October Sports ’15

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National Hockey League
National Basketball Association
Professional Tennis
Chicago Marathon




October is a great time of year, the weather gets cooler, the leaves change and the Major League Baseball Postseason gets underway. In addition, we start to see who the teams are to beat in the National Football League, and the top 10 teams in College Football start to solidify their places for The College Football Playoff (CFP).

For those who do not know, the new CFP system determines a national champion for the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. Under the playoff, four teams play in two semifinal games, with the winners advancing to the new College Football Championship Game. Six bowl games — the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Peach Bowl — rotate as hosts for the semifinal games. The rotation is set on a three-year cycle with the following pairings: Rose/Sugar, Orange/Cotton, and Fiesta/Peach. The two semifinals plus the other four top-tier bowls are marketed as the “New Year’s Six”, with three bowls played per day, typically on consecutive days that include New Year’s Day. The championship game is played on the first Monday that is six or more days after the semifinals. The Championship will take place on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. (ET) at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Also new(ish) again this year is the NASCAR Championship format. Like the NCAA, NASCAR is jumping on the playoff bandwagon as they added a collection of Contender Round races, Eliminator Round races and a Sprint Cup Championship Race. Click Here for links and a guide to the elimination-style format.

Not to be outshined, the men of the National Hockey League begin their quest for the holy grail, The Stanley Cup as they take to the ice and drop the puck as the NHL’s 2015-16 regular season commences on Wednesday, Oct. 7, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Chicago Blackhawks raising their third championship banner in the past six seasons.We got you covered with a team by team fantasy hockey preview. On New Year’s Day, the Boston Bruins will play host to the Montreal Canadiens in the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The 2016 Coors Light Stadium Series will feature two games. On Sunday, Feb. 21, in a first for the club, the Minnesota Wild will play host to the Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. The following weekend, on Saturday, Feb. 27, the Colorado Avalanche will make their debut in a regular-season outdoor NHL game when they play host to the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field in Denver.

ATP tour also has an end of year tournament, as the season wraps up this month. It all leads up to the 2015 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November. Click here for the full Tournament schedule for October, along with links to The Emirates ATP Rankings, known colloquially by fans as ‘the world rankings’. Click here for the Emirates ATP Race to London as the Top 8 players at the end of the regular season qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

The Historic Chicago Marathon is on Sunday, October 11, 2015, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park. Click here for more information and a video course overview.

This is the time for Oktoberfest gatherings. So you want to host your own Oktoberfest party? Wunderbar! We have created an article to help you plan for, set up, and enjoy the best Oktoberfest party outside of Munich.





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The 2015 postseason schedule will begin on Oct. 6, with the 111th Fall Classic to open on Oct. 27 in an American League ballpark, thanks to the AL’s 6-3 victory in last month’s All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile. Below is the postseason schedule and it also can be found at MLB.com/postseason.


Following the scheduled regular-season finales on Sunday, Oct. 4, potentially necessary regular-season tiebreaker games would be telecast exclusively by ESPN the next day. Then the postseason will begin that Tuesday, with the AL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on ESPN. The National League equivalent is scheduled for Oct. 7, televised exclusively by TBS.


Tuesday, October 6
Wednesday, October 7
TBDN.L. Wild CardTBS


Both AL Division Series will begin on Oct. 8. The first full slate of Division Series games, featuring two NL Division Series openers and a pair of ALDS Game 2s, will be held on Oct. 9. Overall, the Division Series are scheduled from Oct. 8-15, with a pair of potential Game 5s possible on Oct. 14 (ALDS) and Oct. 15 (NLDS). FOX, FS1 or MLB Network will air the first three ALDS games, and then FOX or FS1 the remaining two, if necessary. TBS will cover all NLDS games.


Thursday, October 8
Friday, October 9
Saturday, October 10
Sunday, October 11
Monday, October 12
Tuesday, October 13
Wednesday, October 14
Thursday, October 15


The AL Championship Series, beginning on Oct. 16, will be telecast by FOX or FS1. The NL Championship Series, set to start on Oct. 17, will be telecast by TBS. A potential Game 7 of the ALCS is scheduled for Oct. 24, while a Game 7 of the NLCS is scheduled for Oct. 25.



Friday, October 16
Saturday, October 17
Sunday, October 18
Monday, October 19
Tuesday, October 20
Wednesday, October 21
Thursday, October 22
Friday, October 23
Saturday, October 24
Sunday, October 25



Tuesday, October 27
TBDWorld Series Game 1FOX
Wednesday, October 28
TBDWorld Series Game 2FOX
Friday, October 30
TBDWorld Series Game 3FOX
Saturday, October 31
TBDWorld Series Game 4FOX
Sunday, November 1
TBDWorld Series Game 5*FOX
Tuesday, November 3
TBDWorld Series Game 6*FOX
Wednesday, November 4
TBDWorld Series Game 7*FOX


Last year marked the first time since 1990 that the World Series opened on a Tuesday, and that pattern will continue this fall. After Games 1-2 in the AL park, the World Series will shift to the ballpark of the NL champions on Oct. 30. A Game 7, if necessary, would be scheduled in the AL city for Nov. 4. The scheduled off-days during the World Series are Oct. 29 and Nov. 2 (if necessary).

The only World Series to reach November were played in 2001, ’09 and ’10. The ’01 and ’09 Fall Classics each ended on Nov. 4, and the Giants clinched on Nov. 1, 2010.

All games telecast on MLB Network, TBS and FOX will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider.

ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2015 MLB postseason games, including the Wild Card Games.



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National Football League



A year ago the Patriots lost 41-14 to the Chiefs on Monday Night Football. They have gone 16-2 since (including playoffs), averaging 34.2 points per game. They are by far the FANFOOD Top NFL team heading into October. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Aaron Rodgers’ 10 TD passes without an interception are the second most all-time through a team’s first three games (Peyton Manning had 12 in 2013). This is why the Packers are not far behind. The Cardinals have scored 126 points in their first three games. That’s tied for the fourth-most points in NFL history through three games. This along with a ball hawk defense is why they round out the top 3.


Here are the FANFOOD Top 10 NFL Teams heading into OCT’15:



  1. Patriots
  2. Packers
  3. Cardinals
  4. Broncos
  5. Bengals
  6. Steelers
  7. Bills
  8. Seahawks
  9. Falcons
  10. Panthers


NFL Full Schedule – OCT’15:


 - WEEK 4 -


Thursday, October 1
CBS, NFLNTNF8:25 PMRavens/Steelers
Sunday, October 4
CBSSpecial9:30 AMJets/Dolphins
from London
Single1:00 PMJaguars/Colts
4:05 PMBrowns/Chargers
FOXDouble (early)1:00 PMGiants/Bills
Double (late)4:25 PMPackers/49ers
NBCSNF8:30 PMCowboys/Saints
Monday, October 5
ESPNMNF8:30 PMLions/Seahawks

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 - WEEK 5 -


Thursday, October 8
CBS, NFLNTNF8:25 PMColts/Texans
Sunday, October 11
FOXSingle1:00 PMBears/Chiefs
4:05 PMCardinals/Lions
CBSDouble (early)1:00 PMJaguars/Buccaneers
Double (late)4:25 PMPatriots/Cowboys
NBCSNF8:30 PM49ers/Giants
Monday, October 12
ESPNMNF8:30 PMSteelers/Chargers

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 - WEEK 6 -

Thursday, October 15
CBS, NFLNTNF8:25 PMFalcons/Saints
Sunday, October 18
FOXSingle1:00 PMRedskins/Jets
4:05 PMPanthers/Seahawks
CBSDouble (early)1:00 PMChiefs/Vikings
Double (late)4:25 PMChargers/Packers
NBCSNF8:30 PMPatriots/Colts
Monday, October 19
ESPNMNF8:30 PMGiants/Eagles

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 - WEEK 7 -


Thursday, October 22
CBS, NFLNTNF8:25 PMSeahawks/49ers
Sunday, October 25
Yahoo!Special9:30 AMBills/Jaguars
from London
CBSSingle1:00 PMSteelers/Chiefs
4:05 PMRaiders/Chargers
FOXDouble (early)1:00 PMBuccaneers/Redskins
Double (late)4:25 PMCowboys/Giants
NBCSNF8:30 PMEagles/Panthers
Monday, October 26
ESPNMNF8:30 PMRavens/Cardinals

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 - WEEK 8 -


Thursday, October 29
CBS, NFLN8:25 PMDolphins/Patriots



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So long, September.

We’re a month into the season and still about a month away from the College Football Playoff selection committee’s first ranking on Nov. 3. It’s a good thing, because the past four weeks have provided clues, not answers, about who the four best teams in the country might be.

Here’s a look at what we’ve learned about the playoff race and what we still don’t know:


What we think we know

1. The SEC isn’t as deep as it was projected to be. Auburn, a popular preseason playoff pick, isn’t even worthy of the Top 25. Tennessee and Arkansas have mastered the art of meltdowns. Missouri barely beat UConn, and it lost to Kentucky. Alabama is already playing from behind after losing at home. The struggles of those teams have impacted the overall perception of the conference. They’re not beating each other up as much as they’re pulling each other down.

2. Ohio State’s quarterbacks are still the story. One year after the Buckeyes won the national title with their third-string quarterback,Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett remain a national storyline. It was only last week that Urban Meyer named Jones his starter, and it appeared to be the right move in the Buckeyes’ win over Western Michigan. The question now is if Jones can keep it up in Big Ten play, which begins against Indiana.

3. UCLA is the team to beat in the Pac-12 South, and Stanford isn’t as bad as it looked in Week 1. After beating back-to-back ranked opponents, the Bruins have the league’s best playoff résumé and validated their position with Saturday’s convincing road win at Arizona. True freshman Josh Rosen hasn’t been flawless, but he’s been good enough to win. The Cardinal, meanwhile, have rebounded from their season-opening loss to Northwestern with three straight wins, including an upset at USC. Stanford’s chances to win the North also looked better after Utah dismantled Oregon in Autzen Stadium on Saturday. Stanford has also been helped by Northwestern’s undefeated start.

 4. The ACC is still FSU, Clemson and everyone else. Georgia Tech had a chance to make a national statement as a ranked team when it went to Notre Dame, but the Jackets couldn’t get their offense going against the Irish, and they also lost to Duke this week. Louisville needed an FCS opponent to snap a three-game losing streak, and Virginia Tech lost its starting quarterback to injury in Week 1. We’ll talk about Miami again if it wins the next two road games at Cincinnati and Florida State.

5. Injuries have impacted playoff contenders. Notre Dame lost starting QB Malik Zaire, Oregon QB Vernon Adams Jr. has a broken finger, UCLA has lost three starting defenders, and TCU has played with as many as seven defensive starters sidelined. The list goes on, and it has taken a toll.


The jury is still out

Notre Dame: The Irish are 4-0, but consider: Texas has tanked. Boise State just steamrolled Virginia. And Georgia Tech dropped another one, this time to an unranked Duke team. Those wins have decreased in value. The Irish need a win at Clemson to help validate their playoff résumé.

Ohio State and Michigan State: The season-opening win at Virginia Tech was Ohio State’s best win so far, and the Hokies just lost to East Carolina. No ranked opponents are in the near future. Michigan State, meanwhile, earned its best win against an Oregon team that just got obliterated by Utah — at home. The Big Ten champ is likely to earn a spot in the top four, but will it be No. 1? It’s tough for any conference to get two teams into the top four, especially one with such a pedestrian strength of schedule.

TCU and Baylor: Defense — or lack thereof — has been a question for TCU, which has been depleted by injuries, and Baylor simply hasn’t played anyone yet. At 3-0, the Bears are right where they’re supposed to be against unheralded opponents SMU, Lamar and Rice. TCU was fortunate to escape a 55-52 shootout with Texas Tech, but allowed 607 yards in the process.


Three undefeated teams to watch in October

1. Utah The Utes are 4-0, have won back-to-back road games and caught the nation’s attention with their dismantling of Oregon on Saturday. The defense has gotten most of the credit, but on Saturday, Utah looked like the total package.

2. West Virginia The Mountaineers have quietly started the season looking like one of the better teams in the conference, and they have the potential to shake up the Big 12 race. Granted, they haven’t left home yet and we’ll know more this week at Oklahoma, but they just beat Maryland 45-6. That counts.

3. Northwestern Wins over Duke and Stanford are looking even better now. The Big Ten West is wide open, but only the Wildcats and Iowa remain undefeated in that division.


Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer




Here are the FANFOOD Top 10 NCAA Football Teams as the calendar flips:


  1. Ohio State
  2. Michigan State
  3. Ole Miss
  4. TCU
  5. Baylor
  6. Notre Dame
  7. UCLA
  8. Georgia
  9. LSU
  10. Utah



 - Week 5  -

Lamar at Southeastern LouisianaAmerican Sports Network10/1/15 7:00 PM
Miami (FL) at CincinnatiESPN HD10/1/15 7:30 PM
Alabama St. at Texas SouthernESPNU HD10/1/15 7:30 PM
Memphis at USFESPN2 HD10/2/15 7:00 PM
Temple at CharlotteCBS Sports Network HD10/2/15 7:00 PM
Columbia at PrincetonNBCSN10/2/15 7:00 PM
Georgetown at HarvardESPN310/2/15 7:00 PM
Colgate at CornellIvyLeagueDigitalNetwork10/2/15 7:00 PM
Southern Utah at Weber St.Eversport.tv10/2/15 8:00 PM
Connecticut at BYUESPN2 HD10/2/15 10:15 PM
Arizona at StanfordFOX/Pac-12 NetworksTBA
Arizona St. at UCLAFOX/Pac-12 NetworksTBA
Ole Miss at FloridaESPN/ESPN2/SEC NetworkTBA
Arkansas at TennesseeESPN/ESPN2/SEC NetworkTBA
Mississippi St. at Texas A&MESPN/ESPN2/SEC NetworkTBA
Iowa at WisconsinABC/ESPN/ESPN2 HD10/3/15 12:00 PM
Texas at TCUABC/ESPN/ESPN2 HD10/3/15 12:00 PM
Purdue at Michigan St.ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 HD10/3/15 12:00 PM
West Virginia at OklahomaFS110/3/15 12:00 PM
Army at Penn St.ESPNU HD10/3/15 12:00 PM
UCF at TulaneESPNEWS10/3/15 12:00 PM
Kansas at Iowa St.FSN10/3/15 12:00 PM
South Carolina at MissouriSEC Network10/3/15 12:00 PM
Houston at TulsaCBS Sports Network10/3/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota at NorthwesternBTN HD10/3/15 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh at Virginia TechACC RSNs10/3/15 12:00 PM
Stony Brook at James MadisonNBC RSNs10/3/15 12:00 PM
Central Connecticut St. at DuquesneNEC Front Row10/3/15 12:00 PM
Robert Morris at WagnerNEC Front Row10/3/15 12:00 PM
Louisville at NC StateACC Network10/3/15 12:30 PM
Yale at LehighService Electric-PA10/3/15 12:30 PM
Morehead St. at JacksonvilleESPN310/3/15 1:00 PM
Dayton at StetsonESPN310/3/15 1:00 PM
Bryant at MonmouthESPN310/3/15 1:00 PM
Northern Iowa at Illinois St.MVFC TV10/3/15 1:00 PM
Albany at Holy CrossPatriotLeagueNetwork10/3/15 1:00 PM
Valparaiso at DavidsonDavidsonWildcats.com10/3/15 1:00 PM
Bucknell at VMIESPN310/3/15 1:30 PM
Ohio at AkronESPN310/3/15 2:00 PM
Miss Valley St. at Jacksonville St.WJXS10/3/15 2:00 PM
North Carolina A&T at HamptonHamptonPirates.com10/3/15 2:00 PM
Morgan St. at Delaware St.Youtube.com10/3/15 2:00 PM
Univ of Faith (FL) at Prairie V A&MYoutube.com10/3/15 2:00 PM
Toledo at Ball St.American Sports Network10/3/15 3:00 PM
Northern Illinois at Central MichiganESPN310/3/15 3:00 PM
FIU at MassachusettsESPN310/3/15 3:00 PM
Youngstown St. at South DakotaMidCo Sports Network10/3/15 3:00 PM
Indiana St. at Missouri St.ESPN310/3/15 3:00 PM
Northwestern St. at Incarnate WordUIWCardinals.com10/3/15 3:00 PM
Alabama at GeorgiaCBS HD10/3/15 3:30 PM
Ohio St. at IndianaABC/ESPN210/3/15 3:30 PM
Baylor vs. Texas TechABC/ESPN2 or ESPN10/3/15 3:30 PM
(at Arlington, TX)
Florida St. at Wake ForestABC/ESPN2 or ESPN10/3/15 3:30 PM
North Carolina at Georgia TechESPNU HD10/3/15 3:30 PM
Western Kentucky at RiceFSN HD10/3/15 3:30 PM
Air Force at NavyCBS Sports Network10/3/15 3:30 PM
Nebraska at IllinoisBTN HD10/3/15 3:30 PM
Boston College at DukeACC RSNs10/3/15 3:30 PM
Old Dominion at MarshallAmerican Sports Network10/3/15 3:30 PM
Bowling Green at BuffaloTime Warner-NY10/3/15 3:30 PM
Miami (OH) at Kent St.ESPN310/3/15 3:30 PM
Wyoming at Appalachian St.ESPN310/3/15 3:30 PM
Liberty at Georgia St.ESPN310/3/15 3:30 PM
McNeese St. at NichollsCST10/3/15 3:30 PM
Elon at New HampshireAmerican Sports Network10/3/15 3:30 PM
Presbyterian at Western CarolinaWMYA10/3/15 3:30 PM
Maine at RichmondCollege Sports Direct10/3/15 3:30 PM
Dartmouth at PennIvyLeagueDigitalNetwork10/3/15 3:30 PM
Kansas St. at Oklahoma St.FS110/3/15 4:00 PM
East Carolina at SMUESPNEWS10/3/15 4:00 PM
San Jose St. at AuburnSEC Network10/3/15 4:00 PM
Washington St. at CaliforniaPac-12 Networks10/3/15 4:00 PM
Montana at UC DavisROOT Sports10/3/15 4:00 PM
Sam Hou St. vs. Stephen F. AustinESPN310/3/15 4:00 PM
(at Houston, TX)
S Illinois at W IllinoisESPN310/3/15 4:00 PM
Bethune-Cookman at NC CentralESPN310/3/15 4:00 PM
Marist at San DiegoTheW.tv10/3/15 4:00 PM
North Dakota at Portland St.Eversport.tv10/3/15 5:00 PM
Eastern Illinois at Austin PeayOVC Digital Network10/3/15 5:00 PM
Fordham at LafayetteLafayette Sports10/3/15 6:00 PM
Wofford at MercerESPN310/3/15 6:00 PM
Alabama A&M at Coastal CarolinaBigSouthSports.com10/3/15 6:00 PM
Drake at CampbellBigSouthSports.com10/3/15 6:00 PM
Rhode Island at BrownIvyLeagueDigitalNetwork10/3/15 6:00 PM
Eastern Michigan at LSUESPNU HD10/3/15 7:00 PM
Vanderbilt at Middle TennesseeCBS Sports Network HD10/3/15 7:00 PM
North Texas at Southern MissFOX College Sports10/3/15 7:00 PM
UL-Lafayette at Louisiana TechAmerican Sports Network10/3/15 7:00 PM
Colorado St. at Utah St.ESPN310/3/15 7:00 PM
Idaho at Arkansas St.ESPN310/3/15 7:00 PM
South Alabama at TroyESPN310/3/15 7:00 PM
Georgia Southern at UL-MonroeESPN310/3/15 7:00 PM
UNLV at NevadaMW Network10/3/15 7:00 PM
Murray St. at Southeast MissouriAmerican Sports Network10/3/15 7:00 PM
Montana St. at Northern ArizonaCowles Media10/3/15 7:00 PM
North Dakota St. at South Dakota St.MidCo Sports Network10/3/15 7:00 PM
UT Martin at Tennessee TechESPN310/3/15 7:00 PM
South Carolina St. at FurmanESPN310/3/15 7:00 PM
Eastern Kentucky at KentuckySEC Network10/3/15 7:30 PM
William & Mary at DelawareNBCSN10/3/15 7:30 PM
Notre Dame at ClemsonABC HD10/3/15 8:00 PM
Michigan at MarylandBTN HD10/3/15 8:00 PM
New Mexico St. at New MexicoROOT Sports10/3/15 8:00 PM
UTSA at UTEPKMYS10/3/15 8:00 PM
N Colorado at Sacramento St.Eversport.tv10/3/15 9:00 PM
Idaho St. at Cal PolyEversport.tv10/3/15 9:00 PM
Oregon at ColoradoESPN HD10/3/15 10:00 PM
Hawai’i at Boise St.ESPN2 HD10/3/15 10:15 PM
Fresno St. at San Diego St.CBS Sports Network10/3/15 10:30 PM

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 - Week  6 -

SC St. at Bethune-CookmanESPNU HD10/8/15 7:30 PM
SMU at HoustonESPN2 HD10/8/15 8:00 PM
Washington at USCESPN HD10/8/15 9:00 PM
Southern Miss at MarshallCBS Sports Network HD10/9/15 7:00 PM
NC State at Virginia TechESPN HD10/9/15 8:00 PM
East Carolina at BYUESPN Networks/BYUtvTBA
Wyoming at Air ForceESPN NetworksTBA
Mid Tenn at W KentuckyFS1/FSN HDTBA
UTEP at FIUAmerican Sports Network10/10/15 12:00 PM
Monmouth at Charleston SouBigSouthSports.com10/10/15 12:00 PM
William & Mary at VillanovaNBC RSNs10/10/15 12:00 PM
Duke at ArmyCBS Sports Network10/10/15 12:00 PM
Illinois at IowaBig Ten TV Partners10/10/15 12:00 PM
Maryland at Ohio St.Big Ten TV Partners10/10/15 12:00 PM
Indiana at Penn St.Big Ten TV Partners10/10/15 12:00 PM
Sacred Heart at Robert MorrisESPN310/10/15 12:00 PM
Harvard at CornellAmerican Sports Network10/10/15 12:00 PM
Delaware at Rhode IslandAtlantic10.com10/10/15 12:00 PM
Point at Kennesaw St.BigSouthSports.com10/10/15 1:00 PM
Butler at Morehead St.OVC Digital Network10/10/15 1:00 PM
Fordham at PennIvyLeagueDigitalNetwork10/10/15 1:00 PM
Colgate at PrincetonIvyLeagueDigitalNetwork10/10/15 1:00 PM
Kentucky Wesleyan at DavidsonDavidsonWildcats.com10/10/15 1:00 PM
San Diego at DaytonAtlantic10.com10/10/15 1:00 PM
Bryant at Central Connecticut St.NEC Front Row10/10/15 1:00 PM
Alderson-Broaddus at DuquesneNEC Front Row10/10/15 1:00 PM
Furman at ChattanoogaESPN310/10/15 1:00 PM
Brown at Holy CrossCharter-Worcester10/10/15 1:00 PM
Lehigh at BucknellPatriotLeagueNetwork10/10/15 1:00 PM
Samford at VMIESPN310/10/15 1:30 PM
Yale at DartmouthFOX College Sports10/10/15 1:30 PM
Illinois St. at Youngstown St.ESPN310/10/15 2:00 PM
North Carolina A&T at Norfolk St.NSUSpartans.com10/10/15 2:00 PM
Wofford at The CitadelESPN310/10/15 2:00 PM
Idaho St. at North DakotaMidCo Sports Net10/10/15 2:00 PM
Valparaiso at DrakeCollege Sports Direct10/10/15 2:00 PM
Lafayette at GeorgetownPatriotLeagueNetwork10/10/15 2:00 PM
Northern Iowa at North Dakota St.NBC North Dakota10/10/15 2:00 PM
SE Missouri at E IllinoisESPN310/10/15 2:00 PM
Presbyterian at Coastal CarolinaESPN310/10/15 2:00 PM
Delaware St. at HamptonHamptonPirates.com10/10/15 2:00 PM
Rice at FAUFOX College Sports10/10/15 2:30 PM
James Madison at TowsonNBC RSNs10/10/15 3:00 PM
Miss Valley St. at Prairie V A&MYoutube.com10/10/15 3:00 PM
Elon at RichmondCollege Sports Direct10/10/15 3:30 PM
Maine at AlbanyCollege Sports Direct10/10/15 3:30 PM
Mercer at Western CarolinaAmerican Sports Network10/10/15 3:30 PM
Cent Arkansas at Houston BaptistAmerican Sports Network10/10/15 3:30 PM
Tennessee St. at UT MartinAmerican Sports Network10/10/15 3:30 PM
Northwestern at MichiganBig Ten TV Partners10/10/15 3:30 PM
Navy at Notre DameNBC HD10/10/15 3:30 PM
Austin Peay at Murray St.OVC Digital Network10/10/15 4:00 PM
South Dakota at Western IllinoisMVFC TV10/10/15 4:00 PM
Weber St. at MontanaCowles Media10/10/15 4:00 PM
Nicholls at Stephen F. AustinESPN310/10/15 4:00 PM
Savannah St. at Morgan St.MorganStateBears.com10/10/15 4:00 PM
Alabama A&M at GramblingPanhandle Sports10/10/15 4:00 PM
NC Central at Florida A&MCollege Sports Direct10/10/15 5:00 PM
Portland St. at North TexasC-USA Digital Network10/10/15 5:00 PM
Wagner at ColumbiaIvyLeagueDigitalNetwork10/10/15 6:00 PM
Stetson at JacksonvilleESPN310/10/15 6:00 PM
Marist at CampbellBigSouthSports.com10/10/15 6:00 PM
Northern Arizona at UC DavisEversport.tv10/10/15 7:00 PM
SE Louisiana at McNeese St.CST10/10/15 7:00 PM
Southern at Alabama St.BamaStateSports.com10/10/15 7:00 PM
New Mexico at NevadaMW Network10/10/15 7:00 PM
Boise St. at Colorado St.CBS Sports Network10/10/15 7:00 PM
Indiana St. at South Dakota St.MidCo Sports Network10/10/15 7:00 PM
Sacramento St. at Montana St.ROOT Sports10/10/15 7:00 PM
Louisiana Tech at UTSAAmerican Sports Network10/10/15 7:00 PM
Liberty at Gardner-WebbAmerican Sports Network10/10/15 7:00 PM
Michigan St. at RutgersBTN HD10/10/15 8:00 PM
San Jose St. at UNLVMW Network10/10/15 9:00 PM
Utah St. at Fresno St.CBS Sports Network10/10/15 10:30 PM
San Diego St. at Hawai’iOceanic PPV10/10/15 11:59 PM

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 - Week 7  -

Cal Poly at Eastern WashingtonSWX10/10/15 4:00 PM
Arkansas St. at South AlabamaESPN2 HD10/13/15 8:00 PM
Auburn at KentuckyESPN HD10/15/15 7:00 PM
Alabama St. at UAPBESPNU HD10/15/15 7:30 PM
Western Kentucky at North TexasCBS Sports Network HD10/15/15 7:30 PM
UCLA at StanfordESPN HD10/15/15 10:30 PM
Cincinnati at BYUESPN HD10/16/15 8:00 PM
Houston at TulaneESPNU HD10/16/15 9:00 PM
Boise St. at Utah St.CBS Sports Network10/16/15 9:00 PM
UNLV at Fresno St.ESPN2 HD10/16/15 10:30 PM
San Diego St. at San Jose St.ESPN NetworksTBA
Nevada at WyomingESPN NetworksTBA
FIU at Middle TennesseeFS1/FSN HDTBA
New Hamp at William & MaryNBC RSNs10/17/15 12:00 PM
Marshall at FAUFOX College Sports10/17/15 12:00 PM
Iowa at NorthwesternBig Ten TV Partners10/17/15 12:00 PM
Purdue at WisconsinBig Ten TV Partners10/17/15 12:00 PM
Bucknell at ArmyCBS Sports Network10/17/15 12:00 PM
Duquesne at BryantESPN310/17/15 12:00 PM
Dartmouth at Central Conn St.NEC Front Row10/17/15 12:00 PM
Princeton at BrownAmerican Sports Network10/17/15 12:00 PM
Richmond at Rhode IslandAtlantic10.com10/17/15 12:00 PM
Hampton at Morgan St.MorganStateBears.com10/17/15 1:00 PM
Davidson at ButlerButlerSports.com10/17/15 1:00 PM
Colgate at GeorgetownPatriotLeagueNetwork10/17/15 1:00 PM
Campbell at StetsonESPN310/17/15 1:00 PM
Liberty at MonmouthESPN310/17/15 1:00 PM
Edward Waters at JacksonvilleESPN310/17/15 1:00 PM
Holy Cross at FordhamPatriotLeagueNetwork10/17/15 1:00 PM
Cornell at Sacred HeartNEC Front Row10/17/15 1:00 PM
Gardner-Webb at Kennesaw St.ESPN310/17/15 1:00 PM
Chattanooga at VMIESPN310/17/15 1:30 PM
Western Carolina at WoffordESPN310/17/15 1:30 PM
Dayton at ValparaisoESPN310/17/15 2:00 PM
Charleston So at PresbyterianBigSouthSports.com10/17/15 2:00 PM
E Kentucky at SE MissouriOVC Digital Network10/17/15 2:00 PM
Illinois St. at Missouri St.ESPN310/17/15 3:00 PM
Southern Illinois at Indiana St.ESPN310/17/15 3:00 PM
Delaware St. at Florida A&MCollege Sports Direct10/17/15 3:00 PM
Sam Hou St. at Abilene ChristianFOX College Sports10/17/15 3:00 PM
Grambling at Alcorn St.ESPN310/17/15 3:00 PM
UC Davis at Northern ColoradoComcast-Colorado10/17/15 3:00 PM
The Citadel at SamfordESPN310/17/15 3:00 PM
James Madison at ElonElonPhoenix.com10/17/15 3:00 PM
Penn at ColumbiaIvyLeagueDigitalNetwork10/17/15 3:30 PM
Harvard at LafayetteLafayette Sports10/17/15 3:30 PM
Wagner at St. Francis (PA)ESPN310/17/15 3:30 PM
Houston Baptist at NichollsAmerican Sports Network10/17/15 3:30 PM
Lamar at Northwestern St.
McNeese St. at Cent Arkansas
Stephen F. Austin at SE Louisiana
South Dakota at North Dakota St.NBC North Dakota10/17/15 3:30 PM
Yale at MaineWVII10/17/15 3:30 PM
Villanova at AlbanyAmerican Sports Network10/17/15 3:30 PM
Montana St. at Portland St.ROOT Sports10/17/15 3:30 PM
Charlotte at Old DominionAmerican Sports Network10/17/15 3:30 PM
Rutgers at IndianaBig Ten TV Partners10/17/15 3:30 PM
Air Force at Colorado St.CBS Sports Network10/17/15 3:30 PM
S Dakota St. at Youngstown St.MVFC TV10/17/15 4:00 PM
East Tennessee St. at MercerESPN310/17/15 4:00 PM
Eastern Washington at Idaho St.Evertsport.tv10/17/15 4:30 PM
W Illinois at Northern IowaPanther Sports10/17/15 5:00 PM
Drake at San DiegoTheW.tv10/17/15 5:00 PM
Prairie View A&M at SouthernCST10/17/15 5:00 PM
UT Martin at Austin PeayOVC Digital Network10/17/15 5:00 PM
Towson at Stony BrookCollege Sports Live10/17/15 6:00 PM
Eastern Illinois at Tennessee St.American Sports Network10/17/15 7:00 PM
Jacksonville St. at Tenn TechOVC Digital Network10/17/15 7:00 PM
UTSA at Southern MissAmerican Sports Network10/17/15 7:00 PM
Hawai’i at New MexicoROOT Sports10/17/15 7:00 PM
Oceanic PPV
USC at Notre DameNBC HD10/17/15 7:30 PM
Penn St. at Ohio St.ABC/ESPN Networks10/17/15 8:00 PM
Sacramento St. at Southern UtahEvertsport.tv10/17/15 8:00 PM
North Dakota at Weber St.KJZZ10/17/15 8:00 PM

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 - Week 8  -

UL-Lafayette at Arkansas St.ESPN2 HD10/20/15 8:00 PM
Temple at East CarolinaESPN2 HD10/22/15 7:00 PM
Georgia So at Appalachian St.ESPNU HD10/22/15 7:30 PM
California at UCLAESPN HD10/22/15 9:00 PM
Yale at PennNBCSN10/23/15 7:00 PM
Memphis at TulsaESPN HD10/23/15 8:00 PM
Utah St. at San Diego St.ESPN2 HD10/23/15 10:30 PM
Fresno St. at Air ForceESPN NetworksTBA
Wyoming at Boise St.ESPN NetworksTBA
Ohio at BuffaloESPN3TBA
Portland St. at Cal PolyEversport.tvTBA
Cent Conn St. at Sacred HeartESPN310/24/15 12:00 PM
Princeton at HarvardAmerican Sports Network10/24/15 12:00 PM
Southern Miss at CharlotteAmerican Sports Network10/24/15 12:00 PM
Army at RiceFSN HD10/24/15 12:00 PM
Stony Brook at MaineWVII10/24/15 12:30 PM
Brown at CornellIvyLeagueDigitalNetwork10/24/15 12:30 PM
St. Francis (PA) at BryantNEC Front Row10/24/15 1:00 PM
Marist at DavidsonDavidsonWildcats.com10/24/15 1:00 PM
Lafayette at Holy CrossCharter-Worcester10/24/15 1:00 PM
Georgetown at BucknellPatriotLeagueNetwork10/24/15 1:00 PM
Lehigh at FordhamPatriotLeagueNetwork10/24/15 1:00 PM
Coastal Carolina at MonmouthESPN310/24/15 1:00 PM
North Dakota St. at Indiana St.MVFC TV10/24/15 1:00 PM
Tulane at NavyCBS Sports Network10/24/15 1:00 PM
Charleston So at Gardner-WebbBigSouthSports.com10/24/15 1:30 PM
Chattanooga at WoffordSoConDigitalNetwork10/24/15 1:30 PM
The Citadel at FurmanESPN310/24/15 1:30 PM
S Carolina St. at Delaware St.Youtube.com10/24/15 2:00 PM
Jacksonville at DrakeCollege Sports Direct10/24/15 2:00 PM
Tennessee Tech at E IllinoisOVC Digital Network10/24/15 2:00 PM
Murray St. at UT MartinOVC Digital Network10/24/15 3:00 PM
Tennessee St. at E KentuckyOVC Digital Network10/24/15 3:00 PM
VMI at MercerESPN310/24/15 3:00 PM
Wagner at BYUESPN HD10/24/15 3:00 PM
Western Illinois at Illinois St.CSN Chicago PLUS10/24/15 3:00 PM
Missouri St. at South DakotaMidCo Sports Network10/24/15 3:00 PM
Miss Valley St. at GramblingPanhandle Sports10/24/15 3:00 PM
Northern Iowa at South Dakota St.MidCo Sports Network10/24/15 3:00 PM
Columbia at DartmouthIvyLeagueDigitalNetwork10/24/15 3:00 PM
Hampton at William & MaryCollege Sports Direct10/24/15 3:30 PM
Samford at Western CarolinaSoConDigitalNetwork.com10/24/15 3:30 PM
SE Louisiana at Houston BaptistAmerican Sports Network10/24/15 3:30 PM
Abilene Christ at Incarnate Word
Central Arkansas at Lamar
Northwestern St. at McNeese St.
OR Nicholls at Sam Houston St.
New Hampshire at DelawareCollege Sports Direct10/24/15 3:30 PM
E Washington at N ColoradoEvertsport.tv10/24/15 3:30 PM
Wisconsin at IllinoisBig Ten TV Partners10/24/15 3:30 PM
Richmond at James MadisonNBC RSNs10/24/15 3:30 PM
North Dakota at MontanaROOT Sports10/24/15 3:30 PM
M Tennessee at La TechAmerican Sports Network10/24/15 3:30 PM
North Texas at MarshallFOX Sports Media Group10/24/15 3:30 PM
Hawai’i at NevadaOceanic PPV10/24/15 4:00 PM
Morehead St. at CampbellBigSouthSports.com10/24/15 4:00 PM
Norfolk St. at Bethune-CookmanCollege Sports Direct10/24/15 4:00 PM
E Tennessee St. at Montana St.Cowles Media10/24/15 4:30 PM
Jacksonville St. at Austin PeayOVC Digital Network10/24/15 5:00 PM
Old Dominion at FIUC-USA Digital Network10/24/15 6:00 PM
Butler at DaytonAtlantic10.com10/24/15 6:00 PM
Duquesne at Robert MorrisNEC Front Row10/24/15 6:00 PM
Weber St. at Northern ArizonaNAU-TV10/24/15 7:00 PM
Southern Utah at UC DavisEversport.tv10/24/15 7:00 PM
Youngstown St. at S IllinoisESPN310/24/15 7:00 PM
New Mexico at San Jose St.ROOT Sports10/24/15 7:00 PM
Kennesaw St. at LibertyFlames Sports10/24/15 7:00 PM
FAU at UTEPAmerican Sports Network10/24/15 7:00 PM
Villanova at TowsonAmerican Sports Network10/24/15 7:00 PM
Ohio St. at RutgersABC/ESPN Networks10/24/15 8:00 PM
Troy at New Mexico St.AggieVision10/24/15 8:00 PM
Warner at San DiegoTheW.tv10/24/15 9:00 PM
Idaho St. at Sacramento St.Evertsport.tv10/24/15 9:00 PM

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 - Week 9  -

North Carolina at PittsburghESPN HD10/29/15 7:00 PM
West Virginia at TCUFS110/29/15 7:30 PM
Texas St. at Georgia SouthernESPNU HD10/29/15 7:30 PM
W Michigan at E MichiganESPN3/CBSSN10/29/15 7:30 PM
Buffalo at Miami (OH)ESPN3/CBSSN10/29/15 7:30 PM
Oregon at Arizona St.ESPN HD10/29/15 10:30 PM
Louisville at Wake ForestESPN2 HD10/30/15 7:00 PM
East Carolina at ConnecticutESPNU HD10/30/15 7:00 PM
Dartmouth at HarvardNBCSN10/30/15 7:30 PM
Louisiana Tech at RiceFS110/30/15 8:00 PM
Wyoming at Utah St.ESPN2 HD10/30/15 10:15 PM
Boise St. at UNLVESPN NetworksTBA
Marshall at CharlotteFS1/FSN HDTBA
W Kentucky at Old DominionFS1/FSN HDTBA
Eastern Illinois at Murray St.ESPN3TBA
E Kentucky at Jacksonville St.
Tennessee Tech at SE Missouri
OR Austin Peay at Tenn St.
Elon at Stony BrookAmerican Sports Network10/31/15 12:00 PM
USF at NavyCBS Sports Network10/31/15 12:00 PM
Robert Morris at Cent Conn St.ESPN310/31/15 12:00 PM
Wagner at DuquesneNEC Front Row10/31/15 12:00 PM
Sacred Heart at St. Francis (PA)NEC Front Row10/31/15 12:00 PM
Butler at MaristCollege Sports Direct10/31/15 12:00 PM
Georgetown at LehighService Electric-PA10/31/15 12:30 PM
Columbia at YaleFOX College Sports10/31/15 12:30 PM
Penn at BrownIvyLeagueDigitalNetwork10/31/15 12:30 PM
Jacksonville at DaytonAtlantic10.com10/31/15 1:00 PM
Fordham at ColgatePatriotLeagueNetwork10/31/15 1:00 PM
Bryant at Holy CrossCharter-Worcester10/31/15 1:00 PM
URI at New HampshireUNHWildcats.TV10/31/15 1:00 PM
San Diego at StetsonESPN310/31/15 1:00 PM
Indiana St. at Illinois St.CSN Chicago PLUS10/31/15 1:00 PM
Drake at Morehead St.OVC Digital Network10/31/15 1:00 PM
Monmouth at Kennesaw St.ESPN310/31/15 1:00 PM
Wofford at VMIESPN310/31/15 1:30 PM
Mercer at The CitadelESPN310/31/15 2:00 PM
W Carolina at ChattanoogaESPN310/31/15 2:00 PM
Gardner-Webb at PresbyterianBigSouthSports.com10/31/15 2:00 PM
Bethune-Cookman at Del St.Youtube.com10/31/15 2:00 PM
UAPB at Prairie View A&MYoutube.com10/31/15 2:00 PM
Younsgtown St. at W IllinoisESPN310/31/15 2:00 PM
South Dakota at Northern IowaPanther Sports10/31/15 2:00 PM
Montana St. at North DakotaCowles Media10/31/15 2:00 PM
MidCo Sports Net
E Illinois at Murray St.OVC Digital Network10/31/15 2:00 PM
E Kentucky at Jacksonville St.WJXS10/31/15 2:00 PM
Tenn Tech at SE MissouriOVC Digital Network10/31/15 2:00 PM
UTEP at Southern MissFOX College Sports10/31/15 2:30 PM
Weber St. at E WashingtonROOT Sports10/31/15 3:00 PM
S Dakota St. at Missouri St.MVFC TV10/31/15 3:00 PM
Austin Peay at Tenn St.OVC Digital Network10/31/15 3:00 PM
Furman at SamfordESPN310/31/15 3:00 PM
N Dakota St. at SE IllinoisNBC North Dakota10/31/15 3:00 PM
Campbell at DavidsonDavidsonWildcats.com10/31/15 3:00 PM
Albany at RichmondCollege Sports Direct10/31/15 3:30 PM
Cornell at PrincetonAmerican Sports Network10/31/15 3:30 PM
Alabama A&M vs. Alabama St.ESPN310/31/15 3:30 PM
(at Birmingham, AL)
Lamar at Houston BaptistAmerican Sports Network10/31/15 3:30 PM
McNeese St. at Abilene Christ
Incarnate Word at S F. Austin
SE Louisiana at Central Arkansas
TAMU Commerce at Sam Houston St.
Florida vs. GeorgiaCBS HD10/31/15 3:30 PM
(at Jacksonville, FL)
Bucknell at LafayetteAmerican Sports Network10/31/15 3:30 PM
FIU at FAUAmerican Sports Network10/31/15 3:30 PM
San Diego St. at Colorado St.CBS Sports Network10/31/15 3:30 PM
James Madison at William & MaryNBCSN10/31/15 4:00 PM
Delaware at TowsonTowsonTigers.com10/31/15 4:00 PM
NC A&T at Florida A&MCollege Sports Direct10/31/15 5:00 PM
N Colorado at Northern ArizonaNAU-TV10/31/15 5:00 PM
Cal Poly at Southern UtahEvertsport.tv10/31/15 5:00 PM
Montana at Portland St.Cowles Media10/31/15 5:00 PM
Coast Carolina at Charleston SoAmerican Sports Network10/31/15 7:00 PM
UTSA at North TexasAmerican Sports Network10/31/15 7:00 PM
Northwestern St. at NichollsCST10/31/15 7:00 PM
Maine at VillanovaNBCSN10/31/15 7:30 PM
Idaho at New Mexico St.AggieVision10/31/15 8:00 PM
Michigan at MinnesotaABC/ESPN Networks10/31/15 8:00 PM
Air Force at Hawai’iCBS Sports Network10/31/15 10:30 PM

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National Hockey League


The NHL’s 2015-16 regular season will commence on Wednesday, Oct. 7, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Chicago Blackhawks raising their third championship banner in the past six seasons. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude on Saturday, April 9, with all 30 teams in action.

After clinching the Stanley Cup on home ice for the first time since 1938, the Blackhawks will raise their sixth championship banner on opening night before playing the New York Rangers. The other three games on the opening night of the 2015-16 season: the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs re-new their “Original Six” rivalry at Air Canada Centre; the Vancouver Canucks visit the Calgary Flames in a re-match of a 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round series; and the Los Angeles Kings play host to theSan Jose Sharks at STAPLES Center.

Shortly after opening the season, the Blackhawks will help usher in a new era for the New York Islanders when on Friday, Oct. 9, the game between the two franchises becomes the first-ever regular-season NHL game played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 2015-16 season marks the first season the Islanders will play their home games at Barclays Center.



On New Year’s Day, the Boston Bruins will play host to the Montreal Canadiens in the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. When these long-time rivals meet, Boston will become the first club to host the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic for a second time, after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, in overtime at the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park. It will mark the first time the Canadiens will play in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, and just the second time a Canadian-based NHL team will play in the event, following Toronto’s appearance in 2014.



The League’s regular-season schedule will pause from Jan. 28 – Feb. 1, so the world’s top players can gather in Nashville for the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend. It is the first time the NHL All-Star activities will take place in Nashville and at Bridgestone Arena.



The 2016 Coors Light Stadium Series will feature two games. On Sunday, Feb. 21, in a first for the club, the Minnesota Wild will play host to the Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. The following weekend, on Saturday, Feb. 27, the Colorado Avalanche will make their debut in a regular-season outdoor NHL game when they play host to the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field in Denver.


Then, what is sure to be another furious stretch run will ensue until the final day of the regular season, when all 30 teams will take to the ice on Saturday, April 9.


Below NHL.com Fantasy Insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen provide a fantasy hockey outlook for each of the 30 NHL teams ahead of the 2015-16 season.


Click on the logo for the team preview












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FANFOOD Top 10 NHL Teams – OCT’15:


  1. Anaheim
  2. Chicago
  3. Tampa Bay
  4. St. Louis
  5. Minnesota
  6. Nashville
  7. Washington
  8. Calgary
  9. Columbus
  10. New York Rangers



NHL on NBC coverage begins on Friday, November 27 at 1 p.m. ET, with the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the New York Rangers at Boston Bruins, marking the first of 12 games that will air on NBC during the regular season. Beginning on January 24, and continuing through the end of the regular season, NBC will present the NHL Game of the Week, generally occurring on Sunday afternoons.

Click here for the NHL n NBC 2015-16 Schedule




NHL on NBC Sports Network

NBCSN will present coverage of the NHL All-Star Game from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., home of the Nashville Predators. NHL All-Star will take place Friday, Jan. 29 through Sunday, Jan. 31, and will include the NHL Fantasy Draft, NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL All-Star Game.

The 2015-16 regular season on NBCSN will feature 24 Wednesday Night Rivalry telecasts, plus six Wednesday Nightcaps that will showcase Western Conference teams, including the Kings, Sharks and Avalanche.

NBCSN will air 12 Sunday Night Hockey matchups on NBCSN, beginning on January 10. Matchups include Penguins-Capitals, Lightning-Bruins, Blues-Wild, and Maple Leafs-Red Wings, in which first-year Toronto head coach Mike Babcock returns to Detroit to face the team he led for the past decade.

NBCSN will televise 93 NHL regular-season games this season, including the Opening Night doubleheader, 24 Wednesday Night Rivalry games, 6 Wednesday Nightcaps, 12 Sunday Night Hockey contests, and NHL All-Star coverage.

NBCSN coverage begins on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre- and post-game show, leading into coverage of Rangers-Blackhawks Wednesday Night Rivalry game from United Center in Chicago, Ill., at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage shifts to Los Angeles immediately following Rangers-Blackhawks for the Wednesday Nightcap, featuring the Sharks and Kings.



Wednesday Night Rivalry

10/7N.Y. RangersChicago8 p.m.
10/14ChicagoPhiladelphia8 p.m.
10/21PhiladelphiaBoston8 p.m.
10/28PittsburghWashington8 p.m.
11/4St. LouisChicago8 p.m.
11/11MontrealPittsburgh7:30 p.m.
11/18WashingtonDetroit8 p.m.
12/2N.Y. RangersN.Y. Islanders8 p.m.
12/9BostonMontreal7:30 p.m.
12/16PittsburghBoston8 p.m.
1/6PittsburghChicago8 p.m.
1/13BostonPhiladelphia8 p.m.
1/20St. LouisDetroit8 p.m.
1/27PhiladelphiaWashington8 p.m.
2/3DetroitTampa Bay8 p.m.
2/10N.Y. RangersPittsburgh8 p.m.
2/17ChicagoN.Y. Rangers8 p.m.
2/24PittsburghBoston7:30 p.m.
3/2ChicagoDetroit8 p.m.
3/9ChicagoSt. Louis8 p.m.
3/16PhiladelphiaChicago8 p.m.
3/23BostonN.Y. Rangers8 p.m.
3/30WashingtonPhiladelphia8 p.m.
4/6PhiladelphiaDetroit8 p.m.


NHL Full Schedule – OCT’15:


OctoberGameGame Time
   Wed 7Montreal @ Toronto7:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Calgary10:00 PM ET
San Jose @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
   Thu 8Winnipeg @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ Buffalo7:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Tampa Bay7:30 PM ET
Edmonton @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Minnesota @ Colorado9:00 PM ET
   Fri 9Winnipeg @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Chicago @ NY Islanders7:30 PM ET
Arizona @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
   Sat 10Tampa Bay @ Buffalo1:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ Toronto7:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Florida7:00 PM ET
Columbus @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
New Jersey @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Carolina7:00 PM ET
Edmonton @ Nashville7:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Dallas @ Colorado9:00 PM ET
Calgary @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Arizona10:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Sun 11Montreal @ Ottawa7:00 PM ET
   Mon 12Tampa Bay @ Boston1:00 PM ET
Winnipeg @ NY Islanders1:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Buffalo3:00 PM ET
Florida @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Anaheim10:00 PM ET
   Tue 13Nashville @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
Winnipeg @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
San Jose @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Carolina7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Edmonton @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
St. Louis @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
   Wed 14Ottawa @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Philadelphia8:00 PM ET
Boston @ Colorado10:00 PM ET
Arizona @ Anaheim10:30 PM ET
   Thu 15Nashville @ NY Islanders7:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Washington7:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Dallas @ Tampa Bay7:30 PM ET
Buffalo @ Florida7:30 PM ET
St. Louis @ Edmonton9:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Arizona10:00 PM ET
   Fri 16San Jose @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Calgary @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Colorado @ Anaheim10:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
   Sat 17Detroit @ Montreal7:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Ottawa7:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ Tampa Bay7:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Florida7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Washington7:00 PM ET
San Jose @ NY Islanders7:30 PM ET
Columbus @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Edmonton @ Calgary10:00 PM ET
Boston @ Arizona10:00 PM ET
   Sun 18New Jersey @ NY Rangers1:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Winnipeg3:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Anaheim8:00 PM ET
Edmonton @ Vancouver9:00 PM ET
Colorado @ Los Angeles10:00 PM ET
   Mon 19San Jose @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
   Tue 20Arizona @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Dallas @ Philadelphia7:30 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Washington @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
   Wed 21Toronto @ Buffalo7:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Boston8:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Edmonton9:30 PM ET
Carolina @ Colorado10:00 PM ET
   Thu 22Arizona @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
New Jersey @ Ottawa7:30 PM ET
Anaheim @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Florida @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Washington @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Fri 23Montreal @ Buffalo7:00 PM ET
Boston @ NY Islanders7:30 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
Washington @ Edmonton9:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
   Sat 24Anaheim @ Minnesota6:00 PM ET
New Jersey @ Buffalo7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Montreal7:00 PM ET
Arizona @ Ottawa7:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Florida @ Dallas8:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Columbus @ Colorado9:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Carolina @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Sun 25Minnesota @ Winnipeg6:00 PM ET
Calgary @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Edmonton9:30 PM ET
   Mon 26Calgary @ NY Islanders7:00 PM ET
Arizona @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Anaheim @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
   Tue 27Arizona @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Columbus @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Colorado @ Florida7:30 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Edmonton @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Montreal @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
   Wed 28Calgary @ Ottawa7:30 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Washington8:00 PM ET
Nashville @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Thu 29Carolina @ NY Islanders7:00 PM ET
New Jersey @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
Colorado @ Tampa Bay7:30 PM ET
Anaheim @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Montreal @ Edmonton9:00 PM ET
   Fri 30Philadelphia @ Buffalo7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Colorado @ Carolina7:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Boston @ Florida7:30 PM ET
Chicago @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Arizona10:00 PM ET
   Sat 31NY Islanders @ New Jersey1:00 PM ET
San Jose @ Dallas3:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Los Angeles4:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Toronto7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Ottawa7:00 PM ET
Boston @ Tampa Bay7:00 PM ET
Washington @ Florida7:00 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Calgary @ Edmonton10:00 PM ET

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National Basketball Association


The 2015-16 eason will open Oct. 27, with the Cavaliers at the Bulls, followed by the Pelicans and defending champion Golden State Warriors, who will receive their championship rings before the game. Both games will broadcast on TNT. Detroit will also play Atlanta that night.

NBA TV will tip off its regular season coverage on Oct. 31 featuring Golden State at New Orleans followed by the L.A. Clippers at Sacramento. NBA TV will feature 31 doubleheaders this season, an all-time high for the network.

Other intriguing opening week games include Spurs at Thunder Oct. 28, and Mavericks at Clippers Oct. 29.

Wednesday, Nov. 11 looks like a date worth circling as the Mavericks host controversial almost-Mav DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers for the first time this season. In the second part of an ESPN doubleheader, LaMarcus Aldridge makes his return to Portland as a member of the Spurs.

Christmas Day highlights five nationally-broadcasted games: Pelicans at Heat (ESPN), Bulls at Thunder (ABC), and the Cavaliers at the Warriors (ABC) in an NBA Finals rematch. The night games are Spurs at Rockets (ESPN) and Lakers at Clippers (ESPN), to conclude the league’s customary all-day showcase.

Martin Luther King Day will feature four nationally televised matchups: Pelicans at Grizzlies, Magic at Hawks, Warriors at Cavaliers and Rockets at Clippers.
TNT will televise All-Star weekend from Toronto Feb. 12–14, as well as 18 Thursday night doubleheaders. ESPN will broadcast 38 games on Wednesdays and 31 on Fridays, also available on WatchESPN. The networks, along with ABC and NBA TV, will use flexible scheduling throughout the season.


NBA Schedule Notes

The NBA has reduced stretches of four games in five nights (70 to 27) and back-to-back games to all-time lows. Four-in-fives have been cut to an average of less than one per team.
The most significant changes to the schedule, however comes with the Saturday night ABC games and dramatic reduction of the four-games-in-five-nights scenarios and back-to-back games. Eight of ABC’s 16 telecasts this season will take place in prime time on Saturday nights. The stretches of four games in five nights and back-to-backs have been reduced to all-time lows, with the four-in-fives to an average of less than one per team (a total of 27 for an average of 0.9 per team, with a maximum of 2 and down 61 percent from last season). The team average for back-to-back games has been trimmed from 19.3 per team last season to 17.8 this season. The league has also created more efficiency in the schedule to ensure that teams will travel less for their back-to-back sets.


Other Schedule Notes

“Long distance” back-to-back games have been reduced by 25 percent, from 111 last season to 84 this season.

Back-to-backs that cross a time zone have been reduced by 18 percent, from 194 last season to 160 this season.

With a directive from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to be mindful of player rest and recuperation, NBA Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said the changes were the product of a painstaking process that has produced the “best schedule” he’s seen.

“You’re dealing with 30 teams playing 82 games, so just the mathematics will tell you’re limited when talking about all the arenas, team travel and local business and other considerations,” VanDeWeghe said. “There are all sorts of things you are looking at. I must say, our broadcast partners at ABC, ESPN and Turner have all been cooperative. They added games to Thursday and opened up windows on Saturday and Sunday and that’s been great for us. And we were still able to keep the extra days after All-Star Weekend. There were a lot of competing factors involved and in addition to the reductions in the four-in-five night sets and the back-to-backs, the travel time is reduced. Obviously, teams will not think the schedule is right over different stretches but we’ve had more cooperation across the board than we’ve ever had, and the numbers bear it out. Between the efforts of all involved I think we’ve come up with a schedule that’s I can tell you is the best I’ve seen.”

The Warriors, Cavaliers, Clippers, Thunder, Bulls and Spurs will be the teams featured most on national television this season. The Warriors (10 on ESPN, 10 on TNT and 5 on ABC) and Cavaliers (10, 9 and 6) are each scheduled for a total of 25 games. The Clippers (10, 10 and 4) and Thunder (10, 9 and 5) are scheduled for 24, the Bulls are scheduled for 23 (8, 10 and 3), the Spurs for 21 (9, 9 and 3).

ESPN and ABC will televise 90 games and TNT 53.

The regular season concludes on April 13 and the 2016 NBA playoffs will begin April 16.
ABC will exclusively broadcast the NBA Finals in June. TNT will show the Western Conference finals and ESPN the Eastern Conference finals.


The NBA has announced changes to the schedule format for the 2016 NBA Finals. The league confirmed there will now be two days between games when the series must change locations.

Marc Stein of ESPN reported that altering the approach, which previously locked the games into either Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday, is part of an ongoing effort to build more recovery time into the schedule. It goes for both the regular season and the playoffs, as NBA Vice President of Basketball Operations Kiki Vandeweghe discussed last month.

“Our focus was really on players’ rest and recuperation,” Vandeweghe said, per ESPN. “We’ve worked hard with the teams, the broadcast partners and the venues to get the overall travel down and more time between games.”‎


As a result, here’s how the Finals schedule will look next June:


2016 NBA Finals Schedule:

Game 1 Thursday, June 2
Game 2 Sunday, June 5
Game 3 Wednesday, June 8
Game 4 Friday, June 10
Game 5* Monday, June 13
Game 6* Thursday, June 16
Game 7* Sunday, June 19

*= if necessary  



FANFOOD NBA Top 10 – OCT’15:

  1. Golden State
  2. Cleveland
  3. San Antonio
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Oklahoma City
  6. Houston
  7. Memphis
  8. New Orleans
  9. Atlanta
  10. Miami


NBA Full Schedule – OCT’15:

OctoberGameGame Time
   Tue 27Detroit @ Atlanta8:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
New Orleans @ Golden State10:30 PM ET
   Wed 28Washington @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Boston7:30 PM ET
Chicago @ Brooklyn7:30 PM ET
Utah @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Charlotte @ Miami7:30 PM ET
Indiana @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Denver @ Houston8:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
New York @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
San Antonio @ Oklahoma City8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Phoenix10:00 PM ET
New Orleans @ Portland10:00 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ Sacramento10:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ L.A. Lakers10:30 PM ET
   Thu 29Memphis @ Indiana7:00 PM ET
Atlanta @ New York8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ L.A. Clippers10:30 PM ET
   Fri 30Miami @ Cleveland7:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
Utah @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston7:30 PM ET
Chicago @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Charlotte @ Atlanta8:00 PM ET
Washington @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
Brooklyn @ San Antonio8:30 PM ET
Minnesota @ Denver9:00 PM ET
Golden State @ Houston9:30 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ Sacramento10:00 PM ET
Portland @ Phoenix10:30 PM ET
   Sat 31Utah @ Indiana7:00 PM ET
New York @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Golden State @ New Orleans7:30 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
Phoenix @ Portland10:00 PM ET
Sacramento @ L.A. Clippers10:30 PM ET


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Instead of 12, 16 drivers will make the Chase for the championship, which still includes the final 10 races of the year. A win in one of the 26 regular-season races virtually guarantees a driver a spot in the Chase field. Other Chase qualifiers will be determined based on point standings.



Once the Chase begins, there will be three elimination rounds — the “contender,” ”challenger” and “eliminator” rounds — each consisting of three races. Four drivers will be eliminated from title contention after each round. A win by a championship-eligible driver in any Chase race automatically clinches a spot in the next round. Ultimately, four drivers will compete in the season finale at Homestead in a winner-take-all championship race. The highest finisher of the four wins the title.

Each of the 16 drivers who qualifies for the Chase Grid starts with 2,000 points, plus three points for each win earned during the first 26 regular-season races. After the bonus points for wins are added, drivers are ranked in order of the reset points. See the updated standings.



Challenger Round: The 16 drivers will take to the track at Chicagoland SpeedwayNew Hampshire Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway for the 12 spots available in the next round (Contender). A win at any of the three races equals advancement into the next round. The rest of the field of 12 will be determined by order of points scored in the three races. After this round, each advancing driver will be reset to 3,000 points.

Points note: Bonus points for laps led will still be awarded in the Challenger, Contender and Eliminator Rounds. However, at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, the four drivers will start the race tied and there will be no bonus points for laps led, etc.

Tiebreaker: If any position comes down to a tiebreaker, only the three races in the Challenger Round matter. Wins and finishes in the regular season won’t, so these nine drivers will need to run up front to challenge for the win. If they can’t win, they’ll need to have more second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc. than their competitors in order to break the tie and advance. If two drivers have the exact same finishes, the tiebreaker then goes to the driver who scored the best finish first.

Contender Round: The 12 drivers will battle at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway for the eight spots available in the next round (Eliminator). A win at any of the three races equals advancement into the next round. The rest of the field of eight will be determined by order of points scored in the three races. After this round, each advancing driver will be reset to 4,000 points.

Tiebreaker: If any position comes down to a tiebreaker, only the three races in the Contender Round matter. Wins and finishes in the regular season won’t, so the drivers will need to run up front to challenge for the win. If they can’t win, they’ll need to have more second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc. than their competitors in order to break the tie and advance. If two drivers have the exact same finishes, the tiebreaker then goes to the driver who scored the best finish first.

Eliminator Round: The eight drivers will battle at Martinsville Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway for the four spots available in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. A win at any of the three races equals advancement into the next round. The rest of the field of four will be determined by order of points scored in the three races. After this round, each advancing driver will be reset to 5,000 points


Tiebreaker: If any position comes down to a tiebreaker, only the three races in the Eliminator Round matter. Wins and finishes in the regular season won’t, so the drivers will need to run up front to challenge for the win. If they can’t win, they’ll need to have more second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc. than their competitors in order to break the tie and advance. If two drivers have the exact same finishes, the tiebreaker then goes to the driver who scored the best finish first.



The final race is all about order of finish. No bonus points for laps led, etc. The four finalists will start the race tied, and the highest finisher among them at Homestead-Miami Speedway will win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.


NASCAR Schedule – OCT’15:





AAA 400

SUNDAY, OCT. 04 / 2:30 PM ET


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SATURDAY, OCT. 10 / 7:00 PM ET


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SUNDAY, OCT. 18 / 2:15 PM ET


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SUNDAY, OCT. 25 / 2:30 PM ET


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The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the United States, from local communities to the crown jewel of the professional game, the US Open. Established in 1881, the USTA is a progressive and diverse not-for-profit organization whose volunteers, professional staff and financial resources support the singular mission. The USTA is the largest tennis organization in the world, with 17 geographical sections, more than 770,000 individual members and 8,000 organizational members, thousands of volunteers and a professional staff dedicated to growing the game.



Professional Tennis Schedule – OCT ’15:



October 5 – 11, 2015

China Open (Men & Women) Beijing, China

Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships (Men) Tokyo, Japan

October 8 – 11, 2015

Reyes Del Tenis – Legends Cup (Men’s Senior Tour) Mallorca, Spain

October 12 – 18, 2015

Generali Ladies Linz (Women) Linz, Austria

Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open (Women) Hong Kong, China

Tianjin Open (Women) Tianjin, China

Shanghai Rolex Masters (Men) Shanghai, China

October 19 – 25, 2015

Kremlin Cup (Men & Women) Moscow, Russia

BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open (Women) Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Erste Bank Open (Men) Vienna, Austria

If Stockholm Open (Men) Stockholm, Sweden

October 25 – November 1, 2015

BNP Paribas WTA Finals (Women) Singapore, Singapore

Valencia Open 500 (Men) Valencia, Spain

Swiss Indoors Basel (Men) Basel, Switzerland



Click Here for the Emirates ATP Race To London

Click Here for the Barclays ATP World Finals




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The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On Sunday, October 11, 2015, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park.

1977 became a landmark year for running in Chicago when over 4,200 runners turned out for the first Mayor Daley Marathon, making it the largest big city marathon in the world.

Running fever soon gripped the city with several other shorter races organized for the first time — including the first Chicago Distance Classic (now the Rock ‘n Roll Classic) featuring an incredible 5,000 runners.

Adding to the excitement, Chicago aimed to become “the running capital of the world” and turned five miles of an old horseback riding path along the lakefront into jogging paths which, due to overwhelming popularity, ultimately grew to 18 miles around.


Chicago Marathon 2015

Today, the Chicago Marathon is renowned for its great local support, superb organization, and for being the world’s fastest and flattest course.

Over 1.2 million spectators are expected to line the 26.2-mile course for the Chicago Marathon beginning at 7AM on Sunday, October 11, 2015 which starts and finishes in Grant Park on Columbus Drive, near Buckingham Fountain.


Here is a link to the official website


Click here for the course map


Here is a video of the course:



Spectator guide


Chicago Marathon - The official site with info on this year’s race, entry & registration details, parking and transportation, Chicago travel info, tourist attractions and accommodations, how to become a member of the volunteer crew, spectator guide and course map, race day photos & video, marathon weekend events, complete results.

Chicago Transit Authority - The complete rundown from the CTA on how to get to the start of the race on the big day, as well as prime viewing areas.

Chicago Marathon Race Results - The complete database of winners searchable by finish position, time, or runner name, plus a great collection of over 100 related Chicago Marathon news articles from the past and present, from MarathonGuide.com.

Chicago Area Runners Association - Great resource for prospective Chicago Marathon runners featuring the latest news, local race calendar, membership info, maps, best places to train, interactive pace calculators, fun runs, recent results, related message boards.


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So you want to host your own Oktoberfest party? Wunderbar!

This article will help you plan for, set up, and enjoy the best Oktoberfest party outside of Munich. Pop “Oktoberfest” into Pinterest or any search engine, and you’ll find pictures of pretzels, beer, and Bavarian-themed decorations of all kinds. But how can you tell the difference between the authentically German and other less-than-authentic elements? How do you know what’s needed to make your party a success? read on then.

From the moment of the ceremonial keg-tapping to night-long cheers of Ein Prosit, by using the information on this article, your guests will feel as if they’ve been transported to one of Munich’s biergartens, all without having to get a passport first.



Let’s start at the beginning; you need to inform your guests of your grand event. Most hosts nowadays use social media or email to send out electronic invitations. There are certainly benefits to this method. You can add to or edit the guest list as needed and provide your guests with up-to-the minute information about your Oktoberfest. However, for larger events, or to add a personal touch, try going old-school as a nod to the Old World and send paper invitations along with instructions that tell your guests how to RSVP at least a month before the event. A truly great Oktoberfest party requires a lot of preparation, so nailing down the headcount as early as possible will make planning much easier.



Beer is obviously very important for any Oktoberfest party. Starting in August, you’ll be able to find a number of Oktoberfest-style beers at your local grocery or liquor stores. Grabbing a few six packs of these or other German beers is certainly an option – one that’s recommended by many “how-to host your own Oktoberfest” articles, especially if you do not want to spend a lot of money on imported beverages.

However, if you want to create a truly authentic experience, you should buy beer from the six Munich breweries that have tents at Oktoberfest. Only these six breweries can produce the official Oktoberfestbier that is served in Munich: Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner and Spaten. Not all Munich breweries ship their Oktoberfest beer worldwide. Currently only Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Paulaner and Spaten Oktoberfestbier are shipped to the United States. These are more costly than domestic options, but we think it’s more than worth the extra expense. And your guests, who may not taste these beers anywhere else, will likely appreciate it, too.

If you go the imported route and would like to honor tradition further, Spaten should be the first beer opened at your party. Traditionally, the ceremonial barrel-tapping happens at noon on the first Saturday of Oktoberfest. Whether you tap a keg or crack open some bottles, as the host you should be the first to do so and proclaim “O’zapft is!” (It is tapped!).



Believe it or not, there are more options for Oktoberfest fare than pretzels and sauerkraut. Even though the beer is the star of the show, food is a key part of a successful Oktoberfest party. Traditionally, a full meal is served as a part of the celebration. There are a number of different food items served at the Oktoberfest in Munich. For instance, roasted chicken (hendl) is the most popular food item at Oktoberfest. That said, some Oktoberfest food is easier to prepare than others. For a complete Oktoberfest menu, try recommend the following:


The Bavarian pretzel is a very common starter. Often, these soft pretzels are served with the Bavarian cheese delicacy obatzda
Hard stick pretzels. These are a great substitute if you don’t have the time or funds to prepare fresh warm pretzels for all of your guests.

Sausages (Bratwurst, Knackwurst, Thüringer)
German Potato Salad
Red Cabbage
Boiled Potatoes
Roasted Chicken

Apple Strudel
German Chocolate Cake (Although this is not actually a traditional German dessert, it is enjoyed by many.)
Various European Cookies. Heart-shaped gingerbread cookies are a particular Oktoberfest favorite.


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Stylized clothing is the quickest way to get into the right mindset for any theme party, and an Oktoberfest celebration is no exception. Lederhosen and dirndls are the most popular attire worn at Oktoberfest. When hosting a backyard Oktoberfest party, encourage your guests to don the traditional attire, or at least novelty T-shirts that make it look like they are.



If you have the funds, hiring a local band is always a great way to entertain your guests. Keep in mind that traditional German bands are likely appearing at local Oktoberfest events throughout September and October. During Oktoberfest season, it’s best to book early to increase the chances that the band you want to hire is available for your event.

Even if you cannot afford a band, you should still play music at your party. It’s a great way to keep guests entertained and encourage them to get into the spirit of the event. You may be surprised to learn that German oompah music is not the only kind of music played at Oktoberfest. There is a good mix of traditional oompah and other German tunes, but there are also a number of popular English songs.

A big part of the Oktoberfest experience in Munich is singing along with the band and your closest 10,000 friends. There are a number of traditional Oktoberfest songs that encourage people to get up and dance. One of the most popular is Fliegerlied. Don’t be afraid to stand up on a chair or sturdy table to do this dance along with your guests. Teach them the steps as you go, and encourage everyone to dance along.

One requirement of any authentic Oktoberfest party is playing “Ein Prosit” every 20-30 minutes, just like they do in Munich. Every time this song is played, encourage your guests to stand up, raise their glasses, and sing along. We recommend placing cards with the lyrics, along with a phonetic pronunciation key and a translation, on every table, so your guests can follow along. At the conclusion of the song, everyone should clink their glasses and take a drink.



The beer tents at the Munich Oktoberfest are sponsored by each of the six Munich breweries. While the word “tent” is used commonly to describe the beer halls at Oktoberfest, these are more like semi-permanent structures. It takes two months to construct the “tents” on the Wiesn, and they have all the amenities of a modern structure, including electricity and plumbing.

While an event tent is not essential to host a backyard Oktoberfest party, it certainly adds to the ambiance of the event. Tent or not, decorations are vital in turning your event space into the perfect stage for your Oktoberfest party. Traditional Bavarian blue and white is the most common way to decorate your space. Hanging a Bavarian flag, banners, streamers, wreaths, or evergreens will add to the Bavarian feel. Feel free to incorporate these traditional elements into your design or to create a new look specific to your party. All that matters is that you create a space that makes your guests feel welcome.



The Oktoberfest in Munich is also known for its rides and games. Here are some games you can do at home.


Stein Races

Break off into teams of two (or more), and have each person fill a stein with water (don’t waste good beer!). Challenge participants to go as fast as they can around a relay point without spilling. The fastest team who spilled the least amount of water wins.
Stein Holding Contest

Challenge participants to hold a full stein for as long as they can. Each participant must hold their stein one-handed while extending their arm straight out at shoulder height. The goal of the game is to hold the stein the longest without spilling. Participants are disqualified if they bend their elbows or drop their glasses below their shoulders. It is common to issue one warning before fully disqualifying a participant. Note that this game works best if you have a real glass Maß; otherwise just make sure each participant has the same style of glass with the same amount of water.

Beer Drinking Contest

This game is not necessarily encouraged, but it does happen often. Have participants fill their glass with a specific amount of beer and have them start drinking at the same time. The first to finish wins. Commonly, you will see people at Oktoberfest on their bench with a full Maß stand and chug their beer. People around them (and sometimes the entire tent) cheer them on. It is imperative that participants are actually able to finish the beer in one continuous drink without spilling. If participants fail this challenge, it is common to boo and make fun of them, so if that’s the sort of thing your guests enjoy, proceed with caution.

While these games are not necessarily authentic, they provide good fun at your party.



Glassware is important for an authentic Oktoberfest event. The Maß or Maßkrug (a one liter glass mug) is the typical way beer is served at Oktoberfest. It is highly encouraged to buy real glass Maß for your party. For the past few years, the Paulaner Brewery has been offering the “Wiesn to Go” package, which includes a Maß as well as a one-liter can of Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn. Supply and prices may vary, but that is the easiest way to acquire a Maß. If using real glassware at your party makes you nervous, plastic Maß are also available through various fine online retailers.



To create the full effect, especially if you plan to throw an annual Oktoberfest event, having the correct kind of tables is a great way to make your event even more authentic.


If you are GRILLING


FANFOOD BBQ Tips & Tricks:

Here are some tips that will ensure you’ll be the perfect barbecue host

  • Keep all your barbecuing tools handy – tongs, chopping boards, insulated gloves, brushes ect. Have a plan to light your charcoal, and don’t use lighter fluid, nobody wants to taste it. Always use natural charcoal free of additives.
  • Never mix together different raw foods (i.e. fish and chicken) in the same marinade. Always keep in separate containers. Use separate chopping boards and utensils for handling raw and cooked foods to prevent cross-contamination
  • Remove meat and poultry from the fridge an hour before cooking and leave covered in a cool kitchen until required. This will help bring the food back to an ambient temperature, and will result in a more succulent cooked result.
  • Always know how many guests you are expecting and make sure you are seated near to the kitchen. This means you won’t be barging past your guests when going to and from the house.
  • Keep plenty of iced water handy – particularly if you’re barbecuing on a hot day. If you stick with the beer or wine your guests will soon be dehydrated (and you maybe too tipsy to tend the barbecue).
  • Prepare dressings for salads and marinades for the barbecue in advance to be one step ahead of yourself. You can even make your very own mayonnaise. Meat & Poultry will benefit from marinating overnight in the refrigerator rather than for an hour just prior to barbecuing, so do as much preparation ahead of time as possible.
  • Have a good link to a weather website, preferably one with live doppler radar, so you know what is coming and when.
  • If you’re having a barbecue at night, don’t forget to consider the lighting.
  • Check with your guests if they have any special dietary requirements.
  • Burning citrus candles is a great way to keep the bugs at bay and stop them biting your guests, especially if you’re serving any sweet food or drinks.
  • If you’re having an afternoon barbecue, make sure there’s plenty of shade to avoid sticky sun burnt guests.
  • Pork, sausages, burgers and chicken in particular, must always be cooked through to the center. It might look cooked on the outside but can still be raw in the middle. Check by piercing the thickest part with the point of a sharp knife. If the juices run clear then the meat is ready. Any sign if pink juices will require further cooking. Get yourself a digital thermometer, it’ll come in handy, trust me.
  • Be aware of wind direction and the proximity of neighbors when placing your BBQ.
  • Clean your charcoal barbecue after each use, once the grill has cooled down – a wire brush and warm soapy water is all that is needed – little and often is secret. Your gas barbecue can be cleaned by simply burning off the grill for 10 minutes. Have a plan for your used charcoal.


PARTY Planning Tips

Schedule a couple of days to go shopping for the items on your lists. Here is a simple countdown to take you through the final two weeks leading up to the big day.

Two Weeks Before:

- Confirm your guest list, order your beef if fresh and give out specific assignments to guests that are contributing meals.
- Finalize your shopping lists.
- Inventory your table and kitchen supplies.
- Make arrangements to borrow or rent any items that you lack.

One Week Before:

- Purchase wine, beer, soft drinks.
- Shop for non-perishables.
- Select music.
- If using frozen meats, plan the day to begin to thaw. The rule of thumb is to allow one day for every five pounds of meat.
- Make a plan for cleaning your house, particularly the rooms that will likely be seen by guests. De-clutter the messiest rooms first.

Two Days Before:

- Purchase all perishable ingredients.
- Begin cleaning and chopping any vegetables for the dips and side dishes.
- Bake and freeze any pies or other desserts that can be frozen.
- Prepare recipes such as dips, marinades, sauces. Make a written plan for cooking your meal.

One Day Before:

- Clean the bathroom, dust and vacuum all rooms guests will be using, especially the dining room and kitchen and back deck.
- Set the table if you are setting up a buffet; take out all of the serving pieces.
- Finish preparing and bake your pies.
- Prepare and refrigerate salads.

Day of the Party:

- Ask someone to pick up any bread or rolls or ice you may need.
- Finish preparing appetizers, first courses, and/or side dishes.
- Turn on your music.
- Take fifteen minutes before guests arrive to freshen yourself and relax.
- Welcome guests.
- Start Cooking
- Set out the food, and count your blessings!

Preparing a BBQ doesn’t need to stressful. Many dishes can be prepared many hours in advance of the meal. Some preparations benefit from sitting for a time before being served. Even if the whole dish cannot be completed early in the day, the preparation of the ingredients can be. Ingredients can be cleaned, cut, blanched, and otherwise made ready for their final cooking.

Plan Ahead

If you decide what to cook early, have all ingredients on hand, and cook some of the meal ahead of time, you can save yourself a lot of stress. On the day before you can make your pies, and prepare and refrigerate salads.

Simplify Cooking

If you can take shortcuts, take them. For example, you can buy pre-made dips, and marinades, and bake pies purchased from the store.

Try Fewer Side Dishes

It’s a lot of fun to have a feast, and there are many creative recipes this time of year, but if you cut down on side dishes, you can save yourself quite a bit of time and effort. Just pick a side and vegetable or two, and make a lot of them. This way, while there’s less variety, there’s plenty of food.

Let Others Help

Another fun way to simplify your meal is to let others help with the side dishes. If you’re having other people come, you can just let everyone bring a side dish or dessert while you supply the meat. If you’re only cooking for your own household, you can let everyone in the house be responsible for one side. This lets everyone feel good that they’ve contributed to the joy of the feast.

Final Tips

Try to relax and enjoy your guests. Accept help when it’s volunteered – you don’t have to do it all by yourself. Remember that everything doesn’t have to be perfect to build those long-cherished memories. Many times it’s the little imperfections that nestle into the warmest spot of your heart.




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