Friday, January 22, 2010

Five questions for the weekend

Five sports-related questions to ponder as the weekend arrives:

1. Who's going to the Super Bowl?

Vegas says it's the Colts and the Saints. Jets coach Rex Ryan says he'll be shocked if his team doesn't go to the Super Bowl. And if the Vikings lose, the will he or won't he return questions will start immediately about Brett Favre.

The prospect of Drew Brees (right) and Favre flinging it Sunday night (6:30 p.m., FOX, WCCB-TV channel 18) with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line is more exciting than free shrimp.

The Colts play the upstart New York Jets in the warmup. (3 p.m., CBS, WBTV channel 3).

2. Can Duke win on the road?

So far, the Blue Devils are 0-3 in true road games this season and they're in Littlejohn Coliseum Saturday night to meet Clemson. It doesn't get the recognition of Cameron Indoor Stadium or some other arenas but there aren't many tougher places to play than Littlejohn when the place is full and the crowd is engaged. It'll be roaring Saturday. There may even be a Danny Ford sighting in the building.

3. Will tonight be lucky No. 7 for the Bobcats?

They're in Atlanta tonight (7 p.m., SportsSouth) where they'll put their six-game winning streak on the line against the Hawks. They come back home Saturday night to host Orlando (click here to buy tickets) before hitting the road for two weeks.

4. Is Virginia for real?

The Cavaliers are the only unbeaten team in ACC play but they'll face a tough test Saturday afternoon at Wake Forest. For the Deacons and coach Dino Gaudio (right), it's the kind of game they need to win if they're serious about being an NCAA tournament team in March.

5. Will the Tar Heels lose another one this weekend?

No chance.

They have the weekend off.

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