MLB-RED-SOX-YANKEESIn 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 (Miami visiting Virginia Tech at 3:30 on ABC), and most of baseball’s pennant races have been stripped of any real drama as all the division leaders (again, save the Detroit Tigers) still hold substantial leads heading into this weekend’s action.  But this is football season, when true sports fans will find any excuse to plop themselves in front of the television, so we’re here to let you know what exactly the sports fan in your life will be doing while you’re out and about.

  1. Starting tonight and continuing all weekend, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will be starting an absolutely meaningless three game series in the Bronx. We say that this match-up is meaningless because the Yankees have already qualified for the playoffs and the Red Sox will in all likelihood do so later this week. Although television executives at Fox and ESPN will probably hype the series as a playoff preview, these two teams will not square off in the first round of the postseason, and there is no guarantee that either will advance to the American League Championship Series. We stress that if you want to make plans with your sports fan this weekend, do so on Saturday, because this series does not qualify as an excuse to miss a couples shower or a planned brunch.
  2. Sunday belongs to the NFL and there are several key match-ups that will dominate the sports fan’s attention, starting with the probable return of everybody’s favorite ASPCA spokesman Michael Vick.  Fresh off serving 19 months in prison, the Philadelphia Eagle was grounded by league commissioner Roger Goodell for an additional two weeks for reasons that made sense to no one. But now Vick is off punishment and expected to play against the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.  Also on the docket, Atlanta will travel to New England in what should be the best contest on the slate, the Bengals will play the Steelers in a match-up of AFC North rivals, and the struggling Tennessee Titans will face the resurgent New York Jets in New Jersey.  Make solo plans, ladies.  Your man will be indisposed.
  3. Lastly, in college football, we’re putting Iowa on ass-kicking alert as it travels to Happy Valley, Pa., to face Penn State.  The Hawkeyes were the only team to beat Penn State last season, and the Nittany Lions have probably had this game circled on their schedule since that upset.  The game starts at 8 on ABC, but the competitive portion of it should be over by 8:45, so no need to adjust your Saturday night plans.

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.  Also, click here to see how to become a fan of ours on Facebook or to find out how to send us an e-mail (we love feedback).  Have a great weekend.  See ya Monday.