Since Bill Griffith’s SporTView column was discontinued by the Globe, (Though they did run a story today under the category of “Sports Media” ) I’ve been thinking of ways to try and fill that void, and add something more to this space than just daily links and my occasional thoughts and rants. I’m trying an experiment today to look over the sports events of the coming weekend, provide information on what’s going to be on, when and where, as well as a few links to assist you in making the most of your sports viewing weekend.
It’s likely going to be touch and go for a while here with this, as I will need to try to carve out time during the week to put it together. I’m also thinking about adding highlights/lowlights of the week, and making it sort of a weekly wrap up column, as well as a look ahead to the weekend. The post will remain up over the weekend, giving you a one stop guide to your weekend sports. I’m open to suggestions as to what you would like to see here as well.
What’s on this weekend:
The Celtics are in San Antonio tonight and Dallas tomorrow night. Both games will be televised on FSN at 8:30. WRKO 680 AM has the radio coverage.
The Patriots are in Buffalo Sunday afternoon Coverage is on CBS4 at 1:00 and despite earlier concerns that the game might not be broadcast in HD, it appears that High Definition viewers will indeed be able to view the splendor of Buffalo in December in that format. It will also be broadcast on radio on WBCN 104.1 FM.
If the Patriots win that game, they will be in position to clinch the division and a playoff spot with a Miami Dolphins loss to San Diego. That game can also be seen on CBS4 at 4:15. (note – I have one site that says Chiefs/Cowboys will be the second game shown locally, (See coverage map) but most I’ve seen say Miami/San Diego)
FOX’s game at 4:00 will be the Giants visiting the Eagles.
ESPN has a dreadful matchup of Detroit at Green Bay at 8:30, a game that can also be heard on WEEI 850.
For the NFL this weekend, you can check your picks against Jim McCabe and Jim Lazar. You can also see who the Globe writers (or their interns) are picking this week. Bill Simmons also has his NFL picks and thoughts on the league.
For Patriots coverage over the weekend, check in at the Patriots Daily Links page, which provides constantly updating headlines from the Globe, Herald, ProJo, Reiss’ Pieces and Topix.net on the Patriots. You can also check in on the Reiss’ Pieces page directly, as this is the single best resource for Patriots fans to come along in the last few years.
This weekend features the semi-finals of the Div. I-AA Football playoffs. ESPN2 will have Northern Iowa vs. Texas State tonight at 8:00. Northern Iowa is of course the team that knocked out UNH last week up in Durham, NH.
ESPN2 will have game two on Saturday at noon with Furman vs. Appalachian State.
ESPN Classic will have the SWAC title game at 2:00 with Alabama A&M taking on Grambling St. (What’s the deal with ESPN Classic showing live games…I always find that confusing…)
Also on Saturday, ESPN will have the NCAA Div. II Football Championship with Northwest Missouri State vs. Grand Valley State facing off at 4:00.
The Heisman Trophy Presentation will be held at 8:00 on Saturday night. It will be broadcast on ESPN.
Saturday night sees the premiere of the newest ESPN Original Entertainment movie “Codebreakers“, which dramatizes the story of the 1951 cheating scandal at West Point. The film gets its first showing at 9:00 PM, but if you miss that one, you can be sure it will be shown many additional times…This program will also be shown in HD. Richard Sandomir has a review of the film for the NY Times.
On Saturday, ESPN is showing California/Kansas at Noon and Ohio State/St. Josephs at 2:00. ESPN2 has Michigan/South Florida at 3:00, followed by Alabama/Temple at 5:00 and Michigan State/Wichita State at 7:00.
That same day, CBS will show Duke/Texas (In HD) at 1:30. The second game locally will likely be Kentucky/Indiana at 3:45.
NESN will have St John’s/Virgina Tech at 4:00.
On Sunday, NESN will have Bruins/Coyotes at 5:00. WBZ 1030 AM has the Radio coverage.
Obviously there is no baseball on TV this weekend. But you can surely expect wall-to-wall baseball talk on any local programming done by WEEI.
If the Red Sox make news this weekend, you can read the stories on the Red Sox Daily Links page.
Here is a sampling of Sports Media Columns from around the country today:
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- Bob Raissman, NY Daily News – Hot Stove has Giants in Cold
- Phil Mushnick, NY Post – Streets not ‘Melo
- Barry Jackson, Miami Herald – Rating NFL TV coverage
- Tom Hoffarth, LA Daily News – Naked ambition only goes so far
- David Barron, Houston Chronicle – Texas-Duke provides rarity even for Packer
- Jay Posner, San Diego Union Tribune – Foudy transitions smoothly into TV
- Larry Stewart, Los Angeles Times – Fox’s NFL Team Has Impressive Streak
- Michael Hiestand, USA Today – Two sports movies, two thumbs up
- Jim Williams, DC Examiner -ESPN