Weekend Watchdog: Basketballs on Christmas Day
The 2011-12 season starts Christmas Day with five games.
TNT begins the day at noon, with the Celtics visiting the Knicks.
ABC takes over at midway with a 2010 Final rematch between the Heat and Mavericks at 2:30 p.m. The Bulls play the Lakers at 5 p.m.
ESPN caps the day with a doubleheader, as the Magic travel to Oklahoma City at 8 p.m. The Clippers battle the Warriors at 10:30 p.m.
Your NFL weekend begins with the AFC South champion Texans at the 1-13 Colts on NFL Network Thursday at 8 p.m. Christmas Night, the Packers host Chicago on NBC while ESPN has its final Monday Night game with the Saints hosting the Falcons.
The rest of the NFL plays Christmas Eve afternoon. The Redskins host the Vikings at 1 p.m. on FOX and most of the country will see the Eagles travel to Dallas in the late afternoon slot. CBS in Washington offers the Browns at Ravens at 1 p.m.
Bowl week continues on ESPN Thursday with the Las Vegas Bowl, as Arizona State plays Boise State at 8 p.m. Head to Hawai’i on Christmas Eve as Nevada plays Southern Mississippi. Monday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2, Missouri plays North Carolina at the Independence Bowl.
West Virginia plays one of its future Big 12 foes – Baylor – Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN2 has a pair of contests Thursday – Memphis vs. Georgetown at 7 p.m. followed by Missouri-Illinois. Friday, ESPN2 offers Western Kentucky at Louisville at 7 p.m., and there’s a semifinal from the Diamond Head Classic at 11 p.m.
Christmas night, the ESPN2 has the final two games from the Diamond Head Classic – starting at 7:30 p.m.
Comcast has a twinbill featuring PAC-12 teams Thursday, with Butler-Stanford at 9 p.m. and Kansas taking on USC at 11 p.m.
MASN has a doubleheader Thursday, with Fairfield facing Connecticut at 7 p.m. and Milwaukee meeting Marquette at 9 p.m. Friday at 7 p.m., Cincinnati hosts Chicago State.
The Capitals visit New Jersey Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Mike Judge blogs at http://WeekendWatchdog.wordpress.com.