Sunday, May 3, 2009

Weekend TV musings

       Last Saturday had to be one of best viewing days for sports on television in a long time. NBC's coverage of the Kentucky Derby was at the top of the menu, catapulted  by  50-1 shot Mine That Bird's stirring upset at Churchill Downs. That was followed by Fox's coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond, Va., won by Kyle Busch. The race took place at the Richmond International Speedway, a .75-mile short track, and it started out under caution because of a rainstorm,  but the track dried out in time for a slam-bang finish that made it one of the most exciting races so far this season.
      Then add  two one-run victory Dodger-Padres games and the seventh game of the Boston Celtics-Chicago Bulls playoff series. If there is a better color basketball commentator than Doug Collins on TNT,  I'd like to hear him. Collins, whose basketball career dates all the way back to the Munich Olympics in 1972, makes Charles Barkley sound dull. 
      Throw in the pay-per-view Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatten title fight in Las Vegas, the Angels series against the Yankees in New York, and Tiger Woods playing for the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, N.C. on CBS, and it was a boffo weekend for sports on television.

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