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Holiday TV highlights

It's the most wonderful time of the year … especially if you're a sports fan with a comfy couch. Over the next 10 days there is an abundance of bowl games, NFL games, NHL games, college basketball games and NBA games. Here are highlights.

Sport Event Time/Channel Why you should (or shouldn't) watch
CFB Hawaii Bowl: Tulsa vs. Hawaii 8 p.m., ESPN Football fans' alternative to It's a Wonderful Life.
CBKB Cancun Governor's Cup final 9 p.m., ESPN2 Basketball fans' alternative to It's a Wonderful Life.
NBA Bulls at Knicks noon, ESPN This should be an entertaining start to the NBA's annual Christmas Day of games.
NBA Celtics at Magic 2:30 p.m., Ch. 28 This should be exciting as well.
NBA Heat at Lakers 5 p.m., Ch. 28 The NBA knows how to put the best games on Christmas Day …
NFL Cowboys at Cardinals 7:30 p.m., NFLN Unlike the NFL.
NBA Nuggets at Thunder 8 p.m., ESPN NBA junkies unite …
NBA Trail Blazers at Warriors 10:30 p.m., ESPN And keep uniting.
CBKB Diamond Head Classic final 9:30 p.m., ESPN2 College basketball from Hawaii.
NFL Jets at Bears 1 p.m., Ch. 10 Both teams need this game to improve playoff positions.
NFL Giants at Packers 4:15 p.m., Ch. 13 While the Bucs are on the radio only against Seattle, this game will be televised locally.
NHL Lightning at Thrashers 7 p.m., Sun Sports A Southeast Division tussle.
NFL Vikings at Eagles 8:15 p.m., Ch. 8 This game looked good at the start of the season. Not so much now.
CFB Little Caesars Bowl: FIU vs. Toledo 8:30 p.m., ESPN You have to love college football to watch this one.
CFB Independence Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Air Force 5 p.m., ESPN2 Old-school football, with two option teams and suspect defenses.
NBA Magic at Nets 7 p.m., Sun Sports Another look at the Magic new guys.
NHL Wild at Blue Jackets 7:30 p.m., Versus You don't get to see these teams much. Usually for good reason.
NFL Saints at Falcons 8:30 p.m., ESPN An NFC South game between rivals.
CBKB Connecticut at Pittsburgh 8:30 p.m., ESPN2 A top-tier Big East game.
CFB Champs Sports Bowl: N.C. State vs. West Virginia 6:30 p.m., ESPN Not the bowl game either school wanted, so it should be interesting to see which one is more motivated.
NBA Magic at Cavaliers 7 p.m., FSN It's the third game in four days for the Magic, which can't be liking the schedule makers much.
CBKB Fairfield at Florida 7 p.m., ESPNU If the intensity is turned up a notch and everything goes right, Florida's got a chance.
NHL Bruins at Lightning 7:30 p.m., Versus Tampa Bay gets a national audience against a decent Boston team.
CBKB North Carolina at Rutgers 9 p.m., ESPN2 Tar Heels are trying to find themselves before ACC season begins.
CFB Insight Bowl: Iowa vs. Missouri 10 p.m., ESPN The Tigers may be the most underrated 10-win team in college football, and the Hawkeyes may be the most overrated seven-win team.
CFB Military Bowl: Maryland vs. East Carolina 2:30 p.m., ESPN This bowl just doesn't seem right without a military school in it.
CFB Texas Bowl: Illinois vs. Baylor 6 p.m., ESPN See, Military Bowl, this is how you do it. A Texas team is playing in a Texas bowl game.
CFB Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Arizona 9:15 p.m., ESPN These teams are very good.
CFB Armed Forces Bowl: SMU vs. Army noon, ESPN Not to pick on you, Military Bowl, but … . And good for SMU getting back to relevance.
CFB Pinstripe Bowl: Kansas State vs. Syracuse 3:20 p.m., ESPN Being played at the college football mecca of Yankee Stadium (hence, the bowl's name).
CFB Music City Bowl: North Carolina vs. Tennessee 6:40 p.m., ESPN A battle between two teams that can't wait until next year.
NBA Knicks at Magic 7 p.m., TNT Going back to Dec. 20, this is Orlando's seventh game in 10 days.
CBKB Temple at Villanova 7 p.m., ESPN2 For the college basketball fans.
NHL Canadiens at Lightning 7:30, Sun Sports Lightning coach Guy Boucher takes on his former organization at home.
NBA Spurs at Mavericks 9:30 p.m., TNT Worth it just to see if Mark Cuban gets kicked out.
CFB Holiday Bowl: Nebraska vs. Washington 10 p.m., ESPN This could be the biggest blowout of the bowl season.
Dec. 31
CFB Meineke Car Care Bowl: USF vs. Clemson noon, ESPN The Bulls have had a surprisingly good season. Clemson has not.
CBKB Kentucky at Louisville noon, Ch. 10 Both teams are down a little, but it's a huge intrastate rivalry.
CFB Sun Bowl: Miami vs. Notre Dame 2 p.m., Ch. 10 This was a good game 20 years ago.
CFB Liberty Bowl: UCF vs. Georgia 3:30 p.m., ESPN The Knights have been exciting to watch, and former Plant quarterback Aaron Murray has looked good for the Bulldogs.
CBKB Florida at Xavier 4 p.m., ESPN2 The Gators play a dangerous nonconference game before SEC games begin.
CBKB Ohio State at Indiana 6 p.m., ESPN2 Indiana is looking to get back to relevance. Winning this game would be a big step toward it.
CBKB USF at Connecticut 6 p.m., ESPNU If the Bulls can find some scoring, they can beat the vulnerable Huskies.
CFB Chick-fil-A Bowl: FSU vs. South Carolina 7:30 p.m., ESPN If there's one team South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier would love to beat it's those stinkin' Seminoles.
NHL Coyotes at Blues 8:30 p.m., Versus Two West teams trying to stay in the playoff hunt.
Jan. 1
CFB TicketCity Bowl: Northwestern vs. Texas Tech noon, ESPNU This one's for the alums.
CFB Outback Bowl: Florida vs. Penn State 1 p.m., Ch. 28 Florida's Urban Meyer would love to end his UF career on a high note. Penn State is 3-0 in this bowl.
NHL Winter Classic: Capitals at Penguins 1 p.m., Ch. 8 Hockey the way it used to be, outside in the middle of a football field.
CFB Capital One Bowl: Michigan State vs. Alabama 1 p.m., ESPN The Spartans would love to cap a dream season with a win over once mighty Alabama.
CFB Gator Bowl: Michigan vs. Mississippi State 1:30 p.m., ESPN2 These teams could combine for more than 100 points.
CFB Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. TCU 5 p.m., ESPN TCU is supposed to have a dominant defense. We'll see against score-crazy Wisconsin.
CFB Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma vs. UConn 8:30 p.m., ESPN On paper, this game looks like a rout. But as they say, the game isn't played on paper.
Jan. 2
NFL Bucs at Saints 1 p.m., Ch. 13 Any way to get this game blacked out as well?
NFL Chargers at Broncos 4 p.m., Ch. 10 Tim Tebow continues auditioning for Denver's 2011 starting QB job.
CBKB Miami at Duke 7:30 p.m., Sun Sports Some ACC basketball to provide variety from the NFL games.

Holiday TV highlights 12/23/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 23, 2010 9:44pm]
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