Saturday offers so many options for sports fanatics

Flickr 14130332164_84228075d2_z By Bill Brine
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May is here, finally, and the sports calendar is starting to really get packed with plenty of options for the die-hard sports fan. But for you couch potatoes out there, today offers so many options you could spend the whole day lounging around with your beer and Fritos as you enjoy some of your favorite sports and sporting events. We have THE classic horse race, day 3 of the NFL draft, a potentially epic game 7 in the NBA playoffs and the rare occurrence of a boxing fight that everyone is talking about.

Horse racing may be dying a slow death, but the Kentucky Derby always gets everyone excited again, even if it’s just for a few minutes. If you ever get the opportunity to go the Churchill Downs, make sure you take advantage of it. You love the race and all the southern belles all deck out in their sundresses and pretty hats. But naturally you can enjoy this on your couch as well. You can even mix yourself a special drink like The Grandstand Julip featured this week by Bob Westal.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, as the race doesn’t go off until 6:24 PM EST and most of us won’t be wasting our time with the hours of pre-race hype.

Hard core sports fans will be ready to roll as early as noon as day 3 of the NFL gets going. The NFL seems to dominate our lives these days, and the draft in particular offers something for football fans who really follow the NFL and college games closely. TV ratings are down from last year, but that’s just because we don’t have the Johnny Football hysteria this year. Many of them will be on Twitter complaining that their team didn’t pick the one guy they’ve heard of, so be prepared for most fans to sounds like ignorant fools. But of course that’s all part of the fun.

The best event of the day may be game 7 between the Spurs and the Clippers. I’ve become a huge fan of the NBA playoffs in recent years as some of these battles over a seven game series have become epic. Storylines change as coaches and players adjust. Blake Griffin goes from unstoppable, to goat to unstoppable again, and now we’re left with a game 7 that could eliminate the world champs and shake up the playoff battle in the West. This one is definitely worth watching.

The day caps off with a rare superfight in the boxing world. I can’t remember the last time I purchased a fight with friends, and frankly there are plenty of reasons to avoid the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao bout. But everyone will be talking about it, and many of use are starved for a fight to remember. Let’s see if these guys deliver. Hopefully we don’t get a boring decision after Mayweather bobs, weaves and hides all night.

With everything we mentioned, we haven’t even addressed the NHL playoffs or the Yankees-Red Sox series. I know, few care about that stuff these days – right? But some certainly do, and that’s even more stuff to fit into this crazy sports day.

Of course you can enhance your fun by placing some wagers as the day goes on, so click here and check out the various lines. Enjoy!

  

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