Today, Tuesday, April 17th, is easily one of the most epic and consequential days on the 2012 sports calendar.
Not because of early-season MLB action. Not because of crucially important NBA regular season games that will determine playoff positioning. And certainly not because of Stanley Cup playoff games.
No. There is something so much more important going on tonight, as evidenced by the fact that ESPN – the Worldwide Leader in Sports – is devoting three entire hours to it in a special edition of SportsCenter.
Tonight, at 7:00 ET, it happens.
THE 2012 NFL SCHEDULE IS RELEASED! ZOMFG GOD YOU GUYS AREN’T YOU EXCITED!
Actually no. Not really.
I’m so glad there will be THREE HOURS of coverage on our nation’s preeminent sports channel to break all of this down. There is nothing more relevant on April 17th than discussing the Week 9 Monday night game between teams that have yet to draft their rookies or hold a day of training camp.
Anyway, tune into ESPN at 7:00 ET if your insatiable thirst for NFL talk makes this kind of thing exciting to you. Pay my snark no mind.
However, if you would rather watch something with actual sport significance, here are a variety of viewing options for you during that three hour window:
- NBA – Boston Celtics at New York Knicks – 8:30 ET on TNT
- NHL – Panthers v Devils Game 3 – 7:00 ET on NHLNET
- NHL – Predators v Red Wings Game 4 – 7:30 ET on NBCSN
- NHL – Coyotes v Blackhawks Game 3 – 9:00 ET on CNBC
- MLB – Texas at Boston – 7:10 on MLB Network
You could also drop $24.99 for MLB.tv and have your choice of any out-of-market baseball game, any of which – even Cleveland-Seattle and Chicago-Baltimore – is infinitely more consequential than three hours of talk about the NFL schedule before the draft.
I’ve long thought that ESPN has been on a steady decline – at least for me personally – since they got the Monday Night Football contract and became all-NFL almost all the time. The descent continues tonight at 7:00 ET.