Friday, October 15, 2010

Weekend watchdog

Fresh off their three-game sweep of the Twins, the New York Yankees continue their march to spoil the postseason for Yankee-haters everywhere.
The evil empire opens the American League championship series Friday on TBS in Texas. Game 2 is Saturday, and the series shifts to New York Monday evening.
The Yankees won baseball championship number 27 last season, but must travel as the wild-card team from the AL East.
The Rangers have never won a World Series, or a league pennant. Or a playoff series until Tuesday in Tampa. They lost nine straight games in three division series against the Yankees in the late 1990s.
Saturday night on FOX, the National League series starts in Philadelphia, as the Phillies try to make a third straight World Series trip. The Giants are seeking their first World Series title in San Francisco. Game 2 is Sunday at 8 p.m., then the teams head west for games Tuesday through Thursday (if necessary).
Peyton Manning gets another shot at the Sunday Night spotlight, bringing the Colts to face the Redskins on NBC. Monday night on ESPN, the Titans visit the Jaguars in a battle for first place or last place in the AFC South (all four teams stand 3-2 after week 5).
Sunday afternoon, the Ravens visit New England on CBS. Fox has the doubleheader without the Redskins, meaning NFC East foes get the TV time - the Eagles hosting Atlanta followed by the 1-3 Cowboys at 1-3 Minnesota. Not where those teams expected to be.
CBS gets another top SEC matchup Saturday afternoon, with Arkansas facing No. 7 Auburn. On the other side of the competition scale, Notre Dame faces Western Michigan at 2:30 p.m. on NBC. Bonus points if you know where the school is located and its mascot (Kalamazoo and the Broncos).
On ABC, Texas visits Nebraska or Iowa-Michigan in the afternoon. The game not on ABC in your area will be on ESPN.
ESPN opens the college football weekend Friday with Cincinnati against Louisville. At noon Saturday, it's Florida State taking on Boston College while ESPN2 has Minnesota-Purdue.
ESPN's big contest in primetime is Ohio State's visit to Wisconsin, followed by Oregon State-Washington at 10:15 p.m. ESPN2 offers Alabama hosting Mississippi at 9 p.m.
Maryland's trip to Clemson gets the ACC game of the week coverage Saturday at noon.
MASN offers a pair of college games Saturday - the Big East game between Pittsburgh and Syracuse at noon and the WAC battle between Idaho and Louisiana Tech at 4 p.m.
Comcast has the Big 12 matchup between Texas A&M and Missouri Saturday at noon. Comcast-plus offers Villanova against Maine at noon, then California-USC and Oklahoma taking on Iowa State at 7 p.m.
Versus joins the action with fourth-ranked TCU facing BYU at 4 p.m., followed by Arizona's contest against Washington State.
NASCAR heads back home this weekend, racing in Charlotte Saturday night on ABC. The Nationwide racers hit the track Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Capitals head south to play the Predators Saturday night on Comcast.
D.C. United will be in Chicago to fight the Fire Saturday at 4 p.m. ESPN2 offers the Chivas USA game at Seattle Friday at 11 p.m.
For fans of volleyball, ESPN2 will show Minnesota at Penn State Sunday at 1 p.m.

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