The Denver Nuggets Will Be Featured In This Year’s NBA TV Series “The Association”

SO PUMPED for this.  There will be six episodes from throughout various points of the season.  From the Denver Post:

If you recall, last year there was a show called “The Association,” which detailed the ins-and-outs of the Boston Celtics. It was awesome. Well, they’re doing it again this year – this time with the Nuggets.

The first episode will air January 25 on NBA TV at 4 p.m., Mountain time. There will be five more episodes during the course of the season (I’ll post the schedule below). The producers have been getting some cool access and interviews – even sitting down with yours truly.

According to their press release:

The series also continues its signature style, incorporating Denver as a character with special features that reveal the city and its fans in a new light.

Led by Head Coach George Karl, a basketball purist and one of the most charismatic personalities in the NBA, the Nuggets see themselves not as rebuilding – but “reinventing” the team this season. After dealing Carmelo Anthony at the trade deadline last year, the team features a cast of characters determined to make their own mark. In this new season, Karl and his overlooked underdogs will attempt to show that strong team play and roster depth is the ticket to success in the NBA.

In Episode 1, Karl and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri are seen working around the clock as they assemble a team that opened training camp with only seven players signed to the roster. As the quickly-assembled Nuggets try to come together as a team, they face back-to-back-to-back games. Viewers go behind the scenes during this early-season run and the show concludes as the Nuggets face another test – the star-studded defending Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat.

Here are the schedule dates for the rest of the series on NBA TV:

Episode 2 — Wednesday, February 15, 4:30 p.m. MTN
Episode 3 — Wednesday, March 7, 4:30 p.m. MTN
Episode 4 — Wednesday, March 21, 4:30 p.m. MTN
Episode 5 — Wednesday, April 11, 4:30 p.m. MTN
Episode 6 — Wednesday, April 25, 4:30 p.m. MTN

Really excited to watch this, especially to see what guys like George Karl and Andre Miller are saying about this team.

[Denver Post]

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Complete List Of The 2011-2012 Bowl Schedule

I’m totally not bitter about the hosing of TCU by the BCS, I swear.  From Flickr.com:

Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Dec. 17th, 2 p.m. EST, ESPN
Temple vs. Wyoming

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Dec. 17th, 5:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
Ohio vs. Utah State

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 17th, 9 p.m. EST, ESPN
San Diego State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl, Dec. 20th, 8 p.m. EST, ESPN
Florida International vs. Marshall

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, Dec. 21st, 8 p.m. EST, ESPN
(18) TCU vs. Louisiana Tech

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl, Dec. 22nd, 8 p.m. EST, ESPN
Arizona State vs. (7) Boise State

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Dec. 24th, 8 p.m. EST, ESPN
Nevada vs. (21) Southern Miss

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl, Dec. 26th, 5 p.m. EST, ESPN2
Missouri vs. North Carolina

Little Caesars Bowl, Dec. 27th, 4:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
Western Michigan vs. Purdue

Belk Bowl, Dec. 27th, 8 p.m. EST, ESPN
Louisville vs. NC State

Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman, Dec. 28th, 4:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
Toledo vs. Air Force

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, Dec. 28th, 8 p.m. EST, ESPN
California vs. (24) Texas

Champs Sports Bowl, Dec. 29th, 5:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
Florida State vs. Notre Dame

Valero Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29th, 9 p.m. EST, ESPN
Washington vs. (12) Baylor

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 30th, Noon EST, ESPN
BYU vs. Tulsa

New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 30th, 3:20 p.m. EST, ESPN
Rutgers vs. Iowa State

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 30th, 6:40 p.m. EST, ESPN
Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest

Insight Bowl, Dec. 30th, 10 p.m. EST, ESPN
Iowa vs. (14) Oklahoma

Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl, Dec. 31st, Noon EST, ESPN
Texas A&M vs. Northwestern

Hyundai Sun Bowl, Dec. 31st, 2 p.m. EST, CBS
Georgia Tech vs. Utah

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31st, 3:30 p.m. EST, ABC
Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt

Kraft Fight Hunger, Dec. 31st, 3:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
Illinois vs. UCLA

Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31st, 7:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
Virginia vs. (25) Auburn

TicketCity Bowl, Jan. 2nd, Noon EST, ESPNU
(19) Houston vs. (22) Penn State

Outback Bowl, Jan. 2nd, 1 p.m. EST, ABC
(17) Michigan State vs. (16) Georgia

Capital One Bowl, Jan. 2nd, 1 p.m. EST, ESPN
(20) Nebraska vs. (9) South Carolina

Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl, Jan. 2nd, 1 p.m. EST, ESPN2
Ohio State vs. Florida

Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio, Jan. 2nd, 5 p.m. EST, ESPN
(10) Wisconsin vs. (5) Oregon

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 2nd, 8:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
(4) Stanford vs. (3) Oklahoma State

Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. 3rd, 8:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
(13) Michigan vs. (11) Virginia Tech

Discover Orange Bowl, Jan. 4th, 8:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
(23) West Virginia vs. (15) Clemson

AT&T Cotton Bowl, Jan. 6th, 8 p.m. EST, FOX
(8) Kansas State vs. (6) Arkansas

BBVA Compass Bowl, Jan. 7th, 1 p.m. EST, ESPN
SMU vs. Pittsburgh

GoDaddy.com Bowl, Jan. 8th, 9 p.m. EST, ESPN
Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois

Allstate BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 9th, 8:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
(1) LSU vs. (2) Alabama

[Flickr]

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This Upcoming Weekend Is A Great Sports Weekend, Here’s What You Should Be Watching

1) NHL – Game Seven Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins – Friday 8:00 ET (Versus)

This is sports at its absolute finest.  No one gives more and performs better in a game seven situation than hockey players.  Someone will walk out of this game a hero and someone will likely be reduced to tears afterward.  The best part of all?  They shake hands afterwards.  Here’s an excellent preview to get you pumped for it. [Puck Daddy]

2) Champions League Final – Barcelona vs. Manchester United – Saturday 2:00 ET (Fox)

Some people are calling Barcelona the greatest club team ever assembled.  Some people are saying this is Manchester United Coach Alex Ferguson’s greatest achievement ever as manager of the legendary English side.  Everyone agrees this is going to be an all-time great matchup featuring the two most famous soccer clubs (it’s not even close) in the world in a dream matchup David Stern would be proud of (think: Yankees meet Lakers, if that makes any kind of sense).  This will be soccer at its absolute best and at a time when we’re likely headed for no NBA and no NFL next year, get a head start on the sport you’re going to be watching instead next Fall.  Here’s an excellent preview to get you pumped for it. [SI]

3) Auto Racing – The 100th Running Of The Indianapolis 500 – Sunday Noon ET (ABC)

Okay so we probably won’t be tuning in for this but is there anything more American than car caing on Memorial Day weekend??  No way.  If you do care, here’s the best preview we could come up with for you. [ESPN]

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Here’s The Full NBA First Round Playoff Schedule

Courtesy of NBA.com:

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Chicago vs. Indiana

Game 1 – Sat April 16, Indiana at Chicago, 1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN3D
Game 2 – Mon April 18, Indiana at Chicago, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Thu April 21, Chicago at Indiana, 7:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 4 – Sat April 23, Chicago at Indiana, 2:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 26, Indiana at Chicago, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28, Chicago at Indiana, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Indiana at Chicago, TBD, TNT

Miami vs. Philadelphia

Game 1 – Sat April 16, Philadelphia at Miami, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/R
Game 2 – Mon April 18, Philadelphia at Miami, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Thu April 21, Miami at Philadelphia, 8:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 4 – Sun April 24, Miami at Philadelphia, 1:00 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 5 * Wed April 27, Philadelphia at Miami, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, Miami at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Philadelphia at Miami, TBD, TBD

Boston vs. New York

Game 1 – Sun April 17, New York at Boston, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 – Tue April 19, New York at Boston, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Fri April 22, Boston at New York, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 – Sun April 24, Boston at New York, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/R
Game 5 * Tue April 26, New York at Boston, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, Boston at New York, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, New York at Boston, TBD, TBD

Orlando vs. Atlanta

Game 1 – Sat April 16, Atlanta at Orlando, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2 – Tue April 19, Atlanta at Orlando, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 3 – Fri April 22, Orlando at Atlanta, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN3D
Game 4 – Sun April 24, Orlando at Atlanta, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 26, Atlanta at Orlando, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28, Orlando at Atlanta, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Atlanta at Orlando, TBD, TNT

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
San Antonio vs. Memphis

Game 1 – Sun April 17, Memphis at San Antonio, 1:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 – Wed April 20, Memphis at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 3 – Sat April 23, San Antonio at Memphis, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 – Mon April 25, San Antonio at Memphis, TBD, TBD
Game 5 * Wed April 27, Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, San Antonio at Memphis, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TBD

L.A. Lakers vs. New Orleans

Game 1 – Sun April 17, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/R
Game 2 – Wed April 20, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Fri April 22, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 – Sun April 24, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 26, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TNT

Dallas vs. Portland

Game 1 – Sat April 16, Portland at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2 – Tue April 19, Portland at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Thu April 21, Dallas at Portland, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 4 – Sat April 23, Dallas at Portland, 5:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Mon April 25, Portland at Dallas, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28, Dallas at Portland, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Portland at Dallas, TBD, TNT

Oklahoma City vs. Denver

Game 1 – Sun April 17, Denver at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 – Wed April 20, Denver at Oklahoma City, 8:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Sat April 23, Oklahoma City at Denver, 10:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/R
Game 4 – Mon April 25, Oklahoma City at Denver, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Wed April 27, Denver at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, Oklahoma City at Denver, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Denver at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD

[NBA.com]

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Schedule Of Today’s NCAA Tournament Games

All times given in EST:

12:15, CBS, Tulsa – Texas vs. Oakland (Marv Albert/Steve Kerr)

12:40, truTV, Charlotte – Michigan vs. Tennessee (Nantz/Kellogg)

1:40, TBS, Chicago – Notre Dame vs. Akron (Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel)

2:10, TNT, Cleveland — George Mason vs. Villanova (Gus Johnson/Len Elmore)

2:45, CBS, Tulsa – Arizona vs. Memphis (Albert/Kerr)

3:10, truTV, Charlotte – Duke vs. Hampton (Nantz/Kellogg)

4:10, TBS, Chicago – Texas A&M vs. Florida St. (Dedes/Wenzel)

4:40, TNT, Cleveland – Ohio St. vs. UTSA/Alabama St. (Johnson/Elmore)

6:50, TBS, Tulsa – Kansas vs. Boston U. (Albert/Kerr)

7:15, CBS, Charlotte – North Carolina vs. Long Island (Nantz/Kellogg)

7:20, TNT, Chicago – Purdue vs. St. Peter’s (Dedes/Wenzel)

7:27, truTV, Cleveland – Xavier vs. Marquette (Johnson/Elmore)

9:20, TBS, Tulsa – UNLV vs. Illinois (Albert/Kerr)

9:45, CBS, Charlotte – Washington vs. Georgia (Nantz/Kellogg)

9:50, TNT, Chicago – Georgetown vs. Southern California/VCU (Dedes/Wenzel)

9:57, truTV, Cleveland – Syracuse vs. Indiana St. (Johnson/Elmore)

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Here’s A List Of Today’s NCAA Games, Times, Channels, And Announcers

All times listed are in EST.

12:15 CBS, Tampa – West Virginia vs. UAB/Clemson (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel)

12:40 truTV, D.C. – Butler vs. Old Dominion (Tim Brando/Mike Gminski)

1:40 TBS, Denver – Louisville vs. Morehead St. (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery)

2:10 TNT, Tucson – Temple vs. Penn St. (Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner)

2:45 CBS, Tampa – Kentucky vs. Princeton (Eagle/Spanarkel)

3:10 truTV, D.C. – Pittsburgh vs. Asheville/Ark-LR (Brando/Gminski)

4:10 TBS, Denver – Vanderbilt vs. Richmond (Lundquist/Raftery)

4:40 TNT, Tucson – San Diego St. vs. Northern Colorado (Harlan/Miller/Bonner)

6:50 TBS, Tampa – Florida vs. UC Santa Barbara (Eagle/Spanarkel)

7:15 CBS, Denver – BYU vs. Wofford (Lundquist/Raftery)

7:20 TNT, D.C. – Connecticut vs. Bucknell (Brando/Gminski)

7:27 truTV, Tucson – Wisconsin vs. Belmont (Harlan/Miller/Bonner)

9:20 TBS, Tampa – UCLA vs. Michigan St. (Eagle/Spanarkel)

9:45 CBS, Denver – St. John’s vs. Gonzaga (Lundquist/Raftery)

9:45 TNT, D.C. – Cincinnati vs. Missouri (Brando/Gminski)

9:57 truTV, Tucson – Kansas St. vs. Utah St. (Harlan/Miller/Bonner)

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Full NCAA Bowl Game Schedule

From Fox Sports:

Date Time (ET) Bowl Game Location TV
Dec. 18 2:00 pm New Mexico Bowl
BYU vs. UTEP
Albuquerque, NM ESPN
Dec. 18 5:30 pm uDrove Humanitarian Bowl
Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State
Boise, ID ESPN
Dec. 18 9:00 pm R & L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Troy vs. Ohio
New Orleans, LA ESPN
Dec. 21 8:00 pm Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl
Louisville vs. Southern Miss
St. Petersburg, FL ESPN
Dec. 22 8:00 pm MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
Utah vs. Boise State
Las Vegas, NV ESPN
Dec. 23 8:00 pm San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
San Diego State vs. Navy
San Diego, CA ESPN
Dec. 24 8:00 pm Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Tulsa vs. Hawaii
Honolulu, HI ESPN
Dec. 26 8:30 pm Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Toledo vs. Florida International
Detroit, MI ESPN
Dec. 27 5:00 pm AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
Georgia Tech vs. Air Force
Shreveport, LA ESPN
Dec. 28 6:30 pm Champs Sports Bowl
North Carolina State vs. West Virginia
Orlando, FL ESPN
Dec. 28 10:00 pm Insight Bowl
Iowa vs. Missouri
Tempe, AZ ESPN
Dec. 29 2:30 pm EagleBank Bowl
Maryland vs. East Carolina
Washington, D.C. ESPN
Dec. 29 6:00 pm Texas Bowl
Illinois vs. Baylor
Houston, TX ESPN
Dec. 29 9:15 pm Valero Alamo Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Arizona
San Antonio, TX ESPN
Dec. 30 12:00 pm Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
SMU vs. Army
Fort Worth, TX ESPN
Dec. 30 3:15 pm New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Syracuse vs. Kansas State
Bronx, NY ESPN
Dec. 30 6:30 pm Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
North Carolina vs. Tennessee
Nashville, TN ESPN
Dec. 30 10:00 pm Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
Washington vs. Nebraska
San Diego, CA ESPN
Dec. 31 12:00 pm Meineke Car Care Bowl
Clemson vs. South Florida
Charlotte, NC ESPN
Dec. 31 2:00 pm Hyundai Sun Bowl
Notre Dame vs. Miami
El Paso, TX CBS
Dec. 31 3:30 pm AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Central Florida vs. Georgia
Memphis, TN ESPN
Dec. 31 7:30 pm Chick-fil-A Bowl
Florida State vs. South Carolina
Atlanta, GA ESPN
Jan. 1 12:00 pm Dallas Football Classic
Northwestern vs. Texas Tech
Dallas, TX ESPNU
Jan. 1 1:00 pm Outback Bowl
Penn State vs. Florida
Tampa, FL ABC
Jan. 1 1:00 pm Capital One Bowl
Michigan State vs. Alabama
Orlando, FL ESPN
Jan. 1 1:30 pm Konica Minolta Gator Bowl
Michigan vs. Mississippi State
Jacksonville, FL ESPN2
Jan. 1 5:00 pm Rose Bowl presented by Citi
Wisconsin vs. TCU
Pasadena, CA ESPN
Jan. 1 8:30 pm Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Oklahoma vs. Connecticut
Glendale, AZ ESPN
Jan. 3 8:30 pm Orange Bowl
Virginia Tech vs. Stanford
Miami, FL ESPN
Jan. 4 8:30 pm Allstate Sugar Bowl
Arkansas vs. Ohio State
New Orleans, LA ESPN
Jan. 6 8:00 pm GoDaddy.com Bowl
Miami (Ohio) vs. M. Tennessee State
Mobile, AL ESPN
Jan. 7 8:00 pm AT&T Cotton Bowl
Texas A&M vs. LSU
Arlington, TX FOX
Jan. 8 12:00 pm Birmingham Bowl
Pitt vs. Kentucky
Birmingham, AL ESPN
Jan. 9 9:00 pm Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Boston College vs. Nevada
San Francisco, CA ESPN
Jan. 10 8:30 pm Tostitos BCS National Championship Game
Auburn vs. Oregon
Glendale, AZ ESPN

 

[Fox Sports]

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NBA Scheduling Highlights

Last night the NBA hosted a one-hour special where they revealed the must-watch games of the 2010-2011 schedule.  You can read about it here.  Among the highlights:

-Heat vs. Celtics 10/26 to open up the season in a battle of big threes.

-Lakers vs. Rockets 10/26 in the other half of the opening night games.  Yao Ming will return to a very attractive Rockets lineup that could make a run at the two seed if the big guy can stay healthy.

-Christmas Day matchups — “Boston will visit Orlando on Christmas for a rematch of the East finals. The remainder of that day’s schedule includes Chicago at New York, Denver at Oklahoma City, and Portland at Golden State.”  It will culminate with the Heat facing the Lakers in a potential NBA finals preview.

[Fox Sports]

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Heat To Open Season At Celtics

This according to the Miami Herald.  “Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and the new-look Miami Heat are poised to make their season debut against the NBA’s reigning Big 3.  The Heat will open the 2010-11 season against the Boston Celtics on Oct. 26 at TD Garden, multiple league sources said Monday night.  The Heat’s first game at American Airlines Arena will be on Oct. 29 against the Orlando Magic on ESPN.”  The rumors were swirling that the NBA was going to matchup the Heat with Cleveland to start the season so it looks like they pulled the plug on that idea.  It’s really too bad, I’m looking forward to seeing the “Quitness” shirts and remembering forever the Cleveland fans’ reaction when the King returns.  The NBA is all set to announce the rest of the NBA’s schedule tonight on NBA TV.  [Miami Herald]