May 4, 2012
NHL Playoffs. NBA Playoffs. The Kentucky Derby. NASCAR at Talladega. UFC on Fox. This weekend is packed with amazing sporting events, so amazing that some of the events above didn’t even make this week’s viewing schedule. With a weekend as action packed as this one, I thought I would break down the must-see events this weekend. (All times ET.)
Phoenix at Nashville – NHL – 7:30pm
There is so much surrounding this playoff game. Nashville has to decide if they want to play Radulov and Kostitsyn after suspending them for the last game. With Phoenix up 2-1, the Predators may need to pull out all the stops if they want to bring this series back to Nashville.
New York Rangers at Washington – NHL – 12:30pm
After a triple-overtime thriller in the last game, I don’t see how this doesn’t make the list. Washington is reeling after falling late in the third overtime, and a loss in this game could all but end the series. The Rangers will look to win one more on the road before trying to end the series in New York, but as the last game proved, Washington isn’t going down without a fight.
Memphis at Los Angeles Clippers – NBA – 4:30pm
With many teams already down 2-0 or 3-0, a series tied at 1-1 seems refreshing at this point. Heading into the playoffs, the Grizzlies managed to get home-court in the first round, which could factor in later in the series. For now, enjoy a series where both games have been decided by a combined 8 points, with another close game sure to follow.
The Kentucky Derby – Horse Racing – 6:00pm
Whether you are an avid horse racing fan (is anyone anymore?) or not, the Kentucky Derby is a must watch event every single year. The first leg of the Triple Crown, we find out which horse America will fall in love with this year, at least until The Preakness Stakes.
Mayweather vs. Cotto – Boxing – 9pm
Everyone wants to see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao,and until then every fight seems a little less special. Unlike previous fights, however, this fight could have some real fireworks. Cotto is no pushover and could legitimately challenge Mayweather during this fight. I still think Mayweather will win, but this is a fight worth ordering.
NASCAR at Talladega – 1:00pm
There is a reason Will Ferrell named his movie “Talladega Nights”. Talladega is right up there with the Daytona 500 and when it comes on, you have to watch. The Sprint Cup standings are incredibly tight, as the top 4 drivers are separated by 10 points. This early in the season, drives will be taking chances in the hopes of finding their way to victory lane at Talladega.
Atlanta at Boston – NBA – 7:00pm
Another playoff series tied 1-1, the Celtics won Game 2 without star PG Rajon Rondo. The Celtics get Rondo back in Game 3, as well as home court for the next two games. This game is a pivotal point in the series and Atlanta will be playing with urgency to get back home court. After a long sports weekend, this will be a great game to wrap it all up.
April 6, 2012
It has been a while since I wrote a weekend sports schedule, but with the NHL and NBA heading into the homestretch before the playoffs, the MLB season getting under way and The Masters going on this weekend, it may be hard to prioritize which games are “must-see”. Have no fear, I have looked over all of the games and events happening this weekend and these are the games you MUST watch.
Cardinals @ Brewers – MLB – 4:10pm ET
We normally don’t start the schedule this early, but with many people taking today off to celebrate Opening Day (or to recover from the celebrating the night before), I figure many of you have some time to watch some games. This is Opening Day for Brewers fans, and what better way to kickoff the season then against their hated division rival the Cardinals. This game should have all of the pomp and circumstance of Opening Day with the passion of a mid-season ballgame. A great way to start the weekend.
Suns @ Nuggets – NBA – 9:00pm ET
If the game above didn’t have enough of a playoff atmosphere for you, this game should take care of that and then some. The Suns are currently 9th in the Western Conference, only one game behind the 8th seed. Who are they trailing? The Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets won the last matchup, but the Suns were without Steve Nash. Denver would love to put a little more cushion between themselves and the Suns, but Nash will be trying to make one more playoff push in what many assume will be his last season with the Suns.
Chicago @ Detroit – NHL – 1:00pm ET
We pickup Saturday afternoon right where we left off on Friday. Detroit and Chicago are 5th and 6th , respectively, in the standings. Only separated by 2 points, there will be no love lost during this heated game between division rivals. The Red Wings can still land the 4th spot in the playoffs, while the Blackhawks can leapfrog Detroit if they win in regulation. This game has a lot riding on it for both teams, and will be a very physical, entertaining game.
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh- NHL – 4:00pm ET
This game has no bearing on playoff seeding, but when two in-state, division rivals play, it doesn’t disappoint. That is the case as the Flyers and Penguins meet on Saturday. The Flyers are 4-1 against the Penguins this season, yet are still ranked only 5th in the standing, one spot below the Penguins. The Flyers will look to end the season with a win and enter the playoffs on a strong note.
Bulls @ Knicks – NBA – 1:00pm ET
The seeds get further apart in this matchup, but the importance is just as great. The Knicks are fighting to keep themselves in the playoffs, only 1.5 games ahead of the 9th seed. They will face the #1 seed Chicago Bulls, who will likely be the Knicks first round playoff matchup. This could be a preview of what we can expect in the fast approaching NBA playoffs, and the Knicks can’t afford to lose many more games. The Bulls will look to dishearten the Knicks, who could build some confidence with an impressive showing at home.
The Masters – PGA – 2:00pm ET
The Masters starts at 2, but when the game above ends, we should be joining right around the back 9. The Masters is one of the PGA’s premiere events and always provides great action. Rory McIlroy is looking to avenge his monumental collapse last year and is in contention midway through Friday’s action. A lot could change from now until then, which is what makes The Masters a great watch, even if you aren’t a big golf fan.
White Sox @ Rangers – NBA – 8:00pm ET
Once The Masters ends, we have one more game of baseball before we call this weekend over. The Rangers are the defending AL Champions for the past two seasons and hope this will be the year they finally win the World Series. The White Sox, on the other hand, are in more of a rebuilding stage, with a lot of turnover from last season. Regardless, baseball season is back and this early in the season, every team is a contender.
February 24, 2012
The NBA gave us some great games last week. The Clippers and Spurs went to OT, and the Knicks made a big 4th quarter comeback against the Mavs. The NBA has All-Star Weekend going on, but it will have plenty of company with the Daytona 500 and the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend. We think this weekend should have something for everyone. (All times EST).
Vancouver at New Jersey – NHL – 7:00pm
This is the only time these two teams will meet this regular season and they couldn’t meet at a better time. The Canucks are riding an incredible hot streak, and with a win against New Jersey, could take over the top spot in the West. The Devils have been hot as well, going 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Vancouver is in the middle of a road trip in which they ended Detroit’s 23 game home winning streak. The Devils will try and keep Vancouver from taking down yet another hot team in consecutive games.
Rising Stars Challenge – NBA – 9:00pm
The first of many All-Star game events on our schedule, the Rising Star Challenge will give you a glimpse into the future, and in some ways the here and now, of the NBA. Young stars like Ricky Rubio, Jeremy Lin, Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving and John Wall are sure to light up the court in what should be a much more competitive game than the All-Star game. These young stars are looking to prove they belong on the brighter stage next year.
St. Louis at Winnipeg – NHL- 2:00pm
Both of these teams will be looking to gain ground in the points with a win in this game. St. Louis is 4 points behind Detroit in the Central, while Winnipeg has a 1 point lead in the Southeast. This will be the second game in a six game road trip for the Blues, who meet Winnipeg in the middle of an 8 game home stand. The Blues bring with them the best goals against average in the league, which they will need. Winnipeg isn’t a huge offensive team, but they are opportunistic on the power play.
(#3)Missouri at (#5) Kansas – 4:00pm
Two Top 5 teams playing this late in the season? You knew this was going to be on the schedule. Add to that Missouri is only one game behind the Jayhawks for 1st place in the Big 12, and this game could be the most compelling of the weekend. These two teams played an incredible game earlier this month, with Missouri squeaking by 74-71 at home. That was the Jayhawks last loss, and with the game now going back to Kansas, you can bet they will be looking for revenge.
NBA All-Star Saturday Night – 8:30pm
The part of All-Star weekend that many people find more entertaining than the game itself, All-Star Saturday night is basically the NBA’s skills competition. This event includes: the Shooting Stars competition, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Three Point Contest and the Slam Dunk Contest. Some of the stars competing in these events include: Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, Kyrie Irving, Tony Parker & Deron Williams. Overall, it should be a fun event to end your Saturday night.
Scouting Combine – NFL – 9:00am
We wake you up early this weekend, but you have to put in the time to watch these future NFL stars work. The first televised portion of the Combine is Saturday morning, and while I let you sleep in then, you have to watch the skill position players (QB, RB, and WR) jockey for position in their respective groups. The NFL has truly turned into a year round priority, and this is the kickoff to the main event of the offseason, the NFL Draft.
Daytona 500 – NASCAR – 1:00pm
The Super Bowl for NASCAR, this is a must watch event even for those of you who may not be racing fans. Danica Patrick will be making her first run in the event, and defending Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart will look to defend his title with a win in a race he has yet to win. The Daytona 500 has produced amazing finishes and I am sure this year won’t disappoint.
All-Star Game – NBA – 7:30 pm
Anytime the best players in the world get together on one court to play, it is something to be seen. Four of the five starting spots on the West roster come from Los Angeles, as Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum of the Lakers will join Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the Clippers. The East will have a pair of teammates as well, with Miami’s Lebron James and Dwyane Wade getting the start. With that much offensive firepower on the court it will be a shootout, but when the 4th quarter starts, look for both teams’ competitive nature to really kick in. It should make for an entertaining end to the weekend.
February 16, 2012
Nashville at Detroit – NHL – 7:30pm
As long as the winning streak continues, this is must see TV. The Red Wings are banged up, but have continued to extend what is now a record 21-game home win streak. Nashville has already been a part of that streak, and would like to prevent from being on their twice. Add to that they could earn some points against the current #1 seed in the West and this game will be intense and should start off our weekend with a great game.
Kansas State at #10 Baylor – NCAAMBB – 1:30pm
In a rematch of a 75-73 Baylor win in January, Kansas State will look to add another W against a ranked team to their tournament resume. Baylor was undefeated and #4 at the time of their last meeting, but has lost 4 games since then (all to Top 10 teams). Kansas State is coming off a loss to #5 Kansas, and will be playing #3 Missouri 3 days later, so they are in a tough stretch of games. However, they know they can hang with Baylor, so look for them to really buckle down and try and get a big win against a conference opponent.
San Antonio at LA Clippers – NBA – 3:30pm
The Clippers look to continue to prove they are the team to beat in the West against the Spurs, who were one time kings themselves. They catch the Spurs at the right time, with this game being San Antonio’s 6th game of a 9 game road trip. However, the Spurs have recently gotten Manu Ginobili back from injury, which makes them a tougher opponent. “Lob City” has been in full effect lately, and the Clippers are 7-3 over their last 10. The Spurs are 9-1, however, and 1.5 games ahead of the Clippers. Los Angeles has to go through the veteran teams if they want to earn their respect in the West.
#16 St. Mary’s at #14 Murray State – NCAAMBB – 6:00pm
St. Mary’s and Murray St. are both teams dealing with loss, something they aren’t familiar with. St. Mary’s has lost 2 of their last 3, while Murray St. received its first loss 3 games ago. In a HUGE game for both their tournament hopes, these teams will be playing this game like it is a play-in game. Both can score, with St. Mary’s 32nd in scoring and Murray St. 41st. These two mid-major teams know how hard the tournament can be on smaller schools, so watch the intensity pick up as the game goes on.
#6 Ohio State at #19 Michigan – NCAAMBB – 9:00pm
Ohio State beat Michigan pretty good Jan 29th, 64-49 at home. Michigan has yet to lose at home this season however, and will be looking to get revenge on their hated gridiron rival. This will be Michigan’s last chance to get a victory over a Top 10 opponent before the Big 10 tournament. On top of that, Michigan is only one game back of Big Ten leader Ohio State, so this is another game that should be played like a tournament game, at least on Michigan’s end.
Dallas at New York – NBA – 1:00pm
Linsanity takes the Knicks and their 7 game winning streak to the defending NBA Champion Mavericks to see if the streak can continue. Dallas has a 5 game winning streak of their own going, and has won 15 of their last 22. Dallas is tied for 5th lowest Points per Game average in the league, while New York has picked up their defensive intensity recently. Jason Kidd might be the best defender Jeremy Lin has had to go up against, but if he and Amar’e can find each other on the pick and rolls, this game should be great to watch.
Orlando at Miami – NBA 3:30pm
This game is star-studded, and should provide a great offense vs. defense matchup to watch. Miami is 1st in scoring in the NBA, while Orlando is tied for 5th in defense. Miami has won 15 of their last 18, really hitting their stride as we get close to the All-Star break. Orlando is playing well also, winning 7 of their last 10, but you have to wonder how much longer they will have Dwight Howard on their squad. Luckily, we don’t have to worry about that this game, which should provide an up-tempo game, even with Orlando’s defensive numbers.
Colorado at Winnipeg – NHL – 8:30pm
This game might not be on a lot of radars, but to me it seems like a great game waiting to happen. Both Winnipeg and Colorado are just outside the playoffs in their respective conference and see the other opponent as “beatable”. Both teams are allowing 2.8 Goals Against and 2.5 Goals per Game, so this should be a very good matchup. Look for a dogfight with both teams looking to make a push towards the playoffs.
February 10, 2012
If you followed our schedule last week, you got to see some amazing games last weekend. On Friday, Florida held on to a 2-1 lead to edge the Jets. Saturday, our Mid-Major game came through HUGE, with Northern Iowa hitting a buzzer beater to upset #12 Creighton. Plus, we were the only blog that let you in on our little viewing secret, the Super Bowl on Sunday night. Hopefully you have learned to trust our viewing schedule, because we have another great weekend in store for you. (All times EST).
Los Angeles Lakers at New York Knicks – NBA – 8:00pm
Coming into this season, who would have thought that with all the stars that will be on the court in this game, the biggest storyline will be: Jeremy Lin. Lin has the Knicks on a 3 game winning streak and has gotten big so fast he already has a Fathead. If the Knicks can pull off a win against the Lakers, Lin-sanity will explode. The Lakers will be playing their 5th straight game on the road, while the Knicks will be rested and returning to an electric Madison Square Garden. This game should provide an amazing start to the weekend.
#6 Baylor at #4 Missouri – MBB – 1:30pm
Again?! You may remember a few weeks ago we had this game on the schedule when they were ranked #3 and #5, respectively. That game did not disappoint at all, coming down to an 89-88 Missouri win. Now, Missouri is ranked higher, and welcomes Baylor to their house to see if they can once again pull out a victory. These two teams can both score at will, so expect another shootout that goes down to the wire. This will be a fast, action-packed game to get our Saturday moving in the right direction.
#12 Michigan State at #3 Ohio State – MBB – 6:00pm
We thought you might need a nap after what is sure to be an intense game. We give you until 6:00pm, when two of the top teams in the Big Ten battle for the best record in the conference. Michigan State would love to be able to get a victory against a Top 5 opponent to boost its tournament resume, but Ohio State has yet to lose at home this season. While these teams can score, expect a hard-fought defensive battle in a typical Big Ten game.
Vancouver @ Calgary – NHL – 10:30pm
The Calgary Flames are currently two points out of the playoffs, while the Canucks are one point from being the #1 seed in the Western Conference. Calgary would love to take a game from the Northwest division leader, but the Canucks are playing great hockey right now. Vancouver is 3rd in goals (1st in power play scoring), 7th in goals against and 6th in killing the power play. If Calgary can get a win against Vancouver, it could be the boost they need to make a run at the playoffs.
Chicago at Boston – NBA – 3:30pm
We know there are always errands to run and chores to do, so wake up early and get them done so you can be in front of the TV for this game. Young vs. Old. Offense vs. Defense. This game has many storyline, but most important could be 1 vs. 7. That is the difference in playoff standings right now, and Boston needs to start making up some ground while they are still fresh. Boston is an aging team, but they are playing the best defense in the league right now. 1st overall in points allowed, they will be looking to shut down a young, explosive Bulls team that is 9th in scoring and has the best record in the East. Boston is catching Chicago at a great time though, as this is the final game of the Bulls 9-game road trip. Seeing how all of these storylines play out should make for a great game.
Philadelphia at Detroit – NHL – 7:30 pm
As of today, Detroit has an 18 game home winning streak going. If they don’t lose Friday night, this game would be to tie the NHL record. The Red Wings haven’t played the Flyers yet this season, and they split a pair of games in the preseason. Philadelphia is 2nd in the NHL in scoring and will test Jimmy Howard often throughout this game. Howard should have some support though, as the Flyers give up close to 3 goals a game. The key to this game is the Power Play, as Philadelphia is very effective with the extra man, while Detroit has struggled short-handed. This game should be great regardless of if the record is in play or not. If the record is on the line, Joe Louis Arena should be electric and a great way to end the sports weekend.