Saturday August 6th
Handball noon/11c MSNBC
If you’ve never seen a Handball match you are not alone. I would assume most of our readers have never seen a match before. But trust me when I say if you do not tune in you are missing out on one of the world’s most underappreciated sports. The game is played indoors on a basketball looking court with large goals on both ends of the floor. It is essentially Lacrosse without sticks and people flying through the air whipping a small ball at the net. My thoughts are so jumbled so that may not be the best description, but please watch and enjoy, it is truly an awesome, fast-paced game to watch.
Women’s Soccer USA v France 4pm/3c NBCSN
The United States women battle group leader France who dominated Colombia 4-0 to open their Olympics. This game will decide the winner of the group and will be a very good test for the USWNT, who is coming off a 2-0 win of their own against New Zealand. The French surprised me a bit in their blow-out win over Colombia until I realized that the Colombians were missing their best player. The US missed a plethora of solid chances against New Zealand, I’ll chalk that up to nerves and getting acclimated to the climate in Brazil. Expect a must crisper game from the ladies and a 3-1 win over the French.
Prime-time Coverage 8pm/7c NBC
This one may seem like a fairly obvious choice but NBC has an absolutely stacked prime-time to open the Games with 4 hours of coverage in some of the most popular events in the Olympics. We will have medals handed out in the Men’s 400m freestyle and the Men’s and Women’s 400m individual medley. They will also have the beginning of the Men’s team competition in gymnastics and the Rio Olympic debut for Kerri Walsh-Jennings and April Ross. Big night in prime-time and there isn’t really any competition for viewership on other channels like there will be later in the Games.