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The Slate

When the Super Bowl ends this Sunday, it means no more football games until next fall. I need to reverse hibernate, and sleep through the spring and summer.

Thursday, Jan. 31

NBA (7-9:30 p.m., TNT): The Memphis Grizzles take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in what could be a preview of a Western Conference playoff matchup.

Friday, Feb. 1

NBA (6-8:30 p.m., ESPN): The Miami Heat, looking to defend their title, hit the road to meet the Indiana Pacers in a rematch from last season's playoff series.

Saturday, Feb. 2

College basketball (6-8 p.m., ESPN U): The Florida Gators have been destroying SEC competition, but the Ole Miss Rebels could make a huge tournament statement with a big road win.

Sunday, Feb. 3

NFL (5:30-9 p.m., CBS): Super Bowl XLVII will feature the Baltimore Ravens going for their second title against the San Francisco 49ers fighting for their sixth title.

Monday, Feb. 4

NHL (8-11 p.m., NBC Sports Network): Two former Western Conference powers hope to regain their spot at the top as the Colorado Avalanche host the Dallas Stars.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

College basketball (8-10 p.m., ESPN): Although not as intense as their football rivalry, a top 25 tilt between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines should produce plenty of drama on the court.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

College basketball (8-10 p.m., CSS): The Mississippi State Bulldogs get a chance to play spoiler on the road against their longtime rival the Ole Miss Rebels.

This year's Pro Bowl featured more effort than last year's--when players didn't tackle, went down to phantom tackles or just didn't try. We need to see that same effort over the next few years to truly save the event.

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