Hiatus comes early

The past two years, I took a hiatus from Weekend Watchdog after the completion of The Masters.
The shutdown comes early this year due to Coronavirus.
I plan to resume in July with the start of the Summer Olympics.
Hopefully the sports world will be back to normal sooner.


And the field is…

It’s bracket time – where hope rises Sunday evening and crashes by midnight Friday.
CBS announces the 68-team NCAA tournament bracket Sunday at 6 p.m., after a weekend where the major conference teams try to boost their seedings.
ESPN has the ACC quarterfinals Thursday, starting at 12:30 p.m. with Florida State-Clemson. Duke tangles with North Carolina State at 3 p.m., with second-seeded Virginia meeting Notre Dame at 7 p.m. and Louisville against Syracuse at 9:30 p.m.
The semifinals are Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.,with the championship on ESPN Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The Big 12 quarterfinals are on ESPN2 Thursday, starting at 1 p.m.
The Big East quarterfinals are Thursday on FoxSports1, with afternoon session games at noon and 2:30 p.m. Quarterfinal play continues at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and there’s a quarterfinal contest from the Pac-12 at 11:30 p.m.
VCU faces Massachusetts Thursday at noon to start the day of action in the Atlantic 10 tournament on NBC Sports network. St. Bonaventure plays at 2:30 p.m., with LaSalle-Davidson at 6 p.m. and Duquesne’s contest at 8:30 p.m.
There’s two games from the SEC tournament on ESPN Friday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. and ESPN2 offers quarterfinals from the American tournament Friday at 1 and 3:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Big East semifinals Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m., with the second PAC-12 semifinal at 11:30 p.m.
The top four teams in the Atlantic 10 take the court Friday on NBC Sports network, starting with Dayton’s contest at noon. Richmond’s game starts the evening session at 6 p.m.
The Big Ten semifinals are on CBS Saturday at 1 and 3:30 p.m.
The Big East championship will be onFox Saturday at 6:30 p.m., and the PAC-12 finale goes at 10:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
ESPN has SEC semifinals Saturday at 1 and 3:30 p.m., then the Big 12 title game gets coverage at 6 p.m.
Hartford takes on Vermont in the American East finale on ESPN2 at 11 a.m., followed by the MEAC at 1 p.m. There’s a pair of games from the American Conference at 3 and 5:30 p.m., with the MAC at 7:30 p.m. The Southland Conference championship is at 9:30 p.m. and Big West goes at 11:30 p.m.
Selection Sunday starts for CBS at 1 p.m. with the Atlantic 10 championship game, followed by the Big Ten at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN offers the SEC championship at 1 p.m. and American title game at 3:15 p.m.
The Sun Belt crowns its champion on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m.
MASN2 has the quarterfinals of the Big 12 women’s tournament Friday, starting at noon. the final is on ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m.
The famous island green at 17 gets coverage this weekend, with The Players Championship on NBC Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
NASCAR heads east to Atlanta, with the Cup Series Sunday at 2 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series is on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m. after the Truck Series race at 1:30 p.m.
The IndyCar season starts with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Australian Grand Prix rides on ESPN Sunday at 1:05 a.m.
The Capitals host the Red Wings Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and meet the Blackhawks Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Predators take on the Wild Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Exhibition baseball continues Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN as the Nationals face the Yankees. The Orioles battle the Blue Jays Friday at 1 p.m.
On the college diamond, Virginia Tech hosts Miami Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at noon on NBC Sports Washington.
ABC has XFL action between Houston and New York Saturday at 2 p.m. Dallas duels with D.C. Sunday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 followed by the west coast battle between Seattle and L.A. at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
MLS expansion team Inter Miami meets the LA Galaxy on Fox Saturday at 3 p.m. It’s Minnesota against the Red Bulls Sunday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Watford faces Leicester City on NBC Sports network Saturday at 8:25 a.m., followed by Manchester City-Burnley and Aston Villa clashes with Chelsea at 1:25 p.m.
Sunday’s play begins at 9:55 a.m. with West Ham United against Wolverhampton. Tottenham Hotspur meets Manchester United at 12:25 p.m.
In the Bundesliga, Eintracht Fran faces M’gladbach Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
Old Glory D.C. tangles with Colorado in rugby Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NBC Sports network has motocross racing from Indianapolis Saturday at 7 p.m.


Conference championship time

Who’s going to Dayton?
Usually Dayton is known as the host the First Four, where four conference champions from lower ranked leagues start their NCAA tournament experience.
This year, the hometown Flyers ranked among the best in the country, and ESPN’s College GameDay will be there Saturday morning before the Flyers’ regular season finale.
The first bids for the 68-team NCAA tournament will be issued this weekend.
The Mountain West holds its championship game on CBS Saturday at 5:30 p.m., with the Missouri Valley title contest Sunday at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Ohio Valley championship game Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Big South championship will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the Atlantic Sun.
There’s a West Coast Conference quarterfinal game Saturday at 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. on ESPN2
As the regular season winds down in other conferences, Ohio State hosts Illinois Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. It’s Wichita State against Memphis at 9 p.m.
It’s Washington-Arizona State Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 followed by California-Oregon.
Nebraska meets Michigan Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Washington State meets Arizona at 10:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech clashes with Clemson on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m. and VCU meets Davidson at 9 p.m.
SEC regular season champion Kentucky faces Florida on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by UCLA-USC.
Villanova visits Georgetown on Fox Saturday at noon and Creighton clashes with Seton Hall at 2:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Wisconsin facing Indiana and Kansas tangles with Texas Tech at 2 p.m. Virginia hosts Louisville at 4 p.m. before Duke and North Carolina battle at 6 p.m. It’s Washington-Arizona at 10 p.m.
Auburn takes on Tennessee at noon on ESPN2, then it’s Georgia-LSU and Texas’ contest with Oklahoma State at 4 p.m. Oklahoma faces TCU at 6 p.m.
FoxSports1 has DePaul-Providence Saturday at 6:30 p.m., then Butler meets Xavier at 8:30 p.m. before Stanford-Oregon at 11 p.m.
Marquette battles St. John’s on MASN2 Saturday at noon.
Memphis meets Houston Sunday at noon on CBS and it’s Ohio State against Michigan State at 4 p.m.
Michigan battles Maryland on Fox Sunday at noon.
TNT has Clippers-Rockets Thursday at 8 p.m. with Raptors against the Warriors in the nightcap.
The Wizards meet the Hawks on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7 p.m. and host the Heat Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Heat take on the Pelicans on Friday at 8:15 p.m. followed by the Bucks against the Lakers.
The Warriors host the 76ers Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC and it’s Lakers-Clippers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The ACC women’s tournament continues Thursday with games at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. Action moves over to NBC Sports Washington-plus at 6 and 8 p.m.
There’s quarterfinal play Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, then games at 6 and 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
Baylor battles Texas on FoxSports1 Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
Texas Tech tangles with Oklahoma on MASN2 Saturday at 2 p.m. and Baylor battles Iowa State Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 has five women’s conference games Sunday, starting with the ACC at noon. The best of the SEC battle at 2 p.m., then it’s American Conference at 4 p.m., Big Ten at 6 and PAC-12 at 8 p.m.
The Big East semifinals are on FoxSports1 Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m.
The Nationals meet the Cardinals on MASN Thursday at 6 p.m. and it’s Yankees-Orioles Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN has Red Sox-Braves Friday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Rangers Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, then battle the Penguins Saturday at 1 p.m. NBC Sports Washington also has Ottawa-San Jose Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers Hurricanes-Flyers Thursday at 7 p.m. The Blues face the Blackhawks Sunday at 7:30 p.m. followed by Colorado-San Jose.
NBC has the PGA tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The XFL season reaches its halfway mark this weekend, starting Saturday at 2 p.m. with Seattle’s visit to Houston on ABC. New York takes on Dallas at 5 p.m. on Fox.
St. Louis tangles with Washington Sunday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1, with Tampa Bay-Los Angeles on ESPN at 9 p.m.
NASCAR visits Phoenix, with the Cup Series on Fox Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and the Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The United States faces England in men’s soccer on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. and meets Spain on ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m.
In the MLS, Portland tangles with Nashville Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Premier League play begins Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network when Liverpool faces Bournemouth. It’s Arsenal against West Ham United at 9:55 a.m. and Burnley battles Tottenham Hotspur at 12:25 p.m.
Chelsea clashes with Everton Sunday at 9:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network and NBC has Manchester City-Manchester United at 12:30 p.m.
In the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg meets Leipzig Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
Florentina faces Brescia in Italian Serie A Sunday at 7:25 a.m. on ESPN2.
There’s Pro Series swimming on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m.
MASN has the Tampa Bay Derby Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and it’s the Santa Anita Handicap at 8 p.m.
The Big 12 men’s wrestling championships are on MASN Sunday at 7 p.m.
The American Cup gymnastic meet is on NBC Sports network Saturday at 5 p.m.
Daytona hosts motocross racing Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.