Archive for February, 2011

College Basketball TV Schedule Week Ending March 6th

February 28, 2011

The final week of the regular season and the start of conference tournaments, from the506.com:

NCAA basketball TV schedule: February 28-March 6, 2011

Monday, February 28
7:00 Villanova @ Notre Dame – ESPN
7:00 Morgan State @ N.C. A&T – ESPNU
9:00 Kansas State @ Texas – ESPN
9:00 Jackson State @ Arkansas-Pine Bluff – ESPNU
9:00 CS-Bakersfield @ Gonzaga – KHQ 6 Spokane, FSN NW

Tuesday, March 1
7:00 Illinois @ Purdue – ESPN
7:00 Baylor @ Oklahoma State – ESPN2
7:00 Alabama @ Florida – ESPNU
7:00 N.C. State @ Virginia – FSN South, CSN DC+, FSN Fla (TB/Orl), SUN Sports (Mia)
7:00 TCU @ Air Force – mtn.
7:30 Kent State @ Bowling Green — STO
8:00 Missouri @ Nebraska – Big 12 Network [affiliates]
9:00 Vanderbilt @ Kentucky – ESPN
9:00 Boston College @ Virginia Tech – ESPNU
9:00 Ohio State @ Penn State – Big Ten Network
10:00 San Diego State @ Wyoming – mtn.

Wednesday, March 2
6:30 Iowa @ Michigan State – Big Ten Network
7:00 North Carolina @ Florida State – ESPN
7:00 Connecticut @ West Virginia – ESPN2
7:00 Maryland @ Miami – ESPNU
7:00 Patriot League Quarterfinal: Colgate @ American – CBS College Sports
7:00 Providence @ Louisville – Big East Network (NewsChannel 5 RI, WHAS 11 Louisville, SNY, MASN) **
7:00 Memphis @ East Carolina – FSN South
7:00 UAB @ Southern Mississippi — CSS
7:00 SMU @ Central Florida – Bright House Sports Network
7:00 Charlotte @ Xavier – FSN Ohio, CSN Phila, Time Warner NC
7:00 George Washington @ Rhode Island – COX 3 RI
7:00 Ball State @ Western Michigan – WIPB 49 Muncie
7:00 Saint Louis @ Dayton – FSN MW, WHIO 7 Dayton
7:00 Temple @ Massachusetts – CBS3 Now Springfield
7:30 Miami (OH) @ Buffalo — STO
7:30 Oklahoma @ Texas Tech – FSN Okla+, FSN SW, FSN Hou, KAMC 28 Lubbock
7:30 Colorado @ Iowa State – Cyclone Television Network*
*WOI ABC5 Des Moines, KCRG Local 9.2 Cedar Rapids, WHBF Retro TV 4.2 Quad Cities
8:00 LSU @ Georgia – SEC Network [affiliates]
8:00 Ole Miss @ Auburn – SEC Network [affiliates]
8:30 Minnesota @ Northwestern – Big Ten Network
8:30 Portland State @ Northern Arizona – FSN Ariz, FCS Pac
9:00 Clemson @ Duke – ESPN
9:00 Texas A&M @ Kansas – ESPN2
9:00 Pittsburgh @ South Florida – ESPNU
9:00 Utah @ Colorado State – CBS College Sports
9:00 Mississippi State @ Arkansas – CSS, Bright House Sports Network
10:00 New Mexico @ BYU – mtn.
11:00 Utah State @ New Mexico State – ESPN2

Thursday, March 3
6:00 Big South Semifinal:ESPNU
7:00 Tennessee @ South Carolina – ESPN
7:00 St. John’s @ Seton Hall – ESPN2
7:00 MVC Preliminary Round: Southern Illinois vs Illinois State – FSN MW+, CSN Chi
8:00 Big South Semifinal:ESPNU
8:00 Georgia Tech @ Wake Forest – ACC Network [affiliates]
9:00 UCLA @ Washington – ESPN
9:00 Wisconsin @ Indiana – ESPN2
9:00 Morehead State @ Murray State – ESPNU
9:00 Oregon State @ Arizona – FSN*
*FSN Ariz, Det+, Hou, North, NW, Pitt, Rocky, South, SW; Prime Ticket; CSN Bay, DC+, NE, MSG+
9:30 MVC Preliminary Round: Drake vs Bradley – FSN MW+, CSN Chi
10:00 Fresno State @ Idaho – WAC Network [affiliates]

Friday, March 4
1:00 MVC Quarterfinal: Missouri State vs SIU/Ill St winner – FSN MW, CSN Chi
3:30 MVC Quarterfinal: Northern Iowa vs Creighton – FSN MW, CSN Chi
7:00 Akron @ Kent State – ESPN2
7:00 MVC Quarterfinal: Wichita State vs Drake/Bradley winner – FSN MW, CSN Chi
8:00 OVC Semifinal:ESPNU
9:00 WCC Preliminary Round: Portland vs Loyola Marymount – BYU TV
9:30 MVC Quarterfinal: Indiana State vs Evansville – FSN MW, CSN Chi+
10:00 OVC Semifinal:ESPNU
11:30 WCC Preliminary Round: Pepperdine vs San Diego – BYU TV

Saturday, March 5
12:00 Kansas @ Missouri – CBS
12:00 Louisville @ West Virginia – ESPN, TSN2
12:00 Virginia Tech @ Clemson – ESPN2
12:00 Duquesne @ Richmond – CBS College Sports
12:00 Indiana @ Illinois – Big Ten Network
12:00 CAA Quarterfinal: George Mason vs UNCW/GSU winner – Comcast Network
1:30 Iowa State @ Kansas State – Big 12 Network [affiliates]
1:30 Texas Tech @ Texas A&M – Big 12 Network [affiliates]
1:30 Georgia @ Alabama – SEC Network [affiliates]
2:00 Michigan State @ Michigan – CBS [regional]
2:00 Oregon @ Arizona – CBS [regional]
2:00 Notre Dame @ Connecticut – ESPN
2:00 South Carolina @ Mississippi State – ESPN2
2:00 Xavier @ Saint Louis – CBS College Sports
2:00 Virginia @ Maryland – ACC Network [affiliates]
2:00 Georgetown @ Cincinnati – Big East Network [affiliates]
2:00 Rhode Island @ St. Bonaventure – Cox RI, Time Warner upstate NY, CSN NE
2:30 MVC Semifinal: – FSN MW, CSN Chi+
2:30 CAA Quarterfinal: VCU vs Drexel/Towson winner – Comcast Network
2:30 MAAC Quarterfinal: – MSG
3:00 Rice @ SMU – Time Warner Texas Channel
3:00 Nichols State @ Southeastern Louisiana – Southland TV Network [affiliates]
3:30 Wyoming @ BYU – mtn.
4:00 Villanova @ Pittsburgh – CBS
4:00 Purdue @ Iowa – ESPN
4:00 Big South Championship:ESPN2
4:00 UNLV @ Utah – Versus
4:00 Tulane @ Memphis – CBS College Sports
4:00 DePaul @ Syracuse – Big East Network [affiliates]
4:00 Oklahoma State @ Oklahoma – Big 12 Network [affiliates]
4:00 Arkansas @ Ole Miss – SEC Network [affiliates]
4:30 MAAC Quarterfinal: – MSG2
5:00 MVC Semifinal: – FSN MW, CSN Chi
5:30 UCLA @ Washington State – FSN*
*FSN Ariz, Det+, Hou, North, NW, Ohio, Rocky, SW; Prime Ticket; SportSouth; CSN Bay, DC+; MSG+
6:00 Florida @ Vanderbilt – ESPN
6:00 Atlantic Sun Championship:ESPN2
6:00 Southern Mississippi @ Tulsa – CBS College Sports
6:00 Marquette @ Seton Hall – Big East Network [affiliates]
6:00 Air Force @ New Mexico – mtn.
6:00 CAA Quarterfinal: Old Dominion vs Delaware/NE winner – Comcast Network
7:00 Auburn @ LSU – FSN South, SUN Sports (Mia), FSN Fla (TB/Orl), FSN SW, FSN Hou
7:00 Stanford @ California – CSN Calif
7:00 Utah State @ Louisiana Tech – Altitude, CST
7:30 MAAC Quarterfinal: – MSG+
8:00 Duke @ North Carolina – CBS
8:00 OVC Championship:ESPN2
8:00 South Florida @ St. John’s – Big East Network [affiliates]
8:30 Horizon League Semifinal:ESPNU
8:30 CAA Quarterfinal: Hofstra vs JMU/W&M winner – Comcast Network
9:00 Texas @ Baylor – ESPN
9:00 Nevada @ New Mexico State – WAC Network [affiliates]
9:00 WCC 2nd Round: – BYU TV
10:00 Colorado State @ San Diego State – mtn.
10:00 MAAC Quarterfinal: – MSG, MASN
10:00 Cal Poly @ UC-Santa Barbara – KCOY 12
10:30 USC @ Washington – FSN*
*all FSNs, all CSNs exc NW, MSG+
11:30 WCC 2nd Round: – BYU TV

Sunday, March 6
12:00 Kentucky @ Tennessee – CBS
12:00 Wake Forest @ Boston College – ACC Network [affiliates]
12:00 CAA Semifinal: – Comcast Network, CSN NE, CSS
12:00 NEC Semifinal: – MSG, FCS Atl
1:00 Penn State @ Minnesota – Big Ten Network
2:00 MVC Championship: CBS
2:00 NEC Semifinal: – MSG, FCS Atl
2:00 MAAC Semifinal: – MSG2
2:30 Miami @ Georgia Tech – ACC Network [affiliates]
2:30 CAA Semifinal: – Comcast Network, CSN NE, CSS
4:00 Wisconsin @ Ohio State – CBS
4:00 MAAC Semifinal: – MSG2
5:00 Patriot League Semifinal: CBS College Sports
6:00 SoCon Semifinal: – SportSouth (Car/Tenn)
6:15 Florida State @ N.C. State – FSN*
*FSN Ariz, Det+, Hou, MW, North, NW, Ohio, Pitt, Rocky, South, SW (SA), SW+ (DFW), West; CSN Calif, Chi; Comcast Ntwk Phila; MSG+; NESN; S’net 1
7:30 Patriot League Semifinal: CBS College Sports
8:00 WCC Semifinal:ESPN2
8:30 SoCon Semifinal: – SportSouth (Car/Tenn)
10:00 WCC Semifinal:ESPN2

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BGSU 2011 Football Schedule

February 28, 2011

Its been released.  The highlights include a road game with West Virginia, the Toledo game has moved back into its late-90s mid-October home, and once again no game with division foe Akron:

Thursday, Sept. 1 – at Idaho
Saturday, Sept. 10 – MORGAN STATE (Ag Day)
Saturday, Sept. 17 – WYOMING (Parents’ Weekend)
Saturday, Sept. 24 – at Miami
Saturday, Oct. 1 at – West Virginia
Saturday, Oct. 8 – at WMU
Saturday, Oct. 15 – TOLEDO (Homecoming)
Saturday, Oct. 22 – TEMPLE (Hall of Fame)
Saturday, Oct. 29 – at Kent State
Saturday, Nov. 5 OPEN
Tuesday, Nov. 8 – NIU, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)* (Armed Forces Appreciation Night)
Wednesday, Nov. 16 – OHIO, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2/ESPNU*) (United Way Night)
Friday, Nov. 25 – at Buffalo (ESPNU/ESPN3*)

GOP in Wisconsin Trying to Destroy the Democratic Party

February 20, 2011

Rachel Maddow of MSNBC explains it much better and more thoroughly than I could:

http://www.politicususa.com/en/rachel-maddow-wisconsin-truth

The sad thing, the angle that Maddow leaves out, is the large numbers of “little people” who should be on the Democrats’ side of fights like this one are instead so blinded by rage at government excess that they joined the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party and are aiding monied interests in their attempts to take America back to the Gilded Age.  Democrats in Wisconsin, Ohio, and elsewhere are fighting an uphill battle until they do a much better job of getting working class whites to see the many good things government does for them and to look out more for their own economic self-interest and worry less about sideshow social issues.  Or perhaps until current demographic trends continue, but that is a separate and much longer-term discussion.

NCAA Tournament TV Schedule

February 13, 2011

This press release is a few days old, but I’m gonna blame an odd work schedule this past week in the delay in posting:

2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Television Schedule
Date Time (ET) Game Network
First Four
March 15 6:30 p.m. Game 1 TruTV
March 15 9 p.m. Game 2 TruTV
March 16 6:30 p.m. Game 1 TruTV
March 16 9 p.m. Game 2 TruTV
Second Round
March 17 Noon Game 1 CBS
March 17 2:30 p.m. Game 2 CBS
March 17 7 p.m. Game 3 CBS
March 17 9:30 p.m. Game 4 CBS
March 17 2 p.m. Game 1 TNT
March 17 4:30 p.m. Game 2 TNT
March 17 7:15 p.m. Game 3 TNT
March 17 9:45 p.m. Game 4 TNT
March 17 1:30 p.m. Game 1 TBS
March 17 4 p.m. Game 2 TBS
March 17 6:45 p.m Game 3 TBS
March 17 9:15 p.m. Game 4 TBS
March 17 12:30 p.m. Game 1 TruTV
March 17 3 p.m. Game 2 TruTV
March 17 7:15 p.m. Game 3 TruTV
March 17 9:55 p.m. Game 4 TruTV
March 18 Noon Game 1 CBS
March 18 2:30 p.m. Game 2 CBS
March 18 7 p.m. Game 3 CBS
March 18 9:30 p.m. Game 4 CBS
March 18 2 p.m. Game 1 TNT
March 18 4:30 p.m. Game 2 TNT
March 18 7:15 p.m. Game 3 TNT
March 18 9:45 p.m. Game 4 TNT
March 18 1:30 p.m. Game 1 TBS
March 18 4 p.m. Game 2 TBS
March 18 6:45 p.m Game 3 TBS
March 18 9:15 p.m. Game 4 TBS
March 18 12:30 p.m. Game 1 TruTV
March 18 3 p.m. Game 2 TruTV
March 18 7:15 p.m. Game 3 TruTV
March 18 9:55 p.m. Game 4 TruTV
Third Round
March 19 Noon Game 1 CBS
March 19 2:30 p.m. Game 2 CBS
March 19 5 p.m. Game 3 CBS
March 19 7:30 p.m. Game 4 CBS
March 19 6 p.m. Game 1 TNT
March 19 8:30 p.m. Game 2 TNT
March 19 7 p.m. Game 1 TBS
March 19 9:30 p.m. Game 2 TBS
March 20 Noon Game 1 CBS
March 20 2:30 p.m. Game 2 CBS
March 20 5 p.m. Game 3 CBS
March 20 6 p.m. Game 1 TNT
March 20 8:30 p.m. Game 2 TNT
March 20 7 p.m. Game 1 TBS
March 20 9:30 p.m. Game 2 TBS
March 20 7:30 p.m. Game 1 TruTV
Regionals
March 24 7 p.m. Game 1 CBS
March 24 9:30 p.m. Game 2 CBS
March 24 7:15 p.m. Game 1 TBS
March 24 9:55 p.m. Game 2 TBS
March 25 7 p.m. Game 1 CBS
March 25 9:30 p.m. Game 2 CBS
March 25 7:15 p.m. Game 1 TBS
March 25 9:55 p.m. Game 2 TBS
March 26 4:20 p.m. Game 1 CBS
March 26 6:55 p.m. Game 2 CBS
March 27 2:10 p.m. Game 1 CBS
March 27 4:55 p.m. Game 2 CBS
Final Four
April 2 6 p.m. Game 1 CBS
April 2 8:30 p.m. Game 2 CBS
April 4 9 p.m. National Championship Game CBS
NOTE: Games on TNT, TBS and TruTV can switch start times. Exact order to be announced on March 13.

Super Bowl XLV

February 6, 2011

Presumably you already know that Green Bay won the game 31-25.  A few random thoughts:

Obviously the 3 turnovers, and the fact Green Bay got the maximum 21 points off of them, was huge.  The Steelers came remarkably close to overcoming it, but that’s a big hole against a good team.  Of the 3 turnovers, only 1 I thought was the Steelers fault, the 2nd interception Ben didn’t see the defensive back in position to undercut the route.  The pick 6 was a good play by the pass rush hitting his arm as he threw.  And perhaps the most crippling turnover, the Mendenhall fumble when the Steelers were 30 yards from taking the lead, was simply a good play by Clay Matthews putting his helmet on the ball.

Speaking of turnovers, I can’t help wondering if the game would have been different if the Steelers recover the muffed fumble on the 4th play of the game?

Aaron Rodgers is good.  Several times, including the big 3rd & 10 conversion that let them get the last field goal and bleed the clock down to 2 minutes, he fit downfield throws into very tight windows.  The Packers win this game by 2 or 3 scores if not for several dropped passes by his receivers.

The Steelers offensive line actually held up pretty good for the most part.  It was not a perfect game to be sure, but it was better than I feared it would be.

What’s up with all the injuries in this game?  A lot of guys got hurt on the ground, most notably Driver’s foot and Woodson’s collarbone, which was broken just landing after defending a pass.  Also Roethlisberger tweaked his knee just planting to throw a ball.  Bizarre.  Was the field unusually hard and slick because of the cold weather in Dallas?

My suspicion is Polamalu was hurt worse than anyone has been willing to let on the past two months.  He was a non-factor the entire playoffs.  To be fair, James Harrison wasn’t much of a factor this evening, either.

Even if Wallace catches that 4th down pass to keep the game alive, that clock drive wasn’t looking like a success story in the making.  Sluggish pace and a lot of confusion.

Any number of solid commercials during the game today, ads that made you chuckle, but no all time greats, pretty much par for the recent course.  But I think the quality of the ads tends to be inversely proportional to the quality of the game.   The ads are more memorable when that’s what you’re primarily watching for by the end of the 1st half.  The Bud Light series of ads were good, the 4 year old boy as Darth Vader was cute, there were several other solid ads.

The Black Eyed Peas are not my favorite style of music; I was happier when we went thru the post-wardrobe malfunction classic rock phase, but I thought the show was watchable.  My sense was it was produced by the same people responsible for Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.  The people towards the end with cubes for heads was probably the funniest thing all night.  Also gained an appreciation for Usher’s level of athleticism; he bounced up off the ground better than most of the players tonight!

My early guess for the Packers opponent to start the 2011 season is Chicago.  Unless the Bears weanie out of it like Baltimore did two years ago.  The Packers play the entire NFC South next season so whoever of Atlanta, New Orleans, and Tampa they have at home could also make sense.

Of course, the above paragraph assumes we have football as of the Thursday after Labor Day 2011.  At present my assumption is they will work out a new CBA in time for that assumption to be valid.  There will be a lockout for awhile as March 4th to me is a completely arbitrary “deadline”.  The actual deadline is around Bastille Day.  An agreement by then would allow for a regular training camp/preaseason/regular season schedule.  If it gets into August that’s when it gets dicey.  Hopefully we have football on schedule.