Monday, January 23, 2012

Blogathon 2012 Schedule

Our Blogathon Preview Podcast is now available, and Wedge and/or SpeedGeek may be posting some racing thoughts at some point this week.  For now, here is a schedule of events to watch on television and chances to interact with us throughout the 24 hours of the Daytona 24 and Blogathon 2012.

This year's features include another round of Mario Kart as well as a screening of the classic Sly Stallone film, Driven.  To participate in Mario Kart (9:00 p.m.), post a comment here or contact Wedge during Blogathon with your Wii ID so we can add you to the game.  This is a fun event each year and one of the highlights of the 24 hours for me.  If you want to watch Driven (1:00 a.m.) with me as I live-blog, see the end of this post for details.

Here is an updated schedule.

All times are Eastern. Last updated on 1/24/12.

January 28

2:30 p.m. - Coverage of the Rolex 24 at Daytona begins (SPEED)
3:00 p.m. - College Basketball: Tennessee Tech at Morehead State (ESPNU)
3:00 p.m. - PGA Tour Golf: Farmers Insurance Open (CBS)
4:00 p.m. - Winter X Games Snowboarding (ABC)
4:00 p.m. - College Basketball: Georgetown at Pittsburgh (ESPN)
4:00 p.m. - College Basketball: Purdue at Northwestern (ESPN2)
5:00 p.m. - College Basketball: Iowa at Missouri State (ESPNU)
6:00 p.m. - College Basketball: Aubrn at Tennessee (ESPN2)
7:00 p.m. - College Basketball: Washington at Arizona (ESPN)
7:00 p.m. - College Basketball: Butler at Wisconsin Green Bay (ESPNU)
7:00 p.m. - NHL All-Star SuperSkills Competition (NBC Sports)
8:00 p.m. - UFC: Evans vs. Davis (FOX)
8:00 p.m. - College Basketball: Virginia at North Carolina State (ESPN2)
9:00 p.m. - Live Mario Kart
9:00 p.m. - Winter X Games (ESPN)
9:00 p.m. - College Basketball: St. Mary's at BYU (ESPNU)
10:00 p.m. - SPEED race coverage ends for the night. Visit to watch online. 
10:00 p.m. - Australian Open: Women's final (ESPN2)
11:00 p.m. - College Basketball: Cal State Fullerton at Long Beach State (ESPNU)

January 29

1:00 a.m. - Driven screening/live-blogging
3:00 a.m. - Australian Open: Men's final (ESPN2)
9:00 a.m. - Rolex 24 at Daytona coverage returns (SPEED)
12:30 p.m. - PBA Bowling: USBC Masters (ESPN)
1:00 p.m. - College Basketball: Michigan at Ohio State (CBS)
1:00 p.m. - PGA Tour Golf: Farmer's Insurance Open (GOLF)
1:30 p.m. - College Women's Basketball: Rutgers at Georgetown (ESPNU)
2:00 p.m. - Winter X Games (ESPN)
3:00 p.m. - PGA Tour Golf: Farmer's Insurance Open (CBS)
3:00 p.m. - College Women's Basketball: Penn State at Michigan State (ESPN2)
3:30 p.m. - College Women's Basketball: Florida State at Virginia (ESPNU)
3:30 p.m. - NBA Basketball: Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat (ABC)

If you would like to watch Driven with us, we will use the clock (in the yellow box) on this page.  To get ready, start the movie in advance, but press pause as soon as you see the screen read "A Renny Harlin Film."  We will then all hit "play" right when that clock reads 1:00 a.m.  I will be posting my thoughts throughout the movie here on the blog.  Feel free to comment as you watch. If enough people are into it, we can probably set up a live chat somehow as well.  If you do not own the movie, it is streaming on Amazon (free for Prime members, or you can pay a small rental fee).  However, it is not currently streaming on Netflix.  If you are good at the internet, I'm sure there are other ways as well!  We'll have more details as the time gets closer.  (Note: People streaming the movie will not remain exactly in sync with those of us who are watching it from a non-internet source.)

And finally, here are some more scheduling notes from our good friend Pat of!

In-race alternatives seem a bit thin this year but some stuff beforehand could be interesting. Liverpool v Man Utd in the FA Cup, the Africa Cup of Nations, and indoor athletics with four teams: GBR vs USA vs Russia vs Rest of World.

If Mr Shagers and Mr Wedge want to pick up from last year there's some cricket: Pakistan v England, Second Test from 6am GMT Sunday (1am Eastern). But that's the last day of 5 so it might've finished on Saturday.

Here in Britain, Eurosport has plenty of winter sports on Sunday, could be fun. Ski jumping, luge, alpine skiing. More FA Cup on Sunday. And there's always Bowls (not bowling, bowls) if you're desperate I suppose.

For the benefit of your other British reader, the Rolex 24 is on MotorsTV at 7.30pm and patchy coverage on Eurosport 2 from 8pm. Much better race coverage than previous years!

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