2020 is a year unlike any we have ever lived through. But if you’re a sports fan, you especially know. With virtual offseasons, pandemic-proofed training camps, and even digitized crowds, one can wonder if sports will ever be the same. Or if you’ll ever see the cut-out of yourself in the stands!
Even the Hank Williams Jr. classic, “All My Rowdy Friends,” has been replaced as the Monday Night Football intro. The fitting revamp of Little Richard’s 1956 hit, “Rip It Up,” will hype fans up at home, but the usual cry of ‘Are you ready for some football?’ will be missed in a season already affected by COVID-19 measures.
Army players react to a big play during the 2018 Army-Navy football game
Changes to our favorite sports aside, we are about to pump you up for the return of our action-packed American pastimes. For starters, we put together a playlist of all-time favorite stadium jams you can blast pre-game or wherever you’re cheering on the team of your dreams.
From “Seven Nation Army,” to “Eye of the Tiger,” to “Turn Down for What,” listen and get your head in the game. Working out like an NCAA star athlete? Warming up your vocal drills for all that cheering?
All that matters is that SPORTS ARE BACK THIS FALL. So sit back, relax, and get ready for some action.
Football Season is Back
Are you ready for some football? NFL Monday Night Football returned for kickoff on September 14th, with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans both securing the bag for their teams in the opening night doubleheader.
Catch week 3 of Monday Night Football on September 28, as the Super Bowl LIV Champions Kansas City Chiefs take on the underdog Baltimore Ravens.
Plus, catch the Denver Broncos vs the N.Y. Jets in their Thursday Night Football matchup on October 1st.
Plus, catch replays on AFN if you’re a subscriber.
Basketball is Breaking Bubbles
While basketball playoffs have been confined to their bubble in Orlando, the sport has been hotter than ever with a growing international audience.
Catch the NBA Finals on September 30th, 2020.
And catch game replays on AFN if you’re a subscriber.
Marine Corps Cpl. Bryan Baptiste puts up a shot against Lithuania at the 2019 Military World Games
Soccer is Alive and Kicking
Following the MLS is Back Tournament in August, with Portland winning the series, the MLS season has returned to true form. Check out the full schedule at the MLS Matchcenter.
Women’s soccer is also back, and now streamed from absolutely anywhere via Twitch streaming. Check out the Houston Dash take vs Orlando Pride on September 26th. Full schedule here.
Is English soccer your fancy? The Premier League is back in action in September. Watch the Premier League champs Liverpool F.C. take on Arsenal F.C. in a hotly anticipated matchup on September 28th. Check here for your full footy schedule.
German Soccer League Bundesliga is also back for the Fall, with the 2020-2021 season recently resuming play on September 18th. Check here for the full Bundesliga Schedule.
Catch all the MLS, DFL, and UEFA action on ESPN+, Sky Sports, and fuboTV.
Golf is Back On
Air Force Lt. Col. Linda Jeffery congratulates Miriam Suely of Brazil on her win in the women’s golf tournament during the 2019 Military World Games
The wait for championship golf is over, and Bryson DeChambeau won the 120th US Open.
The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship will take place on September 24-27.
Although the 2020 Ryder Cup has been rescheduled to 2021, don’t lose hope, because The Masters is just around the corner.
The 2020 Masters Tournament will begin on Thursday, November 12, and run through Sunday, November 15. Who will take it all the way to green jacket greatness? Tune in to find out!
Find the full PGA viewing schedule here
MMA is Back for Another Round
UFC 253 is set to take place on Sunday, September 27th, 2020 at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The card is set for an epic Middleweight bout, as Israel Adesanya (19-0-0) and Paulo Costa (13-0-0) take on the PPV Main Event.
With both combatants having now losses in their records, this is the second time in UFC history that two undefeated male athletes will have met for a title.
See the full UFC lineup and schedule here.
Watch the fight on PPV, ESPN+, FOX Sports, and UFC Fight Pass.
Ice Hockey Can’t Be Stopped
Hockey is back in action following the suspension of the regular NHL season in March.
After two dominating playoff runs by both teams, the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning are facing off in a battle for Lord Stanley’s Holy Grail.
It’s not too late to cut in on the action. This year’s Stanley Cup series is being broadcast from Rogers Place in Edmonton, beginning on September 22nd with Game 1. This is the first time a Stanley Cup Series has been played in one location since 1928!
Check the latest NHL schedule here.
The games can be streamed with the HULU app or fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
We Bring Unforgettable AFE Sports Moments
We hope you’re as excited for sports action to come back as we are. As lifelong fans, sports keeps us energized and connected with what’s going on back home.
Tampa Bucs came for a meet and greet with their youngest football fans
AFE All Star Soccer brought the heat to Japan and Guam in 2019. Shannon MacMillian, Nikki Serlenga, Staci Wilson, and Saskia Webber took the field to lead youth soccer clinics, demonstrations and meet-and-greets with servicemembers
The Houston Texans Cheerleaders at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates
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