What 2 Watch (Nov. 11-13)

As November goes into the second weekend there is plenty to watch in terms of sports this weekend. With Canadian Football beginning to wind down there will be plenty of playoffs this weekend. The CIS will see their conferences finish the playoffs with the Hardy Cup and the Yates Cup broadcast on TV. Meanwhile the CFL will begin their playoffs with the semi-finals of both conferences taking place this weekend. Meanwhile the NCAA will enter the end of their season as all teams looking to make their run at the National Championship or a BCS Bowl. The NFL is through their first half of the season and teams begin to know where they stand in the playoff picture and will begin to position themselves. Meanwhile Hockey is in full swing with both the CHL and NHL fully underway. The NHL will see the battle of Ontario this Saturday with Ottawa taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs ion hockey night to Canada. The Friday Night Hockey segment on Sportsnet will kick off this Friday as the St. Michael’s Mississauga Majors will take on divisional rivals the Barrie Colts. The UFC will take a big step this weekend as they debut on network TV with UFC on Fox. There is also racing this weekend with both the F1 and NASCAR Sprint Cup racing their second last races of the year. With all of this going on the PGA Tour will step in with the Australian Open as golfers get some needed practice before the President’s Trophy next weekend. This weekend is full of great sports with some great games and Here it is all sorted out for you so get comfortable and warm and settle in to see some great sports.

 

CHL Hockey: Barrie Colts vs. Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors

 

 

 

 

Friday Night Hockey Starts this week on Sportsnet featuring two OHL teams looking to get back on track. The newly branded Sportsnet will take a big step in hosting weekly games in the CHL as they begin to take ownership of the CHL. This will be a weekly feature on Sportsnet throughout the hockey season as they will show a different CHL game every week leading up to the Memorial Cup. Meanwhile the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors will take on the Barrie Colts in the first of these weekly games. The Majors will be looking to remain atop the Central Division and recover from a three game losing streak. The Colts will be looking to take out their division rivals by snapping their own two game losing streak. In their first game this season the Majors made a two goal comeback to beat the Colts in Barrie 4-3 and the Colts will be looking for revenge this week.

 

When: Friday November 11th

Time: 7:00 pm

Channel: Sportsnet

 

CIS Football: 77th Hardy Trophy (CanWest Finals)

 

 

 

 

 

The CanWest conference will finish their season as the Calgary Dinos take on the UBC Thunderbirds for the 77th Hardy Trophy. The Calgary Dinos finished in first place for the regular season and are among the top teams in the country. They will take on the UBC Thunderbirds who surprised everyone with their great season finishing second place in the CanWest. The Dinos went almost undefeated on the season with the only loss coming in the last week against the Thunderbirds. The T-Birds will look to repeat this performance and win their 16th Hardy Trophy. Meanwhile Calgary will try to take home their fourth straight Hardy Trophy and continue their dominance in the CanWest. There is more at stake of course as the winner of this matchup will move on to the Mitchell Bowl and face the winner of the Dunsmore Cup in the RSEQ conference. This will put them one step closer to the Vanier Cup as Calgary looks to enter the Vanier for the third straight year and UBC looks to get into their 6th Vanier.

 

When: Friday November 10th

Time: 8:00 pm

Channel: TSN

 

PGA Golf: Emirates Australian Open

 

 

 

 

 

 

The PGA Tour will head to Australia as the Golfers get one tournament to practice for the President’s Cup. Not considered one of the top-tier tournaments the Australian Open gives fans a chance to see some of their favorite golfers. This tournament is also the largest tournament that many golfers have had before the President’s Cup. While the President’s Cup is next week many of the golfers have travelled to Australia early, the Cup will be in Australia, to get some practice rounds in. It will not only be a practice but a showcase for Tiger Woods who last played in October at the Fris.com Open. Woods will try to show that he has recovered from his terrible fall from grace that saw him lose every major he entered and lose by a lot. Tiger Woods will try to win the tournament to show that he deserves a spot on Team USA for the President’s Cup while also getting some much-needed rounds in. With the final rounds happening this weekend the Australian Open will be in focus with President’s Cup looming.

 

When: Friday November 11th/Saturday November 12th

Time: 10:00 pm/9:00 pm

Channel: The Score

 

NCAA Football: #12 Penn State Nittany Lions vs. #19 Nebraska Cornhuskers

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been a terrible week for Penn State who saw their football program go from one of the most respected to the most hated in an instant. Early in the week a secret was revealed as assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of molesting a 10-year old boy. The accusation proved to be true as it was reported years ago to head coach Joe Patterno who reported it to Penn State President Graham Spanier. The act was not reported to the authorities and nothing was done. When the story broke this week Penn State was thrown into a whirlwind that saw Sandusky and Graham charged with child molestation charges and criminal negligence. It also saw their longtime head coach and the winningest coach in NCAA Football finally have his career ended after over 60 years as the face of the Nittany Lions. This game will be the first in over 60 years where the Lions do not have their beloved coach in the booth or on the sidelines and it will be an adjustment. The Lions will try to recover from the scandal and continue to move up the rankings without JoePa against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

 

When: Saturday November 12th

Time: 12:00 pm

Channel: TSN2

 

CIS Football: 104th Yates Cup (OUA Finals)

 

 

 

 

 

The oldest football trophy in North America will be up for grabs for the 104th time as two OUA teams face off for the Yates Cup. The top two teams in the OUA at the end of the season will face off for the 104th Yates Cup and their chance to play in the Vanier Cup Playoffs. The Western Mustangs and McMaster Marauders will face off in London for this classic part of the CIS playoffs. The Mustangs will make their 4th straight appearance in the Yates Cup as they look to repeat as champions. The Marauders will be looking to win their first Yates Cup since the 2003 season. The Mustangs are in very familiar position as they will look to win their leading 30th Yates Cup while the Marauders will be looking for their 5th. Both Teams were ranked at the end of the season with the Mustangs considered one of the best teams in the CIS and will look to prove it. The winner of this game will also enter the Vanier Cup playoffs as they will take on the winner of the Loney bowl in the AUS in the Uteck Bowl for a shot at the Vanier Cup.

 

When: Saturday November 12th

Time: 1:00 pm

Channel: The Score

 

Hockey Night in Canada: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators

 

 

 

 

 

The Battle of Ontario will move into the Saturday night spot as Ottawa and Toronto will face off for the second time this season. The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to get back on track against the Senators after a strong start. The Leafs have not played very well lately and will be looking to get back to their winning ways against the provincial rivals. The Sens will be travelling a lot as they will be in Buffalo Friday and will play the Leafs the next day. This won’t be a problem for them as a rivalry game is never hard to get up for. The Sens will be looking to take their young team to Toronto and get back to their winning ways that saw them win 6 games in a row at the end of October. Both of these teams do not like each other as they represent a big rivalry between the two cities in Ontario. The Capital of Canada and the Capital of Ontario will face off again with Ottawa taking the first game earlier in October and the Leafs hoping they can even it up.

 

When: Saturday November 12th

Time: 7:00 pm

Channel: CBC

 

UFC on FOX: Velasquez vs .Dos Santos

 

 

 

 

 

 

The UFC will make their debut on Network TV as they begin their deal with Fox that will feature as big heavyweight bout. The only fight on the night that will be shown in on TV will be a big matchup between two heavyweights that will try to make sure the fight does not go five round. Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos will face off in possibly the biggest fight in UFC history for the Heavyweight Title. Velasquez is the current title holder and will be representing his Mexican Heritage the son of a Mexican immigrant. Meanwhile dos Santos will be representing the hopes of the Brazilians who hope they can add to their great history of fighters with another title holder. The fight should be good and will represent the next level for the UFC as they look at this promotion to be their entrance into the main stream sports world. Meanwhile online the prelims will feature a furious paced fight between Clay Guida and Ben Henderson who will be fighting for a chance to fight for the lightweight title. UFC on Fox is the next step for the leader in MMA and they will put on an exciting fight between two big heavyweights for the heavyweight title.

 

When: Saturday November 12th

Time: 6:00 pm (Prelims)/9:00 pm

Channel: Facebook (foxsports.com)/Sportsnet (Fox Sports)

 

Formula 1: Abu Dahbi Grand Prix

 

 

 

 

Formula 1 will once again return to the land of excess and race in Abu Dhabi under the shadow of Ferrari World. The big red building right beside the track is a Ferrari theme park equipped with one of the fastest roller coasters in the world. This is the scene as the drivers and teams, including Ferrari, will begin to wind down their season in Abu Dhabi. Sebastian Vettel has already taken the Drivers title this year and has powered the Red Bull Racing team to the constructer’s championship. In this second last race of the season he will be trying to move towards another accomplishment. Vettel will look to get his 12th win of the season in Abu Dhabi which will put him one win away from the record which he could get in Brazil in the final race of the season. Vettel could match Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in a season but will need to win this weekend if he hopes to have a chance at the record. He will also be looking to earn his 14th pole position which will be another record in Formula 1.

 

When: Sunday November 13th

Time: 8:00 am

Channel: TSN

 

CFL East Semi-Finals: Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Montreal Alouettes

 

 

 

 

The CFL playoffs will start this weekend as the Eastern Semi-Finals will take place after the long 19 week season. Montreal will host yet another playoff game in The Big O but this time they will be hosting the Conference semi-final rather than the Eastern Championship. Montreal has shown their wear and tear after battling with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the top spot and losing out. They will look to overcome a poor end to the season and begin a run at their third straight Grey Cup. They will be taking on a team that has not enjoyed playing them as the Hamilton Tiger Cats will look to finally get over the hump known as the Alouettes. The Ti-Cats have not been able to overcome the Alouettes as they always stand in the way of a playoff win or a top spot in the East. The Ti-Cats finished the season with an 8-10 record but there are rumblings of a possible upset with the Alouettes looking very beatable at the end of the year. The teams will be playing for a chance to travel to Winnipeg and take on the Blue Bombers in the Eastern Finals and take one step closer to the 99th Grey Cup.

 

When: Sunday November 13th

Time: 1:00 pm

Channel: TSN

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kobalt Tools 500

 

 

 

The Sprint Cup looks to be a race to the finish with only two races left and a very close race with two drivers at the top. Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart are the top two drivers in the Chase right now with Edwards failing to win races and Stewart winning most races. Stewart started off the Chase with a number of wins but dropped off. Stewart has made a comeback lately winning the last two races to move into second place right behind Edwards. Edwards will need to win a race soon or hope that Stewart has a bad end to the Chase. Meanwhile Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth are looking to make their own push for the Sprint Cup and with only two races left they will need to make an impact. With so much on the line in the last two races the Kobalt Tools 500 will be a big race as Stewart looks to take over the top spot.

 

When: Sunday November 13th

Time: 3:00 pm

Channel: TSN2

 

CFL West Semi-Finals: Calgary Stampeders vs. Edmonton Eskimos

 

 

 

 

The West has been wild with all three playoff teams tied with only tiebreakers separating them and making the BC Lions the top team. As the Lions wait to play in the West Finals the Battle of Alberta will get under way in the playoffs. The Edmonton Eskimos barely edged out the Calgary Stampeders to host the Semi-Final game. The Eskies were on a tear at the beginning of the season winning their first five games but have struggled in the middle of the season with a number of injuries. The Stamps have had issues all season with their offence and replacing their running back and quaterback through the season has helped them to solve their issues. With Drew Tate under centre the Stamps have gone 3-0 at the end of the season and they will be looking to continue this success into the playoffs. Both teams will be playing for their chance to travel to BC, the home of the Grey cup, to take on the BC Lions in the Western finals as they take a step towards the Grey Cup in Vancouver.

 

When: Sunday November 13th

Time: 4:30 pm

Channel: TSN

 

NFL Football: New York Jets vs. New England Patriots

 

 

 

 

 

 

This matchup has become a favorite every time they face off and this week it will mean more than their first meaning this year. The Jets and Patriots are two polar opposites in terms of attitudes with the Pats very much business like and the Jets brash and in your face. They will face off again in the much-anticipated AFC East matchup that could have big playoff implications. With the Buffalo Bills playing so well up until now the AFC East title may be a three-way race and any win over a division opponent can give any team an edge. With the Patriots offence disguising their terrible defence the Pats have been able to string together wins but as the weather changes and defences become more stingy it could be their downfall. The Jets are beginning to look like true contenders after a slow start and could make their run starting this week with a win over their division rivals. Whoever wins this game could have a good shot at making the playoffs this year as the NFL enters the end of their season and begins to find out the playoff picture.

 

When: Sunday November 13th

Time: 8:20 pm

Channel: NBC/TSN

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