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Christmas Sports Open Thread

Kris Kringle wannabes scatter to buses for pub crawls in North Beach and the Marina after a group photo on Union Square for the annual Santacon romp in San Francisco, Calif. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Photo by Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Greetings, OTE regulars. Whatever holidays you do or don’t celebrate, wherever you are, we wish you health and happiness.

You are likely with family, eating vaguely ceremonial foods, but in case you need a thread to talk about the various sports of the Christmas season, here you go:

December 24 TV Schedule

College Basketball: The Diamond Head Classic

A mainstay by now, the University of Hawai’i sets up this eight-team tournament to end on Chrismas Eve with a buffet of beautiful basketball:

Temple Owls vs. Portland Pilots

12:30pm | ESPN2 | Temple -3.5 | O/U 151.5

Old Dominion Monarchs vs. UMass Minutemen

2:30pm | ESPN2 | UMass -6.5 | O/U 154.5

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors

5:30pm | ESPN2 | TCU -5.5 | O/U 149.5

Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

8pm | ESPN | Nevada -6.5 | O/U 140.5

College basketball then breaks until December 27, when the only three games are Morgan Sate at Virginia and Chicago State at Cal Baptist in men’s, and Jackson State at Texas in women’s. Why???


  • {Scotland} Motherwell vs. Rangers [6am, Paramount+]
  • {EPL} Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Chelsea [7am, USA]
  • {Turkish Super Lig} Adana Demirspor vs. Antalyaspor [7am, beIN]
  • {Turkish Super Lig} Fenerbahce vs. Galatasaray [10am, beIN]


December 25


  • {Turkish Super Lig} Hatayspor vs. Besiktas [11am, beIN]



All our best to you and yours. Grab a slice of pie—or just pull up a chair to the OTE bar and talk whatever mess you’d like to talk during the holiday season.