XFINITY’s #5ToFollow – Friday, August 23

Jeff Vinnick

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. Calgary Stampeders vs. Toronto Argonauts

Details: Friday, August 23 @ 7:30 PM ET - Rogers Centre - Toronto, ON

Watch Here: ESPN3 on XFINITY

Why Watch: The rematch of 2012's Grey Cup will take place Friday night as the Stampeders and Argonauts are set to kickoff in Toronto. The Argos are led by their near perfect passer, QB Ricky Ray, who has a 14/0 (TD/INT) ratio with a QB rating of 133! The Stampeders defense hasn't allowed three plus touchdowns since Week 1 of the regular season - that was in June! Tune in Friday night to see if a good CFL defense can stall a great CFL offense.

#5ToFollow Insider: CFL News - @CFL_News

Whether you're looking for breaking news from around the CFL or the stats from Friday night's game, CFL News is your top follow. Make sure you're ready for football this Friday, by following the best source for CFL coverage.

Follow: @CFL_News

2. Southampton vs. Sunderland

Details: Saturday, August 24 @ 10:00 AM ET - St. Mary's Stadium - Southampton, Hampshire, U.K.

Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Jozy Altidore, one of only six Americans playing in the Premier League, is looking for his first goal as a member of Sunderland A.F.C. Saturday morning. The Black Cats travel to Saint Mary's Stadium in search of their first win of the year versus Southampton, the first Premier League club to incorporate social media within its stadium seating. Tune in to see if Jozy can will his team to their first win in the EPL this season and keep an eye for #SaintsFC in the stands Saturday morning.

#5ToFollow Insider: World Soccer Talk - @epltalk

World Soccer Talk is the independent voice for soccer fans around the world, and is tweeting out daily news/analysis of the #EPL. This is one gem of a follow you want to stow away for everything soccer, all season long.

Follow: @epltalk

3. Tottenham vs. Swansea City

Details: Sunday, August 25 @ 11:00 AM ET – White Hart Lane – London

Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY

Why Watch: No, Ted Lasso will not be manning the sidelines for the Hot Spurs Sunday morning, but you’re in for a treat when these two take the field. Swansea and Tottenham both play an aggressive, attacking style of offense that is likely to feature plenty of on goal action. Swansea’s first season in the Prem is a great honor for the club, but also a major test. They’re looking for their first W against the Spurs Sunday.

#5ToFollow Insider: Neil Ashton - @neilashton_

Ashton is the football news correspondent at The Daily Mail in London, one of the top names in EPL coverage. If you want the top news on Sunday's match and transfer talk, give Ashton a follow.

Follow: @neilashton_

4. Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers

Details: Sunday, August 25 @ 8:00 PM ET - Candlestick Park - San Francisco, CA

Watch Here: NBC on XFINITY

Why Watch: Week three means more starters see playing time, and we are that much closer to the regular season! Get ready for your first look at league MVP, Adrian Peterson, as he looks to trample over the stingy San Francisco defense. The 49ers focus will be on developing that second WR, as they traded for Jon Baldwin earlier in the week. With roster cuts looming, look for a hard fought game between the Vikes and Niners Sunday night.

#5ToFollow Insider: Matt Maiocco - @maioccocsn

Matt Maiocco is the 49ers beat writer for CSN Bay Area and has covered the team for more than a decade. For an expert opinion on a game that will heavily impact the 49ers' roster, follow Maiocco.

Follow: @maioccocsn

5. Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Details: Sunday, August 27 @ 8:05 PM ET - Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles, CA

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Two division leaders take the field as the Red Sox and Dodgers finalize a three-game series Sunday night. Jake Peavy mans the mound against a Los Angeles lineup that's been unstoppable with Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez hitting above .340 on the year. Can Peavy crack the code on the road or will the Dodgers lineup light him up Sunday night?

#5ToFollow Insider: Eric Stephen - @TrueBlueLA

SB Nation's Dodger blog, True Blue LA, is a must follow for all fans of the NL West leaders. Stephen is tweeting his way the Blue Crew's stellar second half, bringing you the latest on everything from Puig to Brian Wilson's beard.

Follow: @TrueBlueLA

For more behind the scenes insights from the biggest sporting events and inside information on sports & social media, make sure to follow Vance McCullough, the XFINITY Sports Guy, @XFINITYSports.

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