Doctor S sez: College bowl season is like Thanksgiving. There are lots of turkeys and lots of leftovers.
Thursday, Dec. 23
Men's college basketball, Hawaiian Airlines Diamondhead Classic, Mississippi State vs. Baylor or San Diego (time TBA, ESPNU, 105.9 FM):
The Bulldogs play their second game in the Pacific paradise.
Friday, Dec. 24
Men's college basketball, Cancun Governor's Cup, third-place game (6 p.m.,
ESPN2) and championship (8 p.m., ESPN2): Ole Miss will be playing in one of those games. ... College football, Hawaii Bowl, Hawaii vs. Tulsa (8 p.m., ESPN2): If you don't win the C-USA, there's a good chance you will be in this game. The winner's "reward" is a trip to Memphis for the Liberty Bowl. Dwell on that, C-USA fans.
Saturday, Dec. 25
NBA basketball, Boston at Orlando (1:30 p.m., Ch. 16): Can the revamped Magic challenge the Celtics in the Eastern Conference? ... Miami at Los Angeles Lakers (4 p.m., Ch. 16): LeBron and the Heat face Kobe and the Lakers in a matchup of the Association's two best players.
Sunday, Dec. 26
NFL football, New York Giants at Green Bay (3:15 p.m., Ch. 40): The Giants-Packers winner will make the playoffs. The loser might not. ... Minnesota at Philadelphia (7:20 p.m., Ch. 3, 930 AM): Will Brett Favre play for the Vikings? You can't be sure until kickoff.
Monday, Dec. 27
NFL football, New Orleans at Atlanta (7:30 p.m., ESPN, 620 AM, 930 AM): The Saints have much more to lose than the Falcons. A loss would severely damage New Orleans' playoff hopes.
Tuesday, Dec. 28
College football, Champs Sports Bowl, West Virginia vs. N.C. State (5:30 p.m., ESPN): The Mountaineers and Wolfpack meet for the first time since 1979. ... Insight Bowl, Iowa vs. Missouri (9 p.m., ESPN): Both of these teams had chances to do big things this season and both blew those chances.
Wednesday, Dec. 29
College football, Texas Bowl, Baylor vs. Illinois (5 p.m., ESPN): The two head coaches in this game are each 0-3 in bowl games. Somebody is going to get a Gatorade bath.
The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who wishes happy holidays to all sports fans, no matter how fickle you are.