Posted September 05, 2013

The Lineup: Thursday, September 5

We NFL fans are all Little Rascals; Scheduling prevents pinstriped vengeance; Novak takes the red pill

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Broncos D-coordinator Jack Del Rio will be revisiting his “let them run straight past you” pass defense before tonight’s game. Send any suggestions to SI.TheLineup@gmail.com. (Bold indicates a national broadcast. All times Eastern.)

Pregame Reads


Starter

NFL Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos, 8:30p.m. (NBC)
I’m not sure there has ever been a GIF that more accurately depicts both a fanbase’s excitement and typical body type than this one representing football fans on the day the NFL season starts.

oh-boy


Reserves

MLB
Red Sox vs. Yankees, 7:05p.m. (MLB Network)
It is a bit disappointing, though not particularly surprising, that Ryan Dempster will be the one pitcher in Boston’s five-man rotation to not start a game in this series against the Yankees. Good for lovers of prudent strategy; sad for lovers of comeuppance.

Dempster

Mariners vs. Royals, 2:10p.m.
White Sox vs. Orioles, 7:05p.m.
Cardinals vs. Reds, 7:10p.m.
Astros vs. Athletics, 10:05p.m.
Rays vs. Angels, 10:05p.m.
Diamondbacks vs. Giants, 10:15p.m.

Basketball
FIBA Americas Championship
Jamaica vs. Dominican Republic, 11:20p.m. (ESPN3)
Canada vs. Mexico, 1:50p.m. (ESPN3)
Puerto Rico vs. Argentina, 5:20p.m. (ESPN3)
FIBA Eurobasket
Croatia vs. Georgia , 8:20a.m. (ESPN3)
Ukraine vs. Israel , 8:20a.m. (ESPN3)
Montenegro vs. Latvia , 8:20a.m. (ESPN3)
Finland vs. Sweden, 8:20a.m. (ESPN3)
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Serbia, 11:35a.m. (ESPN3)
Poland vs. Czech Republic, 11:35a.m. (ESPN3)
Italy vs. Turkey, 11:35a.m. (ESPN3)
Germany vs. Belgium, 11:35a.m. (ESPN3)
Great Britain vs. France , 2:50p.m. (ESPN3)
Lithuania vs. Macedonia, 2:50p.m. (ESPN3)
Slovenia vs. Spain, 2:50p.m. (ESPN3)
Greece vs. Russia, 2:50p.m.(ESPN3)

College Football
Florida Atlantic vs. East Carolina, 7:30p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Sacramento State vs. Arizona State, 10:00p.m. (Pac 12 Network)
Winston-Salem State vs UNC-Pembroke, 8:00p.m (CBS Sports Network)

Tennis
U.S. Open: Men’s Quarterfinal & Doubles Finals, 11:00a.m. (ESPN2) & 8:00p.m. (ESPN)
It’s hard to imagine this tournament not coming down to the top three men. Djokovic has yet to drop a set. Nadal has yet to have an opponent break his serve. Murray has been pretty dominant as well. That sound you hear is the sound of everyone fast-forwarding to the semis.

TV
Auctions America, 8:00p.m. (NBC Sports)
Wipeout, 8:00p.m. (ABC)
E60 Profile: Mariano Rivera, 10:30p.m. (ESPN2)
Impact Wrestling, 9:00p.m. (Spike)


Birthdays

Colt Mccoy, 49ers QB, 26
Kim Yu-Na, South Korean Ice Skater, 22
Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky Forward, 23
Bill Mazeroski, MLB Hall of Fame Second Baseman, 76
Willie Gault, Former Chicago Bears WR, 52

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