Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
Six regular season games and the entire Patriot League Tournament will have a national audience.
It's felt like forever since CBS Sports play-by-play man Dave Ryan has screamed at me through my television set. With the network's announcement today of its Patriot League broadcast schedule, we're a little closer to Ryan shaking my surround sound after a Garrett Thul goal than we were just a day ago. Hooray for America!
We're officially in an era where lacrosse is starting -- very slowly -- to saturate your visual furniture on a week-to-week basis. This is great for numerous reasons, but is especially terrific for one simple reason: With expanded broadcast options, you get to see more and more of programs and leagues that are doing good things but aren't platformed -- during the regular season -- on the four-letter network. The Patriot League has been a huge beneficiary of this, aligning itself with CBS Sports Network and letting the world see teams like Colgate and Lehigh -- legitimate title contenders with true superstars on the roster -- do their thing in a live setting. Plus, I can spend some quality time with my couch, and as it is predisposed to feeling lonely, my domestic situation with it will likely improve throughout the spring.
Here are the details on what CBS Sports Network will show you from the most underappreciated league in the country:
March 31, 2013
Army at Colgate -- Noon
April 5, 2013
Maryland at Navy -- 7:00 P.M.
April 6, 2013
Colgate at Lehigh -- 11:00 A.M.
April 13, 2013
Army at Navy -- 2:00 P.M.
April 20, 2013
Bucknell at Colgate -- Noon
April 26, 2013
Patriot League Tournament Semifinals -- 4:30 // 7:30 P.M.
April 28, 2013
Patriot League Tournament Championship -- 3:00 P.M.
May 3, 2013
Johns Hopkins at Army -- 7:30 P.M.
If I had to rank the top three "can't miss; tell your girlfriend/wife/husband/boyfriend/whatever to clean the bathroom for two hours" games, it'd be these: (1) Patriot League Tournament Championship; (2) Colgate at Lehigh; and (3) Bucknell at Colgate. That's just me, though. What are you guys pumped for? The comments are yours to make your case.