XLVII

Which Harbaugh brother will hoist the Lombardi Trophy?
sb47CBS has the long pregame show and big commercials along with Super Bowl XLVII, matching the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., pending the length of the introductions and other hoopla.
John Harbaugh led the Ravens to their second Super Bowl contest, after winning at least one playoff game in his first five seasons. Ray Lewis, MVP of Super Bowl XXXV, returns for his last ride.
Jim Harbaugh, who almost quarterbacked Indianapolis to Super Bowl XXX, brings the 49ers to their sixth big game. They won all five prior trips, including a 55-10 blowout of Denver in 1990 at the Superdome.
Before the big game, CBS brings ACC basketball between Miami and North Carolina State Saturday at 4 p.m.
Virginia Tech heads to North Carolina Saturday at noon on the ACC network, and other areas will see Clemson-Boston College.
ESPN’s Thursday doubleheader starts at 7 p.m. with Illinois-Michigan State. Then it’s out west for Arizona at Washington. Future ACC foes Pittsburgh and Syracuse meet Saturday at noon, then current conference members Duke and Florida State play. Tennessee faces Arkansas at 4 p.m. before Kentucky takes on Texas A&M. The GameDay crew catches top-ranked Michigan against Indiana at 9 p.m.
Marquette takes on Louisville Sunday at 2 p.m.
There’s three games on ESPN2 Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m. with Connecticut-Providence. Alabama battles Arkansas at 9 p.m. before Gonzaga meets Loyola Marymount. Saturday brings five games – starting at noon with Purdue facing Northwestern. It’s Notre Dame-DePaul at 2 p.m., then Wichita State plays Northern Iowa. Kansas State takes on Oklahoma at 6 p.m., and the slate concludes at 8 p.m. when Baylor tackles Iowa State.
Comcast offers Wake Forest against Maryland Saturday at 2 p.m., along with three CAA games. Hofstra plays William & Mary at noon, then it’s George Mason-James Madison at 4 p.m. Drexel meets Northeastern at 6 p.m.
WAC basketball gets coverage Thursday at 10 p.m on MASN, with Utah State facing Idaho. West Virginia heads to Texas Tech Saturday at 1:30 p.m., followed by Oklahoma-Kansas. Liberty takes on Winthrop at 7 p.m. There’s a Big East doubleheader Sunday starting at noon, with Providence-Villanova before South Florida plays Connecticut.
Drexel takes on George Mason Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Saturday, Dayton visits St. Louis at 2 p.m. Columbia meets Princeton at 6 p.m. and Nevada faces New Mexico at 8 p.m.
TNT has a big Western Conference battle between Memphis and Oklahoma City Thursday at 8 p.m. The Mavericks head to Golden State in the nightcap.
ESPN’s NBA Friday starts at 7 p.m. with the Heat visiting the Pacers. The nightcap has the Lakers in Minnesota. The Wizards travel to Memphis Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast-plus and San Antonio Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Comcast has a women’s basketball doubleheader Wednesday. Georgia Tech travels to Virginia at 1 p.m. before UNC-Wilmington meets Old Dominion.
The Capitals battle the Penguins Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC’s game of the week. Their weekend begins Thursday on Comcast against the Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. and the Flyers come to town Friday at 7 p.m.
Dartmouth faces Union Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC has the Phoenix Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Please pick up the trash when you’re done.


NBA on Sunday

While we await Super Bowl XLVII, the NBA moves into its Sunday afternoon TV slots.
The first weekend on ABC brings two top matchups. The Heat head to Boston at 1 p.m., and the Thunder close their six-game road trip at the Lakers at 3:30 p.m.
TNT starts the weekend Thursday with the Celtics meeting the Knicks at 8 p.m. In the nightcap, the Clippers take on Phoenix.
On ESPN, the Spurs meet the Mavericks Friday at 8 p.m. The Hawks take on the Knicks Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
The Wizards play the Timberwolves on Comcast-plus Friday at 7 p.m., and the Bulls come calling Saturday at 7 p.m.
In college basketball, Virginia travels to Virginia Tech Thursday at 8 p.m. on the ACC network. Other areas will see Clemson-Florida State. Saturday at 3 p.m., Wake Forest takes on Georgia Tech and the Hokies meet Clemson Sunday at 1 p.m.
CBS brings ACC basketball Saturday at 1 p.m., with Maryland facing Duke. Sunday at 1 p.m., Michigan State battles Indiana.
Virginia takes on Boston College Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast, and James Madison hosts Old Dominion at 4 p.m.
ESPN has Purdue-Michigan Thursday at 7 p.m. Thursday. Saturday, Georgetown hosts Louisville at noon. Oklahoma meets Kansas at 4 p.m., and the GameDay crew catches North Carolina and North Carolina State at 7 p.m.
There’s three games on ESPN2 Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. with Tennessee-Mississippi. Arizona takes on UCLA at 9 p.m. before it’s BYU-Gonzaga. Saturday features five more contests, with Ohio State-Penn State at noon. It’s Alabama against Tennessee at 2 p.m. followed by Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State. Butler meets Temple at 6 p.m. before the nightcap matching Florida and Mississippi State.
MASN has five Big East games over the weekend, with three on Saturday. Notre Dame heads to South Florida at noon, then it’s Providence-Marquette and DePaul goes against Pittsburgh. Sunday, Seton Hall and St. John’s battle at noon, followed by Rutgers facing Connecticut.
Liberty hosts Charleston Southern Saturday at 8 p.m.
Dartmouth heads to Harvard Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by New Mexico-San Diego State.
The James Madison women play Hofstra Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on Comcast. MASN has Big East women’s basketball matching Marquette and South Florida Saturday at 6 p.m. There’s two games on ESPN2 Sunday, with North Carolina facing Miami at 2 p.m. before Purdue plays Michigan State.
The PGA tour gets coverage this weekend, with the Farmers Open on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The best players not going to the Super Bowl – or their injury replacements – meet in the Pro Bowl Sunday at 7 p.m. on NBC. NFL network has the Senior Bowl Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Capitals head to Montreal Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then visit New Jersey Friday at 7 p.m. Buffalo heads to Washington Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Wild meet the Blues Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network, which offers Yale-Cornell in college hockey Friday at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN’s X Games light up the mountains in Aspen this weekend. ESPN has action Thursday at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. They return to the action Friday at 3 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Saturday ESPN coverage is at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. The action closes Sunday at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The Australian Open closes its run on ESPN2, with the second men’s semifinal Friday at 3 a.m. live from down under. The women’s final is Saturday at 3 a.m., and the men crown their champion Sunday at 3 a.m.


Who’s going to Super Bowl XLVII?

nfl playoffsThe last ride for Ray Lewis continues.
The Harbaugh brothers still have a chance at a Harbaugh Super Bowl.
Atlanta will host its first championship game.
Tom Brady in an AFC championship game? What a surprise.
Plenty of good storylines as the NFL holds its conference championships Sunday. Fox has the opening game at 3 p.m., with the 49ers taking on the Falcons. San Francisco lost last year’s NFC title game to the Giants, and return to the contest with a different starting quarterback.
The Falcons have made only one Super Bowl appearance in franchise history – winning at Minnesota en route to Super Bowl XXXIII.
In the nightcap, it’s a rematch of last year’s AFC championship on CBS at 6:30 p.m. The Patriots escaped with a 23-20 victory before going to their fifth Super Bowl since the 2001 season.
The Ravens won a thrilling 31-30 contest in September and will play in their third AFC championship game in five years. They last won the Super Bowl after the 2000 season, with Lewis the MVP in the win over the Giants.
College all-star games are on NFL network – East-West Shrine game Saturday – and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
With the NHL lockout over, opening day will be Saturday. NBC offers a pair of games Saturday at 3 p.m., led by Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles starting the campaign against Chicago. Other parts of the country will see the Penguins against the Flyers. Sunday at 12:30 p.m., the Flyers take on the Sabres.
The Capitals begin their season in Tampa Bay Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The Blackhawks meet Phoenix Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network offers college hockey Thursday at 7 p.m. when Princeton plays UMass-Lowell. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Harvard meets Yale.
In college basketball, Virginia Tech plays Wake Forest on the ACC network Saturday at 2 p.m. Virginia hosts Florida State at 4 p.m.
West Virginia travels to Purdue on CBS Saturday at 2 p.m. before UCLA meets Oregon.
It’s a top-ten Big Ten matchup on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m., with Michigan against Minnesota. Duke battles Georgia Tech at 9 p.m. ESPN has five games on Saturday, starting with North Carolina-Maryland at noon. It’s off to the SEC for Missouri-Florida at 2 p.m., and Syracuse plays top-ranked Louisville at 4 p.m. Ohio State takes on Michigan State at 6 p.m., and the GameDay crew catches Butler-Gonzaga at 9 p.m.
Florida meets Texas A&M on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by South Florida-Rutgers. Pittsburgh against Connecticut starts the day on ESPN2 Saturday at noon, then Texas Tech plays Oklahoma State and Creighton battles Wichita State.
MASN shows MAAC basketball Thursday at 7:30 p.m., with Marist playing Loyola. MASN2 has Idaho-Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m.
There’s four Big East games on MASN Saturday. St. John’s heads to DePaul at noon, then Villanova meets Providence at 4 p.m. Georgetown plays South Florida at 6 p.m. before Rutgers going against Notre Dame.
Drexel meets William & Mary Saturday at 2 p.m. on Comcast, followed by SMU-UTEP.
NBC Sports network has three games Saturday. Columbia collides with Cornell at 3 p.m., then Hofstra plays George Mason. It’s UNLV-Colorado State in the nightcap at 7 p.m.
Comcast brings a pair of ACC women’s games Thursday. Virginia goes to North Carolina at 6:30 p.m., followed by N.C. State-Maryland. There’ two more Sunday. Wake Forest meets Boston College at 1 p.m. and Florida State battles N.C. State at 3 p.m.
Seton Hall visits Georgetown in women’s basketball on MASN Saturday at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 has two games Sunday, with Maryland-Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. followed by Texas A&M against Georgia.
On TNT, the Clippers head to Minnesota at 8 p.m. Thursday. The Lakers take on the Heat in the nightcap. ESPN’s Friday night schedule starts at 8 p.m. with Bulls-Celtics, followed by the Thunder traveling to Dallas.
The Wizards face Denver Friday at 9 p.m. on Comcast, then head to L.A. Saturday to battle the Clippers at 10:30 p.m.
ESPN has high school basketball between Huntington Prep and New Hampton School Sunday at 5 p.m.
Action from the Australian Open continues Thursday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2. Play continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m.


Best NFL weekend of the year

The end is near for NFL football. Time to savor the best weekend of action.
nfl playoffsThe final eight set their sights on Super Bowl XLVII – four teams coming off wins and four teams that earned first-round byes.
The action begins Saturday with a Harbaugh doubleheader. John Harbaugh and the Ravens travel to Denver as part of Ray Lewis’ farewell tour Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on CBS. Peyton Manning and the Broncos rolled to a 34-17 victory over the Ravens – the third of Baltimore’s three-game late season losing streak.
Fox has the Saturday prime time game, matching the Packers and Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers. They met on the season’s opening weekend, with the 49ers posting the victory. The Packers have won four of the five postseason meetings between the squads.
Sunday’s play begins at 1 p.m. on Fox, with the Falcons hosting Seattle. The Seahawks won at Washington last Sunday, the first road playoff win by the franchise since 1983. The Falcons have made the playoffs four times in the past five seasons, but are still awaiting their first postseason win since the Michael Vick era.
New England hosts Houston Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on CBS. The Texans were riding high at 11-1 when they made their first visit to Gillette Stadium, and the Patriots cruised to a 42-14 victory.
By Sunday night, we’re down to the final four teams and last four NFL games of the season.
Virginia takes on Clemson Saturday at noon on the ACC network, followed by Virginia Tech against Georgia Tech.
CBS offers Ohio State against Michigan Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
North Carolina faces Miami on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m., then Kentucky takes on Vanderbilt. Saturday, ESPN offers a pair of ACC games with Duke-N.C. State at noon before the Tar Heels battle Florida State.
There’s three games on ESPN2 Thursday night. Michigan State takes on Iowa at 7 p.m. before Arizona meets Oregon. St. Mary’s plays Gonzaga at 11 p.m. There’s three more on Saturday, starting in the Big East with Georgetown-St. John’s at 11 a.m.  Tennessee battles Alabama at 1 p.m. before Oklahoma meets Oklahoma State.
MASN has four Big East games on the schedule Saturday, starting at noon with Villanova-Syracuse. It’s Connecticut against Notre Dame at 2 p.m., followed by South Florida traveling to Louisville. Cincinnati plays Rutgers at 8 p.m. The Big South takes the stage at 6 p.m. with Coastal Carolina meeting Liberty.
MASN2 shows Kansas State at West Virginia Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday on MASN, Seton Hall hosts Providence at noon.
George Mason plays Old Dominion Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Four games fill the slate on Saturday, with Butler meeting Dayton at 2 p.m. It’s James Madison-Drexel at 4 p.m. then Pennsylvania faces Princeton before the Colorado State meets San Diego State at 8 p.m.
Delaware and Georgia State meet on Comcast at noon, and the Boston College-Wake Forest game is joined in progress at 4:30 p.m.
TNT’s Thursday doubleheader features the Knicks against the Pacers at 8 p.m. and a nightcap of Heat-Trailblazers. ESPN shows the Bulls at Knicks Friday at 8 p.m., with the Thunder meeting the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.
The Wizards host the Hawks Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN2 shows a pair of women’s basketball games Sunday. Nebraska faces Penn State at 2 p.m. and California meets Stanford at 4 p.m. On Comcast, it’s Boston College-Clemson at 1 p.m. followed by Miami-Florida State.
There’s high school basketball Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN, with Huntington Prep taking on Cape Henry.
The Australian Open starts its two week run Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
While awaiting the start of the lockout-shortened NHL season, NBC Sports network has a college ice hockey doubleheader Friday. Union plays Princeton at 7:30 p.m., followed by Nebraska-Omaha at Denver.


Playoff time

By late Monday night, we will have
A college national champion
A champion of the playoff division
Our final eight NFL teams.
The NCAA National Championship Game between Alabama and Notre Dame caps the big football weekend. ESPN has the action Monday at 8:30 p.m. as the Crimson Tide attempt to defend their national title.
Notre Dame last topped the nation in 1988. The Fighting Irish have won eight national titles since 1936, just one behind Alabama.
Before the big game, a few more bowls fill the schedule. Thursday, Oregon takes on Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. Fox has the Cotton Bowl between Texas A&M and Oklahoma Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh meets Mississippi in the Compass Bowl Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, and then the GoDaddy.com Bowl matches Kent State and Arkansas State Sunday at 9 p.m.
Sam Houston State and top-seeded North Dakota State clash for the FCS title Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
The NFL playoffs begin Saturday with a doubleheader on NBC. The Bengals travel to Houston in a rematch of last year’s contest at 4:30 p.m., while the Vikings and Packers battle again at 8 p.m.
Sunday, the Colts take on the Ravens at 1 p.m. on CBS before RG III and the Redskins meet Seattle on Fox.
ESPN adds high school football to the schedule Friday at 5 p.m., with the Under Armour All America Game. NBC offers the U.S. Army All America Game Saturday at 1 p.m.
ACC basketball coverage begins Saturday at noon on the ACC network, with the Hokies facing Maryland. Miami visits Georgia Tech at 2:30 p.m. Comcast shows Clemson-Florida State at 4 p.m.
CBS has Temple-Kansas Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
ESPN2 offers Michigan against Northwestern Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday at 8 p.m., Memphis battles Tennessee. There’s Big East play at 11 a.m. Saturday with Rutgers going against Pittsburgh.
There’s five games on MASN Saturday, starting with a pair from the Big East. Seton Hall faces Notre Dame at noon, followed by Georgetown-Marquette. West Virginia hosts Big 12 foe Oklahoma at 4 p.m., then it’s off to the Big South for UNC-Asheville at Liberty at 6 p.m. Big East action closes the day at 8 p.m. as DePaul faces Providence.
Syracuse travels to South Florida Sunday at noon.
Comcast offers CAA basketball Saturday, with Delaware at Old Dominion at noon followed by George Mason against William & Mary.
NBC Sports network features CAA action between Northeastern and George Mason Thursday at 7 p.m. Lehigh faces VCU Saturday at 5 p.m. and Florida travels to Yale Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
ESPN features the battle of L.A. Friday at 10:30 p.m., with the Clippers meeting the Lakers. The Bulls take on the Heat at 8 p.m.
The Wizards host Brooklyn Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then travel to Miami Sunday at 6 p.m.
CBS offers women’s college basketball Saturday afternoon as the NFL playoffs kick off. Purdue battles Nebraska at 2 p.m., followed by Connecticut against Notre Dame. The Virginia women head to Miami Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.ESPN2 has high school basketball between Montverde from Florida and Simeon of Illinois Saturday at 6 p.m.
The PGA tour year starts in Hawaii, and NBC shows the Tournament of Champions Sunday at 3 p.m.
Colorado College plays Nebraska-Omaha in college ice hockey Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.