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

Posted by: Michael Rand 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.

Wednesday (The Carmelo/KG non-fight/non-story) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: January 9, 2013 - 8:39 AM

We have reached our saturation point. There is too much of a need for "talkers" in the midst of a relentless 24/7 news, up-to-the-second news cycle. It's not even a cycle anymore, in fact -- just a churning glob that keeps turning over onto itself, adding layers. There are too many reports. There are far too many "sources close to the situation."

For example: This "story" about a "rift" between Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony, which came out after the two had words during and after Monday night's game. Combine two large speculative media markets, two big stars and a lot of "sources," and here's what you get from ESPN:

Carmelo Anthony sought out Kevin Garnett after the Knicks-Celtics game Monday to have "a one-on-one conversation with him" about words Garnett used toward Anthony during the fourth quarter of New York's loss, the Knicks forward said on Tuesday. Anthony said Tuesday that his goal was to "talk it out like two grown men." The two were called for technical fouls for jawing with one another in the closing minutes of the game.

OK, so what we have here is a failure to communicate. But go on.

Two sources with knowledge of the incident said that Anthony, after angrily walking off the floor and through the visiting team's tunnel, went outside the Celtics' locker room screaming, presumably for Garnett. He then approached Garnett at the Celtics team bus but Madison Square Garden security, New York City police officers, team security and even Knicks coach Mike Woodson intervened before the incident could escalate.

Escalate into what? They're not going to fight each other. Maybe the two sources with knowledge of the situation thought they were going to bare-knuckle box? They were NEVER GOING TO FIGHT no matter what TMZ thinks.

"I wanted to talk to KG," Anthony said after practice Tuesday. "I think it was something that we both needed to get off our chests and see what really was the problem. It wasn't no altercations, it was just some words and [a] conversation that we needed to have." A league source said the conversation between Anthony and Garnett actually took place over the phone following the bus incident, and the two players have since cleared the air.

OK, terrific. The guys had words on the court in the heat of a game then talked it out afterwards and are cool. THIS PROBABLY HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.

Garnett and Anthony first got tangled up in the fourth quarter and both were whistled for a technical foul after jawing with one another near midcourt. Anthony was upset over something Garnett said to him. "It's certain things that you just don't say to men, another man," Anthony said. "I felt that he crossed the line. Like I said, we're both at an understanding right now, we handled it the way we handled it. Nobody needs to know what was said behind closed doors. So that situation is handled."

Exactly. Don't know. Don't care. All good.

It is unclear whether either Anthony or Garnett will be suspended in light of the incident. Said Anthony: "Nothing happened for me to be suspended," adding, "I just wanted to know what was being said, where was all that coming from. Whatever was being said on the basketball court, where was it coming from?"

Suspension? The 1980s NBA laughs at this, sources close to the situation say.


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