on to pick his side for the first round. Heres who hes selecting...Paul Mersons XI: M from xf's blog

Mike Tirico no longer is behind the microphone doing NFL play by play. That hasnt diminished his passion for the sport.Indeed, while many observers were belittling the 6-6 tie between Seattle and Arizona last Sunday night, Tirico, a host of NBCs telecast after making the move from ESPN this summer, was enthralled.I was in the stadium and had to find a place to sit somewhere near the (production) trailer or in the booth. I didnt want to leave the booth, I just sat and watched up there, he says. I thought it was a compelling game.If you are not nuanced in current football, maybe you didnt appreciate the efforts of the defensive ends who ruined the game for Seattle. And every level on defense that ruined everything Arizona wanted to do.Hey, the Browns, the poorest team in the league, score touchdowns. Arizona went nine quarters without giving up a TD. It was two really good defenses, although I dont think the offenses were particularly good. To the naked eye, I found myself watching the defensive ends and linebackers on every snap.Tirico has become more nuanced in the sport thanks to working side by side with Jon Gruden on Monday night telecasts. Hes now getting a similar education from Cris Collinsworth.Jon helped teach me football and I learned so many things about the game and how to watch the game, and we were able to share it with viewers, Tirico says. At end of the day if you as a viewer want to expand your knowledge base, I think we can make a connection. It was one of the fun parts of that experience and I feel some of the same with Cris. They just want to teach people about football. So were learning from them and letting the American public get the knowledge.One of Americas most versatile broadcasters, Tirico headed to NBC in great part because of the networks sports portfolio, particularly the Olympics, which he worked in Rio. He also will get the chance to do golf again, and next weekend he hosts the Breeders Cup races at Santa Anita.Should Tirico be asked to play a role in NBCs hockey or soccer or auto racing coverage, hes ready, calling it a chance to hit the reset button on my career.---HELPING THE KIDS: Jon Gruden is taking the Sports Matter initiative to the kids.The Super Bowl-winning coach and current Monday Night Football analyst is combining with DICKS Sporting Goods and the NFL to support youth and high school sports. They are providing football teams in the cities of Monday games with resources and sports equipment to address barriers to access, and enable more youth to participate.Gruden hosts chalk talk events with youth and high school football players and coaches to provide mentorship and discuss the value of sports participation.Football is a great game and a great teacher, Gruden says. Kids learn lessons on the field -- work ethic, teamwork, sportsmanship and mental toughness -- that will help them off the field for the rest of their lives.But like all youth sports programs, theres not enough funding to go around. ... We invite you to join us and do what you can in your own community to support youth sports and create more opportunities for kids.ESPN has donated $100,000 to DonorsChoose.org and will make additional donations to youth sports teams over the course of the 2016 season. The NFL Foundation, together with USA Football, the sports national governing body, has matched ESPNs $100,000 donation. USA Football will also host Heads Up Football clinics for participating teams in select markets.Through the Sports Matter campaign, DICKS Sporting Goods and its Foundation have made a $50 million multi-year commitment to support youth athletic programs, including donations to community sports leagues.---GOING THE DISTANCE: The Eagles are the only team in the NFL to return a kickoff for a touchdown this season and theyve done it in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history.Josh Huff had a 98-yard TD return in a 21-10 win over Minnesota last week. Wendell Smallwood had an 86-yard TD runback in a 27-20 loss at Washington a week earlier.Theyre really beginning to click, and great blocks, coach Doug Pederson said. (Special teams coordinator) Dave Fipp really has those guys ready every single week. You need those things. You need special teams scores. You need defensive scores. All that helps you, especially late down the stretch. It was just great to see it two weeks in a row.Philadelphia is at Dallas in an NFC East showdown Sunday night.---TAKING BLAME: At least one website blamed Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell for getting burned last week on a 67-yard touchdown pass to the Buffalo Bills Marquise Goodwin. Soon after the game, safety Michael Thomas took to Twitter to take the blame.I cant let my boy B Max take that bullet, Thomas tweeted. That bomb was on me.Thomas later said he was trying to disguise the coverage and wound up out of position. He said he fessed up on social media mindful of his defensive coordinator, Vance Joseph.He wants to create a culture about truth, Thomas said. Every man has to be accountable for his actions. He made the perfect call right there, and I let disguise jeopardize my responsibility. It was important to me because as a leader on this team, I want to make sure every player, and especially the DBs, know Ive got their back and Ill never let me hang out to dry.---GETTING THE TIMING DOWN: Kirk Cousins has never played in England, but two offseason visits made him adjust his weekly routine going into the Washington Redskins game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley Stadium.Coach Jay Gruden opted to practice at home and fly the team over on Thursday, but his starting quarterback got a jump start on adjusting to the time difference. Cousins went to bed Tuesday night at 7:15 p.m. and woke up Wednesday morning at 5:15 a.m. with the goal of being ready for a 9:30 a.m. EDT start Sunday.Knowing his own experience from his travels, Cousins talked to sleep professionals to get advice on what to do.When I went over there this offseason, I had a hard time adjusting, Cousins said. I was only there for about three days and it was tough. 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Sky Sports brings you Fantasy Six-a-Side,  our brand new free-to-play game, offering you the chance to win £10,000 every Super Sunday simply by selecting six players.The game launches with a blockbuster clash between title challengers Arsenal and Leicester at the Emirates, live on Sky Sports 1HD at 12pm. Pick your team Already know how to play? Pick your Fantasy Six-A-Side team here for the chance to win £10,000. All you have to do is select six players from the two sides, including your Elite Player from the four most valuable players, then sit back and keep track of your teams scores via our dedicated Match Centre, with regular updates powered by Opta, match stats and a live leaderboard.Unlike other fantasy games, your selected players are rewarded for every save, tackle, pass or shot, while you only have to wait for 90 minutes of action to be completed to see whether youve won the jackpot.Heres a guide for picking your Fantasy Six-a-Side line-up…Step 1: Pick your Elite Player Choose one Elite Player from the pool of four Elite Players available from the two clubs. An Elite Player is best described as a player that is in-form and likely to have a significant impact on the game, with Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez this weeks selection quartet.Step 2: Pick five Team PlayersThe remaining five spots in the team must be filled from all the other Team Players from the two clubs. There are no player values, formations or position requirements. A guide of how to take part in the new Sky Sports free to play game.dddddddddddd Step 3: Pick a Power Play periodYour team will score double points during your chosen 15-minute Power Play period.Step 4: Predict the golden goal & submit your teamIn the event that two or more managers are tied on the same number of points at the end of the match, the prize will be awarded to the manager that has made the closest prediction for the minute of the first goal scored.Once your selection is confirmed, you can make unlimited changes to your team and Power Play period up until the Game Round deadline, which for this weekend is 12pm on Sunday.Scoring pointsFantasy Six-a-Side offers greater depth and appreciation for performances than any other Fantasy game, rewarding your selections with a more detailed point system. No longer will you be left pulling you hair out when your players put chances on a plate for their team-mates, only to see them hit row z.For example, Mesut Ozil racked up 81.5 points in Arsenals 2-0 victory at Bournemouth last weekend as he was rewarded with 35 points for scoring his sides opening goal, 14 for creating two chances, 25.5 for completing 51 passes, and then two apiece for a successful tackle, interception and winning a foul and another for his successful cross.For a full explanation of the Fantasy Six-A-Side points system click here.Merson picks his sideWeve called upon the expertise of the Soccer Saturday and Fantasy Football Club pundit Paul Merson to pick his side for the first round. Heres who hes selecting...Paul Mersons XI: Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, Marc Albrighton, Robert Huth, Petr CechMerse says: Mesut Ozils creativity is the key to Arsenal winning this game and hes also scoring more goals, including their opener last weekend. Then, and Im thinking if Arsenal do go ahead then they could run riot again, so Ive got to have Olivier Giroud in there.Aaron Ramsey is also sure to rack up plenty of points with his range of passing and decent scoring record and Marc Albrighton is a very underrated player and creates plenty of chances.Petr Cech could be a great shout, especially if he comes up against another one of Riyad Mahrezs dodgy penalties, although I would be surprised if they let him take another one after already missing two this year. Then theres Robert Huth who is such a threat when he goes up for corners and has already scored at Man City and Spurs this year. ' ' ' 

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