TheSTN – NFL: NFC Players of the Month Announced

Quarterback MATT RYAN of the Atlanta Falcons, cornerback TIM JENNINGS of the Chicago Bears and kick returner-wide receiver PERCY HARVIN of the Minnesota Vikings are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for September (September 5-October 1), the NFL announced today.

 

 

 

 

OFFENSE: QB MATT RYAN, ATLANTA FALCONS

  • Ryan guided Atlanta to a 4-0 start, the third in franchise history, and led the league with a 112.1 passer rating.
  • During September, Ryan completed 102 of 147 passes (69.4 percent) for 1,162 yards with 11 touchdowns versus two interceptions. Ryan’s 11 touchdown passes led the NFC and ranked second in the NFL and his 69.4 completion percentage was the second-highest mark in the league.
  • He recorded a passer rating of at least 100 in all four games during the month. In his career, the Falcons are 27-0 when he reaches the mark. Ryan passed for at least three touchdowns in three games last month and Atlanta is 14-0 in his career when he has three or more TD passes in a game.
  • In his fifth season from Boston College, this is Ryan’s second career Player of the Month Award (November 2010).
  • He is the only player in franchise history to be named Offensive Player of the Month multiple times.

 

DEFENSE: CB TIM JENNINGS, CHICAGO BEARS

  • Jennings led the NFL with four interceptions and registered an INT in three of the Bears’ four games. His nine passes defensed tied for the league lead.
  • He had two interceptions on Kickoff Weekend against Indianapolis and then followed that up with an INT in each of the next two games. Additionally, Jennings broke up two passes that resulted in interceptions by a teammate, including a 45-yard touchdown by safety MAJOR WRIGHT in Week 3.
  • Jennings is part of a defensive unit that led the NFL with 14 takeaways and 11 interceptions.
  • In his seventh year from Georgia, this is Jennings’ first career Player of the Month Award. 
  • He is the first defensive back in franchise history to be named Defensive Player of the Month.
  • Jennings is the first Bear to be honored since JULIUS PEPPERS (November 2011).

 

SPECIAL TEAMS: KR-WR PERCY HARVIN, MINNESOTA VIKINGS

  • Harvin led the NFL averaging 38.3 yards per kick return and had a 105-yard KR-TD, the longest play in team history. He returned nine kickoffs for 345 yards and had at least 74 return yards in all four September contests.
  • In Week 4, he returned the game’s opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown, his fifth career kick-return TD. Harvin and Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS are the only players with at least 20 scrimmage touchdowns and five kick-return touchdowns in a player’s first four NFL seasons.
  • Harvin also had 30 catches for 299 yards during the month as the Vikings went 3-1.
  • In his fourth season from Florida, this is Harvin’s first career Player of the Month Award.
  • Harvin is the first return specialist in team history to be named Special Teams Player of the Month.
  • He is the first Viking to be honored since JARED ALLEN (October 2011).

TheSTN – NFL: AFC Players Of The Month Announced

Wide receiver A.J. GREEN of the Cincinnati Bengals, defensive end J.J. WATT of the Houston Texans and kick returner-running back DARIUS REYNAUD of the Tennessee Titans are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for September, the NFL announced today.

 

 

 

 

OFFENSE: WR A.J. GREEN, CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • For the month, Green totaled 27 catches for 428 yards (15.9 average) with three touchdown receptions as he helped the Bengals to a 3-1 record in September.
  • Through Week 4, Green’s 27 receptions lead the AFC and his 428 receiving yards are the second-most in the NFL. His three touchdown receptions are tied for the third-most in the AFC.
  • In Week 3, Green registered a career-best 183 yards with nine catches, including a career-long 73-yard touchdown reception in the Bengals’ 38-31 win at Washington.
  • In Week 4, Green posted his second 100-yard receiving game of the season (117) with six receptions in the Bengals’ 27-10 victory at Jacksonville.
  • In his second season from Georgia, this is Green’s first career Player of the Month Award. Green is the first Bengals player to win Offensive Player of the Month since CARSON PALMER in 2005 (September) and is the first Cincinnati wide receiver to accomplish the feat.

    DEFENSE: DE J.J. WATT, HOUSTON TEXANS

  • Watt registered 20 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and five passes defensed as he helped the Texans to a 4-0 record in September.
  • Watt’s 7.5 sacks lead the NFL this season. He is the first player to record at least 1.5 sacks in each of his team’s first four games since KEVIN GREENE in 1998.
  • In Week 2, Watt earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors, registering a team-high five tackles, 1.5 sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery in the Texans’ 27-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • In Week 3, Watt posted seven tackles and a career-high 2.5 sacks in the Texans’ 31-25 win at Denver.
  • Through Week 4, Watt is tied for the AFC lead with two fumble recoveries.
  • In his second season from Wisconsin, this is Watt’s first career Player of the Month Award. He is the first Texans player to win the award since CONNOR BARWIN in 2011 (November).

    SPECIAL TEAMS: KR-RB DARIUS REYNAUD, TENNESSEE TITANS

  • Reynaud returned 15 kickoffs for 408 yards (27.2 average) for the month, including a 105-yard kickoff-return touchdown.
  • In Week 3 against Detroit, Reynaud fielded BEN GRAHAM’s punt and threw a backward pass across the field to TOMMIE CAMPBELL, who raced 65 yards for a PR-TD. In the fourth quarter, Reynaud scored his first career touchdown on a 105-yard kickoff return. It was the longest play in franchise history.
  • Reynaud’s 105-yard KR-TD is tied for longest kickoff return this season (PERCY HARVIN, 105).
  • Through Week 4, Reynaud ranks second in the NFL with 455 kick return yards (408 kickoff return yards, 47 punt return yards).
  • In his fourth season from West Virginia, this is Reynaud’s first career Player of the Month Award. He is the first Titans kick returner to win the award since DERRICK MASON in 2000 (October).

 

TheSTN – MLB: Statements from Frank Robinson, Carl Yastrzemski and Commissioner Selig on Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown

The only two living winners of the Triple Crown, Hall of Famers Frank Robinson (1966) and Carl Yastrzemski (1967), issued the following statements regarding Miguel Cabrera’s finishing the 2012 regular season as the American League’s leader in batting average (.330), home runs (44) and RBI (139).  Cabrera, a native of Venezuela, has become the first Latino-born winner of the Triple Crown, and his achievement ends the longest gap between Triple Crowns in Baseball history.

Robinson, MLB’s Executive Vice President for Baseball Development, said: “I congratulate Miguel Cabrera on winning the Triple Crown.  Miguel has been outstanding all year long by coming to play every day, showing his discipline at the plate and making the most of his great talent.  For me, earning the batting title over Tony Oliva, who we played against in the last series of the year, was the hardest part, and for Miguel, I am sure it was even more challenging, given all the specialized relievers in the game today.  Most importantly, Miguel and the Tigers now have the opportunity to participate in the most exciting month of the baseball season.  This is an incredible accomplishment for a gifted young man, and Miguel should be proud of his all-around excellence and consistency throughout the season.”

Yastrzemski said: “I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Miguel Cabrera on winning the Triple Crown.  I am glad that he accomplished this while leading his team to the American League Central title.  I was fortunate enough to win this award in 1967 as part of the Red Sox Impossible Dream Team.  I am sure Frank Robinson joins me in commending Miguel in reaching this significant milestone in his career.”

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig said: “It is an honor to congratulate Miguel Cabrera on earning the Triple Crown, a remarkable achievement that places him amongst an elite few in all of Baseball history.  Miguel has long been one of the most accomplished hitters in the game, and this recognition is one that he will be able to cherish for the rest of his career in baseball and beyond.   As the Tigers prepare for the Postseason, we have a global stage to witness Miguel’s talent, which will go down as one of the hallmarks of Major League Baseball’s extraordinary 2012 regular season.”

TheSTN – MLB Playoff Schedule Through 10.09.12

DAY DATE SERIES TIME NETWORK
Fri. Oct. 5th N.L. Wild Card Game, STL @ ATL 5:07 p.m. (ET) TBS
Fri. Oct. 5th A.L. Wild Card Game, BAL @ TEX 8:37 p.m. (ET)/7:37 p.m. (CT) TBS
Sat. Oct. 6th ALDS Game 1, OAK @ DET 6:07 p.m. (ET) TBS
Sat. Oct. 6th NLDS Game 1, CIN @ SF 9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT) TBS
Sun. Oct. 7th ALDS Game 2, OAK @ DET 12:07 p.m. (ET) MLBN
Sun. Oct. 7th NLDS Game 1, WSH @ STL/ATL 3:07 p.m. (ET) TBS
Sun. Oct. 7th ALDS Game 1, NYY @ BAL/TEX 6:15 p.m. (ET) TBS
Sun. Oct. 7th NLDS Game 2, CIN @ SF 9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT) TBS
Mon. Oct. 8th NLDS Game 2, WSH @ STL/ATL 4:37 p.m. (ET) TBS
Mon. Oct. 8th ALDS Game 2, NYY @ BAL/TEX 8:07 p.m. (ET) TBS
Tues. Oct. 9th NLDS Game 3, SF @ CIN 5:37 p.m. (ET) TBS
Tues. Oct. 9th ALDS Game 3, DET @ OAK 9:07 p.m. (ET)/6:07 p.m. (PT) TBS

TBS will air up to 18 of the potential Division Series games, while MLB Network will air a Division Series game on Sunday, October 7th and Wednesday, October 10th.  ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2012 MLB Postseason games.

TheSTN – Game Two of the 2012 American League Division Series featuring Athletics at Tigers to air exclusively on MLB Network

For the first time in its four-year history, MLB Network will exclusively televise a Postseason game as Matt Vasgersian and Jim Kaat call Game Two of the American League Division Series featuring the Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers this Sunday, October 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET, live from Comerica Park.


  • The game marks Kaat’s return to an MLB Postseason telecast for the first time in 17 years and Vasgersian’s first-ever MLB Postseason call after being the play-by-play voice for the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres for eleven seasons before joining MLB Network in 2009.
  • Bob Costas will join Kaat in the broadcast booth to call MLB Network’s second exclusive LDS game telecast on Wednesday, October 10.
  • Wednesday’s game will mark Costas’s first MLB Postseason game call since the 2000 ALCS.
  • Sam Ryan will serve as reporter for both LDS game telecasts on MLB Network.
  • Both game telecasts will be available across the country exclusively on MLB Network, including Detroit and Oakland’s home television territories.
  • MLB Network will air complete coverage of the 2012 Postseason, including previews, highlights, analysis, interviews and press conferences across all of its studio programming. MLB Tonight will air live before and after every Postseason game, with reporters on-site at each ballpark during the Division Series and Championship Series, and MLB Tonight and Intentional Talk on the road during the World Series.
  • 2008 World Series champion Jimmy Rollins and two-time American League champion Omar Vizquel will serve as in-studio guest analysts on MLB Tonight during the League Division Series.
  • MLB Network will keep its social media followers updated with the latest news, quotes, interview clips and breakdowns using #MLBTonight, #Postseason and #WorldSeries through its presence onFacebook and Twitter. Fans can also stay up to date by following MLB Network’s on-air personalities on Twitter.
  • MLB Network is available on each of the top 10 video distributors in the U.S. and local channel listings are available at www.FindMLBNetwork.com.

MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans, featuring the Emmy Award-winning MLB Tonight, live games, original programming, highlights, and insights and analysis from the best in the business, including Bob Costas, Peter Gammons, Jim Kaat, Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds. MLB Network debuted on January 1, 2009 as the largest launch in cable television history and is currently distributed in 70 million homes. For more information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to www.mlbnetwork.com.

TheSTN – MLB: Umpires For Wild Card Games, Division Series Announced

Major League Baseball has assigned the two umpiring crews assigned to the inaugural Wild Card Games presented by Budweiser, scheduled for Friday, and the four Division Series, scheduled to begin on Saturday and Sunday.  The Wild Card Game crew chiefs will be Gary Darling and Jeff Kellogg, and the Division Series crew chiefs will be Gerry Davis, Dana DeMuth, Brian Gorman and Joe West.

Kellogg, a crew chief with more than 20 years of Major League experience, will lead the crew assigned to Friday’s National League Wild Card Game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves at Atlanta’s Turner Field.  Kellogg’s crew will include regular season crew chiefs Mike Winters and Gary Cederstrom and Jeff Nelson, Sam Holbrook and Rob Drake.

Darling, a 26-year Major League Umpire, will oversee Friday’s American League Wild Card Game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.  Darling’s crew will include regular season crew chief Jerry Layne, Ted Barrett, Bill Miller, Greg Gibson and Chris Guccione.

Davis, a 29-year Major League Umpire, will serve as the crew chief for the NLDS beginning on Saturday between the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco.  He will be joined by Phil Cuzzi, Chad Fairchild, Tom Hallion, Dan Iassogna and Brian O’Nora.  West, a 35-year Major League Umpire, will work the NLDS involving the N.L. Wild Card Game winner and the Washington Nationals, beginning Sunday.  West’s crew includes Paul Emmel, Ed Hickox, Marvin Hudson, Jim Joyce and Alfonso Marquez.

DeMuth, a 29-year Major League Umpire, will lead the crew that works the ALDS between the Oakland Athletics and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Saturday.  DeMuth’s crew consists of Scott Barry, Wally Bell, Eric Cooper, Jim Reynolds and Mark Wegner.  The crew led by Gorman, a 21-year Major League Umpire, is assigned to the ALDS involving the A.L. Wild Card Game winner and the New York Yankees, beginning Sunday at Yankee Stadium, and includes Mark Carlson, Fieldin Culbreth, Mike Everitt, Angel Hernandez and Tony Randazzo.

TBS will air up to 18 of the potential Division Series games, while MLB Network will air a Division Series game on Sunday, October 7th and Wednesday, October 10th.  ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2012 MLB Postseason games, including the Wild Card Games.

Umpires for both League Championship Series and the 108th World Series will be announced before the start of each series.  A complete listing of the rotations assigned to the Wild Card Games and each Division Series follows.