Friday, May 29, 2009

Weekend watchdog

It’s a sad weekend in NASCAR-land. It’s the final race FOX will be covering this season.
It’s the last time to hear Darrell Waltrip say “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity, let’s go racing boys” for eight months.
Sure, the season continues on TNT, ESPN and ABC. But Digger and his friends will hibernate until next year at Daytona, so catch them Sunday afternoon from Dover’s Monster Mile.
Yours truly won a visit to the MASN TV booth for Saturday’s Orioles game against the Tigers. The game will be shown on MASN2, while the Nationals play at Philadelphia this weekend on MASN.
Saturday on Fox, most of the nation will get to see the Dodgers at the Cubs. To the south of Fishersville, the Roanoke TV market is scheduled to watch the Braves and Diamondbacks. Thanks to to finding a map with the Fox scheduled games this week.
Need more baseball? ESPN’s Sunday game is Dodgers at Cubs, while TBS has Yankees at Indians Sunday afternoon. Those lucky enough to have MLB Network can see Phillies at Giants Saturday night.
The NHL has reached its final two, and it’s the same as last year. NBC has the first two games between Detroit and Pittsburgh this weekend, and the action moves to Versus Tuesday and Thursday.
Will the NBA get its hoped-for matchup, the Lakers vs. Cleveland? The Lakers can advance Friday at Denver, and have Game 7 at home Sunday if necessary. LeBron and the Cavs need to win Saturday at Orlando to return the series to Cleveland Monday.
The first week of the French Open concludes with third and fourth round action. NBC has taped coverage of action Saturday and Sunday afternoon, while ESPN has the weekday coverage.
And if you have ESPNU as part of your TV package, you can see Virginia open play in the NCAA tournament.
UPDATE: The Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting Comcast SportsNet will broadcast Friday night's UVa game.
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