Spoiler Alert! The sports action peaks on the weekend, here’s what the fan in you can’t afford to miss.
Top 5 Weekend Events
5. MLB Action at Your Nearest Ballpark
Nothing says summer like the smell of fresh cut grass and taking in a ballgame with a few thousand of your closest friends. Pack up the cooler, fire up the grill, then get your tailgate on. Ribs, brats, burgers, dogs and even tofu-induced knockoffs of your favorite foods make for great fare before, during and after the game.
If you don’t have a vehicle or the parking lot scene isn’t happening (which is the case in several MLB cities now that parking is severely limited in downtown areas), there are plenty of watering holes and local rooftop bars just steps away from the action. The Dodgers and Mets got it going last night in a series that should be a good measuring stick for New York’s postseason chances. Speaking of great BBQ, Kansas City hosts the Houston Astros in what could be an ALDS or better yet, an ALCS preview.
I’ll be taking in more intoxicating sights, sounds, and smells (after all, it is Colorado) from the Mile High City this weekend as the Reds are in town to face off against the Rockies. A bad day at the ballpark doesn’t resonate with me in the summertime.
4. Gold Cup Third Place Game: USA versus Panama on Saturday
For those soccer fans in reader land hoping to celebrate the beautiful game on Sunday with a backyard barbecue during the Gold Cup Final have two options:
A) Reschedule the bash for Saturday in order to watch Team USA.
B) Include some Jerk Chicken & Pork in the Sunday festivities.
Hardcore fans and soccer sites are debating if the defeat at the hands of Jamaica is the worst/most disappointing loss in USMNT history, but instead of weighing in on that topic (and faking knowledge), I’ll just reiterate what I used to tell the junior high sports teams that I coached when dealing with defeat: You can learn more from a loss than a victory.
It will be interesting to see how Klinsmann’s crew responds on the pitch and whether or not some of the younger guys take this opportunity and run with it.
3. Gold Cup Final Jamaica versus Mexico on Sunday
As I mentioned earlier in the week, a Gold Cup Final appearance probably means more for the Reggae Boyz than it would have for the American men. Whether that’s the case or not, viewers will see two clubs playing with heightened passion on Sunday, and that can only result in positive vibrations all around.
2. Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Randy Johnson has never been a bright shining star from a speaking-to-the-media standpoint. On the other hand, John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez can be funny as hell. While nobody is really sure what to expect from Craig Biggio’s speech, one thing is for certain–the Hall of Fame Ceremony is an incredibly special moment for players and fans. Look for tears to be shed and modern day legends to take their rightful place in Cooperstown among the game’s all-time greats.
1. Figure it Out
It’s taken me several decades to understand that being a sports fan doesn’t mean the grass isn’t as green without competition or dedicating days, weeks, months, and years on end to watching and talking about sports. Whether you go back-to-school shopping (yes, it’s coming) or camping with family and friends, there’s an abundance of activities and events that you can enjoy that don’t involve sports.
If you love live music like I do and are in or around the Centennial State, check out the String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks all weekend long. Don’t be afraid to click on that link, it’s a blistering rendition of I Know You Rider in which I think I can see myself in the middle of the stands grooving out from 2012. The crew at FanRag Sports will be here keeping tabs on all the action for when you’re ready to check back in and you can always get your rants, reactions, and fans’ edge on with the Sunday Night Sports Page hosted by your columnist on KZYR.com beginning at 8 pm EST.