‘The Flintstones’ Specials & Movies Set Is Enjoyable But Imperfect

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Hanna-Barbera’s animated series The Flintstones is a timeless franchise.  The show ran for a total of six seasons over the course of more than five years.  It also produced a handful of movies and TV specials, some of which proved more memorable than others of course.  The series has remained in syndication to at least some extent or another since its inception, and is readily available on separate standalone and full series sets, while its movies have been less available.  Early last month, Hanna-Barbera and Warner Home Video addressed that concern with a new collection of The Flintstones animated features.  Titled simply 2 Movies & 5 Specials, (which is problematic in itself), the collection is a mostly positive presentation, though is imperfect.  To the positive, the majority of the animated features are among the most well-known of the property’s most well-known and beloved.  There’s even one lesser-known but still enjoyable presentation featured as part of the collection.  For all that the inclusion of those features does for the set’s presentation, the inclusion of one other detracts notably in its own way, as does the complete lack of effort in titling the collection.  Keeping all of this in mind, the one other positive to this set is its average price point.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the set.  All things considered, they make the set a presentation that even with its negatives is still a collection that devotees of The Flintstones will welcome in their home video libraries.

The Flintstones 2 Movies & 5 Specials is a presentation that the most devoted fans of Hanna-Barbera’s beloved TV family will welcome into their home video libraries.  That is due in part to its featured specials and movies, the majority of which are well-known and beloved.  The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones is included in the collection, as are the equally well-known I Yabba-Dabba Do in which Pebbles and Bam-Bam finally get married, bringing together the Flintstones and the Rubbles at long last.  Even the 1993 special Hollyrock-A-Bye Baby is featured as part of the collection’s body.  It is in this prime-time special that Pebbles and Bam Bam become parents themselves, continuing their families’ collective lineage.  As if that is not enough, the lesser-known 1978 special Little Big League — which pits Fred and Barney against one another as opposing little league baseball coaches – and The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone – a Halloween-themed episode that finds Fred having to save Wilma from the clutches of Drac…er…Rockula —  are also part of the set.  This collection marks the first time ever that the noted classic specials have ever been released in one single box set.  The 2012 DVD collections from Hanna-Barbera were not official releases.  The specials were placed onto DVD-R discs in on-demand sets.  What’s more, those on-demand DVD-R sets were released separately, meaning audiences had to spend more money to own them in any fashion.  This plays into the set’s other major positive, its average price point, which will be discussed later.  Having all of these classics together in one official set for the first time is very much a selling point for the set.  Of course there is one other “movie” included in the collection that greatly detracts from that presentation.  That “movie” is the WWE-themed presentation Stone Age Smackdown.

Stone Age Smackdown was created through a partnership between Hanna-Barbera, Warner Home Video and WWE.  The “movie” is clearly little more than a cash grab for all involved.  It finds Fred trying to get his family’s vacation money back (after losing it himself) by creating a stone age wrestling mega event.  WWE superstars, such as John Cena, The Undertaker, and Mark Henry all provided their vocal talents to the direct-to-DVD and Blu-ray “movie.”  Its inclusion in place of another more well-known and beloved classic Flintstones special — A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994) – is bewildering.  Sure, A Flintstones Christmas Carol is just one more take on author Charles Dickens’ timeless novel, but there is still a certain heart to the holiday special because it takes a unique approach to the story.  It makes Fred a real Scrooge and Wilma the real star when everyone starring in Bedrock’s annual presentation of A Christmas Carol falls ill with “The Bedrock Bug.”  This use of a community putting on A Christmas Carol and making its lead into its own Scrooge is something that few if any adaptations of A Christmas Carol have done.   Stone Age Smackdown by comparison is clearly aimed at a very specific audience group.  Along with that, that it is aimed at a very specific audience base, it completely breaks up the sense of nostalgia and warm family messages featured in the other stories.  It really should have been omitted in favor of the noted holiday special (and maybe even its companion bonus holiday episode of The Flintstones).  Luckily, even with all of this noted, audiences do have the option to not watch that awful WWE-themed “movie” and the holiday specials are available on their own readily available standalone official DVD.  So the collection is not a total failure to that end.  It is not the set’s only con.  The fact that the set’s title is so lacking in any selling value detracts from its presentation, too.

The title of the new Flintstones specials and movies set is very simple:  2 Movies & 5 Specials.  The very use of the numbers hurts the title.  If it had stuck just with Movies & Specials, it would have worked, but that use of the numbers just does not work.  That is because the lines of what is defined a “special” and a “movie” are so blurred nowadays.  Case in point for comparison are the Peanuts primetime TV specials.  The only pure movie that has been produced from that property is The Peanuts specials.  The “Happiness Is…” DVDs and Blu-rays are just specials.  All of the classic holiday presentations are specials, not movies.  Taking that into account, the collection’s title does not ruin its presentation, but it cannot be ignored.  Together with the inclusion of that noted WWE-themed “movie,” this collection suffers plenty, but is not completely unwatchable.  They are just more examples of how the people at Warner Home Video continue to this day to come up short in their home releases.  The company has failed with its Hats Off To Doctor Seuss collection, its unnecessary recent re-issue of the Batman Beyond complete series set, some of its Tiny Toon Adventures DVD sets, the Scooby-Doo! and Scrappy-Doo: The Complete Season 1 set, and even its 2014 released Flintstones Kids collection.  Keeping that in mind, even with its failings, this set is not a complete failure.  It does have at least one other positive in the form of its average price range.

The average price range for The Flintstones: 2 Movies & 5 Specials is $14.87.  That price is obtained by averaging prices listed at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and Books-A-Million.  Amazon and Walmart offer the least expensive listing at $9.96.  Target and Best Buy each list the set at $14.99, just above the noted average price point.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million have the set listed respectively at $19.31 and $19.98.  They are the retailers for audiences to avoid while the others still give audiences plenty of options.  Those four relatively affordable price options couple with the overall positive content to show why that financial aspect is so important to this set’s presentation.  Even with the one confusing addition to the set in the form of Stone Age Smackdown, that price is still a point that audiences will find appealing in its own right.  Hopefully one day, this collection will get its own re-issue with the Flintstones Christmas Carol in place of that awful WWE “movie.”  Until then though, this set is still a positive presentation for any true devotee of The Flintstones.

The Flintstones: 2 Movies & 5 Specials is a positive but imperfect presentation from Warner Home Video, Hanna-Barbera and WWE.  It succeeds in large part because of the inclusion of so many classic Flintstones movies and TV specials.  They reach all the way back to 1966 and all the way up to 1993.  For all of the good that those specials do for the set’s presentation, its one modern “movie,” 2015’s Stone Age Smackdown detracts considerably.  Thankfully it does not make the set a failure, since audiences do not have to watch that forgettable presentation.  The set’s title detracts from its presentation, too, but not so much that it makes the set unwatchable, either.  Considering that there is more positive content featured in this collection than bad, the average price point of less than $15 proves itself a positive investment for families.  That item, considered with the overall content, makes The Flintstones: 2 Movies & 5 Specials a welcome addition to the home DVD library of any devotee of The Flintstones.  More information on the DVD is available along with all of the latest Flintstones news at http://www.facebook.com/TheFlintstones.

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Cubs, White Sox To Close Out Weekend Series, Season Sunday On TBS

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TBS will close out its coverage of Major League Baseball’s 2020 regular season Sunday.

The network will carry a cross-conference matchup between the Chicago Cubs and their cross-town rivals, the Chicago White Sox.  Sunday’s game is the closer in a three-game series between the teams.

Coverage is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET.  Joe Simpson will anchor the broadcast.  Ron Darling will provide additional commentary.

Neither team has announced the starting pitcher for Sunday’s game.  The White Sox (34-21) sit atop the American League Central and are second in the American League as of Wednesday.  Additionally, the team has already punched its ticket for the postseason, which starts Sept. 28.

The White Sox aren’t the only ones with bragging rights.  The Cubs (32-23) lead the National League Central and are fourth in the National League as of Wednesday.

The host White Sox are 5-5 in their last 10 games and 17-10 at home so far this year.  The Cubs meanwhile are 6-4 in their last 10 games and 13-9 on the road.  By comparison, the White Sox have proven just as good on the road (17-11) as at home while the Cubs have shown their own success at home, going 19-14 at Wrigley Stadium.

Looking at the numbers for Sundays game (and this weekend’s series), neither team is favored more over the other, which will make for an engaging finale for each team in the series and season.

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Cardinals, Royals To Close Out Weekday Series Wednesday On ESPN2

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The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals will face off live on ESPN2 Wednesday.

Wednesday’s game is the closer in the cross-conference rivals’ three-game series.  The Royals (22-32) opened the series Monday with a 4-1 win over St. Louis, who is fighting for a chance in the postseason.  The Royals sit last in the American League Central with no chance of making the postseason.

Coverage for the game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.  Tom Hart will have the call for the game.  Jessica Mendoza and Kyle Peterson will provide additional commentary.

Danny Duff (3-4) is scheduled to start for Kansas City in Wednesday’s game.  His last time on the mound was Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers.  Milwaukee won the game 9-5, with Duffy taking the loss for the Royals.  He allowed six runs and six earned runs on seven hits; two walks and two home runs while striking out five batters over 3.2 innings.

Carlos Martinez (0-2) is scheduled to get the start for St. Louis.  His last time on the mound was Friday in the first of game of a double header against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Cardinals won the game 6-5, with Alex Reyes credited with the win.

Martinez pitched 3.2 innings in the game, allowing five runs and one earned run on three hits.  He walked four batters and struck out one.

As of Tuesday, the Cardinals are second in the National League Central standings, ahead of Cincinnati, but only because it has three fewer losses than the Reds.  Cincinnati has two more wins than St. Louis.

Martinez’s struggles in his last appearance gives host Kansas City more hopes of picking up another win Wednesday.  At the same time, Kansas City has struggled just as much at home (11-13) this season as on the road (11-19).

St. Louis meanwhile has been only moderately successful in both its home and road record.  The Cardinals are 11-11 at home so far this season and 15-14 on the road, which means even more that Wednesday’s game (and this week’s series) could go to either team.

Additionally, each team is 6-4 in its last 10 games.  The series’ second game is tonight with first pitch scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.

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ESPN To Air MLB Double Header Tuesday

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ESPN will bring audiences another MLB double header Tuesday as the race for the postseason continues.

The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays will open the night in the evening’s first game.  Coverage of the American League East contest is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET with Karl Ravech on the call.  Analysts Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian will provide additional commentary.

Tuesday night’s game is the second in a four-game series between the Yankees and Blue Jays.  New York has secured its spot in the post season despite a crushing 10-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox Sunday night.  Boston is not in the postseason picture.

Toronto (27-26) is fighting for its playoff hopes, as five teams in the American League has already claimed spots in the postseason.  Cleveland (29-24) and Houston (27-26) are likely to punch their tickets this week.

The host Blue Jays have not announced who will get the start for Tuesday’s game.  Gerrit Cole (6-3) is scheduled to get the start on the mound for New York.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 16 against Toronto.  The Yankees won that game 13-2 with Cole getting the win in the matchup.

Tuesday’s game (and the week’s series) can go to either team according to the teams’ statistics.  New York will come into tonight’s series opener looking to bounce back from its embarrassing loss to Boston Sunday night, meaning the team will have motivation to win.  Additionally, New York is 9-1 in its last 10 games

The Yankees’ problem is that they have proven far better at home 21-7) than on the road (10-15) his season. Staying on that note, Toronto has also proven better at home (12-7) than on the road (15-19), and this week’s series between the teams has Toronto as the host team.

 

GAME 2

Once the Yankees and Blue Jays are done, ESPN will take audiences to California for a best-of-the-west cross-conference matchup between the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics and NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. Tuesday’s matchup is the opener in a three-series game between the teams.

Coverage for the game is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m.  Jon Sciambi will have the call for the game.  Rick Sutcliffe and MLB Hall-Of Fame inductee Chipper Jones will provide additional commentary.

The As and Dodgers have punched their tickets to the postseason.  Each will come in to Tuesday’s game licking their wounds from losses Sunday night.  Oakland fell 14-2 Sunday against their NL West foes, the San Francisco Giants while Los Angeles was handed a 6-3 loss by its NL West foes from Colorado.

Both teams are off tonight and using the time off to regroup and regroup for Tuesday’s game.

Dustin May (1-1) is slated to get the start on the mound for Los Angeles in Tuesday’s series opener.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 16 against the San Diego Padres.  The Dodgers won that game 7-5.  Adam Kolarek (3-0) was credited with the win.  May pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, one earned run, one walk and two home runs while striking out six batters.

Frankie Montas (3-4) is scheduled to start for Oakland.  More than a week has passed since Montas threw a pitch on Sept. 13 against the Texas Rangers, so he will hope to not have too much rust as he returns to the mound.  Texas won that game, with Montas taking the loss.

Montas struggled over the course of 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, four earned runs, one walk, and two home runs while striking out seven batters.

While The Dodgers and As both are hoping to rebound from their respective losses Sunday, the numbers favor Los Angeles.  The Dodgers, who will play host to the As, are 6-4 in their last 10 games and have been successful at home (16-8) and one the road (22-8).

Oakland meanwhile is 5-5 in its last 10 games.  The team has been decidedly better at home (20-8) than on the road (13-12).

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Viewers Of All Ages Will Want To “Explore” PBS Distribution’s Latest ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ DVD

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Five seasons is a relatively long time for any television series to last.  That is how long PBS/PBS Kids’ series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood has lasted since its premiere in 2012.  It just ran its fifth season in August 2019.  The program has continue Fred Rogers’ legacy, teaching young viewers lessons about topics, such as how to express their feelings, how to play well with others and appreciating the small things in the world.  Those lessons have also made their way to an expansive series of DVDs (23 single disc collections), the latest of is scheduled for release Tuesday in the form of Explore The Outdoors.  This latest offering is another enjoyable presentation for its target audiences.  That is proven in part through the set’s featured episodes.  The use of the episode separators while minor, is actually key in its own way to the viewing experience, too.  It will be discussed a little later.  The lessons that are incorporated into the episodes are another important part of the presentation’s whole.  They will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD.  All things considered, they make Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Explore The Outdoors another positive addition to PBS Distribution’s ongoing series of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs.

Explore The Outdoors, the latest addition to PBS Distribution’s ongoing series of DVDs from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, is another enjoyable offering for the show’s target audiences.  That is proven in part through the collection’s featured episodes.  Six episodes are featured in this latest collection.  The majority of the episodes do well in sticking to the DVD’s central theme of exploring the outdoors.  The only exceptions to that rule come in the form of ‘Daniel Plays in A Gentle Way’ and ‘Daniel’s Toy.’  The episodes feature stories that do find Daniel and his friends outside, but are more about playing together outdoors than actually exploring the outdoors.  So they are a bit of a stretch, but do at least feature stories that take Daniel and company outdoors.  The other four featured episodes are more in line with the DVD’s theme.  From exploring the outdoors and appreciating all that nature has to offer in the title episode and in its companion, “Daniel’s Nature Walk,” to learning about lizards in another, to being active outdoors, playing with a kite in “Daniel Feels Two Feelings,” the DVD’s episodes largely stay true to its theme.

While not presented chronologically, the episodes present a snapshot of the series, as they are lifted from the program’s second, third and fourth seasons.  That in itself proves to be a positive for audiences.  That is because again, the episodes serve that latent function of showing various examples of the show’s writing over the course of its run.  To that extent, whether intended or not, the episodes play an even larger part in the DVD’s presentation.  When considered with the fact that the episodes do largely follow the DVD’s central title theme, they show even more why they are critical in their own right to the DVD’s presentation.  They are just one of the DVD’s key elements, to note.  The mid-show spacers that are featured with the episodes play their own important part to its whole.

The mid-show separators that are featured with Explore The Outdoors might not seem all that important to the DVD’s presentation on the surface.  However, their addition actually adds to the viewing experience.  Their inclusion with the episodes actually make it feel that much more like audiences are watching the episodes on TV rather than on DVD.  Keeping in mind that counterparts to the series, such as Let’s Go Luna, Curious George, and Arthur all have mid-show separators, but do not include them in the shows’ DVD releases makes for a clearer picture.  It’s an aesthetic element, but an element nonetheless that plays into the set’s presentation, and its inclusion here adds its own share of value to the DVD’s presentation, too.  It is not the last of the DVD’s most important elements, either.  The lessons that are tied into the featured episodes are key, too.

The lessons that are incorporated into the DVD’s featured episodes are important to note in that they will prove familiar to any of the series’ longtime viewers.  “Daniel Feels Two Feelings” presents audiences with yet another lesson about handling our feelings.  That is nothing new to the series, but still as welcome as ever.  “Daniel’s Toy” teaches young viewers that not everybody likes the same things, and that we should not degrade others just because they like different things.  That is a lesson that sadly adults need to learn over again.  The lesson about appreciating the importance of playing quietly and safely that is incorporated into “Daniel Plays In A Gentle Way” is reminiscent of the lesson in another story in while Daniel wanted to play loud, but his friend O The Owl wanted to play quietly.  Again, it is a lesson that deserves reminding.  The other three episodes featured in this DVD all present lessons about the wonder of nature, which will resonate with any child, and hopefully get said children outside and active.  All things considered, each lesson presents its own value and will certainly serve as a solid starting point for discussion between parents and their children about the noted topics.  When this is considered along with the importance of the DVD’s aesthetics and its episodes, the whole of the DVD becomes a presentation that is just as welcome in any family’s home DVD library as its predecessors.

PBS Distribution’s latest addition to its ongoing series of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs, Explore The Outdoors is another successful entry in that series.  It is a presentation that ensures viewers’ engagement and entertainment just as much as those DVDs.  That is due in part to its featured episodes, which largely follow the DVD’s title theme.  The mid-show separators that come with the episodes add their own depth to the set’s presentation.  The same can be said of the lessons that are incorporated into the episodes.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the DVD another successful offering that will be welcome in any family’s home library.

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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 To Feature Two Cross-Conference Matchups Sunday In Double Header Broadcast Schedule

The Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins will close out their three-game weekend series Sunday live on ESPN.

The teams are scheduled to take the field live at 7 p.m. ET.  on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. Matt Vasgersian will have the call for the broadcast.  World Series Champion and EPN analyst Alex Rodriguez and ESPN Senior MLB Insider Buster Olney will join Vasgersian with additional commentary.

Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call for the game on ESPN Radio.

Yu Darvish (7-2) is scheduled to get the start for the host Cubs in Sunday night’s game.  His last time on the mound was Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians.  Darvish pitched seven innings in the game, allowing nine hits, two earned runs, and one walk while striking out seven batters during his time on the mound.

Chicago eked out the 6-5 win in Tuesday’s game against Cleveland.  Jeremy Jeffress (4-1) was credited with the win in the matchup.

Jose’ Berri’os (4-3) is scheduled to get the start for Minnesota in Sunday’s game.  His last time on the mound was Monday against the Chicago White Sox, who have punched their ticket to the post season.  Barri’os pitched five innings in the game, allowing six hits, one earned run, and one walk while striking out two batters.

The White Sox won the noted game 3-1.  Taylor Rogers (1-4) took the loss for the Twins, having pitched less than an inning. He allowed two hits, two earned runs, and two walks.  He struck out none.

The Cubs took the lead game in this weekend’s series, 1-0.  The series’ second game is scheduled to take place tonight.  Alec Mills (5-3) is scheduled to get the start for the Cubs in tonight’s game.

Mills’ last time on the mound was Sept. 13 against Milwaukee.  The Cubs dominated the Brewers 12-0 in that game.  Mills made headlines that night, having pitched a perfect game.

Michael Pineda (1-0) is scheduled to get the start for the Twins in tonight’s game.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 13 against Cleveland.  Minnesota won that game 7-5.  Caleb Thielbar was credited with the win, pitching less than an inning, allowing one run, one earned run, and wo walks while striking out one batter.

Sunday night’s series closer and tonight’s game are toss-ups, looking at the noted figures and the teams’ overall stats.  Each team is comfortably in the postseason fight in its respective conference and division.

Minnesota is looking to rebound tonight after Friday night’s loss to the Cubs.  The team 5-5 in its last 10 games, though.  Chicago meanwhile is 8-2 in its last 10 games.  Adding to the interest is that Chicago is 19-12 at home so far this season versus going 12-8 on the road.

The Twins have also proven far better at home this season (21-5) than on the road (10-17).

Sunday night’s game is just one of two in a double header schedule for ESPN.  the network will offer a matinee game live at 4 p.m. between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics in yet another cross-conference matchup.

That game is the closer in the teams’ three-game weekend series.  The American League West leading Athletics (32-19) took the series’ opener Friday 6-0 against the Giants (25-25) who sit third in the National League West.

Karl Ravech will have the call for Sunday afternoon’s game.  Analyst Eduardo Perez and MLB Hall-Of-Famer Chipper Jones will join Ravech and provide additional commentary.

Oakland has not yet announced who will start on the mound Sunday.  Johnny Cueto (2-1) is scheduled to get the start for the Giants.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 13 against the San Diego Padres during a double header that day.

The series’ second game is scheduled to take place at 4:10 p.m. ET today.  Jesus Luzardo (2-2) is scheduled to get the start in this afternoon’s game.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 14 against the Seattle Mariners during a double header schedule that day.

Kevin Gausman (3-2) is scheduled to get the start this afternoon for San Francisco.  He has not thrown a pitch since Sept. 7 against Arizona.  Gausman was credited with the win in the 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.  Over the course of six innings pitched, Gausman allowed two hits one run, one earned run, three walks, and struck out nine batters.

The Giants and Athletics are each h6-4 in their last 10 games, and while Gausman won his last game, the numbers still favor the Athletics in Saturday and Sunday’s games.  The As are 19-7 at home so far this season and 13-12 on the road.  The team’s win Friday is also part of a two-game win streak, meaning the team will come into this weekend’s games with some momentum.

The Giants meanwhile have struggled on the road this season, going 9-16 away.That is compared to a 16-9 home record so far.

Sunday’s double header schedule will launch at 3 p.m. with Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown.  Kevin Connors will anchor the broadcast live from ESPN’s Bristol, CT studios.  World Series Champion and ESPN analyst Mark Teixeira will join Connors and provide additional commentary.

ESPN Analyst Tim Kurkjian and Olympic Gold Medalist Jessica Mendoza will join the broadcast remotely.

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ESPN’s ‘CGD’ Broadcasting Live Today From University of Louisville Campus

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ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will air today live from the campus of the University of Louisville.

The broadcast, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. ET, live from the concourse at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, KY.  It comes ahead of tonight’s game between the No. 18 Cardinals and No. 17 Miami Hurricanes.

Tonight’s game is the headliner in the ESPN networks’ daylong college football broadcast schedule.  Live coverage of the game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.  The broadcast team of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Allison Williams will cover the game.

Each team will come in to Saturday night’s game on the heels of a Week 1 win.  The Hurricanes defeated the University of Alabama at Birmingham 31-14 in Week 1 while the Cardinals won their game against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 35-21.

Rece Davis will host this morning’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot broadcast.  Analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Chris “The Bear” Fallica will provide additional commentary along with lee Corso, who will appear live from his home.

Saturday night’s showdown is just one of the games on tap for ESPN’s weekly CFB schedule.  The Campbell Camels and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers open the weekend’s slate at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN.

Saturday’s day-long schedule opens at noon with games across the ESPN family of networks.  Tulane will host Navy on ABC;  No. 11 Oklahoma State will host Tulsa on ESPN; No. 19 Louisiana will be on the road against Georgia State on ESPN2; The ACC Network will carry coverage of the Syracuse Orange taking on host No. 25 Pittsburgh.

Liberty and Western Kentucy will face off live on ESPNU at noon while No. 13 Cincinnati will take on the 0-2 Austin Peay at noon on ESPN+; Boston College and Duke will broadcast live at noon on ESPN3.

The ESPN networks’ full CFB broadcast schedule for this weekend is noted below.

 

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Talent Network
Fri, Sep 18 7:30 p.m. Campbell at Coastal Carolina
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic
ESPN
Sat, Sep 19 Noon Navy at Tulane
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ABC
Tulsa at No. 11 Oklahoma State
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Kris Budden
ESPN
No. 19 Louisiana at Georgia State
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
Liberty at Western Kentucky
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
Syracuse at No. 25 Pittsburgh
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs
ACC Network
Austin Peay at No. 13 Cincinnati
David Saltzman, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
Boston College at Duke ESPN3
3 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at UTSA ESPN3
3:30 p.m. No. 14 UCF at Georgia Tech
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Marty Smith
ABC
Florida Atlantic at Georgia Southern
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Lericia Harris
ESPN
Charlotte at No. 12 North Carolina ESPN3
4 p.m. Troy at Middle Tennessee
Dave Neal, Jay Walker, Dawn Davenport
ESPN2
The Citadel at No. 1 Clemson
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Eric Wood
ACC Network
7:30 p.m. No. 17 Miami at No. 18 Louisville
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Allison Williams
ABC
Louisiana Tech at Southern Mississippi
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Lauren Sisler
ESPN2
Texas State at Louisiana-Monroe
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
ESPNU
8 p.m. Wake Forest at NC State
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
9 p.m. Abilene Christian at UTEP ESPN3

 

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Cardinals, Hurricanes To Headline This Weekend’s ESPN Networks CFB Broadcast Schedule

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ABC’s weekly Saturday Night Football broadcast will feature a showdown of two Top 20 college football teams this week.

No. 18 Louisville will host No. 17 Miami in this week’s broadcast.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET.  The broadcast team of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Allison Williams will cover the game.

Each team will come in to Saturday night’s game on the heels of a Week 1 win.  The Hurricanes defeated the University of Alabama at Birmingham 31-14 in Week 1 while the Cardinals won their game against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 35-21.

Saturday night’s showdown is just one of the games on tap for ESPN’s weekly CFB schedule.  The Campbell Camels and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers open the weekend’s slate at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN.

Saturday’s day-long schedule opens at noon with games across the ESPN family of networks.  Tulane will host Navy on ABC;  No. 11 Oklahoma State will host Tulsa on ESPN; No. 19 Louisiana will be on the road against Georgia State on ESPN2; The ACC Network will carry coverage of the Syracuse Orange taking on host No. 25 Pittsburgh.

Liberty and Western Kentucy will face off live on ESPNU at noon while No. 13 Cincinnati will take on the 0-2 Austin Peay at noon on ESPN+; Boston College and Duke will broadcast live at noon on ESPN3.

The ESPN networks’ full CFB broadcast schedule for this weekend is noted below.

 

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Talent Network
Fri, Sep 18 7:30 p.m. Campbell at Coastal Carolina
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic
ESPN
Sat, Sep 19 Noon Navy at Tulane
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ABC
    Tulsa at No. 11 Oklahoma State
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Kris Budden
ESPN
    No. 19 Louisiana at Georgia State
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
    Liberty at Western Kentucky
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPNU
    Syracuse at No. 25 Pittsburgh
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs
ACC Network
    Austin Peay at No. 13 Cincinnati
David Saltzman, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
    Boston College at Duke ESPN3
  3 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at UTSA ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. No. 14 UCF at Georgia Tech
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Marty Smith
ABC
    Florida Atlantic at Georgia Southern
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Lericia Harris
ESPN
    Charlotte at No. 12 North Carolina ESPN3
  4 p.m. Troy at Middle Tennessee
Dave Neal, Jay Walker, Dawn Davenport
ESPN2
    The Citadel at No. 1 Clemson
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Eric Wood
ACC Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 17 Miami at No. 18 Louisville
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Allison Williams
ABC
    Louisiana Tech at Southern Mississippi
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Lauren Sisler
ESPN2
    Texas State at Louisiana-Monroe
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
ESPNU
  8 p.m. Wake Forest at NC State
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network
  9 p.m. Abilene Christian at UTEP ESPN3

 

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TNT To Launch NBA Western Conference Finals Coverage Friday Night

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The NBA ‘s Western Conference Finals open Friday exclusively on TNT.

Coverage of the NBA Western Conference Finals presented by AT&T 5G is scheduled to open at 9 p.m. ET Friday.  The Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets will vie for the league’s Western Conference championship in the series.

Brian Anderson will have the call for the game.  Analysts Reggie Miller and Chris Weber will have Additional commentary for the series’ opening matchup.  Reporter Allie LaForce will have all of the game’s latest headlines.

The Arena presented by Tractor Supply will preceded the game at 7 p.m.  The hour-long broadcast will feature discussions on topics tied to the NBA off the court, such as racial equality and COVID-19.  Cari Champion, Draymond Green, and Isiah Thomas will conduct the discussions with a variety of guests.

TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader will follow The Arena presented by Tractor Supply.  Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal will preview Friday night’s game during the broadcast.  The group will also wrap up the game following the final buzzer on Inside the NBA presented by Kia.

TNT’s coverage of the NBA Western Conference Finals series continues Sunday beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET with The Arena presented by Tractor Supply.  The network’s full broadcast schedule for its coverage of the NBA Western Conference Finals series is noted below.

2020 NBA on TNT Western Conference Finals Schedule

 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators (Play-by-Play, Analyst, Reporter)
Fri., Sept. 18 7 p.m. The Arena presented by Tractor Supply

Cari Champion, Draymond Green & Isiah Thomas

  8 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith & Shaquille O’Neal

  9 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Game 1

Brian Anderson, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber & Allie LaForce

  Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith, O’Neal & Green

Sun., Sept. 20 5:30 p.m. The Arena presented by Tractor Supply

Champion, Green & Thomas

  6:30 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

  7:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Game 2

Anderson, Miller, Webber & LaForce

  Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith, O’Neal & Green

Tue., Sept. 22 5:30 p.m. The Arena presented by Tractor Supply

Champion, Green & Thomas

  6:30 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

  7:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets, Game 3

Anderson, Miller, Webber & LaForce

  Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

Thu., Sept. 24 7 p.m. The Arena presented by Tractor Supply

Champion & Thomas

  8 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

  9 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets, Game 4

Anderson, Miller, Webber & LaForce

  Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

Sat., Sept. 26

(if necessary)

8 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

  9 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

Anderson, Miller, Webber & LaForce

  Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

Mon., Sept. 28

(if necessary)

8 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

  9 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets, Game 6

Anderson, Miller, Webber & LaForce

  Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

Wed., Sept. 30

(if necessary)

8 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

  9 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Game 7

Anderson, Miller, Webber & LaForce

  Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

All games broadcast through TNT will also simulcast online the through the Watch TNT app and at http://www.tntdrama.com/watchtnt.

More information on TNT’s NBA coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

 

Websitehttp://www.nba.com/tntovertime

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/NBAONTNT

 

 

 

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