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This might be a big vacation week, but the sports world never takes a day off. Here's what we're watching tonight:
Tuesday Night Football: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles, 8 p.m. ET, NBC. As a result of the Snowpocalypse, it's the first NFL game on a Tuesday night since 1946 (and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is not happy about it). The Eagles have clinched the NFC East but are playing for seeding and a potential first-round bye (even more important with a short week in Week 17). The Vikings are playing for pride and will not have Brett Favre due to a concussion, but expect to have running back Adrian Peterson. Fun fact via Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post: Since 2001, the Eagles are 5-0 against the Vikings (including playoffs) with four double-digit victories. Average margin of victory: 14.8 points.
College football: It's a bowl doubleheader on ESPN starting at 6:30 p.m. ET with the Champs Sports Bowl from Orlando. No. 22 West Virginia (9-3), having just missed out on a BCS bowl, takes on North Carolina State (8-4) out of the ACC. Next, at 10 p.m. ET, it's the Insight Bowl from Tempe, Arizona, where No. 12 Missouri takes on Iowa. The team in black and gold has a good chance to win it. Disclaimer: that is a joke. Please laugh.
NCAA men's basketball: The game of the night is a Big Ten showdown as No. 13 Minnesota (11-1) visits No. 24 Wisconsin (10-2) in the teams' only scheduled meeting this season (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2). In Bo Ryan's nine seasons as the Badgers' coach, Wisconsin is 69-6 at home in Big Ten games.
NCAA women's basketball: No. 4 Xavier at No. 8 Stanford, 4 p.m. ET. Now that Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer has won her 800th career game, she's going for 801 against yet another top-10 opponent. At 10 p.m. ET, No. 1 UConn (11-0) visits Pacific (3-9), seeking its NCAA-record setting 90th straight win. If you're in the Central Valley and thinking of checking out the game, it's sold out, as a record crowd of over 6,000 is expected.
NBA games of the night: New York Knicks (18-12) travel to Miami (23-9), winners of 15 of its last 16 (7:30 p.m. ET). & The Los Angeles Lakers (21-9) look to rebound from their Christmas Day loss to the Heat when they visit the league-best San Antonio Spurs (26-4) (8:30 p.m. ET).
NHL: The Sidney Crosby Watch continues as the Penguins' star looks to extend his point streak to 25 games when Pittsburgh takes on the Atlanta Thrashers.