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This You Gotta See: Bears in Philly, Lakers at the UC and — hello — 1 vs. 2 in college hoops

It’s not every night that Chicago’s NBA fans get to see such luminaries as Avery Bradley, Troy Daniels and JaVale McGee. Fellow Lakers Anthony Davis and LeBron James aren’t bad, either.

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers
AD and LeBron can’t handle these Bulls … or can they?


Bears at Eagles (noon, Fox-32): A revenge match for the Bears against the team that knocked them out of the 2018 playoffs? Please. The Bears are 3-4; they’re too busy fighting to survive to entertain such a conceit. One can already hear the “Co-dy Par-key!” chants from Philly fans even though Dr. Doink himself is long gone from the Bears roster. Wait, our bad — those are “Mitch Tru-bis-ky!” chants.


Cowboys at Giants (7:15 p.m., ESPN): It’s career start No. 1 against Dallas for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. His Cowboys counterpart, Dak Prescott, will be looking to light up the Giants as he has done a few times before. But why are we thinking about QBs when we could be focusing on all-world running backs Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott?


College basketball begins: It’s Day 1 of the new season, with Madison Square Garden hosting a Champions Classic doubleheader — starting at 6 p.m. on ESPN — of No. 3 Kansas vs. No. 4 Duke followed by No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Kentucky. Which begs the question: How many of the stars on these four teams will end up being drafted No. 1 overall by the Knicks?

Lakers at Bulls (7 p.m., NBCSCH, NBA TV): It’s not every night that the city’s hoops fans get to hit the United Center and see such luminaries as Avery Bradley, Troy Daniels and JaVale McGee. Fellow Lakers Anthony Davis and LeBron James aren’t bad, either.


Bucks at Clippers (9 p.m., ESPN): Is Kawhi Leonard even better with the Clips than he was with the championship Raptors? Not doubt Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is on the ascent himself. Can’t the league issue a mandate that these two must guard each other for at least 40 minutes.


Chargers at Raiders (7:20 p.m., Fox-32, NFL Network): Watch and stew, people. Get as aggravated as you need to. Bark at the moon if it helps. Those leftover feelings from a couple of “how did that happen?” Bears losses aren’t going to just work themselves out.


Lightning vs. Sabres (1 p.m., NBCSN): This is the first game of a back-to-back between the teams, with both contests being played at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm as part of the NHL Global Series. Now that we think of it, it’s probably a good thing the Blackhawks didn’t have to open their season with two ugly losses to the Flyers in Prague instead of just one.


LSU at Alabama (2:30 p.m., Ch. 2): Here it is, the biggest game of the college season to date. Are the Tigers and Crimson Tide the top two teams — in either order — in the land? Are Tigers QB Joe Burrow and Tide QB Tua Tagovailoa the top two players — in either order — in the land? Are Ohio State fans going to complain about disrespect no matter what happens? The answers involve a lot of “yeses.”

Blackhawks at Penguins (6 p.m., NBCSCH): Come on, you know you can’t resist a chance to see ex-Hawk Dominik Kahun make his magic on the ice again. But seriously — there goes Sidney Crosby again, leading one of the league’s most explosive scoring teams in points. Perhaps Crosby be kind enough to have a few words of encouragement for struggling Jonathan Toews, from one old center to another.