The wife could not have picked a better night to have a "work event", as this evening is shaping up to be one of the best weeknights of west coast sports action we've had in a very long time. The evening starts with playoff baseball, then moves into top college football and ends with some pre-season hoops - an early Thursday night Thanksgiving Feast for sports fans.
Starting at 4:57p California time, the Giants and the Phillies throw out the first pitch from San Francisco on their game five of the NLCS. The Giants won in walk-off fashion last night and took a commanding 3-1 series lead and now turn the ball over to ace Tim Lincecum, who is 2-0 this postseason with dominating performances against both the Reds in the NLDS and the Phil's in game one of this series. However, not to be outdone, Philly puts likely 2010 NL Cy Young champ Roy Halladay on the hill, who's already thrown a no-hitter this month. Although the first meeting of these two earlier in this series ended up a little higher scoring than our 1-0 prediction, it should be quite pitchers duel by the Bay and one that baseball purists can really enjoy.
An hour later and just a long car ride north up Highway 5, UCLA will show up at Autzen Stadium tonight to take on the University of Oregon, who this week is ranked #1 in the AP poll for the first time in school history. The Ducks have dominated just about everyone they've played this season, looking faster on both sides of the ball than anyone in the country. The Bruins, on the other hand, have had a strange season - looking absolutely terrible in their first couple of opening losses, before going to Austin and taking a Top-5 Texas behind the woodshed. If that UCLA team shows up tonight, it should be quite the Thursday night, national TV affair (as these games tend to be).
However, if this game gets out of hand early, there are a couple of other options to tune in to. The reigning NBA champion Lakers are back stateside and playing the Warriors in San Diego (tip off time at 7p PT) and the new-look Heat are playing the Hawks as the national game on TNT, tipping off at 5p PT.
Overall there is a ton of interesting sports coverage on tonight for sports fans of all variety, so we'll be settling in at our local watering hole a little earlier than usual to grab a beer, some wings and at least three different live TV's - so we can really soak it all in.