Merry Christmas y’all. I hope you are enjoying good company and a few stiff drinks. I have a confession about Christmas, I used to be that guy who started listening to Christmas music in October. I was never enamored with Halloween and everything about Christmas always caught me attention.
As kids we used to listen to all the traditional music but as I got older I gravitated to more to Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and other Rat Pack era guys for their rendition of Christmas music. I especially enjoyed listening to Leon Redbone and his smooth voice sing the classics. However, as I got older my favorite song of his became “Christmas Ball Blues.” I enjoyed this song mainly because it is about people getting tanked at their local Christmas party.
The more I have gone to company and friends Xmas parties over the year the more I enjoy listening to the song. While I have certainly had a few drinks at many of these parties I have never been the one to “lose my step” so to speak but it is always enjoyable seeing others do it. So I hope you aren’t the one who was that guy or gal at your Christmas party but if you were don’t worry there will be another party next year for some other fool to take the heat of you.
Anyway, I hope you have an enjoyable holiday season and here is the sports schedule to fit into all your drinking schedule…
8pm Canucks at Blackhawks NHLN: This is one of my favorite rivalries in the NHL. These two teams have met three times recently in the playoffs and that hate between them is real. Add in the fact John Tortorella is now coach and things should get taken to a whole new level.
2pm New Mexico Bowl Wazzu vs Colorado State ESPN
330pm Las Vegas Bowl USC vs Fresno State ESPN: I miss you already Coach O
Flip the channel CBball MSU at Texas CBS: Hoops!
5pm Idaho Potato Bowl Buffalo vs SD St ESPN: Remember to make you potato skins
9pm New Orleans Bowl UL Lafayette vs Tulane: This is the battle for NOLA
1pm Saints at Panthers and Colts at Chiefs: Bring this back
4pm Patriots at Ravens: Go Bane
830pm Bears at Eagles: Eating Chips and dip with the brain Chip Kelly
2pm Beef O Brady Bowl East Carolina at Ohio ESPN
830pm Falcons at 49ers: I feel like the Falcons have been on prime time a lot this season
8pm Hawaii Bowl Boise St vs Oregon St ESPN: Seriously even I won’t be watching this one
Christmas Day (Merry Christmas!)
All day A Christmas Story: Yes I watch this about 5 times.
Noon Bulls at Nets ESPN: Soooo this matchup doesn’t look as good
230pm Thunder at Knicks ABC: Read this article on people who blogs for the Knicks. Hilarious
5pm Heat at Lakers ABC: No Kobe? I guess we’ll just have to watch LeBron
8pm Rockets at Spurs ESPN: Nothing says Merry Christmas like booing Dwight Howard
1030pm Clippers at Warriors ESPN: This should have been on earlier so I would watch it
6pm Motor City Bowl Pitt vs BG ESPN: I will be in the D visiting family. I will make sure we avoid downtown so we miss the traffic from this game. Ha
930 Poinsettia Bowl Utah State vs No Illinois: The last you will hear from Jordan Lynch and Poinsettias for quite sometime. Don’t miss out
230pm Military Bowl Marshall vs Maryland ESPN: B1G
6pm Texas Bowl Syracuse vs Minnesota ESPN: More B1G
930pm Hunger Bowl BYU vs Washington ESPN: Lots of Chris Peterson shots in the box
Noon Pinstripe Bowl ND vs Rutgers ESPN: We say goodbye to Tommy
2pm C Hoops Villanova at Syracuse CBS: A non con matchup of familiar foes
Flip the channel: BELK BOWL Cincinnati vs UNC ESPN: BELK BOWL
4pm C Hoops Louisville at UK CBS: God I wish I could be at the Pony for this one
7pm Russell Athletic Bowl Louisville vs Miami ESPN: Big day in Louisville sports
10pm BWW Bowl K State vs Michigan ESPN: LOOK AWAY WE ARE HIDEOUS
1pm Packers at Bears/Ravens at Bengals/Eagles Cowboys
4pm 49ers at Cardinals
830pm TBD (Probably Eagles/Cowboys)
Noon Armed Forces Bowl Navy vs Middle Tennessee ESPN
3pm Music City Bowl Ole Miss vs Ga Tech ESPN
7pm Alamo Bowl Oregon vs Texas ESPN: We say goodbye to Mack
10pm Holiday Bowl ASU vs Texas Tech ESPN: Weird stuff always happens in this bowl
Noon Advocare Bowl Arizona vs BC ESPN: Probably the best under the radar game
2pm Sun Bowl UCLA vs Va Tech CBS: We say goodbye to Uncle Vern for the year
4pm Liberty Bowl Mississippi St vs Rice ESPN
8pm Chick-fil-A Bowl Texas A&M vs Duke ESPN: I can think of no better way of ringing in the New Year
New Years Day
Noon Gator Bowl UGA vs Nebraska ESPN2: Do not watch this
Flip the Channel Heart of Dallas Bowl N Texas vs UNLV ESPNU: Watch this instead
1pm Winter Classic Leafs vs Red Wings NBC: Live from the Big House
Flip the Channel Outback Bowl Iowa vs LSU ESPN: I am rooting for whatever team gets me free bloomin Onion
Capital One Bowl Wisconsin vs South Carolina ABC
5pm Rose Bowl MSU vs Stanford ABC: YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE AT THE ROSE BOWL
8pm Fiesta Bowl Baylor vs UCF ESPN: The Sharknado Bowl
I will be back on January 2 to take a look at the other BCS bowls plus the NFL playoffs. Enjoy your holiday break and get your mind right for 2014. Olympic, World Cup and Ryder Cup year.