When the conversation at the Thanksgiving table turns to politics or decades-long family disputes, you’ll be grateful for that game on TV to drown out the noise and suppress your rage. Prepare yourself with this menu of Thanksgiving weekend sports for Nov. 27-30:
Wednesday Thanksgiving eve, known as “Blackout Wednesday” in some circles, is a popular night for visiting watering holes to catch up with old friends and former classmates. Many of these interactions are awkward, so the establishment’s 20 big-screen TVs are a welcome distraction. ESPN has an NBA doubleheader with the Brooklyn Nets at the Boston Celtics (7pm ET), followed by the L.A. Lakers at the New Orleans Pelicans (9:30pm ET). NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Hockey has the Philadelphia Flyers at the Columbus Blue Jackets (7pm ET).
Thursday The NFL still owns Turkey Day, and it’s been dishing out three helpings since the league added a primetime game in 2006. Festivities kick off with the Chicago Bears at the Detroit Lions (FOX, 12:30pm ET), followed by the Buffalo Bills at the Dallas Cowboys (CBS, 4:30pm ET). If you’re still awake, you can catch the New Orleans Saints at the Atlanta Falcons in the night game (NBC, 8pm ET). There’s also college football, with Ole Miss at Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl (ESPN, 7:30pm ET). In college hoops, the Las Vegas Invitational on FS1 has Iowa vs. Texas Tech (8pm ET) and Creighton vs. San Diego State (10:30pm ET). If that weren’t enough, there’s also the National Dog Show (NBC, 12pm all time zones) for people who enjoy sports that aren’t really sports.
Friday Maybe you’re up before dawn to hit the Black Friday sales. Maybe you’re sleeping in. Or maybe it’s just another day of work. The NHL started its Thanksgiving Showdown tradition in 2011, and this year’s edition returns to TD Garden in Boston as the N.Y. Rangers face off against the Bruins on NBC (1pm ET). (The Bruins have hosted a traditional Black Friday afternoon game for nearly 30 years.) After that, flip over to CBS for college football’s Battle Line game with Missouri at Arkansas (2:30pm ET), to ABC for Cincinnati at Memphis (2:30pm ET) and to FOX for Washington State at Washington (4pm ET).
Saturday College pigskin saves some of its biggest rivalry games for Thanksgiving weekend. It’s also the final week of the regular season and the last chance for teams to win berths in the conference championships. Two of Saturday’s marquee clashes are the classic Big Ten matchup between Ohio State and Michigan (FOX, 12pm ET) in Ann Arbor and the Iron Bowl with Alabama at Auburn (CBS, 3:30pm ET). Other top games include Clemson at South Carolina (ESPN, 12pm ET), Georgia at Georgia Tech (ABC, 12pm ET), Wisconsin at Minnesota (ABC, 3:30pm ET), Texas A&M at LSU (ESPN, 7pm ET), Colorado at Utah (ABC, 7:30pm ET) and Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (FOX, 8pm ET). Maybe hit the sack early tonight. You’ve got a busy NFL Sunday ahead.