Warm Up Your DVRs Sportsfans

Saturday, October 31, 2009
By Jon Newberry

As far as anyone can tell, Sunday will be the first time in history all four major North American sports leagues will be in action in games that actually mean something. The NBA, NHL and NFL all have regular season games scheduled, and the Phillies will be hosting the Yankees in game 4 of the World Series. If you buy into the “soccer is the most popular sport in America” line, then you also have two MLS playoff games on the docket. Plus, NASCAR is right in the middle of its Chase for the Sprint Cup and will dominate ABC’s airwaves from Talladega all afternoon.

You get your news “From the Highlight Factory”, so we will assume you are most interested in the Hawks game against the Lakers. One of only two times this season that the Hawks will face the defending world champions. Tip-off is at 9:30 pm EST, and you can catch all the action on Fox Sports South HD or listen to the game on 790 The Zone.

Many analysts (TNT’s Reggie Miller and Kenny Smith among them) have made bold predictions of the Lakers starting 20-1 thanks to an early schedule that is loaded with home games. L.A. earned the title of the best team in the league last season, so it is hard to argue that they shouldn’t be favored against any opponent when they play at STAPLES Center. Still, this is the NBA. The highest level of basketball in the world, and anybody can beat anybody on a given night. These analysts must have forgotten that the Lakers were beaten by Philly, Detroit and Charlotte at home last season ( and none of those teams finished above .500).

All in all, it should be a great day for sports. Let’s see if the Hawks can post a ‘W’ and work their highlights into the first segment of SportsCenter on Monday morning.

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