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Labor Day BBQ

 

 

It’s hard to believe that Labor Day is upon us. It seems like yesterday we were talking about a Memorial Day cookout and our Top 10 BBQ sites. 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 fully underway this week, and the month of September has a bunch of great matchups. Click here for the NCAA Football Games on TV along with the FULL Schedule for the entire month.

Are you ready for some regular season football? Are you ready to see what your fantasy team can do? Teams in the NFL begin their quest for the Lombardi Trophy this month. We got your covered with a handy schedule grid, and break down the NFL schedule on weekly basis.

How quickly have we forgotten that the boys of summer are still fighting it out to see who wins the pennant? or the wildcard(s)? Don’t forget there is still about a month left in the regular season. Click here for the schedule of the nationally broadcast games, along with the FULL MLB Schedule for September.

Usually you don’t think too hard about Hockey in September, but this year you will. The World Cup of Hockey returns and the two-week tournament, features more than 150 of the best players in the NHL, will progress from the Preliminary Round to the Semifinals and ultimately the Final. All tournament games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs®

The eight teams are split into two Groups, Group A and Group B, for the Preliminary Round (Sept. 17-22), when each team will play its three Group opponents in a round-robin format. Placed in Group A are Team Canada, Team Czech Republic and Team USA, plus Team Europe, a pan-European roster of players from birth countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden. The four teams in Group B are Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team North America, a selection of the top players from Canada and the United States who are 23 or under as of Oct. 1, 2016.

The US Open is underway and is the highlight of the ATP Tour. It wraps up with the men’s final on Sunday, September 13th. 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.

Did you know what the Chase for the Sprint Cup is all about and the new(ish) format? There is a new elimination-style format for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Click here to learn WHO MAKES THE CHASE, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, THE ROUNDS (challenger/contender/eliminator) and the THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
. The Chase gets underway this month.

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. Click here for the FANFOOD Top 10 BBQ sites and a dozen other sites dedicated to Labor Day Cooking.

 

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The push for the MLB playoffs is now in full swing with roughly five weeks remaining in the regular season. Whether a team is contending for a postseason spot or looking to play spoiler while evaluating its young talent, the month of September is always an exciting one.

 

 

  1. Chicago Cubs
  2. Texas Rangers
  3. Toronto Blue Jays
  4. Washington Nationals
  5. Los Angeles Dodgers
  6. Boston Red Sox
  7. Cleveland Indians
  8. San Francisco Giants
  9. St. Louis Cardinals
  10. Baltimore Orioles

 

 

MLB on TV Schedule – September ’16:

 

Here are the Nationally Broadcast Games this month:

 

 

DATETIME AWAY HOMETV
Sat, Sep 34:05 PMHouston AstrosTexas RangersFS1
Sat, Sep 37:15 PMDetroit TigersKansas City RoyalsFS1
Sun, Sep 42:20 PMSan Francisco GiantsChicago CubsTBS
Sun, Sep 48:08 PMWashington NationalsNew York MetsESPN
Mon, Sep 51:10 PMChicago CubsMilwaukee BrewersESPN
Mon, Sep 54:05 PMSt. Louis CardinalsPittsburgh PiratesESPN
Wed, Sep 73:35 PMLos Angeles AngelsOakland AthleticsMLBN
Wed, Sep 77:05 PMSt. Louis CardinalsPittsburgh PiratesESPN
Sat, Sep 10TBDTampa Bay RaysNew York YankeesFOX
Sat, Sep 101:05 PMChicago CubsHouston AstrosFOX
Sat, Sep 171:05 PMWashington NationalsAtlanta BravesFOX
Sat, Sep 171:05 PMNew York YankeesBoston Red SoxFOX
Sat, Sep 174:10 PMDetroit TigersCleveland IndiansFS1
Mon, Sep 1910:10 PMArizona DiamondbacksSan Diego PadresFS1
Wed, Sep 213:35 PMHouston AstrosOakland AthleticsMLBN

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MLB FULL Schedule – September’16:

 

SeptemberGameGame Time
   Thu 1San Diego @ Atlanta12:10 PM ET
Miami @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
   Fri 2San Francisco @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
Atlanta @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Miami @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Washington @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Houston @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City8:15 PM ET
Arizona @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Boston @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
San Diego @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Sat 3San Francisco @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
Houston @ Texas4:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Cincinnati4:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay6:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Minnesota7:10 PM ET
Miami @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Washington @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
Arizona @ Colorado8:10 PM ET
Boston @ Oakland9:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Seattle9:10 PM ET
San Diego @ LA Dodgers9:10 PM ET
   Sun 4St. Louis @ Cincinnati1:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay1:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Pittsburgh1:35 PM ET
Atlanta @ Philadelphia1:35 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Baltimore1:35 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City2:15 PM ET
San Francisco @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
Houston @ Texas3:05 PM ET
Boston @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Miami @ Cleveland4:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Seattle4:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Colorado4:10 PM ET
San Diego @ LA Dodgers4:10 PM ET
Washington @ NY Mets8:08 PM ET
   Mon 5Toronto @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Tampa Bay1:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Miami1:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Cincinnati1:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Milwaukee1:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington4:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Pittsburgh4:05 PM ET
Texas @ Seattle4:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Colorado4:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Chi. White Sox4:10 PM ET
Boston @ San Diego4:40 PM ET
Houston @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers8:10 PM ET
   Tue 6Atlanta @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Houston @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
Boston @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
Texas @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Wed 7NY Mets @ Cincinnati12:35 PM ET
Baltimore @ Tampa Bay1:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland3:35 PM ET
Toronto @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington7:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Houston @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Boston @ San Diego9:10 PM ET
Texas @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Thu 8Houston @ Cleveland12:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ St. Louis7:15 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Texas @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Fri 9Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Boston @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Baltimore @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Miami7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Cleveland @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
San Francisco @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Seattle @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
Texas @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego10:40 PM ET
   Sat 10Tampa Bay @ NY YankeesTBD
Chi. Cubs @ Houston1:05 PM ET
Boston @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Seattle @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Washington7:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Miami7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Chi. White Sox7:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Minnesota7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ St. Louis7:15 PM ET
San Francisco @ Arizona8:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego8:40 PM ET
Texas @ LA Angels9:05 PM ET
   Sun 11Texas @ LA AngelsTBD
Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
Boston @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Baltimore @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Miami1:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh1:35 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta1:35 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Washington1:35 PM ET
Cleveland @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Houston2:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ St. Louis2:15 PM ET
Seattle @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ Arizona4:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego4:40 PM ET
   Mon 12NY Mets @ Washington7:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Minnesota @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
Texas @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
San Diego @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Tue 13Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
Texas @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
San Diego @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Wed 14Tampa Bay @ Toronto12:37 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis1:45 PM ET
San Diego @ San Francisco3:45 PM ET
NY Mets @ Washington4:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ NY Yankees4:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
Texas @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
   Thu 15Minnesota @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Toronto @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Fri 16Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
Miami @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Kansas City8:15 PM ET
San Diego @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Toronto @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Sat 17Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati12:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Boston1:05 PM ET
Washington @ Atlanta1:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs4:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Cleveland4:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati6:10 PM ET
Miami @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas8:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Arizona8:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Colorado8:10 PM ET
Toronto @ LA Angels9:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Francisco9:05 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle9:10 PM ET
   Sun 18NY Yankees @ BostonTBD
Detroit @ Cleveland1:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati1:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ NY Mets1:10 PM ET
Washington @ Atlanta1:35 PM ET
Miami @ Philadelphia1:35 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Baltimore1:35 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Kansas City2:15 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas3:05 PM ET
Toronto @ LA Angels3:35 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Francisco4:05 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle4:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Arizona4:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Colorado4:10 PM ET
   Mon 19Chi. White Sox @ Kansas City2:15 PM ET
Boston @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas8:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Tue 20Boston @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
   Wed 21St. Louis @ Colorado3:10 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland3:35 PM ET
Toronto @ Seattle3:40 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Boston @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Diego9:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Thu 22Boston @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
   Fri 23St. Louis @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
Arizona @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Kansas City @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
Boston @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Texas @ Oakland9:35 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego10:40 PM ET
   Sat 24St. Louis @ Chi. CubsTBD
NY Yankees @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Texas @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Boston @ Tampa Bay6:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Houston7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Minnesota7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Milwaukee7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego8:40 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers9:10 PM ET
   Sun 25St. Louis @ Chi. CubsTBD
NY Yankees @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Kansas City @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Cleveland1:10 PM ET
Boston @ Tampa Bay1:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami1:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Mets1:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Baltimore1:35 PM ET
Washington @ Pittsburgh1:35 PM ET
LA Angels @ Houston2:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Milwaukee2:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
Texas @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers4:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego4:40 PM ET
   Mon 26Arizona @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Oakland @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
   Tue 27Boston @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Arizona @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Seattle @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Oakland @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Wed 28Seattle @ Houston2:10 PM ET
Boston @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Arizona @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Oakland @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Thu 29Arizona @ Washington1:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
Boston @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ St. Louis7:15 PM ET
Minnesota @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego9:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Fri 30Miami @ Washington7:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Colorado8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Kansas City8:15 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
San Diego @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Houston @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET

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We’ve gotten the best look at each NFL team we’re going to get before Week 1. Last week’s “dress rehearsals” featured the most extensive playing time starters will see this preseason. There were storylines galore. The Dallas Cowboys said hello to the Ezekiel Elliott era and bid goodbye (perhaps) to another. Quarterback controversies in Denver and San Francisco were resolved. And superstar quarterbacks in Green Bay and Pittsburgh demonstrated quite clearly that they’re ready for opening day. It cannot come too soon.

 

Here are the FANFOOD Top 10 NFL teams heading into the start of the NFL season

 

  1. Carolina
  2. Arizona
  3. New England
  4. Seattle
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. Green Bay
  7. Cincinnati
  8. Kansas City
  9. Denver
  10. Oakland

 

 

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 - WEEK 1 -

 

Thursday, September 8
NBCKickoff8:30 PMPanthers/Broncos
Sunday, September 11
CBSSingle1:00 PMBrowns/Eagles
Bengals/Jets
Chargers/Chiefs
Bills/Ravens
4:05 PMDolphins/Seahawks
FOXDouble (early)1:00 PMBuccaneers/Falcons
Bears/Texans
Packers/Jaguars
Raiders/Saints
Vikings/Titans
Double (late)4:25 PMGiants/Cowboys
Lions/Colts
NBCSNF8:30 PMPatriots/Cardinals
Monday, September 12
ESPNMNF7:00 PMSteelers/Washington
10:15 PMRams/49ers

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Thursday, September 15
CBS, NFLNTNF8:25 PMJets/Bills
Sunday, September 18
FOXSingle1:00 PMSaints/Giants
Cowboys/Washington
49ers/Panthers
4:05 PMBucs/Cardinals
Seahawks/Rams
CBSDouble (early)1:00 PMDolphins/Patriots
Titans/Lions
Ravens/Browns
Bengals/Steelers
Chiefs/Texans
Double (late)4:25 PMColts/Broncos
Falcons/Raiders
Jaguars/Chargers
NBCSNF8:30 PMPackers/Vikings
Monday, September 19
ESPNMNF8:30 PMEagles/Bears

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Thursday, September 22
CBS, NFLNTNF8:25 PMTexans/Patriots
Sunday, September 25
FOXSingle1:00 PMWashington/Giants
Lions/Packers
Vikings/Panthers
Cardinals/Bills
4:05 PM49ers/Seahawks
Rams/Buccaneers
CBSDouble (early)1:00 PMBroncos/Bengals
Browns/Dolphins
Ravens/Jaguars
Raiders/Titans
Double (late)4:25 PMSteelers/Eagles
Jets/Chiefs
Chargers/Colts
NBCSNF8:30 PMBears/Cowboys
Monday, September 26
ESPNMNF8:15 PMFalcons/Saints

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Thursday, September 29
NFLNTNF8:25 PMDolphins/Bengals

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Alabama‘s quest to repeat as national champions begins Sept. 3, and with the No. 1 ranking in hand.

The Crimson Tide were voted atop the AP Poll preseason rankings Sunday, where no team has both started and ended the season since USC in 2004. Coincidentally, the reigning titleholders open their schedule against the Trojans, which landed the No. 20 position.

To nobody’s surprise, Alabama claimed top spot, while Clemson landed right behind at No. 2. For some far less obvious facts, here are a handful of fascinating tidbits from the poll:

Alabama

It’s the ninth straight season that No. 1 Alabama has reached the top spot in the AP Poll at least once, an all-time record. The previous record was held by Miami, which had a seven-year streak from 1986-92. On another note, Alabama will attempt to become the first team since USC in 2004 to both start and end the season with the precious No. 1 tick beside its name.

Clemson

Finished last season at No. 2 after dropping the title game to Alabama, is in the same spot to start the new campaign.

Oklahoma

No. 3 Oklahoma will enter the season with a top-four ranking for the fifth time in the last eight years, but recent, similar experiences haven’t served the Sooners so well. In the four previous years it entered with a top-four ranking, Bob Stoops’ crew ended the season unranked twice, and finished 15th and 16th the other two times.

Stanford

No. 9 Stanford is the only school ranked in the top 10 that didn’t appear on every AP ballot. The Cardinal – the defending Pac-12 champs, the reigning Rose Bowl champs, and the team with the most productive player in college football in Christian McCaffrey - was left off someone’s ballot completely. Fellow top-10 teams Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida StateLSUOhio StateMichiganTennessee, and Notre Dame were each listed on each and every ballot.

Texas

The Longhorns were left out of the top 25 for the third straight year, meaning coach Charlie Strong hasn’t entered any season with a ranked team since arriving at Texas. While they were omitted, in-state rivals TCU,Houston, and Baylor all found spots on the poll. Hey, at least Texas A&M is unranked, too, right?

Florida State/Ole Miss

No. 4 Florida State and No. 11 Ole Miss open the season against one another, making it the highest-ranked matchup of the first week. The only other opening tilt involving a pair of ranked programs comes in the form of No. 3 Oklahoma versus No. 15 Houston.

 

The SEC leads all conferences with five teams in the rankings, three of which secured a spot within the top 10.

 

 

Alabama is No. 1, Clemson is No. 2 and Oklahoma is No. 3; it’s the same order at the top that we’ve seen in the Coaches Poll and the Preseason CBS 128. It’s an impressive consensus No. 1 honor for the Tide, but historically it’s not a great spot for national title chances.

Ohio State made history last year as the first-ever unanimous preseason AP No. 1, but the Buckeyes still caught the same luck of many other top preseason picks. Since 1999, only two teams (Florida State, 1999; USC, 2004) have started the season No. 1 in the polls and gone on to win the national championship.

During the season, the Associated Press asks its voters to choose teams based “on performance, not reputation or preseason speculation.” But since this is the preseason, it’s important to note that this first poll is all speculation.

The release of the preseason AP Top 25 ends speculation season. We now move on to projection, predictions, and finally, performance. Cal and Hawaii will play at the end of this week. In 11 days, we’ll have a full slate of Thursday night football. Can’t wait.

Here’s the full preseason AP Top 25 (first-place votes in parenthesis):

  1. Alabama (33)
  2. Clemson (16)
  3. Oklahoma (4)
  4. Florida State (5)
  5. LSU (1)
  6. Ohio State (1)
  7. Michigan (1)
  8. Stanford
  9. Tennessee
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Ole Miss
  12. Michigan State
  13. TCU
  14. Washington
  15. Houston
  16. UCLA
  17. Iowa
  18. Georgia
  19. Louisville
  20. USC
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. North Carolina
  23. Baylor
  24. Oregon
  25. Florida

Others receiving votes: Miami, Texas A&M, UtahWashington StateBoise StateSan Diego StateWisconsinAuburnPittsburghArkansas, Texas, NebraskaNavy,Northwestern, Western Kentucky, South FloridaToledo

A breakdown by conference:

  • SEC: 6 (four of the top 11)
  • Pac-12: 5
  • ACC: 4 (two of the top four)
  • Big 12: 4
  • Big Ten: 4
  • American: 1
  • Independent: 1

 

 

 

NCAAF on TV – September ’16

 

Thursday, September 1
7:30 PMAppalachian St./TennesseeSECN
7:30 PMIndiana/FIUESPNU
8:00 PMSouth Carolina/VanderbiltESPN
8:00 PMOregon State/MinnesotaBTN
8:00 PMRice/Western KentuckyCBSSN
8:00 PMSouthern Utah/UtahPac-12
8:00 PMWeber State/Utah StateCampus Insiders
10:00 PMJackson State/UNLVCampus Insiders
Friday, September 2
7:00 PMArmy/TempleCBSSN
7:00 PMFurman/Michigan StateBTN
7:30 PMNorthwestern St./BaylorFSN
8:00 PMColorado State/ColoradoESPN
9:00 PMToledo/Arkansas StateESPNU
9:00 PMKansas State/StanfordFS1
Saturday, September 3
7:30 AMGeorgia Tech/Boston CollegeESPN2
from Ireland
12:00 PMOklahoma/HoustonABC
Texas Kickoff
12:00 PMHawaii/MichiganESPN
12:00 PMFordham/NavyCBSSN
12:00 PMW. Michigan/NorthwesternESPNU
12:00 PME. Kentucky/PurdueESPNEWS
12:00 PMSo. Alabama/Mississippi StateSECN
12:00 PMMissouri/West VirginiaFS1
12:00 PMBowling Green/Ohio StateBTN
12:00 PMHoward/MarylandBTN
2:00 PMRutgers/WashingtonPac-12
2:00 PMAbilene Christian/Air ForceCampus Insiders
3:30 PMLSU/WisconsinABC
from Lambeau Field
3:30 PMMiami (OH)/IowaESPNU
3:30 PMUCLA/Texas A&MCBS
3:30 PMTexas State/OhioCBSSN
3:30 PMKent State/Penn StateBTN
3:30 PMMurray State/IllinoisBTN
3:30 PMSE Louisiana St./Oklahoma St.FSN
4:00 PMLouisiana Tech/ArkansasSECN
5:00 PMUC Davis/OregonPac-12
5:30 PMGeorgia/North CarolinaESPN
from Georgia Dome
7:00 PMSan Jose State/TulsaCBSSN
7:30 PMSouthern Miss/KentuckyESPNU
7:30 PMUMass/FloridaSECN
8:00 PMUSC/AlabamaABC
from Cowboys Stadium
8:00 PMFresno State/NebraskaBTN
8:00 PMStephen F. Austin/Texas TechFSN
8:00 PMSouth Dakota St./TCUFSN
8:00 PME. Washington/Wash. St.Pac-12
9:00 PMClemson/AuburnESPN
10:30 PMBYU/ArizonaFS1
10:30 PMNorthern Illinois/WyomingCBSSN
10:45 PMNo. Arizona/Arizona StatePac-12
Sunday, September 4
7:30 PMNotre Dame/TexasABC
Monday, September 5
8:00 PMMississippi/FSUESPN
Friday, September 9
7:30 PMMaryland/FIUCBSSN
8:00 PMLouisville/SyracuseESPN2
Saturday, September 10
12:00 PMPenn State/PittsburghABC or
ESPN
12:00 PMUCF/MichiganABC or
ESPN
12:00 PMWyoming/NebraskaESPN2
12:00 PMN.C. State/ECUESPNU
12:00 PMBall State/IndianaESPNEWS
12:00 PMNicholls State/GeorgiaSECN
12:00 PMPrairie Vw. A&M/Texas A&MSECN Alt.
12:00 PMC. Michigan/Oklahoma St.FS1
12:00 PMCincinnati/PurdueBTN
12:00 PMHoward/RutgersBTN
12:00 PMRice/ArmyCBSSN
2:00 PMUtah State/USCPac-12
2:00 PMGeorgia State/Air ForceCampus Insiders
2:30 PMOhio/KansasFSN
3:30 PMNevada/Notre DameNBC
3:30 PMKentucky/FloridaCBS
3:30 PMUConn/NavyCBSSN
3:30 PMTulsa/Ohio StateABC
3:30 PMWestern Kentucky/AlabamaESPN2
3:30 PMWake Forest/DukeESPNU
3:30 PMSMU/BaylorFS1
3:30 PMAkron/WisconsinBTN
3:30 PMIllinois State/NorthwesternBTN
4:00 PMIndiana State/MinnesotaESPNEWS
4:00 PMWofford/MississippiSECN
4:00 PMMiddle Tenn./VanderbiltSECN Alt.
4:00 PMUTSA/Colorado StateCampus Insiders
5:00 PMIdaho/WashingtonPac-12
7:00 PMSouth Carolina/Miss. St.ESPN or
ESPN2
7:00 PMArkansas/TCUESPN or
ESPN2
7:00 PMUTEP/TexasLonghorn
7:00 PMNorthern Illinois/USFCBSSN
7:30 PMBYU/UtahFOX
7:30 PMIowa State/IowaBTN
7:30 PMNorth Carolina/IllinoisBTN
7:30 PMJacksonville St./LSUESPNU
7:30 PMArkansas State/AuburnSECN
7:30 PME. Michigan/MissouriSECN Alt.
8:00 PMVirginia Tech/TennesseeABC
from Bristol Motor Speedway
10:00 PMTexas Tech/Arizona StateFS1
10:15 PMWash. St./Boise StateESPN2
10:30 PMVirginia/OregonESPN
10:30 PMCal/San Diego StateCBSSN
10:45 PMGrambing State/ArizonaPac-12
Thursday, September 15
7:30 PMHouston/CincinnatiESPN
Friday, September 16
8:00 PMBaylor/RiceESPN
9:00 PMArkansas State/Utah StateCBSSN
9:30 PMArizona State/UTSAESPN2
Saturday, September 17
12:00 PMFSU/LouisvilleABC
12:00 PMNorth Dakota State/IowaESPN or
ESPN2
12:00 PMMiami/Appalachian StateESPN or
ESPN2
12:00 PMKansas/MemphisESPNU
12:00 PMNew Mexico/RutgersESPNEWS
12:00 PMOhio/TennesseeSECN
12:00 PMIowa State/TCUFS1
12:00 PMTemple/Penn StateBTN
12:00 PMGeorgia State/WisconsinBTN
12:00 PMAkron/MarshallCBSSN
2:30 PMFAU/Kansas StateFSN
3:30 PMOregon/NebraskaABC
3:30 PMPittsburgh/Oklahoma StateESPN
3:30 PMBoston College/Va. TechESPNU
3:30 PMW. Michigan/IllinoisESPNEWS
3:30 PMAlabama/MississippiCBS
3:30 PMSan Diego State/N. IllinoisCBSSN
3:30 PMColorado/MichiganBTN
4:00 PMECU/South CarolinaSECN
4:00 PMNew Mexico St./KentuckySECN Alt.
5:00 PMIdaho State/Oregon StatePac-12
7:00 PMMississippi State/LSUESPN or
ESPN2
7:00 PMTexas A&M/AuburnESPN or
ESPN2
7:00 PMMaryland/UCFCBSSN
7:00 PMLouisiana Tech/Texas TechFSN
7:30 PMOhio State/OklahomaFOX
7:30 PMMichigan St./Notre DameNBC
7:30 PMNorth Texas/FloridaESPNU
7:30 PMGeorgia/MissouriSECN
7:30 PMTexas State/ArkansasSECN Alt.
8:00 PMUSC/StanfordABC
8:00 PMDuke/NorthwesternBTN
8:00 PMPortland State/WashingtonPac-12
9:00 PMBuffalo/NevadaCampus Insiders
10:30 PMTexas/CalESPN or
ESPN2
10:30 PMUtah/San Jose StateCBSSN
10:45 PMHawaii/ArizonaPac-12
Thursday, September 22
7:30 PMClemson/Ga. TechESPN
Friday, September 23
7:30 PMWyoming/EMUCBSSN
8:00 PMTCU/SMUESPN
9:00 PMUSC/UtahFS1
Saturday, September 24
12:00 PMSan Jose State/Iowa StateFSN
3:30 PMDuke/Notre DameNBC
3:30 PMTo be announcedCBS
3:30 PMTo be announcedFS1
4:30 PMTulsa/Fresno StateCampus Insiders
7:30 PMTo be announcedFOX
7:30 PMNebraska/NorthwesternBTN
Thursday, September 29
8:00 PMUConn/HoustonESPN
8:30 PMKansas/Texas TechFS1
Friday, September 30
9:00 PMStanford/WashingtonESPN

 

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World Cup of Hockey 2016

 

Sept. 17 – Oct. 1, 2016

Air Canada Centre – Toronto

 

The two-week tournament, featuring more than 150 of the best players in the NHL, will progress from the Preliminary Round to the Semifinals and ultimately the Final. All tournament games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs®

The eight teams are split into two Groups, Group A and Group B, for the Preliminary Round (Sept. 17-22), when each team will play its three Group opponents in a round-robin format. Placed in Group A are Team Canada, Team Czech Republic and Team USA, plus Team Europe, a pan-European roster of players from birth countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden. The four teams in Group B are Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team North America, a selection of the top players from Canada and the United States who are 23 or under as of Oct. 1, 2016.

The Preliminary Round schedule will put the spotlight on two of international hockey’s fiercest rivalries on Tuesday, Sept. 20, when Team Canada and Team USA face off in Group A and Team Finland and Team Sweden meet in Group B.

North American archrivals Canada and the United States have faced off for the top prize in several international finals, including the 1991 Canada Cup, 1996 World Cup of Hockey, 2002 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the 2004 and 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships. The Nordic powers Finland and Sweden have met in the finals of the 1995 and 2011 IIHF World Championships, the 2006 Olympic Winter Games and the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships.

The top two finishers in Group A and Group B will advance to the Semifinals (Sept. 24 25), where the first-place team from each Group will face an elimination game against the second-place team from the other Group. The two Semifinal winners will meet in the Final, a best-of-three series on Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and, if necessary, Oct. 1.

Live coverage of all tournament games will be provided by Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada and ESPN in the United States. A complete broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

 

Rosters

The eight teams competing in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 announced their final roster selections Friday.

The announcements began with Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Czech Republic and Team Sweden early in the day, and concluded with Team Europe, Team USA, Team North America and Team Canada later in the afternoon.

Below are 23-man rosters for the international tournament, which starts Sept. 17:

 

TEAM CANADA

Forwards:

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins; Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings; Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks; Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche; Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks; Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers; Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins; Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars; Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning; John Tavares, New York Islanders; Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks; Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks

Defensemen:

Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks; Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings; Jay Bouwmeester, St. Louis Blues; Jake Muzzin, Los Angeles Kings; Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues; Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks; Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens

Goaltenders:

Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks; Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals; Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

GLENDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 18: Tyler Seguin #91 of the Dallas Stars during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on February 18, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Stars 6-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 

TEAM NORTH AMERICA

Forwards:

Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers; Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning; Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres; Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames; Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings; Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche; Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs; Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers; J.T. Miller, New York Rangers; Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers; Brandon Saad, Columbus Blue Jackets; Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets

Defense:

Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers; Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers; Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets; Ryan Murray, Columbus Blue Jackets; Colton Parayko, St. Louis Blues; Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs; Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets

Goalies:

John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks; Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets; Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 09: Jack Eichel #15 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on April 9, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Sabres defeated the Islanders 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

TEAM USA

Forwards:

Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings; David Backes, Boston Bruins; Brandon Dubinsky, Columbus Blue Jackets; Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks; Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks; T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals; Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens; Kyle Palmieri, New Jersey Devils; Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild; Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks; Derek Stepan, New York Rangers; James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs; Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets

Defensemen:

Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets; John Carlson, Washington Capitals; Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche; Jack Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets; Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers; Matt Niskanen, Washington Capitals; Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild

Goalies:

Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning; Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings; Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils

TAMPA, FL – APRIL 15: Ryan Callahan #24 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the Detroit Red Wings during the first period of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on April 15, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

TEAM EUROPE

Forwards:

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Philadelphia Flyers (France); Mikkel Boedker, Colorado Avalanche (Denmark); Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers (Germany); Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings (Slovakia); Jannik Hansen, Vancouver Canucks (Denmark); Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks (Slovakia); Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings (Slovenia); Nino Niederreiter, Minnesota Wild (Switzerland); Frans Nielsen, Detroit Red Wings (Denmark); Tobias Rieder, Arizona Coyotes (Germany); Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings (Slovakia); Thomas Vanek, Detroit Red Wings (Austria); Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers (Norway)

Defensemen:

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins (Slovakia); Christian Ehrhoff, UFA, (Germany); Roman Josi, Nashville Predators (Switzerland); Dennis Seidenberg, UFA, (Germany); Andrej Sekera, Edmonton Oilers (Slovakia); Luca Sbisa, Vancouver Canucks (Switzerland); Mark Streit, Philadelphia Flyers (Switzerland)

Goalies:

Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs (Denmark); Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders (Germany); Jaroslav Halak, New York Islanders (Slovakia)

TAMPA, FL – APRIL 27: Goalie Thomas Greiss #1 of the New York Islanders tends net against the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game One of the Eastern Conference Second Round in the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on April 27, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

TEAM SWEDEN

Forwards:

Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals; Loui Eriksson, Vancouver Canucks; Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators; Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins; Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh Penguins; Marcus Kruger, Chicago Blackhawks; Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche; Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks; Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks; Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks; Carl Soderberg, Colorado Avalanche; Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings; Rickard Rakell, Anaheim Ducks

Defensemen:

Mattias Ekholm, Nashville Predators; Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes; Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning; Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks; Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators; Hampus Lindholm, Anaheim Ducks; Anton Stralman, Tampa Bay Lightning

Goalies:

Jhonas Enroth, Toronto Maple Leafs; Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers; Jacob Markstrom, Vancouver Canucks

 

 

TEAM RUSSIA

Forwards:

Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks; Evgeny Dadonov, SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL); Pavel Datsyuk, SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL); Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning; Nikolay Kulemin, New York Islanders; Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals; Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins; Vladislav Namestnikov, Tampa Bay Lightning; Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals; Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks; Vadim Shipachyov, SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL); Ivan Telegin, CSKA Moscow (KHL); Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues

Defensemen:

Alexei Emelin, Montreal Canadiens; Dmitry Kulikov, Florida Panthers; Alexey Marchenko, Detroit Red Wings; Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens; Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals; Nikita Zaitsev, Toronto Maple Leafs

Goalies:

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets; Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche; Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

 

 

TEAM CZECH REPUBLIC

Forwards:

Radek Faksa, Dallas Stars; Michael Frolik, Calgary Flames; Martin Hanzal, Arizona Coyotes; Ales Hemsky, Dallas Stars; Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks; Dmitrij Jaskin, St. Louis Blues; David Krejci, Boston Bruins; Milan Michalek, Toronto Maple Leafs; Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning; David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins; Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens; Vladimir Sobotka, Avangard Omsk (KHL); Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers

Defensemen:

Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers; Michal Jordan, Carolina Hurricanes; Michal Kempny, Chicago Blackhawks; Zbynek Michalek, Arizona Coyotes; Jakub Nakladal, Calgary Flames; Roman Polak, San Jose Sharks; Andrej Sustr, Tampa Bay Lightning

Goalies:

Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings; Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers; Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets

 

 

TEAM FINLAND

Forwards:

Sebastian Aho, Karpat (FIN); Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; Joonas Donskoi, San Jose Sharks; Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning; Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild; Erik Haula, Minnesota Wild; Jussi Jokinen, Florida Panthers; Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild; Leo Komarov, Toronto Maple Leafs; Lauri Korpikoski, UFA; Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets; Jori Lehtera, St. Louis Blues; Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago Blackhawks

Defensemen:

Jyrki Jokipakka, Calgary Flames; Sami Lepisto, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL); Esa Lindell, Dallas Stars; Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins; Ville Pokka, Chicago Blackhawks; Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo Sabres; Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks

Goalies:

Mikko Koskinen, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL); Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins; Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

 

 

Schedule

The National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) have announced the schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. From Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, eight teams – Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team North America – will compete in a best-on-best international hockey championship.

 

World Cup of Hockey 2016 Pre-Tournament Games

The cities selected to host pre-tournament games are: Columbus, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC; Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City; Prague; Gothenburg; Helsinki; and Moscow.

Below are the details, subject to change, for the 12-game pre-tournament schedule that will be played from Sept. 8-14.

 

Thursday, September 8
Team Czech Republic vs. Team Russia – VTB Arena; Moscow
12:30pm – ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team Sweden vs. Team Finland – Hartwall Arena; Helsinki
Noon ET/7 p.m. local – ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team Europe vs. Team North America – Videotron Centre; Quebec City
8 p.m. ET – ESPN2, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

 

Friday, September 9
Team Canada vs. Team USA – Nationwide Arena; Columbus
7 p.m. ET – ESPNU, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

 

Saturday, September 10
Team Finland vs. Team Sweden – Scandinavium; Gothenburg
Noon ET/6 p.m. local – ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team Russia vs. Team Czech Republic – O2 Arena; Prague
10:30 a.m. ET/4:30 p.m. local – ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team USA vs. Team Canada – Canadian Tire Centre; Ottawa
7 p.m. ET – ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

 

Sunday, September 11
Team Europe vs. Team North America – Bell Centre; Montreal
6 p.m. ET – ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

 

Tuesday, September 13
Team Finland vs. Team USA – Verizon Center; Washington, DC
7 p.m. ET – ESPN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

 

Wednesday, September 14
Team Czech Republic vs. Team North America – CONSOL Energy Center; Pittsburgh
3:30 p.m. ET – ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team Canada vs. Team Russia – CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh
7:30 p.m. ET – ESPN2, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team Sweden vs. Team Europe – Verizon Center; Washington, DC
7 p.m. ET – ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2

 

2016 World Cup of Hockey Schedule

All Times Eastern (GMT -5)

All Games Played at Air Canada Centre, Toronto

Group A

Team Canada
Team Czech Republic
Team Europe
Team USA

 

Group B

Team Finland
Team North America
Team Russia
Team Sweden

Preliminary Round (round robin) (away team listed first)

All games at Air Canada Centre, Toronto

 

Saturday, Sept. 17

Team USA vs. Team Europe, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2

Team Czech Republic vs. Team Canada, 8 p.m., ESPNEWS

 

Sunday, Sept. 18

Team Sweden vs. Team Russia, 3 p.m., ESPN

Team North America vs. Team Finland, 8 p.m., ESPN2

 

Monday, Sept. 19

Team Europe vs. Team Czech Republic, 3 p.m., ESPN

Team Russia vs. Team North America, 8 p.m., ESPN2

 

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Team Finland vs. Team Sweden, 3 p.m., ESPN

Team Canada vs. Team USA, 8 p.m., ESPN

 

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Team North America vs. Team Sweden, 3 p.m., ESPN

Team Europe vs. Team Canada, 8 p.m., ESPN2

 

Thursday, Sept. 22

Team Finland vs. Team Russia, 3 p.m., ESPN

Team USA vs. Team Czech Republic, 8 p.m., ESPN2

Semifinals (single elimination; A1 vs. B2, B1 vs. A2)

 

Saturday, Sept. 24

Semifinal 1, 7 p.m., ESPN2

 

Sunday, Sept. 25

Semifinal 2, 1 p.m., ESPN

Final (best-of-three)

 

Tuesday, Sept. 27

Final Game 1, 8 p.m.,ESPN

 

Thursday, Sept. 29

Final Game 2, 8 p.m., ESPN2

 

Saturday, Oct. 1

Final Game 3, 7 p.m. (if necessary), ESPN2

 

 LINKS:

 

NHL.com

Wiki Page

SB Nation

 

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US OPEN

 

New York City becomes the world capital of tennis in late August and into September with the action centering around Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens.

This year, the US Tennis Open kicks off on August 31 leading up to the men’s final on Sunday, September 13th as the mens’ final returns to its original Sunday time slot.

International stars such as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, and defending men’s champ Marin Cilic will be on hand to dazzle the crowds as tennis fever hits the Big Apple during the two-week event.

New this year, switch your channel in the US for live TV coverage — from traditional coverage on CBS — to the US Tennis Open’s new home on ESPN.

ESPN begins its first year as the exclusive U.S. Open TV partner with coverage of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on August 30 (1 PM ET, ESPN2). Weekday coverage airs from 1-11 PM ET during the first week of the tournament, with ESPN airing the daytime window (1-6 PM) and primetime coverage mostly on ESPN2 (6-11 PM).

ESPN2 will air coverage from 11 AM-11 PM on each day of Labor Day weekend, meaning the network will carry zero college football games on the first Saturday of the season. ESPN has the women’s semifinals in primetime on September 10 (7-11 PM) and eight hours of men’s semifinal coverage the following day (3-11 PM).

One of the biggest changes to the schedule is that the women’s final will air on a Saturday afternoon for the first time in 15 years. ESPN will air coverage at 3 PM ET, with college football as a lead-in. The men’s final returns to its Sunday afternoon slot for the first time since 2007, airing from 4-7 PM ET on ESPN.

 

 

2015 U.S. Open Schedule on ESPN Family of Networks

Subject to change; all times ET

 

StartEndRoundNet
Sunday, August 30
1:00 PM2:00 PMArthur Ashe Kids’ DayESPN2
Monday, August 31
1:00 PM6:00 PMFirst RoundESPN
6:00 PM11:00 PMFirst RoundESPN2
Tuesday, September 1
1:00 PM11:00 PMFirst RoundESPN
Wednesday, September 2
1:00 PM6:00 PMSecond RoundESPN
6:00 PM11:00 PMSecond RoundESPN2
Thursday, September 3
1:00 PM5:00 PMSecond RoundESPN
5:00 PM11:00 PMSecond RoundESPN2
Friday, September 4
1:00 PM6:00 PMThird RoundESPN
6:00 PM11:00 PMThird RoundESPN2
Saturday, September 5
11:00 AM11:00 PMThird RoundESPN2
Sunday, September 6
11:00 AM11:00 PMRound of 16ESPN2
Monday, September 7 (Labor Day)
11:00 AM11:00 PMRound of 16ESPN2
Tuesday, September 8
12:00 PM11:00 PMQuarterfinalsESPN
Wednesday, September 9
11:00 AM6:00 PMQuarterfinalsESPN
8:00 PM11:00 PMMen’s QuarterfinalESPN2
Thursday, September 10
7:00 PM11:00 PMWomen’s SemifinalsESPN
Friday, September 11
3:00 PM11:00 PMMen’s SemifinalsESPN
Saturday, September 12
3:00 PM6:00 PMWomen’s FinalESPN
Sunday, September 13
4:00 PM7:00 PMMen’s FinalESPN

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

BOJANGLES’ SOUTHERN 500

SUNDAY, SEP. 04 / 6:00 PM ET
DARLINGTON RACEWAY

 

Track Detail
Preview

 

FEDERATED AUTO PARTS 400

SATURDAY, SEP. 10 / 7:30 PM ET
RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY


Track Detail
Preview

 

 

 

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 400

SUNDAY, SEP. 18 / 2:30 PM ET
CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

 

Track Detail
Preview

 

NEW ENGLAND 300

SUNDAY, SEP. 25 / 2:00 PM ET
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 

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

 

 

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

 

Sept. 1-4

European Tour: Omega European Masters

http://www.omegaeuropeanmasters.com/en/

Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club

Crans Montana, Switzerland

 

Sept. 2-5 (Monday finish)

PGA Tour: Deutsche Bank Championship

http://www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org/events/championship/home/

TPC Boston

Norton, Mass.

 

Sept. 2-4

LPGA Tour: Manulife LPGA Classic

http://www.manulifeclassic.ca/

Cambridge, Ontario

 

Sept. 2-4

Champions Tour: Shaw Charity Classic

http://shawcharityclassic.com/

Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club

Calgary, Canada

 

Sept. 8-11

PGA Tour: BMW Championship

http://www.bmwchampionshipusa.com/en/index.html

Crooked Stick Golf Club

Carmel, Ind.

 

Sept. 8-11

European Tour: KLM Open

http://www.golf.nl/klm-open

The Dutch

Spijk, The Netherlands

 

Sept. 15-18

European Tour: Italian Open

http://www.openditaliagolf.eu/

Golf Club Milano

Parco Reale di Monza, Italy

 

Sept. 15-18

LPGA Tour: Evian Championship

https://www.evianchampionship.com/en/

Evian Les Bains, France

 

Sept. 16-18

Champions Tour: Nature Valley First Tee Open

http://www.thefirstteeopen.com/

Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course

Pebble Beach, Calif.

 

Sept. 22-25

PGA Tour: Tour Championship

http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/tour-championship-by-coca-cola.html

East Lake Golf Club

Atlanta, Ga.

 

Sept. 22-25

European Tour: Porsche European Open

http://www.europeanopen.com/

Golf Resort Bad Griesbach

Bad Griesbach, Germany

 

Sept. 23-25

Champions Tour: Pacific Links China Championship

http://www.pacificlinkschinachamps.com/

27 Club

Tianjin, China

 

Sept. 26-27

Junior Ryder Cup

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

Interlachen Country Club

Edina, Minn.

 

Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Ryder Cup

http://www.rydercup.com/

Hazeltine National Golf Club

Chaska, Minn.

 

 

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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

 

 

August 29 – September 11, 2016

US Open (Men & Women) Flushing Meadow, New York, U.S.A.

September 6 – 11, 2016

Dalian Women’s Tennis Open (Women) Dalian, China

September 12 – 18, 2016

Coupe Banque Nationale (Women) Quebec City, Canada

Japan Women’s Open Tennis (Women) Osaka, Japan

September 16 – 18, 2016

Davis Cup Semifinals and World Group Play-offs (Men)

September 19 – 25, 2016

Guangzhou International Women’s Open (Women) Guangzhou, China

Korea Open Tennis (Women) Seoul, Korea

Toray Pan Pacific Open (Women) Tokyo, Japan

Moselle Open (Men) Metz, France

St. Petersburg Open (Men) St. Petersburg, Russia

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

 

 

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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.

 

FANFOOD TOP 10 BBQ Sites

  1. amazingribs.com
  2. bbq.about.com
  3. thesmokering.com
  4. smokingmeatforums.com
  5. live.charbroil.com
  6. patiodaddiobbq.com
  7. outdoorcookingmagic.com
  8. grilling.com
  9. livefireonline.com
  10. weber.com/weber-nation

 

Labor Day BBQ Links

 

allrecipes – Labor Day

food network – Labor Day

saveur – Labor Day barbeque

about.com – Labor Day

delish – Labor Day recipes

cooking light – grilling recipes 

thenest.com – Labor Day Grilling ideas

serious eats – Labor Day menus

fine cooking – Labor Day recipes

better homes and gardens – Summer Holiday recipes

pinterest- Labor Day

grilling.com – blog

 

 

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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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