Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekend watchdog

We have a 2011 NFL schedule. This weekend, we have the 2011 NFL draft. Will we have a 2011 NFL season on time?
Ask the lawyers about the coming season. There's plenty of questions due to the lockout, but nobody locks out Mel Kiper Jr. He got to fill the airtime Thursday as the teams made their first 32 picks.
There's two more rounds on Friday starting at 6 p.m. on ESPN and NFL Network and the final four rounds Saturday beginning at noon.
Then it's back to the negotiating table. And more waiting for fans.
The Capitals advanced to the second round of the NHL playoffs, and begin play Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Versus. Game 2 against the Lightning is set for Sunday at 7 p.m.
The NHL's second round began Thursday and the second West semifinal begins Friday at 10:30 p.m. on Versus with Detroit heading to San Jose.
NBC shows the opener of the Bruins-Flyers series Saturday at 3 p.m., and Game 2 from San Jose Sunday at 3 p.m. Versus has the second game from Vancouver Saturday at 9 p.m.
In the NBA playoffs, ESPN has Game 6 between San Antonio and Memphis Friday at 9 p.m. There's a Game 7 sometime Sunday, if necessary, and Oklahoma City awaits the winner.
The first East semifinal kicks off Sunday at 3:30 p.m. when the Heat take on the Celtics on ABC.
NASCAR heads to Richmond for the weekend, with the Sprint Cup race Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on FOX. The Nationwide racers take the track Friday for the Bubba Burger 250 on ESPN2.
For a more exotic locale, the IndyCar drivers are in Sao Paulo Sunday at noon on Versus.
FOX Saturday baseball goes early this week, with the Mets visiting the Phillies at 1 p.m. Other games in the time slot are Angels at Rays and the Cardinals taking on the Braves. The Mets and Phillies meet again Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, while the Yankees host the Blue Jays in the afternoon on TBS.
The Orioles go to Chicago this weekend on MASN2, while the Nationals host the Giants on MASN.
Comcast has ACC baseball this weekend, with Florida State at Miami Saturday at 7 p.m. Saturday afternoon at 1, Georgia Tech visits Clemson.
Comcast goes to the Sun Belt Saturday at 4 p.m. for Arkansas-Little Rock taking on Louisiana-Lafayette.
ESPN2 has SEC baseball between Arkansas and Georgia Saturday at 1 p.m. and Auburn-South Carolina Sunday at 3 p.m.
ESPN showcases college softball Saturday at 8 p.m., with Oklahoma facing Texas.
The PGA tour visits New Orleans this weekend, with CBS providing coverage Saturday and Sunday starting at 3 p.m.

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