Play it forward: Oct. 25-Nov. 1 on your L.A. sports calendar … Pass the pumpkin



No baseball. No hoops. Take a breather. Watch some bad football. Word of the day: Zorn. Maybe they coulda played this one in London instead. You know — Ben Franklin’s squad against the White House Wonders with red skins… would have gone over just fab at Wembley. With Beckham as the Eagles’ field-goal kicker.
NFL: Philadelphia at Washington, 5:30 p.m., ESPN; and don’t forget, to make it worse: “Monday Night Countdown” with Chris Berman, Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Stuart Scott, Matt Millen, Steve Young.


The 64th regular season of the National Basketball Association doesn’t even begin with the Lakers’ ring ceremony. That happens after the TV guys are finished showing off Boston and Cleveland playing in the opener of a televised doubleheader. Then, to L.A. vs. L.A., with David Stern reviving his trophy ceremony presentation, with or without the strange Jerry Buss offspring in the way.
NBA: Clippers at Lakers, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., TNT; Boston vs. Cleveland, 4:30 p.m., TNT



World Series, Version 105.0. With Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. Without the Dodgers, Angels, replays to help the umps and warm weather. It must already be good. is taking orders for the $69.95 highlight DVD (linked here) — to be released on Dec. 15. We’ll watch it live and decide.
Baseball: World Series Game 1: Philadelphia at N.Y. Yankees, 4:57 p.m. first pitch (Game 2 is Thursday at 4:57 p.m. in New York; Game 3 is Saturday at 4:47 p.m. in Philadelphia; Game 4 is Sunday at 5:20 p.m. in Philadelphia.

Where do the Clippers go with an 0-1 record? Rebuild mode. Again.
NBA: Clippers vs. Phoenix, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket.

Episode One: “East of Dillon.” The synopsis: Coach struggles to pull together his new team — the East Dillon Lions. There are politics to navigate through. Kids running amock. Girls messing things up. All’s well in Texas. Then, stick around for “Wonderland.”
Season premiere: “Friday Night Lights,” DirecTV 101, 6 and 9 p.m.

Don’t fear the Sharks. Not any more.
NHL: KIngs at San Jose, 7:30 p.m., FSN West.


Don’t fear the Canucks. Even if you could figure out what one really is. Maybe this big fan knows.
NHL: Kings vs. Vancouver, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSN West.



Thankfully, the regular NBA refs are back in place. Right where Mark Cuban wants ’em.
NBA: Lakers vs. Dallas, Staples Center, ESPN, FSN West, 7:30 p.m.

Too late to see the BYU-TCU game. Sorry, Mr. Dunleavy.
NBA: Clippers at Utah, Prime Ticket, 6:30 p.m.



Don’t get spooked. The bad guys are wearing orange and black on Halloween and look like Beavers.
College football: UCLA at Oregon State, 1 p.m.

More haunting news: The University of Oregon has a graveyard right in the middle of its campus.
College football: USC at Oregon, 5 p.m., Channel 7.

Thankfully, the Mavericks have the Clippers on their schedule. Right where Mark Cuban wants ’em.
NBA: Clippers vs. Dallas, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket.


A playoff SuperClassico. Can it get even more bueno? Emi will get you up to speed. And can’t wait to see Beckham in person.
MLS playoffs: Galaxy vs. Chivas USA, Home Depot Center, 2 p.m., ESPN2, ESPN Deportes


The NFL doesn’t have a prime-time game this week, yielding to the World Series. How nice of them. Yet, the game everyone probably wants to see: Brett Favre returns to Green Bay. And it leads into World Series Game 4.
NFL: Minnesota at Green Bay, 1:15 p.m., Channel 11.

Name two players on the Hawks. Didn’t think so.
NBA: Lakers vs. Atlanta, Staples Center, 6:30 p.m., FSN West

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