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There’s no better feeling than the one you get when you’re leaving the office on Friday. Walking out to your car, knowing that you will soon be relaxing on your couch, or on a bar stool, with a cold one in your hand, and watching the best athletes on the planet do what they do.
You can stay up past your bedtime if you want, and you can sleep right through the time when you’re normally grabbing your second cup of coffee at the workplace. All you have to do is make sure that you’re up in time for the start of day baseball.
Sure, you may have to mow the lawn or run a few errands, but you gotta love the weekend.
Here’s my guide to this weekend in sports
We’re all waiting to see if Griffey can get to 600. Heck, I’m even going to the Marlins vs. Reds game on Sunday, but, in all honesty, it could be August by the time it happens.
So, what else is going on in MLB?
Twins vs. White Sox
That’s right, the American League has two divisions besides the East, and this weekend the top two teams in the Central will battle. Neither team is playing spectacularly, but no division beats itself up like the AL Central. Also, if you haven’t seen Chicago’s young pitcher Gavin Floyd, you might want to take a peek on Sunday. We could have a budding superstar on our hands.
Angels vs. A’s
The top two teams in the AL West will also face off this weekend. Thanks to weak pitching, Saturday’s contest should be a slugfest. Sunday’s game, meanwhile, should have a much lower score, with aces Ervin Santana and Rich Harden taking the mound.
Yankees vs. Royals
I know these teams are nowhere near the top of their respective divisions, but Sunday will still bring us a pretty interesting storyline. Joba will take the mound for his second start, and it will be interesting to see if he’s able to improve from his last not-so-great outing. On the Kansas City side, Zack Grienke will try to bounce back from an awful last start.
The 140th Belmont Stakes
In Saturday’s big race, Big Brown looks to become the first Triple Crown winner in 30 years. Ten horses will enter the starting gate, but can any of them beat the Big guy?
Millions of people will be watching and tens of thousands will be in attendance. Why wouldn't I want to watch what could be a great moment in sports history? This feat hasn't been accomplished in my lifetime, so if it happens, I want to see it.
This past week we've heard that Big Brown's hoof is fine, and that top-contender Casino Drive now has a bum foot. We’ve also heard that Hooters wants to get in on the action, by sponsoring the potential Triple Crown winner... which leads me to this funny note.
When the Hooters story came across the wire here in the newsroom, there was a series laughs around the office. The title: “Big Brown Hooters”. Lol... That’s still funny.
Let’s get to the race already!
Lakers vs. Celtics: Finals Game 2
After the Celtics beat the spread in game one, you would have expected that there would be a larger spread for game 2, right?
Wrong. The Lakers come in to the second contest as one-point underdogs.
We all know this will be a good game, and a good series. Basically, this is why people watch the NBA... or at least the NBA Finals. It’s the biggest names on the greatest stage, and in this case, it’s the resurrection of a long-dead rivalry.
Personally, I have a hard time believing that Boston will be able to hold off Kobe twice in a row... at least not if Bryant decides to shoot the ball in the fourth quarter this time. Man, some of his passes in game 1 were horrendous.
I’ll take the Lakers by six. Kobe scores 36.
French Open Women’s Final
Dinara Safina will take on Ana Ivanovic on Saturday and, for those of you who don’t know, women’s tennis might be the only sport besides volleyball where the women are actually equally as entertaining as the men. On clay, especially, you can see an amazing variety of shots and angles. This match could help Ivanovic make her case as one of the best female players in the world.
Oh, and by the way, Ana, the bronzed goddess that she is, would make this worth watching even if both players were standing still. I mean... Wow.
French Open Men’s Final
On Sunday, the men take the stage... and it should be one for the ages. No. 1 Roger Federer goes up against arch-nemesis No. 2 Rafael Nadal, in the pair’s second French Finals meeting.
Federer is after his 13th major title, which would place him one behind the great Pete Sampras... but he’ll have his work cut out for him. Nadal owns Roger on clay. In fact, Federer is 1-8 versus Nadal on the red court, and 0-3 in the French Open.
From the Blogosphere...
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