August 8, 2012 – 4:40 PM
– The Rams announced this morning the setup for their four preseason telecasts with Marshall Faulk and Andrew Siciliano returning to the booth for the second consecutive year. Below is the release from the team.
FAULK, SICILIANO RETURN TO BOOTH
FOR RAMS 2012 PRESEASON BROADCASTS
Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and veteran sportscaster Andrew Siciliano are set to lead the Rams’ preseason television broadcasts for a second consecutive season.
Faulk will serve as the color commentator for the broadcasts and will be joined in the booth by Siciliano, who will handle play-by-play duties. Former NFL lineman Ross Tucker will join Siciliano and Faulk in the booth for the final three preseason contests, and veteran St. Louis broadcaster Maurice Drummond will work as the crew’s sideline reporter throughout the preseason.
“The Rams Broadcast Network has established itself as a leader in sports television programming and we’re thrilled that Rams fans throughout the Midwest will have an opportunity to watch Rams preseason games across the Rams Television Network of affiliates,” said Bob Reif, Rams Executive Vice President of Marketing & Sales/Chief Revenue Officer.
For the fourth-consecutive year, KTVI-TV Channel 2 St. Louis will serve as the flagship station of the Rams’ preseason broadcasts. KTVI will air each of the Rams’ four preseason contests, beginning with the August 12 preseason opener versus the Indianapolis Colts, which will be available in high-definition.
“We are thrilled to continue a great association with the St. Louis Rams,” said Spencer Koch, President and General Manager for FOX 2 and KPLR 11. “As always, ‘The Home of the Rams’ will continue to provide the best coverage for the fans.”
In addition, the Rams Broadcast Network will broadcast the team’s preseason contests on 12 affiliate stations whose signal covers nine states. Fans in parts of Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Oklahoma, Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee and Arkansas will have access to Rams preseason games this season.
Last August, Faulk became the first Ram who played the majority of his career in St. Louis to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2000 and won the league’s Offensive Player of the Year award in three consecutive seasons (1999-2001). Faulk was voted to seven Pro Bowls, was a first-team All-Pro three times and a three-time winner of the Daniel F. Reeves Memorial award, which is annually presented to the Rams’ team MVP. Since the conclusion of his playing career, Faulk has worked as a studio and game analyst for the NFL Network.
Siciliano serves as the host of “The Red Zone Channel,” a supplement to DirectTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket which cuts to NFL games to highlight key plays and moments. He also co-hosts “Total Access” on the NFL Network, a daily show that highlights news across the NFL. Siciliano has previously worked as the play-by-play voice for both the Las Vegas Gladiators and the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League, and Siciliano has hosted radio shows in Chicago and Los Angeles as well as national shows for Fox Sports Radio. In 1999, he hosted the pregame radio show on the Chicago Bears’ radio network.
Tucker was part of the Rams’ 2011 preseason broadcast crew as he served as the color commentator for one game. He hosts podcasts for ESPN.com and writes for SportsUSAmedia.com. He also serves as the host of “The Morning Kickoff” and co-host of “The Opening Drive” on SIRIUS NFL radio, and he works as a game analyst for the Sports USA Radio Network. In addition, Tucker serves as a studio analyst for NBC Sports Talk and will work eight college games for NBC this fall. Previously, Tucker wrote on-line columns for Sports Illustrated and worked as a NFL game analyst for FOX.
A veteran of seven NFL seasons, Tucker appeared in 42 games with 24 starts from 2001-2007. He enjoyed stints with the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns. In 2007, he returned to Washington but suffered a career-ending neck injury. Prior to his NFL career, Tucker was an All-Ivy League performer at Princeton.
Drummond is a veteran in the world of television sports with over 20 years of experience, including stops at ESPN and the Golf Channel. He currently works as a sports anchor and reporter at KTVI-Fox 2 in St. Louis.
The preseason contests are being broadcast in conjunction with Altitude Sports & Entertainment. The Denver-based company is the official television network of the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche. In addition, through its partnership with ESPN Syndication and its own broadcast agreements with select conferences, Altitude airs Big 12, Big East, Big Sky, RMAC and WAC basketball, and Big Sky, Big East, WAC, and RMAC football games. Altitude carries local high school football games and regional college basketball games as well as minor league hockey, snow/extreme, and outdoor sports programming.
Below are the RBN affiliates that will air the Rams’ preseason games:
KTVI-Fox 2 St. Louis
KFVS-FOX Cape Girardeau, Missouri/Paducah, Kentucky
KFJX-Fox 14 Joplin, Missouri/Pittsburgh, Kansas
KYOU-FOX Ottumwa, Iowa/Kirksville, Missouri
KHQA-ABC Quincy/Hannibal, Missouri/Keokuk,Iowa
KOKH-Fox Oklahoma City
KWTV-CBS Oklahoma City
From the Sidelines
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August 8, 2012 – 12:01 AM
– For the most part – knocking on wood – the Rams have been able to remain healthy so far in this camp with any injuries being of the soft tissue, day to day variety. Part of that is coach Jeff Fisher’s emphasis on taking care of his players and not pushing them to return too quickly when a hamstring grabs or a calf gets tight.
– And though there have been quite a few of those ailments early in camp, the Rams are already starting to take shape again in no small part because of that approach.
– After their DBs who had been battling injuries returned on Monday, the Rams got the services of LT Rodger Saffold and RB Daryl Richardson back in practice on Tuesday. Same for TE Lance Kendricks.
– Richardson had the most severe injury, suffering a hamstring pop in a workout away from St. Louis in the offseason. But he was back in action and Fisher is optimistic he can play this week in Indianapolis. For what it’s worth, Richardson looked quick and strong (that’s what fresh legs will do) in today’s practice.
– The only Rams missing from today’s practice were C Scott Wells (knee), DT Trevor Laws and WR Brandon Gibson. Wells did some light work on the side.
– Fisher did pull back the reins on RB Steven Jackson a bit just to make sure he stays fresh. He explained after the practice.
“We just kind of backed him down today,” Fisher said. “Jack worked hard the first part of practice and we backed Jack down after that.”
– With Jackson taking a breather, the Rams gave plenty of reps to backup Isaiah Pead (be sure to read about him further on the front page). Pead had been struggling the past couple of days but had a good day on Tuesday. Fisher said he took a step forward and Pead seemed to be in tune most of the day. On one run, he made a slick cutback and beat James Laurinaitis to the corner untouched for what would have been a big gainer.
– Likewise, rookie WR Brian Quick seems to be getting past any initial rookie struggles. He’s been solid two days in a row and made a really impressive grab as he skied for the ball and a touchdown in the back left corner of the end zone late in practice.
– WR Austin Pettis was shaken up late in practice but bounced back and finished.
– DE Robert Quinn continues to terrorize any offensive lineman put in front of him. Quinn has been so consistently dominant in practice that Fisher has been making an interesing analogy to a running back he had in Tennessee who was so dominant that Fisher couldn’t help but wonder if it would translate to games.
“He kind of reminds me a little bit of Chris Johnson in his rookie year and training camp where it was just ‘Gosh, if this was a game, do you think he’d score?'” Fisher said. “We are thinking if this was a game he should have a few sacks by the time the game is over.”
– Rookie DT Michael Brockers continues to just overwhelm blockers with brute strength. He’s not as raw as the previous sentence might make him sound but his first strike is so powerful, it’s hard to ignore.
– K Greg Zuerlein continues to boom kicks from long distances. He connected from 60 yards out on one field goal with plenty of room to spare and hit one 54-yarder that not only went in but hit about three quarters of the way up the video tower.
– LB Justin Cole got some reps with the first team at SLB today. The Rams continue to rotate different people at different positions.
– RT Jason Smith has seemingly improved every day, especially in one on ones.
– WR Danario Alexander made his presence felt Tuesday, making some nice catches over the middle including a one-handed grab with his left hand.
– That’ll do it for today. The Rams are back on the practice field at 5:30 tomorrow. That practice is free and open to the public.
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