Are you ready for some football?

No more legal pads. Time for shoulder pads.
The NFL preseason kicks off Thursday when the Baltimore Ravens visit Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast. The Redskins take their turn Friday at 7:30 p.m., hosting the Steelers on Comcast.

ESPN begins its coverage Thursday at 8 p.m. when the Seahawks visit San Diego. Friday, FOX has Tampa Bay heading to Kansas City at 8 p.m. and the Jets take on the Texans Monday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

No more lawyers and lockouts. Now it’s time for linebackers and blockers to take center stage.

The PGA tour has its final major of the season this weekend, with the PGA championship from outside Atlanta. TNT has coverage of the first two rounds, starting at 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Early birds can catch the start of the final two rounds at 11 a.m., while CBS takes over at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Pirates are on national TV this weekend, facing the Brewers on FOX. Other Saturday afternoon games are Rays at Yankees and the Rangers taking on Oakland. TBS shows the Rays-Yankees Sunday afternoon, while ESPN offers Colorado at St. Louis on Sunday night.

The Orioles close out a series with the White Sox Thursday on MASN, then host Detroit for the weekend on MASN2. The Nationals take on the Cubs Thursday at 2 p.m before heading home to meet the Phillies for a weekend series on MASN.

Like your baseball with younger players? The road to the Little League World Series begins this weekend, with a Midwest semifinal Thursday at 2 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN2 has the second Midwest final at 6 p.m., along with the Southwest final at 8 p.m. and Northwest finals at 4 and 10 p.m.

 The Mid-Atlantic semifinals are on Friday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., then the Southeast final goes Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN2 heads West for semifinals at 5 and 11.

Four regions have their finals on ESPN Saturday, starting with the Great Lakes at 11 a.m.  At 5 p.m., the Northwest crowns its champion followed by the Midwest and West. New England’s representative to the Little League World Series comes out of the 1 p.m. game on ESPN2. The Mid-Atlantic title game is Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

NASCAR heads to upstate New York for the Sour Cream Dips race at Watkins Glen. NASCAR coverage starts Sunday at 1 p.m, while the Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 2 p.m.

The IndyCar racers are in New Hampshire Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with ABC at the Move that block.com 225. 

D.C. United hosts Vancouver Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.

The road to the U.S. Open continues with the Rogers Cup on ESPN2. Play begins Thursday and Friday at noon, then 3 p.m. on Saturday. The finals go Sunday at 1 p.m.

NBC has skateboarding from Portland as the Dew Tour offers the Skateboard Street finals Saturday and BMX Dirt finals Sunday.


Riding into Paris

Who’s leading the Tour de France? Who knows?
It’s not Lance Armstrong, I know that. At least you know where it’s going to end.
Versus closes its three-week trek through France this weekend. The racers go through the Alps in stages Thursday and Friday, and have a time trial in Grenoble Saturday before the closing ride into Paris.
Back in the States, Atlanta heads to Cincinnati, getting coverage Saturday on FOX and Sunday night on ESPN. FOX also has the Tigers at Twins and the Padres’ visit to Philadelphia, while TBS shows the Mariners at Boston Sunday afternoon.
It’s east meets west this weekend on MASN. The Orioles host the Angels on MASN, while the Nationals are in Los Angeles to face the Dodgers on MASN2.
NASCAR has the weekend off, but the IndyCar racers are in Edmonton Sunday at 2 p.m. on Versus. The Nationwide racers will hit the track, starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday from Nashville on ESPN.
CBS heads north of the border for the Canadian Open Saturday and Sunday, starting at 3 p.m. The senior golfers hung around the United Kingdom for this week’s Senior Open championship. ESPN2 coverage starts at noon Thursday and Friday, and coverage continues throughout the weekend on ESPN.
MLS continues the World Football Challenge through the weekend. Chicago takes on Manchester United Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 while L.A. meets Manchester City Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
Comcast has Major League Lacrosse Saturday at 7 p.m., with Long Island taking on Chesapeake.
World Team Tennis hosts its final Sunday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Gearing up for the U.S. Open, ESPN2 shows action from the Atlanta Tennis Championship. It takes the air Friday at 4 and 7 p.m., then Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The World Cup of Softball goes Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with the United States taking on the Czech Republic. Friday at 8 p.m., it’s the U.S. vs. Australia, and Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 Japan faces the United States. The U.S. meets Great Britain Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
Hit the beach and the half-pipe for the Dew Tour Pantech Open Saturday and Sunday afternoon on NBC.