By Matt Cohen | Social Media & Site Editor
‘Super Saturday’ May 2nd might end up being the greatest day in sports history. No, I’m not kidding. Have you looked at the calendar? Do you know what’s going on Saturday? Yes there’s the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, but there’s also the 141st Kentucky Derby. Floyd Mayweather is fighting Manny Pacquiao (finally).
Before your head explodes with sports overload, don’t worry, I got you. Here’s a simple viewing guide – what to watch, what not to watch. And to make it even easier, I’ve done all the work for you and rated the importance of each event. Happy viewing sports geeks.
NFL Draft Day 3
When: 12pm – 7pm EST
The NFL doesn’t really have an offseason. The sport just goes year round. The biggest offseason event is without question the NFL Draft, a three day spectacle that seems to get longer and longer every year.
While the first round (the main event) takes place Thursday night and rounds 2-3 take place on Friday, Saturday is really only for the true NFL die hard. Rounds 4-7 will run from 12pm – 7pm EST.
Now, unless you’re just a football junkie, odds are you aren’t too familiar with the names being called during the later rounds of the draft. Sure you’re interested to see what position of player your team selects, but I’m willing to bet you don’t have a clue who most of these guys are.
So should you watch? Well, you can if you want to. Round one is must see TV, and rounds 2-3, maybe. But day three action? Eh – might be something you check for updates on Twitter or read about the next day.
Watchability Rating: 2.5 TV’s.
When: 12:30pm EST
If you know you’re going to have trouble getting into day three of the NFL Draft (like most people), then the hockey gods have a nice alternative for you. At 12:30pm EST, it’s game two of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals.
The Rangers made easy work of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, 4 games to 1. The Capitals on the other hand had a more difficult time with the New York Islanders, needing seven games to close out the series. The Rangers won the Presidents’ Trophy after finishing the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference. They are favored in this series. Don’t count out the Capitals though; Alex Ovechkin is one of hockey’s best players, even if he is missing a few teeth.
Playoff hockey is playoff hockey, regardless of whether your favorite team is playing. I’m tuning in.
Watchability Rating: 4 TV’s.
Yankees vs. Red Sox
Where: YES Network, WFAN 660AM/101.9FM, WADO 1280
When: 1:35pm EST
Baseball’s best and oldest rivalry will be on full display this weekend at Fenway Park. As of this writing, the New York Yankees are in first place in the American League East division, with the Boston Red Sox not far behind.
The two teams have already played each other this season. Boston won the first series of the year 2-1 at Yankee Stadium a few weeks ago.
Baseball is a long season. Really long. Games in May, even if they are Yankee Red Sox games, usually don’t mean a whole heck of a lot. Still, if there’s a brawl or something, that’d be pretty cool. I’ll check the score on my phone, and maybe watch a few innings, but that’s probably it.
Watchability Rating: 3 TV’s.
WGC-Cadillac Match Play
Where: TPC Harding Park
When: 12-2pm EST (Golf Channel) 2-6pm EST (CBS)
The WGC-Cadillac Match Play is one of the most exciting golf tournaments of the year. The singles component of the format makes it extremely compelling, and year in and year out we’re treated with some tremendous drama and excitement.
On Saturday, pool play will be over, and we’ll be down to the ‘Sweet 16.’ This is when things really get interesting. By the end of the day, we’ll have just four golfers standing. They’ll face-off again on Sunday, with the final two left eventually squaring off Sunday afternoon.
Based on the format alone, and the fact that this is a World Golf Championship, my interest is peaked. If we get some really incredible match-ups, like Rory McIlroy vs. Dustin Johnson or Jordan Spieth vs. last year’s winner Jason Day, then I’m definitely locked in. This isn’t a MUST watch, but I definitely plan on seeing what the match-ups are and tuning in for a couple hours, even if I don’t stick around for all six hours of coverage. Sunday however, I’m watching full blown regardless of who’s playing in the finals.
Watchability Rating: 3.5 TV’s.
141st Kentucky Derby
When: Post Time 6:34pm EST
The Run for the Roses, the most exciting two minutes in sports is also this Saturday. Are you hanging in there? Has your mind exploded yet thinking about trying to watch so many sporting events? Just calm down, and sip on your mint julep.
If you don’t get revved up for the Kentucky Derby, you might need your head examined. I understand horse racing isn’t for everyone, but this is the Super Bowl of horse racing. Not to mention, this year’s crop of Derby horses is one of the deepest in recent memories. You have top horses like Dortmund, Carpe Diem and American Pharoah. There’s live long shots too like Firing Line, Danzig Moon and Far Right. Ok, I’ll shut up now.
Whether you’re a diehard racing fan or a casual fan at a viewing party, tune into the Kentucky Derby. While coverage lasts all day, the race itself is only two minutes. It’s heart-pounding and part of the fabric of Americana.
In case you’re interested (you’re probably not), my picks: Win – Firing Line Place – American Pharoah Show – Danzig Moon
Watchability Rating: 4.5 TV’s.
When: 8pm EST – 2am EST (if necessary)
This is where things get tricky. As of this writing, the Chicago Bulls lead the Milwaukee Bucks 3 games to 2 in their opening round series in the Eastern Conference. In the West, the San Antonio Spurs lead the L.A Clippers 3 games to 2 as well. Both teams play Thursday night, with a chance to close out the series. If the Bulls and Spurs win, there will be no NBA Playoff action at all on Saturday.
That’s boring. For the sake of having fun, which is what this article is all about, let’s predict that at least one of these series goes to a seventh game. And if that’s the case, even a first round playoff matchup is must see TV if it’s a game seven.
Watchability Rating: 4 TV’s.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao
When: card starts 9pm EST, main event between 11:30-12am
Ah, the main event. After five years of juking, ducking and dodging, the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world are finally stepping in the ring together. Yes, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr. is fighting Manny ‘Pac-Man’ Pacquiao.
Sure the fight should have happened a few years back, but so what? These are without question the two best fighters of this generation. Some have called this the biggest fight since Ali-Fraizer I. This fight is expected to break every boxing record there is – purse, gate money, sponsorship money, PPV buys, etc. Both fighters will easily make more than $100 million for the fight. Not bad for a day’s work.
This is the definition of can’t miss. If you choose to only watch one of all the sporting events I’ve listed above, this is it. This is a once in a generation type fight. The claims that boxing is dead are pure nonsense. Grab a bunch of friends and purchase this Pay-Per-View for $89.95 (I know, I know) and watch two of the best to ever go at it step inside the ring.
My prediction? Pacquiao wins via split decision.
Watchability Rating: 5 TV’s.