Friday, June 12, 2009

Weekend watchdog

The Stanley Cup will be in Detroit Friday night, and somebody will raise it over the ice. Even if it's early Saturday morning.
For the fifth time since 2001, the NHL championship comes down to a single contest. The Red Wings look to repeat as champions, while the Penguins look to bring the Cup back to Pittsburgh for the first time since 1992. (although 1995 movie Sudden Death was set in Pittsburgh for Game 7 of the finals).
I look forward to seeing the Octopus hovering over the crowd, and seeing if a fan tosses one onto the ice.
Another championship will be settled sometime this week. The NBA Finals continue on ABC Sunday night from Orlando. If the Magic win that one, it's back to L.A. for Game 6 Tuesday. Thursday night would be Game 7, if needed.
Eight teams, including the University of Virginia, converge on Omaha for the NCAA's College World Series. Virginia faces LSU Saturday at 7 p.m., then will play again Monday against either Arkansas or Cal-State Fullerton. Games start at 2 and 7 p.m. through Tuesday, and it's lose twice in your bracket and you go home.
In the majors, this weekend is my favorite interleague matchup. Not Yankees-Mets. It’s the Orioles hosting the Braves on MASN. I grew up an Orioles fan, and my wife liked the Braves from watching TBS on cable (she wrote the 1982 lineup on the inside of her closet. But we didn’t name any of our children Brett Butler).
Also this weekend, the Nationals visit the Rays on MASN2. Not one of the most anticipated interleague matchups.
If you want to see the Mets and Yankees, they'll be on FOX Saturday and TBS Sunday afternoon. The Indians host the Cardinals for ESPN's Sunday night contest.
TNT's NASCAR coverage continues at Michigan Sunday, starting at 1:30 p.m.

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