Friday, September 18, 2009

Weekend watchdog

Living in Virginia, each week ABC shows an ACC game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Even if there might be a better game elsewhere in the country, we get to watch ACC teams.
Even though there's numerous other opportunities on local TV to watch the league.
Fortunately, there's usually another national game at 3:30 - the Southeastern Conference on CBS. The conference of the last three national champions. Where four schools set school records for attendance at the spring game (h/t ESPN's TMQ). The conference several bloggers I follow pump up.
The SEC schedule starts this week, with top-ranked Florida hosting Tennessee. Don't have the same thrill as the late 1990s, but Tim Tebow ought to keep it exciting.
This is a week where the ACC zone gets a game that looks worthwhile - Nebraska visiting Virginia Tech. USC at Washington and Arizona at Iowa will be offered in other parts of the country.
ABC's prime time offering is Texas Tech at Texas.
The ESPN gets going when Boise State visits Fresno State on Friday. The Saturday slate starts with California at Minnesota, followed by Utah at Oregon and Georgia at Arkansas in prime time. ESPN2 offers East Carolina at North Carolina at noon and West Virginia at Auburn in prime time.
NBC29 and other ACC affliates will feature Boston College at Clemson. Versus has a pair of ACC teams heading west - Duke at Kansas at noon and Florida State facing BYU at 6:30 p.m.
ComcastSportsnet offers four games, starting with North Texas at Alabama at noon. Tulsa at Oklahoma follows, then it's Cincinnati at Oregon State and Kansas State at UCLA.
This week's NFL action starts with the Rams visiting the Redskins on FOX. CBS has the doubleheader this week, but Fishersville gets nothing early since our CBS station is from Washington. The late game will be Ravens at Chargers. (Sorry for those Steelers fans who'd like to see them beat the Bears).
NBC visits the new Cowboys Stadium as the Giants visit. Let's see how many times the punters can hit the new scoreboard.
Monday night, Peyton Manning and the Colts are in Miami on ESPN.
As baseball winds down, the Cubs at Cardinals highlights the schedule. They appear on FOX Saturday afternoon, along with Giants at Dodgers and Tigers at Twins, and on ESPN's Sunday night game. TBS has the Angels at Rangers on Sunday afternoon.
Red Sox Nation visits Baltimore on MASN, while the Nationals head to New York on MASN2.
Week one of NASCAR's Chase for the Cup comes from New Hampshire, with ABC coverage starting at 1 p.m.
The WNBA playoffs began this week, with best two-out-of-three series. ESPN2 has doubleheaders scheduled Sunday and Monday, if needed, to determine the conference finalists.

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