Stanley Cup finals, mid-May (SportsChannel America): Live hockey on TV! Break out the beer! For those of you who are unable to see this hockey extravaganza—hey, do you get SportsChannel America?—you can simulate the viewing experience by simply watching a friendly brawl break out in your neighborhood saloon.
Summer Olympics, July 25-Aug. 9 ( NBC, pay-per-view): NBC will broadcast 161 hours—that's more than 10 hours a day for 16 days—for free. Naturally, for many people this is not enough, so NBC and its partner Cablevision are offering—not for free—three cable channels, 24 hours a day, for as much as an additional 1,080 hours of programming at costs ranging from $95 to $170. At least 77 people nationwide are expected to sign up. NBC calls it the Olympics Triple-Cast; I prefer to think of it as Ishtar II. (Those of you taking the pay-per-view plunge, please remember that NBC cannot guarantee an actual picture on your screen at all times.)
Domino's Pizza Copper Bowl, Dec. 31 (TBS): Impress your friends with a New Year's Eve bash centered around this traditional college clash of 7-3-1 football titans! Halftime is over in 30 minutes or less, or you get $3 off your next pizza.