September Sports ’13

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PGA Tour
ATP Tennis
2013 Italian Grand Prix
Labor Day BBQ

 

 

It’s hard to believe that Labor Day is upon us. It seems like yesterday we were creating what was ON the MENU for our Memorial Day cookout. We hope you all had a great summer! Now it is time for fall and you know what that means. Football is BACK!

The College game gets underway this week with a great one, as the Clemson Tigers host the #13 Georgia Bulldogs at 8 PM ET on ABC. No question that this is the premier game of the opening weekend. Speaking of premier games, the month of September has a bunch of great matchups and this article highlights the best of them.

Are you ready for some football? Teams in the NFL begin their quest for the Lombardi Trophy this month, click here for a schedule for all the games and a handy schedule grid for all NFL games of season.

How quickly have we forgot that the boys of summer are still fighting it out to see who wins the pennant? Don’t forget there is a full slate of games in September. The Los Angeles Dodgers are killing it since the All-Star break making them the FANFOOD #1 team heading into August followed closely by The Detroit Tigers and the Atlanta Braves. Now we move into the final month of the season and two divisions are all but done (NL East & NL West), 1 is competitive (AL Central)  and the rest are up for grabs. In addition, the top two remaining from each league make the postseason as Wild Cards and play each other in a one-game playoff. Seven teams are within 5 games to determine these 4 spots.

The US Open is underway and is the highlight of the ATP Tour. It wraps up with the men’s final on Sunday, September 8th. More than 700,000 fans will enter the gates at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing N.Y., and if you are not one of them, here is the full TV schedule of all the men’s and women’s matches.

The PGA Tour is drawing to a close with just a few events left on the calendar. Tiger Woods is on atop of the standings, though had to withdraw from his last tournament. Apparently the ongoing treatments Woods has been receiving for his sore sacroiliac are doing the trick and the 79-time PGA Tour winner will give it a go starting Friday at TPC Boston.

After 26 “regular season” races, the top 10 drivers, as determined by points accumulated during the season, automatically advance to contend for the championship. The Chase for the Sprint Cup is 10 races to determine who is the top driver in NASCAR. The 10 drivers with the highest “regular season” points, plus the two drivers ranked between 11th and 20th in regular season points who have the most race wins, are pitted against each other, while racing in the standard field of 43 cars. The driver with the most points after the final 10 races is declared the champion. Click here for all the upcoming race details and information on each track.

Speaking of racing, the Italian Grand Prix is held this month at Monza, the temple of speed. It’s the quickest circuit on the Formula 1 calendar, a breath-taking sprint around the long straights that scythe their way through the Royal Woodland setting, interrupted only by a handful of chicanes and high speed corners. Included in this article are some great links about the legendary track.

But if you don’t immediately think “FOOTBALL” when you hear the word September, then you probably think Labor Day & BBQ.

Is there anything better than having friends and family over to celebrate the end of summer over the Labor Day weekend? Yes, smoked ribs and grilled chicken with all the fixin’s!  And don’t forget the dessert.  We have provided you with different ways to prepare baby back ribs and many more ways to serve chicken at your backyard BBQ.  This is Labor Day and its time to sit back and relax. To do this you need to keep it simple.  Smoking Ribs slow and low is the way to go, and this grilled chicken recipe can’t be easier. The food on the menu is so good, everyone will think you spend days preparing for BBQ, but you will know better.

 

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Major League Baseball

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers are killing it since the All-Star break making them the #1 team heading into August followed closely by The Detroit Tigers. Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig have been getting most of the headlines, but Zack Greinke is now 9-1 with a 2.14 ERA over his past 12 starts. In the Motor City, Miguel Cabrera’s is a monster. He crushed his 43rd home run off Oakland’s A.J. Griffin on Monday, It was his third homer in four days and has him three behind Chris Davis for the AL lead. He also reached 130 RBI , leaving him just nine shy of his career high from last year. The Atlanta Braves round out the FANFOOD top 3,  fueled by Craig Kimbrel, who has allowed just one run over his past 39.1 innings.

Now we move into the final month of the season and two divisions are all but done (NL East & NL West), 1 is competitive (AL Central)  and the rest are up for grabs. In addition, the top two remaining from each league make the postseason as Wild Cards and play each other in a one-game playoff. Seven teams are within 5 games to determine these 4 spots.

 

  1. Dodgers
  2. Tigers
  3. Braves
  4. Cardinals
  5. Rays
  6. Red Sox
  7. Pirates
  8. Rangers
  9. Reds
  10. Athletics

 

MLB Schedule – September ’13

 

SeptemberGameGame Time
   Sun 1Baltimore @ NY Yankees 1:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit 1:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Toronto 1:07 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Boston 1:35 PM ET
St. Louis @ Pittsburgh 1:35 PM ET
Seattle @ Houston 2:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Milwaukee 2:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
Minnesota @ Texas 3:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Oakland 4:05 PM ET
San Diego @ LA Dodgers 4:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Colorado 4:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Arizona 4:10 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta 5:00 PM ET
NY Mets @ Washington 8:05 PM ET
   Mon 2Chi. White Sox @ NY Yankees 1:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Cincinnati 1:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta 1:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Boston 1:35 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Milwaukee 2:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Kansas City 2:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Houston 2:10 PM ET
Miami @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego 3:40 PM ET
Texas @ Oakland 4:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Cleveland 4:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Arizona 4:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado 4:10 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ LA Angels 9:05 PM ET
   Tue 3Baltimore @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
Miami @ Chi. Cubs 8:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
Toronto @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
Texas @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
   Wed 4NY Mets @ Atlanta 12:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Houston 2:10 PM ET
Miami @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
Texas @ Oakland 3:35 PM ET
Toronto @ Arizona 3:40 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego 6:40 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
   Thu 5Seattle @ Kansas City 2:10 PM ET
Boston @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Fri 6Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
NY Mets @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Boston @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
Texas @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Sat 7Atlanta @ Philadelphia 1:05 PM ET
Boston @ NY Yankees 1:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Cincinnati 1:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs 4:05 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland 4:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Cleveland 6:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City 7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Minnesota 7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ St. Louis 7:15 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego 8:40 PM ET
Texas @ LA Angels 9:05 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco 9:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Seattle 9:10 PM ET
   Sun 8Boston @ NY Yankees 1:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Cleveland 1:05 PM ET
Washington @ Miami 1:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Philadelphia 1:35 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Baltimore 1:35 PM ET
Toronto @ Minnesota 2:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City 2:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ St. Louis 2:15 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
Texas @ LA Angels 3:35 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland 4:05 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco 4:05 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego 4:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Seattle 4:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Cincinnati 8:05 PM ET
   Mon 9Kansas City @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Washington @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Minnesota 7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Tue 10NY Yankees @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Washington @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Boston @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Wed 11Kansas City @ Cleveland 12:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Cincinnati 12:35 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Texas 2:05 PM ET
Colorado @ San Francisco 3:45 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Washington @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Boston @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
   Thu 12Atlanta @ Miami 12:40 PM ET
Oakland @ Minnesota 1:10 PM ET
Washington @ NY Mets 1:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Boston @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
   Fri 13Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox 2:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Kansas City @ Detroit 7:08 PM ET
Miami @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Atlanta 7:30 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
Seattle @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
   Sat 14NY Yankees @ Boston 1:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Milwaukee 1:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas 1:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Toronto 4:07 PM ET
Miami @ NY Mets 4:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Detroit 7:08 PM ET
LA Angels @ Houston 7:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Minnesota 7:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox 7:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
Miami @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ St. Louis 7:15 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona 8:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers 9:10 PM ET
   Sun 15Baltimore @ Toronto 1:07 PM ET
Kansas City @ Detroit 1:08 PM ET
Miami @ NY Mets 1:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Atlanta 1:35 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Pittsburgh 1:35 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Washington 1:35 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox 2:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Milwaukee 2:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Minnesota 2:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Houston 2:10 PM ET
Seattle @ St. Louis 2:15 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas 3:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers 4:10 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona 4:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Boston 8:05 PM ET
   Mon 16Atlanta @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Seattle @ Detroit 7:05 PM ET
Miami @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Texas @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
   Tue 17Miami @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Seattle @ Detroit 7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
San Francisco @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Texas @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
   Wed 18Minnesota @ Chi. White Sox 2:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland 3:35 PM ET
Miami @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Seattle @ Detroit 7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
San Francisco @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Texas @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
   Thu 19San Diego @ Pittsburgh 12:35 PM ET
Seattle @ Detroit 1:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ NY Mets 1:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Milwaukee 2:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Colorado 3:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Arizona 3:40 PM ET
Houston @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Miami @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Texas @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
   Fri 20Atlanta @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
Houston @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit 7:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Miami @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Colorado 8:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
Texas @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
   Sat 21San Francisco @ NY Yankees TBD
Minnesota @ Oakland 4:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Chi. Cubs 4:05 PM ET
Houston @ Cleveland 6:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit 7:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Miami @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Milwaukee 7:10 PM ET
Texas @ Kansas City 7:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Colorado 8:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego 8:40 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels 9:05 PM ET
   Sun 22San Francisco @ NY Yankees 1:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit 1:05 PM ET
Houston @ Cleveland 1:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh 1:35 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston 1:35 PM ET
NY Mets @ Philadelphia 1:35 PM ET
Miami @ Washington 1:35 PM ET
Baltimore @ Tampa Bay 1:40 PM ET
St. Louis @ Milwaukee 2:10 PM ET
Texas @ Kansas City 2:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels 3:35 PM ET
Minnesota @ Oakland 4:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego 4:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Colorado 4:10 PM ET
   Mon 23Baltimore @ Tampa Bay 3:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Houston @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Chi. Cubs 8:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Washington @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
Oakland @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
   Tue 24Toronto @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Chi. Cubs 8:05 PM ET
Houston @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
Washington @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
Boston @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
Oakland @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Wed 25NY Mets @ Cincinnati 12:35 PM ET
Washington @ St. Louis 1:45 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
Oakland @ LA Angels 3:35 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Houston @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
Boston @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
Arizona @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Thu 26Arizona @ San Diego 6:40 PM ET
Toronto @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Fri 27Boston @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Atlanta 7:30 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
Washington @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
San Diego @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Sat 28Colorado @ LA Dodgers TBD
Tampa Bay @ Toronto 1:07 PM ET
Milwaukee @ NY Mets 1:10 PM ET
San Diego @ San Francisco 4:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle 4:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Minnesota 4:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati 4:10 PM ET
Boston @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Chi. White Sox 7:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Houston 7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis 7:15 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Washington @ Arizona 8:10 PM ET
   Sun 29Tampa Bay @ Toronto 1:07 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati 1:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ NY Mets 1:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Miami 1:10 PM ET
Boston @ Baltimore 1:35 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Atlanta 1:35 PM ET
Cleveland @ Minnesota 2:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Chi. White Sox 2:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Houston 2:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis 2:15 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas 3:05 PM ET
San Diego @ San Francisco 4:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle 4:10 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers 4:10 PM ET
Washington @ Arizona 4:10 PM ET

 

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National Football League

 

It’s a new season and every team is tied for 1st place, but that will not last long.  As soon as the footballs are kicked off, we will soon see who the teams are to beat and the ones that will be beaten all year. The Seattle Seahawks squad is full of real athletes, powerful backs, big corners, fast receivers and plenty of pass rushers, making them the FANFOOD #1 team to begin the season (it feels weird typing the Seahawks as the #1 team).

While many people like the 49ers atop this list, the reason they are #2 is that the Seahawks defense can stymie the 49ers’ offense with man to man coverage. The Niners scored 26 points in two games against the Seahawks last season and Seattle looks better this season. The 49ers have sheer power in its defensive front seven, which can dominate the line of scrimmage. But the secondary is a question mark. They need a big year from rookie safety Eric Reid. Offensively, the line can run block with the best, plus they utilize so many exotic formations and personnel groups that they are difficult to stop. Frank Gore is the top back, but he’s not alone as Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James will get a bigger share of the carries. Rounding out the top 3 is another team from the NFC.

The Falcons are expected to make a serious Super Bowl run, otherwise, Tony Gonzalez would have stayed retired. Steven Jackson gives them a power back. Add Jackson to a great set of wide receivers (Julio Jones, Roddy White) and this team should score more than the 419 points recorded in 2012. The defense was 24th last season which is the reason they are not atop the list.

Here are the FANFOOD Top 10 heading into the season.

  1. 49ers
  2. Seahawks
  3. Falcons
  4. Saints
  5. Patriots
  6. Texans
  7. Steelers
  8. Broncos
  9. Bengals
  10. Ravens

Here is a handy NFL Schedule Grid you can refer to throughout the season…

click to zoom

 

 NFL Schedule – Sept’13

 

-WEEK 1 -

 

Thursday, September 05, 2013
Baltimore at Denver
8:30 PM ET

 

Sunday, September 08, 2013

New England at Buffalo
1:00 PM ET

Atlanta at New Orleans
1:00 PM ET

Kansas City at Jacksonville
1:00 PM ET

Cincinnati at Chicago
1:00 PM ET

Minnesota at Detroit
1:00 PM ET

Tennessee at Pittsburgh
1:00 PM ET

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Jets
1:00 PM ET

Seattle at Carolina
1:00 PM ET

Miami at Cleveland
1:00 PM ET

Oakland at Indianapolis
1:00 PM ET

 

Green Bay at San Francisco
4:25 PM ET

Arizona at St. Louis
4:25 PM ET

 

N.Y. Giants at Dallas
8:30 PM ET

 

Monday, September 09, 2013

Philadelphia at Washington
7:10 PM ET

Houston at San Diego
10:20 PM ET

 

 

- WEEK 2 -

 

Thursday, September 12, 2013
N.Y. Jets at New England
8:25 PM ET

 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

St. Louis at Atlanta
1:00 PM ET

Dallas at Kansas City
1:00 PM ET

Tennessee at Houston
1:00 PM ET

Cleveland at Baltimore
1:00 PM ET

Minnesota at Chicago
1:00 PM ET

San Diego at Philadelphia
1:00 PM ET

Miami at Indianapolis
1:00 PM ET

Washington at Green Bay
1:00 PM ET

Carolina at Buffalo
1:00 PM ET

 

Detroit at Arizona
4:05 PM ET

Denver at N.Y. Giants
4:25 PM ET

New Orleans at Tampa Bay
4:05 PM ET

Jacksonville at Oakland
4:25 PM ET

 

San Francisco at Seattle
8:30 PM ET

 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
8:40 PM ET

 

- Week 3 -

 

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Kansas City at Philadelphia
8:25 PM ET

 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Houston at Baltimore
1:00 PM ET

Detroit at Washington
1:00 PM ET

Arizona at New Orleans
1:00 PM ET

Green Bay at Cincinnati
1:00 PM ET

Cleveland at Minnesota
1:00 PM ET

N.Y. Giants at Carolina
1:00 PM ET

San Diego at Tennessee
1:00 PM ET

Tampa Bay at New England
1:00 PM ET

St. Louis at Dallas
1:00 PM ET

 

Buffalo at N.Y. Jets
4:25 PM ET

Jacksonville at Seattle
4:25 PM ET

Atlanta at Miami
4:05 PM ET

Indianapolis at San Francisco
4:25 PM ET

 

Chicago at Pittsburgh
8:30 PM ET

 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Oakland at Denver
8:40 PM ET

 

 

- WEEK 4 -

 

Thursday, September 26, 2013
San Francisco at St. Louis
8:25 PM ET

 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Baltimore at Buffalo
1:00 PM ET

Pittsburgh vs Minnesota
1:00 PM ET

Indianapolis at Jacksonville
1:00 PM ET

Cincinnati at Cleveland
1:00 PM ET

Arizona at Tampa Bay
1:00 PM ET

N.Y. Giants at Kansas City
1:00 PM ET

Seattle at Houston
1:00 PM ET

Chicago at Detroit
1:00 PM ET

 

N.Y. Jets at Tennessee
4:05 PM ET

Philadelphia at Denver
4:25 PM ET

Washington at Oakland
4:25 PM ET

Dallas at San Diego
4:25 PM ET

 

New England at Atlanta
8:30 PM ET

 

 

Monday, September 30, 2013
Miami at New Orleans
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NCAA College Football

 

The start of the college football season actually starts in August as there are a bunch of games on the schedule before the calendar changes over. Here are the highlights of weekend followed by the TV schedule for month.

 

College Football Kickoff Weekend

 

Thursday, August 29th

The South Carolina Gamecocks will host the North Carolina Tar Heels in a 6 PM ET kickoff on ESPN to start the 2013 college football season. Other Thursday matchups of interest include the Ole Miss Rebels at Vanderbilt Commodores on ESPN at 9:15 PM ET and the USC Trojans at Hawaii Warriors on CBSSN at 11 PM ET.

 

Friday, August 30th

Friday action incudes the Michigan State Spartans hosting the Western Michigan Broncos on Big Ten Network at 8 PM ET and the SMU Mustangs hosting the Texas Tech Red Raiders on ESPN at 8 PM.

 

Saturday, August 31st

The first College Football Saturday of the season has a matchup of the Alabama Crimson Tide facing the Virginia Tech Hokies at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta at 5:30 PM ET on ESPN. Other games on TV include The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hosting the Temple Owls at 3:30 PM ET on NBC, the Syracuse Orange facing the Penn State Nittany Lions on ABC at 3:30 PM ET, the Oklahoma State Cowboys will face the Mississippi State Bulldogs at 3:30 PM ET on ABC, the Virginia Cavaliers will host the BYU Cougars at 3:30 PM on ESPNU, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers will host the Wyoming Cowboys at 8 PM ET on Big Ten Network.

The game of the day is the Clemson Tigers hosting the #13 Georgia Bulldogs at 8 PM ET on ABC. No question that this is the premier game of the opening weekend. These are likely to be two of the top 15 teams in the country, and both have national title hopes. Chances are one of these teams won’t after this one is over. The Georgia defense was exposed against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl, so Clemson should be able to do much of the same, with the talent the Tigers possess on the offensive side of the ball. Expect this game to have its fair share of points and it could be close the entire way. Just don’t forget there is also another great game this evening as the TCU Horned Frogs meet the LSU Tigers at Cowboys Stadium at 9 PM ET on ESPN

Later that evening, the Washington Huskies will host the Boise State Broncos at 10 PM ET on Fox Sports 1, and California Golden Bears welcome the Northwestern Wildcats at 10:30 PM ET on ESPN2.

 

Sunday, September 1st

There are a couple of games on Sunday this weekend as the Louisville Cardinals will host the Ohio Bobcats on ESPN at 3:30 PM ET and the Colorado State Rams will take on the Colorado Buffaloes at 6 PM ET on CBSSN.

 

Monday, September 2nd  - (Labor Day)

The Pittsburgh Panthers will host the Florida State Seminoles on ESPN at 8 PM ET.

 

 

CFB Premier Matchups – Sept’13

 

No. 7 Notre Dame vs. Michigan, Sept. 7

It’s a shame that this historic rivalry might soon be coming to an end. But, fans can certainly enjoy the 2013 version early in the season. There are few non-conference games that are more anticipated than this one. Both of these teams have top-10 talent. A loss would ruin any national title hopes for both of these squads. This season the game is in the “Big House,” where the Wolverines know how to win big games. No question Michigan will be looking to return the favor this time around.

 

No. 4 South Carolina vs. No 13. Georgia, Sept. 7

South Carolina and Georgia might be a step ahead of Florida this season in the SEC East. The winner of this early SEC matchup will be in the driver’s seat to win the division and play in the conference title game. The schedule is not doing Georgia any favors, with games against Clemson and South Carolina to kick off the season. South Carolina also has a tough opener against North Carolina. Georgia is at home and might hold the slight edge in this one. A lot is on the line in this early season matchup.

 

No. 1 Alabama vs. Texas A&M, Sept. 14

Johnny Manziel supplanted himself as the Heisman Trophy winner with a dominating performance against Alabama in an upset victory last season. That game was in Tuscaloosa. This year it is in College Station. There is no doubt that head coach Nick Saban and the rest of the Crimson Tide have had this date circled on their calendar for quite some time now. The Aggies were the only team to beat Alabama last year. Even though the Crimson Tide won the national championship, that loss is a blemish they are looking to forget about. Will Alabama finally be able to get that bad taste out of its mouth There is no doubt that this game is the best matchup of the entire college football season.

 

No. 17 LSU vs. No 13. Georgia, Sept. 28

LSU and Georgia last met in the 2011 SEC championship game: While it initially appeared Georgia was going to pull off the upset, the Tigers turned it on and dominated the second half. This year they meet in September, which should help gauge if Georgia is a real national title contender. The Bulldogs will be at home in a game that is a must-win if they plan on not only contending for the SEC championship but also finding themselves in the national picture. No doubt this is one of the best SEC games of the season.

 

No. 16 Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame, Sept. 28

Everybody thought Oklahoma was going to be the team to knock off Notre Dame last year. That obviously was not the case, and this year Oklahoma will get a chance to exact some revenge in South Bend. Neither team will be as talented as it was last year, but this should still be one of the best non-conference games of the season. It is too early to tell how good these teams will be coming in, but this could be a huge test for quarterback Blake Bell and his Oklahoma offense against the talented and experienced Notre Dame defense. This might come down to the play of the Notre Dame defensive line led by tackle Louis Nix III and end Stephon Tuitt.

 

College Football on TV – Sept’13

 

Regular-season games scheduled for national networks. Games will be added throughout the season. Times p.m. Eastern unless otherwise noted.

 

- WEEK 1 -

Thursday, August 29, 2013

North Carolina at South Carolina, ESPN, 6

Tulsa at Bowling Green, ESPNU, 7

Indiana State at Indiana, BTN, 7

UNLV at Minnesota, BTN, 7

Utah State at Utah, Fox Sports 1, 8

Mississippi at Vanderbilt, ESPN, 9:15

Rutgers at Fresno State, ESPNU, 10:30

Southern California at Hawaii, CBS Sports Net, 11

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Morgan State at Army, CBS Sports Net, 7

Western Michigan at Michigan State, BTN, 8

Texas Tech at Southern Methodist, ESPN, 8

Florida Atlantic at Miami (Fla.), ESPNU, 8

North Dakota State at Kansas State, Fox Sports 1, 8:30

Northern Arizona at Arizona, Pac-12, 10

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Massachusetts at Wisconsin, BTN, noon

Southern llinois at Illinois, BTN, noon

Buffalo at Ohio State, ESPN2, noon

Purdue at Cincinnati, ESPNU, noon

Villanova at Boston College, ESPNews, noon

Rice at Texas A&M, ESPN, 1

William & Mary at West Virginia, Fox Sports 1, noon

Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma State in Houston, ABC, 3:30

Syracuse vs. Penn State in East Rutherford, N.J., ABC, 3:30

Central Michigan at Michigan, BTN, 3:30

Northern Illinois at Iowa, BTN, 3:30

Temple at Notre Dame, NBC, 3:30

Brigham Young at Virginia, ESPNU, 3:30

Nicholls State at Oregon, Fox Sports 1, 4

Alabama vs. Virginia Tech in Atlanta, ESPN, 5:30

Eastern Washington at Oregon State, Pac-12, 6

Miami (Ohio) at Marshall, CBS Sports Net, 7

Washington State at Auburn, ESPNU, 7

Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky in Nashville, ESPN News, 7

Wofford at Baylor, FSN, 7:30

Georgia at Clemson, ABC, 8

Wyoming at Nebraska, BTN, 8

New Mexico State at Texas, Longhorn, 8

LSU vs. TCU in Arlington, Texas, ESPN, 9

Boise State at Washington, Fox Sports 1, 10

Nevada at UCLA, Pac-12, 10

Nortthwestern at California, ESPN2, 10:30

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Sunday, September 01, 2013

Florida A&M vs. Mississippi Valley State in Orlando, ESPN, 11:45 a.m.

Ohio at Louisville, ESPN, 3:30

Colorado State vs. Colorado in Denver, CBS Sports Net, 6

 

Monday, September 02, 2013

Florida State(12) at Pittsburgh
8:00 PM ET ESPN

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-WEEK 2-

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Florida Atlantic at East Carolina, Fox Sports 1, 7:30

Winston-Salem (N.C.) State at UNC-Pembroke, CBS Sports Net, 8

Sacramento State at Arizona State, Pac-12, 10

 

Friday, September 06, 2013

Central Florida at Florida International, CBS Sports Net, 8

Wake Forest at Boston College, ESPN2, 8

 

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Eastern Michigan at Penn State, BTN, noon

Indiana State at Purdue, BTN, noon

Missouri State at Iowa, BTN, noon

Tennessee Tech at Wisconsin, BTN, noon

Norfolk State at Rutgers, CBS Sports Net, noon

Florida at Miami (Fla.), ESPN, noon

Cincinnati at Illinois, ESPN2/ESPNU, noon

South Florida at Michigan State, ESPN2/ESPNU, noon

Oklahoma State at Texas-San Antonio, Fox Sports 1, noon

Southeastern Louisiana at TCU, FSN, noon

Weber State at Utah, Pac-12, 2

Oregon at Virginia, ABC, 3:30

San Diego State at Ohio State, ABC, 3:30

Utah State at Air Force, CBS Sports Net, 3:30

Toledo at Missouri, ESPNU, 3:30

Buffalo at Baylor, FSN, 3:30

Delaware State at Delaware, NBC Sports Net, 3:30

Old Dominion at Maryland, ESPNews, 4

South Carolina at Georgia, ESPN, 4:30

Portland State at California, Pac-12, 5

Navy at Indiana, BTN, 6

Southern Miss at Nebraska, BTN, 6

Syracuse at Northwestern, BTN, 6

Louisiana-Lafayette at Kansas State, Fox Sports 1, 6:30

Colorado State at Tulsa, CBS Sports Net, 7

Texas at Brigham Young, ESPN2, 7

UAB at LSU, ESPNU, 7

West Virginia at Oklahoma, Fox, 7

Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech, FSN, 7

Notre Dame at Michigan, ESPN, 8

Central Arkansas at Colorado, Pac-12, 8

Hawaii at Oregon State, Pac-12, 8

Arizona at UNLV, CBS Sports Net, 10:30

Washington State at Southern California, Fox Sports 1, 10:30

San Jose State at Stanford, Pac-12, 11

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

TCU at Texas Tech, ESPN, 7:30

Troy at Arkansas State, ESPNU, 7:30

Tulane at Louisiana Tech, Fox Sports 1, 7:30

Chadron (Neb.) State vs. West Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas, CBS Sports Net, 8

 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Air Force at Boise State(19)
8:00 PM ET ESPN

 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

UCLA at Nebraska, ABC, noon

Louisville at Kentucky, ESPN, noon

Tulsa at Oklahoma, ESPN2, noon

Akron at Michigan, BTN, noon

Western Illinois at Minnesota, BTN, noon

Stanford at Army, CBS Sports Net, noon

Bowling Green at Indiana, ESPNU, noon

Virginia Tech at East Carolina, Fox Sports 1, noon

Louisiana-Monroe at Wake Forest, FSN, 12:30

Youngstown State at Michigan State, BTN, 2

Fresno State at Colorado, Pac-12, 2

Boston College at Southern California, Pac-12, 3

Tennessee at Oregon, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, 3:30

Alabama at Texas A&M, CBS, 3:30

Delaware at Navy, CBS Sports Net, 3:30

Nevada at Florida State, ESPN/ESPN2, 3:30

Georgia Tech at Duke, ESPNU, 3:30

Ball State at North Texas, FSN, 4

Central Florida at Penn State, BTN, 6

Washington vs. Illinois in Chicago, BTN, 6

Iowa at Iowa State, Fox Sports 1, 6

Southern Utah at Washington State, Pac-12, 6:30

Kent State at LSU, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU, 7

Mississippi State at Auburn, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU, 7

Vanderbilt at South Carolina, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU, 7

Ohio State at California, Fox, 7

Kansas at Rice, CBS Sports Net, 7:30

Notre Dame at Purdue, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, 8

Mississippi at Texas, Longhorn, 8

Western Michigan at Northwestern, BTN, 9

Oregon State at Utah, Fox Sports 1, 10

Wisconsin at Arizona State, ESPN/ESPN2, 10:30

Texas-San Antonio at Arizona, Pac-12, 10:30

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- WEEK 4 -

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Clemson at N.C. State, ESPN, 7:30

Texas Southern at Jackson State, ESPNU, 7:30

West Alabama at Florida Tech, CBS Sports Net, 8

 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Boise State(19) at Fresno State
9:00 PM ET ESPN

 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Wake Forest at Army, CBS Sports Net, noon

Houston vs. Rice at Reliant Stadium, FSN, 3

Michigan State at Notre Dame, NBC, 3:30

Lehigh at Princeton. NBC Sports Net, 6

Texas State at Texas Tech, FSN, 7

Oregon State at San Diego State, CBS Sports Net, 7:30

Missouri at Indiana, BTN, 8

Louisiana Tech at Kansas, Fox or Fox Sports 1, TBA

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, ESPN, 7:30

Howard at North Carolina A&T, ESPNU, 7:30

Iowa State at Tulsa, Fox Sports 1, 7:30

 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Utah State at San Jose State, ESPN, 9

Middle Tennessee at Brigham Young, ESPNU, 9
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Iowa at Minnesota, ABC, 3:30

Texas-El Paso at Colorado State, CBS Sports Net, 3:30

Army vs. Louisiana Tech in Dallas, Fox Sports 1/FSN, 3:30

Oklahoma at Notre Dame, NBC, 3:30

Wyoming at Texas State, Longhorn, 7

Air Force at Nevada, CBS Sports Net, 7:30

Brown at Harvard, NBC Sports Net, 7:30

Wisconsin at Ohio State, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, 8

Houston at Texas-San Antonio, Fox Sports 1/FSN, TBA

California at Oregon, Pac-12, TBA

 

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 US Open

 

This year, the US Open kicks off on August 26th leading up to the men’s final on Sunday, September 8th. The US Open bears little resemblance to the tournament started 130 years ago. It has evolved from an exclusive men’s singles and doubles tournament in 1881 to a two-week sports and entertainment extravaganza held in Flushing, N.Y. More than 700,000 fans enter the gates annually at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The Field - Men

Six former champions headline 2013 US Open men’s field and will be headlined by those returning champions, including defending champion, 2013 Wimbledon winner and current world No. 2 Andy Murray; 2011 US Open champion, 2013 Australian Open winner and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic; 2010 US Open champion, 2013 French Open winner and world No. 4 Rafael Nadal; five-time US Open champion and world No. 5 Roger Federer; 2009 US Open champion and world No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro; and 2001 US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt.

Also entered are current world No. 3 David Ferrer, No. 6 Tomas Berdych and No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, as well as the top-ranked Americans Sam Querrey (No. 19) and John Isner (No. 21). Other U.S. players slated to compete in the main draw are No. 62 Mardy Fish, No. 81 Michael Russell, No. 84 Jack Sock, No. 86 James Blake, No. 92 Denis Kudla and No. 98 Steve Johnson.

The Field - Women

Serena Williams leads five former champions in 2013 US Open women’s field. Williams, the 2013 French Open champion and No. 1 player in the world, also was one of five former US Open women’s singles champions named to the field. Joining Williams in the American contingent is her older sister, two-time US Open champion and current world No. 35 Venus Williams, as well as current world No. 16 Sloane Stephens, who this year reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, No. 29 Jamie Hampton, No. 36 Varvara Lepchenko, No. 44 Madison Keys, No. 55 Bethanie Mattek-Sands, No. 78 Mallory Burdette, No. 79 Christina McHale and No. 88 Lauren Davis.

In addition to Serena (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012) and Venus (2000-01), the other former US Open women’s singles champions entered are 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and 2011 champion Samantha Stosur. Other past Grand Slam tournament winners in the 2013 US Open field are world No. 3, two-time defending Australian Open champion and 2012 US Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka; 2011 French Open champion and world No. 5 Li Na; 2013 Wimbledon champion and world No. 7 Marion Bartoli; 2011 Wimbledon champion and world No. 8 Petra Kvitova; 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone; and 2008 French Open champion and former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic.

2013 US Tennis Open TV Schedule

TV coverage will be on CBS, ESPN, ESPN2 and The Tennis Channel,

Click here for the TV Schedule

Click here for the official website

 

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NASCAR

 

With just two races left before the chase, here is where we stand. After 26 “regular season” races, the top 10 drivers, as determined by points accumulated during the season, automatically advance to contend for the Cup championship. These drivers are joined by two “wild card” qualifiers, specifically the two drivers ranked from 11th through 20th in drivers’ points who have the most regular-season race wins. The 12 drivers’ championship points are reset to a base of 2,000 per driver. Each of the 10 automatic qualifiers receives a bonus of 3 points for each win during the regular season, while the two wild card qualifiers receive no bonus. Normal scoring applies during the Chase, with race winners earning 43 base points plus 3 bonus points, all drivers who lead a lap earning 1 bonus point, and the driver who leads the most laps earning 1 bonus point in addition to any other points earned.

 

RankDriversTotal PtsBehind
1 Jimmie Johnson821Leader
2 Clint Bowyer80318
3 Carl Edwards76853
4 Kevin Harvick76061
5 Kyle Busch73982
6 Matt Kenseth73685
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr.714107
8 Kasey Kahne701120
9 Greg Biffle698123
10 Joey Logano685136
11 Brad Keselowski681140
12 Kurt Busch679142
13 Jeff Gordon674147
wc  14 Martin Truex Jr.663158
wc  15 Ryan Newman659162

 

 

 

NASCAR Race Schedule – Sept’13

 

#DateEventTrackTimeTV
 25 Sun 9/1 AdvoCare 500Atlanta Motor Speedway7:30pm ESPN

 

 

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 26 Sat 9/7 Federated Auto 400Richmond International7:30pm ABC

 

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Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

 

The Chase for the Sprint Cup, originally known as “The Chase for the Championship” during its creation, and then “The Chase for the Nextel Cup” (from 2004 to 2007) is the championship system used in NASCAR’s top division, the Sprint Cup Series. The 10-race Chase pits the 10 drivers with the highest “regular season” points, plus the two drivers ranked between 11th and 20th in regular season points who have the most race wins, against each other, while racing in the standard field of 43 cars. The driver with the most points after the final 10 races is declared the champion.

 

The Chase begins in September and here are the races

 

 

#DateEventTrackTimeTV
 1 Sun 9/15 GEICO 400Chicago Speedway2:00pm ESPN

 

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 2 Sun 9/22 Sylvania 300 New Hampshire Speedway2:00pm ESPN

 

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 3 Sun 9/29 AAA 400 Dover International2:00pm ESPN

 

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PGA Tour – FedEx Cup

 

With just a few events left on the tour here are the Fedex Cups Standings:

 

Y-T-D statistics through: The Barclays   Aug 25, 2013
 rank player startspoints wins top10s points
1Tiger Woods134,00958 behind
2Adam Scott133,84726162
3Phil Mickelson182,624271,385
4Matt Kuchar202,540271,469
5Justin Rose142,397161,612
6Brandt Snedeker202,218281,791
7Graham DeLaet231,806062,203
8Bill Haas221,718192,291
9Jordan Spieth201,684172,325
10Gary Woodland231,633122,376
11Keegan Bradley221,598072,411
12Kevin Streelman221,580152,429
13Henrik Stenson151,551062,458
14Jim Furyk191,515062,494
15D.A. Points251,496132,513
16Jason Day181,496062,513
17Billy Horschel231,487172,522
18Webb Simpson221,461042,548
19Jason Dufner191,418132,591
20Boo Weekley241,393142,616
21Hunter Mahan221,313042,696
22Dustin Johnson191,226152,783
23Rickie Fowler201,184052,825
24Charles Howell III241,178052,831
25Zach Johnson211,141062,868

 

PGA Tour – FedEx Cup Schedule – Sept’13

 

DatesEvent/Location/PurseTV2012 Champ/PurseFedex
pts
8/30-Sep 2Deutsche Bank Championship GOLFRory McIlroy2,500
TPC Boston, Norton, MANBC$1,440,000
Purse: $8,000,000
Sep 12 – 15BMW Championship GOLFRory McIlroy2,500
Conway Farms GC, Lake Forest, ILNBC$1,440,000
Purse: $8,000,000
Sep 19 – 22TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola GOLFBrandt Snedeker2,500
East Lake GC, Atlanta, GANBC$1,440,000
Purse: $8,000,000

 

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ATP Tour

 

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) was formed in September 1972 by Donald Dell, Jack Kramer, and Cliff Drysdale to protect the interests of male professional tennis players. The ATP World Tour is an evolution of the tour competitions previously known as Grand Prix tennis tournaments and World Championship Tennis (WCT).

 

ATP Tour Schedule – Sept’13

 

DatesEventLocationSurface2012 Champ
Aug 26 – Sep 9US OpenNEW YORKHardAndy Murray
Sep 16 – Sep 22St. Petersburg OpenSt. Petersburg, RussiaCarpetMartin Klizan
Sep 23 – Sep 29Malaysian OpenKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaHardJuan Monaco
Sep 28 – Oct 6China OpenBeijing, ChinaHardNovak Djokovic
Sep 30 – Oct 6Japan OpenTokyo, JapanHardn/a

 

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2013 Italian Grand Prix

 

Monza is the Temple of Speed, and the quickest circuit on the Formula 1 calendar, a breath-taking sprint around the long straights that scythe their way through the Royal Woodland setting, interrupted only by a handful of chicanes and high speed corners. Monza has been an integral part of Formula 1 since its inception in 1950, and with a huge crowd of passionate Tifosi cheering for Ferrari, and a large international contingent, this is one of the seasons most cherished and evocative races. The refined beauty of Lake Como lies just to the north, and the fashion and cultural riches of nearby Milan make the Italian Grand Prix a superb event.

 

 

Here are some links for more information about the 2013 Italian Grand Prix

http://www.formula1.com/races/in_detail/italy_905/

http://www.italy-grand-prix.com/en/2724-italy/

 

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FANFOOD Labor Day BBQ

 

Is there anything better than having friends and family over to celebrate the end of summer over the Labor Day weekend? Yes, smoked ribs and grilled chicken with all the fixin’s!  And don’t forget the dessert.  We have provided you with different ways to prepare baby back ribs and many more ways to serve chicken at your backyard BBQ.  This is Labor Day and its time to sit back and relax. To do this you need to keep it simple.  Smoking Ribs slow and low is the way to go, and this grilled chicken recipe can’t be easier. The food on the menu is so good, everyone will think you spend days preparing for BBQ, but you will know better.

 

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Baby Backs in the Smoker

What you’ll need:

6 Baby Back Ribs
Memphis Dust Rub
Cherry wood Chips
Bone Suckin BBQ Sauce

 

INGREDIENTS

For the Rub:

¾ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
¾ cup white sugar
½ cup paprika
¼ cup kosher salt
4 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons ground ginger powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons dried rosemary leaves, ground to a powder

PREPARATION:

Rinse the ribs in cool water to remove any bone bits from the butchering
Pat dry with paper towels.

If the butcher has not removed the membrane from the back side, do it yourself.
It gets leathery and hard to chew, it keeps fat in, and it keeps smoke and sauce out.
Insert a butter knife under the membrane, then your fingers, work a section loose, grip it with a paper towel, and peel it off.

Finally, trim the excess fat from both sides.

If you can’t get the skin off, with a sharp knife, cut slashes through it every inch so some of the fat will render out during the cooking.

Coat the meat with a thin layer of vegetable oil because most of the flavorings in the rub are oil soluble, not water soluble.

The oil will help the flavor get beyond the surface and help make the bark, the desired crust on the top.
Sprinkle enough Memphis Dust to coat all surfaces but not so much that the meat doesn’t show through.
That is about 2 tablespoons per side depending on the size of the slab.
Spread the Memphis Dust on the meat, rub it in, and let it sit in the fridge for about an hour and up to 6.

Set up your smoker cooker to stay around 225°F and try to keep it there throughout the cook. Cooking at 225°F will allow the meat to roast low and slow, liquefying the collagen in connective tissues and melting fats without getting the proteins knotted in a bunch.

It’s a magic temp that creates silky texture, adds moisture, and keeps the meat tender.

If you can’t hit 225°F, get as close as you can. Don’t go below 200 °F.

Add 4 ounces of wood when the smoker is up to temp.

Put the slabs in the cooker, meaty side up. Close the door

When the smoke dwindles after 20 to 30 minutes, add another 4 ounces of wood.

halfway through the cook you will need to move the ribs closest to the heat source up and and the slabs farthest from the source down.

Leave the meat side up. There is no need to flip the slabs.
You can peek if you must, but don’t leave the door open for long.

The Texas Crutch

This trick involves wrapping the slab in foil with about 3 ounces of liquid such as apple juice, for up to an hour to speed cooking and tenderize a bit.

Almost all competition cooks use the crutch to get an edge.
But the improvement is really minimal and I never bother for backyard cooking.

If you crutch too long you can turn the meat to mush and any time in foil can soften the bark and remove a lot of rub.

Skip it and you’ll still have killer ribs.

The bend test

Although I insist that you buy a good digital meat thermometer for grilling, this is one of the few meats on which you cannot use a thermometer because the bones have an impact on the meat temp and because the meat is so thin.

Allow 3 to 4 hours for the ribs.

The exact time will depend on how thick the slabs are and how steady you have kept the temp.
If you use rib holders so they are crammed close to each other, add another hour.

Then check to see if they are ready.
use the bend test (a.k.a. the bounce test).
Pick up the slab with tongs and bounce it gently. If the surface cracks, it is ready.

Now paint both sides with Bone Suckin’ Sauce and put it in a super hot grill (or under your oven broiler) in order to caramelize and crisp the sauce.
sizzle the sauce on one side and then the other.

Stand by your grill and watch because sweet sauce can go from caramelized to carbonized in less than a minute! One coat of a thick sauce should be enough, but if you need two, go ahead, but no more! Don’t hide all the fabulous flavors under too much sauce.

If you think you’ll want more sauce, put some in a bowl on the table.

 

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Go-to-Grilled Chicken

 

It’s best to quarter the chicken since breasts and thighs cook at different rates, with the breasts being thicker, but less forgiving. You can overcook thighs and drums a bit and still have moist meat, but not breasts. The marinade is very close to a mayonnaise, so you can store the sauce in the fridge for a few days, even though there is raw egg, because the vinegar, salt, and cold will prevent salmonella from multiplying. Cooking it to 165°F, of course makes it perfectly safe.

 

INGREDIENTS
1 egg
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups cider vinegar
1 tablespoon table salt
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 broiler chickens cut into quarters
PREPARATION

In a large bowl, whisk the egg white and yolk together with a balloon whisk or a hand mixer.

Add the oil and whisk until it gets thick, homogeneous, and a bright yellow, for about 2 minutes. A balloon whisk is the best tool for this job since the wire strands really do a good job of emulsifying two ingredients that don’t want to mix, one oil based, the other water, but a fork will do in a pinch. Now whisk in the vinegar, salt, seasoning, and pepper.

Stab the chicken skin several times with a fork or knife so the marinade can get in and so fat can get out when cooking.

This will help make the skin crispy.

Marinate the chicken for 3 to 24 hours in zipper bags in the fridge.

You can do this in a bowl or pan, but you need more marinade than if you use zipper bags.

Every hour or so, turn the meat a bit so all surfaces get well coated.

Set up the grill for 2-zone cooking. Try to get the indirect side in the 225°F range.

Place the chicken over the indirect zone and close the lid.

Every 5 to 10 minutes baste with the marinade, turn the chickens on both sides, and move the ones closer to the heat away and the ones away closer.

Cook about 30 to 45 minutes until the internal temperature of each part is 150°F and stop basting.

Then move them over the hot direct heat side of the grill, skin side down, remove the lid, and crisp the skin without burning it for 10 to 15 minutes.

Flip and heat for about 5 minutes more. This step is important to finish the cooking of the meat, crisp the skins, and make sure everything is sterile since raw egg can contain salmonella.

When the skin is crisp and the temp is 165°F, take the meat off. Even if it is a bit red in there when you cut in, it is safe at 165°F.

Place on a platter and brush with Bone Suckin’ Sauce.

 

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Summer Confetti Salad

 

You can make this a day ahead (without the avocado) so the veggies can marinate and the flavor pops.

 

INGREDIENTS

for the salad:

4 cups (6 ears) Fresh Corn
2 cups green beans – blanched and cut into 1-in pieces
1 cup grap tomatoes – halved lengthwise
1/2 cup minced red onion
1 avocado – cut into chunks
1 jalapeno – seeded and minced
10 basil leaves, chiffonaded (rolled and sliced)

for the dressing:

1/2 extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp honey
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

 

PREPARATION

Toss all salad ingredients in a one bowl.

In another whisk dressing ingredients to make a vinaigrette.

Add to the salad and toss well to coat

Refrigerate for atleast an hour or overnight (minus the avocado)

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Classic Cole Slaw

This is the slaw you can only get at delis and diners. It’s not the one Mom made. Creamy, slightly sweet and sour, wet, but not too runny. The secret is that it uses sour cream and mayo. It’s a great accompaniment that will put out the fire of hot barbecue sauces, a great counterpoint to vinegar based sauces, it makes the perfect topping for pulled pork sandwiches, especially the vinegary East Carolina type.

 

INGREDIENTS

for the dressing:
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed (not celery salt)
1/4 teaspoon table salt

for the slaw:
1 pound green cabbage (about half a medium cabbage), cored
1 large carrot, peeled
1/2 bell pepper, green, red, yellow, or orange, your choice, cored
1/2 small onion

 

PREPARATION

In a large bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.

Shred or the rest of the ingredients with a food processor using the grating attachment, or use a box grater.

When you’re done, you want a fine hash, like a fine confetti.

Dump the solid into the wet and mix thoroughly.

Adjust the seasonings to your taste.

Chill for at least an hour.

 

 

 

 

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Homemade Kosher Dill Pickles

 

Make sure your buy pickling cukes. They are usually 4-6″ long and have small seeds and crunchy skins. They should be cut lengthwise into halves or spears. You can leave them whole, but they will take longer. You will want to use distilled water because it it purer and impurities can impart odd flavors, but, unless you have strong tasting tap water, it usually works fine. Plan on a aging time of 1-2 weeks.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 1/4 cup distilled water
2 tablespoons Morton’s kosher salt
1 pound pickling cucumbers (about 4)
1/2 serrano chile, stem removed
6 medium garlic cloves, peeled and sliced in half
4 tablespoons dill seeds
1/2 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
PREPARATION

Make sure you have a really clean bottle and lid.
The lids must have good rubber seals.
The best thing to do is buy canning jars and lids from Ball.
They are in a lot of hardware and grocery stores.
Sterilize them by submersing them in a boiling water bath.

Add the garlic, dill seeds, and peppercorns to the jar.

Thoroughly wash the cukes and slice them in halves or quarters.
Cut out all bad spots and the stem ends.
Cram them in the jar leaving about 1/2″ – 3/4″ of space at the top.

Make the brine by combining the vinegar, water, and salt in a non-reactive sauce pan or pot.
Bring to a boil, and stir until all the salt is dissolved.

Pour the hot brine over the cukes to within 1/4″ of the top.
Wipe the jar top, put the lids on and tighten.
Age for at least 1 week in the refrigerator.

 

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Peanut Butter and Apple Pie
INGREDIENTS:
For the crust:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) ice cold butter cut into small pieces
Up to 1/4 cup ice water

For the filling:
6 medium granny smith apples, peeled and sliced
1 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
PREPARATION:
Place the flour, sugar, salt, and butter in a food processor and pulse for 10 to 20 seconds until the dough is the consistency of coarse crumbs.

Continue pulsing and add the water 1 tablespoon at a time just until the dough comes together.

Transfer the ball of dough to a flat surface, press it into a disc and wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Remove from plastic and roll the dough into a 12-inch circle and transfer to a pie dish.

Remove the excess dough and crimp the edges with your fingers.

Preheat your oven to 450°F.

Place the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, and salt in a small saucepan and heat on a very low flame and stir until well combined.

Remove from heat and add the cream. Mix until smooth and set aside. Let cool.

Place the apples in a large bowl and sprinkle the flour on top of the apples and toss with your hands until the apples are well coated.

Place the peanut butter filling in the pie shell.

Place the apples in the filling one at a time, pressing down so that they become immersed in the filling.

Periodically press down on the apples to allow the filling to rise. Continue until all of the apples are incorporated into the filling.

Sprinkle the granulated sugar on the top of the pie.

Place the pie in the oven and bake at 450°F for 10 minutes.

Lower the heat to 350°F and bake for an additional 50 to 60 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Note: Cover the edges of the crust with strips of aluminum foil to protect the crust from burning. Remove the strips during the last 20 minutes of baking.

 

 

 

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