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Another sports-filled weekend is upon us, as June wraps up having featured a crap load of highly entertaining, enjoyable, and in some cases heartbreaking, sports programming. This weekend should add to that, as nearly every sport has something big going on, either on or off the field, from soccer to hockey to tennis, and everything in between.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for this weekend’s installment of “The Couch Potato Report,” C.P.R. for your sports-lovin’ heart. This weekend we feature events from all corners of the sports world. So in honor of the spineless French soccer team that has the next few weeks off, I’ll kick this week’s TV highlights off with a resounding, “Bon appetit!”
Saturday at 2:30pm on ABC
For the first time since the tournament’s inception back in 1930, the United States emerged as their group’s winner, on the heels (or toes) of Landon Donovan’s miraculous goal in stoppage time of Wednesday’s final group round win over Algeria. Now, the Americans will square off against the Ghanans? The Ghanians? The Ghanese? Well whatever… Ghana’s soccer team. This game could be the most important match in American soccer history, with the popularity of the sport here in this country hanging in the balance. If the U.S. can string a few wins together, kids everywhere could be trading in their LeBron and Kobe jerseys in favor of Donovan and Dempsey shirts instead.
Friday night at 7pm on Versus
Friday could be a groundbreaking day for the Boston Bruins, as they have their sights set on one of the two big names in this year’s entry draft, teenage phenoms Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin. With all of the other trade rumors flying around, from Marc Savard to Tim Thomas, the Bruins’ buzz is becoming a year-round thing here in the Hub.
Friday at 10:15pm on NESN; Saturday at 7:10pm on FOX; Sunday at 4:05pm on NESN
Interleague play wraps up this weekend around the majors, with Boston’s final National League stop bringing them to San Francisco to take on the Giants. The Sox had been going strong, winning eight of nine on their most recent homestand before heading west to take on the Rockies this week. After dropping the first two contests in Denver, the Sox won a slugfest Thursday night, led by the 5-for-5 “laser show” performance by Dustin Pedroia. Now they take on San Fran, with the highlight of the series being the pitching matchup on Sunday, featuring two of the game’s best lefties, as Jon Lester opposes two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum.
Throughout the weekend, Friday through Sunday, on ESPN2 and NBC
I’m sure most of us didn’t look at the June sports calendar and circle Wimbledon as a “can’t miss” event. But this tournament has already had its fair share of newsworthy happenings, from a near-upset of the world’s best player, Roger Federer, in the first round, to a record-setting, mindblowing match featuring two unknowns, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut, waging a tennis war for over 11 hours, shattering all sorts of records in the process. So tennis is on basically all weekend… if you care to take a break from soccermania, and you’ve got potentially 11 hours to kill, flip over to soak in some hot tennis action.
Friday at 4:30pm and 9:00pm on ESPN2; Saturday at 2pm and 7pm (if necessary)
The final College World Series at Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium wages on, as the field has been shrunk to just four remaining teams. Friday’s matchups feature UCLA squaring off against TCU, followed by an intrastate battle between Clemson and South Carolina. If TCU and South Carolina win on Friday, they will force elimination rematches on Saturday. The two survivors will then take each other on in a best-of-three series beginning Monday, for all the marbles.
Seemingly all weekend on seemingly every channel up and down the dial
Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the stunning death of pop music star Michael Jackson. His death remains somewhat of a mystery, but really, his whole life was a mysterious mess from beginning to end. Re-live his life, his music, and his tragic end, with ’round-the-clock specials and documentaries, remembering his creepiness. MTV will air a top 10 countdown of MJ’s videos at various times over the weekend, while VH1 and VH1 Classics show the TV miniseries “The Jacksons: An American Dream” on Friday from 12-5pm. NBC and ABC will go head-to-head Friday night with two-hour specials from 9-11pm, while CNN, Fuse, QVC, the TV Guide Network, and BET all pack their weekends with Jacko programming. My personal favorite of them all though will air a few times this weekend on Animal Planet. The title lured me right in… “Michael Jackson and Bubbles: The Untold Story.” As I mentioned in last week’s Couch Potato Report, monkeys equal instant laughs, so be sure to check your local listings for that one!