By: Steve Johnson
It’s that time of the year again. Football is officially over, and for Northeasterners the dreaded time of the year is back. It’s 25 degrees outside, the news is showing clips of baseball teams loading up 18 wheelers on their way to Florida, and it’s the worst time of the year for sports. No worries though, each week Phanaddict is here to help you get through this terrible time with your post football, pre summer viewing guide. Bundle up, build a fire, and tune in to the following…
Friday, Feb. 17. BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. 9pm TNT
This is always one of the more entertaining weekends of the year, and in my opinion the best All Star game of the 4 major sports. The weekend starts off with the Rising Stars game where the U.S. will take on the World in a competition between first and second year NBA players. The U.S. team is led by Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell and Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns. The world team’s top player is undoubtedly Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis. Two Sixers are featured in this years game, Dario Saric and Jahlil Okafor but unfortunately not three with Joel Embiid.
Saturday, Feb 18. Kansas Jayhawks @ Baylor Bears. 1pm CBS
Top rated teams Kansas and Baylor will tip off in Waco Saturday afternoon, in what is a huge game for both teams for both their conference standings and their tickets to the dance. Baylor is coming off a loss at Texas Tech, but hopes to come within a game of the Big 12’s top ranked Jayhawks. The Jayhawks have won 3 straight after their overtime loss to Iowa State. They’re led by Senior Frank Mason III, and one of the top NBA prospects in Freshmen Josh Jackson.
State Farm All-Star Saturday Night. 8pm TNT
Last year’s dunk contest runner up Aaron Gordon, will face off against Clippers Center DeAndre Jordan, NBADL player Derrick Jones Jr and Pacers Forward Glenn Robinson III. Reigning 3 pt champion Klay Thompson will look to repeat his title facing some of the NBA’s best sharp shooters. Raptors and Villanova alumn Kyle Lowry, Rockets Eric Gordon, Cav’s Kyrie Irving, Blazers C.J. McCollum, Hornets Kemba Walker, Mav’s Wesley Matthews, and Lakers Nick “Swaggy P” Young will try to dethrone him.
Virginia Cavaliers @ North Carolina Tar Heels. 815pm. ESPN
The Cavaliers will come into Chapel Hill trying to take down ACC rival North Carolina on Saturday night, led by guard London Perrantes. The Tar Hells will try to improve to 11-3 in conference play on the shoulders of Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II.
Sunday, Feb 19. Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers. 12pm NBC
Two of the top teams from the East will face off in a primetime NBC game Sunday afternoon, in what should be a big game for the final push before the NHL playoffs. The Cap’s carry a 6 game winning streak as the Rangers look to break that after their loss to the Isles on Thursday, just after their own 6 game winning streak.
NBA All-Star game. 8pm TNT
The biggest headline for this game will likely be if Steve Kerr plays Russell Westbrook alongside his former teammate Kevin Durant, after some bad blood. The NBA All-Star game is in my opinion, the most entertaining of all the 4 major sports. Regardless of almost zero defense being played, it’s exciting to see such great talent all playing together in which only basketball can really give you. The East starters are Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Jimmy Butler, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and DeMar DeRozen. The West will throw out Steph Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard.
Stick in each week for your Phanaddict.com weekly viewing guide to get you through this terrible time before summer.