September 4, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Kicks Off 2012 NFL Regular Season Coverage

September 4, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Kicks Off 2012 NFL Regular Season Coverage

REDSKINS, RAVENS PREGAMEAND POSTGAME SHOWS, LIVE HEAD COACH NEWS CONFERENCES AND DAILY TEAM PROGRAMS RETURNFOR 2012 NFL SEASONEXTENSIVE ONLINECOVERAGE CONTINUES AT CSNWASHINGTON.COM, CSNBALTIMORE.COMBethesda, Md. (Sept. 4, 2012) ComcastSportsNet Mid-Atlantic kicks off its comprehensive multiplatform coverage ofthe 2012 Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens NFL regular seasons thisweek, highlighted by the return of its marquee pregame and postgame shows, livehead coach news conference coverage and daily team programs. The network willalso deliver expanded team content across its digital platforms, led by CSNwashington.comand CSNbaltimore.com.ComcastSportsNets award-winning Redskins pregame show, Redskins Kickoff, will make its regular season debut prior to the teamsopener at New Orleans on Sunday, Sept. 9, beginning at 12 p.m. Redskins Postgame Live, the one-hourpostgame show, will air immediately following the game. Hosted by ChickHernandez, the game-day shows feature analysts Brian Mitchell and TrevorMatich, reporting from Rob Carlin and special appearances throughout the seasonby Charley Casserly, Kevin Blackistone and Rick Doc Walker. These programswill air before and after each Redskins game.Ravens Kickoff, which willmake its season debut on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. leading into the teams primetime gameagainst Cincinnati,will air for an hour prior to select games this season. Ravens Postgame Live will begin immediately after Monday nightsmatch-up and will follow all regular-season games for an hour. Hosted by ChrisMiller, the exclusive Ravens game-day shows will feature reporter Brent Harrisand analysts Brad Jackson, Antonio Freeman and Matt Stover. ComcastSportsNet will again deliver live coverage of the Ravens and Redskins weeklyhead coach news conferences as part of special half-hour shows. SportsNet Central: Mike Shanahan Live, which will beled by Carlin and Mitchell, will air live at 3 p.m. the day after each gamethroughout the season, immediately followed by an encore at 3:30 p.m.,beginning Sept. 10. SportsNet Central:John Harbaugh Live will feature Miller and Jackson and will debut Tuesday,Sept. 4. The Ravens shows will air at 4 p.m. the day following each game, witha 4:30 p.m. encore throughout the season.Redskins Nation, hosted by Larry Michael, airsweekdays at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. in the Washingtonmarket (5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. in the Baltimoremarket.) The Ravens full lineup of showsair weekdays beginning Sept. 4 and includes 1 Winning Drive(Monday), Ravens One on One(Tuesday), Ravens GamePlan(Wednesday), Ravens Report (Thursday)and Purple Passion (Friday). TheRavens programs will air at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. in the Baltimoremarket (5 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. in the Washingtonmarket) on their respective days, except for Ravens One on One, which only airs at the later times. Extensive NFL coverage will also befeatured throughout the season on SportsTalkLive, which airs weekdays live at 10:30 p.m. with an encore at 12:30 a.m., andGeico SportsNet Central, which now airslive daily at 6 p.m., 10 p.m., 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. Additionally, the networkwill deliver exclusive interviews with Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan andRavens head coach John Harbaugh within its news and entertainment programs the dayfollowing each game and Fridays throughout the season.Comcast SportsNet will also provide expanded daily coverageof the Redskins and Ravens across its digital media platforms this season. Ledby Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Redskins BloggerRich Tandler and Ravens Insider J. Michael, CSNwashington.com andCSNbaltimore.com will deliver complete written, video and interactive teamcontent all season.

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Rex and Rob Ryan seen hanging out in Nationals jerseys

Rex and Rob Ryan seen hanging out in Nationals jerseys

If you're a football fan, chances are you already know that Rex and Rob Ryan are a bit nuts. With the Buffalo Bills in town to play the Redskins in a preseason matchup Friday, it appears the Ryans are doing their best to try and fit in with the locals.

Check out this picture a sharp-eyed fan took Friday afternoon:

Those two guys sure look an awful lot like Rex and Rob Ryan.

According to the Tweet they were at the restaurant MXDC Cocina Mexicana located in Northwest D.C. That would make sense since the Redskins are hosting Buffalo on Friday night and Rex is the head coach of the Bills and Rob is an assistant coach. Plus, if we know anything about the Ryans, it's that they like to eat.

So what's with the Nationals jerseys? Here's my theory:

They're weird.

From appearing in an Adam Sandler movie, to dressing up like each other, to...whatever the heck this is, the Ryan brothers are fun to follow just because you never know what they're going to do next. This is just the latest example.

The Ryans will be on the sidelines tonight, presumably wearing Buffalo gear, as the Redskins host the Bills in their third preseason game. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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MLB Power Rankings: The Royals arrived, just in time

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MLB Power Rankings: The Royals arrived, just in time

Just when everyone was writing the 2016 Kansas City Royals' obituary, they win 9 in a row and plant themselves in the thick of the playoff race. It's possibly the most Royals thing in the world to do. How did the other teams fare? To the rankings! 

30. Atlanta Braves (LW: 30)

Adios, Jeff Francoeur. 

29. Minnesota Twins (LW: 29)

It's still weird to think that before this season, people thought they'd be a playoff team. 

28.  Arizona Diamondbacks (LW: 28)

Matt Wisler looked dominant in his almost-no-hitter of the Diamondbacks. 

27. Cincinnati Reds (LW: 25) 

The Joey Votto offseason trade rumors are starting to heat up! 

26. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (LW: 26)

Are there really rumors that the Angels are the team seriously looking into Tim Tebow?

SEE THE REST OF THE RANKINGS HERE

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Playing Flacco in preseason makes sense, but still a risk

Playing Flacco in preseason makes sense, but still a risk

The Ravens feel good about their decision to play Joe Flacco on Saturday night. However, watching Tony Romo of the Cowboys grimacing in pain Thursday night was another reminder why teams have become more cautious about playing franchise quarterbacks during the preseason.

The Cowboys got a scare Thursday night against the Seahawks, when Romo went down holding his back after taking a hit just three plays into the game. Romo did not return, but he never left the sidelines and said he was fine after the game.

The hit on Romo was a reminder that Saturday’s preseason game against the Lions (7 p.m.) will have some angst for the Ravens, with Flacco playing his first game since a serious knee injury last November. Should the Ravens have elected to keep Flacco out the entire preseason? They could have, but coach John Harbaugh decided against it.

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“There’s really no doubt that he’s ready to play,” Harbaugh said Thursday. “But football is risky for everybody. That’s just the way it works. You have to weigh the benefits with the risks and put them out there. Joe is a quarterback. He’s not going to break. He’s going to play. We’re planning on him playing well, just like he has in practice. It will be his first game action in a long time. I’m sure that’s going to be a factor, but I’d rather have it be in this game than in two weeks from now against the Bills.”

Flacco said he could have been ready for Week 1 without playing in the preseason. But he wanted to get some live action before the real season began. Saturday night’s third preseason game, playing with most of the starters, represents the best time to do it.

Flacco is anything but a fragile quarterback. Until last year, he had gone more than seven seasons without missing a start.

Sooner or later, Flacco has to play. But that doesn’t mean Ravens fans won’t hold their breath Saturday night if Flacco gets hit.

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