What 2 Watch (Dec. 9-11)

The Sports world is beginning to enter the winter freeze with less game and less leagues playing before the new year. The weekend will see few games and events but they will be some key events as some leagues begin to wind down and others enter a midway point. Football is beginning to wind down with the NCAA entering their last game of the season and the NFL in the thick of a playoff race. The NCAA will hold their traditional Army-Navy Game this weekend for the 112th time as the last game in the season before the Bowl Season. The NCAA will also see their top awards handed out as all of the awards will be handed out on Saturday and the main award, the Heisman Trophy, will be handed out as a tight race will finally be over. The NFL will feature a very important game on Sunday night that could go a long way to finding out who will win the NFC East. Meanwhile as football winds down hockey starts entering their midway point with another Battle of Alberta matchup on Hockey Night in Canada. The CHL will again be featured on Sportsnet with the WHL making their second appearance and will feature a border war. The UFC will also be in action as the Light Heavyweight Championship will be up for grabs at UFC 140 in Toronto. With limited events this weekend there will be enough time to catch almost everything and with this guide you should be able to figure out exactly what you want to focus on.


CHL Hockey: Portland Winterhawks vs. Vancouver Giants





Sportsnet continues its series in the CHL as they make their second appearance in the WHL with two rivals. From the B.C. and U.S. divisions the Vancouver giants will take on the Portland Winterhawks in a border battle. The Winterhawks are only three points behind the Tri-City Americans for first place in the U.S. division and would like to pick up some key points in the division race. Vacnouver is in the same spot in the B.C. division as they are three points behind the Kamloops Blazers for the top spot. As always with CHL games one of the best parts is watching the new generation of the NHL. On Portland the Winterhawks will be looking to defenceman Derrick Pouliot as the 4th ranked prospect in the WHL. They will also get their offensive power from two World Jr. Canadian Selection Camp invitees in Ty Rattie, Brad Ross, and Joe Morrow, who are all NHL selections in past drafts. Vancouver will be looking to defenceman Brett Kulak who is ranked 12th in the top WHL prospects. They will also look to Brendan Gallagher for their offence who was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the 201 draft and is an official World Jr. invitee for the selection camp. The game should be a good one with two good teams featured on the ever-growing Friday Night Hockey.


When: Friday December 9th

Time: 10:00 pm

Channel: Sportsnet One


NCAA Football: Army Black Knights vs. Navy Midshipmen





The NCAA season is one game away from the official end of the regular season and the beginning of the Bowl Season. This last game will be the long-standing tradition of the Army-Navy Game that ends the NCAA season. This game is between the Army Black Knights, who represent the United States Military Academy at Westpoint, New York, and the Navy Midshipmen, who represent the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. This game is one of the longest standing traditions in a league that thrives on the tradition between teams. The game was started in 1890 between the two traditional rivals in more than just football. The rivalry between the army and Navy has been there since they were established and this game is just another way for the service men of the United States to prove who is better. After 111 games played the Navy leads this series 55-49-7 and is currently in a 9-game winning streak. This game will get underway again with neither team being ranked in the top 25 but that does not matter to the players. Both schools do not care what their record is at the end of the year as long as they beat Navy or beat Army and that is reflected in their cheers as Navy continually says “Go Navy! Beat Army!” and Army says “Go Army! Beat Navy!” This is the only game that matters for these teams and because of that both teams will be going all out for the 112th time in their long history.


When: Saturday December 10th

Time: 2:30 pm

Channel: CBS


UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida







The UFC returns to Toronto for UFC 140 only 7 months as they move to a smaller venue in the Ari Canada Centre. They will feature a big fight for the Light Heavyweight Title between the current champion Jon “Bones” Jones and the challenger and former champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. The fight will be an attempt at history as Jones looks to become the only Light Heavyweight Champions since Chuck Liddell to defend his title more than once. Before the title fight there will also be some history as Minotauro Nogueira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will fight in the same card for the first time. Minotauro will take on Frank Mir in a rematch of a fight that Mir won but Nogueira was apparently hurt for. His twin brother will take on Tito Ortiz who is in the middle of his comeback in the UFC. The rest of the card will be filled out by a number of Canadians including Mark Hominick who will fight in his home province for the second time and will be sure to bring the crowd to their feet.


When: Saturday December 10th

Time: 5:40 pm/9:00 pm

Channel: Facebook/Sportsnet/Pay per View


NCAA Football: 2011 Heisman Trophy Presentation







It is not an NCAA game but it is one of the most important nights of the NCAA season as the Heisman Award will be handed out for 2011. The Heisman is the MVP of the NCAA Division I FBS and has been handed out since 1935. This year is one of the tightest races in recent history as there are a number of players that can win this year. The preseason favorite was Andrew Luck who was the runner-up to Cam Newton last year and is considered the top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Luck began gathering doubters at the end of the season for his good but not great performances down the stretch. Trent Richardson was also an early favorite who dropped off the map briefly but made a comeback thanks to his career performance against Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Richardson made it a very close race with this last performance and could win with little debate. Another player entered the race late as Robert Griffin III has been on the outskirts but is considered by many as the dark horse in the Heisman race. The QB for Baylor is clearly one of the best QBs in the NCAA and with a string of 400+ yard games plus an extra game in hand many of the analysts believe he has a shot at taking the win from the two favorites. For Luck this would be redemption for finishing second in voting last year. Richardson would be able to join his former teammate Mark Ingram as yet another SEC player to win the Heisman. For Griffin this could mean big things for his draft stock as he has entered the radar of every NFL team this year and a Heisman will only help him in his pursuit of an NFL career.


When: Saturday December 10th

Time: 8:00 pm

Channel: TSN


NHL Hockey: Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames







The Battle of Alberta will repeat again this week after Calgary beat the Oilers last Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada. This rivalry will again be featured on the late game at Hockey Night in Canada. The Flames are looking to continue their climb up the division rankings after getting to the 4th spot against the Avalanche on Thursday. The Oilers are looking to recover from a tough spot after losing 5 of their last 6 games that has ruined their great start. The Oilers are looking to get back on track against their provincial rivals. They will also be looking to get some revenge for blowing a 2 goal lead to lose last Saturday 5-3. The Battle of Alberta continues to move towards the Calgary Flames’ favour as they have now won 7 games in a row in this battle. The battle of Alberta is always a tough game and this Saturday will be no different as both teams look to make some moves in the Northwest division.


When: Saturday December 10th

Time: 10:00 pm

Channel: CBC


NFL Football: New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys







The most important game in Week 14 could be the difference in the battle for the NFC East with only three weeks left after the game. The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants are currently locked in a tight battle for the NFC East division as they come close to the playoffs. The Dallas Cowboys have struggled through this year as usual and are currently leading the divisional race. The Giants are one game behind the Cowboys and are looking to end a late season slide that the fans have become familiar with. The Giants are hoping to end this slide with two games in the next four weeks against the Cowboys starting this Sunday Night. Both teams lost last week in heart breaking games with the Giants losing on a last second field goal to the Green Bay Packers. The Cowboys had a heart breaker as well when they lost a game in OT after head coach Jason Garrett took a time out and essentially iced his own kicker in the last play of the game. With the kicker making the field goal after the time out he needed to kick again and his re-kick did not make it. Both teams are looking to put their strange seasons behind them and win this game in order to help them in a playoff run. If the Giants can win they will be even with the Cowboys with a tie breaker and one more game against the Cowboys to go. If Dallas wins they will be able to pull ahead of the Giants and hold their playoff hopes in their own hands. It will be a very important game that both teams must win if they want to have a good shot at the Playoffs.


When: Sunday December 11th

Time: 8:20 pm

Channel: TSN/NBC

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