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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Ravens To Open 2013-14 Season On Road… In Denver?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peyton Manning might get a chance to avenge his loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the recent NFL playoffs, as the Ravens are forced to play their season opener, scheduled for Thursday, September 5, on the road due to the Orioles citing their inability to reschedule their home game with the White Sox that same night.

Peyton Manning might get a chance to avenge his loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the recent NFL playoffs, as the Ravens are forced to play their season opener, scheduled for Thursday, September 5, on the road due to the Orioles citing their inability to reschedule their home game with the White Sox that same night.

For the first time since the Super Bowl champion was anointed the host of a season kickoff game at home, the Baltimore Ravens will be unable to continue this tradition, as the baseball team in town, the Orioles – who haven’t won a World Series in three decades – has decided to be a killjoy.

In a statement, the O’s claim all teams and leagues involved have done “everything possible to work with us to explore all options to reschedule the September 5 game.

“Given the limited options available to reschedule the game at that late date in the season, the parties jointly determined that even an earlier start time would still create such enormous logistical difficulties that it would greatly diminish the fan experience for both events which all parties realized would not be in the interest of their fans or the City.”

September 5 is the first Thursday of the month, on which the NFL has designated it its season “kickoff” night. The only exception was last year, when the New York Giants/Dallas Cowboys tilt was rescheduled to the Wednesday of that week, due to President Obama’s keynote presentation on the final night of the four-night Democratic National Convention, which was the Thursday of that week. (For the record, the Yankees and Mets were both on the road that day, but given their home stadiums are located outside the Giants’ field in New Jersey, there probably wouldn’t be that much of a brouhaha.)

And by the way, the first Wednesday of September this year is Rosh Hashanah, and the league had expressed at league meetings in Arizona this week their desire not to reschedule a Ravens’ home opener to that night. The Orioles would be finishing a three-game series in Cleveland that night, before embarking on a four-game homestand against the White Sox.

“While we are disappointed for the fans in Baltimore, we appreciate the efforts of the Ravens, Orioles and Major League Baseball and understand the logistical problems in trying to schedule the teams on the same day,” said the Ravens in their own team statement. “The Ravens will open the season on the road on Thursday night, September 5, in our annual NFL Kickoff Game on NBC.”

Unconfirmed to this point is whose stadium they will be invading on opening night.

Just as I speculated on which team I thought the Ravens would be hosting on September 5 on the day after they won the Super Bowl, I am now going to predict which team will host the Super Bowl champions on that night.

I will admit that a lot of research and thinking went into that post, but upon taking a good look at the eight teams they’re scheduled to play on the road this season, this time around, I invested as much time in my prediction as you did in reading this sentence.

Broncos.

Yes, the Denver Broncos, who hosted the divisional round playoff game in which the Ravens vanquished them in overtime en route to their second Lombardi Trophy, is the odd team outside of the three rivals in their division, half of another division in the AFC (Bills, Dolphins) and half of an NFC division (Bears, Lions) that the Ravens will be facing away from M&T Bank Stadium.

Yes, despite his struggles in that game, Peyton Manning is still ratings gold. In fact, his Broncos debut opened the “Sunday Night Football” season last year.

And yes, there could be a new rivarly budding between Manning and Joe Flacco, he of the record contract he signed in the offseason. Manning vs. Tom Brady it isn’t, but NBC will take it.

Heck, NBC would gladly take a rematch of an overtime playoff game in which the eventual Super Bowl champions prevailed – a game that was played on CBS, by the way.

So is Ravens/Broncos on September 5 in the bag? Not right away. Remember, CBS, the NFL’s AFC broadcast partner, has owned-and-operated television stations in Denver (KCNC-TV) as well as Baltimore (WJZ-TV). I’ll remind you how CBS was as defensive against NBC swiping away a regular season NFL game between the New England Patriots (CBS also owns WBZ-TV in Boston) and the Tim Tebow-led Broncos, as the Orioles appear to be for the right to play a regular season baseball game as scheduled, at a point in the season where either the O’s or the White Sox may be well out of playoff contention by the time the first pitch in that game is thrown.

For the Orioles’ sake, I just hope there isn’t rain in the forecast on the evening of September 5.

But who knows? It might be raining touchdowns in Denver that night.

And the big winner would be NBC.

Stay tuned.

Baltimore Ravens Will Kick Off 2013-14 NFL Season On NBC Against… Pittsburgh Steelers? New England Patriots?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Baltimore Ravens will begin their defense of the Super Bowl championship with a Thursday night "kickoff" game on NBC, and it will likely be against the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers on September 5.

The Baltimore Ravens will begin their defense of the Super Bowl championship with a Thursday night “kickoff” game on NBC, and it will likely be against the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers on September 5.

There is but 213 days until the 2013-14 NFL season kicks off.

Not like we’re the only ones keeping track, or anything.

But with not even a single game scheduled (sans the two games taking place in London) for the upcoming NFL season – the entirely of which is slated to be released in mid-April (and that hasn’t stopped me in predicting which games will be played this upcoming Thanksgiving) – this much is true: Your Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will open the season with a “kickoff” game airing on Thursday, September 5, on NBC.

The question is, who will their opponent be?

In the seven years that NBC has aired the season kickoff game, only two of those games were divisional matchups: New York Giants/Washington Redskins in 2008, and the Giants’ Wednesday night loss to the Dallas Cowboys last year. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers have appeared in two of the three games that the AFC team winning the previous year’s big game have hosted the “kickoff” game in the ensuing year. Yet the Steelers, in their fifteen appearances on “Sunday Night Football,” have played the Ravens on “SNF” at least once during the last four seasons; the Ravens hosted the Steelers in 2009 and 2010; the Ravens would then win both subsequent “SNF” matchups against the Steelers at Heinz Field in 2011 and 2012.

So it’s very conceivable to think that the Ravens will host their division rival Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on NBC, when the 2013-14 season kicks off.

But let’s look at the rest of the opponents the Ravens will be facing at home for the remainder of the year. Right away, we can count out the other AFC North foes, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns. With AFC North teams scheduled to play interconference games against the NFC North division, the Ravens are due to host the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, both of whom made the playoffs this past season.

Then, there’s the rest of the slate of AFC teams that will be traveling to Baltimore next season: the New York Jets, the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans.

If the Jets were not undergoing their current image problems (read: had they made the playoffs), you could make an argument for them being the Ravens’ first opponent of the year, given Jets head coach Rex Ryan’s previous ties with the Ravens. In fact, both teams had opened up their respective 2010 campaigns on “Monday Night Football.”

But then you have the Patriots and the Texans, two teams that the Ravens had met in the playoffs in recent years: in the 2011-12 playoffs, they defeated the Texans, en route to a crucial missed field goal sealing a loss to the Patriots in Foxboro – a loss, of course, that the Ravens would avenge in the Patriots’ house just a few weeks ago.

On paper, a Patriots/Ravens game would immediately blow a Steelers/Ravens game out of the water as your season opener. And the fact that the Ravens and Patriots both faced each other in the playoffs over the past two years, combined with the Ravens just recently winning it all, would add to the storylines for such a game. People are already drawing conclusions as to whether or not Joe Flacco is a better quarterback than Tom Brady, and that discussion is sure to continue through the offseason – and a culmination on the Thursday night primetime stage would be something that the NFL would want.

But would CBS stand for it? Each year, the NFL’s broadcast partners file requests for “protected games.” And with CBS possessing an owned-and-operated broadcast affiliate in both Boston and Baltimore, to have a game that could be lucrative to the network as a juicy late-game broadcast taken away for airing on NBC, may not sit well with the Eye Network. (CBS also has an O&O in Pittsburgh, but the Ravens and Steelers play each other two times per year.)

You already know how influential Patriots owner Robert Kraft is, and how he wielded his power when the league had considered moving a Broncos/Patriots telecast from CBS to “Sunday Night Football” on NBC at the height of “Tebowmania” (yes, CBS also has an O&O in Denver).

To me, the strong favorite for the 2013-14 season opener would be Patriots/Ravens, as it should. But should CBS have a problem with that, then it’ll likely be Steelers/Ravens. I mean, it’s as if they’re destined to play another game on NBC this year by default, so you may as well upgrade it to a season kickoff game. And consider this: all four Steelers/Ravens games played on NBC over the last four seasons have been decided by a single field goal. The Ravens have won three of four, including the aforementioned road victories in Pittsburgh. NBC would be guaranteed a close game – which, in turn, equals great ratings.

And did I mention that the Patriots were actually flexed out of a few “Sunday Night Football” broadcasts?

It’ll probably be Big Ben Roethlisberger vs. “F—ing Awesome” Joe Flacco to kick off the 2013-14 season.

Or will it be Flacco vs. Tom Brady?

Which would you rather want as the 2013-14 season opener? Post your thoughts in the comments below.

Brian Billick Late Scratch For Falcons/Buccaneers On Fox

With Brian Billick sidelined due to a back ailment, Charles Davis will work today’s Falcons/Buccaneers game with Thom Brennaman.

Going into the holiday weekend, Fox had assigned the duo of Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick to work an NFC South showdown between the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a game that had since been blacked out in the Tampa area as a result of low ticket sales.

As it turns out, not only will this matchup lose viewers because of a blackout, but the analyst originally assigned to call the contest will not be able to do so because, well, his back’s out.

Hours before the start of the game, Charles Davis, another Fox analyst who occasionally appears on NFL Network, tweeted the following: “Get well wishes to @CoachBillick, for whom I humbly call [Atlanta/Tampa Bay] today while he cares for his back. Hurry back, Coach!”

Davis had worked alongside Brennaman in the past, mostly on the college football broadcasting circuit. So at least they’ll be somewhat familiar with each other as they depict the action of a game between two division rivals that could probably defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Jason Whitlock Rips "Right-Wing Idiots" After Rush Limbaugh Reads His Column

Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock appeared to be angry on Twitter when his article about a black quarterback “information bubble” was read by Rush Limbaugh on his radio show. “He doesn’t have football expertise,” Whitlock said of Limbaugh on radio today.

You may remember when Rush Limbaugh was part of ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” program for all of a month before leaving after his infamous comments regarding then-Philadelphia Eagles quarterback (and current free agent) Donovan McNabb.

You may recall he attempted to purchase a portion of the St. Louis Rams.

In other words, he’s a football fan, just like you and me.

Which is why it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear Limbaugh rap about the NFL on his nationally-syndicated radio show, even during a busy election season.

On this particular day, Limbaugh decided to comment on a recent Jason Whitlock piece in which he described what he calls the black quarterback “information bubble.” Meaning quarterbacks such as Robert Griffin III, who’s impressing in his rookie season thus far, and Cam Newton, who’s been anything but in his sophomore year, “can do no wrong, and any criticism of them is rooted in racism.”

“What? W-w-what?,” responded Limbaugh. “There’s a bubble of media types that protects black quarterbacks? … Hmm! Who knew?”

The fact that Limbaugh was divulging a Jason Whitlock column on the air was enough to grind the author’s gears. The first thing he did is tweet out a link to an ESPN.com “Page 2” column that he wrote following the dismissal of his former Worldwide Leader colleague.

Then, he tweeted this: “Limbaugh talks race daily. He’s earned [hundreds] of millions doing it. [You] never hear right-wing idiots complaining Rush talks [too] much race. #think”

He again wondered about the lack of complaints about Limbaugh “talking race too much” on his show as he shared a link to the transcript of the portion of Limbaugh’s show in which he was “using my Cam column to talk race.”

I take it Whitlock is not very honored to have his works being read on a popular radio program. I’m sure he would, as long as it wasn’t one hosted by Limbaugh.

“He’s saying here,” Limbaugh commented, “that there’s a group of people in the media that… don’t want criticism/truth said about black quarterbacks because it’s racist and it’s unfair, so there’s a protective bubble around them that might result in them being overrated and certainly not being able to learn to deal with adversity. Because when helpful critique doesn’t happen because the person fears being called a racist and therefore shuts up, then there’s no progress.”

Meanwhile, Whitlock appeared on Mike Missanelli’s radio show on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia (click here for audio), and Whitlock explained that the “bubble” he writes of does not parallel Limbaugh’s McNabb comments nine years ago.

“Rush Limbaugh talked about… the sports media is desirous of Donovan McNabb having all the success. As a fan, did I want to see Donovan McNabb have some success? Yes. As a journalist? I could care less… I don’t think the sports media was bending over backwards hoping for Donovan McNabb to have some success… I thought [Rush] really, really overreached, and that format that he’s on TV, trying to blurt that out there, isn’t the proper place… And just to be quite honest, Rush Limbaugh is not qualified to make these comments, and it’s not because he’s white, it’s because he is in no way, in my opinion, trying to be thoughtful on these issues, if you just look at his track record, and I don’t think he’s given it a whole lot of thought… He doesn’t have football expertise… I’m sure he watches the NFL somewhat, but for the most part, he follows politics around the clock. It just wasn’t his place, and so, I didn’t have a problem with what ESPN did to him, and he’s certainly no victim because, you know, he makes a boatload of money talking about these issues and race.”

Whitlock mentioned the fact that Limbaugh “read my column today on his show, and talked about it extensively, and agreed with it, and tried to subtly use it as, ‘Hey, look, I was trying to say this in 2003, but…'” Yet Limbaugh didn’t even utter McNabb’s name during the segment in which he read Whitlock’s column.

But Jason Whitlock did give credit where it’s due. “I’m not a fan of Rush Limbaugh, and his perspective, but the guy is a great radio broadcaster, and he’s an entertainer and all that, but I don’t really respect his perspective… I’m not gonna – he has the right to talk about my column.”

And he looks forward to the day that “right-wing idiots” complain about Limbaugh reading a Whitlock piece.

Will Jon Gruden "Volunteer" To Leave ESPN?

Mike Tirico shouldn’t be surprised if his “Monday Night Football” colleague Jon Gruden bolts the booth to be a head coach again. The latest rumor du jour: he’s the perfect fit for the Tennessee Volunteers.

It’s a given that Jon Gruden’s current profession of “Monday Night Football” analyst is a temporary job. Everybody knows that, no matter how comfortable or in the groove he may be in the “MNF” booth for four seasons, coaching is his true calling.

He was a beloved figure in Tampa Bay after winning a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers. Since his departure from the team, sellouts at Raymond James Stadium have been hard to come by.

And as long as he’s still biding his time alongside Mike Tirico for sixteen Mondays a year, his name will still be circulated when NFL teams are hiring. You may recall strong rumors suggesting Gruden would become the next coach of the St. Louis Rams (that job went to Jeff Fisher).

But could he entertain the thought of being the head coach of a college football team?

There’s a persuasive piece written by Nashville sports radio host Clay Travis that suggests why Gruden might become the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, should the team part ways with Derek Dooley, who is in his fourth season as Vols head coach.

Among the main factors of Gruden possibly coaching in Tennessee: His name recognition would put fannies in the seats, the current roster is not in a rebuilding phase, and, quoting Travis: “This guy would kill in recruiting.”

As Travis also points out, Gruden’s wife, Cindy, is from East Tennessee and is a University of Tennessee alumnus.

And if it doesn’t work out?

“He can always go back to television.”

Travis cites Gruden’s passion for “breaking down film” and “interacting with players” as part of his desire to resume his coaching career. “Gruden is just 49 years old,” Travis writes. “is he really going to be a television lifer like John Madden?”

Predictably, there’s been plenty of on-air recruiting of Jon Gruden on Travis’ radio station, WGFX/104.5 The Zone. Just today, Erin Andrews, in her weekly spot on the station, was asked what she thought of a possible Gruden hire at Tennessee. “He’s not going to leave ESPN,” she was quoted as saying. (Of course, Andrews herself left ESPN.)

If you want to enlighten yourself with Clay Travis’ 1500-word manifesto on why Jon Gruden should even fathom leaving the confines of Bristol for the fields of Rocky Top, click here.

Gerry Sandusky Laments Abridged "Career Path" Thanks To Jerry Sandusky

Baltimore sports broadcaster Gerry Sandusky admits, “I believe my career path will never expand the way I had hoped.” Since former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky (no relation) was indicted in 2011, Gerry has endured continuous humiliation, and even a flinching from Dick Ebersol.

When you’re the sports director of a television station for a quarter-century and doing radio play-by-play for an NFL franchise, life has to be good.

Unless, of course, you share both the first and last name with a convicted pedophile.

Such is the predicament that Gerry Sandusky found himself in once news broke about the Penn State scandal. Even though the first letter of his name is different than that of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach, it’s still the same pronunciation as that of Jerry Sandusky.

Seriously, go and Google “Gerry Sandusky” in quotes. Add a word such as “wife” or “wiki” to the search box, and you will get information pertaining to Jerry with a “J”. Gerry Sandusky is emphatic that he is Gerry with a “G”.

Just a few days removed from the monster Jerry Sandusky being sentenced to three to six decades in prison, virtually assuring he’ll eventually die there, the sports broadcasting professional, Gerry Sandusky, the radio voice of the Baltimore Ravens, was preparing for this weekend’s home game against the Dallas Cowboys.

A Dallas sports journalist asked Gerry Sandusky the inevitable question about his being confused with Jerry Sandusky. He recalled on a Sunday night last year, on the heels of Jerry Sandusky’s indictment, how he had introduced himself to Dick Ebersol, former NBC Sports chairman. And how Ebersol responded by flinching.

Realizing that no national broadcasting network, television or radio, could ever hire the namesake of an infamous felon for their coverage, Gerry Sandusky came to a catharsis.

“I believe my career path will never expand the way I had hoped.”

And if that comment is not facetious, then it’s a shame, since, at 51, Gerry Sandusky is in the prime of his career. If he was legitimately pursuing a broadcasting career outside of the Mid-Atlantic, only to have his dreams shattered thanks to a sick individual with a name strikingly similar to his, I would imagine it would be hard finding work, too. Gerry Sandusky should be fortunate that he’s got 25 years of experience under his belt, but in reality, it shouldn’t have to be that way – because someone should have blown the whistle on Jerry Sandusky a long time ago.

While Gerry Sandusky is beloved in Ravens country, it’s sad that he and his wife and kids have to be confined to Baltimore, Jack.

All because of the hated Jerry Samdusky.