Quick Picks, Jan. 4-10

Monday, Jan. 7

We are the champions

Although the college football regular season has technically been over for more than a month, the time has finally come to determine an actual champion.

Coverage of the BCS Championship Game between Notre Dame (12-0) and Alabama (12-1) begins at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

Rockin’ Irish


Dropkick Murphys’ new 13-track album, “Signed and Sealed in Blood” hits shelves.

The group, described on iTunes as a “hardcore punk/Celtic folk group” from South Boston, already has released the album’s first single, “The Season’s Upon Us,” which is an “interesting” holiday song.

The band is probably most famous for the single “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” featured in the movie “The Departed.”

Thursday, Jan. 10

Nominations out


The nominees for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced in advance of the most prestigious awards show for the film industry, which airs Sunday, Feb. 24 on ABC.

Actor, writer and comedian Seth MacFarlane, who created “Family Guy,” will host the Oscars.


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