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The Couch Potato Report: Bruins, Celtics, and Tigers, Oh My!

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It’s shaping up to be a great weekend to get outside and enjoy the spring weather, but who wants to do that when there’s so many good sports options on the ol’ tube?

Time to talk TV, with this week’s installment of “The Couch Potato Report,” C.P.R. for your sports-lovin’ heart. This is where you tune into every Friday for the helpful hints you need so you won’t miss any of the must-see moments of the weekend.

Five viewing suggestions are coming your way, along with a bonus “Off the Field” pick. And thank goodness none of these picks involve LeBron James anymore.

#1 Bruins-Flyers Game 7

When and Where Will I Find It?

Friday night at 7pm on NESN

Why Should I Watch?

Because history will be made in this “win-or-go-home” Game 7, good or bad. Will the B’s find a way to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in 18 years? Or will the Flyers become only the third team in NHL history to come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a playoff series? Does the drama get any better than this? The only excuse you have to NOT watch this is if you still can’t find the Versus channel on your cable or satellite… but true fans know where to find it and will be on the edge of their seats all game long.

#2 Celtics-Magic Game 1

When & Where?

Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm on ABC

Why?

The C’s completed their surprising elimination of the top-seeded Cavs Thursday night with a Game 6 win at the Garden, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in three years. They now take on the Orlando Magic, defending East champs, and winners of all eight of their playoff games, as they made quick work of their first two opponents. Cooling off Orlando will be a very tall task, but the C’s will lean on their experience and team defense, with hopes that their crafty veterans still have enough left in the tank after putting it all out there against the Cavs.

#3 Red Sox-Tigers

When & Where?

Friday night at 7pm, Saturday night at 7pm, and Sunday at 1pm, all on NESN

Why?

The Sox hit the road after a successful 7-3 homestand, now facing a tough stretch of games beginning this weekend with their series in Detroit to face Johnny Damon, the red hot Miguel Cabrera, and the Tigers. After this series, it gets even tougher, having to face New York, Minnesota, Philadelphia, then Tampa Bay, so climbing the standings to catch some of the teams ahead of them will be easier said than done.

#4 Preakness Stakes

When & Where?

Coverage begins Saturday at 4:30pm on NBC

Why?

The second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown will be run at Pimlico Downs in Baltimore on Saturday, as the Preakness Stakes features a dozen tiny guys on fast horses. Jockey Calvin Borel and Super Saver will look to build on their win two weeks ago at the Kentucky Derby, with their sights set on becoming the first Triple Crown winner in over 30 years. The coverage lasts for two hours on NBC, but don’t blink because you might miss the actual race.

#5 PGA’s Valero Texas Open

When & Where?

Coverage on CBS on Saturday and Sunday from 3-6pm

Why?

The TPC San Antonio is the sight of this weekend’s PGA event, the Valero Texas Open. This tournament isn’t a major, and doesn’t have many of the top names playing in it, Tiger included. But for many of us golfheads, we’ll still watch… we know we will. Golf fans can’t get enough of smooth, sultry sounds of Jim Nantz’s voice… there’s just nothing like it on a late Sunday afternoon.

This Week’s “Off the Field” Pick: The Miss USA Pageant

When & Where?

Sunday night at 7pm on NBC

Why?

Pretty ladies, that’s why! Look, I know there are plenty… PLENTY… of places to go if you want to look at hot women. But the Miss USA pageant is where the classy hot women go to hang out. So that’s why I watch. OK no, that’s not why I watch. I watch because I actually bet on this. That’s right, there are 51 contestants, we put them in a hat, put a few bucks down on my gals, and root them on. It’s really the only way the two-hour pageant will hold my attention, I just have to have money on it. So get your friends together, watch the C’s game Sunday afternoon, then stick around and get a pool together for the Miss USA pageant… I’m telling you, it’s a good idea. You think this is sick? Just wait until next month… the National Spelling Bee is betting excitement like none other!

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