The Best Sports Day of the Year Right Here, Right Now
If you love sports, today loves you.
If sports were astronomy, today would be a solar eclipse during the transit of Mercury. If it were presidential politics, it would be an election decided in the House of Representatives. If it were bird watching, it would be a black swan.
At 12:30 p.m. Eastern, two ancient Original Six rivals, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, open the sports day with a Game Two clash in Beantown. At 8 p.m. Eastern, the Los Angeles Kings--fresh from a remarkable 0-3 opening-round comeback--take on the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the first of a seven-game battle for Southern California hockey supremacy.
Three NBA game sevens, playing consecutively starting at 5:30 p.m. Eastern, resolve tied-up series all in one day. This has never happened in sixty-seven years of NBA history. The Atlanta Hawks seek to become the first eight-seed in NBA history to win a seven-game series with a victory over the Pacers. Hawks-Pacers (5:30 p.m), Grizzlies-Thunder (8 p.m.), and Warriors-Clippers (10:30 p.m.) make this evening a basketball fan's Christmas morning.
The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports highlights the day. The perennial horse race at Churchill Downs features California Chrome as the favorite at 5-2 odds. But those two minutes are so great because we won't know the winner of the Kentucky Derby until it's run. The horses are the ones not wearing hats.
Sometime around when May 3rd says goodbye, Floyd Mayweather will say hello to the heavy-handed Marcos Maidana. The pay-per-view fight looks to put $32 million in Money Mayweather's pocket--and just $1.5 million in Maidana's pockets. The odds--11 to 1--favor Mayweather slightly less than the pay disparity does.
Easy to overlook amid the excitement is the full slate of Major League Baseball games. Every MLB team plays today. Braves-Giants, a battle of two division leaders, and an AL Central game between the first-place Tigers and the second-place Royals, highlight the action.
The TV Guide listings say that May 3rd is a day that remote controls were made for. The weatherman--clear skies across almost the entire continent--says that May 3rd is a day to kill your television. Stay inside and watch sports. Go outside and play them. Do a little bit of both. Just enjoy yourself. Today will be back tomorrow. But it won't quite be today.