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The Weekend Lowdown with Jon Marthaler: What to watch this weekend

Posted by: Michael Rand under Basketball on TV, Super Bowl Updated: February 1, 2014 - 8:47 AM

What to watch this weekend

Okay, you and I both know that we're watching the Super Bowl tomorrow. We just are. It's the secular Christmas / Thanksgiving, a time to spend with people you like and eat far, far too much awesome food.

So, let's review a few things:

  • The game's on FOX.
  • It begins at 5:30, but the FOX pregame show starts at 1pm.
  • You can also watch pregame coverage beginning at 9am on Fox Sports 1, but if you do this - like plan it out and plop down in front of the TV more than eight hours before the game begins - please get professional help.

What else to watch this weekend

5:30pm today: #17 Duke at #2 Syracuse (ESPN). Every March, I get excited about March Madness because, hey, basketball all day! I may not be too smart, though, because by my count there are 32 - 32! - men's college basketball games on today. Anyway, you can watch all 32, or you can watch undefeated Syracuse try to beat their new conference rivals, and call that the best of the day. It's up to you.

2pm Sunday: Phoenix Open (CBS). Let's be honest, you do not want to watch the Super Bowl pregame show. You kind of think you do, then you remember how unbelievably boring it was last year, and the year before that, and every year stretching back until the dawn of time. So, heck, Bubba Watson started the week 64-66 in Phoenix; let's hope he comes to the famed 16th on Sunday with the lead and, I don't know, tries to roll a driver through the cacti and all the way to the green, just to entertain the crowd.

DO NOT WATCH THIS GAME: 11:30am Sunday, Red Wings at Capitals, NBC. Here's the thing: whoever sets NBC's marquee Sunday afternoon NHL matchups thinks you're stupid. They think what you really want is endless matchups between Boston, Chicago, Washington, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and the New York Rangers. No Canadian teams. No teams west of St. Louis.

So, you know what? Forget them. If they want to show this matchup of two terrible Eastern teams, then all we can do is ignore them. I hope nobody watches. I hope this game loses to the Golf Channel in the ratings.

What to read this weekend

Friend of the blog Rocket sends along the following: Nobody cares that you don't care about the Super Bowl. It's true; if you're not watching tomorrow's game, just remember that absolutely nobody cares.

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