What To Watch: Fri. 3/25 – Sun. 3/27

All times are Pacific.

Friday March 25th

Virginia vs Iowa State – 4:10pm CBS: ISU can score points in a hurry but UVA can lock just about anyone down with ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in Malcolm Brogdon.

NY Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning – 4:30pm NHL.TV: The Islanders are only two points behind the Lightning for the lead in the Atlantic but those two points put them in a Wild Card slot.

Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs – 5:30pm  NBA League Pass: While the Warriors are getting all the press, the Spurs have lost 11 games all year and have yet to lose at home this season.

North Carolina vs Indiana – 7pm TBS: Two teams who have enough talent to win it all and are both playing with a desire to do so. Let’s not forget that they are two of the perennial powers in college basketball.

Guatemala vs USA – 7pm beIN Sports: Let’s get this 2018 World Cup Qualifying underway shall we?

 

Saturday March 26th

Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche – Noon NHL.TV: The Wild have had the Avs number over the last few seasons. Now the Wild hold the last playoff spot but are only a point ahead of the Avs. This one should be as close as you can get to playoff hockey during the regular season.

Oklahoma vs Oregon -3pm CBS: Oregon is the only Pac-12 team to make any noise in the tournament this year. Oklahoma is probably still the favorite with Buddy Hield leading the way.

Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning – 4pm NHL.TV: Tough back to back games for the Lightning. Their in-state rival is also the team they are battling for first place against.

St Louis Blues at Washington Capitals – 4pm NHL.TV: The Caps may have locked up everything under the sun this regular season but the Blues still have some work to do. This could be a legitimate preview of the Stanley Cup Final.

San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder – 5pm NBA TV: When these two play, it’s always something you want to tune in for.

Villanova vs Kansas -5:45pm CBS: If these teams play like they did in their Sweet 16 match-ups then we are in for a real treat.

 

Sunday March 27th

Virginia vs Syracuse – 3pm TBS: One of two ACC match-ups for the Elite 8. UVA defeated Syracuse in the only match-up between the two this year. Is one day enough for UVA to prepare for the Syracuse zone defense?

LUNDQVISTPittsburgh Penguins at NY Rangers – 4:30pm NBCSN: It’s not Sunday unless NBC is broadcasting a game featuring the Penguins or Rangers.

North Carolina vs Notre Dame – 5:45pm TBS: The second ACC match-up in the Elite 8 features two teams that split their season series (each winning the game on their home floor) but in different places. Notre Dame just got by Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 due to Wisconsin forgetting the fundamentals of basketball in the last two minutes. Meanwhile UNC is rolling right now. They might be the hottest team in the country.

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What to Watch: Fri. 12/18 – Sun. 12/20

All times are Pacific.

Friday December 18th

Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins – 4pm NHL Gamecenter: Two proud franchises and two that plan on making a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals – 4pm NHL Gamecenter: The Caps are leading the Metropolitan division but it’s only a matter of time before the Lightning turn it around.

Blake GriffinLA Clippers at San Antonio Spurs – 5pm ESPN: Two powerhouses in the western conference square off. This means a whole lot of star power too. Blake Griffin, TIm Duncan, Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard, LeMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan, etc.

 

Richmond at North Dakota State – 5pm ESPN2: It’s the first of two FCS Semifinal games. NDSU looks to make it to a fifth straight National Title game. Richmond hasn’t been there since 2008 when it beat Montana.

 

Saturday December 19th

Utah at Duke – 9am ESPN: Big out of conference match-up. Duke has not lost at home to an out of conference opponent in what seems like forever.

Villanova at Virginia – 9am ESPN2: One of four top 25 match-ups in college basketball this weekend.

UNC vs UCLA – 10am CBS: This one is being played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Two legendary programs and two pretty good teams this year.

BYU vs UTAH – 12:30pm ABC: The Las Vegas bowl is a renewal of an old rivalry. One called the ‘Holy War’. Expect a good one and lets see if both teams can keep it a clean game.

Sam Houston State at Jacksonville State – 1pm ESPNU: The second FCS Semifinal match-up. Shootout probability: HIGH.

Butler at Purdue -2pm BTN: Another one of the top 25 match-ups in college basketball.

Ohio vs Appalachian State – 2:30pm ESPN: One of the more solid games this bowl season. Yes it has a funny name (Camilla Bowl) but these two teams have a combined 18 wins this season. That’s better than a lot of bowl games.

Montreal Canadiens at Dallas Stars – 4pm NHLN: Division leaders square off in the Lone Star State.

UFC on FOX – 5pm FOX: Lightweight title is on the line as Rafael Dos Anjos takes on Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. Former Heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos takes on Alistair Overeem and Nate Diaz returns to face Michael Johnson.

LA Clippers at Houston Rockets – 5pm NBA League Pass: The Texas road trip is always tough. Second game in two night for the Clippers against a solid team.

 

Sunday December 20th

Watford vs Liverpool – 5:30pm NBCSN: Liverpool sits a point behind Watford for the seventh spot in the Premier League table.

Carolina Panthers at NY Giants  – 10am FOX: Panthers are still undefeated and in the playoffs. Giants are fighting for their playoff lives and this would be a big, big win.

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – 10am FOX: Big battle in the NFC North.

Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders – 1pm FOX: Aaron Rodgers returns home…and he gets to face Khalil Mack who had five sacks last weekend at Denver.

Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers – 1:25pm CBS: The best defense in the league (Broncos) takes on the second best offense in the league (Steelers). Any questions?

Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic – 3pm NBA League Pass: Solid match up for your Sunday afternoon.

OvechkinWashington Capitals at NY Rangers – 4pm NHLN: Alex Ovechkin and the Caps take their show on the road to the Big Apple.

Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles – 5:25pm NBC: The Cards are rolling and the Eagles have won two in a row against two playoff caliber teams.

BYU’s Pattern Of Cheap Shots

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Can someone explain what’s going on at BYU? They took several cheap shots during the football season and now it appears that attitude has made it’s way over to the hardwood. Last week BYU’s Nick Emery punched Utah’s Brandon Taylor. It’s only the latest incident involving a BYU athlete and shows a pattern of players losing their temper during a game.

Nick Emery was ejected after punching Utah’s Brandon White during a game. For The Win did some digging and it appears that this isn’t a first from Emery. Emery was suspended for one game by the West Coast Conference.

Moving over to the gridiron, there were several incidents where a BYU player took a cheap shot or made a very questionable hit on a player. In fact there have been so many that there is even a YouTube playlist of them.

Add all this to the brawl at the end of the Miami Beach Bowl last year and it’s safe to say that this is a pattern. One that doesn’t stop with the players but goes up to the coaches and to the Athletic Director Tom Holmoe.

The University of Virginia should have taken a long, hard look before hiring former BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall to head up their football program. All of the incidents (except for the basketball stuff of course) happened under his watch. He may not be the person that should be heading up a football program at a University that has it’s own image issues.

BYU DRAG’S ITS HEELS ON PUNISHING PLAYERS

The NCAA should take notice and start asking some questions of BYU as to why these things are happening on the football field and now the basketball court. And then ask BYU why it is so slow in dishing out punishment. This is a University that has dismissed players in the past for violating the schools Honor Code. Where is that now?

We’re all for tough players and a hard hitting game but BYU players have repeatedly crossed the line and with little or no punishment as a result. This is BYU, a school with high moral standards and a great athletic history. It’s disappointing to see these things happening and we hope that they are dealt with in the future in a more swift and appropriate manner.

What to Watch Fri. 3/6- Sun. 3/8

All times are Pacific

 Friday March 6th

Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks – 4:30pm NBA League Pass: This should be good. LeBron and the Cavs visit one of the best teams in the NBA.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Anaheim Ducks – 7pm NHL Gamecenter: Always a nice, relaxing West Coast road swing for the Pens. Yeah, right.

LA Galaxy vs Chicago Fire – 7pm Uni Mas / MLS Live: The 20th season of MLS kick’s off with the Landon Donovan-less and defending champions LA Galaxy taking on the revamped Chicago Fire. Well this should be interesting.


Saturday March 7th

Butler Bulldogs at Providence Friars – 9am FS1: Start your day off with two small schools in a top 25 showdown.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Toronto FC – 3pm MLS Live: Can this finally be the year for TFC to make the playoffs? They’re going to have to do it with seven straight road games. to start the season. Ouch.

Virginia Cavaliers at Louisville Cardinals – 3:30pm ESPN: Tough way to end the conference schedule for both teams but a good game for the fans.

Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators – 4pm NHL Gamecenter: The Preds have looked terrible lately but still remain one of the league’s best as far as points are concerned. The Jets are fighting to hold on to a playoff spot. Urgency is the word we are looking for.

Duke Blue Devils at North Carolina Tar Heels – 6pm ESPN: Their game a few weeks ago in Durham was off the charts fun. This one should be too.

Pittsburgh Penguins at LA Kings – 7pm NHL Gamecenter: How is this game not on national TV again?

Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake – 7:30pm MLS Live: This is always a great battle out west. The Timbers Army is sure to be in full force.

 

Sunday March 8th

LA Clippers at Golden State Warriors -12:30pm ABC: Yeah, this is what the NBA is all about. Great players inside and out.

Nascar Kolbalt 400 – 12:30pm FOX: NASCAR hits Las Vegas.

Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio State Buckeyes – 1:30pm CBS: Tune in to watch Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky. He is a poor man’s Larry Bird.

Orlando City vs NYCFC – 2pm ESPN2: It’s the battle of the expansion franchises in a sold out Citrus Bowl.

Sporting KC vs NY Red Bulls – 4pm FS1: The bowl may be filled in Orlando but it has a lot to prove to beat ‘Blue Hell’ in KC.

NY Rangers at Chicago Blackhawks – 4:30pm NBCSN: Just a solid hockey game to round out the weekend.

Seattle Sounders vs New England Revolution – 6:30pm FS1: Arguably the best venue in all of MLS. These two teams were two of the best last season. Can they be the best again?

What To Watch Fri. 2/6 – Sun. 2/8

All times are Pacific

Friday February 6th

Anaheim Ducks at Washington Capitals – 4pm NHL GameCenter: It’s a tough road trip for the Ducks who are the best team in the NHL by points. But Nashville one night and then DC the next might be too much.

LA Clippers at Toronto Raptors – 4pm ESPN: Two of the top teams in the NBA face off north of the border.

Golden State Warriors at Atlanta Hawks – 4:30pm NBA League Pass: This is the marquee game of the weekend. The Hawks once reeled off 19 wins in a row and the Warriors are just as good. In fact they only have 17 losses between them.

 

Saturday February 7th

Tottenham vs Arsenal – 4am NBCSN: It’s the North London Derby. Enjoy.

Everton vs Liverpool – 9:30 am NBC: It’s another Derby except this one is north of London and USA National Team Goalkeeper Tim Howard returns for Everton.

Notre Dame at Duke – 10am CBS: Top ten matchup and an ACC matchup which is still crazy to think about. All in one of the best venues in all of sports.

NY Rangers at Nashville Predators – Noon NHL GamerCenter: The Predators are one of the top teams in the NHL and are nearly unbeatable at home. The Rangers are coming off a big win against Boston but goalie Henrik Lundqvist isn’t 100% and they are going to need him against the Preds.

Louisville at Virginia – 4pm ESPN: Man is this a tough stretch for Virginia. They win this one and it’s 2-1 against Duke, UNC and Louisville. Not bad. Now they have to win.

Portland TrailBlazers at Dallas Mavericks – 5:30pm NBA League Pass: This is a playoff preview game. Enjoy.

 

Sunday February 8th

Chicago Blackhawks at St Louis Blues – 9:30am NBC: These two played a playoff series for the ages last year. Get a taste of it here.

LA Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder – 10am ABC: It’s like watching an All-Star game but different.

Anaheim Ducks at Tampa Bay Lightning – 2pm NHL GameCenter: The best in the west takes on the best in the east.

Atlanta Hawks at Memphis Grizzlies – 3pm NBA League Pass: The Hawks have to play two divisional leaders one weekend. Ouch.

Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins – 4:30pm NBCSN: Original six matchup and one of the oldest rivalries in hockey.

What To Watch Fri. 1/30- Sun. 2/1

All times are Pacific

Friday January 30th

Portland TrailBlazers at Atlanta Hawks – 4:30pm NBA League Pass: The Hawks have been unreal but the Blazers are no joke themselves.

Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks – 7pm NHL GameCenter: The Blackhawks head west to take on the best team in the NHL as far as points are concerned.

 

Saturday January 31st

Chelsea vs Manchester City – 8:30am NBC: Five points separate Chelsea and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. Yeah, it’s a big game.

Washington Capitals at Montreal Canadiens – 10am NHL Network: Two quality teams in one of the best venues in all of hockey.

North Carolina at Louisville – 1pm ESPN: It was fun when they played a few weeks ago. This should be too.

Los Angeles Kings at Boston Bruins – 4pm NHL Network: An east coast vs west coast showdown.

Duke at Virginia – 4pm ESPN: Duke is ranked in the top 5 but have to have this game is they want any shot of winning the ACC regular season title. UVA looks to keep their unbeaten season alive.

LA Clippers at San Antonio Spurs – 6pm ESPN: Lob City heads deep into the heart of Texas to take on the defending champs.

UFC 183: Silva vs Diaz – 7pm PPV: As long as Nick Diaz shows up we should have a fun fight. Even a 39 year old Anderson Silva coming off an extended layoff is something to marvel at.

 

 

Sunday February 1st

St Louis Blues at Washington Capitals – 10am NBCSN: The Blues have to be the most underrated team in the NHL. See how good they really are. Tough back to back stretch for the Caps too.

Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins – 11am NHL GameCenter: Predators have been one of the best teams in the NHL this season. Pittsburgh is a tough place to steal three points though.

Super Bowl XLIX – Seattle Seahawks vs New England Patriots – 3:30pm NBC: This should be an amazing game. We did think that last year too.