How To Pass Time Until The Draft

If you are an NFL-only fan, I may not be able to help you. Here’s a schedule of upcoming sporting events to keep you occupied until the April 25th Draft.

The NFL Scouting Combine: Wednesday Feb. 22 -Tuesday, February 28th on NFL Network. Here’s a list of the quarterbacks who were invited to work out:
B.J. Coleman, Tennessee-Chattanooga; Aaron Corp, Richmond; Kirk Cousins, Michigan State; Austin Davis, Southern Miss; Nick Foles, Arizona; Robert Griffin III, Baylor; Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois; Jacory Harris, Miami; Jordan Jefferson, LSU; Case Keenum, Houston; Ryan Lindley, San Diego State; Andrew Luck, Stanford; Kellen Moore, Boise State; Brock Osweiler, Arizona State; Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M; Darron Thomas, Oregon; Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State; Russell Wilson, Wisconsin; Patrick Witt, Yale.

NBA All-Star Weekend: Friday, February 24th-Sunday, February 26th on TNT. Blake Griffin has not yet committed to defend his Slam Dunk Contest championship. Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal will be general managers of the two teams in the Rookie-Sophomore Rising Star Game, and they will pick sides from a pool of 18 players previously selected by league assistant coaches. The Game itself will feature Luol Deng, Roy Hibbert, Andre Iguodala, Lamarcus Aldridge and Andrew Bynum for the first time.

The NCAA Tournament: March 15th-April 2nd on TNT, TBS, TruTV, and CBS. Selection Sunday is March 11th. The field is narrowed from 68 to 64 on March 13th and 14th.

MLB Opening Day: Thursday, April 5th, on various channels including ESPN, MLB Network, WGN, and Fox Sports affiliates. There will be one game on the 4th between the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals and new-look Miami Marlins (and overseas games earlier than this, including teams like the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics). The first day includes the debut of slugger Prince Fielder as a Detroit Tiger, taking on the Red Sox at Comerica Park in Detroit.  The Nationals will face the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, but there’s no word whether new pitcher Edwin Jackson, phenom Stephen Strasburg, or someone else will pitch for the Nationals. The Pirates will battle for respect in a cross-state showdown as they host the Phillies. The Pirates have a 45% roster turnover from last season, when they were leading the Central at the 100-game mark. New Pittsburgh players include SS Clint Barmes, C Rod Barajas, LHP Erik Bedard, and 1B Casey McGehee. The Pirates’ .286 winning percentage over the final 56 games (16-40) was the poorest by any team that had ever led its league or division at the 100-game mark (even more horrific than the previous record of .339 by the 1977 Cubs). There will also be a night game, Dodgers vs. Padres at Petco Park in San Diego.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs: Second week of April on NBC Sports Network. If the playoffs were to start today, there would be four new teams: Blues in the West; Senators, Devils, and Maple Leafs in the East. The Stars in the West still have a good chance.

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