TTL knows the average sports fan’s plate is quite overflowing now with the NBA playoffs, baseball&Bonds, Stanley Cup playoffs, MLS (anyone watching?) and NFL mini-camps (feel the excitement!?!). But looking over the global (non-USA as you TTLers all know the important dates) sporting calendar in the next few months, and some big events are on the way. Let’s just throw a few out there that might grace the pages of this blog.
May 16 UEFA Cup Final in Glasgow at 20:45 CET (2:45 pm EDT).
Espanyol v Sevilla
The all-Spanish Final should be a good game as Sevilla hopes to repeat while Espanyol hopes to claim some important silverware of its own. Sevilla are the favorites and are chasing a distinct treble; the UEFA Cup, the Primera Division (currently 3rd but only 2 points off leaders Real Madrid/Barcelona) and the Copa del Rey (they play Getafe FC in this domestic cup final in late June).
May 19 FA Cup Final at Wembley in London at 16:00 CET (10:00am EDT)
Chelsea v Manchester United
The “Dream” final to inaugurate the new Wembley stadium with the Premiership Champs taking on 2nd place finishers Chelsea. TTL will have full preview of this later in the week but this game should be hot, feisty and compelling.
May 23 Champions League Final in Athens at 20:45 CET (2:45 EDT)
AC Milan v Liverpool
Just counting the days until the Cousin of All Rematches. Will obviously discuss this game in greater detail a bit closer to the date but let’s GO LIVERPOOL.
May 28-June 1o French Open at Roland Garros
Can Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal on clay to claim the one tennis Grand Slam he hasn’t won? Federer is actually struggling a bit lately. The Tiger Woods of tennis has not won in his last 4 tournaments, which ridiculously has not happened since 2004. Nadal has simply won 77 straight matches on clay. Every sport needs a good rivalry and Men’s tennis has it now with these two. The Women’s side looks wide open but TTL likes the gritty Belgian Justin Henin to win. Also, TTL will hopefully make the trip down to Paris to take in some live action and blog about it.
June 2 and June 6 Euro 2008 Qualifiers
These are important games but there are no great match-ups on these dates. The most interesting of the fixtures is Estonia v England. It is a must win game for England or else their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2008 and manager Steve McClaren’s job will be in grave danger.
Well, the calendar took on a very footballiferic nature but such is life. Trying to expand the blog a bit and have received a few great suggestions from the TTLers. If there is a topic one wants covered let TTL know. It is always great to hear from you guys whether in the comments (please do) or personally. This Best of Sports #6 is dedicated to the hardcore readers.
This picture captures everything that is great about sports. The Wigan manager, Paul Jewell, showing utter joy at the final whistle of his team’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United on Sunday. Wigan had to win to stay in the Premiership and did (TTL wrongly predicted Wigan would be relegated). This loss relegated Sheffield United and all the emotions of this fact: disbelief, despair, jealousy, bewilderment etc. can be seen on Neil Warnock’s face.
This is both faces of sports and can only happen when one lays it all out there. Enjoy the games.