A SPORTS FEAST

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

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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The Astros rotation looks like a strength moving forward. Composite Getty Image.

The Houston Astros are coming off a much-needed series win over the White Sox, but have a quick turnaround as they host the Orioles on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

The 'Stros dropped the first game of the series with Framber Valdez on the mound, but were able to rebound with Hunter Brown and Spencer Arrighetti starting the final two games.

Brown was brilliant once again, and Arrighetti bounced back after a disastrous start against the Tigers over the weekend. Despite all the injures to the Astros staff this season, their young pitchers are stepping up when they need them the most.

Brown has six consecutive quality starts and is beginning to show signs that he can be the top of the rotation pitcher the club always hoped he could develop into.

Arrighetti has stepped in and shown that he belongs in the big leagues, and has provided innings Houston desperately requires with so many pitchers on the injured list.

Speaking of which, with Justin Verlander on the IL, Double A prospect Jake Bloss will make the start for Houston on Friday night. Bloss has quickly progressed through the farm system, having been drafted just a year ago.

We'll see how he performs in his MLB debut, but the club seems to have a lot of quality pitching options moving forward, especially with Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers scheduled to return in late July and early August respectively.

And as we look at the Astros rotation moving forward, perhaps they will go back to a six-man rotation during certain stretches in the second half of the season.

Which could prove to be vital to the team's success. As good as Ronel Blanco has been, he's never pitched as many innings as he'll be asked to pitch this year. Same goes for Arrighetti. And let's face it, sending Verlander out to pitch on four days rest consistently at 41 years old doesn't sound like a wise decision. He's already been on the IL twice this year.

While some see Garcia and McCullers as wild cards to help the team this season, Astros GM Dana Brown doesn't see it that way. He told the Astros flagship station this week that he's counting on those guys to make big contributions when they return. And he's counting on their postseason experience should they get there.

Keep in mind, Garcia has a 3.61 career ERA and has been durable outside the Tommy John surgery. And McCullers has always been good, it's just the health that causes concern.

Garcia is also an example of how a player can skip Double A and Triple A and have success right away in the big leagues. Hopefully, Bloss can follow in his footsteps, since he's bypassing Triple A to make his first start.

So what's the short and long-term outlook for the Astros rotation? And should we expect Verlander to return in 2025?

Be sure to watch the video above as we address those questions and much more!

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