TheSTN – NCAA Division I Football AP Top 25 Rankings – Week 6

1 Alabama (60) 5-0 1500 1
2 Oregon 5-0 1430 2
3 Florida State 5-0 1349 4
4 LSU 5-0 1310 3
5 Georgia 5-0 1252 5
6 South Carolina 5-0 1152 6
7 Kansas State 4-0 1123 7
8 West Virginia 4-0 1066 9
9 Notre Dame 4-0 1043 10
10 Florida 4-0 937 11
11 Texas 4-0 932 12
12 Ohio State 5-0 793 14
13 USC 3-1 703 13
14 Oregon State 3-0 647 18
15 Clemson 4-1 608 17
15 TCU 4-0 608 15
17 Oklahoma 2-1 581 16
18 Stanford 3-1 509 8
19 Louisville 5-0 404 19
20 Mississippi State 4-0 306 21
21 Nebraska 4-1 240 22
22 Rutgers 4-0 160 23
23 Washington 3-1 159 NR
24 Northwestern 5-0 143 NR
25 UCLA 4-1 122 NR
  • Dropped from rankings: Michigan State 20, Boise State 24, Baylor 25
  • Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 72, Boise State 53, Texas A&M 51, Michigan State 43, Texas Tech 39, Michigan 38, Louisiana Tech 37, Baylor 31, Ohio 30, Arizona State 15, Arizona 4, Miami (FL) 4, Iowa State 3, Tennessee 3

TheSTN – NFL Week 4 Game Schedule 09.30.12

1:00 pm Carolina Panthers Atlanta Falcons FOX    
1:00 pm New England Patriots Buffalo Bills CBS    
1:00 pm Minnesota Vikings Detroit Lions FOX    
1:00 pm Tennessee Titans Houston Texans CBS    
1:00 pm San Diego Chargers Kansas City Chiefs CBS    
1:00 pm San Francisco 49ers New York Jets FOX    
1:00 pm Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams FOX    
4:05 pm Miami Dolphins Arizona Cardinals CBS    
4:05 pm Oakland Raiders Denver Broncos CBS    
4:05 pm Cincinnati Bengals Jacksonville Jaguars CBS    
4:25 pm New Orleans Saints Green Bay Packers FOX    
4:25 pm Washington Redskins Tampa Bay Buccaneers FOX    
8:20 pm New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles NBC  

Jim Ross – @JRsBBQ OKC RAW – NFL Network – JR In A Poker Tournament + More

Here’s hoping everyone is having a great day no matter where you are. As my Grandpa would say, “I’ve been busier than a fruit merchant” this week traveling to Albany, New York and promoting the OKC Raw that is this Monday night. Here’s some quick random thoughts…

Sure hoping for a good crowd in OKC this Monday Night at the Chesapeake Arena, home of the OKC Thunder, for Jim Ross Appreciation Night. Not wanting to hear ‘crickets.’ Tickets start at $15 and are still available at Ticketmaster outlets and the arena box office.

One can only imagine what surprises might lie in store for yours truly.

I’m playing in a Celebrity Poker Tournament this Sunday at the Lucky Star Casino in Concho, Oklahoma which is just west of OKC with Alicia Fox, Kendrick Perkins and Russell Westbrook of the Thunder along with other NBA stars and former OU football stars plus most of the local news anchors in the OKC Market.

The public is invited to attend and it is a great opportunity to get autographs, etc as the Texas Hold Em competition begins at 1 p.m…

One of my Tweets from @JRsBBQ made the ABC world news this past week when speaking of the NFL officials strike.

Seems as if Slobber Knocker is a word after all. One of my oldest catch phrases is in the Urban Dictionary and was used multiple times Thursday night on the Cleveland-Baltimore NFL game.

Of course one of the NFL broadcasters who works in the studio, I think, had to tweet that he didn’t watch wrestling because it wasn’t “intelligent” enough for him. Typical, elitist attitude from a ‘main stream’ sports guy. He feels that wrestling is a program for children. @AndrewSiciliano has the right to his opinion even though I don’t agree with it.

Not pleased with my Sooners home loss last week in their Big 12 opener losing by 5 to K-State. #BoomerSooner has ample work to do as their basic, fundamental mistakes (turnovers) cost them the game against the Wildcats. Football is a simple game that still and always will revolve around blocking and tackling not withstanding playing physical and aggressively. I’m not jumping off the Sooner Schooner no matter what happens but I am realistic enough to know that this is going to be an especially challenging season for OU in the competitive and balanced Big 12.

@americansoda in England and who ships regularly and conveniently through most of Europe will son be launching JR’s bottled products. We expect this to occur this month and hope that our friends in that part of the world take advantage of the opportunity to sample our family brand of products.

WWE holding a tryout camp down in Tampa starting today (Friday) that I’m missing due to obligations here in OKC regarding RAW. I’m anxious to hear if there will be any viable prospects coming out of this multiple day camp. I hope that all prospects came to camp in great, cardio shape.

How to build a new WWE mega star? It’s obviously not easy and takes a combined effort from many areas but getting said talent on a roll is a significant part of the process. Taking a few chances along the way is usually necessary as does steering the course with the earmarked  talent who must be motivated, smart, and hard working. Ironically, some talents don’t want the responsibility that comes with being one of the “top talents” as it isn’t an easy assignment and only gets more challenging the more popular the talent becomes.

Plus, the talent has to have the elusive “it” factor which cannot be manufactured in my opinion.

The best market research that WWE has are the paying customers, IE fans, WWE Universe, etc. The fanbase is much more discerning in today’s world thanks to all the information flow that’s available and said fans are usually on the money when it comes to something that they like and things that they don’t like. One just has to be careful not to confuse defiant/trendy reactions to those that fit the category of “I despise this and I want it to go away” angst.

Happy to say that @Jerry Lawler is feeling better each day. We communicated via text message during the Browns loss to the Ravens Thursday night. Jerry actually is making an appearance at an event near Memphis but obviously is not wrestling or being involved in any physicality. Apparently it is an autograph engagement of some sort. I’ve not heard a definitive return date for Jerry to come back to Raw commentary and the travel that goes with it. I suspect it will still be a while before his doctor’s clear him for that job and all that goes with it.

@MichaelCole has so many more responsibilities as the lead announcer on Raw than I ever did. All the social media info, etc wasn’t around when King and I were in our heyday. Michael stays highly organized with a multitude of information that he is obligated to distribute during any given Monday night broadcast.

Michael’s role now on Raw and mine back in the day, even though we were both ‘lead announcers,’ are drastically different. Unless one does prep work with Cole, you just doesn’t know how good a job he does especially with SO much on his plate.

Great gift idea, JR’s Cookbook from that comes personally signed and is chocked full of easy to execute, delicious family recipes plus tales of the road featuring lots of wrestling stories. It’s only $19.99 signed so keep it in mind for the holidays.

Our JR’s Beef Jerky business is exploding especially at our only retail outlets which are the four, Norman Homeland Stores in Norman, Oklahoma. Our Jerky is made the old school way, not mass produced, and uses the eye of round with natural, hickory smoke.

Thanks for stopping by and if you’re in the OKC area for RAW this Monday ease on down to Norman on I35 just south of OKC and hit a Homeland store for JR’s products at a great price and NO shipping costs.

Visit and take a look at all the JR’s products that WWE distributes. It costs nothing to look.

I  personally invite you to follow me on Twitter @JRsBBQ.

Boomer Sooner!


TheSTN – NCAA Division I Football Schedule 09.29.12

12:00 pm Stony Brook Seawolves  Army Black Knights  CBSS
12:00 pm Buffalo Bulls  Connecticut Huskies  ESP3 ESGP BGEN MASN
12:00 pm Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders  Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets  ESP3 ESGP CHSS
12:00 pm Penn State Nittany Lions  Illinois Fighting Illini  ESPN
12:00 pm Minnesota Golden Gophers  Iowa Hawkeyes  ESP2
12:00 pm Ball State Cardinals  Kent State Golden Flashes  ESP3 ESGP
12:00 pm North Carolina State Wolfpack  Miami (FL) Hurricanes  ESPU
12:00 pm Indiana Hoosiers  Northwestern Wildcats  BTN BTN2
12:00 pm Missouri Tigers  UCF Knights  FSN
12:00 pm 25 Baylor Bears  9 West Virginia Mountaineers  FX
12:21 pm Arkansas Razorbacks  Texas A&M Aggies  ESP3 ESGP SECN
12:30 pm Duke Blue Devils  Wake Forest Demon Deacons  ESP3 ESGP ACCN
2:00 pm Colorado State Rams  Air Force Falcons  ALTN
2:00 pm Miami (OH) RedHawks  Akron Zips  ESP3
2:00 pm Nevada Wolf Pack  Texas State Bobcats  LGHN
3:00 pm Tulsa Golden Hurricane  UAB Blazers 
3:15 pm Marshall Thundering Herd  Purdue Boilermakers  BTN BTN2
3:30 pm 17 Clemson Tigers  Boston College Eagles  ESP2
3:30 pm Rhode Island Rams  Bowling Green Falcons  ESP3 ESGP BCSN
3:30 pm Virginia Tech Hokies  Cincinnati Bearcats  ESPU
3:30 pm Tennessee Volunteers  5 Georgia Bulldogs  CBS
3:30 pm Ohio Bobcats  Massachusetts Minutemen  ESP3
3:30 pm 14 Ohio State Buckeyes  20 Michigan State Spartans  ABC
3:30 pm San Jose State Spartans  Navy Midshipmen  CBSS
3:30 pm Idaho Vandals  North Carolina Tar Heels  ESP3 ESGP CHSS
3:30 pm Central Michigan Chippewas  Northern Illinois Huskies  ESP3
3:30 pm Houston Cougars  Rice Owls  FSN
3:30 pm Troy Trojans  South Alabama Jaguars  ESP3 ESGP
3:30 pm Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks  Tulane Green Wave  COXT
3:30 pm Louisiana Tech Bulldogs  Virginia Cavaliers  ESP3
4:00 pm Arizona State Sun Devils  California Golden Bears  FX
5:00 pm North Texas Mean Green  Florida Atlantic Owls  ESP3
6:00 pm UCLA Bruins  Colorado Buffaloes  PACN
6:00 pm 24 Boise State Broncos  New Mexico Lobos 
6:00 pm 4 Florida State Seminoles  South Florida Bulls  ESPN
7:00 pm Western Kentucky Hilltoppers  Arkansas State Red Wolves  ESP3
7:00 pm UTEP Miners  East Carolina Pirates 
7:00 pm Texas Tech Red Raiders  Iowa State Cyclones  FCS
7:00 pm 6 South Carolina Gamecocks  Kentucky Wildcats  ESP2
7:00 pm Towson Tigers  3 LSU Tigers  ESPU
7:00 pm FIU Golden Panthers  Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns  ESP3
7:00 pm 15 TCU Horned Frogs  Southern Methodist Mustangs  FSN
7:00 pm Toledo Rockets  Western Michigan Broncos  ESP3
7:50 pm 12 Texas Longhorns  Oklahoma State Cowboys  FOX
8:00 pm Wisconsin Badgers  22 Nebraska Cornhuskers  ABC
8:00 pm Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners  New Mexico State Aggies  ESP3 ESGP
8:00 pm 19 Louisville Cardinals  Southern Miss Golden Eagles  CBSS
8:00 pm UNLV Rebels  Utah State Aggies  ESP3
9:15 pm Mississippi Rebels  1 Alabama Crimson Tide  ESPN
10:00 pm 18 Oregon State Beavers  Arizona Wildcats  PACN
10:00 pm San Diego State Aztecs  Fresno State Bulldogs 
10:30 pm 2 Oregon Ducks  Washington State Cougars  ESP2

TheSTN – NFL Network – Cleveland ’95: A Football Life PREVIEW

On December 17, 1995, the Cleveland Browns played their final game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium before relocating to Baltimore. The latest installment of NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life chronicles the Browns’ final season in Cleveland under head coach Bill Belichick, looks at the immediate impact the relocation had on both the city and the organization, and discovers the roots of a football lineage seeded during that time which has reverberated throughout the football world in the 21st century.

Airing Wednesday, October 3 at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network, Cleveland ’95: A Football Life details the coaching staff and front office executives who took what they learned during their five years under Belichick and applied it throughout their football careers. From current NFL general managers Ozzie NewsomeScott PioliThomas Dimitroff and Mike Tannenbaum, to three-time national championship head coach Nick Saban, to former NFL head coach Eric Manginiand current Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, the Cleveland Browns under Belichick consisted of football’s next generation of leaders who continue to impact the game today.

In all, Belichick’s staff in Cleveland included nine future NFL head coaches and general managers, and three head coaches at major college programs.

The one-hour episode includes never-before-seen footage including Belichick meeting with his former staff in team meeting rooms and of Belichick at home. Additionally, pre and postgame footage from the Browns’ final home game is showcased.

Emmy-nominated actor from CBS’ The Good WifeJosh Charles, narrates.

The story of the 1995 Cleveland Browns is told through interviews with the following people:

Bill Belichick – New England Patriots head coach

Ozzie Newsome – Baltimore Ravens general manager

Nick Saban – University of Alabama head coach

Michael Lombardi – NFL Network analyst and former Cleveland Browns front office executive

Scott Pioli – Kansas City Chiefs general manager

Jim Schwartz – Detroit Lions head coach

Eric Mangini – ESPN analyst and former New York Jets/Cleveland Browns head coach

Thomas Dimitroff – Atlanta Falcons general manager

Phil Savage – Former Cleveland Browns general manager

Mike Tannenbaum – New York Jets general manager

Kirk Ferentz – University of Iowa head coach

Matt Stover – Cleveland Browns kicker, 1991-95

Steve Everitt – Cleveland Browns offensive lineman, 1993-95

Earnest Byner – Cleveland Browns running back, 1984-88; 1994-95

For the first look at Cleveland ’95: A Football Life, visit:

Following are select quotes from Cleveland ’95: A Football Life:

– “We wanted a tough, hard-nosed, blue-collar football team. That’s what Cleveland is and that’s what we wanted our football team to be.” – Bill Belichick

– “We had a great group of people there and we were all committed to trying to bring that franchise back [to prominence].” – Nick Saban

– “There was that sense of we had turned the corner. All of that time, all of that work, all of that effort – we were poised to make that next jump.” – Eric Mangini

– “I felt bad for that team, the players and the coaches that were working so hard with less than no support. The owner was nowhere to be found; he was in Baltimore. It kind of felt like you were on a deserted island fending for yourself.” – Belichick

– “When I won in 2000 [with the Baltimore Ravens], I owe a lot of that to Bill Belichick.” – Ozzie Newsome

– “Those years in Cleveland, those teams, those people impacted the NFL. It impacted a lot of football.” – Scott Pioli

– “We got better every year, our program improved every year. I wish that it would have turned out a bit differently, but we tried to do what we could and the best that we could for ourselves, for the team and for the city of Cleveland. I have no regrets about that.” – Belichick

Below is the remaining broadcast schedule for A Football Life, airing onWednesday nights at 8:00 PM ET:

  • October 10 – Fearsome Foursome
  • October 17 – Steve McNair
  • October 24 – Eddie DeBartolo
  • October 31 – Chris Spielman
  • November 7 – Jimmy Johnson
  • November 21 – John Riggins
  • December 5 – Barry Sanders
  • December 12 – Marcus Allen
  • December 19 – The Immaculate Reception

Airing throughout the NFL season, A Football Life examines the iconic individuals and subjects that have had an undeniable and profound impact on the history of the National Football League, offering an inside look into their untold stories.

Every episode of A Football Life and all NFL Network programming is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

NFL Network airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day on a year-round basis and is the only television network fully dedicated to the NFL and the sport of football.  For more information, log on to is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.