Friday's Big Weekend Preview
Who's ready for a fight or two? After weeks of football and basketball and more football and more basketball, we've got a literal haymaker to the usual fare of this space.
UFC and boxing, you're much appreciated around here as we try to break away from the monotony. Plus the cagefighting's free. Hard to argue there.
Click on for this weekend proverbial tale of the tape for what's on.
When: Saturday, 3 p.m. (ET)
Why You Should Watch: Aside from the fact it's one of the most tradition-filled rivalries that should make every American proud, it's also the only football fix you're going to get on Saturday. Well, on-field football fix, anyway. (More on that later.) B/R's Rob Goldbeg has a great breakdown of the game and, oh yeah, have you seen the uniforms they'll be wearing?!
Heisman Trophy Presentation
When: Saturday, 8 p.m. (ET)
Why You Should Watch: They way it's looking, Johnny Manziel here may be walking away with the hardware. And that's history. May as well be watching as Johnny Football tries to become the first freshman to win the award in its 78-year existence.
Football fans know the drill. CBS, FOX and the NBC night game of Texas vs. Patriots at 8 p.m. (ET). Best of luck to your respective team. Hopefully they don't lose to the Rams like mine did last week after missing a field goal and dropping a touchdown pass and blowing an option read that resulted in St. Louis' only TD of the game.
Basketball's Time to Shine on Saturday
With all the football out of the way on Saturdays, college basketball now has a stage (and TV slots) to showcase its stuff. And Saturday is loaded with ranked teams playing. Here's a few games to keep you from going outside and shoveling snow:
- Arkansas at No. 3 Michigan, Noon (ET), CBS
- Temple vs. No. 2 Duke, 3:15 p.m. (ET), ESPN
- No. 8 Arizona at Clemson, 8 p.m. (ET), ESPN2
And yeah, there's NBA stuff too on the regional networks.
UFC on Fox 5
When: Saturday, 8 p.m. (ET)
Why You Should Watch: I'll be the first one to make the argument that Fox and UFC's marriage hasn't exactly produced fireworks. This card could change that. There may not be a more polarizing personality than Nate Diaz (not counting his brother, Nick), and the fact he's fighting in the main event—with a title on the line—makes this much-watch material.
Plus it's free.
Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4
When: Saturday, 9 p.m. (ET)
Why You Should Watch: Crow on all you want about the demise of boxing and that fact Pacquiao and Mayweather still haven't fought (I certainly do), the fact remains that boxing is Big Money, and people will be shelling out the 60 bucks (70 for high-def, so you're paying 70) to watch this bout. B/R's loaded with good stuff to get you ready before the first round.