#5 The Barclays
This weekend marks the beginning of the PGA Playoff season. The Barclays got off to a messy start in rainy New Jersey. As usual, all eyes are on Tiger Woods but with a little more reason than the the standard media obsession with Woods. The playoffs often bring out the best in the great competitors and we’re all waiting to see if this year’s FedEx Playoffs will mark an upswing in Woods’ game.
Everyone loves Bristol. Sprint Cup leader Jimmie Johnson is hoping the track will love him back as he tries to bounce back from his worst showing of the season last week. JJ is still way out in front of the competition, but even he cannot absorb another outing like his disastrous last weekend in which he wrecked one car and blew the engine in another.
#3 Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers are hot. They’ve won eight of their last 10 and are running away with the National League West. The Boston Red Sox, on the other hands, are locked in the tightest divisional race in Major League Baseball, leading the uber-plucky Tampa Bay Rays by just one game. The Red Sox need to win the weekend series against the Dodgers just to keep pace in the AL East. The Dodgers don’t need much of anything to hold off the lackluster competition in the NL West, but that doesn’t mean they’re likely to roll over and play dead for the Sox. Two of the best teams in baseball will meet up in Los Angeles for a three-game series this weekend.
#2 The Least Irrelevant Preseason Weekend
The NFL preseason doesn’t mean much. The first week features about three minutes of the first teamers giving a half effort and 57 minutes of guys who will be back to bagging groceries by September. Week Two is a little better, but not much. Week 4 is utterly useless. But Week 3, oh glorious Week 3. This weekend we’ll see the NFL starters playing most of the game in an effort to work out the long off-season kinks and the bubble players giving 110% in a last-gasp attempt to make the team. This is good stuff all weekend long.
#1 Little League World Series
We’ve been building up to this for three weeks. By the time Saturday rolls around the field of hopefuls will be winnowed down to the final four. Two teams from the International bracket will face off in the early game followed by the final two US teams later in the day. Then on Sunday, because this is Little League, the two losers get one last chance to play for the honor of third place before the main event starts at 3:00 ET. Thiese kids are all heart and hustle and the chance to see the best of the best play the biggest game of their young lives is not to be missed.
(U.S. Air Force photo)