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Day 26: College Football Begins

September 2, 2010

Special shout-out to those of you directed here from the interview by SportsGrid.com.  Considerable thanks to Dan Fogarty for his work on the piece.  If you’re new, please feel free to let me know exactly how much of a miserable failure this project will be in the comments below!

At 6:30pm Eastern time, the college football season officially begins with its first round of cupcake beatdowns as Wake Forest hosts sacrificial FBS jobber Presbyterian.

Today is also the end of a contract between ESPN and Time Warner Cable that, if not renewed, would have taken the Cartel’s networks off of subscriber’s sets.  Disney has apparently allowed Cartel broadcasts to continue during negotiations for a new deal.

As a public service to anyone who is attempting to avoid this season, here are some alternatives for tonight (all times Eastern):

Phillies vs. Rockies, 7:05pm (MLB.tv): Colorado attempts to stay in the postseason chase vs. Wild Card leaders Philadelphia.

US Open Tennis, 2nd Round, 7pm-11pm (Tennis Channel): Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic and wome’s top seed Caroline Wozniacki hit the hardcourt today at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The “If you’re THAT desperate, you know where you can find it” Online Feed of the Night: Euro 2012 Qualification match – Israel vs. Malta, 2:15pm Two nations with absolutely zero chance of making in a dent in a major international soccer tournament two years from now…but for one night, it’s the most significant soccer game on the planet.  Seriously, look for yourself.  All the other major qualifiers are tomorrow.

Finally, USA Today ran a pretty damning detailing how the NFL has driven fans away from the turnstiles and why we’re more likely to view televised games as a more attractive alternative to the gameday experience.

DR

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