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Top 10 Sports Power Weekends: February 4-6

Monday, January 31st, 2011



Super Bowl XLV between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers headlines a weekend full of great Sports Power Weekend options. As the NFL season comes to a close in Dallas, attention turns to the NBA, NHL and college basketball. Don’t look now though, Spring Training is only weeks away.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of February 4-6. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Dallas

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Super Bowl XLV


There can hardly be any argument about where the best place to be this weekend is for a sports fan. Super Bowl XLV between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium concludes another incredible NFL season.

Also see: Super Bowl XLV Travel Guide

2. Boston

Friday
  • Mavericks at Celtics
Saturday
  • Sharks at Bruins
  • Virginia Tech at Boston College
Sunday
  • Magic at Celtics
Monday
  • Beanpot Tournament


The best team in the East, the Boston Celtics host two of the league’s top teams on Friday and Sunday when the Dallas Mavericks at Orlando Magic come to town. Saturday features a Bruins game at the TD Garden, and the first games of the annual Beanpot Tournament drop the puck on Monday.

3. Pittsburgh

Friday
  • Sabres at Penguins
Saturday
  • Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
Sunday
  • Michigan at Penn State


With the Pittsburgh Steelers looking for their record seventh Super Bowl title, Pittsburgh will be buzzing about the big game. The atmosphere will be great at any of the sports bars for Super Bowl XLV on Sunday, but on Friday night check out the Penguins at Consol Energy Center, and on Saturday Pitt hosts Cincinnati in a Big East clash.

4. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Knicks at 76ers
Saturday
  • Stars at Flyers
  • West Virginia at Villanova
  • Rhode Island at Temple
Sunday


Basketball now reigns supreme in Philly with the NFL season over and the Phillies weeks away from taking the field. The Sixers host the New York Knicks on Friday night, and West Virginia visits an always-strong Villanova squad the next day. The Flyers take the ice against the Stars on Saturday as well.

5. New York

Friday
  • Panthers at Devils
Saturday
  • Senators at Islanders
  • UConn at Seton Hall
Sunday
  • 76ers at Knicks
  • Pacers at Nets


You can make this an all New Jersey SPW if you choose, with the Devils, Seton Hall and the Nets hosting games on Friday through Sunday. It is a Knicks game on Sunday against the visiting Sixers that serves as the centerpiece for this weekend, however.

Also see: New York City Guide

6. Washington, D.C.

Friday
  • Magic at Wizards
Saturday
  • Hawks at Wizards
  • Wake Forest at Maryland
  • Providence at Georgetown
Sunday
  • Penguins at Capitals


With all the exciting NBA and college basketball action taking place in the D.C. area, it is the Winter Classic rematch of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals that makes this weekend so strong. If Sidney Crosby is back on the ice, the matchup between him and Alex Ovechkin actually overshadows two Wizards games and college basketball action at Maryland and Georgetown.

Also see: Washington, D.C. City Guide

7. Phoenix

Friday
  • Thunder at Suns
  • Phoenix Open
Saturday
  • Wild at Coyotes
  • Phoenix Open
Sunday
  • Phoenix Open


The Phoenix Open in Scottsdale has a party feel to it and is a fun atmosphere on a nice day in Arizona. Having Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in town to play the Phoenix Suns only adds to the allure of this weekend.

8. San Francisco

Friday
  • Spurs at Kings
Saturday
  • Bulls at Warriors
  • Arizona at Cal
  • Arizona State at Stanford
Sunday


The Bay Area provides some star power with the NBA best San Antonio Spurs traveling to northern California to face the Sacramento Kings in the state’s capital, and Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls taking on Monta Ellis and the Warriors in Oakland. Cal and Stanford also host the Arizona schools in Pac-10 action on Saturday.

9. Miami

Friday
Saturday
  • Virginia at Miami
Sunday
  • Clippers at Heat


Let Virginia at Miami on Saturday serve as an ACC appetizer for Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers taking their talents to South Beach to visit the Big Three of LeBron, DWade and Bosh and the Miami Heat. Miami is not a bad place to be in early February, to say the least.

10. Milwaukee

Friday
Saturday
  • Pistons at Bucks
Sunday
  • Michigan State at Wisconsin


Just like in Pittsburgh this weekend, Super Bowl XLV is all the rage. Warm up your weekend in frigid Wisconsin with the Detroit Pistons-Milwaukee Bucks game on Saturday. Sunday would be all about the Green Bay Packers if not for a sure-to-be hard-fought Big Ten battle between perennial powers Michigan State and Wisconsin in Madison. The state motto may be changed this weekend to Go, Pack, Go!

Sports Power Weekend Destination: Pittsburgh, January 21-23

Thursday, January 20th, 2011


January 21-23 Friday
Saturday
  • Hurricanes at Penguins
Sunday
  • Jets at Steelers
  • South Florida at West Virginia


The Steel City Looking For Another Title

Yes, PNC Park is considered one of the best venues in all of baseball, but with the Pirates on an 18 consecutive losing season streak, there is no better time to make a trip to Pittsburgh than this weekend. The Steelers are hosting the Conference Championship Game for the 11th time, the most among all NFL teams since 1970, and are looking for their eighth Super Bowl appearance, which would tie the Dallas Cowboys for the most all-time. In their way are the tough-talking New York Jets, so Sunday promises to be hard-fought and worthy of the hype.

As an appetizer to the main event that is the AFC Championship Game, the Penguins host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. The 2009 Stanley Cup Champions have their sights on hoisting the Cup again in 2011. No wonder the Sporting News named Pittsburgh the best sports city in America in 2009. If things play out in their favor, the Steel City may reclaim that moniker in 2011.

Friday

  • Primanti Brother’s
  • Rivers Casino

Photo courtesy of PrimantiBrothers.com

Friday night marks the calm before the storm. Get settled in and get your bearings in what Forbes Magazine called the most livable city in America in 2010. Though this isn’t your traditional Friday night dinner type of spot, head to Primanti Brother’s, a Pittsburgh institution that has been serving sandwiches topped with French fries since the 1930s. The original location is in the Strip District, a historic market district along the Alleghany River. Also in The Strip is Klavon’s, an ice cream parlor opened in the 1920s that recently received a visit from Vice President Joe Biden. Unfortunately, in the winter it closes at 5 PM during the week and is closed on Sunday. Perhaps you can squeeze it in on Saturday.

With your stomach full from a perfect Primanti’s sandwich, travel from the Strip District to Rivers Casino in the North Shore for some slots and table games. Located adjacent to Heinz Field and close to PNC Park, the casino is open 24 hours, but this is a big weekend, so don’t wear yourself out on the first night.

Saturday

  • Pamela’s Diner
  • University of Pittsburgh campus
  • Andy Warhol Museum
  • Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
  • Nadine’s Bar & Restaurant
  • Duquesne Incline
  • Consol Energy Center
  • (University of Pittsburgh Bars)

Hopefully Rivers Casino didn’t cost you your breakfast money (or your game tickets), and if it didn’t, start off your day at Pamela’s, serving some of the best breakfast in Pittsburgh since 1980. Try their crepe style pancakes, particularly the banana walnut. There are several locations of Pamela’s Diner; if you opt to go with the Oakland location, you will be near the University of Pittsburgh campus, which, although in mid-January promises to be very cold, will be nice to stroll through. You can make a trip to remnants of Forbes Field in the midst of the campus. Forbes Field was home to the Pittsburgh Pirates (1909-70), the Pittsburgh Steelers (1933-63) and the University of Pittsburgh football team (1909-24), among other local teams, and was the site of Bill Mazeroski’s World Series winning home run over the New York Yankees in 1960. The left-center and centerfield walls still stand at their original location adjacent to Pitt’s Mervis and Posvar Halls. Also, the stadium’s home plate resides encased and on display in the lobby floor of Posvar Hall.

Step a little bit further into Pittsburgh’s past by checking out the Andy Warhol Museum, just a baseball’s throw away from PNC Park on the north side of the Alleghany. Warhol is just one of the many famous Pittsburghers (Andrew Carnegie, Jimmy Stewart, Gene Kelly, H.J. Heinz, and Dr. Jonas Salk are a few others), and the museum in his honor currently features the popular Marilyn Monroe exhibit that has been extended until January 23.

Other potential museums to visit in addition to, or in lieu of, the Warhol Museum are the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. These include the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Science Center. You simply can not write a history of Pittsburgh without prominent mention of Andrew Carnegie, and his legacy in the city is intact with the collection of museums baring the family name.

All of that education and culture has probably made your feet throb, your head hurt and your stomach grumble, so head to Nadine’s Bar & Restaurant in the heart of Southside, south of the Monongahela River. They were the subject of a segment on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and if the video evidence tells even half the story, you won’t regret crossing the two of the three rivers (Ohio River being the other) of Pittsburgh to get there.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

A fantastic view of three rivers’ confluence, and all of Pittsburgh’s cityscape can be seen via a century-old cable car ride on the Duquesne Incline that scales Mt. Washington. The Incline is one of the city’s top attractions, and offers the best view of the Golden Triangle, the urban downtown center of Pittsburgh that resides at the aforementioned confluence.

Spending some time enjoying the sites and exploring the city will then lead you into the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Carolina Hurricanes at the newly-minted Consol Energy Center for the dropping of the puck at 7 PM local time. The Consol Energy Center is an upgrade on all fronts from its predecessor Mellon Arena (Civic Arena), and became the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified stadium in the NHL upon opening prior to the 2010-11 season. The arena will host 150 events annually, including the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2012 and the NCAA Hockey Frozen Four in 2013. The stadiums seating capacity is 18,087, in honor of Penguins All-Star Sydney Crosby, who wears number 87.

Following the game you can check out the local scene by going to bars bordering the nearby Duquesne University and University of Pittsburgh campuses. Tomorrow, you’ll be visiting yet another college campus, prior to heading to Heinz Field for the main event.

Sunday

  • DeLuca’s
  • The Strip District
  • Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at Senator John Heinz History Center
  • WVU Coliseum
  • Heinz Field

Photo courtesy of AP Images

There is no disputing that the AFC Championship Game between the Steelers and Jets is what makes this weekend stand out from all other Pittsburgh Sports Power Weekends. In order to get you in the mood (as if you need anything; it’s the AFC Championship Game for crying out loud), there are some pregame activities to get you in the sports mindset.

Begin the day with breakfast at DeLuca’s in the Strip District. DeLuca’s and Pamela’s often go head-to-head for the best breakfast in Pittsburgh crown, and having had both you can now decide for yourself. Check out the surrounding Strip District, which offers an incredible amount of history in addition to the food joints, antique shops, and boutiques.

The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at Senator John Heinz History Center is also located in The Strip and is a worthwhile visit, particularly on gameday. With legendary quarterbacks such as Joe Montana, Joe Namath, Johnny Unitas and Dan Marino all residing from Western PA, the “Cradle of Quarterbacks” exhibit is a must-see. There are also some great Mario Lemieux pieces, among historic items from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins, making the museum a cool place to check out.

After seeing the museum, you can choose to make the one hour and 20 minute drive to Morgantown, the college town of West Virginia University to take in the South Florida at West Virginia basketball game at 2 PM. WVU Coliseum celebrates the finest alum in the history of their men’s basketball program, Jerry West, with a bronze statue of “The Logo,” as well as his number 44 jersey hanging from the rafters. While no one on this Mountaineers squad will have the impact that West did, checking out a game in the arena will be a fun experience and allow you to see a bit of Morgantown and the WVU campus.

Now for the main event. You will have plenty of time to get back to Pittsburgh after the basketball game and get into the Heinz Field with no problems well before kickoff. Heinz Field has been the home of the Steelers since 2001, and has seen two Super Bowl seasons from the black and gold, with a good chance of a third if the Steelers can win on Sunday. Both ESPN and Sports Illustrated ranked Heinz Field as the second-best stadium in the NFL in 2007, trailing only Lambeau Field. One of the top attractions of Heinz Field (aside from Steelers football of course) is the Coca-Cola Great Hall, which houses memorabilia of the Steelers and Pitt Panthers, and is essentially a shrine to Pittsburgh football.

The AFC Championship Game promises to be a close, hard-hitting and tough game. With the winner going to the Super Bowl, you can be sure that both teams will leave everything on the field, and that makes for some great theatre.

With a win on Sunday the Steelers inch closer to their record seventh Super Bowl title. Between the Steelers and Penguins, maybe Pittsburgh is the new Titletown, USA. Now only if the Pirates can get on track.

Top Sports Power Weekends: January 21-23

Monday, January 17th, 2011



The sad truth is that Sports Power Weekends anchored by football are coming to an end. With over a month until Spring Training, it is the NBA, NHL and college basketball that rule the roost. That being said, Chicago and Pittsburgh are bringing the heat in the middle of winter, with the AFC and NFC Championship Games coming to town.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of January 21-23. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Chicago

Friday
Saturday
  • Cavs at Bulls
  • Pitt at DePaul
  • Marquette at Notre Dame
  • Ohio State at Illinois
Sunday
  • Packers at Bears
  • Flyers at Blackhawks
  • Wisconsin at Northwestern


What a weekend for Wisconsin. After checking out the hometown Bulls on Saturday night, the cheese heads can check out the Badgers in Evanston at noon taking on Northwestern before heading to Soldier Field for the 2:30 local time NFC Championship Game between bitter rivals the Packers and Bears.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

2. Pittsburgh

Friday
Saturday
  • Hurricanes at Penguins
Sunday
  • Jets at Steelers
  • USF at West Virginia


After the Jets toppled the Patriots, Steelers fans cancelled their plans to travel to New England, and instead get to the host second best Sports Power Weekend option, with the Penguins taking on the Hurricanes the night before the AFC Championship Game. The Terrible Towels will be waving at full force.

3. Denver

Friday
  • Lakers at Nuggets
Saturday
  • Bruins at Avalanche
Sunday
  • Pacers at Nuggets


Carmelo Anthony’s days in Denver may be numbered, but that shouldn’t preclude you from enjoying a weekend in the Rocky Mountain State. Mix some skiing with trips to the Pepsi Center to see the Nuggets and Avalanche throughout the weekend.

4. New York City

Friday
  • Pistons at Nets
Saturday
  • Mavericks at Nets
  • Rutgers at Seton Hall
Sunday
  • Notre Dame at St. John’s
  • Panthers at Devils
  • Sabres at Islanders


This is more of a New Jersey Sports Power Weekend, but setting up home base in NYC allows you to take public transportation to easily access the events in Jersey. Check out the Prudential Center in Newark and some college basketball at Madison Square Garden, while seeing the sights in Manhattan.

Also see: New York City Guide

5. Boston

Friday
  • Jazz at Celtics
Saturday
  • Tennessee at UConn
  • Louisville at Providence
Sunday


A New England Patriots win would have vaulted this weekend into the top two, but as it is, this is still a pretty good weekend in Boston and the local area. A Celtics game at TD Garden on Friday followed by a UConn out of conference game against Tennessee in Hartford makes for a nice weekend in New England.

6. Atlanta

Friday
  • Hornets at Hawks
Saturday
  • Rangers at Thrashers
  • Mississippi State at Georgia
Sunday


This is another weekend that would have been strengthened by the top-seeded team holding serve in the NFL playoffs. As it is, the Falcons lost, but Atlanta still offers the Hawks and Thrashers, as well as Georgia in an SEC battle an hour away in Athens.

Also see: Atlanta City Guide

7. Washington, D.C.

Friday
  • Suns at Wizards
Saturday
  • Clemson at Maryland
  • Celtics at Wizards
Sunday


The Wizards may be near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, but John Wall is one of the handful of NBA players that you have to see live. In addition, seeing Maryland at the Comcast Center is one of the top college basketball venues in the country.

Also see: Washington, D.C. and Baltimore City Guide

8. Miami

Friday
  • Lightning at Panthers
Saturday
  • Raptors at Heat
Sunday


The NHL game on Friday night might not set the world on fire, but it is a nice appetizer to the Heat game on Saturday. When you get a chance to see the Big Three in action, you do it.

9. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Bob Hope Classic
Saturday
  • Warriors at Clippers
  • Stanford at UCLA
  • Cal at USC
  • Bob Hope Classic
Sunday
  • Bob Hope Classic


Two hours from Los Angeles in La Quinta is the Bob Hope Classic, a nice option outside of the city. Back in LA, the Clippers, UCLA and USC all hold court. That and the beautiful weather make this a good option in late January.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

10. Buffalo

Friday
  • Islanders at Sabres
Saturday
  • Villanova at Syracuse
Sunday


Buffalo isn’t a place you would normally associate with a good option for a late January visit, but with the Sabres hosting the Islanders on Friday night, and a less than three-hour drive to Syracuse for the Villanova-Cuse game on Saturday, the area makes for a good weekend option.

Top Sports Power Weekends: January 14-16

Monday, January 10th, 2011


With college football completely done, it is the four NFL playoff games this weekend that anchor the best Sports Power Weekends. College basketball begins to assert itself more as January turns to February, and the NBA and NHL still provide a strong base for an SPW.

I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of January 14-16. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Boston

Friday
  • Bobcats at Celtics
Saturday
  • Penguins at Bruins
Sunday
  • Jets at Patriots


I wrote about this weekend in depth last week, and you can read that article here. This could be one of the best Boston Sports Power Weekends of the entire year.

2. Chicago

Friday
Saturday
  • Heat at Bulls
  • UConn at DePaul
Sunday
  • Seahawks at Bears
  • Predators at Blackhawks


LeBron, DWade and Bosh invade the United Center as the Miami Heat visits the Bulls in a battle of Eastern Conference powers. Earlier on Saturday, beast of the Big East UConn faces DePaul at Allstate Arena. Sunday at 1 PM, the Bears make their 2010 postseason debut against the Seattle Seahawks at Solider Field. They’ll try to emulate the Blackhawks in becoming champions; the Blackhawks host the Predators at 7 PM on Sunday night.

Also see: Chicago City Guide

3. Pittsburgh

Friday
Saturday
  • Ravens at Steelers
  • Seton Hall at Pitt
Sunday
  • Purdue at West Virginia


Here we go! The Steelers aim for their third Super Bowl title in six years after yet another AFC North crown. They’ll face their rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, in what promises to be an extremely hard-fought battle at 4:30 on Saturday. As the Steelers game concludes, Pitt will be underway against Seton Hall. That game begins at 7 PM. In nearby Morgantown (1.5 hour drive from Pittsburgh) on Sunday, West Virginia will face a ranked Purdue team from the Big Ten.

4. Atlanta

Friday
  • Flyers at Thrashers
Saturday
  • Packers at Falcons
  • Rockets at Hawks
Sunday
  • UNC at Georgia Tech


The Georgia World Congress Center area will be buzzing with a game on Friday night (Philadelphia Flyers at Atlanta Thrashers) and two games on Saturday night (Houston Rockets at Atlanta Hawks at 7 PM at Philips Arena; Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons at 8 PM at the Georgia Dome). The top-seeded Falcons hope to ride their home success all the way to Dallas for Super Bowl XLV. On Sunday, UNC travels to Georgia Tech.

Also see: Atlanta City Guide

5. Los Angeles

Friday
  • Nets at Lakers
Saturday
  • Oilers at Kings
Sunday
  • Lakers at Clippers
  • Oilers at Ducks


It seems like every weekend the Staples Center is putting on multiple games and Los Angeles finds itself on this list. With visits to the Staples Center on Friday for the Lakers, Saturday for the Kings, and Sunday for the cross-town Lakers vs. Clippers matchup, you’ll know the arena like the back of your hand.

Also see: Los Angeles City Guide

6. New York

Friday
  • Kings at Knicks
Saturday
  • Sabres at Islanders
  • Georgetown at Rutgers
Sunday
  • Flyers at Rangers


The buzz is back at Madison Square Garden, with the Knicks showing they are a legit playoff team in the East. The Sacramento Kings come into town on Friday night, powered by some young talent. Saturday can take you either to Long Island or New Jersey for the Islanders or Rutgers basketball at the RAC. Sunday pits rival NHL teams the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers against each other at Madison Square Garden.

Also see: New York City Guide

7. Philadelphia

Friday
  • Bucks at 76ers
Saturday
  • Maryland at Villanova (Philly)
Sunday


Wells Fargo Arena is hosting a two basketball games within 18 hours of each other as the Milwaukee Bucks take on the 76ers on Friday night, and at 1 PM on Saturday Villanova welcomes Maryland from the ACC. You’ll have plenty of time on Saturday afternoon and Sunday to get a cheesesteak and check out the Liberty Bell.

8. San Francisco

Friday
  • Clippers at Warriors
Saturday
  • Blues at Sharks
  • Washington State at Stanford
Sunday
  • Washington at Cal


The Bay Area offers a lot of variety for this mid-January weekend. Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers visit the Golden State Warriors in what promises to be a high-scoring affair. Saturday features the St. Louis Blues taking on the San Jose Sharks or a Pac-10 matchup between Washington State and Stanford in Palo Alto. Sunday in Berkeley, Cal hosts Washington in another important Pac-10 game.

9. Minneapolis

Friday
  • Avalanche at Wild
Saturday
  • Magic at Timberwolves
Sunday
  • Iowa at Minnesota
  • Canucks at Wild


Normally Minneapolis would not be a place you would want to visit in the middle of January, but with the Wild, Timberwolves and Golden Gophers holding court (or ice) each day of the weekend, there are certainly worse places to be. Now which place has a better Jucy Lucy, Matt’s Bar or the 5-8 Club?

10. Toronto

Friday
  • Pistons at Raptors
Saturday
  • Flames at Maple Leafs
  • Cincinnati at Syracuse
Sunday


Rounding out the list this week is a treat of a city north of the border. Canada’s only NBA team takes on the Detroit Pistons, a team residing just across the river from Ontario. Make it a hockey doubleheader on Saturday by visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame and checking out the Leafs, one of the “Original Six” and among the most storied franchises in North American sports.

Top Five Sports Power Weekends: December 24-26

Monday, December 20th, 2010


Christmas weekend does not offer a great deal of Sports Power Weekends, but there are still some great travel options out there. With college basketball taking a study break, it is up to Week 16 of the NFL, the NBA and NHL to carry up the SPW flag.

I present to you the five best Sports Power Weekends of December 24-26. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.

1. Pittsburgh –> Cleveland

Thursday
  • Panthers at Steelers
Friday
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (Canton)
Saturday
Sunday
  • Ravens at Browns
  • Timberwolves at Cavaliers


This Sport Power Weekend requires a bit of flexibility and creativity. Starting in Pittsburgh, catch the Panthers-Steelers game on Thursday night at Heinz Field. Friday morning make the two-hour drive to the birthplace of football, Canton, Ohio. Tour the Pro Football Hall of Fame and catch up on your NFL history. Either later on Friday or Saturday morning, drive one hour to Cleveland for the rest of the weekend. Saturday is an open day; you can visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens visit their old home and take on the Cleveland Browns. Football and family (or friends) on a holiday weekend sounds nice.

2. Oakland

Friday
Saturday
  • Trailblazers at Warriors
Sunday
  • Colts at Raiders


The Bay Area provides a nice one-two punch with the Warriors hosting the Portland Trailblazers at Oracle Arena, followed by Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts trekking into the Black Hole. Bring out your spiky shoulder pads with the insulated lining.

3. Los Angeles

Friday
Saturday
  • Heat at Lakers
Sunday
  • Suns at Clippers
  • Ducks at Kings


The term “White Christmas” doesn’t mean much in southern California. Expect it to be 75 and sunny, an apt climate for a weekend visit by the Heat and Suns. One of the most anticipated NBA games of the season takes place on Christmas day as LeBron, Wade and Bosh invade the Staples Center. It is up to Kobe and Pau Gasol to hold court as the Lakers host the Miami Heat. Sunday sees two of the most exciting players in the league on the same court: Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns and Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers.

4. Tampa Bay/Orlando

Friday
Saturday
  • Celtics at Magic
Sunday
  • Seahawks at Buccaneers


Another anticipated Xmas NBA matchup takes place in Orlando as the “Big 4” of the Boston Celtics visit Dwight Howard and the Magic at the newly minted Amway Center. On Sunday, an hour and a half southwest of Orlando the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Seattle Seahawks, a game with NFC playoff implications, at Raymond James Stadium.

5. New York

Friday
Saturday
  • Bulls at Knicks
Sunday
  • Maple Leafs at Devils
  • Canadiens at Islanders
  • Richmond at Seton Hall


With the Knicks making a resurgence and becoming relevant in New York again, this game on Saturday against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden has meaning for just about the first time since Michael Jordan’s second retirement. On Sunday, check out the comfortable confines of the Prudential Center in Newark, an easy train ride from Manhattan, to catch the Devils host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Honorable Mention:

The best of the rest are “one-off” Sports Power Weekends. Sunday in each of these cities brings a significant NFL game in a great city to visit during the holiday weekend. Unless Miami is your choice here, make sure you bundle up!

Chicago

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Jets at Bears
  • Blue Jackets at Blackhawks


Green Bay

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Giants at Packers


Miami

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Lions at Dolphins


Denver

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Texans at Broncos


Philadelphia

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
  • Vikings at Eagles

Top 10 Sports Power Weekends: December 17-19

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

As December reaches its mid-point, the NFL reaches its stretch run, the NBA and NHL hit their stride, and college basketball approaches conference play. This overlap creates a plethora of Sports Power Weekend options. I present to you the 10 best Sports Power Weekends of December 17-19. To purchase a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact us at info@SPWtravel.com.
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