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What to Watch this Weekend

Sports fans have been caught in that horrendous time after the NFL season has ended, before the NBA and NHL playoffs have begun, and before we snooze our way through another baseball season.  That comes to an end Sunday, when the ESPN will show the St. Louis Cardinals play the Pittsburgh Pirates  at 12:00 CST.  Between now and the time you fall asleep in your recliner while filling in your own score sheet because dammit, those MLB official scorers have gotten soft on errors, here’s what else is available to watch:

Friday April 1, 2016

Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks (7:00 CST, ESPN)

The once-and-probably-not-future King and the NBA Eastern Conference leading Cavaliers travel to play the Atlanta Hawks, who have reverted to the mean following a surprisingly strong 2014-2015 season.  Nevertheless, the Hawks are poised to return to the playoffs, and want to hold on to the third seed in the east.

Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors (9:30 CST, ESPN)

The Golden State Warriors continue their pursuit of 73 wins against the surprisingly game Boston Celtics.  Should they hold serve on their home court, they will be 69-7 on the season.  Giggity.

Saturday April 2, 2016

Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park (Field of Many, first post 11:00 CST, Derby post 5:48 CST)

The road to the Triple Crown starts here!  Actually, that’s not true.  Horses have been building up “points” for weeks already.  But its what the official website of Gulfstream Park says!  Two undefeated, three year old colts will face off, as Nyquist (last season’s 2-year-old Eclipse champion with a win at the Breeders’ Cup, a perfect 6-6 so far) battles Mohaymen (5 for 5 with notable wins at the Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth races, both also held at Gulfstream Park).

WTA Finals, Miami – Svetlana Kuznetzova  vs. Victoria Azarekna (TBD, ESPN2)

Guys?  Guys?

NCAA Men’s Final Four

Villanova vs. Oklahoma (5:09 CST, TBS)
Syracuse vs. North Carolina (7:49 CST, TBS)

And the moment we will all actually be waiting for, as March Madness spills into April and the Final Four gets underway in Houston.  Will Buddy Hield continue to etch his name in the annals of historicity?  Can Syracuse continue its unlikely run against the favorite, North Carolina, with another stifling defensive performance?  Can Houston really be expected to adequately host this event and give it its due attention when the Tomball German Heritage Festival is taking place all weekend a mere 33 miles from Downtown?  Tune in and find out!