January 17, 2020
Ruth J Morrison

Ruth J Morrison

It's official! Fox Broadcasting Company (owned by the controversial Rupert Murdoch) has its teeth set to take a chunk out of the neck of that other big sports network's (ESPN) audience.

Yesterday, Fox announced it will be launching its very own 24-hour sports network, FOX Sports, which will debut this fall.

The star-studded event, held at the legendary Roseland Ballroom in midtown Manhattan, was attended by today's sports stars as well as the Fox talkies.

Soon to be ex-Jet, Bart Scott; and Giants punter, Steve Weatherford, were joined by Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George. 

The Fox broadcast crew of Jimmy Johnson, Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw (who complained about having a headache), Curt Menefee, Howie Long, Kenny Albert, Darryl Waltrip, and Tim McCarver joined the face of the sports network, Chris Myers, in the festivities. Even the Reege (Regis Philbin) was in the house perhaps lobbying for a talk show on the network.

Myers talked about the network expanding and about how the network will be different.

NY Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams checks in with What's The 411's Andrew Rosario at John Starks' celebrity bowling tournament.

The two talk about the new makeup of the New York Knicks, the effects that trade rumors have on a team, and how it was for Williams, a former player with the New York Knicks, to play with John Starks.

NY1 anchor, Cheryl Wills, checks in with What's The 411 correspondent Andrew Rosario to reminiscence about tennis great Arthur Ashe. Cheryl Wills remembers Arthur Ashe as a New York and an international icon.

"It is so fitting that we are having this fabulous event to honor him and his legacy and all of the people who are carrying on his legacy, Wills stated."

"Arthur Ashe was about world peace. He was about advancing African-Americans and integrating us into a sports world that once wasn't so inviting to us,...everyone's heart broke when he left us, but this is a wonderful way to remember him," she continued.

The conversation took place at the Arthur Ashe Sports Ball 2012 held at Chelsea Piers to benefit the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, which provides a three-year science enrichment program for college-bound high school students.

What's The 411TV correspondent Andrew Rosario interviewed Olympian Gail Marquis as she was about to receive a Trailblazer Award at the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH) Sports Ball 2012.

With the help of Patrick McEnroe, Ms. Marquis, admits to What's The 411's Andrew Rosario that she has come to realize that after 40 years, she is no longer an All-American. She is now a trailblazer and she is willing to embrace her trailblazer status.

Gail Marquis won a silver medal for women's basketball at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Ms. Marquis is also in the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.

The event benefits the AAIUH, which provides a three-year science enrichment program for college-bound high school students.

Former professional tennis player and ESPN New York 98.7 radio host, Patrick McEnroe talked about his memories of the late tennis star and humanitarian Arthur Ashe.

The conversation took place at the Arthur Ashe Sports Ball 2012 held at Chelsea Piers to benefit the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, which provides a three-year science enrichment program for college-bound high school students.

Patrick McEnroe shared how he benefited from Arthur Ashe's generosity. McEnroe remembers Ashe inviting him to Ireland for the Davis Cup as a practice player. At the time, Ashe was captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team and Patrick McEnroe was a junior player. Ashe thought it would be a good opportunity for Patrick McEnroe to join his brother John (McEnroe) enabling them both to see their family in Ireland.

"...everything he (Arthur) did in tennis and what he did for tennis pales in comparison to what he did just in his life," McEnroe stated.

WATCH VIDEO INTERVIEW: John Calipari, University of Kentucky, Men's Basketball, Head Coach

It was the night of the Barclays Center opening. Music and business mogul, Jay Z, was about to take the stage and perform, the first performer to do so.

Kentucky's men's head basketball coach, John Calipari, was among the many that had come to the Barclays Center to celebrate a new beginning in Brooklyn and a new day of basketball in Brooklyn.

And, What’s The 411TV correspondent, Andrew Rosario, was on the red carpet ready to chat it up with Coach Calipari.



ANDREW ROSARIO: How soon did you start connecting with Peyton once you got into camp in the flow of the offense?

WES WELKER: I mean, pretty early on, we just kinda started working together right off the bat and stayed on top of things and talking through every scenario and being ready to go when the season started.

ANDREW ROSARIO: Was it difficult learning a new totally the offense?

WES WELKER: It is a little bit different. But, you know what, over time I became comfortable with it.

WATCH VIDEO: Peyton Manning on Developing Synergy

PEYTON MANNING: To form the timing that we have in just two years with guys like Decker and Thomas, it's a real credit to those guys for putting in the hard work. And, then Welker in just this first year, he and I have been on a cram session since April, talking after practice, working out routes because we can't get to the timing that he and Brady had that took 6 years of hard work together. But, Wes and I don't have six years left to play together so we really crammed this year same with Julius Thomas and then Adam Gage really helped me with learning the new offense. He met me halfway on some plays that I ran in my earlier offense. He said there's some new plays that I think you would like. I'll help you learn them. He and Mike McCoy last year really helped out a lot with that.

WATCH: Sam Garnes, Assistant Defensive Back Coach, Denver Broncos

Andrew Rosario: You look great man; what are you doing these days with the Broncos?

SAM GARNES: I'm coaching the DB. I'm an assistant DBs coach. I'm trying to help lead them to a victory this weekend.

Andrew Rosario: So you got your hands filled because that Seattle offense is pretty potent with Russell Wilson and their wideouts, as well.

SAM GARNES: It's very, very potent, a lot of people, you hear those guys talk about they are under-rated. They are not under-rated to us. We watch the tape. They are explosive, talented, and they have a great quarterback leading them so.

Andrew Rosario: From an offensive standpoint, what do you do to try to offset what they want to do?

SAM GARNES: You just try to do the things you've been doing all year-long which is to do it better. That's all I could say you know.

Andrew Rosario: Now what do you miss most about the game?

SAM GARNES: One thing you miss is usually when you're playing you miss the camaraderie of being around your teammates. But, when you coach you get that, and physically I feel like I can't do it anymore so I don't miss playing so much. I enjoy watching the young guys grow and go out there and put together the game plan they go out there and execute that. I get a lot of joy out of that.

Andrew Rosario: What do you tell the younger guys who are experiencing something like this for the very first time?

SAM GARNES: I tell them I've been through this, it's something that you enjoy but it's not something you don't want to enjoy this two weeks after the Championship, you want to enjoy this for several months and beyond.

Andrew Rosario: What do you want to do after the Broncos? Any envision coming back to the Giants and Jets in any capacity?

SAM GARNES: Well you know I work for the Broncos and that's my focus right now, my focus is just winning the Super Bowl. I have a two-year contract I'm happy being with the Broncos.

Andrew Rosario: Last question, what's it going to take for your guys to come out on top at the end of the game?

SAM GARNES: Just have to have one more point than they do at the end of the game. But, really, you just got out there and execute and hopefully just play better than them.

Andrew Rosario: Well you look like you're in playing shape yourself you know that.

SAM GARNES: I appreciate that I work hard I probably lost a couple of pounds in the last couple of years. But, I feel great.

Andrew Rosario: Excellent, man, good luck it's been great seeing you.

SAM GARNES: Great seeing you as well.

VIDEO: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin at Super Bowl Media Day 2014

PERCY HARVIN: By not being able to play and finally getting over all my hip things and I'm feeling good, playing in the game with no restrictions and then to go down with a head injury, man, I couldn't, I was just saying to myself, why me? How did this happen? So it was definitely a crazy feeling for me, as we caught that pick, man, my heart dropped.

ANDREW ROSARIO: So now you're at the big game do you change anything preparing for the game physically, mentally, or is it all gangbusters?

PERCY HARVIN: Nothing at all; that's been our big goal for the last two weeks from the first message coach gave us, keep everything the exact same. Prepare the way we prepare so we definitely put in a lot of our game plan. When I was home we got busy we got a lot done so our game plan is in just tweaking a little bit of things we're ready to go.

ANDREW ROSARIO: There's not one guy on your team that has Super Bowl experience. Is that something you talk about at all? Have you called anybody that has played in this game to get an idea what you're up against?

PERCY HARVIN: We actually haven't. I think that's what's giving us that edge right now. Nobody else won the Super Bowl on this team, and we're all very, very hungry right now. We got to have it; it has to come back to Seattle. We all have that mindset right now. The look in those guys' eyes, we got to have it.

ANDREW ROSARIO: Does the Legion of Boom work from the offensive standpoint, as well, or is that strictly defense?

PERCY HARVIN: That's strictly a defensive thing, that's their world.

ANDREW ROSARIO: How would you describe your offense then?

PERCY HARVIN: We will be explosive. We definitely will be explosive. It would be good to join the guys Doug, Kearse, Big Beast Mode and led by the man in charge No. 3, so we're definitely going to be explosive and we are looking to make new plays in this game.

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