I decided to change from the weekend to the week because most of the things that I list here are done during the week. That being said, everything on this list happens this weekend.
1) The Indy 500. Another chance to miss Dan Wheldon. Another chance to mourn the decline of open wheel racing in the United States. I could care less if Danica races in it or not. The sad thing is that I don't know who is on the pole, who is leading in the Indy Car standings, or even who are the Top 5 favorites to win this thing. It speaks to the decline of this series because I actually find it more exciting than NASCAR.
2) Formula 1 in Monaco. Just continuing the open wheel racing vibe. I absolutely love Formula 1. In my opinion, it is the best form of auto racing there is. The speeds, the pageantry, the technical skill shown by all the teams, the rivalries, the history. It's all there along with a sense of danger. Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso are tied for the lead and looks like they will be battling for the Points Championship all season long. We will see if the fire in the Williams garage the last race will cause difficulties for them. And I am hoping that Filipe Massa can figure out what is wrong this year with him and his Ferrari
3) English League 1 Soccer: Huddersfield vs. Sheffield United. While I will never ever be considered a soccer snob by anybody, I am learning to like the European leagues. I am a fan of the Houston Dynamo in MLS and I am looking to see which team I will support across the pond. The best thing about the soccer leagues over in Europe is the Relegation and Ascention rules for the worst and best teams in most of the leagues. I wish they had something like that over here for sports leagues. These two teams are chasing Charlton Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday for 1st and 2nd place in league.
4) 76ers v Celtics - Game 7. In watching this series, I am reminded of a heavyweight fight in boxing by 2 fighters that are sloppy in the ring and don't have knockout power. The Celtics have the pedigree and the talent to have won this thing in 5. However, they appear like they have run out of gas and can't get interested in this series. Give credit to Doug Collins for teaching and instructing his young 76ers team on how to win in the playoffs. I want the 76ers to win, but also would love to see the Celtics win and beat the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. I know that the 76ers cannot do that.
5) NY Rangers v NJ Devils. The Devils lead 3 games to 2 in this Eastern Conference Final. I do not like either team but are rooting for the Devils just because of John Tortorella and his mouth behind the Rangers bench. Martin Broduer is looking like he is 30, not 40 and the Devils talent level is high. However, it doesn't matter which of these teams win this series because the Big, Bad Kings are waiting to demolish either squad and take the Stanley Cup back to California.