Top Sports Power Weekends: January 14-16

By Jared Cooper


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.

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