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‘NFL 100 Greatest Series’ Premieres Friday September 13 at 8 PM ET with ‘NFL 100 Greatest Plays,’ Parts 1 and 2

Numbers 100 Through 31 Revealed Across Back-to-Back One-Hour Episodes​

Features Interviews with More Than 80 Celebrities, NFL Legends, Coaches and Current Players

 

NFL Network’s Friday night slate of NFL 100 programming kicks off this week with the premiere of the NFL 100 Greatest series at 8:00 PM ET with back-to-back one-hour episodes of NFL 100 Greatest Plays, Parts 1 and 2.

 

Over the two-hour block, numbers 100 through 31 of the greatest plays in NFL history are unveiled through NFL Films video and sound, intermixed with memories and recollections from celebrities, NFL Legends, coaches and current players on what made each moment one for the ages.

 

The NFL and the Associated Press (AP) came together to select the 100 greatest across five categories – Plays, Games, Characters, Game Changers and Teams. The 80-person blue-ribbon panel was comprised of experts selected by the AP and NFL Media.

 

Among the notable plays featured in the countdown 100-31:

  • Tony Dorsett’s record-setting 99-yard run against the Minnesota Vikings in the final regular season game of the 1982 season on Monday Night Football (January 3, 1983)
  • Bears TE Mike Ditka’s 63-yard run on 3rd and 35 versus the Steelers in 1963, one day after President Kennedy’s assassination
  • Titans RB Derrick Henry’s 99-yard run against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football (December 6, 2018)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger makes a touchdown-saving tackle on Colts CB Nick Harper following a goal-line fumble by Steelers RB Jerome Bettis in the 2006 AFC divisional playoff game
  • Broncos S Steve Atwater’s tackle of Chiefs RB Christian Okoye on Monday Night Football in 1990
  • QB Dan Marino’s fake spike against the New York Jets (November 27, 1994)
  • Vikings’ Jim Marshall runs the wrong way on fumble recovery against the 49ers (October 25, 1964)
  • Packers QB Aaron Rodgers’ Hail Mary touchdown pass to TE Richard Rodgers versus the Lions on December 3, 2015
  • Bills WR Don Beebe’s stops Cowboys DT Leon Lett from a touchdown Super Bowl XXVII
  • Oilers RB Earl Campbell runs out of his jersey against the Rams

 

For the NFL 100 Greatest series, NFL Films conducted more than 400 interviews with celebrities, current NFL stars and Legends that will air across 20, one-hour episodes with four episodes dedicated to each topic.

 

Parts 1 and 2 of NFL 100 Greatest Plays features interviews with the following personalities:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Erin Andrews
Bruce Arians Champ Bailey
Carl Banks Bill Belichick
Jerome Bettis Kobe Bryant
Calais Campbell Cris Carter
Harlan Coben Tom Coughlin
Bill Cowher Bryan Cranston
Kevin Cronin Randall Cunningham
Mike Ditka Tony Dorsett
Kenyan Drake Rich Eisen
Carl Eller John Elway
Melissa Etheridge Brett Favre
Larry Fitzgerald Dan Fouts
Joe Greene Bob Griese
Luis Guzman Dante Hall
Steve Harvey Evander Holyfield
Michael Irvin O’Shea Jackson, Jr.
Keegan Michael Key Freddie Kitchens
Matt LaFleur Taylor Lewan
Ray Lewis Ronnie Lott
Joe Manganiello Dan Marino
Marlee Matlin Christopher McDonald
Duff McKagan Karl Mecklenburg
Shawn Merriman Method Man
Al Michaels Offset & Quavo of Migos
Von Miller Randy Moss
Chad Michael Murray Jack Nicklaus
Jerry O’Connell Dr. Mehmet Oz
Sean Payton Adrian Peterson
Patrick Peterson Ed Reed
Rob Riggle Deion Sanders
Tiya Sircar Rickey Smiley
Emmitt Smith Dan Soder
Bart Starr Eric Stonestreet
Michael Strahan Nick Swardson
Maria Taylor Tim Tebow
Joe Thomas Kenan Thompson
James Van Der Beek Milo Ventimiglia
Michael Vick Phil Villapiano
Lindsay Vonn Mike Vrabel
Shane West

 

 

NFL 100 Greatest serves at the lead-off series for the slate of NFL 100 original programming headlining NFL Network’s primetime lineup on Friday nights this season. The remaining 30 of the NFL 100 Greatest Plays will be unveiled across Parts 3 and 4 Friday, September 20 starting at 8:00 PM ET.

 

As the official site for all things NFL 100, NFL.com/100 is the primary destination to stay up to speed with all the initiatives, activities and content happening across the league and at the club level. Additionally starting Friday, NFL.com/100Greatest offers a companion experience to the series where fans will be able to relive their favorite moments from the show with clips and bonus content from the celebrities and influencers who shared their favorite NFL memories from the series.

 

ABOUT NFL MEDIA

NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, the NFL app and NFL RedZone.

 

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

 

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can be streamed live through the NFL app and via Watch NFL Network on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices (Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4 and Roku). Access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork. For NFL Network audio programming, download the TuneIn app.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

UC Football looking to rebound against arch-rival RedHawks at Nippert Stadium

(courtesy UC Sports Communications)

Football Celebrates Military Appreciation Day Saturday

CINCINNATI - For the 124th time, the University of Cincinnati will face the Miami RedHawks in the nation’s oldest nonconference rivalry. The 2019 edition of the game kicks off at noon ET inside Nippert Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU and air on 700 WLW AM, XM 380 and Sirius XM Internet channel 969.

UC will also celebrate Military Appreciation Day on Saturday with a number of fan-friendly activities planned.

Athletics has partnered with longtime supporter Cincinnati Bell to provide more than 1,000 tickets to veterans, active-duty service members and their families through Vet Tix. Vet Tix distributes tickets to all branches of currently-serving military and veterans, including the immediate families of troops who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

UC’s Army and Air Force ROTC units will be at the Grid, form a 200-student cadet tunnel for the Bearcats to run through pregame and honor their scholarships recipients at halftime on the field.

UC VS. MIAMI (OH) • 124TH BATTLE FOR THE VICTORY BELL
Kickoff: Noon ET
TV: ESPNU
Radio: 700 WLW AM
Online: ESPN App (video); Tunein.com (audio)
Fan Color: Red

THROWING IT BACK!

  • UC will wear its recently unveiled throwback Under Armour uniforms which are part of the #CFB150 celebration.
  • UC’s heritage uniform represents a multi-year period from the late 1950s to early 1960s with all-red look featuring black and white strips on the shoulders and side of the pants along with a white helmet with a red and black stripe.
  • The field markings on the Nippert Stadium turf will reflect the throwback uniform era. No school, conference or sponsor logos will be on the turf Saturday.

HOMETOWN HERO
UC will honor Captain Jonathan Beauchamp, U.S. Army Reserves during the first quarter. Captain Beauchamp is a 2011 UC graduate with a degree in nursing and has spent 29 years with the Army, most recently on a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan with the 848th Forward Surgical Team.

GAME BALL DELIVERY
Air Force ROTC Cadets Constance Stormzand and Misty Rolling, 2019 Air Force Field Training Distinguished Graduates.

HONORING THE 2009 BEARCATS
The Bearcats will honor the 10th Anniversary of the 2009 perfect regular season throughout the campaign with all season ticket holders set to receive an exclusive dual bobblehead commemorating one of the greatest plays in UC history, the 29-yard TD strike from Tony Pike to Armon Binns in UC’s come-from-behind win over Pitt on Dec. 5, 2009.

All 2019 UC football season-ticket holders will receive the dual bobblehead, one per ticket purchased. The season-ticket book, also exclusive to season-ticket holders, features a dual 2009-2019 season-ticket design showcasing Bearcats stars of past and present.

Click HERE for more information.

TICKET INFORMATION
Single-game tickets are available for all remaining home games. A five-game, season-ticket package starts at $100 for seats in the Bearcats Lair with the Redzone ($125) and Upper Sideline ($150) also available. The Football Flex Pack (five ticket vouchers) is $155 and group tickets for outings of 20 or more start at $24.

Check out the newly launched football tickets hub by clicking HERE.

FOLLOW THE BEARCATS
For all the latest information on Cincinnati football, please visit GoBEARCATS.com. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow Cincinnati football (@GoBearcatsFB) and Coach Fickell (@CoachFick) on Twitter. You can also find the Bearcats on Instagram and Facebook.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF UC SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

Harvick wins late restart dual with Logano to win Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 – Kevin Harvick joined an exclusive club of multi-time winners at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by dominating an electric Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line from the pole Sunday, Sept. 8.

Harvick led a race-high 118 out of 160 laps in the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford on his way to his second win at the Brickyard. He tied Kyle Busch, Dale Jarrett and his co-owner, Indiana native Tony Stewart, for third third-most NASCAR Cup Series wins at Indy. Harvick last won the race in 2003. The 16-year gap is the largest between NASCAR winners at Indianapolis.

“I can’t tell you how much coming to Indianapolis means to me,” Harvick said. “As a kid, I watched Rick Mears win Indy 500s and got to be around him as a kid, and he was my hero. So, coming here and winning here is pretty awesome.”

Harvick beat defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano in the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford to the Yard of Bricks start-finish line by 6.118 seconds, a race record. Following Logano were Bubba Wallace in the No. 43 World Wide Technology Chevrolet, William Byron in the No. 24 Liberty University Chevrolet and Clint Bowyer in the No. 14 Rush/Cummins Ford, who secured one of two remaining NASCAR Playoffs spots available.

While 2014 Cup Series champion Harvick was up front all day, the win didn’t come easy and had a deceptively wide margin of victory. The race’s nine cautions for 48 laps forced Harvick to play defense against the field all day on restarts.

Harvick’s most epic defense came on the final restart with nine laps to go after Matt Tifft hit the Turn 1 SAFER Barrier in the No. 36 Southeastern Equipment & Supply/Meijer Ford. Harvick lined up on the outside lane for the late-race restart, with Logano to his inside.

Wallace, who lined up behind Logano, gave Logano a big push entering Turn 1 on the restart. From there, Harvick and Logano raced side-by-side through Turns 1 and 2 and down the backstretch, with Logano racing inches from the backstretch grass.

Entering Turn 3, Logano had the edge on Harvick on the inside line. But Harvick had the preferred line and cleared Logano exiting Turn 3 as the crowd roared.

“We were so close to winning here,” Logano said after scoring another second-place finish at Indy, with his first in 2015. “It means so much to win at Indy and gosh, I wish we could have gotten it, but I’m proud of the effort of our team. We had a solid run.”

While the Brickyard treated one of its former winners well, it was tough on other former winners in the field. Most notably, four-time Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard winner Jimmie Johnson was battling to keep his championship hopes alive in the final race of the regular season. Johnson needed a win to lock himself into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

The field took the green flag on Lap 105 to start Stage 3. While battling for sixth position with teammate Byron on the restart, Johnson found himself in a tough spot on the inside line. Johnson’s No. 48 Ally Chevrolet got loose under Byron with Kurt Busch on his rear bumper in the No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet.

Johnson did a 360-degree spin and backed into the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier, triggering an eight-car wreck. Involved were Busch, Byron, Tifft, Daniel Hemric in the No. 8 Liberty National Chevrolet, Paul Menard in the No. 21 Menards/Dutch Boy Ford, Chris Buescher in the No. 37 Kroger Fast Lane to Flavor Chevrolet and Parker Kligerman in the No. 96 TRD 40th Anniversary Toyota. All drivers were unhurt in the wreck.

The crash ended Johnson’s day in Indy, but more importantly his postseason hopes. For the first time since NASCAR started using a playoff system in 2004, Johnson will not race for a championship.

“It’s pretty impressive the run we’ve been on, to be in the Playoffs for this many consecutive years,” Johnson said. “I’m not sure who’s close, but I don’t think they’re very close. So, we have that to be proud of.”

Defending Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard winner Brad Keselowski was unable to challenge for a repeat victory due to an early-race wreck.

On Lap 50, Keselowski and Erik Jones raced side-by-side into Turn 2. Jones drove his No. 20 STANLEY Wish For Our Heroes Toyota low into the corner under Keselowski’s No. 2 Discount Tire Ford. The two made contact, and Jones hit the SAFER Barrier with the rear of his car, while Keselowski made contact with the inside tire barrier. Both drivers were evaluated and released from the infield care center.

Two-time Big Machine Vodka 400 winner Kyle Busch was not able to sweep the weekend in Indianapolis after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Indiana 250 on Saturday. Busch’s car suffered engine failure on Lap 90 on the backstretch.

Denny Hamlin drove his No. 11 FedEx Toyota to a sixth-place finish after starting at the rear in a backup car. He wrecked his primary car in practice Saturday. Following Hamlin was Ryan Blaney, who led the second-most laps of the day at 19 in his No. 12 Wabash National Ford. 2013 Big Machine Vodka 400 winner and Indiana native Ryan Newman clinched a spot in the Playoffs with an eighth-place finish in the No. 6 Acorns Ford. Chase Elliott rebounded from a pit road spin under caution on Lap 13 to finish ninth in the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, and 2011 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard winner Menard rebounded from the Lap 106 wreck to round out the top 10.

Harvick’s win marked the 19th time he has been running at the finish of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard in 19 starts. He was previously tied with Stewart at 18 races.

Harvick celebrated his win by kissing the bricks with his family. He was joined on the frontstretch by wife, DeLana, son, Keelan, and daughter, Piper.

“I kept telling myself, ‘Get the baby girl a trophy,’” Harvick said of 21-month-old Piper. “A good weekend for her to come. She doesn’t quite know what’s going on, just a lot of noise. It’s pretty special.”

The 27th annual NASCAR event weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will take place July 3-5, 2020 on the 2.5-mile oval, with the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, July 5.

 

RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF IMS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Bearcats Football coach Luke Fickell disappointed that his team didn’t give Ohio State a challenge in return to hometown

 

Luke Fickell said in his news conference that if his players had never had their butts whipped, then they did against Ohio State Saturday (megasportsnews.com photo)

Luke Fickell UC Football coach News Conference after Ohio State game 9 7 2019

Ever since Luke Fickell took the head coaching job at the University of Cincinnati, he knew the game with Ohio State was down the road. Some fans of college football may not know, but games are scheduled years in advance, usually by coaches who have left a program. A new coach comes in and has the right to put his own schedule together after meeting with his athletic director.

Fickell, had thoughts of canceling the game with former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer because of everything that goes with a game like that: former player going against his alma mater, in his hometown and in this case, players he recruited and coached.

After all, the 46-year-old Fickell became a fan favorite because of his solid playing career at Ohio State (1993-96), assistant coach, interim head coach and defensive coordinator. He had been on the staff at Ohio State under John Cooper as a graduate assistant, Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer encompassing 15 years. He left to take the Cincinnati job, December 10, 2016 as that school’s 39th head coach replacing Tommy Tuberville.

Fickell in the end decided to keep the game on the schedule as the Bearcats had a chance to play a top-5 team on national television and they would receive a nice check to help out their football program and the athletic programs at UC.

In the end, the Bearcats, who are expected to be a challenger for the championship in the American Athletic Conference, did not look like they even belonged on the field with the Buckeyes, who are tough at home anyways. The Bearcats got shutout, 42-0; had a field goal blocked; had an obvious touchdown run end on a fumble out of the end zone for a touchback; committed 10 penalties for 78 yards; their vaunted rushing attack led by Michael Warren II, only accumulated 37 yards and they turned the ball over.

He told the media after the game that the game and loss was “humbling”; “had their absolute butts whipped”; “disappointed we couldn’t give the Buckeyes a real game”

Fickell said that he expects the team to rebound this week because that are playing one of their oldest rivals, the Miami University RedHawks for the 124th time at home on Saturday at 12 noon. The game will be on ESPNU.

Week 2 in the NFL starts with Thursday Night feature game, Tampa Bay at Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2 of the NFL’s 100th season gets underway on Thursday, September 12 (8:20 PM ET, NFL Network) as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Bank of America Stadium to take on the Carolina Panthers in an early season NFC South showdown. The Buccaneers and Panthers meet for the 38th time with Carolina holding the all-time series advantage at 23-14. In Week 13 of the 2018 season, Tampa Bay quarterback JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 249 yards with two touchdowns and a 114.4 passer rating in the Buccaneers’ 24-17 victory over Carolina.

Last week, Winston surpassed VINNY TESTAVERDE (14,820 passing yards) for the most passing yards in franchise history. Buccaneers wide receiver CHRIS GODWIN registered a touchdown reception in the team’s Week 1 loss and has six touchdown catches in his past seven against the NFC South. In 2018, Tampa Bay wide receiver MIKE EVANS, who holds the franchise records for receiving yards (6,131) and touchdown catches (40), joined A.J. GREEN & Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first five seasons.

Carolina running back CHRISTIAN McCAFFREY had 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns, along with 10 receptions for 81 yards, in the Panthers’ Week 1 loss. McCaffrey, who also had 125 rushing yards and 11 receptions in Week 12 of the 2018 season, is the first player in the Super Bowl era to record at least 120 rushing yards and 10 receptions in multiple games. In 13 career games against Tampa Bay, Panthers quarterback CAM NEWTON has 29 total touchdowns (20 passing, nine rushing), his most against any opponent. Panthers defensive tackle GERALD McCOY spent nine seasons (2010-2018) with Tampa Bay and totaled 54.5 sacks, the third-most in franchise history.

Thursday’s contest marks the first of seven games exclusively televised on NFL Network this season and will be produced by FOX. The game will feature Joe Buck, Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink on the call.

For the Week 2 Tampa Bay-Carolina capsule, click here​.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

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