What To Watch: Fri. 4/29 – Sun. 5/1

All times are Pacific.

Friday April 29th

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox – 4pm MLBN: Hey, it’s the Yankees vs the Red Sox. It’s doesn’t get any better.

NFL Draft – 4pm NFL Network/ESPN2: Rounds two and three will be in primetime and a lot of good players will be on the board.

Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers – 4:30pm ESPNEWS: The Pacers look to stave off elimination against the Raptors.

BLUES V STARS FIGHTSt Louis Blues at Dallas Stars – 5pm NBCSN: These two were neck and neck most of the regular season and the Blues just came off of a brutal series with Chicago. Will that and inconsistent goaltending be their downfall?

Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks – 7:30pm NBCSN: The Preds won three of the four road games against the Anaheim Ducks in the first round. Sharks better be ready to go.

Saturday April 30th

NFL Draft – 9am NFL Network/ESPN: Rounds four through seven. It’s also fun to see how delirious the commentators get by this point too.

New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning – Noon NBC: Game 2.

Montreal Impact vs Colorado Rapids – 1pm MLS.TV: This is a surprisingly good matchup. Not many people picked these two to be in second place in the respective divisions. Yet here we are.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals – 5pm NBC: Game 2 of a series that is going to be the one to watch in the second round. Lots of stars, lots of offense and which ever team wins it will be considered the favorites to go to the Stanley Cup Final.

Sunday May 1st

Leicester City vs Manchester United – 6am NBCSN: Leicester City can wrap up the Premier League title. This still should blow your mind.

San Francisco Giants at New York Mets – 10am MLB.TV: Pretty good pitching matchup on tap as the Bumgarner squares off against Syndergaard.

Portland Timbers vs Toronto FC – 12:30pm ESPN: Michael Bradley and company head to the Rose City to take on a Timbers team that has yet to find it’s playoff form from a year ago.

Sporting KC vs LA Galaxy – 5pm FS1: This is a playoff game disguised as a regular season matchup. Let’s see how the Galaxy deal with Blue Hell. They’ve looked very good so far now and still have a couple of key guys out with suspensions and injuries.

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox – 5pm ESPN: What a game to cap off the weekend in sports. Big Papi has only got a few more games to get his knocks in against the Bronx Bombers.

Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks – 5pm NBCSN: Game two from the shark tank.

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What To Watch: Fri. 3/18 – Sun. 3/20

All times are Pacific.

Friday March 18th

Dayton vs Syracuse – 9:15am CBS: 7 vs 10 match-ups are always upset prone.

Iowa vs Temple – 12:10pm TRUTV: Again, 7 vs 10 match-up.

Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors – 4:30pm NBA.TV: These two are first and second in the Atlantic division.

Michigan vs Notre Dame – 6:40pm CBS: The football rivalry may have ended but at least we get the basketball version in the Tourney.

Nashville Predators at Washington Capitals – 4pm NHL.TV: Two teams headed to the post season in a East vs West match-up.

Boston Bruins at Anaheim Ducks – 7pm NHL.TV: Tough task for the Bruins as they have to do a late season West Coast swing.

 

Saturday March 19th

Everton vs Arsenal – 5:45am NBCSN: You’ll be watching enough basketball to make your eyes pop out. Why not change it up and watch some top flight soccer?

Wichita State vs Miami – 9:10am CBS: The Shockers just seem to have the same players every year and every year make a run. Miami is a tough nut to crack. Very underrated team.

Sidney CrosbyPittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers – 10am NHL.TV: These two are conference, division and in-state rivals. Add in the fact that the Flyers are playing some pretty good hockey right now which means Sid and the boys will have their work cut out for them.

Indiana vs Kentucky -12:15pm CBS: This seems like it should be a Final Four meeting and not a 5 vs 4 game in the second round.

Detroit Red Wings at Florida Panthers – 4pm NHLN: The Red Wings are on the outside looking in right now while the Panthers are looking to maintain their spot atop the Atlantic division.

Virginia vs Butler – 4:10pm TBS: The real first chance for a number 1 seed to be taken down. Butler is Butler and they know how to knock off big dogs in the tournament.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Indiana Pacers – 4pm NBA League Pass: The Thunder and Pacers are both bound for the playoffs and both have a whole lot of talent to show off.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat – 4:30pm NBA League Pass: LeBron heads back to South Beach. Always fun to see and both lead their respective divisions.

Kansas vs UCONN – 4:45pm CBS: The Jayhawks should be nervous about this one. UCONN is one of the hottest teams in the country and know what it takes to win it all.

Klay ThompsonGolden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs – 5:30pm ABC: The team with the best chance of knocking off the Warriors might just be the Spurs. They just have to prove it now.

Boston Bruins at LA Kings – 7:30pm NHL.TV: Like we said earlier, this is a tough, late season road trip for the boys from bean-town.

LA Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes – 7:30pm MLS.TV: The Quakes are 2-0 to start a season for the first time ever. The Galaxy will be ready as these two revive the California Classico.

 

 

Sunday March 20th

Manchester City vs Manchester United – 9am NBC: What an awesome game to start a Sunday.

Iowa vs Villanova – 9:10am CBS: Villanova may be a higher seed but Iowa has shown all year long that they can knock off anybody at anytime.

VCU vs Oklahoma – 2:15pm CBS: VCU is a team you never want to play in this time of year regardless if Shaka Smart is no longer their coach. They know what it takes to wreak havoc.

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins – 3pm NBCSN: Two playoff teams in the Eastern Conference measuring themselves out and two of the biggest stars in the NHL in Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.

Sporting KC vs Toronto FC – 4pm FS1: A whole lot of talent on display and one, if not THE best environment in all of MLS. Oh yeah, Dom Dwyer is on fire.

Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks – 5:30pm NBCSN: The Wild are hanging on by the skin of their teeth to that last playoff slot out west. Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks could care less.

What to Watch – Thurs. 9/24 – Sun. 9/27

All times are Pacific.

Thursday September 24th

Cincinnati at Memphis – 4:30pm ESPN: These two rank #6 & #7 in scoring offense. Shootout imminent.

 

Friday September 25th

Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs – 11:20am MLBN: Two teams destined for an NL Wild Card showdown in about 10 days.

Texas Rangers at Houston Astros – 5pm ESPN2: These two are fighting for supremacy in the AL West with only about a week to go.

Stanford at Oregon State – 7:30pm FS1: Stanford has to regroup on a short week after beating USC in LA. Tall order.

 

Saturday September 26th

Tottenham vs Manchester City – 4:40am NBCSN:  Manchester City sits atop the Premier League table but Spurs can give them all kinds of problems.

BYU at Michigan – 9am ABC: BYU is just the funnest team to watch this college football season. They will give Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines all they want.

Georgia Tech at Duke – 9am ESPN2: Georgia Tech looks to rebound after a tough loss to Notre Dame. Duke, underrated as usual.

Tennessee at Florida – 12:30pm CBS: Tennessee thinks they are on the verge of “being back.” They haven’t beaten Florida since 2004 but only lost by one point last year. ESPN’s Chris Low gives us a look back at how important this game use to be. 

UCLA vs BYU 2015

UCLA at Arizona -5pm ABC: Gameday is there, Arizona’s linebacker Scooby Wright is trying to come back from knee surgery and UCLA lost Mr Everything Myles Jack this week to a knee injury. Big, big matchup in the desert and one that could decide who is going to win the Pac 12 South.

 

Utah at Oregon – 5:30pm FOX: Utah is a tough team and Oregon has shown some chinks in the armour and Vernon Adams isn’t 100%. Upset alert.

 

Sunday September 27th

Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys – 10am FOX: Battle of 2-0 teams but the Cowboys have lost a lot of talent.

Pittsburgh Steelers at St Louis Rams -1pm CBS: Rams have one solid defense and they are even better at home. Big Ben is in for a long day.

Sporting KC vs Seattle Sounders – 2pm ESPN: Two teams fighting for playoff positioning in the Western Conference.

Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs – 5pm ESPN: Getaway game of this very important series.

Denver Broncos at Detroit Lions -5:30pm NBC: Detroit has had a tough go of it early on but Denver’s offense has yet to find the explosiveness that they have been know for the last few years.

 

What to Watch Fri. 10/3 – Sun. 10/5

All times are PST

Friday October 3rd

SF Giants at Washington Nationals – Noon FS1: Nats are the favorites but do not overlook the Giants who won the World Series in 2010 & 2012. It’s 2014. See a pattern?

St Louis Cardinals at LA Dodgers – 3:30pm FS1: Probably the best pitching match up of the post seasons with Adam Wainwright going for the Cards and Clayton Kershaw going for the Dodgers.

Louisville at Syracuse – 4pm ESPN: Seems odd to call this an ACC match up but it is.

Sporting KC at DC United – 5:30pm NBCSN: SKC looks to gain ground on the east leading United.

Calgary Stampeders at Saskatchewan Roughriders – 7pm ESPN3: Some West Coast CFL action for ya. Drew Tate starts again at QB for the Stamps but make no mistake, this is RB Jon Cornish’s show.

Saturday October 4th

Texas A&M at Mississippi St – 9am ESPN: The SEC West is a meat grinder and this game could go a long way in deciding who will win it.

Alabama at Ole Miss – 12:30pm CBS: Is Ole Miss for real?

Stanford at Notre Dame – 12:30pm NBC: Last time this game was played in South Bend Stanford got robbed and ND went on to play for a National Championship.

LSU at Auburn – 4pm ESPN: LSU is starting a true freshman QB on the road. This could get interesting.

Memphis at Cincinnati – 4pm CBS Sports Network: This game could either be a blowout or really close.

Nebraska at Michigan St – 5pm ABC: Can the Children of the Corn’s  Ameer Abdullah breakthrough against Sparty?

Toronto FC at LA Galaxy – 7:30pm MLS LIVE: TFC is still in the playoff hunt but they need points against the buzz-saw that is the Galaxy.

California at Washington St – 7:30pm PAC12 Network: The over on this game is around 75 points. They should hit that by halftime.

 Sunday October 5th

Arsenal at Chelsea – 6am NBCSN: It’s one of those big match ups in the Premier League that you just have to watch.

Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts – 10am CBS: Pretty much guaranteed a good game here.

Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers – 10am FOX: Will the real Bears and Panthers please stand up.

Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers – 12:30pm TBS: Game 3 of the ALDS.

Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos – 1pm FOX: Both teams coming off a bye week and the Cards are for real folks.

LA Angels at the KC Royals – 4:30pm TBS: Another playoff game at home for the Royals. Chaos may ensue in KC.

Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots – 5:30pm NBC: A lot of questions out there for the Pats offense. Meanwhile Cincy looks like world beaters.

 

 

 

 

 

College Football Is Losing Its Fans

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

With the 2014 College Football season knocking at the door one sad fact is creeping around the chicken coop, students are not going to the games. Yes, even at Alabama.

Sweep Right

ESPN’s Darren Rovell wrote an excellent piece earlier this year about the decline of the student body at football games. We are not talking about the non power conferences either. He points to places like Michigan, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia and Oklahoma that have seen a drop off in student attendance.

The concern isn’t just that students are not showing up but that the students are the next generation season ticket holder. It means future declining revenue and sparsely populated stadiums which is a double whammy of bad news for some schools.

The University of Iowa was going to give away free tuition to randomly selected students who purchased season tickets. Some legal hurdles put an end to that idea but it shows the lengths that schools are willing to go to to put butts in the seats.

It makes sense that college football programs have checked out to places like Kansas City to visit Blue Hell (a.k.a. Sporting KC) and other MLS clubs. MLS clubs like Sporting KC, Portland and Seattle sell-out just about every match and a great fan experience to boot. Granted everyone but Seattle is filling a facility around 20,000 people which is far less than places like Alabama, Michigan, and Oklahoma but they are still doing something right to continually bring it sell-out crowds.

College Football has a lot of hurdles facing it from lawsuits to concussions. Support from the students they represent didn’t seem like it would be an issue but somehow those are always the ones that sneak up on you.

What to Watch Fri. 7/18- Sun. 7/20

All times are Pacific Standard Time

Friday July 18th

Toronto Argonauts at Ottawa RedBlacks – 4pm ESPN3: It’s the first ever home game for the RedBlacks and first time since 2005 that an Ottawa team has played a regular season game in the nations capital.

Milwaukee Brewers at Washington Nationals – 4pm MLB.TV: NL East leading Nationals welcome in the NL Central leading Brew Crew for a three game set.

Baltimore Orioles vs Oakland A’s – 7pm MLB.TV: The best teams in the East and West in the American League face off for a three game set in Oaktown. Jeff Samardzija takes the mound for the A’s. In short, this is a post season preview.

Saturday July 19th

Open Championship – Early ESPN: It’s Rory McIIroy out front. Can anybody catch him?

Conor McGregor vs Diego Brandao – Noon UFC Fight Pass: Conor talks a big game. The fight is in his hometown of Dublin and Diego is no push over. We’ll see what happens.

LA Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals – 1pm FS1: It’s a two possible playoff teams squaring off.

LA Galaxy at Sporting KC – 3pm ESPN2: Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane lead the Galaxy in ‘Blue Hell’ to take on Graham Zusi and Dom Dwyer who is second in MLS with 14 goals so far this season. He is also gaining more and more recognition for his goal celebrations.

 

Seattle Mariners at LA Angels – 6pm MLB.TV: A nice looking pitching matchup as AL All Star starting pitcher Felix Hernandez takes to the mound for the Mariners and 11-2 Garret Richards takes the ball for the Angels.

Sunday July 19th

F1 Grand Prix of Germany – 4:30am CNBC: It’s racing in the morning.

The Open Championship – Early ESPN: It’s going to be early but even if you wake up late you can probably catch the leaders coming up on to 18.

LA Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals – 5pm ESPN: Watch the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw do his work against the Cards. John Kruk is usually pretty damn entertaining too.

Chivas USA at DC United – 5pm UDN: It may be broadcast in Spanish which may make it more exciting when Chivas’ Erick Torres gets his scoring chances. Chivas has won four in a row and unbeaten in their last five. Tall order for one of the East’s best teams.

What to Watch Fri. 7/4 – Sun. 7/6

All times are PST

Friday July 4th

Germany vs France – 9am ESPN2: Two traditional powers square off to start America’s independence day.

Brazil vs Colombia – 1pm ESPN: The home nation must deal with one of the rising stars of the tournament, James Rodriguez.

Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland A’s – 1pm MLB.TV: Two of the best teams in the American league + matniee baseball = awesome.

BC Lions at Montreal Alouettes – 4:30pm ESPN3: What’s the 4th of July without some CFL action? Let’s see if Montreal’s Chad Johnson can make a difference today.

Portland Timbers at Los Angeles Galaxy – 8pm NBCSN: Primetime matchup between two tough teams out west.

Saturday July 5th

Argentina vs Belgium – 9am ABC: You’re chance to see Lionel Messi at work.

Costa Rica vs Netherlands – 1pm ESPN: The Dutch escaped their last match and Costa Rica has been the darlings of the tournament so far. Can they make it last?

NASCAR Coca-Cola Zero 400 – 4:30pm TNT: It’s America’s birthday weekend…so you need to watch some Nascar.

UFC 175 – 7pm PPV: Middleweight title is on the line with Chris Weidman vs Lyoto Machida and also Ronda Rousey takes on Alexis Davis for the Women’s Bantamweight title.

Seattle Sounders at Vancouver Whitecaps – 7pm MLS LIVE: A Cascadia Cup match is always something you want to keep your eye on.

Sunday July 6th

F1 British Grand Prix – 4:30am NBCSports.com: Watch it live early or watch it later in the day on NBCSN. Choice is yours.

Sporting KC at Chicago Fire – Noon ESPN: SKC is the top team in the East but Chicago still has last season MVP in Mike Magee. Graham Zusi and Matt Besler may see some limited action in this match too.

What to Watch Fri. 5/23 – Mon. 5/26

Friday May 23rd

Sporting KC vs Toronto FC – 5:30pm MLS LIVE (Free Stream on MLSsoccer.com): Yeah there is no Michael Bradley, Graham Zusi or Matt Besler. However there is still Jermaine Defoe, Dom Dwyer and Claudio Bieler.

Saturday May 24th

Champions League Final – 11:30am FOX: The All-Star team that is Real Madrid will face off against Madrid neighbor and La Liga Champs Atletico Madrid. You’re welcome.

Seattle Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps – 4pm MLS Live: A Cascadia Cup match up is always fun to watch.

New England Revolution vs DC United – 4:30pm MLS Live: Battle of two of the top teams in the East. Who saw that coming?

Chicago Blackhawks @ LA Kings – 5pm NBC: Game 3 in LA. ‘Nuff said.

Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat – 5:30pm ESPN: Paul George may or may not play for the Pacers. Without him it could be tough to steal a win in Miami.

Sunday May 25th (RACE DAY!)

F1 in Monaco – 5am NBC: Start the day with one of the coolest races in the World as Formula 1 heads to Monaco.

Indianapolis 500 – 9am ABC: It’s tradition like burgers on the grill this time of year. Indy gets center stage for a few hours.

Coca-Cola 600 – 3pm FOX: Finish off the race day with some NASCAR. See if Kurt Busch can complete the ‘Double’.

Montreal Canadiens @ NY Rangers – 5pm NBCSN: If the Canadiens can steal this game then this series could go the full 7.

Monday May 26th

NY Yankees @ St Louis Cardinals – 1pm ESPN: Memorial Day is for BBQ’s and baseball. Two of the most historic clubs in MLB history get center stage.

Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat – 5:30pm ESPN: This is probably going to be the best series in the NBA Playoffs this year.

Chicago Blackhawks @ LA Kings – 6pm NBCSN: The last two Stanley Cup Champs head into Game 4.

 

 

What to Watch Fri. 4/4-Sun. 4/6

Friday April 4th

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets – 6:30pm ESPN: Because Kevin Durant is on a tear and it will be worth watching.

Saturday April 5th

Philadelphia Flyers @ Boston Bruins – 10am NHLN: The Flyers of trying to hold onto that last playoff spot and the Bruins would probably not like to see them in the playoffs.

Seattle Sounders @ Portland Timbers  – Noon NBCSN: It’s the first match up of the year for these rivals. Seattle is off on a good foot while Portland has yet to back three points in this young MLS campaign.

UCONN vs Florida – 3pm CBS: The Final Four is finally here and the upstart but traditional power UCONN gets the task of knocking off one of the top teams in the tournament in the Florida Gators.

Real Salt Lake @ Sporting KC – 5:30pm MLS Live: RSL returns to the scene of the crime so to speak. This time without Jason Kreis at the the helm. Will they get some sort of revenge in Blue Hell?

Wisconsin vs Kentucky – 5:45pm(ish) CBS: The second half of the Final Four will be set in what should be the better of the two games.

Sunday April 6th

Everton vs Arsenal – 5:30am NBCSN: Everton is still in the hunt for a spot in European football next year. The Gunners have got to regroup and put together some consistency if they want to hold onto their Champions League spot.

LA Galaxy @ Chivas USA – Noon UNIMAS: Chivas has five points already this season while LA only has one. What?

San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers – 5pm ESPN: Sunday night baseball and a battle between two arch rivals. Boom!

What To Watch Sat. 3/22-Sun. 3/23

Be advised, March Madness is in full swing. See it on TV and online throughout the weekend via CBS and Turner.

Saturday March 22nd

Chelsea vs Arsenal – 5:45am NBCSN: All aboard for some top flight soccer on a Saturday morning!

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Pittsburgh Penguins – 10am NHLN:  If ice, sticks and some of the world’s best players is more your thing then the NHL Network has you set on Saturday morning.

Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs – 4pm NHLN: It’s the Habs vs the Leafs. They are both in playoff contention at the end of March. You’re welcome.

LA Galaxy @ Real Salt Lake – 1pm NBCSN: RSL has been nothing but good over the last four or five years. But so have the Galaxy. It’s a display of some of the leagues best players and two teams that don’t seem to like each other very much.

San Jose Earthquakes @ Sporting KC – 5:30pm MLS LIVE: Both teams are coming off of tough Champions League losses during the week. SKC is a tough place to play but San Jose is a tough team. Or as they say in Quakes territory, ‘Goonies never say die!’

Sunday March 23rd

St. Louis Blues @ Pittsburgh Penguins – 10am NHLN: Two of the best teams in the east face off in Pittsburgh.

Real Madrid  v Barcelona – Noon beIN Sports: El Clasico is on. Messi, Ronaldo, Bale, Fabregas and then some. See two of the best clubs square off with some of the best players on the planet.

Dan Henderson vs Shogun Rua – 4pm FS1: The last fight between the two was, in some circles, the best MMA fight…ever. So don’t miss rounds 6-10.