My apologies, but watch lists may be a bit more brief – in the short term – as everything else in life has made things a bit busy. So, here’s a rundown of what to watch in sports early this week.
Three win-or-go-home games, all in prime time, on three consecutive nights.
- Monday: Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers – 8:07 PM ET/5:07 PM PT on TBS (Brian Anderson, Joe Simpson, John Smoltz, David Aldridge). David Price vs. Martin Perez
- Tuesday: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates – 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on TBS. Johnny Cueto vs. Francisco Liriano.
- Wednesday: Monday’s Winner at Cleveland Indians – 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on TBS. TBD vs. Salazar.
Thursday will give us the start of the two NLDS series, Dodgers at Braves and the winner of Tuesday’s game at St. Louis, and we’ll discuss more on the playoffs soon.
EPL – Monday: Everton vs. Newcastle, 3 PM ET/Noon PT on NBCSN
UEFA Champions League
Tuesday (all matches at 2:45 PM ET/11:45 AM PT)
Arsenal vs. Napoli on Fox Soccer Plus
Borussia Dortmund vs. Marseille
FC Porto vs. Atletico Madrid
Ajax vs. AC Milan
Celtic vs. FC Barcelona on Fox Sports 1
Wednesday (all matches beginning at 2:45 PM ET/11:45 AM PT)
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Manchester United on Fox Sports 1
Juventus vs. Galatasaray
PSG vs. Benfica
Manchester City vs. Bayern Munich on Fox Sports 2
UEFA Europa League – Thursday at Noon ET/9 AM PT
Anzhi Makhachkala vs. Tottenham Hotspur on Fox Sports 1 and ESPN3
Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens, 7 PM ET/4 PM PT on CBC
Capitals vs. Blackhawks, 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on NBCSN
Sabres vs. Red Wings, 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on NBCSN
Devils vs. Penguins, 7 PM ET/4 PM PT
Kings vs. Wild, 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on NBCSN
Rangers vs. Coyotes, 10 PM ET/7 PM PT
Canucks vs. Sharks, 10 PM ET/7 PM PT
So to recap, we’ve got Champions League this week. Good stuff. We’ve got the NHL returning. Great news – at least to some people. Always a league with great competitive balance and one we’ll certainly discuss going forward. Personally, I love the NHL Playoffs, and though I’m not a big fan of the league or watching it on TV, something has to be done before the playoffs, so here we go. We’ve also got MLB Playoffs starting this week. Huge. Pennant Chase, playoff baseball. Love it.
We’ll be back with you again soon with new and exciting content.