Since this weekend is Halloween and I guess some of you readers out there (all twelve of you, Hi Mom) might have kids and reasonably your priorities do not involve sitting in front of the boob tube all weekend. So this weekend I’m just going to lay out the games that should peek an interest.
Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0, 1-0 away) vs Toronto Raptors (0-1, 0-1 home) @ ACC on TSN2, 7:00 PM ET
Line: TOR by 3.5
Reason to Watch: The “Victims” of the summer of 2010 will meet in Toronto tonight. Raptors looked sloppy on Wednesday in the loss to the Knicks, but the Raps played with a lot of heart and toughness to fight back and make it a ball game. Clearly having to fight back every game and loosing will get demoralizing at a point and that’s when things could go really wrong for the Toronto to start the season. Also, Bargnani going 1 for 8 in the 2nd half does not help either.
I really like the Total in this game 195.5 seems low for two teams that don’t play good defense and love to jack three’s.
New York Rangers (4-3-1, 9 pts) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (5-3-1, 11 pts) @ ACC on CBC, 7:00 PM ET
Reason to Watch: We’ll see if the Leafs can break out of this funk that has cost them 3 of their last 4 games. Toronto played the Rangers on Oct 21 in a 2-1 Rangers victory, the Leafs were 0-2 in that New York swing. Luca Cupati will make his season debut for injured Colby Armstrong. New York will be playing back to back.
#6 Missouri Tigers (7-0, 3-0 Big 12) vs #14 Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) @ Memorial Stadium on ABC, 3:30 PM ET
Line: NEB by -7.5
Reason to Watch: Mizzu is coming off a huge win against then #1 Oklahoma 36-27, The Tigers gained a season high 486 yards with 308 through the air from QB Blaine Gabbert. Last year, when these teams met, Gabbert was tossed around like a rag doll by Ndamukong Suh and that Cornhuskers defensive line. The Tigers offense is going to try to embarrass this years Nebraska defense. Nebraska has an offensive weapon of their own in QB Taylor Martinez, Martinez is a 6-1 Freshman that accumulated over 1900 yards of total offense and 16 TDs.
World Series Game 3
San Francisco Giants vs Texas Rangers @ Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on FOX/Sportnet, 6:57 PM ET
Giants Lead 2-0
Giants: LP John Sanchez (0-1, 2.93 ERA in 2010 Postseason)
Rangers: RP Colby Lewis (2-0, 1.45 ERA in 2010 Postseason)
Green Bay Packers (4-3, 1-2 away) vs New York Jets (5-1, 2-1 home) @ New Meadowland Stadium on FOX, 1:00 PM ET
Line: NYJ by 6
Reason to Watch: The best of the NFC North against the best of the AFC East, which possibly could be one of the many ( and I mean many) Super Bowl scenarios. Packers are coming off a big win at home versus the division rival Vikings on MNF, so lucky for the Pack they get the Jets coming off a bye week. Jets will also have a healthy Darrelle Revis coming back to help against a deep Green Bay receiving core.
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1, 3-0 away) vs New Orleans Saints (4-3, 2-2 home) @ Superdome on NBC/TSN, 8:25 PM ET
Line: NOR by 1
Reason to Watch: Everyone wants to beat the champ, Pittsburgh could make a big statement to the entire NFL that they’re the NFL’s best team, when they go into a Superdome packed with the best fans in Football right now. The noise in the Superdome is going to test Ben Roethlisberger, making his second start, don’t be surprised if the Steelers offense stalls a couple times cause of false starts and delay of games penalty. We’re all watching the Saints to see if they can shake off last weeks embarrassing loss to the Cleveland Browns. Drew Brees has already thrown 10 picks this year after throwing 11 in all of ’09.
World Series Game 4
San Francisco Giants vs Texas Rangers @ Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on FOX/ Sportsnet, 8:20 PM ET
Could be the final game, could not.
Giants: LP Madison Bumgarner (1-0, 3.55 ERA in 2010 Postseason)
Rangers: RP Tommy Hunter (0-1, 6.14 ERA in 2010 Postseason)