Top of the morning, Dec. 27, 2013
Bowl season has arrived, but you can't hope to watch all 35 games and avoid a family squabble. Here, then, is a football-heavy (but not exclusive) weekend viewing guide, courtesy staff writer Bob Asmussen:
Texas Bowl: Minnesota vs. Syracuse, ESPN, 5 p.m.
All sorts of local connections here. Minnesota and amazing coach Jerry Kill kick off the Big Ten bowl season. The Orange are coached by former Illini assistant Scott Shafer. Illinois once won the Texas Bowl.
NBC News Special: "What We Wasted Our Year On," WAND, 8 p.m.
Willie Geist takes a look back at the year's zany news stories. Don't remember Walter Cronkite doing anything like it during his heyday, and David Brinkley would not approve. But Chevy Chase is closer to the target audience.
Pinstripe Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Rutgers, ESPN, 11 a.m.
One school belongs in the Big Ten. The other is joining the Big Ten, but we're not sure it belongs. The really cool part is they are playing at Yankee Stadium. Hope they keep A-Rod away from the training rooms.
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Michigan vs. Kansas State, ESPN, 9:15 p.m.
Easy to picture Wolverines coach Brady Hoke snarfing down about 100 wings at one sitting and washing it down with a couple pitchers of beer. Easy to picture Wildcats coach Bill Snyder shaking his head in disapproval.
"The 36th Kennedy Center Honors," WCIA, 8 p.m.
Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Shirley MacLaine and Herbie Hancock are among the performers celebrated in Washington, D.C., with tributes from their peers. The Obamas were there, too.