These two men, and their teams, will be fighting for survival this evening in the day's biggest sporting event. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
There isn't a whole lot of football news to talk about at the moment, but it is a busy Saturday in the world of sports.
The biggest of the events, in my opinion, is Game 7 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat on South Beach. The Heat staved off elimination on Thursday night, and tonight is a one-shot deal with the winner getting an opportunity to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. I'm not the biggest NBA fan, but I've been watching a lot of the post-season, and I'm not sure how much of a shot either of the Eastern Conference teams will have against OKC. That team is good. . .not to mention ridiculously young.
But if that's your cup of tea, tip-off is at 7:30 PM Central time on ESPN. You can see the Celtic fans perspective of things over at CelticsBlog, while the Heat perspective can be found at Peninsula Is Mightier.
There's also a hockey game tonight, as we'll have Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils. The Kings looked impressive in winning the first three games of the series, but the Devils managed to keep themselves alive by winning Game 4. The game will actually be on a major network, as NBC will be broadcasting the game starting at 7:00 PM Central. If you're pulling for the Kings, be sure to check out Jewels From the Crown, while Devils fans can head on over to In Lou We Trust.
The boxing crowd has an opportunity to see a very good fight this evening, as Manny Pacquiao will take on
not Floyd Mayweather Tim Bradley. There are two things I know for sure about boxing. . .
1) The best damn boxing coverage anywhere on the internet can be found at Bad Left Hook, and
2) Even though I'm not the biggest boxing fan ever, if Mayweather/Pacquiao ever takes place, they've got my money.
If you want to see the fight, you're either going to have to spring for the pay-per-view, or find a sports bar in your local area that's carrying it.
I'd mention the Belmont Stakes, which was supposed to feature I'll Have Another attempting to complete his run for the first Triple Crown in horse racing since Affirmed in 1978. . .but, since I'll Have Another was scratched from the race yesterday, America can feel free to resume not giving a damn about horse racing until next year's Kentucky Derby. But, if you are still interested, the coverage is already happening on NBC. . .not sure of exactly what time the race is scheduled to be run.
But, if you're going to be watching any of these events throughout the course of the day, feel free to use this thread to discuss them with your fellow Vikings fans.