta Falcons @ Green Bay Packers – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, December 9 – Dallas Cowboys @ Chicago Bears – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, December 12 – San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, December 15 – Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, December 16 – Baltimore Ravens @ Detroit Lions – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Sunday, December 22 – New England Patriots @ Baltimore Ravens – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, December 23 – Atlanta Falcons @ San Francisco 49ers – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Sunday, December 29 – [Teams to be determined following Week 16] – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

TEAMS WITH FIVE PRIMETIME GAMES: Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins.

TEAMS WITH FOUR PRIMETIME GAMES: Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks.

TEAMS WITH THREE PRIMETIME GAMES: Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers.

TEAMS WITH TWO PRIMETIME GAMES: Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

TEAMS WITH ONE PRIMETIME GAME: Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans.

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OBSERVATIONS: So, let me get this straight: The Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl, yet the runner-up gets one more primetime game in the ensuing season than the World Champions? Explain that to me.

Also, explain to me how the NFL didn’t greenlight the Denver Broncos going to Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. This was a given when the AFC opponents for the Cowboys were released at the top of the year. Or so I thought. Now, it’s going to be a chance to pass out with tryptophan in between another Packers/Lions matinee and the Ravens hosting another Thanksgiving night game, this time against the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

I wonder if Peyton Manning not getting a Thanksgiving date with Tony Romo was a byproduct of the Broncos actually hosting the NFL kickoff game.

Predictably, the Eagles/Chiefs game with Andy Reid bringing a new squad into Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia is an NFL Network Thursday night affair.

Predictably, that’s the Chiefs’ lone primetime game. The Jaguars’ sole primetime tilt in 2013 is also on NFLN, as was the case last year. Ditto for the Browns and the Bills, who actually play each other on an NFLN game; the Bills and the Dolphins killed two birds with one Thursday night primetime stone last season.

Thr Dolphins improve from one primetime game last year to three this year. Same with the Vikings. The Colts go from one primetime game last season to four this season. And I’ve already told you about the Redskins’ maxing out at five games, up from one last year.

Further proof NBC loves the NFC East: The Cowboys and Giants open the “Sunday Night Football” 2013 campaign. The Cowboys will appear on “SNF” three times this year, as will the Giants. Two of the Redskins’ five night contests are on NBC; two of them will air on ESPN. Eagles? Nowhere to be found on NBC’s initial schedule. Of course, the latter half of the season allows flex scheduling, so if the Eagles are actually a good team, they’ll likely see more than just the two games (down from five last year() they’ve been scheduled this year. In other words: the Cowboys/Eagles game that was not flexed out late last season might be the last time in awhile you’ll hear Al Michaels working an Eagles game.

And for the first time in recent memory, there are no Saturday games scheduled. The Bay City Rollers will now have to find alternate ways to be preoccupied this year.

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Bob Costas: Too Hot For Fox? "Family Guy" Boston Marathon Episode Banned

 

 

 

 

 

 

An episode of "Family Guy" featuring an animated Bob Costas has been pulled by Fox in the wake of the Boston Marathon explosions.

An episode of “Family Guy” featuring an animated Bob Costas has been pulled by Fox in the wake of the Boston Marathon explosions.

Bob Costas linked with the Boston Marathon explosions? Sounds ludicrous – not to be confused with Ludacris – but it’s kinda true.

Just weeks before the tragedy that took place at the conclusion of this year’s Boston Marathon, Fox debuted an episode of “Family Guy”, titled “Turban Cowboy.” The plot involves Peter Griffin, the “family guy” of the show, befriending a Muslim, and later learning that he planned to blow up a bridge in the fictitious city of Quahog, Rhode Island, where the show is based.

Much like many episodes of “Family Guy,” the content in the first scene has little or nothing to do with the main plot: Peter and his buddies go skydiving, and after he engages his parachute, Peter says, “Holy crap, this is awesome! I haven’t felt a rush like this since I won that marathon!”

At that point, the scene cuts to what turns out to be footage of Peter driving his trademark station wagon through a parade of screaming runners. Then, Griffin is seated alongside Costas in a studio. “I’m Bob Costas, here with Boston Marathon winner Peter Griffin. Peter, how did you do it?”

“I’ll tell you, Bob, I just got in my car and drove it,” Peter replied. “And when there was a guy in my way, I killed him.”

Later in the episode, Peter used a cellphone given to him by his new Muslim acquaintance, and when he dialed it, a bomb went off.

Thanks to a video splicing together these two scenes – one that went viral, and even led show creator Seth MacFarlane to denounce the mashed-up video, just as much as he did the real terror at the Boston Marathon – Fox has announced that it would no longer be airing the episode on its network. No word if TBS and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, cable properties owned by Turner Broadcasting, will follow suit.

But fear not, you can still get your Bob Costas “Family Guy” fix: The NBC Sports and MLB Network personality made cameos in two previous episodes, “Patriot Games” and “Petergeist,” both of which originally aired in season four.

Meanwhile, I guess the real-life Bob Costas, who gained some notoriety with his infamous halftime preaching on “gun culture” on “Sunday Night Football” on the weekend in which Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend and then committed suicide, was a little too busy to comment on the actual Boston Marathon carnage on NBC News.

Is it possible for NBC to yank Mike Lupica?

Mariners Uproot Ownership Of Seattle RSN Root Sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Seattle Mariners have purchased a majority stake (amount unknown) in its broadcast partner, Root Sports Northwest.

The Seattle Mariners have purchased a majority stake (amount unknown) in its broadcast partner, Root Sports Northwest.

To paraphrase a line from the classic “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” Root, Root, Root is now a tax write-off for the home team.

The Seattle Mariners have re-upped their current decade-long $450 million deal to air games on the regional sports network Root Sports Northwest, in a big way: they’re taking over the network next to outright.

The Mariners have acquired a majority stake in the Seattle-based RSN from DirecTV Sports Networks, which maintains ownership of three other regional sports networks with the Root name serving Pittsburgh, Denver and Utah; DirecTV purchased these networks in 2008 from Fox Sports, which continues to operate a host of FSN-branded regionals across the country (naturally, this foursome was known as “FSN” as well).

The new deal shatters the existing one, with the Mariners now doling out $2 billion over the next seventeen years, guaranteeing the team’s presence on Root Sports Network not only for the remainder of the current decade, but all of the next one.

The Mariners become the fourth team in the AL West division to have a large stake in its broadcast partner: both the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles (Anaheim) Angels have a deal with Fox Sports, while the Houston Astros – in its first season as an occupant in the AL West – are partners with Time Warner Cable; the lone team in this division without such a setup is the Oakland A’s.

Could we see the remainder of DirecTV’s Root networks being farmed out to one of the teams on their air? Could we see the Colorado Rockies get high with Root Sports Rocky Mountain? Might the Utah Jazz (whose games are occasionally seen on Root Sports Northwest, incidentally) make some music with Root Sports Utah?

Before you know it, in this age of high sports business dollars, we could see a major sports franchise sowing oats with a regional sports network in virtually every market.

That would buy a lot of peanuts and Cracker Jacks.

Mike Lupica On NBC News During Boston Marathon Tragedy: A Tragic Decision?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incensed viewers took to Twitter to complain about NBC News using the insight of New York-based sports writer Mike Lupica during their coverage of the Boston Marathon explosion.

Incensed viewers took to Twitter to complain about NBC News using the insight of New York-based sports writer Mike Lupica during their coverage of the Boston Marathon explosion.

There’s really no way – nor is there ever an intent – to make light of the events that unfolded at the end of the Boston Marathon.

Two explosions went off near the finish line, right before 3 PM local time. Many are injured, with a few casualties, including an 8-year-old child.

Naturally, news organizations, locally as well as nationally, are reaching out to anyone for comment on this horrific tragedy.

Apparently, NBC News decided to reach out, not once, but twice, to New York Daily News sports columnist and ESPN Radio 98.7/New York host Mike Lupica.

And for some reason, viewers do not think it makes sense.

For what it’s worth, he did have a gripping viewpoint: “To see people running away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon is one of the most chilling things I’ve ever seen.”

But was Lupica, whose radio show airs from 12 Noon to 1 PM weekdays, actually at the marathon? That is likely at the center of people’s reactions on Twitter as to why NBC News would bring on a New York-based sports columnist and author on the air.

Here’s the first wave of tweets at around 4:40 PM ET:

And the next round of react when Lupica reappears on NBC News after 7 PM ET:

Report: Mike Rice Coaching 7th Grade Girls Basketball?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Was former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice back in action with a seventh-grade girls high school basketball team?

Was former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice back in action with a seventh-grade girls high school basketball team?

“One of my moles is watching Mike Rice coach 12 year old girls at Holmdel High in NJ right now,” tweeted basketball writer Brian Geltzeiler on Sunday. “As crazy as ever, yelling [at] both refs and kids.

“Just this afternoon, Rice told a 12 year old girl, ‘I can’t even look at you’, and the ref told my guy he would have T’d him up twice if it was high school.”

Hold on a second – wasn’t April Fool’s Day just a couple of weeks ago?

“I’m not joking. Mike Rice is actually coaching a 7th grade girls AAU team today and he’s still acting like a mad man.

“It’s insane that Mike Rice is coaching a 7th grade girls AAU team out of Neptune NJ 2 weeks after those tapes went public.”

Rice, of course, was the men’s basketball coach at Rutgers University until ESPN showed a tape of him abusing players, verbally and physically; he was dismissed within 24 hours of that film being broadcast.

As for Holmdel High School, it’s the home of the Lady Hornets girls basketball team, whose season ended earlier this spring. But what Geltzeiler actually speaks of is a seventh-grade Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team that was apparently in action at Holdmel High on Sunday. “Was texting with a friend while he was watching it happen,” he tweeted. “His daughter was on the other team.”

The only available schedule for the 7th grade AAU squad was from last year, but as it turns out, a legitimate game was in progress. While searching through public posts on Facebook, I came across one from what appears to be a mother of one of the girls “at an AAU tournament,” and – well, here, read it and weep:

More: “Was just told that Rice has had this AAU 7th grade girls gig while he was coaching Rutgers. Has been the coach all season,” tweets Geltzeiler.

Further details on this as they become available. In the meantime, here are all of Brian Geltzeiler’s tweets in question from Sunday re: Mike Rice:

98.5 The Sports Hub Has A Good Laugh At WEEI's Expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Red Sox radio announcer Jerry Trupiano, now a weekend host on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, had something to say about the outgoing Jon Rish from rival WEEI.

Former Red Sox radio announcer Jerry Trupiano, now a weekend host on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, had something to say about the outgoing Jon Rish from rival WEEI.

The aura at WEEI in Boston must be toxic. It was enough to lead one of their weekenders, Pete Sheppard, to say “take this job and shove it” on the air yesterday.

Of course, a more impactful transaction of late was the resignation of Jon Rish, the pregame and postgame announcer for the Red Sox Radio Network, of which WEEI is the flagship. Rish was so incensed about continuing to work for Entercom, after being faced with a pay cut of nearly a third of his salary, that he decided to leave the radio business for good.

This was not the first time there has been turmoil in the Red Sox radio booth. At the conclusion of the 2006 season, there were inklings that play-by-play announcer Jerry Trupiano would not be retained by the team; it was around that time that current Sox PBP man Dave O’Brien was brought on board.

Since then, Trupiano was not able to latch on to a new major league franchise for announcing work, though his son recently lobbied for him to be the new radio voice of the Houston Astros (Trupiano had worked games for most of Houston’s teams during the 1970’s and 1980’s).

In the interim, he was given the chance to return to the Boston airwaves via a new weekend show on WBZ-FM/”98.5 The Sports Hub,” upon its launch in 2009, a show he still co-hosts with Rob Poole, a.k.a. “Hardy.”

So on the heels of Rish’s impending departure on the Red Sox Radio Network, Ryan Johnston and Mike Flynn, whose show precedes Hardy and Trupiano on Sundays, couldn’t help but take a veiled shot at their competitor during the crossover.

Pete Sheppard Gets The Flock Outta WEEI

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pete Sheppard quit his job at WEEI/Boston live on the air on Saturday night. He follows Jon Rish, who is also leaving the station after a disagreement with management at Entercom, WEEI's parent company.

Pete Sheppard quit his job at WEEI/Boston live on the air on Saturday night. He follows Jon Rish, who is also leaving the station after a disagreement with management at Entercom, WEEI’s parent company.

What was once the mighty sports radio monopoly in Boston is now a sinking ship.

Even as the radio home of the Boston Red Sox, WEEI is now a shadow of its former self – and it’s not just because they’re now heard on 93.7 FM after spending many years on the AM dial.

It’s about the money – or the station’s sinking fortunes, as CBS Radio’s WBZ-FM/”98.5 The Sports Hub” has emerged as the premier sports radio outlet in Beantown.

And as a result, one of the premier sports radio voices in Boston, Glenn Ordway, was fired.

Just yesterday, Media Rantz brought you the news about Jon Rish, the Red Sox Radio Network announcer who, rather than take a sizable pay cut, opted to give his two weeks notice and concentrate on a brand new career as a software developer.

Now, even the weekenders are turning on the station.

On Saturday night, with about forty minutes left in his show, Pete Sheppard posted this Tweet:

When all was said and done, Sheppard said his peace, and now… he’s done. Yep, he quit right on the air. It broke his heart to see WEEI fall apart at the seams since last year, and he believed management at WEEI’s parent company, Entercom, is entirely to blame. “I can’t stand working for this company anymore,” he was quoted as saying.

Sheppard actually was the “Sports Flash” anchor for the aforementioned Ordway on the afternoon “Big Show” until he was fired in 2010. Once again, it’s about the money.

This time? “I’m going out on my own terms this time,” he was quoted as saying on his final WEEI broadcast. But he vowed to return to Boston sports radio very soon:

I should mention that Sheppard’s on-air resignation comes 24 hours after the President of Entercom visited the station and engaged in a “town hall-style meeting” with WEEI brass in the wake of their transactions this year.

I guess Sheppard isn’t giving him a very high approval rating.

Meanwhile, no audio of Pete Sheppard quitting on the air is available yet, so in the interim, listen to perhaps the best example of a radio host quitting on the air: