Friday, January 17, 2014

Weekend watchdog - Who's going to Super Bowl XLVIII?

This weekend, two teams will advance to a contest in the possibly frozen New Jersey swamps.
Players from the other two teams can head to Hawaii for a fun finale.
Is the trophy worth it?
The combatants in Super Bowl XLVIII at the Meadowlands will be decided Sunday. The winners will be checking the long-range forecast Sunday night.
CBS has the first contest, matching Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in the AFC championship at 3 p.m. The last time these two met for a trip to the Super Bowl, Manning and the Colts advanced to Super Bowl XLI. Will Manning get a chance to win his second Super Bowl at baby brother Eli's stadium, two years after Eli won his second crown in Indianapolis before heading west?
It's been nine years since Brady and the Patriots lofted the Lombardi Trophy. They twice lost to the Giants in the big game, and fell to the Ravens in last year's AFC championship game.
Fox has the NFC championship between Seattle and San Francisco at 6:30 p.m. in the home of the 12th man. The teams split their contests in 2013, but the Seahawks dominated at home in Week 2. San Francisco has five Super Bowl titles and came up just short against the Ravens last season.
Seattle has made one trip to the big game, losing to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XL in Detroit.
In the college ranks, the NFLPA all-star game will be on ESPN2 Saturday at 6 p.m. NFL Network has the East-West Shrine game Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Australian Open continues on ESPN2 Friday at 9 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday action from the round of 16 at 9 p.m.
The Clippers face the Knicks on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Golden State at Oklahoma City. The Wizards host Chicago Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Pistons Saturday at 7 p.m.
Virginia takes on Florida State on the ACC network Saturday at noon and Wake Forest goes to Clemson at 4 p.m.
CBS offers a trio of contests Saturday. Tennessee takes on Kentucky at noon, followed by North Carolina State against Duke and Oklahoma State facing Kansas at 4 p.m.
Saturday's action on ESPN starts at noon when Boston College meets North Carolina. It's Oklahoma against Baylor at 2 p.m., and former Big East foes take their rivalry to the ACC as Pittsburgh heads to Syracuse, followed by Michigan-Wisconsin. Louisville faces Connecticut at 9 p.m.
There's three games on ESPN2 Saturday, starting at noon with Temple-LaSalle. Alabama takes on Missouri before Indiana State heads to Wichita State at 4 p.m.
The slate of five games Saturday on FoxSports1 starts at noon with Seton Hall at Georgetown. It's off to the Pac 12 for Southern Cal against Colorado and UCLA-Utah, then Dartmouth travels to St. John's at 6 p.m. Creighton faces Providence at 8 p.m.
There's three games on Comcast Saturday. The day starts in the CAA with Delaware-Northeastern at noon, followed by Miami's trip to Georgia Tech and James Madison against William & Mary at 4 p.m.
MASN brings West Virginia's visits to Kansas State Saturday at 1:30 p.m., followed by Iowa State-Texas. It's off to the Big South at 7 p.m. for Liberty hosting High Point.
MASN2 has Texas Tech-TCU Saturday at 6 p.m.
There's A-10 action on NBC Sports network Saturday, as George Mason battles Rhode Island at 12:30 p.m. before Fordham faces St. Louis. Towson travels to College of Charleston Sunday at 3 p.m.
There's a pair of ACC women's games Sunday on Comcast. Virginia Tech hosts Duke at noon before North Carolina State meets Miami.
ESPN2 has a doubleheader Sunday, with Connecticut-Rutgers at 3 p.m. before Penn State heads to Michigan State. On FoxSports 1, Villanova takes on DePaul Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Capitals against Rangers Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The Blackhawks face the Bruins Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.
On the college rink, Lake Superior State meets Notre Dame Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Liverpool takes on Aston Villa in Premier League play Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. Sunderland faces Southampton Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Arsenal-Fulham. Sunday, it's Swansea City against Tottenham Hotspur at 8:30 a.m. before Manchester United meets Chelsea.
NBC Sports network has freestyle skiing Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

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