images-3images-4In all honesty, there are very few must-see events on the sporting calendar for this weekend.  There is only one match-up of ranked college football teams this Saturday (Nebraska visiting Virginia Tech), and most of baseball’s pennant races have been stripped of any real drama as all the division leaders (save the Detroit Tigers) hold substantial leads heading into this weekend’s action.  However, true sports fan will find any excuse to plop themselves in front of the television on a fall afternoon, so we’re here to let you know what exactly the sports fan in your life will be complaining about missing when you insist on having a picnic in the park.

  1. The New England Patriots will be traveling down I-95 to face the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon at 1.  The game will feature GQ model and recently-minted New York Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez (the one not holding a goat) and one Thomas Edward Brady Jr. (this is the last time we will be referring to him by his full name), who also has been featured in the pages of a certain men’s lifestyle rag (pictures above. Btw, GQ has a thing for NFL quarterbacks.  Check out Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell looking all pimped out in a full length fur coat in front of a jet and Cleveland’s Brady Quinn trying to channel James Dean, but looking more like The Fonz, minus the leather jacket.)  Anyway, since both Brady and Sanchez will be wearing helmets, shoulder pads, and a lot more clothing on Sunday, some of you may not want to spend your Sunday afternoon watching their teams go at it.  But your sports fan will.
  2. Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators will be taking on the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday afternoon on CBS.  Normally, a match-up between the defending national champions (Florida) and a team that finished with a losing record last year (Tennessee) would not be much of a draw to the average sports fan.  But Tennessee’s new coach, Lane Kiffin, has spent the last several months talking smack about Florida, and Gators coach Urban Meyer has a long memory and keen ear for insults.  Tennessee is on ass-kicking alert.
  3. Lastly, the Dallas Cowboys will open their monstrous new stadium Sunday night against the New York Giants on NBC. Everybody knows at least one Cowboys fan, so expect said person to be indisposed starting at 8 p.m.

Okay, that’s it for this week.  Follow us on twitter at acasualfan for updates throughout the weekend, where we’ll tell you what to say in case you get caught talking to a college football fan on Saturday night.  See ya Monday.