Another Bowl Cancellation Announced

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The 2020-21 college football post season just got a bit shorter.

Officials with the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl announced Tuesday that the game will not take place this year. According to information provided to the media, the cancellation happened as a result of COVID-19 restrictions enacted in the Southern Methodist University (SMU) football program.

As a result of the game’s cancellation, SMU’s planned opponent, the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) will now play in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. The game is scheduled to take place at 3:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 26 on ABC. UTSA’s opponent for the game will be announced in the coming days.

Clint Overby, Vide President of ESPN Events, shared disappointment at the announcement, and offered consolation to audiences and fans in a prepared statement.

“While we are disappointed in having to cancel the game, our top priority is the health and safety of all parties involved,” said Overby. “We wish SMU, their student-athletes, coaches and administrators well during this time.”

Fans who bought tickets for the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl will receive full refunds automatically. Refunds could take as much as five business days to receive.

Tuesday’s announcement is the second this month involving cancellation of one of this season’s bowl schedule. The cancellation of the Las Vegas Bowl was announced early this month due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The game was scheduled to be the first college football bowl game to ever take place in the recently constructed Allegiant Stadium, which is the home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. It was set to feature a matchup of teams from the Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Las Vegas Bowl Executive Director John Saccenti was quoted at the time as saying he hoped the bowl would be able to be played next season.

“Unfortunately we will have to wait another year to present the Las Vegas Bowl in its new home,” said Saccenti. “This was a difficult decision but the right one considering that our game was founded nearly three decades ago to help drive tourism to the Entertainment Capital of the World during the month of December. We are looking forward to making our bowl week bigger and better than ever in 2021.”

Larry Scott, Pac-12 Commissioner shared Saccenti’s hopes for next year’s Las Vegas Bowl in his own comments.

“The Pac-12 is disappointed for our teams and fans that the Las Vegas Bowl has been forced to cancel this year’s game,” said Scott. “We look forward to next year’s game, which promises to be a fantastic national stage in one of the world’s best football stadiums, to showcase Pac-12 football.”

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey also expressed his disappointment at the announcement.

“We are disappointed the Las Vegas Bowl has been cancelled for the 2020 football season and will miss the opportunity for SEC student-athletes to experience an exciting new venue,” said Sankey. “We have no doubt the Las Vegas Bowl will be a great part of the future SEC bowl lineup and look forward to our partnership in the years ahead.”

The 2019 Las Vegas Bowl featured a matchup of the Washington Huskies and then No. 19 Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium. Washington won the game 38-7.

The Las Vegas Bowl and Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl are two of 17 total bowl games that are owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

The cancellation of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl is now the 12th so far this year for the college football post season. The other 11 bowls, including the Las Vegas Bowl, cancelled are listed below.

  1. Bahamas Bowl (C-USA vs. MAC)
  2. Celebration Bowl (MEAC vs. SWAC)
  3. Fenway Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  4. Hawaii Bowl (AAC vs. Mountain West)
  5. Holiday Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  6. Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12 vs. SEC)
  7. Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)
  8. Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
  9. Quick Lane Bowl (ACC, Big Ten, MAC)
  10. Redbox Bowl (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
  11. Sun Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)

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AFC Opponents Featured On This Week’s Edition Of ESPN’s ‘MNF’

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And then there were two…

That will be one of the headlines Tuesday after tonight’s edition of Monday Night Football on ESPN.  The Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens are both 2-0 and are two of only three undefeated teams left in the Conference.  After tonight’s game, that number will drop to two.

Coverage for tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET on NFL Live.  Live game coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.  The broadcast team of Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters, and John Parry will cover the game live from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.


Kansas City comes into tonight’s game on the heels of a 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 2.  Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was 27/47 in the game, and 302 yards and two touchdowns.  The Chargers did not go down without a fight, though, matching, almost matching, or even outdoing the Chiefs in almost every statistic.

San Diego had 479 total yards to Kansas City’s 414.  The Chargers also topped the Chiefs in passing yards, 296-289.  The teams were evenly matched in average yards per play at 6.1 (San Diego) – 5.9 (Kansas City) while San Diego well outperformed Kansas City on the ground, totaling 183 rushing yards to Kansas City’s 125.

San Diego even had noticeably more total possession time during the game (39:27) versus Kansas City (28:38).  Each team was at 46% in its 3rd down efficiency.  Kansas City racked up 11 penalties in the game while San Diego only incurred six.

The short and simple here is that while Kansas City won its week two matchup, the game was the team’s to lose.  Despite a strong performance, the Chargers came up just short.  The team’s woes continued Sunday as it fell 21-16 to the Carolina Panthers, who ended a 10-game losing streak with its victory.  Carolina improved to 1-2 with the win.


Baltimore comes into tonight’s game on the momentum of its Week Two victory over the Houston Texans, defeating Houston 33-16.  Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson went 18/24 for a total of 204 yards and one touchdown.

While Houston came up short in the game, it held its own against Baltimore in some of the game’s stats.  Case in point is a comparison of the teams’ average yards per play figure.  Houston gained an average of 5.3 yards per play while Baltimore gained an average of 6.3 yards per play.

Baltimore out did Houston in the ground game, going for a total of 230 yards against Houston’s 51.  By comparison, Houston racked up at total of 253 passing yards to Baltimore’s 177.

Baltimore still outdid Houston in total yards 407-304.

Each team was balanced in its 3rd down efficiency.  Baltimore was at 35% and Houston at 33%.  Houston incurred four penalties versus three against Baltimore.

Looking at the numbers, again, Week 2’s matchup between the Ravens and Texas was hard fought on both sides of the ball, too.


Tonight’s AFC inter-divisional matchup is certain to be a close game.  While Baltimore is playing host, both teams are 1-0 at home and on the road.  Each is also 2-0 in conference play.

The one category in which one team outshines the other is points.  Baltimore’s net points total is 49 while Kansas City has netted 17 points over two weeks.  Baltimore has scored 71 points and allowed 22 over just two games.  By comparison, Kansas City has scored 57 and allowed 40, a closer figure.

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ESPN To Mark Raiders New Home Debut With Megacast Monday Night

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The New Orleans Saints and Las Vegas Raiders will close out the second week of the 2020 NFL season live on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

The game is the Raiders’ first in its new home stadium, Allegiant Stadium, and ESPN will mark the occasion with an expanded simulcast of the game on ABC and ESPN Deportes.

Additionally, ESPN2 will feature free-flowing conversation with NFL stars, celebrity athletes and actors during the game.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. ET.

As an added bonus, veteran rock band The Killers will perform live at halftime from the rooftop of Caesar’s Palace.  The performance will also simulcast on all noted networks.

Monday night’s game is not only to mark the debut of the Raiders in their new home.  It is also part of ESPN’s ongoing 50th “birthday” of Monday Night Football.  The program first aired Sept. 21, 1970 with the ew York Jets and Cleveland Browns facing off on ABC.

Monday Night Football‘s 50th birthday is just one of the notable anniversaries that ESPN will mark Monday night.  The game’s broadcast will come four days after the 100th birthday of the National Football League.

The Raiders opened the 2020 season with a win in Week One against the Carolina Panthers 34-30.  The Saints also won their opening week game, claiming a 34-23 victory over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While both teams won in Week One, the Saints won by 11 while the Raiders’ victory was a four-point spread, placing the Raiders third in the AFC West and Saints atop the NFC South standings.

Monday Night Countdown will precede Monday night’s cross-conference matchup between the Saints and Raiders starting at 6 p.m. ET.

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ESPN’s NFL Studio Shows Getting New Digs

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ESPN;s NFL pre-game shows are moving in together.

Monday Night Countdown and Sunday NFL Countdown will now air from a climate-controlled rooftop studio in New York City.  The move is the result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Additionally, ESPN’s NBA Countdown will originate from the studio, which gives its hosts a clear view of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge, and Brooklyn Heights.

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown aired live from ESPN’s Bristol, CT studios in seasons past while Monday Night Countdown aired on site weekly from the site of each of ESPN’s featured weekly games.

The gang will be back together on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown‘s.  Tedy Bruschi, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Rex Ryan will return for the weekly broadcast.  host Sam Ponder will also return to host.  This year will mark her fourth year as the show’s anchor and her 10th year covering the NFL with ESPN.

Along with the studio talent, reporters Sal Paolantonio, Kimberley A. Martin, Dianna Russini, Ed Werder, Jeff Darlington, and Dan Graziano will all return for this season’s broadcasts.  They will be on site at various NFL stadiums throughout the season.  Paolantonio recently celebrated his 25th year with ESPN.

The reporters’ assignments for Week 1 of the 2020 season are noted below.

  • Paolantonio – Philadelphia at Washington
  • Graziano – Miami at New England
  • Russini – Green Bay at Minnesota
  • Martin – Cleveland at Baltimore
  • Darlington – Tampa Bay at New Orleans
  • Werder – Dallas at Los Angeles Rams

While fans can expect to see plenty of familiar faces on Sunday NFL CountdownMonday Night Countdown will have at least one new face this season.  Two-time Super BowlChampion Booger Mcfarland will join Randy Moss and three-time Super Bowl champion/Super Bowl MVP/Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Young for that program.

Host Suzy Kolber returns to host the show for her fourth consecutive season.  ESPN Insider Adam Schefter will also return as a regular.

ESPN’s season premiere of Monday Night Countdown will preview the Steelers/Giants – Titans/Broncos double header schedule that will open the network’s annual Monday Night Football schedule.  The schedule launches Sept. 14.

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Jamieson’s New Comedy Album Is Another Reminder Of Why He Is Still One Of Today’s Top Comics

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Comedian and television personality Don Jamieson will release his fourth comedy album next week.  Jamieson, known for his time as co-host of VH1 Classic’s hit series That Metal Show and as host of SportsNet NY’s game show Beer Money, will release his new comedy album Denim and Laughter Feb. 21.  The album’s title and cover art is a direct tribute to Saxon’s 1981 album Denim and Leather.  The performance, captured Oct. 19, 2019 at an undisclosed location, is another example of why he is one of this generation’s top comic talents.  That is due in part to the content that makes up the body of his set.  This will be discussed shortly.  The pacing of the set is also important to note in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  Jamieson’s stage presence rounds out the most important of the performance’s factors.  It will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is key in its own way to the whole of Denim and Laughter.  All things considered, they make this latest stand-up offering from Jamieson another work that will bring any listener to tears of joy well beyond its first listen.

Don Jamieson is one of the elite comedians of this era. The three stand-up albums that he has already released – Live & Hilarious, Hell Bent For Laughter and Communication Breakdown – more than do their share to prove that statement.  His latest album Denim and Laughter cements that reputation even more.  That is proven in part through the material that makes up the body of the presented set.  Jamieson takes on a variety of topics,  including political correctness, bands who claim they are reuniting “for the fans,” and even VH1 Classic’s placement on most cable providers’ lineup and how that played into the show’s eventual demise.  As if that isn’t enough, he also takes on a familiar topic in the division between craft beer and original beer.  This bit immediately lends itself to comparisons to Denis Leary’s bit about beer.  It would be interesting to know if that bit played any part in Jamieson’s own bit about the topic.  Along with those topics, Jamieson also takes opportunities to poke fun at Sebastian Bach and  very famous song from 80s rock band Warrant among so much more.  Put simply, Jamie’s set runs the gamut from start to finish, even taking on media bias and politics, hinting that he might be a Trump supporter.  Hopefully he isn’t, but that aside, the hint alone that he might be is enough to warrant a notice for audiences.  Even with that in mind, Jamieson, again, presents a wide range of content throughout his set, most of which will still generate plenty of laughs from audiences.  To that end, the content alone makes this performance well worth experiencing.  It is just one of the aspects of the performance that makes it worth taking in.  The set’s pacing adds its own engagement and entertainment to the performance.

Jamieson’s set in this recording runs a total of 44 minutes.  Throughout the course of that run time, He never once goes too fast or too slow.  Rather, he finds just the right moments throughout the give audiences moments to take in the various punch lines and to prepare for the next bit.  That ability of the audience to prepare for the next bit is controlled by Jamieson himself as he works through each transition on his own time.  Case in point is his transition from his bit about tea tree shampoo to his jokes about the National Football League  and how it has changed over the years for the worse.  The two topics are completely unrelated, so Jamieson gives just enough time between the topics to make sure audiences make the transition with him.  As he makes his way through his ruminations about the NFL’s negative changes, the transitions from topic to topic are themselves just as smooth.  Another good example of the success of the pacing in Jamieson’s set comes as he transitioned from an anecdote about touring with Zakk Wylde to jokes about Black Sabbath, Gwar and how a Gwar concert tied into an alleged experience on a flight.  Jamieson’s timing and pacing throughout the roughly seven-minute-plus span is seamless, ensuring audiences’ engagement and entertainment in its own right.  In yet another example, Jamieson transitions just as easily from his joke about the impact of a celebrity roast involving Sebastian Bach to an equally funny bit about a well-known song from Warrant.  That bit, by the way, really leaves one wondering and laughing in hindsight.  It really is timely in a weird way.  Getting back on track, the examples presented here, when considered along with the rest of the show, make clear why the pacing of the set is just as important to its presentation as the set’s material.  It is not the last of the recording’s most notable items, either.  Jamieson’s stage presence throughout the performance rounds out its most important elements.

From start to finish, Jamieson’s presence in his performance is just as solid as his pacing.  He presents a certain confident swagger, even connecting with certain audience members directly.  On the surface, that doesn’t seem overly important.  However, on a deeper level, this is important to note because it says to the rest of the audience that Jamieson wants to make sure his audiences knows that he cares what the audience thinks.  He does so by acknowledging those specific audience members.  That interaction, in its own way, translates to the rest of the audience, letting them know that he is not just up on stage, but on stage and really interacting on a personal level, as if the audience members were his best friends.  That personalization of the set, of sorts, reflects back on Jamieson, encouraging his confidence that much more.  The end result is a presence that, again, throughout the set never falters.  That confidence plays back into his pacing, and in turn, makes the performance that much more entertaining.  When this is considered alongside the overall content, the whole of the noted elements makes Denim & Laughter a presentation that ensures laughter from audiences.

Don Jamieson’s new comedy recording Denim & Laughter is an enjoyable new offering from the veteran entertainer and television personality.  That is proven in part through the material that makes up the body of Jamieson’s set.  It ranges from the timeless to the random and riotous to even some more dated material.  That whole provides plenty for audiences to enjoy.  Jamieson’s pacing throughout the course of the nearly 50-minute set does its own share to ensure audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  The same can be said of Jamieson’s stage presence throughout his performance.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make Denim & Laughter another positive performance from one of this generation’s top comic talents.  It will be available Feb. 21 through Metal Blade Records.  More information on the recording is available online along with all of Jamieson’s latest news at:










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ESPN Adds Del Rio To Its NFL On-Air Talent Roster

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ESPN has added another big name to its roster of on-air talent for its NFL broadcasts.

The company announced Thursday through a news release that it has added Jack Del Rio to its talent roster.  Del Rio first rose to fame as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the team’s early years.  Most recently, he was the coach of the Oakland Raiders.

As the newest member of the team, Del Rio will make appearances on NFL LiveSportsCenter and ESPN Radio.  He said in the news release, he is optimistic about his future.

“I’ve visited several training camps over the last few weeks, and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming football season and my new role with ESPN!,” he said.

ESPN Vice President of NFL and College Studio Shows Seth Markman spoke highly of Del Rio in talking about Del Rio’s addition to the network’s on-air talent roster.

“Jack was highly successful as a player and coach,” Markman said.  “He sees the game from both perspectives and he doesn’t shy away from sharing his honest opinion.  He will be a great addition to our ESPN team.”

Del Rio’s career as a player started at the University of Southern California. As a member of the Trojans, he was a consensus All American and co-MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl. He would go on to be enshrined in the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his performance as a football and baseball player.  He also received the school’s Silver Anniversary Award in 2010.

After college, Del Rio was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft.  That same year, he was named the team’s Rookie of the Year and a member of the National Football League’s All-Rookie Team.

Del Rio was named a member of the Pro Bowl team in 1994 as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. During his time with the Vikings (1992-95), he led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons.

Along with his time with the Vikings and Saints, Del Rio also played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1987-88) and Dallas Cowboys (1989-91).  During the course of his 11 years as a player in the league, Del Rio amassed 1,005 career tackles, 13 sacks and 13 interceptions over 160 regular season games.

Del Rio went from the player ranks to the coaching ranks in 1997 as an assistant strength coach for the Saints.  He was eventually promoted to the team’s linebackers coach in 1998 before taking the same position with the Baltimore Ravens in 1999.  He held that position until 2001, helping the team the NFL’s top prize in Super Bowl XXXV along the way.

After leaving the Ravens in 2001, Del Rio added another notch to his resume, becoming the Defensive Coordinator for the Carolina Panthers in 2002.  That position led to Del Rio’s first head coaching position in 2003 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, which he would lead until 2011.

Del Rio headed west following his time as the Jags’ head coach, becoming the Denver Bronco’s Defensive Coordinator from 2012-14 before moving back to the head coaching ranks in 2015 as the head of the Oakland Raiders.  He helmed the team until 2017.

During his head coaching time,  Del Rio led the Jaguars and Raiders to three playoff appearances and 97 total collective victories.

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ESPN To Air Expanded Edition of ‘NFL Countdown’ Sunday

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ESPN will air a special extended edition of NFL Countdown this weekend.

The network will air a special three-hour edition of the program at noon Sunday ahead of the NFL Conference Championship games.  Sam Ponder will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Rex Ryan, Charles Wooden, Louis Riddick, Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter live from ESPN’s Bristol, CT studios for additional commentary.

Sunday’s expanded edition of NFL Countdown will feature discussions on topics, such as the McCourty twins, C.J. Anderson and his road to the post season, and Drew Brees’ connection with his teammates.

Josina Anderson and Dianna Russini will cover the NFC Championship game between the Rams and Saints.  Jeff Darlington and Sal Paolantonio will have coverage of the AFC Championship game between the Rams and Patriots.

Prior to Sunday’s special edition of NFL Countdown, the ESPN networks will feature a variety of NFL post season highlights from past seasons, beginning with a special broadcast Saturday morning.  The networks’ full broadcast schedule is noted below.


Time (ET)



Sat, Jan 19

8:30 a.m.

NFL Matchup


Sun, Jan 20

4:00 a.m.

NFL Matchup (re-air)


6:30 a.m.

NFL Matchup (re-air)


7:00 a.m.

Super Bowl XLIV Highlights – New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts


7:30 a.m.

NFL’s Greatest Games: Super Bowl LI – New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons


12 p.m.

Postseason NFL Countdown presented by Snickers


10 p.m.

NFL PrimeTime


Chris Berman will reunite with Tom Jackson Sunday night on NFL Primetime at 10 p.m. Keyshawn Johnson will also be on hand for the broadcast.  The trio will recap the highlights of the day’s conference championships.

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Godsmack Debuts ‘When Legends Rise’ Video

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Godsmack debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The veteran rock band debuted the video for its new single ‘When Legends Rise‘ on Friday.  The video crosses footage of the band performing live with new and vintage National Football League game footage.  The addition of the NFL footage is a celebration of the league as its post season moves on.

‘When Legends Rise’ is the title track from Godsmack’s 2018 album, and is the album’s second #1 single.  the album’s other #1 single ‘Bulletproof’ debuted late last year.  That song was also nominated for “Rock Song of the Year” at the iHeart Radio Music Awards.  The band in whole was nominated for “Band of the Year’ for this year’s awards gala.

Additionally, ‘Bulletproof’ was the most-played song at rock radio nationwide in 2018.

Godsmack is scheduled to launch the next leg of its tour in support of When Legends Rise next month in London.  The tour is scheduled to run through March 31 in Bucharest, Romania.

From there, the band will take some time off to rest and recharge before returning to North America for more live dates on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.  The band’s current schedule is noted below.

GODSMACK’s European dates are as follows:
DATE                CITY                         VENUE
London, UK
O2 Forum
Manchester, UK
O2 Ritz Manchester
Birmingham, UK
O2 Institute Birmingham
Milan, Italy
Magazzini Generali
Zurich, Switzerland
Cologne, Germany
Live Music Hall
Munich, Germany
TonHalle Münche
Cologne, Germany
Live Music Hall
Amsterdam, Holland
The Melkweg
Antwerp, Belgium
Oslo, Norway
Rockerfeller Music Hall
Stockholm, Sweden
Copenhagen, Denmark
The Grey Hall
Hamburg, Germany
Berlin, Germany
Huxleys Neue Welt
Warsaw, Poland
Vienna, Austria
Budapest, Hungary
Barba Negra Music Club
Sofia, Bulgaria
Arena Armeec
Bucharest, Romania
Arenele Romane
GODSMACK and VOLBEAT’s North American dates are as follows:
Scottsdale, AZ
Orlando, FL
Central Florida Fairgrounds
Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena
Evansville, IN
Ford Center – Evansville
Grand Rapids, MI
Van Andel Arena
Milwaukee, WI
Fiserv Forum
Minneapolis, MN
Omaha, NE
Baxter Arena
Abbotsford, BC
Abbostford Centre
Penticton, BC
South Okanagan Event Centre
Medicine Hat, AB
Canalta Centre
Calgary, AB
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino – Grey Eagle Event Centre
Dawson Creek, BC
EnCana Events Centre
Edmonton, AB
Rogers Place
Saskatoon, SK
SaskTel Centre
Winnipeg, MB
Bell MTS Place
London, ON
Budweiser Gardens
Ottawa, ON
Canadian Tire Centre
Quebec, QC
Videotron Centre
**Godsmack festival appearance

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ESPN’s ‘First Take’ To Preview NFC Wild Card Matchup Live From Texas

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The National Football League kicks off its post season this weekend, and ESPN will be on hand to cover the first weekend of the playoffs.

The network announced Monday in a news release, that its hit show First Take will air live from Arlington, Texas where the Dallas Cowboys will host the Seattle Seahawks in one of the weekend’s four Wildcard matchups.  The program’s on-site broadcast marks the third time in as many months that First Take will broadcast from AT&T Stadium.

ESPN Vice President of Production David Roberts said in the release, that Friday’s broadcast will be a positive presentation.

“The energy from the fans at the previous shows in Dallas has been truly unique,” Roberts said.  “Add in that the Cowboys will be playing in a win-or-go-home Wild Card showdown this weekend, and it should make for some unforgettable moments between [Cowboys critic] Stephen A. Smith and the Dallas faithful.”

Friday’s broadcast is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 7:30 a.m. CT/8:30 a.m. ET.  The broadcast starts at 9 a.m. CT/10 a.m. ET and runs until 11 a.m. CT/noon ET.  Friday’s event will air live on ESPN and stream live via the ESPN app.

Friday’s broadcast is just one part of an extensive weekend of NFL coverage from ESPN.  The network’s Monday Night Football broadcast team will cover Saturday’s Wild Card game between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans on ESPN.  Kickoff is scheduled for 4:35 p.m. ET.

In the college ranks, ESPN will broadcast the College Football Championship live Jan. 7.Clemson and Alabama will compete for college football’s top prize in the game.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.

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Victor Cruz Announces NFL Retirement, Addition To ESPN Talent Roster

ESPN has added another former NFL star to its roster as the start of the 2018-’19 season nears.

Victor Cruz has joined the network’s talent lineup.  A former wide receiver with the New York Giants, Cruz also has a Super Bowl title to his name and a spot in the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl.

The announcement of Cruz’s addition to ESPN’s talent roster came today as he announced that after seven years in the league, he had decided to retire from the game.  That announcement of his retirement came on Uninterrupted.  Cruz said in a prepared statement that he was looking forward to joining ESPN’s ranks.

“As I officially close one chapter of my life and begin another, I could not be more thrilled to join another championship team at ESPN,” Cruz said.  “I’m excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL.”

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Seth Markman, ESPN’s Senior Coordinating Producer of NFL studio programming, said he was looking forward to Cruz joining the network, too.

“Victor is passionate about the NFL, and we’ve long been impressed with his ability to connect and engage with fans,” Markman said.  “He has a deep knowledge of the game and experience playing at the highest levels, so we expect him to be an impactful voice.”

Cruz joined the Giants in 2010 as an undrafted free agent from UMass.  In only his second season (2011-’12 season), Cruz recorded his first 1,000 yard season and even recorded one touchdown in the Giants’ 21-17 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI (46).  From there to the end of his time with the Giants (2016), Cruz totaled 303 catches for 4,549 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns, including an NFL record-tying 99-yard reception in December 2011.

Cruz has appeared on ESPN before, so he is no stranger to the network.  He has presented at the ESPYS, attended ESPN’s Winter X Games and was even part of an ESPN This Is SportsCenter spot in 2014.  Most recently, he served as a guest analyst on ESPN’s NFL Live this past January.

Cruz already co-hosts The Victor Cruz Show with Paul Rivera on Uninterrupted.  The program is a “barbershop talk” style program that focuses on discussions on sports, music and fashion.  He is also one of the first athletes to develop his own content for an all-digital sports programming network founded by NBA star LeBron James and businessman/media personality Maverick Carter.

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