As a kid growing up in the 70s, I always remember the Indianapolis 500 being a big deal. Even though it was on tape-delay for Sunday night broadcast before going live in 1986. Yes, kids, it's true.
I remember Lloyd Ruby, the hard-luck loser of several races in the 60s.There was A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, the Unser brothers and ABC’s famous broadcasters. Now, it’s hard to know any of the racers besides Danica Patrick. But people will watch and remember their youth Sunday on ABC.
Then, if you haven’t had enough racing, it’s the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. Fox has the coverage that will go late into the night.
Memorial Day weekend is also time for the NCAA lacrosse championships. The University of Virginia is involved again, and plays Cornell at 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2. The winner goes for the championship Monday on ESPN.
Both the NHL and NBA are down to the final four. Detroit and Pittsburgh both lead series 2-0, and hit the road. The Red Wings’ game 3 and 4 are in Chicago, Friday on Versus and Sunday on NBC. The Pens visit Carolina Saturday on Versus for Game 3, then take the holiday off.
The LeBron train hit a bump in game 1 against the Magic, and the Rockets surprised the Lakers Thursday. Cleveland has game 2 tonight and game 3 Sunday on TNT, and the Western Conference moves to Denver with ABC/ESPN on scene.
It’s also time for baseball’s interleague play. ESPN has the Brewers at the Twins Sunday – aren’t you glad it’s not the Yankees or Red Sox? And the Orioles and Nationals face off all weekend on MASN. So one of them will have a winning weekend.