You might not know this, but there’s a certain event coming up on Sunday evening that’s getting a lot of hype, and is expected to collect some of the highest television ratings of the year. I’m talking, of course, about the latest episode of Food Network’s show Worst Cooks in America.

There’s also some kind of football game, I guess.

Friday, January 30

International Bowl – USA versus Canada, 7:30 PM EST on ESPN3

This one has some significance for Syracuse fans because on the roster for this U18 game, played at Jerry World in Arlington, is our favorite 2016 football recruit Robert Washington. If you’ve got access to ESPN3, you can tune in and check out the kid we all hope will be toting the rock for Syracuse starting in the 2016 season…hopefully with a certain legendary number on his back.

NBA – Portland Trail Blazers versus Atlanta Hawks, 7:30 PM EST on CSN-Northwest/Turner Sports South

Honestly, the NBA isn’t doing itself any favors by burying this on a couple channels that’re going to be impossible for people to find, if they even have them to begin with. CSN is Comcast SportsNet, and Turner South is, well, Turner Sports South. If you have either, you should give this game a look because it might wind up being the best NBA game of the weekend.

The Hawks, as you’ve probably heard, are having a strong season. You just probably didn’t realize¬†how¬†strong. In their last 33 games, they’re an absurd 31-2, and tonight they’re taking on a good Portland team featuring a pissed off Damian Lillard, who was snubbed not once, but twice for the All-Star game. Somehow, Lillard was left off the original roster, and then when Kobe went down to injury, and people thought Lillard was the natural choice to replace him, the nod went instead to Boogie Cousins. This could be a game where Lillard goes off for 50.

Saturday, January 31

NCAA – No. 4 Duke at No. 2 Virginia, 7:00 PM EST on ESPN

The biggest men’s basketball game of the weekend will be taking place on the campus of the University of Virginia this weekend, as the Cavaliers put their undefeated record on the line against the Blue Devils. Duke is still riding high after earning the 1000th career win for Coach K, but this week with the dismissal of Rasheed Sulaimon from the team. Sulaimon wasn’t having a particularly big impact this season, with his scoring average down to just 7.5 points as he’s been pushed out of the starting lineup. Still, it’s not often that you see a Coach K squad facing potential disarray, which could give the Cavs even more of an advantage on Saturday night.

NCAA – No. 12 Wichita State at No. 18 Northern Iowa, 4:00 PM EST on ESPN2

Let’s get this out of the way first: you didn’t even know that Northern Iowa was ranked, did you? This should be one of the better under the radar games this weekend, and could give you an edge when it comes to filling out your March Madness bracket, since it’ll give you a good look at two teams that rarely get on national TV, and that could potentially throw a big wrench into the proceedings when it comes to tournament time.

Keep an eye on Northern Iowa’s Seth Tuttle, a 6-foot-8 senior averaging 15.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists while shooting 40% from long range. He’s a guy who could become a household name if the 19-2 Panthers make a run in March.

Sunday, February 1

Food Competition – Worst Cooks in America, 10:00 PM EST on Food Network

What, you thought I was kidding? Get ready to watch laughably bad cooks serve up below average dishes to special guest star…Ginger Zee?

Who the hell is Ginger Zee?

Super Bowl XLIX – New England Patriots versus Seattle Seahawks, 6:30 PM on NBC

Or I guess you could watch this instead. Just be warned: as of today, there are no plans for Ginger Zee to be there.


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