Well, that was unexpected.It had been well over a calendar year, 427 days in fact, since the ArizonaCardinals won a game away from University of Phoenix Stadium.But a string of 11 straight road losses came to an end on Sunday with a 21-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.John Skelton, making his 2nd straight start at quarterback for the injuredKevin Kolb, threw three touchdown passes, including a 5-yard scoringstrike to Early Doucet with 1:53 remaining in the game to lift the Cardinalsto the victory. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments Share And when there was a chance to win a game by making a play, Skelton gotit done–an area where Kolb has failed four times this season.Of course, Kolb still has that contract, so there’s no way there will be aquarterback controversy with this team. When Kolb’s ready to go, the job ishis.And how about that defense? – The Cardinals defense did a nicejob against two of the league’s most dynamic offensive talents on Sunday.Michael Vick was average at best, throwing for 128 yards and 2 picks. Andeven though Vick ran for 79 yards, that yardage wasn’t a big factor in theball game. LeSean McCoy had 81 yards, but was held 22 yards under his seasonaverage. I’d call that a victory. Top Stories The Eagles last-ditch attempt to answer that score ended when A.JJefferson picked off a Michael Vick pass on 3rd down and 20 with just :33remaining.With the win, the Cardinals improve their record to 3-6 and notch back-to-back wins for the first time since beating Detroit and St. Louis in weeks 15and 16 back in 2009. And “The Dream Team”, err, I mean the Eagles fall to 3-6 and has droppedtwo straight.The Player of the Game – Two words. Larry Fitzgerald. One ofthe big story lines heading into this game was Fitz vs. the Eagles’secondary. No contest. Fitzgerald caught 7 balls for 146 yards and twotouchdowns, and made an unbelievable over-the-shoulder catch at thePhiladelphia one-yard line to set up Arizona’ go-ahead score.A little closer to a QB controversy -I’ll give John Skelton thismuch.He wins football games. Skelton did throw two crippling interceptions onSunday, one that was returned for a touchdown by Asante Samuel in the2nd quarter, and the other was a horrible throw that was picked off byNnamdi Asomugha deep in Cardinals’ territory that led to a 4th quarterfield goal that put Philly up 17-14.But Skelton obviously did some nice things too, including directing threetouchdown drives, all that were at least 84 yards in length. And he’s donea great job of targeting Fitzgerald more than Kolb had been. In Kolb’s lasttwo starts prior to his injury, Fitz had 15 balls thrown his way. In the lasttwo weeks, Skelton has thrown 25 to Fitzgerald.
Polish satellite pay TV operator ‘n’ has launched an OTT service. The service – nVOD NET – will give ‘n’ subscribers access to thousands of additional TV series and movies; it launched on November 28.The platform will include Hollywood films, series and documentaries as well as video-on-demand libraries from Polish broadcaster TVN and US premium broadcaster HBO. It will initially be available to around 50% of the company’s subscribers by connecting their decoder to the internet via cable or WiFi and will be free until the end of February 2012.Christian Anting, vice-president and chief operating officer of ‘n’, said: “Today’s news continues our strategy of providing our customers with the best premium content and latest technology innovations. With the launch of nVOD NET, ‘n’ will give subscribers the ultimate in-home movie viewing experience, taking video functionality to a whole new level. We are able to offer access to the best content from leading television producers like TVN and HBO, as well as local and thematic programme offerings via broadband connection.”
Pay TV operator Canal+ Group has reshuffled executive roles after naming René Saal as director of broadcast channels and premium strategy for its Canal+ Overseas arm, effective March 2.Saal will report to Canal+ Overseas president Jacques Le Puy on strategy for premium channels and to content chief François Deplanck on broadcasting matters.The broadcaster has named Thierry Langlois, currently head of thematic channels, as director of broadcast channels for Canal+, replacing Saal, also effective March 2. He will report to Maxime Saada, deputy CEO of Canal+ in charge of pay TV channels.Claire Basini will replace Langlois in his current role as director of thematic channels, taking up her post on July 1 after working with Langlois in the interim. Whe will also report to Saada.Basini joined Canal+ in 2011 from L’Oréal in 2011 with responsibility for advertising and partnerships, taking charge of Canalsat’s advertising and partnership activities a year later.