The Lineup: Saturday & Sunday, August 3-4
"That Guy" is back in your NFL fantasy life; High volume Hall of Fame speeches; Ladies get jacked up
“I once shot a 59 … year-old” -Dick Cheney (All times Eastern)
NFL Hall of Fame Game: Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins, 8:00p.m. (NBC & NBC Sports Live Extra)
The incessant emails from that insufferable person in your fantasy league start today. Expect 400 words on the PPR potential of Dolphins fifth round pick Mike Gillislee in your inbox by the morning.
NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement, 7:00p.m. Saturday (ESPN2)
The combination of Warren Sapp, Chris Carter, and Bill Parcells may make this the most entertaining collection of HOF speeches ever. It will certainly be one of the loudest.
Extreme Sports X Games, 7:30p.m. Saturday (ESPN)
The classic events of the X Games have gone from revolutionary to almost antiquated over the years. To their credit, the event’s planners have never stopped throwing new competitions at the wall to keep things fresh. The latest wacky addition to the slate is the Gymkhana Grid: a twisting, wild drift race where half the challenge is memorizing the series of figure eights and 720′s that the course demands.
Tennis Citi Open Finals, 3:00p.m. Sunday (ESPN2)
Even in a tournament where the big three take the week off, Roger Federer still finds a way to steal headlines from the guys who are actually playing by spending the day with a social media-savvy cancer survivor.
MMA UFC 163: Jose Aldo vs. Chan Sung Jung, 10:00p.m. Saturday (Pay Per View)
Title challenger and unnecessary nickname adjective user Chan “The Korean Zombie” Sung Jung hopes to make champion Jose Aldo say “Annyeong” to his fists.
Golf Bridgestone Invitational: Final Round, 11:30a.m. Sunday (Golf Channel & NBC Sports Live Extra)
You know you’re having a great round when the TV commentator uses the phrase “disastrous par” to describe a hole you didn’t birdie. Tiger had the golf world giddy with excitement as he made a potential run at 59 on Friday. It’s a measure of the expectations laid on him that carrying a seven stroke lead into the weekend can feel like a disappointment.
Soccer International Champions Cup: L.A. Galaxy vs. Juventus, 8:00p.m. (Fox), Everton vs. Real Madrid, 10:30p.m. Saturday (Fox Soccer)
Up until now, U.S. teams have been left out of any high-profile international club tournaments (not that their presence is exactly missed in the Champions League). The inaugural ICC brought in some serious global heavyweights and provided the MLS’s most recognizable franchise the chance to get smacked around on a global stage.
Soccer New York Cosmos vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 4:00p.m. Saturday (One World Sports)
One World has been priming the pump with a string of classic Cosmos matches in preparation for this: The first live match for the team since 1984. The level of play may not be spectacular. I’d say it’s even money whether Pele could make the roster in his current 72-year-old form.
Basketball Basketball Alumni Legends League Virginia BALL-STARS vs. DC Dobermans, 7:00p.m. Saturday (ESPN3)
The-BALL seeks to fill the gaping hole just beneath the NBA D-League for players who are of a professional caliber, but want to stay in the domestic market. Building rosters around players’ collegiate allegiances is a brilliant idea. As is playing in the summer to avoid conflict with any other basketball league.
Arena Football League Playoffs First Round: Orlando Predators vs. Philadelphia Soul, 7:00p.m. Saturday (CBS Sports Network)
Things start to get serious now that the playoffs are here. Well, as serious as a novelty sport with uniforms that look like rejects from Any Given Sunday can get.
Football Women’s Football Alliance Championship Game: Dallas Diamonds vs. Chicago Force, 9:00p.m. (ESPN3)
This is no lingerie football league. One thing each of these two teams do well is play offense, they both averaged around 60 points per game this season. This is the same game the men play only with double the x chromosomes.