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The Couch Potato Report: Bruins, Celtics, and a Yankee Invasion

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Another weekend has finally arrived, with this one dedicated to the wonderful world of baby mamas. But after you spend the required amount of time chilling with the woman who put you in this world, you can then turn to the plentiful menu of sports entertainment on the ol’ television all weekend long.

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the second installment of “The Couch Potato Report,” C.P.R. for your sports-lovin’ heart. This is where you turn to, each and every Friday, for the helpful hints you need to guide you through the must-see moments in the sporting world. You miss one of these sporting events, and come Monday morning at the office water cooler, you become the laughing stock of the entire office. That is, of course, if your office still has a water cooler. That is also, of course, if anyone still trusts any water around here to begin with. But I digressā€¦

Time to throw my five viewing suggestions at you for the coming weekend, along with a bonus “Off the Field” pick. As the Frenchie chefs say, “Bon Apetit!”

#1 Celtics-Cavs Games 3 & 4

When and Where Will I Find It?

Game 3 – Friday night at 7pm on ESPN; Game 4 – Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm on ABC

Why Should I Watch?

The C’s made this series worth watching when they beat up on LeBron and the Cavs in Monday’s Game 2, evening the series at one game a piece heading back to Boston for the pair of games this weekend. LeBron and his ouchie elbow have been quite the hot topic as of late, so tune in to see if his arm falls off on national television!

#2 Bruins-Flyers Game 4

When & Where?

Friday night at 7pm on Versus

Why?

Last year, the Bruins sat atop the Eastern Conference as the #1 seed in the playoffs, but failed to live up to the high expectations, falling to the #6 Hurricanes in the second round. This season, Boston limped through their 82-game slate, squeaking their way into the playoffs in the final week of the season. With very few backers and believers this time around, the B’s have captured the attention of Boston sports fans everywhere, stealing a lot of the focus away from their neighbors, the C’s and Sox. Friday night in Philly, they have their first chance at knocking off the Flyers and advancing to their first Eastern Conference Final since 1992. The Bruins bandwagon is getting mighty full, but if you haven’t jumped on already, watch tonight while there’s still pink hats to be bought.

#3 Sox-Yankees

When & Where?

Friday night at 7pm on NESN; Saturday afternoon at 3pm on FOX; Sunday night at 8pm on ESPN

Why?

Any other time the Yankees come to town, they would be the sole focus of sports fans from Portland to Providence and everywhere in between. But with so many other things going on in the sporting world around here, the Pinstripers have been able to slip in the back door, and another Sox-Yanks series has snuck up on us. So like any other Sox-Yanks series, plan to carve about five hours out of your busy schedule for each game, and watch these two squads face off in a battle to see which team can drive up the opposing team’s pitch count the fastest. How’s that for some edge-of-your-seat excitement?

#4 The Players Championship

When & Where?

Third and Fourth Round Coverage: Saturday and Sunday from 2-6pm on NBC

Why?

You watch this because you had hoped to see Tiger Woods play last weekend at Quail Hollow, but he apparently had better things to do, as he missed the cut for just the sixth time in his career. He’s off to a decent start this time around, just four shots back after Round 1, so odds are he bounces back and at least stays in contention by the time the final round rolls around. But all that aside, isn’t Tiger’s new goatee reason enough to watch? I mean seriously, that thing is downright creepy looking, but it’s like driving by a nasty car accident; I just can’t look away. As if he needed any more help making people uncomfortable just looking at him, he goes and grows this weak attempt at edgy facial hair. What a mess that guy has becomeā€¦ he makes me literally “LOL.”

#5 UFC 113

When & Where?

Saturday night on Pay-Per-View at 10pm

Why?

Mixed martial arts are still gaining in popularity, and Dana White’s UFC events have been the driving force behind a lot of its rising stock. Saturday’s fight card is highlighted by a rematch between Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Back in October, Machida beat Rua in a unanimous decision after a five-round war. These two light heavyweights will duke it out again in a grudge match, reason enough to catch the action live Saturday night from the Bell Centre in Montreal. Judging by what I’ve seen from the Montreal Canadiens this season, this fight will be the first sighting of any toughness at the Bell Centre in months!

This Week’s “Off the Field” Pick: Season Premiere of “Friday Night Lights”

When & Where?

Friday night at 8pm on NBC

Why?

Granted, not every episode has as much football as I’d ideally like to see, but nonetheless, this show is one of the best on television, in my opinion. The show’s premise is built from the movie of the same name, with the characters all revolving around the fictitious town of Dillon, Texas and their high school football team. The show’s fourth season has already aired on DirecTV, but the 12-episode season premieres tonight on NBC. Sure, there are a trio of local sports teams in action Friday night, but consider “Friday Night Lights” absolutely “DVR-worthy.”

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