October Sports ’16

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MLB POSTSEASON
National Football League
NCAA College Football
National Hockey League
National Basketball Association
NASCAR
2016 Ryder Cup
Golf
Professional Tennis
Chicago Marathon
FANFOODBERFEST

 

 

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).

The CFP system is going on it’s third year and will again determine 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 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. This year it will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on January 9, 2017 between the winners of the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl that will be held on December 31, 2016.

Also 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 2016-17 regular season commences on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

They are still playing tennis in October as the men vie for the BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS in November. The highlight for the women is the BNP Paribas WTA FINALS in Singapore.

The Historic Chicago Marathon is on Sunday, October 9, 2016, 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.

Happy FANFOODBER!

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The 2016 MLB Postseason begins Tuesday, October 4 and will run as late as Wednesday, November 2.

The MLB Postseason schedule is unchanged from the past two years. Coverage will again air on FOX, Fox Sports 1, TBS, ESPN and MLB Network, with TBS airing the full American League postseason and the other networks splitting National League action. The World Series will again have a Tuesday start, starting on October 25.

As usual, the baseball playoffs will face competition from the NFL and college football. As 2016 is an election year, the playoffs will also have to deal with the presidential debates.

 

 

Tuesday, October 4

AL Wild Card Game on TBS – Time TBD

 

Wednesday, October 5

NL Wild Card Game on ESPN – Time TBD

 

 

All Times TBD

Thursday, October 6
ALDS Game 1 TBS

Friday, October 7
ALDS Game 2 TBS

Sunday, October 9
ALDS Game 3 TBS

Monday, October 10
ALDS Game 4* TBS

Wednesday, October 12
ALDS Game 5* TBS

*=if necessary

 

 

All Times TBD

Friday, October 7
NLDS Game 1 FS1 or MLBN

Saturday, October 8
NLDS Game 2 FS1 or MLBN

Monday, October 10
NLDS Game 3 FS1 or MLBN

Tuesday, October 11
NLDS Game 4* FS1

Wednesday, October 12
ALDS Game 5* TBS

*=if necessary

 

All Times TBD

Friday, October 14
ALCS Game 2 TBS

Saturday, October 15
ALCS Game 2 TBS

Monday, October 17
ALCS Game 3 TBS

Tuesday, October 18
ALCS Game 4 TBS

Wednesday, October 19
ALCS Game 5* TBS

Friday, October 21
ALCS Game 6* TBS

Saturday, October 22
ALCS Game 7* TBS

*=if necessary

 

All Times TBD

 

Saturday, October 15
NLCS Game 1 FS1 or FOX

Sunday, October 16
NLCS Game 2 FS1 or FOX

Tuesday, October 18
NLCS Game 3 FS1 or FOX

Wednesday, October 19
NLCS Game 4 FS1 or FOX

Thursday, October 20
NLCS Game 5* FS1 or FOX

Saturday, October 22
NLCS Game 6* FS1 or FOX

Sunday, October 23
NLCS Game 7* FS1 or FOX
*=if necessary

 

All Times TBD

 

Tuesday, October 25
World Series Game 1 FOX

Wednesday, October 26
World Series Game 2 FOX

Friday, October 28
World Series Game 3 FOX

Saturday, October 29
World Series Game 4 FOX

Sunday, October 30
World Series Game 5* FOX

Tuesday, November 1
World Series Game 6* FOX

Wednesday, November 2
World Series Game 7* FOX
*=if necessary

 

 

Links:

Today’s Schedule

Probable Pitchers

Player News

MLB Scoreboard – The Score

MLB Transactions

MLB Trade Rumors

ESPN HR Tracker

Fangraphs M*A*S*H Report

MLB Injury Calendar

 

 

 

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National Football League

 

As we head into October and week 4 of the season, we are starting to see what the top teams are made of. The Patriots are undefeated to start the season without Tommy Boy, and they are proving that great coaching can overcome obstacles like injuries and suspensions. The same cannot be said about the Steelers, who just had their worst loss under the coach of their own last week in Philly. We got a feeling that the FANFOOD Top 10 NFL teams are going to be shuffled every week and every month throughout the year. We are only just getting started. Lets enjoy the ride!

 

FANFOOD Top 10 NFL Teams heading into October ’16:

  1. Patriots
  2. Broncos
  3. Vikings
  4. Packers
  5. Steelers
  6. Seahawks
  7. Eagles
  8. Chiefs
  9. Panthers
  10. Cardinals

 

2016 -17 NFL Schedule Grid

 

click to zoom

 

 

 

– WEEK 4 -

Thursday, September 29
NFLNTNF8:25 PMDolphins/Bengals
Sunday, October 2
CBSSpecial9:30 AMColts/Jaguars
Single1:00 PMBrowns/Redskins
Bills/Patriots
Raiders/Ravens
Titans/Texans
4:05 PMBroncos/Bucs
FOXDouble (early)1:00 PMLions/Bears
Panthers/Falcons
Seahawks/Jets
Double (late)4:25 PMCowboys/49ers
Rams/Cardinals
Saints/Chargers
NBCSNF8:30 PMChiefs/Steelers
Monday, October 3
ESPNMNF8:15 PMGiants/Vikings

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Thursday, October 6
CBS, NFLNTNF8:25 PMCardinals/49ers
Sunday, October 9
FOXSingle1:00 PMEagles/Lions
Washington/Ravens
Bears/Colts
4:05 PMFalcons/Broncos
CBSDouble (early)1:00 PMTexans/Vikings
Titans/Dolphins
Patriots/Browns
Jets/Steelers
Double (late)4:25 PMBengals/Cowboys
Bills/Rams
Chargers/Raiders
NBCSNF8:30 PMGiants/Packers
Monday, October 10
ESPNMNF8:15 PMBucs/Panthers

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Thursday, October 13
CBS, NFLNTNF8:25 PMBroncos/Chargers
Sunday, October 16
CBSSingle1:00 PMRavens/Giants
Jaguars/Bears
Steelers/Dolphins
Bengals/Patriots
Browns/Titans
4:05 PMChiefs/Raiders
FOXDouble (early)1:00 PMEagles/Redskins
Rams/Lions
Panthers/Saints
49ers/Bills
Double (late)4:25 PMCowboys/Packers
Falcons/Seahawks
NBCSNF8:30 PMColts/Texans
Monday, October 17
ESPNMNF8:15 PMJets/Cardinals

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– WEEK 7 -

 

Thursday, October 20
CBS, NFLNTNF8:30 PMBears/Packers
Sunday, October 23
NFLNSpecial9:30 AMGiants/Rams
FOXSingle1:00 PMVikings/Eagles
Redskins/Lions
Saints/Chiefs
4:05 PMBuccaneers/49ers
Chargers/Falcons
CBSDouble (early)1:00 PMBills/Dolphins
Ravens/Jets
Browns/Bengals
Raiders/Jaguars
Colts/Titans
Double (late)4:25 PMPatriots/Steelers
NBCSNF8:30 PMSeahawks/Cardinals
Monday, October 24
ESPNMNF8:30 PMTexans/Broncos

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Thursday, October 27
NFLNTNF8:25 PMJaguars/Titans
Sunday, October 30
FOXSpecial9:30 AMRedskins/Bengals
CBSSingle1:00 PMRaiders/Buccaneers
Patriots/Bills
Chiefs/Colts
Jets/Browns
4:05 PMChargers/Broncos
FOXDouble (early)1:00 PMPackers/Falcons
Seahawks/Saints
Lions/Texans
Double (late)4:25 PMCardinals/Panthers
NBCSNF8:30 PMEagles/Cowboys
Monday, October 31
ESPNMNF8:15 PMVikings/Bears

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LINKS:

 

Rotoworld – NFL Players News

NFL Weather

NBC Sports – NFL Matchups

506 Sports – NFL on TV Regional Maps

NFL Breaking News on Twitter

RotoWire NFL Injury News

CBS Sports Eye on Football

National Football Post

CBSsports – NFL Weekly Stats Leaders LIVE

Fantasy Data – NFL

FF Today – Stats

Rotoballer – Gamecenter

 

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College Football

 

 

 

The firings have begun. That’s what happens when a preseason top-10 team finds itself out of the AP Top 25 at the end of September.

LSU took the first opportunity to do what it wanted to do — and probably should have done — last season and fired coach Les Miles on Sunday . Miles is arguably the most successful coach in school history but the Tigers are 2-2 after starting No. 5 in the country and it was time to try something different.

At Notre Dame, Brian Kelly axed defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder the day after a 38-35 loss to Duke left the Irish 1-3 and having allowed more points through four games than any team in program history. The Irish were No. 10 in the preseason rankings.

The Irish and Tigers have been vanquished by AP poll voters.

 

Here are the FANFOOD TOP NCAA Football Teams – OCT’16:

 

Alabama (4-0)

A handful of injuries and aches were the only bad news to come out of the Kent State game for the Crimson Tide, but if rest is needed for key players there should be ample opportunity this week.

 

No. 2 Ohio State (3-0)

Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes coaches did new Rutgers coach Chris Ash a solid this past summer by satellite camping at the Scarlet Knights camp the same day Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was in New Jersey. Meyer won’t be doing Ash any favors this weekend.

 

No. 3. Louisville (4-0)

Lamar Jackson looks like the big kid playing against the little kids and as anybody who has spent time in a schoolyard can tell you there is no scheme to stop that. Clemson has some big kids, too. But so did Florida State.

 

No. 4. Michigan (4-0)

Week 5 is the first big test for the Wolverines when they play No. 8 Wisconsin.

 

No. 5. Clemson (4-0)

Deshaun Watson and the offense played better against Georgia Tech, but still the Tigers were not real sharp. They’ll need to be week 5.

 

No. 6 Houston (4-0)

Cougars get a chance to avenge their only loss under Tom Herman when they play a Week 5 Thursday night game.

 

No. 7 Stanford (3-0)

From a gut-check win on the road to maybe the biggest game in the Pac-12 North this season as they play No. 10 Washington in week 5

 

No. 8. Wisconsin (4-0)

Still a little skeptical about the Badgers’ ability to generate offense, but what team has two better victories? And the defense looks legit.

 

No. 9. Texas A&M (4-0)

If any team is going to challenge the Crimson Tide in the SEC West, it’s the Aggies.

 

No. 10 Washington (4-0)

Time for the Huskies’ close up and to find out if all that hype was justified.

 

click here for the full AP Top 25 poll

 

 

NCAAF on TV – October ’16:

 

WEEK FIVE
Saturday, October 1
12:00 PMTo be announcedFS1
3:30 PMTo be announcedCBS
5:00 PMTo be announcedFOX
7:00 PMFAU/FIUBeIN
8:00 PMMichigan State/IndianaBTN
8:30 PMTo be announcedFOX
WEEK SIX
Wednesday, October 5
8:00 PMGa. Southern/Ark. StateESPN2
Thursday, October 6
8:00 PMTemple/MemphisESPN
Friday, October 7
7:30 PMClemson/Boston CollegeESPN
8:00 PMTulane/UCFESPN2 or
ESPNU
8:00 PMSMU/TulsaESPN2 or
ESPNU
9:00 PMBoise State/New MexicoCBSSN
Saturday, October 8
TBDTexas/OklahomaFS1
11:30 AMCincinnati/UConnCBSSN
3:00 PMHouston/NavyCBSSN
3:30 PMTo be announcedCBS
7:30 PMTo be announcedFOX
7 orMichigan/RutgersABC, ESPN
8:00 PMor ESPN2
10:00 PMTo be announcedFS1
10:00 PMUtah State/Colorado StateCBSSN
WEEK SEVEN
Wednesday, October 12
8:00 PMAppalachian St./UL-LafayetteESPN2
Thursday, October 13
7:30 PMNavy/ECUESPN
Friday, October 14
7:00 PMDuke/LouisvilleESPN
8:00 PMMemphis/TulaneESPNU
TBDMississippi State/BYUESPN or
ESPN2
10:00 PMSDSU/Fresno StateCBSSN
Saturday, October 15
12:00 PMTo be announcedFS1
3:30 PMTo be announcedCBS
4:00 PMTo be announcedFS1
7:00 PMUTSA/RiceBeIN
7:30 PMStanford/Notre DameNBC
8:00 PMOhio State/WisconsinABC, ESPN
or ESPN2
TBDTo be announcedFOX
TBDIowa State/TexasLonghorn
WEEK EIGHT
Thursday, October 20
7:30 PMMiami/Va. TechESPN
7:30 PMTroy/South AlabamaESPNU
Friday, October 21
7:00 PMUSF/TempleESPN
10:30 PMOregon/CalESPN
Saturday, October 22
12:00 PMTo be announcedFS1
3:30 PMTo be announcedCBS
3:30 PMMemphis/NavyCBSSN
4:00 PMTo be announcedFOX
5:30 PMUNC-Charlotte/MarshallBeIN
7:30 PMMichigan State/MarylandBTN
8:00 PMOhio State/Penn StateABC, ESPN
or ESPN2
8:00 PMTo be announcedFOX
WEEK NINE
Thursday, October 27
7:00 PMVa. Tech/PittsburghESPN
7:30 PMAppalachian St./Ga. SouthernESPNU
7:30 PMOhio/ToledoCBSSN
7:30 PMAkron/BuffaloCBSSN
10:30 PMCal/USCESPN
Friday, October 28
7:00 PMNavy/USFESPN2
8:00 PMSDSU/Utah StateCBSSN
Saturday, October 29
12:00 PMTo be announcedFOX
12:00 PMTo be announced (Big 12)FSN
3:30 PMFlorida/GeorgiaCBS
3:30 PMMiami/Notre DameNBC
3:30 PMTo be announcedFS1
5:30 PMNorthwestern/Ohio StateABC, ESPN
or ESPN2
7:00 PMNebraska/WisconsinABC, ESPN
or ESPN2
7:00 PMTo be announcedFS1
11:00 PMTo be announced (Pac-12)FS1

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LINKS:

ncaa.com/sports/football

ESPN

CBS

SI

Bleacher Report

FOX

fbschedules.com

Matt’s College Sports Media Blog

506 Sports – NCAAF

College Football News – Scout.com

 

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National Hockey League

 

 

The NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9.

After closing Rexall Place last season, the Oilers will open their new home against the provincial rival Calgary Flames. The other three games on the first night of the 2016-17 season: the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Ottawa Senators in a renewal of the Battle of Ontario; the St. Louis Blues, who defeated Chicago in the First Round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, face the Central Division rival Blackhawks at United Center; and the defending Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks play host to the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will raise their fourth Stanley Cup championship banner the following night – Thursday, Oct. 13 – before facing the Washington Capitals at CONSOL Energy Center.

On New Year’s Day, the Maple Leafs will play host to the Detroit Red Wings in the first-ever NHL Centennial Classic™, an outdoor game at BMO Field in Toronto. This contest will serve as the start of a yearlong centennial celebration featuring a variety of ceremonies, recognitions, observances and special events highlighting 100 years of NHL hockey. The game also will be a rematch of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, which saw the Maple Leafs and Red Wings rekindle their Original Six™ rivalry in front of a record crowd of 105,491 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The following day – Monday, Jan. 2 – the Blues will face the Blackhawks in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Two more outdoor games will dot the 2016-17 regular-season schedule: the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ between the Winnipeg Jets and Oilers on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, and the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ between the Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

The League’s regular-season schedule will pause from Jan. 27-30 so the world’s top players can gather in Los Angeles for the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend. The 2017 NHL All-Star Game will be the third time the NHL All-Star activities will take place in Los Angeles.

The 2016-17 regular season will conclude Sunday, April 9, when 20 of the League’s 30 teams take to the ice. That weekend will include the Red Wings’ final two regular-season games at Joe Louis Arena – April 8 and 9 – prior to their move to Little Caesars Arena in 2017-18.

 

On paper, at least, some teams have improved, while others continue to tweak their blueprints.

 

Here are the Preseason FANFOOD TOP NHL Teams for 2016-17:

  1. Tampa Bay
  2. Florida
  3. Pittsburgh
  4. San Jose
  5. Washington
  6. Chicago
  7. Montreal
  8. Dallas
  9. Nashville
  10. New York

 

 

Coming off of the most-watched full NHL regular season on cable in 22 years, NBC Sports Group is scheduled to present 106 NHL regular-season games during the 2016-17 season – the most ever across NBC Sports Group heading into a season – featuring 14 games on NBC and 92 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated users via TV Everywhere. In addition, fans can subscribe to NHL.tv and/or NHL Center Ice from DirecTV.

 

 

NHL ON NBCSN

NBCSN will televise 92 NHL regular-season games this season, including the Opening Night doubleheader, 24 Wednesday Night Rivalry games, 6 Wednesday Nightcaps, 11 Sunday Night Hockey contests, and NHL All-Star coverage.

NBCSN coverage begins on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre- and post-game show, leading into coverage of Blues-Blackhawks Wednesday Night Rivalry game from United Center in Chicago, Ill., at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage shifts to San Jose, immediately following Blues-Blackhawks, for the Wednesday Nightcap, featuring the Sharks and Kings.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will raise their 2016 Stanley Cup Champion banner to the rafters on NBCSN on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. ET, when they open their season at home against the Washington Capitals in a rematch of their 2016 Second Round playoff series.

NBCSN will air 11 Sunday Night Hockey matchups on NBCSN, beginning on January 8. Matchups include Wild-Blackhawks, Flyers-Rangers, and Canadiens-Bruins, the most-played rivalry in NHL history.

 

NHL on NBC

NHL on NBC coverage begins on Friday, November 25, at 1 p.m. ET, with the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers, marking the first of 14 games that will air on NBC during the regular season. Beginning on January 22, and continuing through the end of the regular season, NBC will present the NHL Game of the Week, generally occurring on Sunday afternoons.

NBC will present the 2017 NHL Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues from Busch Stadium in St. Louis, home of Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals, on Jan. 2, 2017, at 1 p.m. ET.

NBC will air exclusive coverage of the 2017 NHL Centennial Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs from BMO Field in Toronto on Jan. 1, 2017, at 3 p.m. ET, and the 2017 NHL Stadium Series between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins from Heinz Field, home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, on Feb. 25, 2017, in primetime.

 

NHL on NHL.tv

 

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Features

Watch LIVE, out-of-market regular season AND preseason games from around the League on your favorite supported devices. Blackout and other restrictions apply, including national blackouts. Includes the following regular season features and more:

Take the game with you with the NHL® app
Choose the play-by-play you want with home and away broadcast options
Pause and rewind LIVE games with DVR controls
Access full game archives with milestone markers to jump directly to highlights
Watch up to four games at once with Mosaic® view

$139.96 / Yearly

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ALL ACCESS – MONTHLY

Includes ALL features listed above in the All Access – Yearly Package. Cancel at any time before your next billing period. Try for a month, two months or more. Blackout and other restrictions apply, including national blackouts.

$24.99 / Monthly

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OPTION 3:

SINGLE TEAM PACKAGE

Please note: Local blackouts apply, as above. Your team’s games are subject to a national TV blackout, as above, in some cases as many as 30 games

$111.96 / Yearly

 

 

FEATURES

NHL.TV™ Media Player
HD quality streaming through a responsive, in-page layout. Includes features like multi-game viewing, alternative camera angles and enhanced live game data.

 

NHL® App
Revolutionary 60fps (frames per second) live streaming video, available for select phones and tablets via the NHL® Official App. Current subscribers simply sign in with your existing credentials.

New for 2016-2017: Enhanced team integration – videos, news, notifications and more, all in one place. Your team, your app.

 

NHL.TV™ Connected Devices
Revolutionary 60fps (frames per second) live streaming video, available for supported connected devices. Available on Apple TV, Roku, Sony PlayStation®3, Sony PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Google Chromecast.

Milestone markers on supported connected devices let you watch the game in a whole new way. Supported devices include Apple TV, Roku, Sony PlayStation®3, Sony PlayStation®4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Google Chromecast.

 

Technical Support
If you are having any issues accessing your game, simply log in to the Technical Forum and technical support personnel will be there to help. Social media support is also available.

 

Home and Away Broadcasts
Want to hear various perspectives of the game? Whether your favorite out-of-market club is at home or on the road you can choose between the television broadcast of either team and get the play-by-play you want to hear.

 

DVR Controls
Never miss another goal, hit or save. Pause and rewind live games and jump back to highlights with the interactive timeline.

 

Multi-Game Views
Watch multiple games from around the League at the same time. Follow the action with picture-in-picture, or catch up to 4 games at once with Mosaic® view.

 

Extra Camera Angles
Analyze goals and saves like a pro with up to 5 alternate camera angles, including two over-the-goal cameras and the zipline aerial cam.
Availability of extra camera angles varies by game and arena.

 

 

NHL Center Ice

 

NHL® Center Ice® gives you up to 40 out-of-market games a week. From the first face-off to the final stretch of the season, you’ll feel the excitement of the game as you watch all your favorite teams and players. Plus, you also get NHL Network™ during the season at no additional charge.

Click here for the Center Ice Schedule 2016-17

 

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Crank up the energy with HD games on NHL® Center Ice®. See every blazing snap shot and bone-crunching check in amazing clarity.

 

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Get all the hockey you want—24/7. Live games. Daily highlight shows. Up-to-the-minute news. With the NHL Network™—you can always follow your favorite players from the rink to the locker room.

 

NHL LIVE on NHL Network

 

NHL Live Powered by Constellation – Weekdays, 5-7 PM ET

NHL Live Powered by Constellation keeps you in-the-know with headlines and buzz from insiders all over the hockey world. Get ready for the upcoming games with unprecedented access and get involved by tweeting questions to @NHLNetwork. Be sure to follow the show’s hosts on Twitter: E.J. Hradek (@EJHradek_NHL) and Steve Mears (@MearsyNHL).

 

NHL Tonight – Nightly, 7 PM ET

NHL Tonight takes you inside all the action from around the League with live look-ins, real-time scores, breaking news and expert analysis from a variety of your favorite NHL veterans.

 

On The Fly – Nightly, After the games

On The Fly provides a recap of all the games by way of highlights, comprehensive analysis, interviews, press conferences and news. Make On The Fly your one stop to catch up on every game, every night.

 

Sportsnet Programming

– Hockey Central Radio Simulcast – Weekdays, Noon ET: Hear the latest hockey buzz from around the league, directly from hockey insiders.

– Hockey Central Preview – Saturdays, 5 PM ET: Host Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) previews that night’s hockey action with the latest news and analysis from Sportsnet insiders.

– Hockey Central Saturday – Saturdays, 6:30 PM ET: Host George Stroumboulopoulous (@strombo) sets up hockey’s biggest night with the latest news and analysis.

 

Click Here for NHL Network LIVE games

 

 

NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry

 

on NBC Sports Network

 

NBCSN 2016-17 NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry schedule OCT’16
Date Away Home Time (ET)
10/12St. LouisChicago8 p.m.
10/12Los AngelesSan Jose10:30 p.m.
10/19DetroitN.Y. Rangers8 p.m.
10/26BostonN.Y. Rangers8 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHTCAP

In addition, NBCSN will present six games on Wednesday nights that will immediately follow Wednesday Night Rivalry matchups. These nightcaps will showcase one or two Western Conference teams. The first of these games will take place on Opening Night, when Los Angeles visits San Jose following Blues-Blackhawks Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage.

 

OTHER NHL on TV Games – OCT’16:

Thursday, October 13
8:00 PMCapitals/PenguinsNBCSN
Friday, October 14
8:00 PMBlackhawks/PredatorsNBCSN
Tuesday, October 18
8:30 PMFlyers/BlackhawksNBCSN
Tuesday, October 25
7:30 PMSabres/FlyersNBCSN
10:00 PMDucks/SharksNBCSN

 

NHL FULL Schedule – OCT’16:

 

Schedule Notes:
Regular Season Opens: Wednesday, Oct. 12
Christmas Break: Saturday, Dec. 24 – Monday, Dec. 26
All-Star Break: Friday, Jan. 27 – Monday, Jan. 30
Last Day of Regular Season: Sunday, April 9

 

OctoberGameGame Time
Wed 12Toronto @ Ottawa7:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
Calgary @ Edmonton10:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
Thu 13Boston @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Buffalo7:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Tampa Bay7:30 PM ET
New Jersey @ Florida7:30 PM ET
Minnesota @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
Washington @ Pittsburgh8:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Fri 14Chicago @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Edmonton @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
Sat 15Winnipeg @ Minnesota7:00 PM ET
Boston @ Toronto7:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Ottawa7:00 PM ET
New Jersey @ Tampa Bay7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Florida7:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Washington7:00 PM ET
San Jose @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Arizona9:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Colorado9:00 PM ET
Calgary @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Sun 16Anaheim @ NY Islanders6:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ Edmonton7:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Mon 17San Jose @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Colorado @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Boston @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
Tue 18Anaheim @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
San Jose @ NY Islanders7:00 PM ET
Colorado @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Arizona @ Ottawa7:30 PM ET
Florida @ Tampa Bay7:30 PM ET
Dallas @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Buffalo @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Edmonton9:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Wed 19Toronto @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
Detroit @ NY Rangers8:00 PM ET
Thu 20New Jersey @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
San Jose @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
Arizona @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Colorado @ Tampa Bay7:30 PM ET
Washington @ Florida7:30 PM ET
Toronto @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Carolina @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Edmonton9:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Fri 21Arizona @ NY Islanders7:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Sat 22Toronto @ Chicago7:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Ottawa7:00 PM ET
San Jose @ Detroit7:00 PM ET
Colorado @ Florida7:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Dallas8:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Los Angeles10:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Calgary10:00 PM ET
Sun 23Edmonton @ Winnipeg3:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ NY Islanders6:00 PM ET
Arizona @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Anaheim8:00 PM ET
Mon 24Philadelphia @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Calgary @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Tue 25Minnesota @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Arizona @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Carolina @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Buffalo @ Philadelphia7:30 PM ET
Calgary @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Ottawa @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ San Jose10:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
Wed 26Montreal @ NY Islanders7:00 PM ET
Boston @ NY Rangers8:00 PM ET
Washington @ Edmonton9:30 PM ET
Nashville @ Anaheim10:30 PM ET
Thu 27Minnesota @ Buffalo7:00 PM ET
Arizona @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Detroit @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
Columbus @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
Fri 28Chicago @ New Jersey7:30 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Carolina7:30 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Colorado9:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
Edmonton @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Anaheim10:00 PM ET
Sat 29Florida @ Buffalo1:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Montreal7:00 PM ET
Boston @ Detroit7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona9:00 PM ET
Washington @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Nashville @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
Sun 30Buffalo @ Winnipeg3:00 PM ET
Florida @ Detroit5:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Carolina5:00 PM ET
Toronto @ NY Islanders6:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Chicago7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ Edmonton9:00 PM ET
Washington @ Calgary9:30 PM ET

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LINKS:

 

thehockeynews.com

sportsoverdose.com/nhl

hockey-reference.com/

sports.yahoo.com/nhl/

http://espn.go.com/nhl/powerrankings

Puck Daddy

 

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National Basketball Association

 

– Season Starts Tuesday, October 25th –

 

Conference Previews

 

 

With most of the legends out, new breeds need to finally step up. And after much of the fanfare during offseason, we are now ready to bring you what we think has the best chances of landing the Top 4 spots in the Eastern Conference. The list is arranged alphabetically only.

 

ATLANTA HAWKS

Starters: Dennis Schröder (PG), Kent Bazemore (SG/SF), Kyle Korver (SG/SF), Paul Millsap (PF), Dwight Howard (C)

Surprisingly, even with two of the original starters out, the Atlanta Hawks still looks good on paper. There’s the defensive-minded Millsap and Bazemore, and the sweet-shooting Korver. Now, Schröder will be tested this season whether he belongs to the elite point guards in the league.

With teammates willing to pass the ball for higher percentage shots, Howard’s number may soon find its mark once again. Time and again, for Howard to be very effective someone must feed him the ball down the baseline. This could be the time to shine for Schröder.

 

BOSTON CELTICS

Starters: Isaiah Thomas (PG), Avery Bradley (SG), Jae Crowder (SF), Amir Johnson (PF), Al Horford (C)

The smallest starting roster in the league, the Celtics may have lost its starting center and a dependable backup small forward. But then they got Al Horford, a certified All-Star, in return. In addition, the Celtics got Gerald Green, whom the Celtics drafted back in 2005, and this year’s overall third draft pick, Jaylen Brown.
During the offseason, there were buzzes that coach Utah Jazz star Gordon Hayward might soon be reuniting with his college coach and now Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. The rumored trade has not prospered, but it looks like Hayward might opt out of his final year to become a free agent, much easier way rather than the Celtics bidding farewell to one or two of its players if the trade pushes through.

 

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Starters: Kyrie Irving (PG), Iman Shumpert (SG), LeBron James (SF), Kevin Love (PF), Tristan Thompson (C)

Even without JR Smith, there’s no question about it — the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers are the top choice and most likely to have the easiest way going to the NBA Playoffs. The Cavs have the most solid starting lineup, and should all stay healthy and injury-free for the entire season, the Cavaliers meet the Warriors in the finals for the third straight season.

 

TORONTO RAPTORS

Starters: Kyle Lowry (PG), DeMar DeRozan (SG), DeMarre Carroll (SF), Jared Sullinger (PF), Jonas Valanciunas (C)

The most solid backcourt tandem in the East, the Raptors will be led by Lowry and DeRozan once again. The Raptors also has almost the same core except for one. That post will soon be filled in by Sullinger.

Interestingly, the Raptors were able to draft Jakob Pöltl, this year’s Pac-12 Player of the Year awardee. How soon can Pöltl make an impact in the league, we’ll soon find out.

 

Eastern Conference Dark Horses

To complete our prediction, here are five teams who have high chances of competing for the remaining spots for the Eastern Conference NBA Playoffs: New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers. Surprised of the last two teams mentioned?

 

No doubt the West has the numbers this coming NBA season, though the East is fast gaining momentum. For many basketball analysts, the next NBA champion would come from the West. But of course, the ball is round. So what we came up with are the possible teams who have the best chances of landing on the Top 4 spots in the Western Conference.

 

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Starters: Stephen Curry (PG), Klay Thompson (SG), Kevin Durant (SF), Draymond Green (PF), Zaza Pachulia (C)

Yes, the Warriors have the strongest lineup in the NBA, period. I guess no one will be surprised if the quartet of Curry, Durant, Thompson and Green drops 100 points per game. How about the growing number of dependable backup led by 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala?
I wonder if they need the entire season to surpass their record of 73-9 (win-loss) set last season. As many basketball analysts believe, injury is the only the obstacle for the Warriors to get its second NBA championship in three years.

 

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

Starters: Chris Paul (PG), J.J. Redick (SG), Paul Pierce (SF), Blake Griffin (PF), DeAndre Jordan (C)

Many believe the LA Clippers have been cursed simply because they have one of the strongest lineups in the league during the past five seasons and yet they fail to even reach the Western Conference Finals. Today, Pierce announced that this would be his final season playing in the NBA. Now, if he can get close to what Kobe Bryant posted during his final season, it would really be a big boost for the Clippers, not to mention a laurel on his legacy.

 

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

Starters: Damian Lillard (PG), C.J. McCollum (SG), Evan Turner (SF), Al-Farouq Aminu (PF), Mason Plumlee (C)

Many believe the backcourt tandem of Lillard and McCollum is as strong as the backcourt tandem of the Warriors. The only problem is who will be left to orchestrate the offense once the two hit the bench. Sure, they can make Top 4 easily, but the intensity is different during the Playoffs. And for the Trail Blazers to make their dreams come true, all of them must contribute in any ways they can.

 

SAN ANTONIO SPURS

Starters: Tony Parker (PG), Danny Green (SG), Kawhi Leonard (SF), LaMarcus Aldridge (PF), Pau Gasol (C)

The only team who can play at par with the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in almost all aspects, the Spurs team is lucky to have Gasol and David Lee as replacements for the now retired future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan. Should all go as planned, the Spurs will meet the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
From there it’ll be a fight of tooth and nail up to the last second. Not sure who will win but this is definitely a match worth waiting.

 

Western Conference Dark Horses

Because some teams got better doesn’t mean others look pale. For instance, Durant leaving OKC left Russell Westbrook to carry the weight of the entire team. That doesn’t mean Westbrook, whom many basketball analysts believe would have a breakthrough performance this season, cannot bring them to the playoffs.
Anyways, here are the possible teams that are likely to become part of the Western Conference Playoffs round: Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz. Notably missing is the Houston Rockets. It is also quite interesting to see how Luke Walton will try to turn the tide for the Los Angeles Lakers.

 

NBA.com Team Previews

 

Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
LA Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

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  1. Warriors
  2. Cavaliers
  3. Spurs
  4. Clippers
  5. Raptors
  6. Grizzlies
  7. Celtics
  8. Pacers
  9. Pistons
  10. Jazz

 

ON

 

After opening day, the second-biggest TV day of the season for the NBA is Christmas. The slate will feature a rematch between last season’s finalists, the Cavaliers and Warriors, as well as matchups between the Knicks and Celtics, the Bulls and Spurs, the Timberwolves and Thunder and the Clippers and Lakers. ESPN and ABC will broadcast the five games.

The final big TV day for the league is Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. TNT will debut its new Monday Night Games package for that occasion, which will feature a Finals rematch between the Warriors and Cavaliers and a clash between the Thunder and Clippers. It will be the first of 10 double-headers the network will televise on Mondays, a new addition to their slate.

This year’s schedule continued to focus on limiting back-to-backs, which means that on Thursdays and Saturdays TNT and ABC, respectively, will broadcast featured matchups but won’t have exclusivity, meaning other games will be played as well.

 

 

Turner Sports, entering its 33rd consecutive year of NBA coverage, will feature an expanded 64-game schedule during the 2016-17 NBA regular season including the addition of a new Monday night package beginning on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The network will showcase the league’s biggest stars throughout the season including 10 appearances by the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers, nine appearances by the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs, and eight appearances by the Oklahoma City Thunder. TNT will televise 20 Thursday night and 10 Monday night NBA doubleheaders during the regular season.

TNT will get the first broadcast of the season, a double-header on opening night. First the Cavaliers and the Knicks face off in Cleveland, as the reigning champions will raise their first banner. Tip-off for the early game is 8 p.m. ET. Then, on the second game of the night, the Warriors will take on the Spurs in Oakland in a battle of elite Western teams. Tip-off for the late game is 10:30 p.m.

In addition to its regular-season coverage, TNT will be the exclusive home of NBA All-Star Weekend’s signature events including the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 17, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Feb. 18, and the 66th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 19. The network will also televise more than 40 NBA Playoff games – the most of any network – including first and second round action and the exclusive presentation of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

 

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The 2016-17 ABC and ESPN NBA telecast schedule will feature more than 100 regular-season games, the most ever, as ESPN begins its new, multi-year rights agreement with the NBA. The schedule will include 82 games on ESPN, which generally includes NBA doubleheaders on Wednesday and Friday nights, and 19 games on ABC, highlighted by season two of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC and the ABC NBA Sunday Showcase franchise. From January to April, ABC and ESPN will combine to televise NBA games four days per week.

Once again, ABC and ESPN will combine to serve as the exclusive, national home of the NBA’s biggest day of the regular-season – Christmas – Sunday, Dec. 25. The defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will host the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant in a rematch of the most-watched NBA Finals in ABC history at 2:30 p.m. (ABC). In total, more than 13 hours of continuous NBA coverage will unfold across ESPN platforms.

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NBA on TV – OCT’`16:

PRESEASON
TIME (ET)GAMENET
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
8:00 PMKnicks/RocketsESPN
10:30 PMClippers/WarriorsESPN
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
10:00 PMClippers/KingsESPN
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
7:30 PMKnicks/CelticsESPN
10:00 PMWarriors/LakersESPN
REGULAR SEASON
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
8:00 PMKnicks/CavaliersTNT
10:30 PMSpurs/WarriorsTNT
Wednesday, October 26
8:00 PMThunder/SixersESPN
10:30 PMRockets/LakersESPN
Thursday, October 27
8:00 PMCeltics/BullsTNT
10:30 PMClippers/BlazersTNT
Friday, October 28
7:00 PMCavaliers/RaptorsESPN
9:30 PMWarriors/MavericksESPN

 

NBA – FULL Schedule – OCT’16:

OctoberGameGame Time
Tue 25New York @ Cleveland8:00 PM ET
Utah @ Portland10:00 PM ET
San Antonio @ Golden State10:30 PM ET
Wed 26Miami @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Indiana7:00 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Boston7:30 PM ET
Detroit @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Charlotte @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
Denver @ New Orleans8:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Philadelphia8:00 PM ET
Sacramento @ Phoenix10:00 PM ET
Houston @ L.A. Lakers10:30 PM ET
Thu 27Washington @ Atlanta7:30 PM ET
Boston @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
San Antonio @ Sacramento10:30 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ Portland10:30 PM ET
Fri 28Cleveland @ Toronto7:00 PM ET
Indiana @ Brooklyn7:30 PM ET
Orlando @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Phoenix @ Oklahoma City8:00 PM ET
Charlotte @ Miami8:00 PM ET
Houston @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ Utah9:00 PM ET
Golden State @ New Orleans9:30 PM ET
Sat 29Atlanta @ Philadelphia12:30 PM ET
Boston @ Charlotte7:00 PM ET
Memphis @ New York7:30 PM ET
Orlando @ Cleveland7:30 PM ET
Indiana @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
New Orleans @ San Antonio8:00 PM ET
Portland @ Denver9:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Sacramento10:30 PM ET
Sun 30Utah @ L.A. Clippers4:30 PM ET
Golden State @ Phoenix6:00 PM ET
San Antonio @ Miami6:00 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Detroit6:00 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ Oklahoma City7:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Houston8:00 PM ET
Washington @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
Mon 31Denver @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Chicago @ Brooklyn7:30 PM ET
Sacramento @ Atlanta7:30 PM ET
Phoenix @ L.A. Clippers10:30 PM ET

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LINKS:

thescore.com/nba/news

allball.blogs.nba.com

nba-ball-dont-lie

sbnation.com/nba

basketballinsiders.com

ballislife.com/category/nba

lastwordonsports.com/category/basketball

cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball

hangtime.blogs.nba.com/

 

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CHASE 101

 

WHO MAKES THE CHASE

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.

 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

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.

 

THE ROUNDS

Challenger Round: The 16 drivers will take to the track at Chicagoland Speedway, New 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

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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 NASCAR SPRINT CUP CHAMPIONSHIP


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.

 

 

 

 

CITIZEN SOLDIER 400

SUNDAY, OCT. 02 / 2:00 PM ET
DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Track Detail

Preview

 

 

 

BANK OF AMERICA 500

SATURDAY, OCT. 08 / 7:00 PM ET
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Track Detail

Preview

 

 

HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400

SUNDAY, OCT. 16 / 2:15 PM ET
KANSAS SPEEDWAY

Track Detail

Preview

 

 

ALABAMA 500

SUNDAY, OCT. 23 / 2:00 PM ET
TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY

Track Detail

Preview

 

 

 

 

 

GOODY’S FAST RELIEF 500

SUNDAY, OCT. 30 / 1:00 PM ET
MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY

Track Detail

Preview

 

 

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Here is the schedule of golf events for the PGA of America and all the major tours for October ’16 with links:

 

 

Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Ryder Cup

http://www.rydercup.com/

Hazeltine National Golf Club

Chaska, Minn.

 

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Oct. 6-9

European Tour: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

http://www.alfreddunhilllinks.com/home/

Old Course St. Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns

St. Andrews, Scotland

 

Oct. 7-9

LPGA Tour: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

http://simedarbylpgamalaysia.com/

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Oct. 7-9

Champions Tour: Toshiba Classic

http://www.toshibaclassic.com/

Newport Beach Country Club

Newport Beach, Calif.

 

Oct. 13-16

European Tour: British Masters

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Masters

The Grove

Chandlers Cross, England

 

Oct. 14-16

LPGA Tour: KEB-Hana Bank Championship

http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/lpga-keb-hanabank-championship/overview

Incheon, Korea

 

Oct. 14-16

Champions Tour: SAS Championship

http://www.saschampionship.com/

Prestonwood Country Club

Cary, N.C.

 

Oct. 20-23

European Tour: Portugal Masters

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal_Masters

Oceanico Victoria Golf Club

Vilamoura, Portugal

 

Oct. 21-23

LPGA Tour: Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship

http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/fubon-lpga-taiwan-championship/overview/

Taipei, Taiwan

 

Oct. 27-30

PGA of America: PGA Assistant Championship

http://www.pga.info/tournaments/national/pga-assistants-championship.aspx

PGA Golf Club, Wanamaker Course

Port St. Lucie, Fla.

 

Oct. 27-30

European Tour: WGC-HSBC Champions

http://www.worldgolfchampionships.com/hsbc-champions.html

TBC

TBC, China

 

Oct. 28-30

LPGA Tour: Blue Bay LPGA

http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/blue-bay-lpga/overview

Hainan Island, China

 

Oct. 28-30

Champions Tour: PowerShares QQQ Championship

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champions_Series_(senior_men%27s_tennis_tour)

TBA

TBA

 

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Sep 27 – Oct 2, 2016

Hazeltine National Golf Club

Chaska, Minn., USA

 

The biennial 2016 Ryder Cup returns to America this year at Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota.

The major golf event that occurs every two years ” the World Cup of Golf” is a two-day event in which Team USA and Team Europe square off in a heady mix of national pride and sportsmanship.

 

Ryder Cup rules & scoring

During the Ryder Cup matches, the pressure really mounts when individual players are required to let go of their “star” status and work together to win.

If one player is performing badly, the rest have to grin and bear it for the best possible outcome – namely, scoring a point for the team.

Ryder Cup rules adhere to a match play format that rewards the number of points a team wins, rather than the shots players take individually. In the end, it all adds up to victory if each team can really pull together. A match is worth one point and whichever team first accumulates 14½ points wins the Cup.

 

 

 

 

Ryder Cup Facts

The Ryder Cup trophy stands 17 inches tall, nine inches wide and weighs four pounds. The Ryder Cup is named after the English businessman Samuel Ryder who donated the trophy.

America won the first Ryder Cup tournament in 1927, which was hosted by Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts.

Throughout most of 20th century Ryder Cup history, American teams were predominant. Between the years of 1935 and 1985, Europe only won the Ryder Cup once.

There have been six-holes-in ones in Ryder Cup history, only one of these was by an American golfer, Scott Verplank, in 2006.

The oldest player to make an apperance in the Ryder Cup was Raymond Floyd, at 51 years of age in 1993. The youngest player to feature in the Ryder Cup was Sergio Garcia 19 years of age, in 1999.

 

 

LINKS:

Ryder Cup 2016

Ryder Cup

BBC – How does the Ryder Cup work?

 

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PROFESSIONAL TENNIS

 

Here is the FULL Professional Tennis Schedule – OCT’16:

 

September 25 – October 2, 2016

Wuhan Open (Women) Wuhan, China

Tashkent Open (Women) Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Shenzhen Open (Men) Shenzhen, China

Malaysian Open (Men) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chengdu Open (Men) Chengdu, China

October 1 – 9, 2016

China Open (Men & Women) Beijing, China

Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships (Men) Tokyo, Japan

October 10 – 16, 2016

Shanghai Rolex Masters (Men) Shanghai, China

Generali Ladies Linz (Women) Linz, Austria

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

Tianjin Open (Women) Tianjin, China

October 17 – 23, 2016

European Open (Men) Antwerp, Belgium

If Stockholm Open (Men) Stockholm, Sweden

Kremlin Cup (Men & Women) Moscow, Russia

BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open (Women) Luxembourg, Luxembourg

October 23 – 30, 2016

Erste Bank Open (Men) Vienna, Austria

Swiss Indoors Basel (Men) Basel, Switzerland

BNP Paribas WTA Finals (Women) Singapore, Singapore

 

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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 Marathon) 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 2016

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 9, 2016 which starts and finishes in Grant Park on Columbus Drive, near Buckingham Fountain.
Chicago Marathon best viewing

To view runners closest to the start of the race, go to Grand Avenue, between Columbus Drive and State Street, near Mile 1, or anywhere along State Street, between Grand Avenue and Jackson Boulevard. To view runners closest to the finish of the race, go to the Bank of America Cheer Zone at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road..

Here is a link to the official website

Click Here for the 2016 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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FANFOODBERFEST

 

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.

 

Invitations

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

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!).

 

Food

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:

Appetizers:

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.

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

Dessert:
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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Clothing

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.

 

Music

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.

 

Decorations

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.

 

Entertainment

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

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.

 

Tables

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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