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Another page on the calendar has turned. We are now into June, known commonly as a month for the birth of summer, the height of wedding season, and unfortunately, the beginning of the lackluster summer television season. Many of our favorite TV shows have wrapped up with their season finales, or in some cases, series finales, as shows like “Law & Order,” “24,” and “Lost” end their successful runs on the tube.
But while your favorite sitcoms and dramas begin their summer vacations, think about all that time you now have to enjoy what the world of sports entertainment has to offer! But where can you turn for guidance on what to watch and when to watch it? You don’t want to be the d-bag who missed out on “THE” sports moment of the weekend come Monday morning, when your co-workers are jibber-jabbering on and on about the most exciting play of the weekend or the nail-biting end to a big game.
That’s why you’ve clicked on the right article… “The Couch Potato Report,” C.P.R. for your sports-lovin’ heart. Here is where you turn for your road map to help you navigate your way through all there is to experience in the sports world this weekend, and you don’t even have to put on clothes or leave your sofa.
So let’s now dive in head-first to this weekend’s top choices…
Sunday night at 8pm on ABC
The Celtics will look to rebound from their Game 1 defeat Thursday at the Staples Center, where rebounds were very hard to come by in a game dominated by the Lakers nearly from beginning to end. With hopes of bringing this series back to Boston even at one win a piece, the C’s will need to find a way to hand L.A. their first home loss in this year’s playoffs, as they’re 9-0 in L.A. thus far.
Friday & Saturday at 7:05pm, Sunday at 1:35pm, all on NESN
After a 4-3 homestand at Fenway, the Sox hit the road this weekend to take on the lowly Orioles, losers of eight straight games. Multiple sources have indicated that Baltimore manager Dave Tremblay could be fired, even before this series begins Friday night, as the O’s are off to the worst start in the league, at a dreadful 15-39 record. On the other hand, the Sox enter the weekend in a tie with Toronto for third in the American League East, 5 1/2 games behind the division leading Tampa Bay Rays. A clean sweep of a troubled Orioles team could be just what this Sox team needs to trigger a vault up the standings.
Coverage begins on ABC at 5pm Saturday
The Belmont is the last of the major Triple Crown events in horse racing, and while none of the big name horses are running in this year’s race, the fact that the field of twelve horses is pretty wide open promises for an exciting race Saturday afternoon. The early favorite, Ice Box, will start from the six spot at 3 to 1 odds, after finishing the runner-up in last month’s Preakness race. So open up that wallet, plunk some bucks down on your favorite philly, and check out the last of the great races of the season.
Game 4 Friday night at 8pm on Versus; Game 5 Sunday night at 8pm on NBC
The Flyers were able to get back into the series Wednesday night with an overtime win over the Blackhawks at the Wachovia Center, helping Philly avoid going down in the series 3-0. Instead, the Broad Street Bullies will aim to even the series at two a piece in Friday’s Game 4, before the series is sent back to the Windy City for Sunday’s Game 5.
Coverage on CBS, Saturday from 3-6pm and Sunday from 1:30-6pm
It is yet to be determined whether Tiger Woods will earn himself a weekend tee time in this year’s Memorial Tournament, after shooting an even par round of 72 Thursday. He enters Friday’s play seven strokes back of early co-leaders Justin Rose, Geoff Ogilvy, and Rickie Fowler, who put up an impressive round of 65 in their opener. We are just a few short weeks away from the U.S. Open, so this tournament always acts as a good barometer for how golfers are trending heading into the sport’s next major.
Semifinals on ESPN at 10am Friday; Finals on ABC at 8pm Friday night
If you’re like me, you appreciate competition at any level, in any form. While you won’t see slam dunks or diving catches when you tune in Friday night to the National Spelling Bee, the pressure, the intensity, and the compete level of the young kids participating in this year’s Bee is really incredible to watch. Beyond that, it’s just plain fun to make fun of these kids. I mean really, these kids are the finest in geekery. They spell for fun! Anyway, getting back to the event, just watch it, even for a little bit. These kids are amazing, they are the very best at their craft, even if their craft is spelling words that nobody use in real life. And for you degenerate gamblers out there, the Spelling Bee can have some added excitement if you throw together a pool and bet on these kids! Try it… and my advice: pick the kid whose name you can’t spell.