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NASCAR on FOX Presents the Kobalt Tools 400 Sunday at 2:30 PM ET
Lynch on Bounty Allegations: The NFL Can’t Have It Both Ways
The Ultimate Fighter Premieres on FX Friday Night
FROM THE DESERT OF ARIZONA TO THE DESERT OF LAS VEGAS – The 2012 NASCAR on FOX season continues in Sin City for the Kobalt Tools 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 11 (2:30 PM ET). The partnership of Denny Hamlin and new crew chief Darian Grubb may only be through two races, but it’s already looking like a strong one. Hamlin was back in Victory Lane at Phoenix and is atop the early Sprint Cup standings.
Coverage starts with the FOX NASCAR SUNDAY prerace show hosted by Chris Myers, with up-to-the-minute reports, live interviews with drivers, crewmen and officials shaping the day’s action and analysis from Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip. Veteran analyst Jeff Hammond takes his extensive experience as a former championship-winning crew chief to where the action is, in the garages and pit road.
Once the green flag drops, race announcer Mike Joy is alongside analysts Waltrip and Larry McReynolds to call all the twists and turns on the track while Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for reports on teams and pit stops.
DARRELL WALTRIP: HAMLIN & GRUBB ON A MISSION IN 2012 – Even though we’ve only raced two of this Sprint Cup season’s 36 races, NASCAR on FOX analyst Darrell Waltrip can see that some teams have locked in and set their sights on the Championship from the start, in particular the new driver crew chief tandem of Denny Hamlin and Darian Grubb. “Darian’s on a mission to show everyone there’s a reason why he is the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup championship-winning crew chief,” said Waltrip. “It says a lot about Grubb’s character that he knew he wasn’t returning to Stewart Haas Racing in 2011, but his only focus and mission was to help Tony Stewart win the championship. The pairing of Denny and Darian is perfect because Denny is also laser locked on a mission: a mission of redemption. They both have the same goal, and what each guy can bring to the table can set the No. 11 up for a spectacular 2012. Having one year under their belts with the new point system and the new way to qualify for the Chase has finally sunken into everyone that they have to go and go now,” Waltrip explains. “Sitting around and expecting it to come to them is no longer an option.”
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LYNCH: THE NFL CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS – NFL on FOX analyst John Lynch is regarded as one of the hardest-hitting safeties ever to play. Lynch talks about the bounty program that the New Orleans Saints are accused of running and the opportunity for change that presents itself to the NFL. “Over the past few days I’ve heard people, including former players, say that this is a league-wide problem. That’s total BS,” writes Lynch. “I played in the NFL for 15 years for two teams and never once was offered money to knock someone out of a game. As a safety, I did want players that came into my area to know they were going to pay for it. That’s the mentality that defenses are supposed to have, and how football should be played. It’s ridiculous to think any other way. The Commissioner has to make a big statement with the punishment. Whatever the punishment is, it needs to be reflected in the severity of what the Saints did. If he doesn’t act accordingly, he’ll lose credibility with the players. There is one thing that is still bugging me about all of this. The NFL can’t have it both ways. It can’t celebrate the hits on one hand, yet come down on the players on the other. And that’s always been the frustration of a lot of players.”
To read more from Lynch, click here: http://on-msn.com/zqesjv
ROSENTHAL: ROYALS ON THE RISE – Spring training is here and the MLB on FOX 2012 season is set to begin one month from today. As teams prepare for the year with a sense of optimism, one club that has a really bright future according to MLB on FOX reporter and FOXSports.com columnist is none other than the Kansas City Royals. “The rotation is by far the Royals’ biggest question and the only reason they are not a fashionable pick as the surprise team of 2012,” Rosenthal writes. “The team’s offense, which ranked in the top five in the AL last season in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, might only get better. The lineup will benefit from a full season of first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and catcher Sal Perez.”
To read more from Rosenthal, click here: http://on-msn.com/xhcnfe
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER PREMIERES FRIDAY ON FX – THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® LIVE on FX begins Friday, March 9 with a special two-and-a-half-hour LIVE premiere airing at 9 PM ET/8 PM CT (tape-delayed in the Pacific and Mountain time zones at 9 PM PT/10 PM MT). The international field, comprised of 32 lightweight fighters, compete during the 13-week season for a six-figure contract from the UFC. Friday’s premiere features 16 fights with the winners moving into THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER HOUSE in Las Vegas and the losers going back to their respective hometowns. The inaugural season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER LIVE on FX runs for 13 consecutive weeks. It features live fights every episode, and culminates with a championship fight on June 1, in a three-hour finale.