Notes and Quotes
Media Advisory: CNN/Sports Illustrated News, Notes and Programming
For Immediate Release (11/29/01)
CNN/SI’s PETER KING – RANDOM THOUGHTS ON THE NFL: “I think I wonder sometimes why Brian Billick can't just walk into a press room after a game and talk about the game without telling the media how little we know about football… I wonder if network announcers would speak of Eagles fans, particularly the drunken ones in the upper deck, so admiringly if they heard the venom they spewed so reflexively. I mean, how can you bring your 8-year-old son or daughter to a game? … I think Akili Smith has some gall, getting lippy with some Browns fans after the game for taunting him. You're the third-stringer for a 4-6 team, babe. Cool it… I think the Redskins will win the NFC East.”
CNN/SI’s PHIL TAYLOR on the MIAMI HURRICANCES (CNNSI.com, 11/28): “You may now take all of those ridiculous BCS calculations and dump them in the round file. There's no longer any need to take Nebraska's opponents' winning percentage, multiply it by pi, and divide it by the square root of Beano Cook's shoe size. The BCS, for the rest of this season, is irrelevant… That's because there's nothing any team can do, no mathematical formula anyone can devise, that can hide the obvious any longer: The University of Miami has the best team in college football. Hands down. End of story.”
CNN/SI to Air the 2002 NCAA WOMEN’S FROZEN FOUR: The NCAA announced today that the 2002 NCAA Division I Women’s Frozen Four will air live on CNN/Sports Illustrated (CNN/SI). The women’s hockey semifinals will take place on Friday, March 22, at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The national championship game will take place on Sunday, March 24, at 4 p.m. CNN/SI will air all three games live.
PROGRAMMING NOTE: NLL (National Lacrosse League) Friday on CNN/SI — This Friday, Nov. 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET, as New York travels to New Jersey. CNN/SI will air 23 NLL games throughout the season, including five playoff games and the NLL Championship Game in April. CNN/SI is the national broadcast partner for the NLL’s 2001-2003 seasons.
FRIDAY & WEEKEND PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS - All Times Eastern
(For the complete programming schedule, contact the PR department.)
Friday, Nov. 30
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW, on CNN/SI at 7p.m., 9:00 p.m., and 11:30 p.m.: Virginia Tech is the last team standing in the way of an unbeaten season and a spot in the National Championship game for the Miami Hurricanes, but their last three trips to Blacksburg have ended in defeat. On the line in the Tennessee-Florida game: a spot in the SEC Championship and a possible shot at a spot in the Rose Bowl, CNN/SI's Josie Karp reports from Gainesville on this huge SEC showdown. It's a surprising matchup in the Big 12 title game, which pits Texas and Colorado, the Longhorns still holding out hope for a Rose Bowl berth as well. All that, plus Bob Davie could be coaching his last game at Notre Dame and we'll handicap the final weekend of the Heisman race. Join Bob Lorenz and Trev Alberts as they breakdown the big games, with key interviews, analysis and insight from SI writers.
Saturday, Dec. 1
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED - COVER TO COVER, on CNN/SI at 8:30 p.m. - This week on SI Cover to Cover, what's up with the Redskins? They've gone from NFL laughing stock to the beast of the NFC East in a matter of a couple of weeks. CNN/SI’s Peter King tells us what's behind the turnaround in D.C. And the incredible story of the life of former boxer MAX SCHMELING. CNN/SI’s Frank Deford joins us to discuss his article on Schmeling in this week's issue. We also take you inside the week in sports and tell you how Kordell Stewart has gone from the quarterback everyone loves to hate, to "the Man" in the Steel Town.
PAGE ONE, on CNN/SI at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. - This week on Page One, one of college football's great rivalries takes on an added dimension, when Army squares off with Navy. CNN/SI's Tom Rinaldi reports on how the two schools are getting prepared to play one another, while they also prepare for the prospect of war. Imagine winning five golf tournaments in one year, leading the money list, having the PGA's lowest scoring average, and still hearing the word "disappointment." That's what TIGER WOODS went through in 2001. A conversation with the 6-time major champion about his year, and why he's not upset in the least about it. Plus, he's just 30 years old, and he's already won his fourth Winston Cup championship. JEFF GORDON stops by for a fast paced interview that doesn't just go around in circles.
Sunday, Dec. 2
NFL PREVIEW, on CNN/SI at 10:00 a.m.: The high-flying NY Jets have zoomed to the top of their division. Sunday they face a surprising challenger in Tom Brady and the Patriots, and CNN/SI’s Tom Rinaldi has a live report from the Meadowlands. The Dolphins are also right in the thick of the AFC East race and the Broncos ride into town with hopes that a return from Terrell Davis can jump-start their offense. CNN/SI’s Josie Karp has a live report from Miami. Plus, CNN/SI’s Irving Fryar goes to Washington and tries to find the reason for the Redskins turnaround. Join Peter King, Irving Fryar, Trev Alberts, Josie Karp and host Bob Lorenz.
This Week in the NBA, on CNN/SI at 10 p.m.: — Host Andre Aldridge and analyst Kevin Loughery have all the latest news, views and features on the NBA.
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