Thursday, Aug. 7
NFL preseason football, New Orleans at Arizona (7 p.m., ESPN): The Saints and Cardinals meet in the exhibition opener for both. Many of the players you see won't be around in a month.
Friday, Aug. 8
Southern League baseball, Jacksonville at Mississippi (7 p.m., Pearl, 1590 AM): The first 2,000 fans at Trustmark Park get an M-Braves fleece blanket. That's a good gift, but you won't need it for a while.
Saturday, Aug. 9
Pacific Coast League baseball, New Orleans at Memphis (6 p.m., CSS): The Class AAA teams of the "capitals" of North Mississippi and South Mississippi hook up in River City. Jackson should have its own AutoZone Park, but you already know that.
Sunday, Aug. 10
Major League baseball, St. Louis at Chicago Cubs (7 p.m., ESPN): The Cardinals and Cubs collide in baseball's greatest rivalry. NL rules, y'all.
Monday, Aug. 11
NFL preseason football, New Orleans Saints training camp (8:50 a.m. and 4:20 p.m., Millsaps College, Jackson): This is your last chance to see the Saints work out at Millsaps this year. The Boys from the Big Easy go back to New Orleans on Tuesday.
Cincinnati at Green Bay (7 p.m., ESPN): Who will be playing quarterback for the Packers?
Tuesday, Aug. 12
Southern League baseball, Mississippi at Mobile (7 p.m., Mobile, Ala., 1590 AM): The M-Braves open a series in the City by the Bay.
Wednesday, Aug. 13
Major League baseball, Chicago Cubs at Atlanta (6 p.m., FSN/620 AM): The Cubs and Braves meet in a matchup of two teams going in opposite directions.
The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who thought he felt the first nip of fall in the air the other night. Then he realized it was just a Jager shot.