Nothing scares Joe Paterno. Not even these guys.
It’s the weekend and we haven’t been this excited about an upcoming slate of sporting events – and the merchandise that accompanies those sporting events – in a long time. That’s right, it’s this week’s edition of For Sale Friday. And with big-time college football matchups, the start of the NFL season and the conclusion of the US Open, what a sale it is.
College Game Day Indeed, Including …
No. 18 Penn State at No. 1 Alabama
Saturday at 7 (ET) on ESPN
The highlight of a big slate of Saturday college football games is JoePa and company’s trip to Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (Ala.) to face the Crimson Tide, who will most likely be Mark Ingram-less. But that’s ok. The No. 1 team in the country doesn't need the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner to put a little fright in the Nittany Lions. Not if everyone in the Tuscaloosa area purchases one of these Crimson Tide Halloween Light-Up Ghost Figurines. Spoooooky! Plus, it’s never too early to start planning for Oct. 31.
The Last Race To Make The Chase
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond
Saturday at 7:30 (ET) on ABC
Yes, 10 of the 12 drivers have clinched their spots in NASCAR’s playoff. Make that 11 if you count Greg Biffle, who stands in 11th place and only needs to finish 42nd or better in a 43-car field Saturday to clinch. Which brings us to Clint Bowyer. In 12th place, 117 points ahead of Ryan Newman, 128 ahead of Jamie McMurray and 147 ahead of Mark Martin, all of whom have a mathematical (albeit slim) shot. If Bowyer finishes 28th or better, onward toward the Chase. If you do happen to be a fan of Mark Martin – or anyone else who most likely won’t be Chasin’ this year – why not spring for this NASCAR clock to help you count down to next year, when your driver actually has a chance again.
US Open Finals
Women’s Final: Saturday at 8 (ET) on CBS
Men’s Final: Sunday at 4 (ET) on CBS
While the matchups for this weekend’s men’s and women’s finals won’t be set until after the semifinals are over (today for the women, tomorrow for the men), one thing’s for sure – the US Open is the last Grand Slam of the season. So, as tennis season turns into football season, why not ease the transition with a US Open Tailgate Junior Cooler and keep the tennis love going throughout all your upcoming football tailgates? It’s moveable! With straps for lifting and rolling! Party time.
FIBA World Championships
Gold Medal Game
Sunday at 2:30 (ET) on ESPN
The 2010 FIBA World Championships will come to an end with the bronze medal and gold medal games Sunday (we’ll know the participants after the semifinal games Saturday), but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep Turkey – the host country of this year’s event – in our hearts a little longer. We can. With a turkey hat! We know, it’s the bird, not the country. But it’s the thought that counts. Besides, Thanksgiving’s coming up sooner than you think, and you can wear it while watching Wizards-Hawks and Kings-Clippers as well. Man, we love gifts that keep on giving. Especially when those gifts are turkey hats.
Our First NFL Sunday of the Year! Featuring …
Cowboys at Redskins
Sunday at 8:20 (ET) on NBC
The Dallas-Washington game wraps up our first full Sunday of NFL football. The two teams have a storied rivalry, one that was taken to another level recently when Redskins owner Dan Snyder claimed FedEx Field’s new video scoreboards were better than the ones at Jerry Jones’ Cowboys Stadium. “This is as good as you get quality-wise,” Snyder said. “These are sharper definition than you'll see down in Texas.” In the likely event that Snyder’s overstating a bit, anyone attending Sunday’s game and expecting crystal clarity might want to take along their own wide-screen portable LCD TV. You know, just in case.