Schedules get goofy around the holiday period, especially in sports. Michigan State has a 9pm game Thursday against Lehigh-- certainly not the most convenient for anyone. The Spartans get a short Christmas holiday at home, but the Big Ten opener is a daunting task next Wednesday at 7:30pm in the Breslin Center against unbeaten Indiana.
MSU's football team has scattered until it departs Monday for Tampa. Georgia's coaching staff and players have the same itinerary. The Detroit Lions will celebrate Christmas bigtime if they win Christmas Eve in Ford Field against the San Diego Chargers-- and what a present a victory would provide-- a playoff berth for the first time since 1999.
The bowl season is getting into high gear-- five down and 30 left to play leading to the January 9thy BCS title game in New Orleans between Alabama and LSU. And it's a special Christmas this year for sure-- five regular season opening NBA games at staggered times so viewers won't miss a shot if they so desire. Happy Holidays.