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Sunday Funday with Jon Marthaler: What to watch today

Posted by: Michael Rand under Vikings, Soccer Updated: December 8, 2013 - 9:44 AM

It's a long, snowy Sunday ahead. Here's what to watch today.

9:55am: Arsenal vs Everton (NBC Sports Network): College football is into the only-semi-entertaining bowl season, the NHL and NBA playoffs are months away, the Vikings are terrible, and the NFL can only fill so much of your time. Either you can become a college basketball nut, or: the Premier League.

One of the best criticisms of English soccer over the past few years has been the top-heavy nature of the league. So far this year, though, that hasn't been true; Arsenal, famously low-spending, can go seven points clear at the top of the standings with a win today - and if they do win, Manchester United, with all of their piles of cash, will be closer to last place than first place.

The oil gazillionaires at Manchester City and Chelsea are still doing well, so it's not completely topsy-turvy yet in England. But Liverpool is in second place, and Everton can get to a tie for second with a win today, and Tottenham and Newcastle aren't far back; it's an actual race this year.

Anyway, it's either that or diving headlong into the random number generator that is the college basketball season. Or talking to your family, I guess.

1:00pm: World Cup Skiing (NBC): It's the Olympics this year. Get in the mood with the World Cup men's downhill, from Beaver Creek, Colorado -- the only American stop on the circuit all year.

3:25pm: Seattle at San Francisco (FOX): It's a divisional rivalry, with the Niners needing a win to stay ahead of the Wild Card pack, and Seattle just a couple of victories away from clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs - a big deal, given the noise in Seattle. Also, it's the perfect football lead-in to...

7:20pm: Carolina at New Orleans (NBC): One of these teams will win the NFC South, and clinch a first-round bye in the process. The other will have to play an extra playoff game. This game could be the difference in deciding which is which.

And by the time that's all over, you'll be feeling ready to take on the week. That's the power of Sunday Funday.

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