It’s Just One Of Those Saturday’s

TV footballDo you ever have one of those Saturday’s where you just get up out of bed at the crack of noon, walk sorely to the couch in the television room, turn on the T.V. and realize that today is going to be a great day for watching sports?

Well, if you haven’t had one of those days in a while than you are in luck, my friends.

Not only is there a load of sports on the tube, but many of the games being played today have playoff implications. The New York Yankees are trying to keep pace with the Boston Red Sox in the American League East, as they take on the Toronto Blue Jays in the second game of a four-game series. The Jays have been officially eliminated from the playoff race, but have won four games in a row and have played a role in deciding who wins the A.L. East.

Just so you know, the Bo Sox are playing the Tampa Bay Devil Rays today as well.

Then there is college football. Maybe the game to watch will be the Penn State Nittany Lions taking on the Michigan Wolverines. Now, if you want far superior coverage of college ball, consult my colleague Thomas Miller. Needless to say there are a lot of college games on television today, and if you remembered, then you’ll have a six-pack and about three bags of chips and dip ready just for this special occasion.

BC Lions SaskatchewanNow, baseball and college ball obviously are the big sporting events of the day. But we cannot overlook the Canadian Football League. Perhaps the game-of-the-year will be on T.V. tonight. The B.C. Lions will take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a battle for first place in the West Division from the often hostile and intense confines of Mosaic Stadium in Regina.

The Lions sit atop the west with a record 7-3-1, while the Roughriders sit at 7-4-0 and just one point back of the Lions for first place in the division. The two teams have clashed twice this season, both contests resulting in rather uninteresting blowouts for each team. In July, the Lions dismantled the Roughriders 14-12, but the win came at a price as Lions quarterback, Dave Dickenson suffered a concussion. The second game of the season between the two came in August, as the Roughriders got their revenge, suffocating the Lions to a 21-9 game at B.C. Place. Replacement quarterback Jarious Jackson threw for less than 50 per cent (16-38) while tossing three interceptions.

Perhaps third time is a charm, as these two western titans will deliver a memorable performance for the Rider Nation and Lions fans on this Sporting Saturday.

Finally, there will be Vancouver Canucks hockey on television. Yes, that is right. The reigning Northwest Division Champs will play their fourth exhibition game of the season as they take on the Sharks in San Jose. Do not be fooled. Although it is exhibition, thousands will tune in for their weekly fix of Canucks hockey, even though most in the line-up will not be on the opening night roster come Oct. 5. Just remember, if hockey is on Canadian television, people will watch it. That rule is as certain is death and taxes.

So there you go. There are still more sporting events taking place today than what has been covered in this blog. Those beers in the fridge, the chips and dip and copious amounts of chicken wings are just calling out your name. Get comfy on the couch, dust off the clicker, gather some snacks, and enjoy all the sport on television you possibly can.

We don’t get these days all that often.

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