TV Timeout: Rock Of Ages

CBSSN’s Allie LaForce discussed Bruno Mars performing as the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show act. She said, “I think he’ll do a good job because he appeals to a lot of different ages. He’s played on the big stage before, the VMAs, the Grammy’s.” CBSSN’s Doug Gottlieb noted, “First of all, he’s awesome. He’s incredible. Plays every instrument, sings, dances.” Gottlieb added, “Here’s another thing I like: They didn’t go cheeseball Bon Jovi because the game is in New Jersey. That would’ve been too cliché” (“Lead Off,” CBS Sports Network, 9/9).

GOTTA BE THE SHOES: ESPN's Michael Wilbon, on Patriots QB Tom Brady leading the Patriots to a late-game win over the Bills: "You've seen that script. You could make a movie out of that. Tom Brady coming back with his Uggs to win a game late" ("PTI," ESPN, 9/9).

POOR CHOICE: ESPN's J.A. Adande said, "The Basketball Hall of Fame did the worst move ever in moving its Hall of Fame induction ceremonies to the first NFL Sunday. You think anybody was watching Gary Payton and Bernard King and Rick Pitino and Jerry Tarkanian go in against the NFL. So here's two guys, Payton and King, who were underappreciated during their careers and now they're underappreciated as they go onto the Hall of Fame" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 9/9).

STICKY SITUATION: NBCSN’s Michelle Beadle said of the U.S. Open conflicting with Week One of the NFL season, “It’s unfortunate that tennis is in a position with the U.S. Open, especially with the finals being on Sunday and Monday, right as we kick off the NFL season. I don’t know if there’s room to change that. But if you could, where would you put it?” SI’s Jon Wertheim said, “It’s like the Jenga tower, you start moving weeks and this tournament gets upset” (“The Crossover,” NBC Sports Network, 9/9).

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