What To Watch: Fri. 5/13 – Sun. 5/15

All times are Pacific.

Friday May 13th

DC United vs NY Red Bulls – 4pm UNI MAS: These are separated by goal differential only. While that may not mean much in mid-May, add in the fact that this is a pretty decent rivalry and you have the makings of a solid game.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning – 5pm NBCSN: The conference finals are finally here and both these teams are as hot as they get.

WadeToronto Raptors at Miami Heat – 5pm ESPN: Dwayne Wade and the Heat look to force a game seven back in Toronto on Sunday and prove that he and the Heat can win clutch playoff games without LeBron.

Saturday May 14th

Montreal Impact vs Philadelphia Union – 2pm MLS.TV: These two are, surprisingly, neck-and-neck in the East.

New York Mets at Colorado Rockies – 5pm MLB.TV: The NL East leading Mets take on Nolan Arenado and the Rockies. Rockies pitching at home is terrible but they still have plenty of firepower in the lineup.

UFC 198 – 7pm PPV: Heavyweight title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic in Brazil. Jacare vs Vitor Belfort and Shogun Rua vs up and comer Corey Anderson. Oh yeah, Cyborg makes her UFC debut against Leslie Smith. Demian Maia vs Matt Brown headlines the undercard.

Sunday May 15th

Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors – 12:30pm ABC: Game seven up north and the Air Canada Centre should be rocking.

Amgen Tour of California – 2pm NBCSN: Stage one of the biggest race in the USA. Peter Sagan returns to defend the race he won by a smidgen last year.

Portland Timbers vs NYCFC – 4:30pm FS1: Let’s see how Mix Diskerud and David Villa do in the toughest road environment in MLS where the forecast calls for rain. It’s the full Portland experience!

San Jose Sharks at St Louis Blues -5pm NBCSN: Game one of the Western Conference Final. Sharks might be the team to beat out of the remaining four.

St Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers – 5pm ESPN: Sunday Night Baseball and two of the better franchises in baseball.

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What to Watch: Fri. 3/11 – Sun. 3/13

All times are Pacific.

Friday March 11th

Baylor vs Kansas – 4pm ESPN2: The Big 12 tournament kicks into high gear.

Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning – 4:30pm NHL.TV: Flyers are agonizingly close to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference while the Lightning are battling it out for one of the top seeds.

Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls – 5pm NBA.TV: The Heat lead the Southeastern division while the Bulls have fallen off a bit but are still a dangerous group.

DUCKS V BLUESAnaheim Ducks at St Louis Blues – 5pm NHL.TV: The Ducks have been come down to Earth after winning something like 10 in a row. Both are playoff bound. Expect some excellent hockey in this one.


Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars – 5:30pm NHLN:
These two are tied for the top spot in the Western Conference and on top of the Central. Both are two of the top teams in the entire league.

Oklahoma vs West Virginia – 6pm ESPN2: OU may have the Big 12 player of the year (Buddy Hield) and swept the season series but pay no mind to that. Bob Huggins will have his team ready to play and they are still a top 10 team mind you.

Arizona vs Oregon – 6pm PAC12: Oregon is trying to lock up a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament but Arizona needs a win to improve their seeding too.

Portland Trailblazers at Golden State Warriors – 7:30pm NBA League Pass: You want to watch this one just to see what Steph Curry and Damian Lillard are going to do to one up each other.

 

Saturday March 12th

NY Islanders at Boston Bruins – 10am NHL.TV: A little morning hockey with two playoff bound teams.

New England Revolution vs DC United – Noon MLS.TV: These two were at the top of the Eastern Conference standings last season. Good early season matchup.

Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors – 4pm NBA League Pass: Talk about tough back-to-back road games for the Heat. First Chicago and then up to the Great White North. That’s just mean.

Sporting KC vs Vancouver Whitecaps – 5:30pm MLS.TV: SKC looks to lay out the unwelcome mat for the Caps. Both should be a force in the Western Conference again.

Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs – 5:30pm ABC: Probably the only two teams who have a legit chance of knocking off the Warriors when it comes playoff time. Durant, Duncan, Westbrook, Parker and of course the media mogul Poppovich.

BLUES V STARS FIGHTSt Louis Blues at Dallas Stars – 6pm NHLN: Both are looking to unseat the Blackhawks in the Central and claim the top spot. They should both be pretty sick and tired of each other by this point of the season. Sprinkle in the back side of back-to-back games and it could get nasty out there.

Washington Capitals at San Jose Sharks – 7:30pm NHL.TV: The Caps look to close out the brutal west coast road trip with a win in the shark tank.

 

Sunday March 13th

LUNDQVISTPittsburgh Penguins at NY Rangers – 9:30am NBC: Sidney Crosby and the Pens look to give themselves some breathing room when it comes to the playoff race. The Rangers are strong and will be strong once Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash return.

Cleveland Cavaliers at LA Clippers – 12:30pm ABC: Enough talent on display to make you stop you Sunday yard work and camp out in front of the TV.

NYCFC vs Toronto FC – 2pm ESPN2: Lot of star power on display and hopefully that means goals a plenty.

NCAA Selection Show – 2:30pm CBS: Who is in and who is out. Let the second phase of March Madness begin!

What to Watch: Thurs. 12/31 – Sun. 1/3

All times are Pacific.

Thursday December 31st

Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl – 9am ESPN:  Houston sneaks into a major bowl game only to go up against one of the best programs in all the land in Florida State. This game showcases FSU tailback Dalvin Cook and Houston QB Greg Ward JR. FSU should pull away late but there should be lots of offense.

Xavier at Villanova – 9am FS1: Top 25 match-up and a Big East Conference battle.

ouCapital One Orange Bowl – 1pm ESPN: The first of two College Football Playoff Semifinal games. This is a rematch of last years Russell Athletic Bowl and while Clemson got the better of Oklahoma in that game, OU is one of the hottest teams in the country.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings – 3pm NHL Gamecenter: Not a bad way match up to help ring in the New Year.

Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets – 4pm NBA League Pass: The Warriors are on the ole Texas road trip. It’s a rough stretch even for the best team in the NBA.

MSU FLAGGoodyear Cotton Bowl – 5pm ESPN: Michigan State vs Alabama is about as old school as it gets. This one is all about running the ball and defense. Just a note, Nick Saban is undefeated against his former assistants. Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio is a former assistant of Saban’s.

 

Friday January 1st

dobbsOutback Bowl – 9am ESPN2: Northwestern and Tennessee have had outstanding years. This game is always close and a lot of fun to watch. Keep an eye on Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs. If he can be a dual threat against the tough Wildcat D then Tennessee could have a very good day.

Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins – 10am NBC: The 2016 Winter Classic is here. The Bruins are three points south of the Habs but as we know, anything can happen in this game.

BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl – 10am ESPN: Does it get much better than Notre Dame vs Ohio State?

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual – 2pm ESPN: Iowa vs Stanford is like Michigan State vs Alabama, run oriented offenses defenses that can win a game for you. You get to also check out the most exciting player in the country in Stanford’s Christian McCaffery.

Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat – 4:30pm NBA League Pass: The Mavs head to Miami to kick off the New Year with Chris Bosh and D-Wade.

UFC 195 – 7pm PPV: Not the best card the UFC has ever put out there but the main event is for the Welterweight title. Defending Champion Robbie Lawler puts the title on the line against for Interim Champion Carlos Condit.

 

Saturday January 2nd

West Ham vs Liverpool – 4:45am NBCSN: Two teams that are neck and neck in the standings.

TaxSlayer Bowl – 9am ESPN: Penn State vs Georgia. One team (Penn State) is in transition offensively (new OC coming in) and Georgia, well their new Head Coach is currently the DC for Alabama.

Watford vs Manchester City -9:30am NBC: It’s been an upside down league this season, will order be restored in 2016? Man City has a chance to put Watford in their place and gain ground on league leading Arsenal.

Baylor at Kansas – 11am CBS: The Bears invade Rock Chalk Jayhawk and one of the toughest environments in all of college basketball.

Memphis at South Carolina – 1pm ESPNU: Stop the presses, the Gamecocks are undefeated and get their toughest test to date.

Iowa State at Oklahoma – 2pm ESPN2: OU is arguably the best team in the country but the Cyclones are not far behind.

Valero Alamo Bowl – 3:45pm ESPN: Oregon vs TCU and that means wide open offenses and two quarterbacks looking to end their collegiate careers with a bang. Oregon’s Vernon Adams and TCU’s Trevone Boykin.

New York Rangers at Florida Panthers – 4pm NHL Gamecenter: The Panthers are one of the surprises in the NHL this season. The Rangers are not. They are just a solid hockey team.

Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs – 5:30 NBA TV: Two of the better teams in the West square off.

 

Sunday January 3rd

Everton vs Tottenham – 8am NBCSN: Everton sits nine points back of Spurs and Spurs have goal scoring phenom Harry Kane. Tall order, even at home.

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills – 10am CBS: Jets win and they are into the playoffs. If the Bills win then there are a whole slew of possibilities.

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals – 10am FOX: Bengals need to win to have a chance at a first round bye which they desperately need. Even backup QB AJ McCarron is iffy for this game with a bad wrist.

almerSeattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals – 1:25pm FOX: The Cards have a shot at having home field advantage throughout the playoffs and QB Carson Palmer has said ‘Super Bowl or Bust!’ Seahawks are working on a higher Wild Card seeding.

Dallas Stars at New York Islanders – 2pm NHL Gamecenter: The Stars lead the Central and the Isles are trying to stay within striking distance of the Capitals in the Metropolitan.

Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers – 4pm NBA League Pass: King James and crew welcome the Atlantic leading Raptors to town.

Bridgewater vs PackersMinnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – 5:30pm NBC: The NFC North and home field advantage for the first round of the playoffs is on the line. Packers got the better of the Vikings the first time around this season. Let’s see if Teddy Bridgewater and crew can get even.

What To Watch Thurs. 11/20 – Sun. 11/23

All times are PST

Thursday November 20th

Kansas St at West Virginia – 4pm FS1: K-ST and WVU may not get into the College Football Playoff but this should still be one heck of a game.

LA Clippers at Miami Heat – 5pm TNT: Still a fun game even without LeBron.

Friday November 21st

Chicago Bulls at Portland TrailBlazers – 7:30pm ESPN: Battle of two of the top teams in NBA.

Saturday November 22nd

Minnesota at Nebraska – 9am ESPN: Key game in the Big Ten West. Both teams coming off of embarrassing losses last weekend.

Arsenal vs Manchester United – 9:30am NBC: The game may not decide the Premier League but it’s still a lot of bad blood between the two.

Yale at Harvard – 9:30am NBCSN: It’s one of the longest running rivalries in College Football. This year the winner walks away with the Ivy League title. It’s also signifies the beginning of the end of the College Football season.

Ole Miss at Arkansas – 12:30pm CBS: Arkansas finally broke through and got their first SEC win in what seems like forever. Now they welcome Ole Miss to town in a must win for both but for different reasons.

Arizona at Utah – 12:30 ESPN: Think the SEC West is tough? Try the Pac 12 South.

Stanford at Cal – 1pm FS1: THE BIG GAME! Winner goes bowling. Cal QB Goff has 4 INT’s all year.

Louisville at Notre Dame – 12:30pm NBC: Notre Dame is reeling and Louisville is no joke.

Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins – 4pm NHLN: An original 6 match up for your Saturday night.

Missouri at Tennessee – 4:30pm ESPN: Mizzou is looking to wrap up their second straight SEC East title. Tennessee needs to win one of the next two to go bowling.

USC at UCLA – 5pm ABC: Battle of LA.

Frankie Edgar vs Cub Swanson – 9pm(ish) FS1: This is a heck of a fight in the Featherweight Division.

Sunday November 23rd

Detroit Lions at New England Patriots – 10am FOX: Can anyone stop the Pats?

Montreal Alouettes at Hamilton Tiger-Cats – 10am ESPN: Eastern Conference Final.

NY Red Bulls vs NE Revolution – 10:30pm NBC: Can the Red Bulls get Thierry Henry to an MLS Cup before he retires?

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks – 1pm FOX: This could decide the NFC West.

Edmonton Eskimos at Calgary Stampeders – 1:30pm ESPN3: Western Conference Final, a chance to get to the Grey Cup and the battle of Alberta all wrapped into one.

LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders – 2pm ESPN: Game 1 of two in the Western Conference Final.

What to Watch Fri. 5/30- Sun. 6/1

Friday May 30th

San Francisco Giants @ St Louis Cardinals – 5:15pm MLB.TV: A great pitching matchup, Madison Bumgarner (6-3) vs Adam Wainwright (8-2), and two teams who will compete to represent the National League in the World Series. Just like they’ve done the last four years.

Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat – 5:30pm ESPN: Looks like King James and crew will get it done in Game 6 at home. But the Pacers were the best team in the East this year so, that’s why we watch the game.

Chicago Blackhawks @ Los Angeles Kings – 6pm NBCSN: Game 6 and the Kings can close it out at home. It’s a tall order for the struggling Blackhawks.

Saturday May 31st

UFC Fight Night Double Header – Noon/ 7pm: Since the UFC doesn’t have enough fights they decided to put two events on the same day. The first one features Mark Munoz vs Gegard Mousasi and the second one features Stipe Miocic vs Fabio Maldonaldo. Basically if you’re in the mood for a cage fight at some point on Saturday, odds are there is a live fight happening somewhere. See UFC.com for more info.

Real Salt Lake @ Seattle Sounders – 1pm MLS LIVE: Regardless if players are going to Brazil or not, this is a key match-up out West. Why? It’s the top two teams in that’s why.

San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder – 5:30pm TNT: Yep, it’s a Game 6. Someone can close it out.

Sunday June 1st

USA vs Turkey – 11am ESPN2: Team USA’s second tune up game for the World Cup.

Vancouver Whitecaps @ Portland Timbers – 6pm MLS LIVE: A Cascadia Cup match-up and Portland looks like they are starting to find their legs (even though they may not have a lot left with this being their third game in eight days.)

The Real Work Done on Christmas

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Certain sports seem to earn certain days or holidays. Football during Thanksgiving weekend, College Football on New Years Day, and the NBA on Christmas Day.

Years ago, there would be only one or two NBA games on Christmas Day. Now there are five and they’re doing rather well. The Thunder at Heat game was the fourth highest rated NBA regular season game ever on ABC and was the highest rated regular season game ever in Oklahoma City and Miami. While these numbers are very good there are some other things to consider, like all of the people who work.

There were five NBA games on Christmas which means ten teams. That’s not just the players and coaches but the support staff, media, and arena personnel. From janitors to hot dog vendors to the IT department. The Staples Center had it tougher than most too this past Christmas. They had two games to work. First the Knicks vs the Lakers than the late game between the Nuggets and the Clippers. That’s a long day on a regular day much less a holiday.

While we expect certain people to be working on holidays such as doctors, policemen, and firemen we rarely think about those who are taking the tickets at the arena. Those cooking the food for the luxury boxes or those pulling cable for the cameraman as he tries to get just the right shot of Kobe Bryant walking to the bench after a big play.

The ratings show that sports on holiday’s work and as long as people are watching there will continue to be events on days such as Christmas. So while you enjoy the comfort of family and friends remember that it’s not just the teams that make sports happen.