A SPORTS FEAST

Ready to lock down and watch sports for the next few days? Here is your viewer's guide

Get ready for a TV feast of mostly football. Getty Images

Thanksgiving is a time for food, family and relaxation. But let’s face it; after a few hours the family stuff gets old. So the real gift of this holiday is all the great sports on TV over the next few days. Here is your viewing guide for when you tire of the in-laws and want to gorge yourself on some sports:

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21

Pistons at Rockets, AT&TSW, 7 p.m. We kick things off with an appetizer as the suddenly resurgent Rockets host a good Pistons team.

THURSDAY, NOV. 22

Bears at Lions, 11:30 a.m., CBS. The traditional lunch kickoff game in Detroit. The Bears are emerging as an NFC contender but might be without QB Mitchell Trubisky.

Redskins at Cowboys, 3:30, Fox. A pretty good dessert on the menu as the Cowboys can take control of the NFC East with a victory.

Falcons at Saints, 7:20 p.m., NBC. Has the potential to be a blowout, because the Saints are an unstoppable force, but this is a good chance to sit back and appreciate the greatness that is Drew Brees.

FRIDAY, NOV. 23

Texas vs. Kansas, 11 a.m., FS1. With a win, the Longhorns will play for the Big 12 title.

Houston vs. Memphis, 11 a.m., ABC. This might be your last chance to see Ed Oliver in a UH uniform. The Cougars can play for the AAC title with a win but will be without all-world quarterback D’Eriq King and will likely lose.

UCF vs. South Florida, 3:15 p.m., ESPN. The Golden Knights try to keep their unbeaten season alive.

Oklahoma vs. West Virginia, 7 p.m., ESPN. The winner will likely face Texas for the Big 12 title.

Rockets at Pistons, 6 p.m, ATTSN. If you missed the Wednesday game, you get another shot.

SATURDAY, NOV. 24

Baylor vs. Texas Tech, 11 a.m. , FS1. Bowl eligibility is at stake for both teams.

Michigan vs. Ohio State, 11 a.m., FOX. One of the best rivalries in all of sports. The winner is likely headed for the college football playoff.

Auburn vs. Alabama, 2:30 p.m., CBS. Another great rivalry, but Alabama should roll on the way to next week’s matchup with Georgia.

Rockets at Cavaliers, 6:30 p.m. ATTSN. LeBron...never mind. At least you get to see the Rockets.

LSU vs. Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m., SECN. LSU still has slim playoff hopes (like, really slim) and a better bowl game could be on the line for both teams.

SUNDAY, NOV. 25

Giants at Eagles, noon, FOX. Um, ugh.

Patriots at Jets, noon, CBS. Um, ugh.

Steelers at Denver, 3:25 p.m., CBS. Well, it should at least be interesting. The Steelers are legit contenders in the AFC and the Broncos are a tough out.

The 106th Grey Cup, Ottawa vs. Calgary, 5 p.m. ESPN2. OK so I might be the only person watching this but it is my damned schedule and I can put whatever the hell I want on it. So there.

Vikings at Packers, 7:20 p.m, NBC. This might be the official end of the road for the Pack.

MONDAY, NOV. 26

Titans at Texans, 7:15 p.m., ESPN. The Texans end the football feast with a shot at an eighth straight win.


 

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Martin Truex Jr. won his 2nd race of the season last week. Photo via: Wiki Commons.

NASCAR returns to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. This is the first of two races here at this track as they will race on Sunday afternoon. This will be different from the normal night race they usually have here as this will definitely affect the racing surface considering how much the sun could make the track slick. It should be a fun race come Sunday.

Last week, Martin Truex Jr. passed Denny Hamlin to capture his second win of the season after rain moved the race to Sunday. He became the first driver to win multiple races after a fierce battle with his teammate Denny Hamlin. The race was filled with tons of wrecks including a fifteen car pileup including Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch. It was one of the better races of the season as there was lots of beating and banging.

The race was not without controversy but not the kind you would expect. Early in the race Rick Ware Racing teammates Cody Ware and James Davison were involved in an altercation. The two were battling towards the back of the pack when Ware decided to drive through his teammate in turn four. The race got much worse for Cody Ware as he was involved in three more cautions all throughout the race. Many people around the sport were quite perturbed by his antics including broadcaster Mike Joy as he was audibly annoyed after Ware spun out later in the race. Many have questioned if the fifth-year driver should even be in the car and overall I can understand why some of those people think that. In his five years of driving, he has finished on the lead lap one time. I hope that he is able to figure it out and find success in the future, but this was not a good look.

The slump continues for two-time champion Kyle Busch

Throughout the race, Busch was running okay for the most part but towards the closing laps of the race he and Chris Buescher got together triggering a fifteen car pileup. Despite all this, he was able to rebound to a respectable tenth place finish. This has been more than likely the toughest stretch of his career since his championship in 2019. Many would say that the omission of Practice and Qualifying has really affected his performance. Whatever the issue is, this team really needs to find some speed, or he could be in danger of missing the playoffs. I look for this team to bounce back considering how talented he is.

Prediction

The driver that I have winning this week is Kyle Larson. This has been an incredible rebound season for Larson as he currently sits fourth in points. He is also second in laps led only to Denny Hamlin. Richmond has been a great track for him as it fits his driving style perfectly as he can run the outside line and find grip where others can't. This track is also rather sentimental to him considering he won his first pole award here during his rookie season in 2014. While he may not have the results he would want he has always been extremely fast here and even won back in 2017. I look for him to capture his second victory of 2021 come Sunday.

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