For the second year in a row, the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Cardinals play each other on Christmas Day.
Oh relax. I’m kidding about the waffle part.
But I’m serious about this: It’s great to see local bands on the national stage. and anyone who cannot enjoy sport, even when not all the games are so great, should boil his own candy and bury it in his heart with a piece of chair, as the miser of a certain reformer might say. Even at Christmas.
Especially at Christmas. I love the holiday as much as anyone, maybe even more, but it can get pretty hectic, and at a certain time of day, watching giant men run into each other at full speed starts to get its magic. You can only be so merry for so long.
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When do the Cardinals and Suns play on Christmas Day? any channel?
The Cardinals host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 6:20 p.m. Arizona time on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” — routinely the most watched show on television week in and week out — while the Suns visit the Denver Nuggets at 8:30 p.m. on ABC and ESPN. .
Beth Mowins, Richard Jefferson, and Jorge Sedano call the Suns-Nuggets, while Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth call the Cardinals-Buccaneers.
Suns are good, but crazy inconsistent. Injuries are related.
On the other hand, the Cardinals are completely consistent – consistently terrible. Almost everything has injuries.
Among those injuries was a torn anterior cruciate ligament of Kyler Murray, who suffered in Game 3 of the Cardinals’ “Monday Night Football” loss to the New England Patriots on December 12. “My name is my voice in all of football,” Keegan told Michael Key on “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli.” The team responds well when it plays.
But there’s a reason the team pays Murray $230.5 million and not McCoy.
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It’s a chance to see Tom Brady and Nikola Jokic. And the sun and cardinals, of course
Meanwhile, Tom Brady is there for The Bucs. There is always something to be said for watching the best of all time. It is the ghost of past greatness, and sometimes the present. Not the future, though. This was supposed to be Murray, and probably still is. Just not on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Suns-Nuggets are just as good — on paper. But Chris Paul and Devin Booker were injured, though both returned to action, and at one point in December Phoenix suffered a five-game losing streak. We are spoiled by short memories. It wasn’t long ago that the response to that remark would be, “Just five games? Awesome!”
Nikola Jokic continues to lead the Nuggets, somehow managing to be one of the best players in the NBA while looking like the guy you pick at third in a lunchtime pickup at the Y. (OK, he’s 6-foot-11. Appearances obviously He’s great – leading the Nuggets in points, rebounds, assists, steals – and really fun to watch.
Last year, if you were curious, things didn’t go so well for the local teams at Christmas. The Indianapolis Colts beat the Cardinals and the Golden State Warriors beat the Suns. The latter was, at the time, a match between two of the best teams in the NBA. (The Cardinals had begun their traditional late-season breakup, which they worked on earlier this season.)
Let’s hope losing doesn’t become a holiday tradition. And if that happens? There is always eggnog.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals
6:20 p.m. AZ on Dec. 25 on NBC.
Phoenix Suns at Denver Nuggets
8:30 p.m. AZ on December 25th on ABC and ESPN.
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