Monday, May 31, 2010

Time to run it back

The month of May is coming to a close, and summer is here. That means summer baseball at its finest is finally upon us, and the NBA and NHL will soon be wrapping up. The MLB Draft is right around the corner, as is the NCAA Baseball College World Series.

In the NBA finals, the Lakers and the Celtics will square off Thursday in Game 1 at 6:00. Game 1 and Game 2 are in Los Angeles, will the series heading to Boston for Games 3 and 4. As much as I dislike the Lakers, I have my money on them to win. I think they will set the tone with two home games to open the series and use that to win in 6 games.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks have one game of the Stanley Cup Finals complete, with the Blackhawks leading the series 1-0 after a thrilling, fast-paced 6-5 win in game 1 at home. The two teams square off again in 45 minutes, with the 5:00pm start local time. After tonight's game in Chicago, they'll head to Philly for the next two games. I like the Blackhawks to muscle their way to hoisting the Cup.

The MLB Amateur Draft will begin next Monday, June 7. Monday will have only Round 1, starting at 4:00 local time, televised by ESPN or MLB Network. Rounds 2-30 will be on Tuesday, and rounds 31-50 will wrap it up on Wednesday the 9th. Bryce Harper, primarily a catcher, is still projected to be the top pick. Harper is a 17-year-old phenom who left high school after his sophomore year. He played one year of community college ball this spring, making him eligible for the draft this year. The Washington Nationals have the first pick in this years draft. The Oakland A's pick 10th and the San Francisco Giants pick 24th.

The NCAA baseball postseason begins this weekend, with 16 regional sites each hosting 4 teams. 1 team from each regional will advance to the Super Regionals, which will take place the weekend of June 12. Arizona State is the #1 overall seed in the tournament. Brett's team, Oregon State, is a #3 seed in a regional hosted by Florida, also including Florida Atlantic and Bethune-Cookman.

The World Cup is only 12 days away, beginning Friday, June 11, with South Africa vs. Mexico starting it off. The United States begins group play on Saturday the 12th at 11:30am against England.

That's all for now, because sports chat could flow aaaaallllllllllll day if I didn't cut it off now.

Don't forget to listen in tomorrow at 12:00, and for now, happy trails.