Thursday, September 8, 2011

Weekend watchdog

The NFL's labor war is over, and now it's time to play.
The 2011 season kicks off Thursday at 8:30 p.m. when Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay hosts Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans on NBC.
NBC goes again Sunday night, with the Cowboys hosting the Jets. ESPN has its doubleheader on the opening Monday night - New England at Miami at 7 p.m. followed by the Raiders at Broncos.
FOX has the doubleheader games Sunday afternoon - Philadelphia heads to St. Louis in the early game, with the Giants taking on the Redskins at 4:15 p.m. Locally, CBS features the main national game between the Steelers and Ravens at 1 p.m.
The college football weekend kickoffs off with a pair of PAC12/Big 12 showdowns - which might become conference rivalries shortly. Arizona checks out the stadium at Oklahoma State Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, while Missouri heads to Arizona State Friday at 10:30 p.m. Is there room for Mizzou out west?
ESPN starts the night with Louisville hosting Florida International at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, ABC has the big battle between Alabama and Penn State at 3:30 p.m. ESPN starts the day at noon with Oregon State heading to Wisconsin. South Carolina goes between the hedges at 4:30 p.m., followed by Notre Dame's night game at Michigan.
ESPN2 shows Tennessee-Cincinnati at 3:30 p.m., then BYU takes on Texas. Versus has a doubleheader - TCU taking on Air Force at 3:30 p.m. before Utah meets new conference foe Southern Cal at 7:30 p.m. The ACC network offers Rutgers' visit to North Carolina Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Comcast opens Saturday with Iowa facing Iowa State at noon. This rivalry had a trophy attached, but it and the replacement were mercifully replaced. The Hokies head to East Carolina at 3:30 p.m., followed by a Conference USA matchup between UTEP and SMU.
MASN2 shows West Virginia taking on Norfolk State Saturday at 1 p.m. May the rain be gone this weekend.
FX adds Nevada's visit to Oregon at 3:30 p.m.
The U.S. Open closes its run, hopefully Sunday afternoon with the men's final at 4:30 - weather permitting. ESPN2 shows play Thursday starting at 11 a.m., with the night session at 7 p.m. CBS brings Friday's play beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Super Saturday is scheduled to have the two men's semifinals starting at noon, with the women's final set for 8 p.m. Sunday, the men have their championship after ESPN2 shows the women's double final at 1 p.m.
It's the final race before NASCAR's Chase for the Cup. ABC shows the action from Richmond Saturday at 7:30 p.m., after the Nationwide racers hit the track Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
FOX sticks with the American League Saturday afternoon, offering Indians vs. White Sox, A's at Rangers and the Twins taking on the Tigers. TBS has the Phillies' visit to Milwaukee Sunday afternoon, while ESPN's Sunday night game offers the Cubs at Mets.
Hurricane Irene forced the Orioles and Yankees into a Thursday makeup game. They play at 1 p.m. on MASN2, while the Nationals close out a series with the Dodgers on MASN. The Nationals host the Astros on MASN this weekend, while Baltimore visits Toronto on MASN2.
D.C. United heads to the west coast, facing Chivas USA Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on Comcast.

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