Worth The Risk?

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Every now and then you have to scratch your head and wonder what a particular athlete was thinking. The latest is Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford signed a new deal ( two-years at $36 million with $22 million guaranteed) and then asked to be traded because the Eagles traded up in the NFL Draft and selected a quarterback (Carson Wentz). Then Bradford doesn’t show up to voluntary workouts only to then show up and rescind his trade request. This from a quarterback who cannot stay healthy and has never made the playoffs.

Sam BradfordWe forget that Bradford was once the number one overall pick by the then St Louis Rams in 2010. A draft that saw the next six picks all became Pro Bowlers. He was supposed to be the first franchise quarterback they had since hall of famer Kurt Warner.

Then he got hurt.

He had not one but several season ending injuries with one causing him to miss an entire season. He was then traded to Philly before last season in exchange for Nick Foles where he was injured again but this time he only missed two games.

Now for the crazy numbers.

Bradford is 25-37-1 as a starter and has never led a team to the playoffs. Yet after his two-year deal he will have made some $114 million and still be under 30 years old.

I get he wanted to be traded. He’s a competitive guy and believes that he can do the job and get the Eagles, or some other team, to the Super Bowl. He probably doesn’t fell like he should have to compete for the quarterback job but facts are facts; Bradford hasn’t played a full season since 2012 who just singed a relatively big money deal. Not exactly awesome trade material.

BradfordWhat did he think when the Eagles signed veteran backup Chase Daniels? Why not “demand” a trade then? So the Eagles traded up to get their quarterback of the future in Wentz. Did Bradford think that the Eagles were just going to hand him the job and not hedge their bets?

Hopefully Bradford fulfills the promise that made him the top overall pick of the draft and Offensive Rookie of the Year. It would be nice to see him prove the doubters wrong and lead the Eagles to the playoffs. But he has to prove it and while history is not indicative of future success, even Bradford himself must understand that the Eagles have to manage their risk.

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The Sunday: Down, Out & Dancin

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Kicked Out Of The Nest

Early last year I wrote that Chip Kelly may end up being the next Bill Walsh with his bold moves and innovative approach that everyone thought was nuts. Guest writer Dave Trausneck did point out back in 2013 that Kelly isn’t right for the NFL.

Dave may be right.

Chip KellyIf Kelly does turn out to be the next Bill Walsh he won’t be roaming the sidelines for the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly was let go on Tuesday and owner Jeff Lurie cited the ‘trajectory’ of the team.

Kelly says he wants to remain the NFL but there are probably some collegiate teams who are having buyers remorse when it comes to their head coaching hires over the recent months.

Falling Down

The only thing better than getting a hoverboard this Holiday Season are the videos of people falling off them….or almost falling off of them.

Thank you Mike Tyson and John Calipari. You brought 2016 in with a thud.

 

WTF?

The Carolina Panthers lost their first game of the season last week to the Atlanta Falcons. Pretty sure that this play call didn’t help.

 

Big Class Bob

One could imagine that Oklahoma head coach was pretty down after his teams 37-17 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff. That didn’t stop him from coming back out onto the field and congratulating former assistant Brent Venables. 

 

Best of Bowls

There was a lot of football over the last two weeks. Pretty sure that no one was ever more wide open than the fullback from Kansas State.

Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs didn’t panic, he just calmly picked up the ball and tiptoed in for a touchdown.

TCU came back from a 31-0 halftime deficit to defeat Oregon tying the largest comeback in a bowl game. While Oregon never seemed to recover from QB Vernon Adams exiting the game with what appeared to be a concussion, the comeback was really fueled by TCU’s head coach Gary Patterson and his change of shirts.

Patterson wore a black shirt in the first half and then changed to a purple one in the second. They rattled off 31 unanswered points in the second half.  Safe to say that the purple shirt is stayin.

Then there was the Christian McCaffery fan.

And to celebrate the end of bowl season I give you Tennessee dancing.

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The Sunday: Holiday Greetings, Omens, & Never Giving Up

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Sliding Down The Candy Cane

Antonio Brown’s spread eagle celebration on the goalpost cost him some $11,576 but it made for a heck of a Christmas Card tweet.

 

Omen

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly made a lot of questionable moves this year and now they have missed the playoffs for the second straight year. Shouldn’t surprise anyone that the lights went out during his press conference after losing to Washington.

Is this an omen?

 

 

Bigger Than Me

Oakland Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson is calling it a career. He played his last game in front of the ‘Black Hole’Before the game he told his teammates that the game was bigger than him and it’s bigger than them.

The Raiders went on to beat their rivals to the south (the San Diego Chargers) in overtime. After the game Woodson had a message for Raider nation and one that isn’t all that far from the truth.

The NFL would be wise to have Woodson be an ambassador for the league.

 

Bowling For The Holidays

The first week of college football bowl games are in the books. Lot of high scores (the Independence Bowl between Tulsa and Virginia Tech had 75 points….at half time!), some great finishes and at least one questionable call.

In the Foster Farms Bowl between Nebraska and UCLA, Nebraska Safety Nate Gerry was ejected for a ‘targeting’. Even the next day this call (which was upheld by replay) is still baffling everyone.

In our book, this is a text book tackle.

On the other hand is a targeting call that we full agree with. This one happened in the Hyundai Sun Bowl and Miami Safety Rayshawn Jenkins was also ejected. The player left his feet and hit the opposing player above the shoulder pads. This is targeting. While everyone will not agree with the rule or the calls themselves, Gerry’s hit isn’t targeting and Jenkins hit is.

Targeting Rule

 

Banned Blatter

In a shock to no one, FIFA President Sepp Blatter was banned from soccer for eight years. Well this is a bit of a shock that it took FIFA this long to do it and it’s only eight years?

 

Will Run Routes 4 Food

While watching the New England Patriots at New York Jets game today, be on the lookout for Joe Anderson. He stood outside of the Houston Texans facility with a sign that said, Will Run Routes 4 Food

#NothingWillStopMe Lord it's all in your hands, all I know is that I believe it by faith and see it all happening even when it looks like a joke before the eyes of man! I fill myself with humility and say let your Will be done and use me to allow others to believe in your power!!!! Im not looking at my situation with a worldly mindset and that's what's gonna seperate me my hunger can't be matched my heart can't be compared too, I'm outside the Houston Texans facility every morning, because I kno what type of gift God has blessed me with!!! A lot of people don't really live out the meaning #WhateverItTakes they just sayin it!!! You gotta really live that junk if you say it and believe in yourself and trust in the Lord, and living it don't just mean hold up a sign!! Oh there is much pain behind holding this sign an it's not from bein doubted or the underdog, like how bad do you really want it?? Forget a publicity stunt Boyz is Really HUNGRY out hur dawg to the point if the coach wanna line up I'll route him up too, to the point if it's special teams an the REF get in the way I'll hit him too!! It's something flickering in my head everyday with much Humility and WILL power to go the extra mile when it come to believing in myself and proven all doubters wrongI'm not just chasing greatness for myself/family but for all the people that lack faith and wanna quit and don't believe God still moves, DAWG if you gotta DREAM GO GET THAT!! Let ZERO What If's stand in the way go to the grave on E, not off what someone told you you can't do…Create and tell your testimony don't be ashamed of it, do it all for the glory of the kingdom take yourself outta the picture I'm out here on FAITH, it's bigger than just collecting a check to me straight up! The way I do what I do and why I do what I do isn't just to score touchdowns and gain fame that's far from the case I don't need all that cause I'm already famous in spirit an you can't get no famous than that, when I get my shot you'll see what the Lord is truly about to do in my life and I pray wit all my heart it inspires you to never Give up.When your purpose means more than your situation God will give you favor #TAGandREPOST

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His perseverance, humility and commitment to the game paid off when the Jets signed him this past week.

What To Watch: Fri. 12/25 – Sun. 12/27

All times are Pacific.

Friday December 25th

Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder – 11:30am ABC: Two playoff level teams who have enough talent to make some noise come the spring.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors – 2pm ABC: Not only is it a rematch of last years NBA Finals but it also features the top teams in the Eastern & Western Conference.

San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets – 5pm ESPN: Houston has started to turn it around and the Spurs are….well the Spurs. They are the second best team in the NBA behind Golden State. Maybe Pop will compliment James Harden’s beard?

 

Saturday December 26th

Liverpool vs Leicester City – 5am NBCSN: The league leading Foxes head to Anfield to take on Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.

Louisville at Kentucky – 9am CBS: Top 25 men’s basketball matchup between two of the predominant powers. Add the instate battle factor and this game has all the makings of a barn burner.

Miami vs Washington State – 11am CBS: The Sun Bowl is a pretty good one this year as the surprising Washington State Cougars take on the Miami Hurricanes. The Hurricane players are really auditioning for new head coach Mark Richt so their chances of just mailing this one in are low.

Indiana vs Duke – 12:30pm ABC: A bowl game outside in New York on the last weekend of December doesn’t sound like a reward but it is for these two teams. Two very offensive minded coaches squaring off means this game has shootout potential.

Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals – 4pm NHLN: The top team in the Eastern division meets the top team in the Metropolitan division. Plenty of star talent on the ice as well.

Dallas Stars at St Louis Blues – 5pm NHL Gamecenter: These two are battling it out for the top spot in the Central division.

Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators – 5pm NHL Gamecenter: Two evenly matched teams on a Saturday night in the Music City.

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles – 5:25pm NFL Network: The NFC East leading Redskins try to fly by the Eagles. If they do, they have all but locked up the NFC East and a home playoff game.

 

Sunday December 27th

Tom BradyNew England Patriots at NY Jets – 1pm CBS: Playoff implications abound in this one. Jets are looking to get a step closer to the postseason while the Pats can lock up home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win.

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals – 1:25pm FOX: While both teams are already in the playoffs, this game could determine who gets a first round bye in the postseason. Two All Pro quarterbacks squaring off makes this one even more fun to watch.

NY Giants at Minnesota Vikings – 5:25pm NBC: Giants need a lot of help to make the playoffs and it won’t be any easier with Odell Beckham Jr suspended. Vikings control their own destiny. They keep winning and they are into the playoffs.

What To Watch Fri. 12/11 – Sun. 12/13

All times are Pacific.

Friday December 11th

Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers – 4pm ESPN: Two 12-8 teams meet in Indianapolis.

LA Kings at Pittsburgh Penguins -4pm NHL Gamecenter: Well the Pens were out West last weekend, now the Pacific leading Kings come East.

Charleston Southern at Jacksonville State – 5pm ESPN2: Some FCS playoffs for your Friday night. Jacksonville State is the top seed in the FCS playoff bracket and Charleston Southern would love nothing more than to topple the Gamecocks.

The Ultimate Fighter Finale – 7pm FS1: Joe Lauzon vs Evan Dunham, Edson Barboza vs Tony Ferguson and the main event is a 145lbs clash between Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes.

 

Saturday December 12th

Northern Iowa at North Dakota State – 9am ESPN: North Dakota State is looking for it’s 5th straight FCS title. Northern Iowa almost upset North Dakota State earlier this year. Payback is awaiting.

Keenan ReynoldsArmy vs Navy – Noon CBS: 116th edition of the Army vs Navy game. Navy has won 13 years in a row. That’s right. Navy hasn’t lost to Army since 2001 when George W Bush was in his 1st term. Navy also has quarterback Keenan Reynolds who owns the NCAA record for touchdowns (83).

Utah vs Wichita State – 12:30pm ESPN2: The always dangerous Shockers welcome the Utes in some afternoon hoops action.

Cincinnati vs Xavier – 2:30pm FOX: The battle for basketball bragging rights in the Queen City.

Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning – 4pm NHLN: The Caps lead the Metropolitan division and while the Lightning may not be in Stanley Cup form yet, let’s not forget that they were their last season.

Dallas Stars at St Louis Blues – 5pm NHL Gamecenter: The two top teams in the Central division square off.

San Antonio Spurs at Atlanta Hawks – 5pm NBATV: The Spurs are quietly one of the best teams in the NBA while the Hawks are no slouches either.

UFC 193 – 7pm PPV: Two titles on the line as Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman takes on Luke Rockhold and then the fight you might have heard about Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo takes on the Interim Champion Conor McGregor.

 

Sunday December 13th

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals – 1pm CBS: This is the game of the day.

Buffalo Bills at Philadelphia Eagles – 10am CBS: Honestly, we just wanted to see which Eagles team shows up. Plus LeSean McCoy heads back to Philly.

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos – 1pm CBS: A long standing rivalry and the potential to go everywhere in-between.

Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks – 4pm NHLN: The Canucks are sitting in second in the Pacific division while the Blackhawks are still the Blackhawks. That means they are still the defending Stanley Cup Champions.

New England Patriots at Houston Texas – 5:30pm NBC: The Texans started 1-4 and have gone 5-2 since. The Patriots are all of a sudden in a tail spin, losers of their last two.

 

What to Watch Fri. 10/23 – Sun. 10/25

All times are Pacific.

Friday October 23rd

Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabers – 4pm NLHN: Habs are off to a 7-0-0 start but Buffalo has rookie sensation Jack Eichel.

Memphis at Tulsa – 5pm ESPN: Memphis is coming off a huge win against Ole Miss. Tulsa is the nations 6th ranked offense while Memphis is 10th. Shootout Possibility Factor: High.

Toronto Blue Jays at KC Royals – 5pm FS1: Game 6 and the Jays send David Price to the mound who has lost his last seven post season starts.

 

Saturday October 24th

Deshaun Watson Clemson

Clemson at Miami – 9am ABC: Clemson is just about a lock for the College Football Playoff unless they stumble here which is entirely possible. Miami is a tough place to play. You also get to watch the two best QB’s in the ACC in Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Miami’s Brad Kaaya.

Tennessee at Alabama – 12:30pm CBS: Third Saturday in October means one thing, Tennessee vs Bama. Can the Vols finally put four quarters of football together against the Tide? Are the Tide on let down alert?

Texas A&M at Ole Miss – 4pm ESPN: Both teams have a conference loss. Both are coming off of tough, embarrassing loss. Both need this game.

Utah at USC – 4:30pm FOX: Some people consider Utah the best team in the country but USC has enough talent to beat anybody in the country.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks – 5:30pm NHLN: A rematch of last years Stanley Cup Final.

Toronto Blue Jays at KC Royals – 5pm FS1 (If Necessary): Game 7 if it’s needed.

 

Sunday October 25th

Buffalo Bills vs Jacksonville Jaguars – 6:30am Yahoo: First ever NFL regular season game streamed live on Yahoo. Should be a decent game and you can watch on your tablet as you lay in bed.

Manchester United vs Manchester City – 7am NBCSN: It’s a Manchester Derby on a Sunday morning.

NY Jets at NE Patriots – 10am CBS: Undefeated Pats take on a solid Jets team.

United States Grand Prix – Noon NBC: F1 in Austin, Texas.

MLS Decision Day – 2pm/4pm: First ever “Decision Day” in MLS. The real action is out west where Portland, Sporting KC, Seattle and San Jose are all competing for three playoff spots.

Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers – 5:30pm NBC: Undefeated Panthers welcome the Eagles who seem to be putting it together.

What To Watch Thurs. 9/17 – Sun. 9/20

All times are Pacific.

Thursday September 17th

Clemson at Louisville – 4:30pm ESPN: Your chance to watch Clemson QB Deshaun Watson in person. He is something to see.

ManningDenver Broncos at KC Chiefs – 5:25pm CBS: Denver is not the same offense it was a year ago but man was that defense impressive in week one. KC looks to finally get a touchdown pass into the hands of a wide receiver.

 

 

Friday September 18th

Florida State at Boston College -5pm ESPN: BC always seems to give people trouble when they play at home and at night. Well this game is at home and at night.

LA Angles at Minnesota Twins – 5pm MLB.TV: Both teams are chasing that final wild card slot in the American League. This is the second game of a four game set.

Pittsburgh Pirates at LA Dodgers – 7pm MLB.TV: Playoff preview and a decent pitching match up to boot.

 

Saturday September 19th

Chelsea vs Arsenal – 4:40am NBCSN: Two of the better teams year in and year out in the Premier League. Chelsea desperately needs to right the ship.

Air Force at Michigan State – 9am ABC: Michigan State is coming off of a high profile win against Oregon. Now they have to settle down and play assignment football against a disciplined Air Force squad. Michigan State wins but it’s close for a half.

Nebraska at Miami – 12:30 ABC: Remember when these two teams use to play for the National Title every year?

Georgia Tech at Notre Dame – 12:30 NBC: Notre Dame has had more injuries than you can shake a stick at and Georgia Tech is a pretty good bet to win the ACC this year. Notre Dame has to be like Michigan State, very disciplined on defense if they want to win against a triple option attack.

Auburn at LSU -12:30pm CBS: Auburn has been the most overrated team to start 2015. Can they put it together in Death Valley and knock off the LSU?

Western Kentucky at Indiana – 1pm ESPNEWS: Western Kentucky can put up points and so can IU. This could be WKU’s second win against a Power 5 conference school.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders  4pm MLS LIVE: Cascadia Cup matchup with big time playoff implications.

Colorado vs Colorado State – 4pm CBSSN: The Rocky Mountain Shootout may not garner national attention but it’s usually a heck of a game.

California at Texas – 4:30pm FOX: Cal has one of the better QB’s in the country in Jared Goff. Odds are he will light up the Longhorns secondary.

Ole Miss at Alabama – 6:15pm ESPN: Ole Miss got the better of Bama last year. Bama has trouble with the Rebels style of offense too.

BYU at UCLA – 7:30pm FS1: Awesome matchup with two highly touted freshman QB’s. BYU’s Tanner Magnum and UCLA’s Josh Rosen. BYU pulls this out like they have their first two games and they could be looking at a big 6 bowl berth.

 

Sunday September 20th

Southampton vs Manchester United – 8am NBCSN: Southampton are only four points behind the Red Devils in the Premier League table.

San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals – 10am CBS: Bengals ran over the Chargers AFC West cohorts (Oakland Raiders) last week. Chargers are a whole different proposition though.

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills – 10am CBS: Well it’s Rex Ryan vs Bill Belichick again except this time Ryan heads up the Bills.

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles – 1pm FOX: Cowboys pulled one out of the fire last weekend while the Eagles fell short trying to do the exact same thing. Chip Kelly will hear the boos if his team starts off 0-2 after the offseason they had.

Portland Timbers vs NY Red Bulls -2pm ESPN: Timbers and NYRB are both in the thick of the playoff hunt.

NY Yankees at NY Mets – 5pm ESPN: See why TV and MLB execs are wetting themselves over the possibility of another Subway World Series.

Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers – 5:25pm NBC: Rematch of the wildly entertaining NFC Championship game from a year ago.

The Next Bill Walsh?

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

Crazy is the most politically correct term that has been associated with the Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly lately. While some of his methods may seem unconventional he apparently has a plan and he’s going to follow it regardless of public opinion.

Chip Kelly

Kelly and the Eagles have made some head-scratching moves this off-season and many feel that they’re not done yet. When the dust settles the Eagles will be closer to the team that Kelly wants even if that means trading an All-Pro player like LeSean McCoy. Many feel that is a team built in his likeness. One that is tough, smart, dedicated, big and fast. Pretty much everything you want in a prototypical NFL team.

Many would argue that the players Kelly has moved were the ones that he was looking for. From McCoy to quarterback Nick Foles to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Kelly felt otherwise and now he is going to field a team with several players coming off of major injuries.

It doesn’t stop with player personnel moves either. Kelly is a big believer in the sports science. So much so that he hired Shaun Huls as the NFL’s first ever ‘sport science coordinator’. While some criticized Kelly’s uptempo offense when he arrived in the NFL, Kelly noted that tempo is just another tool in the toolbox. His practices methods have even come under fire like having players run hard the day before a game.

How does this related to Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh?

Look at the similarities.They both brought a new mindset, methods and style to the NFL. Both installed innovative offenses and try to find the best players to fit that scheme. Both brought a new way of thinking to how you coach a team, run practices and both pulled from industries outside of football.

Walsh’s West Coast offense was seen as heresy in a league that, at the time, was filled with teams that believed in ‘three yards and a cloud of dust’.  Walsh’s offense was all about balance and timing. Some called it finesse but that finesse ended up winning four Super Bowls in the 80’s.

Walsh’s techniques are visible at every level of football from play calling to how you run offseason workouts. Kelly is making inroads in sports science, practice techniques and an innovative offensive style that gives the quarterback multiple run/pass options on every play.

Watch the first 3:30 of the video and you’ll get look inside Kelly’s approach.

Yes we know that we are comparing one of the greatest minds in the history of football with someone who has yet to make it to a Super Bowl but the markings are there. Yes we are making some big assumptions here like professional players embracing Kelly’s tactics and ideas. But people we’re saying similar things 35 years ago about Walsh.

A coach once said that ‘change is inevitable, growth is optional’. No one likes change, especially well paid NFL players. But change is here and so far it has been successful. The measure of success is of course a Super Bowl win which is something that the Eagles have never captured. Kelly has to win one. It’s the ultimate dropping of the mic in football.  It silences every critic. When know this because Walsh did it, three times.

Further Reading

Bill Walsh – HBR Article (1993)

Chip Kelly – Philly.com (2014) 

Chip Kelly – Grantland (2014) 

The Sunday: Crazy Good Stuff

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

What’s great about sports is that it always keeps you on your toes. No matter what sport it is, something unpredictable is going to happen…even in its off-season. This week was no exception.

CRAZY

Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles kept everybody in the NFL on their toes the past two weeks. From trading their all-pro running back and quarterback to signing the leagues leading rusher a year ago from an arch rival. Yes, Kelly and the Eagles made moves that left many scratching their heads unsure if these moves were good or bad.

Chip Kelly

For his part, Kelly seems extremely confident in the moves that he made. ‘We have a vision for what we want for football players here’ Kelly remarked at a press conference on March 11th. Apparently LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles and Jeremy Maclin didn’t fit that vision regardless of what their stats said.

Time will tell if Kelly made the right moves to get the Eagles closer to a Super Bowl or moves that put him closer to returning to the college football ranks.

GOOD

Nick Fairley

The St Louis Rams are not known for theatrics. You could have fooled just about everyone this week when they brought ‘Nick’ in. ‘Nick’ was supposed to be newly acquired quarterback Nick Foles. Instead, the Rams introduced defensive tackle Nick Fairley. It caught everyone off guard and definitely won for ‘best theatrics’ this off-season in the NFL.

STUFF

The Iowa State Cyclones won their second Big 12 Tournament in a row. The impressive thing is that they were down by 17 points at one point to Kansas and still won. Even more impressive is that it was the fifth straight game that they were down double digits during a game and won. Needless to say you don’t count out the Cyclones during a game.

This week must be what people mean by March Madness.

What to Watch Fri. 12/12- Sun. 12/14

All times are PST.

Friday December 12th

Portland TrailBlazers at Chicago Bulls – 4:30pm ESPN: Rip CIty visits the Windy City.

LA Kings at Montreal Canadiens – 4:30pm NHL GameCenter: Defending champs will probably not get the red carpet treatment in Montreal.

Chattanooga at New Hampshire – 5pm ESPN2: FCS Playoff Quarterfinal. It’s Friday night football people.

Saturday December 13th

Coastal Carolina at North Dakota State – 9am -ESPN: North Dakota State has won the last three FCS playoff titles. Coastal is a tough test on their way to a possible fourth title.

North Carolina at Kentucky – 9am CBS: UNC vs UK in basketball? Did Christmas come early?

Utah vs Kansas – 12:15pm  ESPN: Not many top 15 matchups on the docket but this is one of them,

Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs – 4pm NHL Network: They went to a shootout in Detroit on Wednesday. Expect the same here.

UFC ON FOX – 5pm FOX: Heavyweights a plenty on this card including Junior Dos Santos, Stipe Miocic, Stefan Struve, Matt Mitrione, and Alistair Overeem.

Sunday December 14th

Manchester United vs Liverpool – 5:30am NBCSN: It’s a classic matchup despite the teams not being so classic right now.

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns – 10am FOX: Playoff spots are on the line….oh and Johnny Manziel is starting at QB for the Browns.

Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills – 10am FOX: Green Bay is unbeatable at home but could they be vulnerable on the road in Buffalo?

LA Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs – 3pm NHL GameCenter: East Coast Canadian swing comes to an end for the champs.

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles – 5:25pm NBC: NFC East battle? Let’s do this.