October, the best month in sports

Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State
Mason Rudolph

How can a sports fan not love October? This is the month that has it all when it comes to major sports, giving fans a plethora of options to tune in via TV, radio and especially on electronic devices. One can be out enjoying the fall weather and following their favorite sporting event, both at the same time. How cool is that?

We’ll start with baseball, as this will be the week of league championship play in both the American and National Leagues. MLB is basically down to its final four with the ALCS airing on either Fox or FS1, and the NLCS on TBS. Last year, when the Cleveland Indians outlasted the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS, Fox Networks opted to carry the series on FS1. However, if the New York Yankees get this far, especially if they face the Boston Red Sox, that could be just too much for the main network to resist.

Of course, there’s plenty of football going on, in both the Saturday (college) and Sunday (NFL) games. Believe it or not, the college football season is already past the halfway point, which means inter-conference play and the ensuing rivalries is where things are at. Some great matchups on Saturday, Oct. 21 include Michigan and Penn State, who are battling with Ohio State for Big Ten supremacy. The Buckeyes have the weekend off and will be waiting to host Penn State next weekend.

Florida State and Louisville meet up Saturday in an ACC contest that should prove thrilling, and while USC and Notre Dame may not be the rivalry it was a decade ago, it’s still one of the must-see games for each season. And in the Big 12, Mason Rudolph and Oklahoma State take on a feisty Texas Longhorns team.

On Sunday, there’s a couple of big games in the NFL, including an AFC playoff rematch between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs who meet in KC, which should be the premiere game in the late afternoon on CBS. Earlier that day, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers visit the Minnesota Vikings, in a classic NFC North matchup on Fox. Keep an eye also on Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins, who visit the Atlanta Falcons in an early game on CBS.

Then there’s the NBA and NHL seasons that are also getting underway, especially the big time season opener that features Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics visiting his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. And NASCAR’s post season is just getting interesting, as it heads to Talladega Superspeedway for Sunday’s playoff race.

Sports fans better make sure they have fresh batteries in the remote control.

Dan Ladd

Dan Ladd

Dan Ladd is a freelance sports writer who works out of Gracenote’s Queensbury, NY office.

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