In our never ending quest to keep you sane and alive here in the dog days of summer, ATVS proudly presents this week’s collection of football-like substances. Football never has an offseason if you believe in yourself.
WEEKEND OBLONG SPHEROID US TV LISTINGS 7/5 - 7/8
|All Times Central||THURSDAY|
|CFL||8:00 PM||Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders||ESPN+|
|Super Rugby||2:35 AM||Crusaders vs. Highlanders||ESPN+|
|Super Rugby||4:45 AM||Reds vs. Rebels||ESPN+|
|CFL||6:30 PM||Ottawa Redblacks vs. Montreal Alouettes||ESPN+|
|AFL Premiership||10:30 PM||Carlton Blues vs. Brisbane Lions||FS2||FSGo|
|Super Rugby||12:15 AM||Chiefs vs. Brumbies||ESPN+|
|Super Rugby||2:35 AM||Hurricanes vs. Blues||ESPN+|
|Super Rugby||4:45 AM||Waratahs vs. Sunwolves||ESPN+|
|Super Rugby||8:05 AM||Bulls vs. Jaguares||ESPN+|
|Super Rugby||10:15 AM||Stormers vs. Sharks||ESPN+|
|Calgary Stampede||12:00 PM||Night 1 Highlights||CBSSN|
|Arena Football||3:00 PM||Baltimore Brigade @ Washington Valor|
|CFL||4:30 PM||Edmonton Eskimos vs. Toronto Argonauts||ESPN+|
|Arena Football||5:00 PM||Philadelphia Soul @ Albany Empire||CBSSN|
|Indoor Football League||7:05 PM||2018 UNITED BOWL: Sioux Falls Storm at Iowa Barnstormers||YouTube|
|CFL||7:30 PM||BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers||ESPN+|
|Major League Rugby||8:00 PM||CHAMPIONSHIP: Seattle Seawolves vs. Glendale Raptors||CBSSN|
It’s a pretty big weekend for the fractured sport of indoor, basketball-arena sized football. A few years ago, the Arena Football League as it was in it’s heyday split in two, with the teams located in the midwest and beyond forming the Indoor Football League and the remaining east coast metropolitan teams holding on the the AFL branding. This weekend the IFL will be having it’s semi-final conference championship round. Meanwhile the AFL, still in the late stages of it’s regular season, will be debuting a fascinating new technology in the world of football broadcasting. Multiple players in this weekend’s Washington Valor vs Philadelphia Soul game will be wearing helmets with integrated cameras, and the AFL will be offering live in-game feeds via their various online outlets. The few times we ever get to see a player’s helmet POV of a game, it always comes from a practice or demonstration. It will be fascinating to see a game of real football directly from multiple player’s perspectives.
Be aware of a programming change with this week’s Aussie rules game. Due to some kind of World Cup conflict, FS2 will be picking up a match at midnight Saturday instead of the typical Friday night broadcast.
The CFL is barreling right along after a crazy opening weekend, with a double header on Friday night. Only one game this weekend is on ESPN2, with the rest delegated behind the ESPN+ paywall. I shared this already on twitter, but in my formal opinion as the SEC’s leading expert on the CFL, if Jeremiah Masoli continues to perform at the high level he did in week one, there’s no way Johnny Manziel is seeing the field this year for Hamilton.
A ton of professional and international rugby rounds out this week’s listings. No, that’s not a typo, most of last week’s international test matches are happening again this weekend at virtually the same kickoff times. The New Zealand v England matchup is at such a great time for US viewers because it’s being played at Mile High in Denver.
Do you have a favorite football-like substance you wish to see in our weekly listings? Hit us up with some details in the comments and I’ll add them to the mix next week.