What to see and do the week of Sept. 5-11
The all-football edition
New season, old matchup
For Denver Bronco fans, the new season begins where the old season ended -- with a game against the Baltimore Ravens. This time the Ravens are the defending Super Bowl champs (sans Ray Lewis), and the Broncos are still hoping Peyton Manning leads them to the promised land. 4:30 p.m., NBC (channel 2).
Too close to call
Here's one of those on-any-given-Sunday deals, except it's Friday, not Sunday. Regardless, good luck picking winners in these Cook Inlet Conference games between evenly match games: Dimond (1-2) meets ejection-depleted Bartlett (0-3) at Anchorage Football Stadium, and West (1-2) plays East (0-3) at Dimond Alumni Field. Even though none of the teams have winning records, implications are big, because this season five of the CIC's eight teams make the playoffs. 7 p.m. kickoff for both games.
A rivalry's last gasps
Notre Dame plays Michigan in a big regional-rivalry game ... oh wait, that was before Brian Kelly's come-to-Touchdown-Jesus moment and realized that Notre Dame versus Michigan is a great, historic rivalry. At any rate, it's a rivalry that ends after next season. 4 p.m., ESPN (channel 34).
Shut up and watch
It's here! It's here! It's here! Yeah, the first game of the NFL season was Thursday, but today is the big day, the one when you set your alarm so you don't miss the 9 a.m. kickoffs and then move to the couch for the rest of the day unless your team is never on TV so you have to go out and find a bar showing the game. Here's the lineup of opening-day games on local television:
Cincinnati at Chicago, 9 a.m., CBS (channel 11)
Seattle at Carolina, 9 a.m., Fox (channel 4)
Green Bay at San Francisco, 12:25 p.m., Fox (channel 4)
New York Giants at Dallas, 4 p.m., NBC (channel 2)
Let's play two
Still more football! Don't you love America? Monday Night Football kicks off with a doubleheader on ESPN (cable channel 34). Philadelphia at Washington at 2:55 p.m. and Houston at San Diego at 6:20 p.m.
Turn off the TV and read
"Clouds Over the Goalpost: Gambling, Assassination, and the NFL in 1963" marks the 50th anniversary of a watershed season for the NFL and is a tale of scandal, murder and glory written by former Daily News sports editor Lew Freedman. The book "is the stuff of great fiction ... except that it's all true," veteran sportswriter Ernie Palladino said. Available at amazon.com. (And yes, this is a shameless promotion for a former colleague.)
Even more football!
Because of observations of the Rosh Hashana holiday, there aren't any Anchorage School District activities next weekend. All of the Cook Inlet Conference football games are being played mid-week, including two that kick off at 7 p.m. Wednesday -- East vs. Dimond at Dimond and Bartlett vs. West at AFS.