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FSR Sets Weekend Lineup

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FOX Sports Radio (FSR) announced today its weekend lineup for the 2015 football season.  Beginning September 12 and 13, FSR will feature programming dedicated to both college and professional football, including game day previews, analysis and interviews, hosted by a diverse ensemble of sports entertainment personalities, analysts and former players.

Brady Quinn, former Notre Dame/NFL quarterback and FOX Sports analyst, and Jason McIntyre, editor-in-chief of USA Today’s The Big Lead, will join the network’s weekend lineup this season.  The Big Lead with Jason McIntyre will air Saturday mornings from 6-9 a.m. ET and feature McIntyre’s preview of the weekend in sports, as well as the biggest guests in sports media.  Quinn, a former first-round draft pick, will join FSR weekend personality Brian Noe as they provide their distinct takes on the weekend in football from 8-11 p.m. ET on Sundays.

In addition, FOX NFL Sunday, America’s No.1 NFL pregame show featuring hosts Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Strahan and Curt Menefee, will return home to FSR on Sundays at 12:00 p.m. ET.  Leading into the program, FSR will add a simulcast of FOX NFL Kickoff on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. ET.  The new hour-long program will be hosted by Charissa Thompson and feature a dynamic cast including Colin Cowherd, who recently launched The Herd with Colin Cowherd on FS1, FSR and iHeartRadio.

“I couldn’t be more excited about FOX Sports Radio’s upcoming football season programming,” stated Scott Shapiro, Premiere Networks Vice President of Sports Programming.  “On the heels of Colin Cowherd joining our weekday lineup, the addition of Brady Quinn and Jason McIntyre to our already strong weekend roster will give football fans the coverage they are craving each and every week from the most informed and opinionated personalities in the industry.”

“I’m excited to talk X’s and O’s with Brian Noe on all the NFL games this season!” shared Quinn.  “I think fans will enjoy our in-depth look at the results of the game from the QB pocket.”

McIntyre stated, “I’m thrilled to be joining FOX Sports and Premiere Networks, and I’m excited to bring The Big Lead‘s ethos to a national radio audience.”

Below is FSR’s 2015 weekend football line-up:

Saturdays

2am-6am ET/11pm-3am PT             Jonas Knox

6am-9am ET/3am-6am PT               The Big Lead with Jason McIntyre

9am-12pm ET/6am-9am PT             Anthony Gargano & Lincoln Kennedy

12pm-4pm ET/9am-1pm PT             The Blitz with Ben Maller & Tomm Looney

4pm-8pm ET/1pm-5pm PT              FOX Football Saturday with Steve Hartman & Brady Poppinga

8pm-11pm ET/5pm-8pm PT            Brian Noe & Mark Willard

11pm-2am ET/8pm-11pm PT           Arnie Spanier

Sundays

2am-6am ET/11pm-3am PT             Jonas Knox

6am-8am ET/3am-5am PT               Nick Ashooh

8am-11am ET/5am-8am PT             FOX Football Fantasy with Michael Harmon & Dan Beyer

11am-12pm ET/8am-9am PT           FOX NFL Kickoff Simulcast

12pm-1pm ET/9am-10am PT           FOX NFL Sunday Simulcast

1pm-5pm ET/10am-2pm PT             FOX Football Sunday with Mark Willard & Ryan Field

5pm-8pm ET/2pm-5pm PT              FOX Football Sunday with Mike Hill & Kirk Morrison

8pm-11pm ET/5pm-8pm PT            Brian Noe & Brady Quinn

11pm-2am ET/8pm-11pm PT           Arnie Spanier & Chris Plank

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Bickley & Marotta: Cardinals Coach Kliff Kingsbury Has to Go

As Bickley said on the air Tuesday morning, keeping Kingsbury is harder to justify with the coaches likely to be available.

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The Arizona Cardinals finished a troubling late-season collapse by losing their NFL Wild Card playoff game Monday night to the Los Angeles Rams, 34-11.

As could be expected, the disappointing result is prompting plenty of questions and criticism among Arizona fans and media. Dan Bickley and Vince Marotta, hosts of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s morning show, led the charge Tuesday morning. In their view, it’s time for Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury to go.

Marotta called the playoff loss “a disgusting end to a promising season.” The Cardinals began the 2021 season with seven consecutive victories. By Week 13, they had a 10-2 record. But following its bye week, Arizona imploded, losing four of their final six games. Most troubling among them was a 30-12 loss to the Detroit Lions, who finished with the second-worst record (3-13-1) in the NFL.

Bickley was even more pointed with his criticism in a piece written for the Arizona Sports 98.7 FM website. The longtime columnist and host points out the pattern of late-season collapses in Kingsbury’s tenure with Arizona. In 2019, the Cardinals finished 2-7. The 2020 season ended with a 3-6 slide. Add this season’s 2-4 collapse and the pattern is apparent.

As Bickley said on the air Tuesday morning, keeping Kingsbury is harder to justify with the coaches likely to be available. He singled out Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as a good fit for the Cardinals, obviously favoring a coach with a different philosophy than Kingsbury.

Yet the Cardinals have shown improvement during Kingsbury’s three seasons, progressing from a 5-10-1 mark to 11-6 this season. That may be good enough for team owner Michael Bidwell and general manager Steve Keim. According to Bickley, it shouldn’t be. Management should be aggressive, rather than content.

You can listen to Bickley & Marotta each morning, Monday through Friday, on the Arizona Sports 98.7 FM website and app. The show is also available via podcast.

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Peyton Manning Swears Into Hot Mic On Manningcast

“Late in the first quarter, Eli tried to throw it to his older brother to breakdown the play that resulted in the Rams’ first score of the night. It didn’t go as planned.”

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Why do people love the Manningcast on ESPN2? It has a lot to do with Peyton and Eli being their authentic selves on screen. The same goes for their guests. That authenticity has included a few NSFW moments this season and we got another during the first ever Monday night playoff game.

Late in the first quarter, Eli tried to throw it to his older brother to breakdown the play that resulted in the Rams’ first score of the night. It didn’t go as planned.

Kudos to Eli for the simple, but truly funny response of “never mind”!

The Manningcast has made a few headlines for these moments this season. Marshawn Lynch swore multiple times during his Week 7 appearance. More famously, Eli shot the camera the double bird in Week 2.

It is a memorable way to close an undeniably successful first season for ESPN2’s alternate coverage of Monday Night Football. Certainly everyone at the network would love to bring the Manningcast back for 2022. Whether or not Omaha Productions can make that happen will likely depend on just how serious rumors of Peyton Manning’s interest in being a part of owning the Denver Broncos are.

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Charles Davis Tells Jim Rome Titans Will Use Him As Motivation

“CBS will send its top team of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo to Kansas City for the Bills and Chiefs. Davis told Rome that is a fact that will not be lost on Titans coach Mike Vrabel.”

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It’s kind of hard not to feel bad for Charles Davis. He was a guest on Monday’s edition of The Jim Rome Show. It was an interview that opened with The Pimp in the Box asking Davis about just how cold he was in Buffalo over the weekend.

Temperatures reached the single digits with wind chill in the negative numbers during the Bills’ blowout of the New England Patriots in the Wild Card round.

Davis said that there was no way not to think about his discomfort. He gave credit to the stage crew in the booth that helped to keep him an Ian Eagle warm.

Later in the interview, Rome asked Charles Davis if the Tennessee Titans were being unfairly overlooked. They are the top seed in the AFC afterall.

Davis said that was very likely. The team is getting both Derek Henry and Julio Jones back in time to face the Bengals in the divisional round.

That is the game assigned to Davis and Eagle. CBS will send its top team of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo to Kansas City for the Bills and Chiefs. Davis told Rome that is a fact that will not be lost on Titans coach Mike Vrabel.

“He’ll use this one. Jim and Tony are going to Kansas City/Buffalo. He’s getting Ian Eagle and myself,” Davis told Rome. “He may not disrespect us, but he’ll let his team know the number one team is not getting the number one broadcast team.”

Teams shouldn’t need extra motivation. Every game in the playoffs is your last if you don’t find a way to win. Charles Davis says that doesn’t mean Vrabel isn’t looking to add a little extra juice to his locker room and he and his partner’s presence may be the perfect catalyst.

“He’ll use that. Coaches use all of that stuff. He’ll use it to the Nth degree.”

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