Chilly in Philly?

For the second straight year, the NHL brings its Winter Classic to Pennsylvania.
We’ll see if it will be chilly enough in Philly.
The Flyers host the Rangers Monday at 1 p.m. on NBC in the fifth Winter Classic. The fourth Classic, last year in Pittsburgh, had to be moved to the evening due to rain. Previous Classics in Buffalo, Chicago and Boston provided enough cold and thrills to make the contest a highlight of the schedule.
The festivities include an Alumni Game Saturday at 1 p.m. on Versus.
There’s other ice hockey this weekend. Comcast shows the Flyers’ visit to Pittsburgh Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Capitals take on Buffalo at 7 p.m. before heading to Columbus Saturday at 7 p.m.
Versus shows college ice hockey between Boston University and Notre Dame Saturday at 7 p.m.
New Year’s Day is supposed to mean college football bowls games. But not when it’s on a Sunday.
College defer to the NFL, which closes out its regular season Jan. 1 and everybody plays. NBC has the NFC East showdown between the Cowboys and Giants in primetime.
The Redskins close out their season in Philadelphia at 1 p.m. on FOX, and the Falcons host the Buccaneers at 4:15 p.m. CBS in Washington shows the Jets at Dolphins at 1 p.m. and the Ravens’ attempt to clinch the AFC North in Cincinnati at 4:15 p.m.
The bowl season continues Thursday at 5:30 p.m., with Florida State battling Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl on ESPN. At 9 p.m., Washington plays Baylor and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III in the Alamo Bowl.
Friday features four games, starting at noon with the Armed Forces Bowl between BYU and Tulsa. ESPN goes to the Pinstripe Bowl at 3:20 p.m. for Rutgers-Iowa State, then it’s the Music City Bowl matching Mississippi State and Wake Forest. The night closes with the Insight Bowl at 10 p.m., as Iowa faces Oklahoma.
Virginia’s game against Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl (7:30 p.m.) caps a busy Saturday on ESPN. The day begins with Texas A&M vs. Northwestern from Texas, followed by Illinois vs. 6-7 UCLA in the Fight Hunger Bowl. CBS has the Sun Bowl between Georgia Tech and Utah at 2:30 p.m., and ABC has the Liberty Bowl at 3:30 p.m. between Cincinnati and Vanderbilt.
Six games on January 2 start at noon on ESPNU,  with Penn State against Houston in the Ticket City Bowl. At 1 p.m., ABC shows the Outback Bowl between Michigan State and Georgia, while ESPN has Nebraska vs. South Carolina from the Capital One Bowl. ESPN2 carries the Gator Bowl matching Ohio State and Florida.
Wisconsin takes on Oregon in the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. on ESPN, then it’s the Fiesta Bowl between Stanford and Oklahoma State at 8:30 p.m.
TNT has its first doubleheader of the season Thursday. The Mavericks travel to Oklahoma City at 8 p.m., followed by the Knicks at Lakers.
The Wizards head to Milwaukee Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast-plus. Monday, they play the Celtics at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has a college basketball tripleheader Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. with Florida taking on Rutgers. Vanderbilt battles Marquette at 9 p.m., followed by BYU-St. Mary’s. Friday, Duke faces Western Michigan at 7 p.m., then it’s a Big East contest between Seton Hall and West Virginia.
Saturday, ESPN2 goes from noon to midnight with college basketball. Virginia Tech kicks it off at Oklahoma State, then Providence plays Georgetown. It’s off to the Big Ten at 4 p.m. as Illinois takes on Purdue before Ohio State faces Indiana. Gonzaga meets Xavier at 8 p.m. before the West Coast finale between Oregon and Washington.
CBS starts Saturday with Louisville facing Kentucky at noon.
There’s PAC-12 basketball Thursday on Comcast, with UCLA visiting Stanford at 11 p.m.
MASN has a Big East contest between St. John’s and Connecticut Saturday at noon, then has the Big South game matching UNC-Asheville and Winthrop. There’s more Big East on Sunday, with Rutgers at South Florida at noon. The finish of Syracuse-DePaul airs at 5:30 p.m., then Pittsburgh plays Cincinnati at 7 p.m.


Basketballs on Christmas Day

NBA fans got their Christmas presents a few weeks ago – a shortened season, but still a season.
The 2011-12 season starts Christmas Day with five games.
TNT begins the day at noon, with the Celtics visiting the Knicks.
ABC takes over at midway with a 2010 Final rematch between the Heat and Mavericks at 2:30 p.m. The Bulls play the Lakers at 5 p.m.
ESPN caps the day with a doubleheader, as the Magic travel to Oklahoma City at 8 p.m. The Clippers battle the Warriors at 10:30 p.m.
Your NFL weekend begins with the AFC South champion Texans at the 1-13 Colts on NFL Network Thursday at 8 p.m. Christmas Night, the Packers host Chicago on NBC while ESPN has its final Monday Night game with the Saints hosting the Falcons.
The rest of the NFL plays Christmas Eve afternoon. The Redskins host the Vikings at 1 p.m. on FOX and most of the country will see the Eagles travel to Dallas in the late afternoon slot. CBS in Washington offers the Browns at Ravens at 1 p.m.
Bowl week continues on ESPN Thursday with the Las Vegas Bowl, as Arizona State plays Boise State at 8 p.m. Head to Hawai’i on Christmas Eve as Nevada plays Southern Mississippi. Monday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2, Missouri plays North Carolina at the Independence Bowl.
West Virginia plays one of its future Big 12 foes – Baylor – Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN2 has a pair of contests Thursday – Memphis vs. Georgetown at 7 p.m. followed by Missouri-Illinois. Friday, ESPN2 offers Western Kentucky at Louisville at 7 p.m., and there’s a semifinal from the Diamond Head Classic at 11 p.m.
Christmas night, the ESPN2 has the final two games from the Diamond Head Classic – starting at 7:30 p.m.
Comcast has a twinbill featuring PAC-12 teams Thursday, with Butler-Stanford at 9 p.m. and Kansas taking on USC at 11 p.m.
MASN has a doubleheader Thursday, with Fairfield facing Connecticut at 7 p.m. and Milwaukee meeting Marquette at 9 p.m. Friday at 7 p.m., Cincinnati hosts Chicago State.
The Capitals visit New Jersey Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.


First of 35

Saturday starts the college bowl season. Over the next 24 days, there will be 35 bowl games from New Mexico to New Orleans.
Only six days are quiet – and one is January 1. It’s a Sunday, so the NFL takes the field and bowls wait until January 2.
ESPN has the first three bowls of the season – starting at 2 p.m. with Temple facing Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl. It’s off to the blue turf as Ohio plays Utah State at the Idaho Potato Bowl, then the day concludes with the New Orleans Bowl – San Diego State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette.
It’s a long way and a lot of games until LSU-Alabama Jan. 9.
The Bowl Championship Series has its semifinals this weekend, as Montana visits Sam Houston State Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Division III crowns its champion Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, as Mount Union plays Wisconsin-Whitewater. Again.
Division II holds its title game Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2, with Wayne State meeting Pittsburg State.
The Ravens and Steelers take their quests for the postseason to the west coast this weekend. Baltimore visits San Diego on NBC Sunday night football, while Pittsburgh takes on NFC West champion San Francisco on ESPN Monday at 8:30 p.m.
NFL Network carries a pair of games this weekend – Jacksonsville at Atlanta on Thursday and the Cowboys heading to Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Sunday afternoon, the Redskins battle NFC East leading New York at 1 p.m. on FOX. CBS has the doubleheader, and most of the country gets New England at Tim Tebow and the Broncos in the late afternoon slot. The Bengals play at St. Louis in the 1 p.m. game in the Washington area.
The shortened NBA preseason starts Friday on Comcast, with the Wizards hosting the 76ers at 7 p.m.
The Capitals head west for the weekend, playing at Winnipeg Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast. It’s off to Colorado Saturday at 9 p.m.
CBS has a college basketball doubleheader Saturday afternoon. Butler takes on Purdue at 2 p.m., then it’s a split between Memphis at Louisville or Gonzaga taking on Arizona at 4 p.m.
ESPN has second-ranked Ohio State taking on South Carolina Saturday at noon. ESPN2 shows four more games Saturday, with Texas-Temple going at 2:30 p.m. Notre Dame plays Indiana at 4:30 p.m., followed by Syracuse’s trip to N.C. State. At 10:30 p.m., Oklahoma State battles New Mexico.
Comcast offers the Orange Bowl Classic Saturday at noon. Miami plays Florida Atlantic in the opener, then Florida faces Texas A&M. There’s ACC basketball at 4:30 p.m., with Winthrop visiting Clemson. Sunday at 1 p.m., Boston College hosts Bryant.
Three Big East have non-conference games on MASN Saturday afternoon. Georgetown faces in-town rival American at noon, followed by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi meeting West Virginia at 2 p.m. and Northern Colorado taking on Marquette at 5 p.m. It’s off to the Big South Saturday at 7 p.m. as Liberty hosts Hampton, and Sunday at 1 p.m. Holy Cross visits Connecticut.
The Connecticut women play Baylor Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN has a pair of high school basketball games Thursday – Oak Hill Academy vs. Miller Grove at 8 p.m. followed by Montrose Christian-Marcus Flower Mound of Texas.
NCAA crowns its women’s volleball champion this weekend. ESPN2 shows Florida State vs. UCLA Thursday at 7 p.m., then it’s the second semifinal between USC and Illinois. The final is Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Want to see some snow? The Winter Dew Tour hits Colorado for the Nike Open Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC.


Army-Navy

How do you know the college football regular season is over? Army and Navy play.
The annual battle moves to FedEx Stadium this year, on CBS Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
It hasn’t been a great gridiron year for either team – no bowl trips like in 2010. But over 100 years of history permeates the matchup, which will make its first trip to the Nation’s Capital.
The end of the regular season means awards season starts. ESPN has most of the awards Thursday at 9 p.m., and the Heisman Trophy presentation Saturday at 8 p.m.
The old I-AA continues its march to a national championship with the quarterfinals this weekend.Northern Iowa takes on Montana Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, and Saturday at noon Montana State battles Sam Houston State on ESPN.
Another AFC team visits Washington this week – Tom Brady and the Patriots take on the Redskins on CBS at 1 p.m. CBS has the doubleheader, with Oakland’s visit to 12-0 Green Bay highlighting the late schedule. FOX in Washington offers the Bears’ trip to Denver.
The NFL network has the Browns facing the Steelers Thursday at 8 p.m. The Cowboys and Giants battle for the top of the NFC East Sunday on NBC, while ESPN has the Rams heading to Seattle Monday night.
In college basketball, CBS has Duke facing Washington Saturday at noon, warming up for the Army-Navy game.
ESPN2 starts its weekend in the Big East, with Harvard at Connecticut Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by West Virginia at Kansas State. Friday at 8 p.m., it’s the battle of Richmond as VCU plays the Spiders.
ESPN offers a pair of contests Saturday – Ohio State at Kansas at 3:15 p.m. followed by the border war of Kentucky-Indiana.
ESPN2 has a full day of hoops Saturday. The day begins in Cincinnati, with the Bearcats taking on Xavier at noon. Oklahoma State plays Pittsburgh at 2:30 p.m., then it’s east on the turnpike to show Villanova-Temple at 5 p.m. West Virginia visits Miami at 7 p.m., and Michigan State closes the night with a game at Gonzaga.
Comcast has four contests on Saturday, starting with Austin Peay at Tennessee at noon. Then it’s west for BYU-Utah at 2 p.m. and Clemson’s trip to Arizona at 4 p.m. George Washington faces Syracuse at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, MASN brings a pair of Big East games – Howard at Georgetown at noon and Fairleigh-Dickinson vs. Louisville at 4 p.m. – with the NEC contest between Loyola and Mt. St. Marys at 2 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m., South Florida hosts Florida A&M.
Comcast offers the Pennsylvania battle between the Penguins and Flyers Thursday at 7 p.m. The Capitals host Toronto Friday at 7 p.m.
NBC has the Shark’s Shootout Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.


Conference title time

Saturday, the 12-member Big Ten will host its first conference championship game.
And teams in the 10-member Big 12 will be finishing their regular seasons – too small for a title game this year. That’s how we end the regular season.
In the Big Ten, Michigan State meets Wisconsin in Indianapolis for the BCS berth Saturday on FOX. The Pac-12 also holds its first conference title game, matching Oregon and UCLA Friday at 8 p.m. on FOX.
The league that started it all at major college level – the SEC – has its 20th conference championship game Saturday at 4 p.m. on CBS. Top-ranked LSU faces Georgia, with the Tigers hoping to go for another national championship.
The ACC title game clash between Virginia Tech and Clemson is on ESPN Saturday at 8 p.m.
Other conference championship games include the MAC(Ohio vs. Northern Illinois) Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and the Conference USA matchup between Southern Mississippi and Houston Saturday at noon on ABC.
It all starts Thursday as West Virginia visits South Florida at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Other Big East teams close out the regular season Saturday at noon – Connecticut at Cincinnati on ESPN while Syracuse visits Pittsburgh on ESPN2.
Without a championship game, the Big 12 brings some rivals together. Oklahoma battles Oklahoma State in a top-10 contest on ABC at 8 p.m.
Versus shows TCU vs. UNLV at 2:30 p.m., with BYU ends the season at Hawaii at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
It’s the weekend of the Colts matchup with New England, annually one of the best TV draws of the season. Not so in 2011. NBC pulled it from the Sunday night lineup weeks ago, putting Detroit at New Orleans there instead.
The Eagles travel to Seattle Thursday on NFL Network to start the weekend, and ESPN has the Chargers playing in Jacksonville Monday night. Sunday, the Redskins are on CBS in Washington as the Jets come to town at 1 p.m. FOX in Washington can only show one game of the doubleheader, going with Packers at Giants at 4:15 p.m.
The Capitals have another big meeting with the Penguins, Thursday at 1 p.m. on Comcast. Ottawa visits Verizon Center Saturday at 7 p.m.
Fresh off the ACC-Big Ten challenge, Virginia hosts Longwood Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.  Texas heads to UCLA at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Comcast shows St. Joseph’s at American at 8 p.m.
CBS starts its march to the Final Four with North Carolina visiting Kentucky Saturday at noon.
ESPN brings a pair of matchups between the Big East and SEC Friday – Florida at Syracuse at 7 p.m. followed by Vanderbilt-Louisville. Saturday, Connecticut hosts Arkansas at 3:15 p.m., then Pittsburgh takes on Tennessee.
ESPN2 starts the weekend Thursday at 7:15 p.m., with St. John’s at Kentucky. Georgetown heads to Alabama at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Gonzaga plays Illinois at 3:15 p.m., followed by South Florida facing Kansas.
MASN has George Washington’s trip to Kansas State Thursday at 8 p.m., and two contests Saturday – Charlotte at East Carolina at 5 p.m. followed by Winthrop at Gardner-Webb. It’s a pair of games Sunday from Washington, with George Washington playing VCU at 2 p.m. followed by Maryland-Notre Dame.
Tiger Woods gets to play with the big boys this weekend, at the Chevron World Championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC.