Channel Surfing on a Sports Weekend

Its fun to be a sports fan.  There were so many good games to watch, I had to break out my laptop, and bring up the sling box which displays my studio TV on the computer.   So here's a little over twelve hour account of this joyous sports-gasm on Saturday.

9 AM – Manchester United vs Norwich City.  A tight struggle for 67 and a half minutes, then two goals in nine minutes sinks the upstarts bid for a draw on the road at the defending English League champions.

11 AM Northwestern at Illinois.  The Illini first half defense was a spectacularly bad as the offense was remarkably brilliant in a come from behind (twice )  38-35 win over their northern Illinois rivals. Coach Pat Fitzgerald should contact missing persons about his second half defense which allowed three fourth quarter touchdowns, including the last one with barely a minute left.

2:30 PM Arizona at Southern Cal – watching this one to see if my son who plays on Saturdays gets any screen time.  Oh, did I say he plays in the famous Trojan Marching Band.  It always depends on the director.  Some like to show crowd shots, some give band shots, and today’s is showing a lot of aerial footage.

3:40 First band shot, after an USC touchdown.  It’s the flutes and the tenors behind them.  Too bad, he plays alto sax.

3:50 PM – Milwaukee beats Arizona 4-1 in game one of their division series.  I have been watching that one on my laptop, while keeping the football on the big screen.  Now however, I put the best game currently, the other USC, South Carolina hosting Auburn.

5:30 PM - It a track meet at the LA Coliseum, host to Olympic games in 1932 and 1984, and more recently Trojan football.  USC leads 48-34 with a good chunk of the fourth quarter still remaining. Meanwhile in the City of Brotherly Love, the St. Louis Cards are getting no love from the host Phillies, as they jump to a 6-3 lead in the sixth inning on homers by Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez.

6:00 PM - Eighty-four combined points and over 1100 yards of total offense between the two pac-12 teams.

7:00 PM - The Phillies eventually win 11-6, and it’s time to switch to Nebraska at Wisconsin. They are still in pregame, so I get a chance to peek at the Texas-Tampa baseball game.

7:45 PM – There are four other contests worth watching right now, in addition to the Badger – Husker game on the big TV; Florida-Alabama, Clemson – Virginia Teach, and the two American League playoff games

8:30 PM – It’s a one point game at Camp Randall in Madison (the Badgers missed an extra point,) Texas just ran their lead on Tampa to 7 to 3, so I’m switching the laptop to the Yankee game, which is still knotted at 1 all in the 5th.

9:15 The Yankees stretch their lead to seven as the Rays claw their way back to within one of the Rangers.  We switch the big screen from baseball back to the third quarter in Madison.

9:45 – Wisconsin keeps capitalizing in Nebraska turnovers to go up 41-14 on the befuddled Cornhuskers.  A few minutes ago, Texas won 8-6 to even their series with the Rays, and the Yankees appear to be in control 8-1 in the top of the 8th inning.

10:30 – Wisconsin closes out Nebraska in convincing style 48-17, just moments before Mariano Rivera comes in to stop a late Detroit rally with what else, a strikeout as the Yanks take game one, and that brings our sports day to a close.

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