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NFL RedZone can be addictive

NFL RedZone can be addictive

If you don’t have the Sports Plus package on Time Warner Cable, I would highly recommend it just so

Time Warner Cable subscribers, like myself, went 3,243 days without NFL Network. The two sides finally came to an agreement last Friday.

One of the channels TWC customers are getting is NFL RedZone, which is part of TWC’s Sports Plus package that costs $5.95.

If you don’t have the Sports Plus package, I would highly recommend it just so you can watch NFL RedZone.

NFL RedZone jumps around from game to game in rapid-fire fashion. My head is spinning, and I am loving it.

NFL RedZone showed two quick touchdowns (Saints against Chiefs and Bengals against Redskins), and there were seven redzone plays in the first 10 minutes. It was great.

Another nice thing about NFL RedZone: If there are announcers you don’t like, you only get them in short doses.

I was being distracted by NFL RedZone. It kept me from working on my college hockey material, it’s that addictive.

One tweet I received said it best: “It’s the dealer to a fantasy football junkie.”

Scott Hanson is the host, and does a fine job of taking viewers from game to game. And there isn’t a plethora of analysts trying to break down the plays.

Another nice thing: No commercials!

I wasn’t tempted to turn to the Buccaneers-Cowboys game on FOX23 (WXXA) or the Jets-Dolphins matchup on CBS6 (WRGB) to watch the games. I am getting my fix with NFL RedZone.

I think NFL RedZone might just beat having Sunday NFL Ticket. I’ll be watching NFL RedZone every week.

ECACH shut out

CBS Sports Network starts its 10th season of televising college hockey games this year. But ECAC Hockey has been shut out.

There are no ECACH games on CBSSN’s 18-game schedule. Two weeks ago, NBC Sports Network announced its schedule, and it has six ECACH games it will televise, including two Union games.

The ECACH shouldn’t feel too bad. The WCHA got blanked by CBSSN, too.

Hockey East, the CCHA and Atlantic Hockey will be featured on CBSSN. Here is the schedule:

Nov. 15 — Notre Dame at Michigan, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 30 — Vermont at Maine, 8 p.m.

Dec. 8 — Maine at Boston University, 8 p.m.

Dec. 14 — Western Michigan at Mich­igan, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 4 — Robert Morris at Army, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 5 — Merrimack at Vermont, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 12 — Army at Air Force, 6 p.m.

Jan. 19 — Alaska at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.

Jan. 25 — Ferris State at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 8 — Michigan at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 10 — Providence at New Hampshire, 4 p.m.

Feb. 15 — Notre Dame at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 22 — Notre Dame at Western Mich­igan, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 23 — New Hampshire at Vermont, 4 p.m.

Feb. 24 — Boston College at Merrimack, 4 p.m.

March 1 — Ferris State at Michigan, 7:30 p.m.

March 3 — UMass-Lowell At Merrimack, 4 p.m.

March 8 — Boston University at Northeastern, 7:30 p.m.

Football schedules

Here are the upcoming games in the NFL and college football that will be on TV and the Internet. Most of the ESPN and ESPN2 games will also be available on ESPN3, ESPN’s Internet outlet.

Announcers (where available), in order of play-by-play announcer, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses:

Sunday

FOX23 (WXXA) and FOX23 HD — San Francisco at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. (Kenny Albert/Daryl Johnston/Tony Siragusa); New Orleans at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).

CBS6 (WRGB) and CBS6 HD — New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf).

NBC13 (WNYT) and NBC13 HD — N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Michele Tafoya).

Monday

ESPN and ESPN HD — Chicago at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters).

Thursday

NFL Network and NFL HD — Arizona at St. Louis, 8:20 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).

College football

Saturday

Time Warner Cable Sports-1 — Buffalo at Connecticut, noon (Eamon McAnaney/David Diaz-Infante/Paul Carcaterra).

ESPN and ESPN HD — Penn State at Il­linois, noon (Dave Pasch/Brian Griese/Jenn Brown); Florida State at South Florida, 6 p.m. (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Quint Kessenich); Arizona at Oregon, 10:30 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Shelley Smith); Mississippi at Alabama, 9:15 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Shelley Smith).

ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Minnesota at Iowa, noon (Beth Mowins/Joey Galloway/Lewis Johnson); Clemson at Boston College, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen/Danny Kanell/Maria Taylor); South Carolina at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Ed Cunningham/Jeannine Edwards); Oregon at Washington State, 10:30 p.m. (Mark Jones/Brock Huard/Shelley Smith).

ESPNU and ESPNU HD — North Car­olina State at Miami, noon (Tom Hart/John Congemi); Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m. (Anish Shroff/Dan Hawkins); Towson at LSU, 7 p.m. (Clay Matvick/Matt Stinchcomb/Allison Williams); Grambling State at Alabama A&M (same-day tape), 10:30 p.m. (Joe Davis/Jay Walker).

FX and FX HD — Baylor at West Virginia, noon (Justin Kutcher/Eric Crouch/Darius Walker); Arizona State at California, 4 p.m. (Craig Bolerjack/Joel Klatt/Petros Papa­dakis).

MSG and MSG HD — Kentucky at Florida, noon (Dave Neal/Andre Ware/Cara Cap­uano).

MSG Plus and MSG Plus HD — Missouri at Central Florida, noon (Ron Thulin/Shaun King/Desmond Purnell); Houston vs. Rice, 3:30 p.m. (Mike Morgan/JC Pearson/Laura McKeeman); Texas Christian at SMU, 7 p.m. (Joel Meyers/Brian Baldinger/Jim Knox).

NBC Sports Network and NBCSN HD — Penn at Dartmouth, noon (Randy Moss/Ross Tucker/Carolyn Manno); Florida A&M vs. Southern, 3:30 p.m. (James Verrett/Anthony Herron/Rashan Ali).

CBS Sports Network and CBSSN HD — Stony Brook at Army, noon (Ben Holden/Randy Cross/Linc Bradham); San Jose State at Navy, 3:30 p.m. (Grant Boone/Todd Christensen/Sheehan Stanwick Burch); Louisville at Southern Mississippi, 8 p.m. (James Bates/Aaron Taylor/Evan Washburn).

Big Ten Network and BTN HD — Indiana at Northwestern, noon (Kevin Kugler/Chris Martin/Jon Jansen); Marshall at Purdue, 3:15 p.m. (Eric Collins/Derek Rackley/J Leman).

FOX College Sports Atlantic — Central Connecticut State at Sacred Heart, noon (Paul Dottino/Steve Levy).

FOX College Sports Pacific — Eastern Kentucky at Tennessee-Martin, noon (Kevin Ingram/Bob Belvin); West Chester at California (Pa.), 3:30 p.m. (Stan Savern/John Sanders); Portland State at Northern Arizona, 6:30 p.m. (Mitch Strohman/Kevin Stephens/Reggie Eccleston).

ESPN3 — Ball State at Kent State, noon (Michael Reghi/Doug Graber); Middle Tennessee at Georgia Tech, noon (Mike Hogewood/Riley Skinner/Elizabeth Moreau); Miami (Ohio) at Akron, 2 p.m. (Dave Weekley/Rocky Boiman); Louisiana Tech at Virginia, 3:30 p.m. (John Sadak/John Gregory/Angela Mallen); Ohio at Massachusetts, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Picozzi/Rene Ingoglia); Central Michigan at Northern Illinois, 3:30 p.m. (Dan Gutowsky/Cory Chavous); Rhode Island at Bowling Green, 3:30 p.m. (Greg Franke/Tom Cole); Idaho at North Carolina, 3:30 p.m. (Paul Kennedy/Keith Jones/Jenn Hildreth); Troy at South Alabama, 3:30 p.m. (Tom Dore/Cole Cubelic/Barbara Jordan); Southeastern Louisiana at Lamar, 4 p.m. (Randy McIlvoy/Shea Walker/Brooke Bentley); North Texas at Florida Atlantic, 5 p.m. (Shawn Kenney/John Bunting); Samford at Georgia Southern, 6 p.m. (Darren Goldwater/Doug Chapman); Toledo at Western Michigan, 7 p.m. (Jim Barbar/Ben Leber); Western Kentucky at Arkansas State, 7 p.m. (Rich Hollenberg/Stan Lewter); Florida Inter­national at Louisiana-Lafayette, 7 p.m. (Jonathan Yardley/Forrest Conoly); Ind­iana State at Southern Illinois, 7 p.m. (Scott Warmann/Danan Hughes/Kelly Burke); Missouri State at South Dakota State, 7 p.m. (Tom Ackerman/Richard Baldinger/Jim Powers); UNLV at Utah State, 8 p.m. (Trey Bender/Jay Taylor); Northwestern State at McNeese State, 8 p.m. (Tom Hoefer/Johnny Suydam/Richard Dow).

MY4 (WNYA) and MY4 HD — Duke at Wake Forest, 12:30 p.m. (Steve Martin/Dave Archer/Scott Pryzwansky).

Time Warner Cable Sports-3 and TWCS-3 HD — Monmouth at UAlbany, 1 p.m. (Rodger Wyland/Zach Bye).

CBS6 and CBS6 HD — Tennessee at Georgia, 3:30 p.m. (Verne Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).

ABC10 (WTEN) and ABC10 HD — Ohio State at Michigan State, 3:30 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Heather Cox); Wisconsin at Nebraska, 8 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge /Holly Rowe).

Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 HD — UCLA at Colorado, 6 p.m. (Ted Robinson/Adam Archuleta/Yogi Roth); Oregon State at Arizona, 10 p.m. (Kevin Calabro/Glenn Parker/Ryan Nece).

FOX College Sports Central — Texas Tech at Iowa State, 7 p.m. (Mike Gleason/Dave Lapham/Lesley McCaslin).

FOX23 and FOX23 HD — Texas at Okla­homa State, 7:30 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Julie Alexandria).

Thursday

ESPNU — Arkansas State at Florida International, 7:30 p.m. (Joe Davis/Jay Walker).

CBS Sports Network and CBSSN HD — East Carolina at Central Florida, 8 p.m.

ESPN and ESPN HD — Southern California at Utah, 9 p.m. (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer and David Pollack/Samantha Steele).

Friday

ESPN and ESPN HD — Pittsburgh at Syr­acuse, 7 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Rod Gilmore/Jemele Hill); Utah St. at BYU, 10:15 p.m.

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