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“THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW” LAUNCHES ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK, EXPANDING FOOTBALL COVERAGE ON SUNDAY MORNINGS

 NFL Veteran Bart Scott, Former Oakland Raiders Executive Amy Trask and  

CBS Sports Radio’s Brandon Tierney Join Host Adam Schein on “TOPS”

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 8

“The NFL Today” and “The NFL on CBS” Announce Team to Appear Regularly

Continuing its aggressive expansion of programming around CBS Sports’ marquee properties, CBS Sports Network launches THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW (TOPS), a new weekly Sunday football studio program debutingSunday, Sept. 8 (9:00 AM-1:00 PM, ET). The announcement was made today by Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, and Executive Producer, THE NFL ON CBS, and David Berson, President, CBS Sports.

THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW breaks from the familiar pregame show format, presenting a unique fan-focused take on all the week’s NFL and college action, headlines and hot-button issues, giving viewers all the latest information as it happens. TOPS will be hosted by Adam Schein along with 11-year NFL veteran Bart Scott, long-time Oakland Raiders executive Amy Trask, CBS Sports Radio’s Brandon Tierney, CBSSports.com fantasy analyst Nathan Zegura and LEAD OFF’s Allie LaForce reporting.

The show also will incorporate various forms of social media interaction, engaging the TOPS team with its viewers.  The last hour of the show will be centered on Fantasy Football helping fans set their line-ups each week. Continuing its focus on all things football, TOPS will take a look back at all the college football games and performances that fans are still talking about from the previous day and look forward to the week ahead.

Regular contributors to THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW include analysts from THE NFL TODAY: Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher, as well as host James Brown and Insider Jason La Canfora. CBS Sports’ NFL on CBS announcers will appear regularly from their game sites, including Phil Simms, Dan Fouts, Dan Dierdorf, Rich Gannon, Solomon Wilcots, Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein.

“In today’s television landscape, there is certainly room for another pregame show if that show offers a unique approach and perspective,” said McManus. “THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW will accomplish that, as we combine all the assets of CBS Sports including CBS Sports Radio and CBSSports.com, creating a show focusing on the fans and how they consume football.”

THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW is part of CBS Sports Network’s expanded studio programming focusing on NFL football. TOPS joins NFL MONDAY QB, which returns for its second season on Monday, Sept. 9 (5:00 PM, ET), with host Adam Schein and analysts Phil Simms, Rich Gannon, Steve Beuerlein and Insider Jason LaCanfora. After Week 1, NFL MONDAY QB airs weekly at 6:30 PM, ET.

Scott joins CBS Sports Network after an 11-year NFL playing career with the Baltimore Ravens (2002-2008) and New York Jets (2009-2012). In 2006, he was a Pro Bowl selection and earned All Pro honors.

Trask spent 26 seasons with the Oakland Raiders working directly for Al Davis. She was named the first female CEO in the NFL in 1997. Under her watch, the Raiders won four Division Championships (1990, 2000, 2001 and 2002) and one AFC Championship (2002).

Tierney serves as co-host of TBD in the AM, CBS Sports Radio’s national morning show. He has been a staple on sports talk radio in New York and San Francisco for the last 10 years, most recently at 95.7 The Game in the Bay Area. 

Schein, host of TOPS and NFL MONDAY QB, anchors “Schein on Sports,” a sports talk radio show on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio, and is featured on SportsNet New York’s weekday show “Loud Mouths.”

Zegura is the Senior Fantasy Football Writer for CBSSports.com and appears regularly on CBSSports.com’s FANTASY FOOTBALL TODAY.

LaForce is a co-host of LEAD OFF, CBS Sports Network’s weekday late night news and commentary program, and also served as sideline reporter during the 2013 NCAA Tournament.  She joined CBS Sports Network in 2012. 

Shawn Robbins and Andrew Finger produce THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW. Tyler Hale is Vice President, Studio Production, CBS Sports and Harold Bryant serves as Executive Producer of CBS Sports. The show will originate from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.

 

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CBS Sports Contacts: Mariel Brady     212-975-5373  mariel.brady@cbs.com

                                 Jerry Caraccioli 212-975-7466  gwcaraccioli@cbs.com

A Bunch for Brady

So, you think this kid Brady might make it in the league someday, huh?

Amazingly, Tom Brady is on pace for 8,272 yards and 64 TD’s. That’s EIGHT-THOUSAND-TWO-HUNDRED-AND-SEVENTY-TWO-YARDS-AND-SIXTY-FOUR-TOUCHDOWNS.

What’s even more amazing, is that I didn’t even flinch when typing those numbers, and I’m pretty sure you didn’t either when reading them. Remember, this is the same QB who effortlessly tossed 50 TD’s a few years ago, and with four already in his back pocket, and the Dolphins on the schedule again, hey, why the hell not?

While 8 large surely is a stretch, is 6000 yards possible?

Absolutely.

Twice, in league history has a QB surpassed the magical 5K mark: Dan Marino in 1984 (5,084) and Drew Brees in 2008 (5,069). One all-time great, and the other quickly working his way up the ladder. Unlike baseball’s (once) cherished single-season HR record, this number will only be reached by icons.

Roger Maris was pretty good. Actually, for a few seasons, he was really good.

Tom Brady is an icon.

Big difference.

Look at it this way: if Tom Brady lights up the Chargers like he did Miami, he will already have roughly 1,000 yards passing for the season.

24 Z Slot hook....ahhh, screw it, just run somewhere, I'll find you. On two, break!

On September 18th.

Need some additional context?

Donovan McNabb will need 4 seasons to catch Brady’s potential two-week output.

Clearly, the reason Brady even has a chance to crack the Y6-K is pretty simple: he’s simply too good for this league.

Yes, the league with 220 pound corners with 4.3 speed and LB’ers seemingly built in laboratories, this guy continues, really, to do whatever the hell he feels like.

Which brings us to another integral piece of the puzzle: his coach.

Forget the defensive background, it’s an act. Bill Belichick takes perverse pleasure in beating the crap out of people. The more the scoreboard flips, and the higher the numbers go, the better. It’s almost like a drug. I mean, really, this guy just loves emasculating professional athletes.

In the pursuit of the 6,000, that’s a key component. Up 20 + in the 3rd quarter? Let’s run a go route!

And, as if the guy needs any more help, well, here it is:

The lockout has left secondaries in shambles, creating yet another competitive advantage for teams with offensive chemistry and consistent roster personnel.

Check.

The amount of 300+ yard passers in Week 1 was eye-opening, and alarming to the point where a little research was in order.

Compare the 1st Week of 2002, and how many QB’s tossed the football around so freely:

Kerry Collins, 342 yards (Giants)

Shane Matthews, 327 yards (Redskins)

Kelly Holcomb, 326 yards (Browns)

Kurt Warner, 315 yards (Rams)

How about five years ago, for a more recent snap shot?

Chad Pennington, 319 yards (Jets)

Donovan McNabb, 314 yards (Eagles)

Kurt Warner, 301 yards (Cardinals)

This past weekend?

How much time ‘ya got?

Brady, 517 yards (Patriots)

Cam Newton, 422 yards (Panthers)

Drew Brees, 419 yards (Saints)

Chad Henne, 416 yards (Dolphins)

Tony Romo, 342 yards (Cowboys)

Phillip Rivers, 335 yards (Chargers)

Mark Sanchez, 335 yards (Jets)

Matt Ryan, 319 yards (Falcons)

Aaron Rodgers, 312 yards (Packers)

Jay Cutler, 312 yards (Bears)

Kevin Kolb, 309 yards (Cardinals)

Rex Grossman, 305 yards (Redskins)

Matthew Stafford, 305 yards (Lions)

Kyle Orton, 304 yards (Broncos)

Basically, everyone’s doing it, which means Tom Brady will do it a gazillion times better than everyone else.

Basically, everyone.

6000 yards.

It’s coming.

As much as I want to hate the guy, it’s tough. He’s really THAT good.

Jordan good.

The rest of the league better pray he doesn’t get greedy in the next few years.

Imagine Tom Brady on steroids?


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