Happy Halloween from Any Sport Any Time everyone.
Sunday night I will be keeping a close eye to the television set, so I haven’t decided if I am going to be passing out candy so far.
The best costume in the sports world I have seen to date came from Tony Kornheiser on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption. On Friday’s show he dressed up as Spanish golf star Miguel Angel Jimenez–the mustache, cigar, wig and ponytail. As they say in the Mastercard commercial–priceless.
Here are the events I’m be watching this weekend.
Saturday–12pm–Skate Canada Pairs’ Long Program from Kingston–CBC–This will be my first glance of two up and coming Canadian figure skaters– 20 year old Paige Lawrence of Kipling, Saskatchewan and Rudi Swiegers of Brandon. The duo finished fourth at the 2009 World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria and are sitting in third place after the short program. The leaders are Russians Lubov Iliushechkina and Nodari Maisuradze of Russia.
Saturday–2pm–Skate Canada Men’s Long Program–CBC–Some of the best men’s figure skaters in the world are in Kingston this weekend, but unfortunately Canada’s Patrick Chan failed to deliver a strong performance in the short program. He is currently sitting fourth after falling three times. All eyes however were on Coquitlam’s Kevin Reynolds who became the first skater to deliver two quads in one short program. Reynolds, 20, is currently in second, behind Japan’s Nobunari Oda.
Saturday–5pm–CFL–Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Edmonton Eskimos–TSN–The Eskimos can move one step closer to a playoff spot in the CFL West. An Eskimo win Saturday and a Lion loss Sunday to Saskatchewan clinches it. Despite giving up a league high 501 points, the Eskimos’ defense has actually made significant strides over the last month. They have limited their opponents to less than 30 points in three of the last five weeks. Maurice Lloyd, T.J. Hill and Greg Peach have been very impressive the last little while. The Bombers have injury woes at QB, forcing head coach Paul LaPolice to start fourth stringer Joey Elliott at the control.
World Series–San Francisco Giants @ Texas Rangers–Game Three–Saturday @ 5pm, Game Four–Sunday @ 6:30pm–The World Series now shifts to Texas after the Giants went on an offensive surge in the first two games in San Francisco. Nobody expected the Giants to score a total of twenty runs in Games 1 and 2. Saturday the Giants will go with Jonathan Sanchez and the Rangers with Colby Lewis. If San Francisco wins Saturday, don’t expect scheduled Texas starter Tommy Hunter to start game four. I’d expect Cliff Lee to get the start on three days rest. In game one, the Giants’ star was second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who hit three doubles and had three runs batted in. In game two, the Giants were led by shortstop Edgar Renteria, who hit a home run and three runs batted in as well.
Saturday–8pm–NHL–Washington Capitals @ Calgary Flames–CBC–The Flames will have to tighten up defensively in the third period if they expect to beat the Capitals. They have given up three goals each in the third period in two games this past week against Edmonton and Colorado. Both teams are 6-4. Washington will have Michal Neuvirth in net with Semyon Varlamov injured. I remember watching Neuvirth play one game against Edmonton last year and was not impressed. However the Czech does have a record of 6-3, with a 2.17 Goals Against Average and a shutout so far this season.
Sunday–11am–NFL–Denver Broncos @ San Francisco 49ers–CBS–In what has turned out to be the annual game from London, England, the 2-5 Broncos play the 1-6 49ers. Why am I even watching this game I ask? Well, because of my English roots and the fact that I have Broncos’ wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on my fantasy team. That’s all.
Sunday–11am–NFL–Green Bay Packers @ New York Jets–FOX–In the much better morning matchup, the 4-3 Packers take on the 5-1 Jets. The Jets have one of the most stingiest defenses in the NFL. They have given up only 101 points this season. Only the Steelers have given up fewer at 82 points.
Sunday–3pm–CFL–Saskatchewan Roughriders @ British Columbia Lions–TSN–This game has huge implications for the 6-10 Lions and 6-10 Eskimos, and nothing for the Roughriders at 9-7 who have clinched home field advantage in the Western Division Semi-Final. Expect the Riders to not dress all their starters and the Lions to do whatever it takes to win. After the Riders played listless last week in Edmonton, I’d be surprised if they played any better this week.
Sunday–6pm–NFL–Pittsburgh Steelers @ New Orleans Saints–NBC–The defending Super Bowl Champions host the aforementioned best defense in the NFL today. If Drew Brees has problems with the Browns defense as he did last week, how is he going to get by Pittsburgh? It could be a confusing eve for the Saints. I wonder what tricks the Steelers will have in store?
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