By Dan Levine
Let’s take a quick look at the coming week’s TV Guide and figure out the sports-related fix for each day/night. Feel free to offer up other opinions or options, regardless of how niche the sport or the event may be.
Monday: TSN2 will be showing the full Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as the Hall welcomes Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour, Joe Nieuwendyk and Mark Howe. For those interested in blowouts, you can also catch the Packers and Vikings on Monday Night Football (TSN, 8:30pm). Side question: Can the Packers go undefeated?
Tuesday: Soccer fans will be excited about the action on Tuesday, as six (actually eight, but I can’t seem to find the Ireland-Estonia match on TV) international squads clash in hopes of qualifying for Euro 2012. First, it’s Turkey traveling to Croatia for the second leg of their play-off (2pm, TSN), needing to win by at least 3 goals to have any chance of advancing (Croatia won the first leg 3-0). The second match features underdogs Bosnia at Portugal (4pm, TSN), after the two squads played to a 0-0 tie in the first leg. A 1-1 draw would be enough for Bosnia to advance (winning the overall on away goals), while either team can advance with a victory. TSN2 will also carry the second leg of Montenegro-Czech Republic (2pm), with the Czechs holding a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, working folk will have a tough time getting to their TVs for these.
Wednesday: Fans of junior hockey can tune into Game 5 of the Subway Super Series, which features a select group of Russian players facing off with all-star teams from the QMJHL, WHL and OHL. Game 5 will be the first of two matchups with the WHL (8pm, Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet West). Russia actually won the series in 2010, for the first time since the event began in 2003. This year, they knocked off the Q in consecutive games before losing 10-7 to the OHL in Game 3. That was the highest scoring contest in the history of the series, and it keeps the OHL unbeaten against the Russians (16-0). Those squads clash tonight, and another OHL win will make Game 5 a big one in terms of determining the overall winner. No, it doesn’t make up for the recent World Junior collapse against the Russians, but many Canadian fans would appreciate the chance for some revenge here.
Thursday: Golf fans can catch the Presidents Cup on TSN (Foursome matches at 11:30am, 4-ball at 7:30pm), with plenty of storylines surrounding this edition of USA vs The World (minus Europe). For starters, Tiger Woods will be there as a controversial captain’s pick, while former caddie Steve Williams will be there alongside Adam Scott. Meanwhile, several prominent Australians will represent the world team on home soil, while the US squad comes in as heavy underdogs. For NBA fans, this night also represents a pair of could-have-been-great games (Boston vs Orlando and New York vs LA). Oh well.
Of course, the Leafs also play on Tuesday (Phoenix, 7pm, Sportsnet) and Thursday (@Nashville, 8pm, Leafs TV). What do you plan on watching over the next few days? Happy Monday!