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It’s A Small World Series After All

by Ronald A. Rowe August 16th, 2013 | Weekend Preview
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llbbThe Top 5 Sporting Events from this weekend’s schedule that our panel of experts are most eagerly anticipating:

#5 A Tough Row to Hoe
The WNBA’s Connecticut Sun haven’t had an easy time of things this year. At 7-15, they are dragging along in the basement of the Eastern Conference. Things aren’t going to get any easier for the Sun this weekend, when they will face back to back opponents in the second place Atlanta Dream and the Conference-leading Chicago Sky. It will be worth watching to see if this schedule adversity will bring out the best in the ladies of the Sun or send them into a total eclipse.

#4 Streak to End the Streak- Ending
It seems like every time in recent history that we’ve commented on a streak in this column that streak quickly and unceremoniously comes to an end. We’re counting on the Los Angeles Dodgers, winners of seven straight, to buck that trend by continuing their winning ways through the weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

#3 Boogedy Boogedy Boogedy
The only thing better than NASCAR racing is desperate NASCAR racing. With just four races to go before the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, some drivers are getting very desperate indeed. Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 is one of the last opportunities that some drivers will have to make their case for inclusion in the Chase. As things stand right now, Kurt Busch would miss the Chase by the narrowest of margins. Jeff Gordon is also in the unaccustomed position of looking in from the outside in 13th place, just 15 points away from a Chase berth. Drivers just on the inside, like Martin Truex Jr. and Greg Biffle, have to play it safe in order to avoid falling out of the top ten. Meanwhile, there is nothing holding Busch and Gordon back from running wild at Michigan, following the Ricky Bobby principle of “win or wreck trying.” Those factors combine together late in the season to make for some “can’t miss” racing.

#2 NFL Football
This is the NFL Preseason. The games don’t mean anything – to you. But the playing time they get this weekend and what they make of it will mean a whole lot to the dozens of bubble players desperately struggling to achieve their life-long dream of playing in the NFL. The spectacle of these fringe athletes giving everything they’ve got on the field plus the information to be gleaned from seeing the starters get a little more work in this week makes any and all of this weekend’s NFL Preseason action worthwhile viewing.

#1 It’s a Small World Series After All
Major League Baseball’s World Series has often been criticized for having a grandiose name for a contest that includes teams from North America only. The same criticism cannot be leveled at the Little League World Series, which includes teams from such far flung locales as Australia, Japan, the Czech Republic, Chinese Taipei, and … Delaware? This weekend will feature the second chance games for the teams who lost in the first round and a second challenge for the winners.

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