Each Friday I will post the top 10 or so games of the upcoming weekend (could be more or less, just depends on what is on) and give a few reasons why I am interested in the games – some will be obvious, others may not. Games will include everything from College Football, to the English Premier League, to the NHL.
Triple-Dub Dec. 11th-13th
With no bowl games until December 18th this week’s Triple-Dub is a little light. After the college football season is over I’ll see about including NBA, NHL, Lacrosse, or other games on the Triple-Dub.
- Saturday Dec. 11th
Navy (8-3) vs Army (6-5) (Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia, PA) 2:30 PM ET – CBS
This might not the most appealing match up on paper but it’s the only college football game of the weekend and for everything the service academies, their students, teachers, and alumni do for our country, watching them play Saturday is the least we can do for them. RickyDobbs and the Midshipmen look to continue their eight game winning streak over the Black Knights. The game will be the 111th meeting between the teams – that’s pretty impressive. Both teams run the option offense so don’t expect to so see either team air it out on Saturday.
National Football League:
- Sunday Dec. 12th
New England Patriots (10-2) @ Chicago Bears (9-3) (Soldier Field – Chicago, IL) 4:15 PM ET – CBS
Photo via zimbio.com
Tom Brady is playing some of the best football I have ever seen a quarterback play in the NFL. After destroying Rex Ryan and the Jets last week I’m interested to see if the Patriots and Brady will be as successful against the Bears on somewhat of a shorter week. The Bears have quietly put together a nice season and are on a five game winning streak but face four good teams to finish the season starting with the Pats. If Jay Cutler can protect the ball the Bears’ defense should keep them in the game. Keep an eye on Patriots running back Danny Woodhead (pictured above) – a 5’8″ running back out of Chadron State College in Nebraska. He seems to make big plays for the New England every game and is certainly making the most of his opportunity in the NFL.
Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) @ Dallas Cowboys (4-8) (Cowboys Stadium – Arlington, TX) 8:20 PM ET – NBC
Despite the Cowboys dismal season record, Dallas is 3-1 since Jason Garrett took over as interim head coach for Wade Phillips. Garrett has the Cowboys playing well and Jon Kitna has performed well in place of injured starter Tony Romo. However, the Cowboys defense will have their hands full with Mike Vick and the explosive Eagles offense averaging over 28 points per game. Philadelphia needs to win on Monday night to ensure they make the playoffs and the Cowboys would love nothing more than to spoil their division rivals’ season.
English Premier League:
- Sunday Dec. 12th
Chelsea (9-3-4 – 30 pts) @ Tottenham Hotspur (7-5-4 – pts) (White Hart Lane – London, England) 11:00 AM ET – Fox Soccer Channel
Blues have been terrible of late having won only once and drawn twice in their last eight matches. John Terry is back from injury and should help to stabilize Chelsea’s backline. The Blues will have their hands full with Gareth Bale but will catch a break as Rafael van derVaart has been ruled out of Sunday’s match with a hamstring injury. Both teams will be looking for three points to keep pace with league leaders Arsenal and Man. United.
- Monday Dec. 13th
Arsenal (10-2-4 – 32 pts) @ Manchester United (8-7-0 – 31 pts) (Old Trafford – Manchester, England) 3:00 PM ET – ESPN
Photo via zimbio.com
Speaking of the league leaders – this figures to be one of the best matches of the season thus far as the two giants battle for the top of the table. Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri (pictured above) has easily been the Gunners best player for the last few weeks and will be one to watch on Monday. Arsenal might also have Cesc Fabregas available as he is close to recovering from a hamstring injury. To potentially make things more exciting, Man U. defender Patrice Evra called Arsenal a “football training centre” ahead of Monday’s clash. I am slightly concerned about the Gunners’s backlinewith Thomas Vermaelen still out with an achilles injury but we’ll see how they hold up on Monday . And in case you’re wondering – you wont see any Red Devils wearing a snood.
What games will you be watching this weekend?