Weekend Watchdog: Who’s on the pole?
Column by Mike Judge
The biggest weekend in racing is still a week away. But they are warming up in Indianapolis and Charlotte.
The field of the Indy 500 will be determined Saturday and Sunday in time trials. Versus has the full coverage both days, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. Then the 33-car field will be ready for May 30.
Saturday night in Charlotte, NASCAR gets together for it’s all-star race on Speed. Only after lettting the rest of the drivers race for a spot in the final field. There’s four segments to the race, concluding with a 10-lap shootout. Should be plenty of fun.
Then they have a little rest before the 600-mile run Memorial Day weekend.
The first round of interleague play begins this weekend, so the Orioles and Nationals play on MASN and MASN2 – 7 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Nationally, it means you see the Yankees at Mets Saturday on FOX (7 p.m. this week) and Sunday night on ESPN. FOX has three other games to offer different parts of the country – Red Sox vs. Phillies, Cubs at Rangers and Tigers meeting Dodgers – then TBS shows the Red Sox at Phillies Sunday afternoon.
The NBA playoffs continue into the Conference finals. Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals will be Saturday on ABC, with Orlando visiting Boston at 8:30 p.m.
Out west, the Lakers head to Phoenix Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on TNT.
The NHL, also in the conference finals, shows the Flyers at Canadiens Thursday on Versus and Saturday afternoon on NBC. The Blackhawks host the Sharks Friday on Versus and Sunday on NBC.
CBS offers the Byron Nelson Classic, starting at 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Comcast has plenty of college baseball scheduled as the regular season winds down. Thursday, it’s Florida State’s visit to Clemson, then on Friday Virginia heads to Miami.
It’s a Saturday tripleheader, starting with Florida State-Clemson at 1 p.m. Mississippi State goes to LSU at 4 p.m., then it’s Sun Belt play between Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky at 7 p.m.
NCAA softball regionals begin Friday, with Auburn meeting Oregon at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and Georgia Tech vs. Jacksonville State at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Three more games are set for Saturday on ESPN, starting at noon, and another pair start Sunday at 1 p.m.