Play it forward: Oct. 25-31 on your sports calendar


Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:



NHL: Kings at Minnesota, Versus, 5 p.m.:

Oh, how wild it will be at Staples Center tonight when Justin Bieber takes the stage. Not quite as Minnesota wild it will be for the Kings, who know better and are out of town.

NFL: N.Y. Giants at Dallas, 5:30 p.m, ESPN:

About those 1-4 Cowboys: Going to 1-5 would be giant stupid. Not even the Rangers in the World Series can make the Cowboys stay under the radar. Tony Romo, by the way, is listed in the top three as one of the “most overrated players in the NFL” from a Sports Illustrated poll taken among the players.



NBA: Lakers vs. Houston, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., TNT:

How about, this year, instead of giving out championship rings, Lakers owner Jerry Buss starts handing out some of his trophy girlfriends? Kobe, can’t touch that. D-Fish, sorry. Lamar, no thanks. Sasha, not now. But thanks for asking.


Documentary, “Fernando Nation,” ESPN, 5 p.m.:

The latest “30 For 30” film focuses on how the city of L.A., especially those from the Latino population that may have boycotted Chavez Ravine for the way their ancestors were unceremoniously displaced from their homes on that land in the 1950s, rallied around this kid from Etchohuaquila for a magic moment in time. “He still matters to a generation of Mexican Americans,” says Estella Lopez, a former producer with ABC News who helps tell the story. ” He’s our first hero.”

NHL: Ducks at Dallas, 6 p.m., Prime:

Put a sheet of ice out at Cowboys Stadium, and we’d be compelled to consider watching.



MLB: World Series Game 1: Texas at San Francisco, 4:30 p.m., Channel 11:

We have every reason to believe Josh Hamilton stayed sober after that ALCS celebration party last Friday, meaning the Rangers should be in decent shape to start their first World Series. With Cliff Lee on the mound again, ready to pitch three times if necessary, Texas isn’t to be messed with at this stage of the game. Now, get thee to the Wharf on time. Last weekend, Texas pitcher C.J. Wilson, the Newport Beach native out of Loyola Marymount, quickly tweeted a challenge to the Giants’ wild-eyed closer Brian Wilson: “See your beard soon mr wilson.” Wilson answered: “Sounds delicious. We’ll be coming.”


NBA: Clippers vs. Portland, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime:

Blake Griffin starts his NBA Rookie of the Year campaign. Again.


NHL: Kings at Chicago, 5:30 p.m., FSW:

Congrats to Jeremy Roenick, the former Blackhawks and Kings star who retired as a member of the Sharks last year, inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame last week. With 513 goals and 703 assists for 1,216 points in 1,363 games, he ranks third in career goals and points among U.S.-born players. Meanwhile, the defending Stanley Cup champ Chicagoland team is still raising Kane.

Series: “Friday Night Lights,” DirecTV 101, 9 p.m.:

The final season arrives early again on the satellite-dish system, before it lands on NBC after the first of the year.


MLB: World Series Game 2: Texas at San Francisco, 4:30 p.m., Channel 11:

Name the inning, players involved and manager ejected in this game where fans get upset the most and can’t believe there isn’t a replay system in place.

NHL: Kings at Dallas, 5:30 p.m., FSW:

How many fans of the Stars will bail out to go watch the Rangers on a big-screen somewhere?



NBA: Lakers at Phoenix, 7:30 p.m., Channel 9:

Jim Halpert made a reference to Steve Nash in last week’s episode of “The Office.” Dwight Schrute didn’t get it. What a surprise. It has nothing really to with the video clip above, but it’s what we found after a Google video search of “Steve Nash” and “office.”

NBA: Clippers at Golden State, 7:30 p.m., Prime:

Not an exhibition. But as close to one as you can get.

NHL: Ducks vs. New Jersey, Honda Center, 7 p.m, FSW:

The Devils start their only So Cal tour with a trip to Disneyland.


i-626ac0af6bd8eb1e32d96c8bdf3ace06-NEWoregon_ducks_1.jpgCollege football: USC vs. Oregon, Coliseum, 5 p.m., Channel 7:

Everybody’s No. 1 team — except by the BCS computers (linked here) — these Ducks from Oregon dive-bomb into the Coliseum against a Trojan squad feeling much better about their disposition, taking a week off after squashing Cal. And this tweet just in from ESPN’s Joe Schad: “Oregon has beaten one team ranked in Top 25 at time of meeting; Boise St. has beaten two such opponents.” With USC back in the AP Top 25, this can actually do a lot for Duck diplomacy. Get that chip off your shoulder, Chip Kelly.

College football: UCLA vs. Arizona, Rose Bowl, 12:30 p.m., FSW:

The Bruins, now without QB Kevin Price, can only hope that Wildcats QB Nick Foles, the Pac-10’s passing leader, really is out for the two-to-three weeks that the team says because of a sprained knee. At the very leads, UCLA won’t be expecting a 47-point beatdown.

NHL: Kings vs. New Jersey, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:

This is the first of five in a row at home for the Kings, who aren’t on the road again until the middle of November. Get healthy.

NHL: Ducks at San Jose, 7:30 p.m., Prime:

Only one Ducks team allowed to play in Southern California per day. And did you know:
The Sharks’ HP Pavilion still refuses to take recycled HP printers.

MLB: World Series Game 3: San Francisco at Texas, 3:30 p.m., Channel 11:

Y’all know they don’t play baseball games in Texas in late October, right? This is supposed to be the early-bird special-adapted time for the earlier World Series game. Not a day game. Not really a night game. A game of shadows. The Rangers may even start Nolan Ryan in this one.



NFL: Minnesota at New England, 1 p.m., Channel 11:

On Halloween, Randy Moss returns with the Vikings and could be the Patriots’ worst nightmare.


NBA: Clippers vs. Dallas, Staples Center, 12:30 p.m., Prime; Lakers vs. Golden State, Staples Center, 6:30 p.m., FSW:

It’s that always scary scenario where four teams try to squeeze two games into the downtown office supply store on one day, a few hours apart. The Warriors could always show up for the matinee and claim they didn’t know.

NFL: Tennessee at San Diego, 1 p.m., Channel 2:

You’d rather watch this than the Vikings-Pats over on Channel 11? It may not be possible, if KCBS makes you watch San Francisco vs. Denver from Wembley Stadium in the 10 a.m. hole.

NFL: Green Bay at N.Y. Jets, 10 a.m., Channel 11:

Sorry, still distracted from that Raider beatdown over the Broncos last Sunday.

NFL: Pittsburgh at New Orleans, 5:20 p.m., Channel 4:

Troy Polamalu’s costume plans include wearing a James Harrison disguise.

MLB: World Series Game 4: San Francisco at Texas, 5 p.m., Channel 11:

The wild hogs of the MLB aren’t frightened about going up against the NFL? Their bacon will be achin’ when the ratings come up. The Cowboys have a home game (against Jacksonville, in the early window), so at least there’s no local conflicts.

MLS playoffs: Galaxy at Seattle, 5 p.m., ESPN2:

Now that the Supporters’ Shield has been secured — and someone will explain that to us someday — the playoffs start with your local kickball team traveling to play the Sounders FC. A second game is Nov. 7. Then, like “The “Price Is Right,” they add up all the numbers and determine who goes to the showcase showdown.

Horse racing: Oak Tree at Hollywood Park, 1 p.m.:

The final day of racing for the meeting, with a sweatshirt giveaway and the Las Palmas Handicap. Starting next week, we move everything to … nowhere. The Hollywood Park Fall Meeting starts Thursday night, Nov. 4.

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