2002-06-08 / Sports

So Many Games, So Little Time! What’s A Sports Writer To Do?

By Elio Velez

So Many Games, So Little Time!
What’s A Sports Writer To Do?
By Elio Velez

The best sports days are the ones that feature so many events on the tube that my fingers get bruised from changing the remote. This Saturday is one of those days, and I will watch with soda in my hand in the afternoon and a beer at night. Here are a few of the choice events I will be watching.

If I get up at all in the morning, I will watch the French Open. I will only watch the women’s final since that is the only thing interesting about tennis. Men’s tennis hasn’t been interesting since Jimmy Connors, at 39 years old, went to the semifinals at the U.S. Open in 1991. I was there!

The Yankees-Giants on Fox at 1 p.m. will be the most interesting matchup of the first interleague weekend. If Barry doesn’t hit at least 2 home runs this weekend at the Stadium, I will be shocked.

The World Cup will feature one of the best matchups of the event with Argentina-England at 3 p.m. I don’t like waiting for a result of a game that started at 7:30 in the morning. I will get the results online.

During the middle of the day, there will be women’s and men’s golf, auto racing and track and field, but I won’t tune in many of those events.

Things get interesting when War Emblem tries to capture the Triple Crown of Racing at Belmont Park in the most exciting two minutes of them all. The part I hate is waiting for the event while watching an hour preview show for a 2-minute event.

During the hour between 6 and 7 p.m., where I believe there aren’t any sports on, I’ll go grab dinner. Then here come the evening festivities for me to salivate.

At 7 p.m., it’s the struggling Mets (If I ranted in this column on how bad they are, I’d wouldn’t stop) against the Indians in an interesting battle. I’d say interesting because the Mets have not faced the Indians before in the regular season, and they are both mediocre.

Moving on to more compelling action, the Stanley Cup moves to ABC at 8 p.m. for Game 3 between Carolina and Detroit. If the series is tied or Carolina leads 2-0, watch the cameras pan on the crazy Raleigh fans go nuts for the Canes. It might get so loud you won’t hear Gary Thorne scream into the mike to call the action.

At around 9 p.m. the event that everyone is waiting for to break down into a riot, its Tyson-Lewis for the world championship. For those who paid $54.95 (yikes!), don’t complain when the fight ends in the second round when Tyson hits Lewis with a chair. If Tyson gets into the ring, it would be an accomplishment. But the event won’t start till most likely 11:30 because of preliminaries and the entrances that take forever. A diversion brings….

The World Beer Games!! It’s an event that I can play with my friends at home. At around 9 or 10 p.m. on FX, teams from 16 countries come together to drink and compete in individual events such as pint chug, empty can toss, boat race (?) and trivia. It should be exciting to see drunken men show national pride. Excellent!!

Until next week, peace!


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