Thanksgiving Day 2012’s NFL games brought a real turkey – the Mark Sanchez butt fumble.
What surprises await in 2013?
The tripleheader starts at 12:30 p.m. on Fox, with the Packers visiting the Lions. CBS has the Raiders battling the Cowboys at 4:30 p.m. and Baltimore hosting the hated Steelers at 8:30 p.m.
The Ravens and Steelers appear to have butt-fumbled their season. Expected to contend for the AFC North title, the winner still faces a tough road to the last wild-card berth. And the loser starts thinking of 2014.
Top NFC contenders battle Monday on ESPN, with the Saints visiting Seattle. NBC offers Giants-Redskins Sunday night.
Sunday afternoon, CBS has the doubleheader featuring the Patriots against Texans at 1 p.m. and Broncos-Chiefs at 4:25 p.m. Fox will show the Cardinals’ trip to Philadelphia at 1 p.m.
The college football weekend starts Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with Mississippi against Mississippi State on ESPN. FoxSports1 features Texas Tech at Texas.
ABC’s Friday doubleheader starts at noon with Iowa-Nebraska, followed by Miami facing Pittsburgh. CBS brings Arkansas’ trip to LSU at 2:30 p.m., while Washington State meets Washington at 3:30 p.m. on Fox.
FoxSports1 starts its day at 3 p.m. with Florida International against Florida Atlantic. Fifth-ranked Oregon faces rival Oregon State at 7 p.m.
SMU travels to Houston at noon on ESPN2, while South Florida takes on Central Florida on ESPN at 8 p.m.
ABC brings a trio of rivalry matchups Saturday, starting at noon with Ohio State-Michigan. Georgia faces Georgia Tech at 3:30 p.m., followed by UCLA-USC at 8 p.m.
The SEC West title will be on the line when top-ranked Alabama goes to Auburn at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. Notre Dame takes on Stanford on Fox at 7 p.m.
The Bayou Classic between Grambling and Southern will be on NBC at 2:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon when second-ranked Florida State heads to Florida. Then it’s off to the Big Ten for Penn State-Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m., followed by Missouri against Texas A&M at 7:45 p.m.
Duke can clinch a berth in the ACC title game when it plays North Carolina at noon on ESPN2. Baylor heads to TCU at 3:30 p.m., before South Carolina faces Clemson at 7 p.m. The night concludes on the blue turf with Boise State hosting New Mexico at 10:15 p.m.
Kansas takes on Kansas State at noon on FoxSports1, then Iowa State battles West Virginia at 4 p.m.
Maryland closes its time in the ACC, facing North Carolina State at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
Boston College meets Syracuse on Comcast at 3:30 p.m. while MASN2 offers North Texas-Tulsa at 2:30 p.m.
NBC has Thanksgiving weekend ice hockey when the Rangers and Bruins tangle Friday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals host Montreal Friday at 5 p.m. on Comcast.
It’s Wizards-Pacers Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, and the Hawks visit Washington Saturday at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 has six contests on Thanksgiving Day, starting at noon with Oklahoma State-Purdue. Butler takes on Washington State at 2 p.m., followed by Marquette against Cal State-Fullerton at 4:30 p.m. and Memphis facing Siena at 6:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s goes against LSU at 8:30 p.m., and Arizona State battles Creighton in the nightcap at 11 p.m.
There’s a semifinal from the Old Spice Classic Friday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the third place game from the NIT pre-season tournament at 3:30 p.m. and title contest at 6 p.m.
Another five games fill the ESPN2 schedule Friday. After a tournament game at 3:30 p.m., there’s the second semifinal from the Old Spice Classic at 5:30 p.m. Florida State meets Florida at 7:30 p.m., followed by a game from the Wooden Legacy classic and Northwestern-UCLA at 11:30 p.m.
Sunday brings the final of the Old Spice Classic at 7:30 p.m. and Wooden Legacy at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has the Battle4Atlantis, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. when Iowa plays Xavier and Tennessee takes on Texas-El Paso. The semifinals are Friday and 7 and 9:30 p.m., with the consolation game Saturday at 7 p.m. followed by the championship at 9:30 p.m.
There’s more tournament action as Georgia Tech plays Mississippi in the Barclay Center Classic Friday at 4:30 p.m. The consolation will be Saturday at 2 p.m., with the final at 4:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Providence-Fairfield Friday at 12:30 p.m. There’s more Big East play Sunday, with Fairleigh Dickinson-Seton Hall at 2 p.m. followed by Oregon State-DePaul. North Carolina faces Alabama-Birmingham at 6 p.m. and it’s Kentucky-Providence in the Brooklyn Hoops Festival at 9 p.m.
South Alabama faces Middle Tennessee State Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast, and Sunday at 5 p.m. VCU heads to Belmont.
MASN2 brings Arkansas-Little Rock against Oklahoma Friday at 3 p.m. and Rhode Island meets George Mason Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN.
In women’s basketball, top-ranked Connecticut takes on Ohio State at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Newcastle meets West Brom on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers Premier League play Sunday, with Hull City-Liverpool at 9 a.m. followed by Chelsea against Southampton.
The best bowlers gather for the Cheetah championship Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have had some memorable meetings on the gridiron.
Sunday night is another chapter.
After years of Colts-Patriots games in November, Manning and his Broncos teammates face the Patriots Sunday night on NBC.
Manning has the Broncos tied with Kansas City atop the AFC West, while Brady and the Patriots remain in first in the AFC East. Another meeting might loom in January – and very likely again next November.
Sunday, the Ravens take on the Jets at 1 p.m. on CBS. Fox offers the doubleheader, with either Panthers against Dolphins or Packers-Vikings at 1 p.m. before the Giants and Cowboys battle at 4:25 p.m.
The Redskins host San Francisco on ESPN Monday night. The faltering Falcons face New Orleans Thursday on NFL network.
Canada’s best meet in the Grey Cup Sunday at 6 p.m., with Hamilton battling Saskatchewan on NBC Sports network.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. when Rutgers travels to Central Florida on ESPN and FoxSports1 offers Rice against Alabama-Birmingham. Navy heads to San Jose State Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
Notre Dame takes on BYU Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC, while CBS brings Texas A&M-LSU.
ABC features top contenders, with the 3:30 p.m. block having third-ranked Ohio State host Indiana or fifth-ranked Oregon at Arizona (the game not on the air in your area will be seen on ESPN2). In primetime, fourth-ranked Baylor faces Oklahoma State.
Fox goes out west for UCLA-Arizona State at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network has “The Game” – Harvard against Yale – at noon followed by the CAA contest between James Madison and Towson.
The ACC network offers a pair of games at 12:30 p.m. Some areas will get North Carolina State against East Carolina, while others see new conference members Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
ESPN starts the day at noon with Michigan State against Northwestern. Wisconsin tackles Minnesota at 3:30 p.m., followed by Missouri-Mississippi at 7:45 p.m.
Wake Forest battles Duke on ESPN2 at noon. In primetime, Vanderbilt faces Tennessee at 7 p.m. before Washington meets Oregon State.
Oklahoma heads to Kansas State on FoxSports1 at noon, and rivals California and Stanford meet at 4 p.m. (keep the band off the field). Kansas goes to Iowa State at 8 p.m.
Old Dominion meets North Carolina at noon on Comcast, followed by Maryland-Boston College.
Memphis battles Louisville on MASN at noon, and Lehigh takes on Lafayette on MASN2 at 12:30 p.m.
Oklahoma City hosts the Clippers on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Bulls at Nuggets. ESPN brings Spurs at Grizzlies Friday at 8 p.m., with the Warriors meeting the Lakers in the nightcap.
The Wizards meet the Knicks Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN has the final of the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 brings three contests Thursday, starting with Puerto Rice Tipoff Classic at 5 p.m. with Long Beach State facing Michigan. Action continues at the 2K Sports Classic, with Boston College-Connecticut followed by Washington against Indiana. The winners meet Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Charleston Classic has its final Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2, after two games from the Puerto Rice Tipoff Classic at 4:30 and 7 p.m.
It’s a Big East doubleheader Friday on FoxSports1, with Delaware against Villanova at 7 p.m. before St. John’s meets Monmouth.
MASN brings women’s basketball between Southern Cal and Oklahoma State Friday at 8 p.m. Duke heads to Marquette Sunday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Comcast offers the Flyers against Sabres Thursday at 7 p.m. The Capitals host the Canadiens Friday at 7 p.m.
North Dakota visits Boston University Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The MLS will have its two championship contenders after the weekend. NBC Sports network shows Kansas City against Houston Saturday at 7:30 p.m., then it’s out west for Portland-Real Salt Lake on ESPN Sunday at 9 p.m.
West Ham takes on Chelsea on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network brings a pair of games Saturday, with Everton against Liverpool at 7:45 a.m. before Arsenal faces Southampton at 10 a.m.
Formula One racing heads to South America, with the Brazil Grand Prix Sunday at 11 a.m. on NBC. There’s practice Friday at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC didn’t have Kansas City on its original Sunday night schedule.
But they grabbed their first chance to put the undefeated Chiefs on the air.
Kansas City heads to Denver for a key battle in the AFC West, pushing the Packers and Giants out of primetime. Peyton Manning and the Broncos have gotten plenty of attention for their 8-1 start, but could be looking at a wild-card berth if they can’t solve Andy Reid’s defense.
Sunday afternoon, the Ravens head to Chicago on CBS at 1 p.m. Fox has the doubleheader, with Redskins-Eagles at 1 p.m. followed by Packers facing the Giants.
NFL network carries Colts against Titans Thursday night at 8:25 p.m., and ESPN has the Patriots’ trip to Carolina Monday at 8:40 p.m.
The college football weekend begins Thursday when Clemson hosts Georgia Tech at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN while Marshall faces Tulsa on FoxSports1. Friday, UCLA plays Washington at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Hokies take on Maryland Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ACC network, while other areas can see North Carolina at Pittsburgh.
CBS has a top 25 clash between Auburn and Georgia at 3:30 p.m.
Second-ranked Florida State hosts Syracuse on ABC at 3:30 p.m., with other areas getting Michigan State at Nebraska. The game not on the air in your area will be seen on ESPN2. In primetime, Stanford faces Southern Cal.
Fox offers Oklahoma State battling Texas at 3:30 p.m. and Texas Tech-Baylor at 7 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Ohio State facing Illinois. Top-ranked Alabama meets Mississippi State at 7:45 p.m.
Wisconsin takes on Indiana at noon on ESPN2, then in primetime South Carolina plays Florida. Wyoming heads to Boise State at 10:15 p.m.
Oklahoma goes against Iowa State at noon on FoxSports1, followed by Utah-Oregon at 4 p.m.
Comcast brings North Carolina State at Boston College at 12:30 p.m., then Colgate battles Syracuse at 4 p.m.
There’s a pair of games on MASN – Central Florida against Temple at noon before Brevard plays Liberty. MASN2 brings West Virginia facing Kansas at noon, followed by TCU-Kansas State.
From the Ivy League, Harvard hosts Pennsylvania at noon on NBC Sports network.
The NASCAR season concludes in Florida this weekend, with the Sprint Cup finale Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN. The last race of the Nationwide race will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC offers the United States Grand Prix from Texas Sunday at 2 p.m. Practice is Friday at 1 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
TNT offers a doubleheader Thursday, with Rockets-Knicks at 8 p.m. followed by the Thunder against Warriors. The Timberwolves take on the Nuggets Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, then it’s Pistons-Kings in the nightcap.
The Wizards play Cleveland Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college hardcourt, ESPN2 has Texas Tech against Alabama Thursday at 9 p.m. There’s a doubleheader Sunday starting at 5 p.m., with Michigan-Iowa State followed by Robert Morris facing Kentucky.
Comcast offers American against Maryland-Baltimore County Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Indiana State takes on Notre Dame Sunday at noon. Temple travels to Towson Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Oklahoma State meets Arkansas-Pine Bluff on MASN2 Friday at 8 p.m. Loyola hosts Fairfield Saturday at 8 p.m. on MASN while MASN2 offers Kansas State-Long Beach State Sunday at 4 p.m.
It’s Towson against Villanova on FoxSports1 Sunday at 5 p.m.
The Capitals visit Detroit Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, then host St. Louis Sunday at 6 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame plays Merrimack Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Preparation for the World Cup continues on ESPN2 Friday at 2:55 p.m., with an international friendly between Scotland and United States.
The road to the Sochi Olympics continues Friday at 3:30 p.m., with trials in women’s curling on NBC Sports network. There’s more trials Saturday at 8 p.m., after a men’s match at 3:30 p.m., and continuing Sunday at noon.
The Big East Conference has returned to its roots – focused on basketball.
With new partner FoxSports1, they kick off the season Friday with Providence facing former conference foe Boston College. Tip is 6 p.m.
Another Big East squad goes to the Far East to start the campaign. Georgetown plays Oregon in South Korea on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m. (Saturday morning local time). Connecticut, which joined the remaining football squads in the new American Athletic Conference, faces Maryland on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m.
MASN starts its season Friday at 7 p.m. as VCU hosts Illinois State. Over on MASN2, Oklahoma meets Alabama at 5 p.m. and Colorado takes on Baylor at 10 p.m.
The NBA enters its second week on TNT, with the Clippers visiting the Heat at 7 p.m. before the Lakers go to Houston in the nightcap.
On Comcast, the Wizards host Brooklyn Friday at 7 p.m. then visit Oklahoma City Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Redskins get an early start to the NFL week, heading to Minnesota Thursday at 8:25 p.m. on NFL network. Sunday, the Ravens try to bounce back against Cincinnati at 1 p.m. on CBS, followed by Broncos-Chargers. Fox offers the Eagles’ trip to Green Bay at 1 p.m.
Dallas meets New Orleans Sunday night on NBC, then it’s the Florida battle between the Dolphins and Buccaneers on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend starts Thursday with a pair of top games. FoxSports1 has the Big 12, with Oklahoma facing Baylor, then Stanford battles Oregon at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Louisville meets Connecticut on ESPN2 Friday at 8:30 p.m.
CBS has a doubleheader Saturday, with top-ranked Alabama facing LSU at 8 p.m. In the afternoon, Texas A&M hosts Mississippi State.
Florida State travels to Wake Forest on ABC at noon, with other areas getting Kansas State-Texas Tech. Nebraska battles Michigan in a key Big Ten contest at 3:30 p.m. and Notre Dame visits Pittsburgh at 8 p.m.
Fox brings a pair of contests, with USC-California at 3 p.m. before West Virginia faces Texas at 7 p.m.
Virginia hosts North Carolina on the ACC network at 12:30 p.m.
Maryland meets Syracuse on Comcast at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN starts the day in the SEC at noon, with Auburn against Tennessee. BYU takes on Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m. The Hokies try to bounce back against Miami at 7 p.m., followed by UCLA-Arizona at 10 p.m.
Minnesota meets Penn State at noon on ESPN2. In primetime, Houston goes against Central Florida at 7 p.m. before Fresno State against Wyoming at 10:15 p.m.
Kansas plays Oklahoma State on FoxSports1 at 4 p.m.
MASN has a pair of contests, starting at noon with SMU-Cincinnati followed by Liberty battling Presbyterian at 3:30 p.m. MASN2 brings TCU against Iowa State at noon and Tulsa traveling to East Carolina at 3:45 p.m.
NBC Sports network features the CAA at 12:30 p.m. with James Madison facing New Hampshire. Across the state, Cornell takes on Dartmouth at 4 p.m.
Jimmie Johnson has the lead heading into the next-to-last race of the Sprint Cup, Sunday at 3 p.m. in Phoenix on ESPN. The Nationwide racers go on ESPN2 Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Capitals host Minnesota Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then travel to Phoenix Saturday at 8 p.m.
In college ice hockey, Minnesota travels to Notre Dame Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
West Ham meets Norwich Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. Chelsea takes on West Bromwich Saturday at 10 a.m. and there’s a trio of contests Sunday – Tottenham Hotspur against Newcastle United at 7 p.m. followed by Sunderland-Manchester City and Manchester United taking on Arsenal at 11 a.m.
The MLS playoffs continue Thursday, with the Galaxy at Real Salt Lake at 9 p.m. on ESPN followed by Seattle-Portland on NBC Sports network at 11 p.m. The winners advance to the Western Conference final Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN, while Houston and Kansas City play Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC in the Eastern final.
It’s United States against Brazil in a women’s contest Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC.
FoxSports1 has a pair of women’s college soccer championships Sunday – Big East at 2 p.m. and Big 12 at 4:30 p.m.
The best in tennis meet for the ATP World Tour championship on ESPN2 Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m.
The ACC crowns its field hockey champion this weekend. Comcast has coverage of the semifinals Friday at 1 and 3:30 p.m., with the final Sunday at 1 p.m.