Vance McCullough, the voice of @XFINITYSports, delivers his analysis of the five key games to watch online, paired with five Twitter follows to give you insider information on the matchup. Have a matchup that you’d like Vance to feature? Tweet @XFINITYSports with the hashtag #5ToFollow.
|1. Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers|
Details: Friday, December 20 @ 8:00 PM ET – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN
Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY
Why Watch? Two of the NBA’s best teams suit up for battle as Friday night will be all about the Rockets and Pacers. Houston will look to build on their impressive 8-1 record versus Eastern Conference teams, but winning in Indy is nearly impossible for visiting teams. The Pacers are getting their Christmas present five days early, as Danny Granger is returning from injury. Will the Rockets continue to dominate the East or are the Pacers going to prove their ready for a title run?
#5ToFollow Insider: Scott Agness
As the beat reporter for Pacers.com, Agness has the story off the court and stats on the court. For a real feel of the Pacers and Granger’s return, follow Agness.
|2. Fulham vs. Manchester City|
Details: Saturday, December 21 @ 10:00 AM ET – Craven Cottage – London, U.K.
Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY
Why Watch? I’m officially putting Manchester City on upset watch and it would be a shocker in the Premiership if it happens! Man City sits fourth in the standings, with a 10-2-4 record, but an abysmal 2-2-4 in road matches. Can Fulham, who is facing relegation, take The Citizens on for the full 90 and gain three points? If so, they’ll need a strong showing from their lead scorer, Stevie Sidwell. Look for Yaya to pickup the slack for an Agüero-less City, and this to be a highly entertaining match from opposite ends of the standings, Saturday morn.
#5ToFollow Insider: Viva El Fulham
I’m anticipating an upset. So the account dedicated to The Cottagers, Viva El Fulham, is my top tweeter of the match – follow for a look at a team fighting for their Premiership!
|3. Oklahoma State vs. Colorado|
Details: Saturday, December 21 @ 11:30 PM ET – MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV
Watch Here: ESPN2 on XFINITY
Why Watch? This game is so big they’re playing it in Vegas! The No. 20 Colorado Buffalos and No. 7 ranked Cowboys are going to put on a show Saturday night in the MGM as the Pac-12 and Big-12 Conferences collide under the neon lights of Sin City. Colorado looks like a strong contender for a big run in the big dance, as they’ve won 10 straight, knocking off the likes of the Kansas Jayhawks on the way. Keep an eye on sharp shooter, Spencer Dinwiddie, for the BUFFs. The Cowboys will likely get Smart, Marcus Smart that is, and Cowboy Up their best defenders to give the Buffalos a real shoot out. Who will play their cards right Saturday night in Vegas? Follow by streaming this game.
#5ToFollow Insider:Kyle Porter
Kyle Porter of CBS is the man behind the 140-characters on this account and will be firing tweets off during Saturday night’s midnight madness.
|4. Getafe CF vs. FC Barcelona|
Details: Sunday, December 22 @ 11:00 AM ET – Coliseum Alfonso Perez – Getafe, Madrid, Spain
Watch Here: beINSports on XFINITY
Why Watch? Barca is tied at the top spot of the La Liga Standings, as they head to Getafe for a match with the eighth seeded club. The surprising story has been no Messi, no problem, as Neymar has shot Barcelona to the top of the table. The visitor’s offensive attack will be put to the test, as Getafe’s star keeper (Moyà) will look to build upon his 60 saves in La Liga play. Will we see Getafe takedown the top of the table or Barca extend their lead Sunday morning?
#5ToFollow Insider: Barca Stuff
For the stats that wow you, pics and highlight reels that you’ll retweet, click follow on the account focused on one of the world’s top clubs.
|5. Chicago Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
Details: Sunday, December 22 @ 8:30 PM ET – Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
Watch: NBC on XFINITY
Why Watch? The #SNF season finale features two teams vying for division titles – Da’ Bears and Eagles. The Bears offense has been one of the most talented in the league with Trestman orchestrating a nearly 400 yards per game. With Cutler at the helm, the three-headed monster at WR/TE of Marshall, Jeffery, and Bennett, and the multi-purpose back of Forte, the Bird Gang defense will be put to the test. But, the Eagles put together a nightmarish offense of their own, with Nick Foles taking the league by storm (23TDs/2INTs), Lesean McCoy leading the NFL in rushing (1,343 yds), and DeSean Jackson nearing the franchise receiving record – get ready for some big plays. This @SNFonNBC is going to be all offense, so don’t blink – you might miss a big play!
#5ToFollow Insider:Lindsay McCormick
Lindsay is the Social Host for @SNFonNBC and will be bringing you the game live from the #SNF Bus. Follow McCormick’s tweets to get an inside look at the SNF finale this Sunday.