Get ready for hours of sports bliss
- Saturday, May 2, will be the most action-packed sports day of 2015
- Events include the NBA and NHL playoffs, Kentucky Derby and the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight
This Saturday is a sports fan’s dream — an all-you-can-watch TV buffet of big sporting events, from the NFL Draft to Red Sox-Yankees to the NBA and NHL playoffs to the Kentucky Derby to the long-anticipated Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight.
Whew! It’s the greatest sports day of 2015 and arguably the most action-packed since at least November 1, 2009, which featured Game 4 of the World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees, week 8 of the NFL, the opening weekend of the NBA season and a NASCAR race at Talladega.
You can flip on your TV at noon ET Saturday and have something momentous to watch continuously until at least midnight, if you have the stamina. That’s 12 hours of sports bliss, butt-ache and Bud Light ads.
Some 15 million people alone are expected to watch the Kentucky Derby — the day’s most-viewed event — according to the Rukkus blog, which posted a breakdown of key stats for the big day.
Catching all the day’s top moments will require planning and some nimble channel-hopping. Here’s your lineup:
Day 3 of the NFL Draft
Noon ET (ESPN)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Yes, Famous Jameis and Super Mariota will be long gone by Saturday’s third and final day, which showcases Rounds 4-7.
But the draft’s late rounds can still offer intrigue. Among the notable players drafted in Round 6 or later: Dwight Clark, Donald Driver, Richard Dent, Terrell Davis, Matt Hasselbeck, Shannon Sharpe and some guy named Tom Brady.
Then there’s always the question of who will be 2015’s “Mr. Irrelevant” — the final guy drafted.
NHL Playoffs: Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers
12:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
Between picks in the draft you can always flip over to Game 2 of this Eastern semifinal series, a clash between two familiar rivals.
The Caps won Game 1 Thursday night on a dramatic goal with 1.3 seconds — 1.3 seconds! — left in regulation.
It’s the teams’ fifth postseason meeting in the last seven years, and three of the last four series have gone seven games. So the skates, and maybe even the fists, should be flying.
Yankees vs. Red Sox
1:35 p.m. ET (YES, NESN)
David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox.
OK, time to give your remote a real workout.
This storied rivalry has lost a little luster in recent years, when one or both teams have been terrible.
But both clubs appear improved over last season, and it should be fun watching the ageless Big Papi and a reborn A-Rod taking aim at Fenway’s Green Monster.
4 p.m. ET (NBC)
No, you don’t need to watch all three hours of Derby programming. The race itself doesn’t start until 6:34 p.m., and it only lasts two minutes.
But what a thrilling two minutes! If the race is close at the wire, this could be the highlight of the day. Switch over about 6 p.m. to watch the horses parade down the track.
American Pharoah is the early favorite.
WGC-Cadillac Match Play quarterfinals
7:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
Newly crowned Masters champ Jordan Spieth.
Time to catch your breath, grab some dinner and watch a little golf.
After three days of pool play, this event heats up Saturday with 16 top golfers facing off in a single-elimination tournament from TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
Tiger and Phil won’t be there, but plenty of big names will — among them Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and newly crowned Masters champ Jordan Spieth.
NBA playoffs: San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers
8 p.m. ET (TNT)
Game 7. They’re maybe the sweetest two words in sports.
The Clippers won Thursday night in San Antonio to force a winner-take-all showdown in L.A. Upstarts Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are trying to knock out the wily defending champs in the playoffs’ first round.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao
About 11:30 p.m. ET (Showtime, pay-per-view)
Manny Pacquiao, left, and Floyd Mayweather.
Depending on how susceptible you are to hype, this is either the Fight of the Century or just a once-in-a-decade clash in Vegas between the two best boxers of their generation.
The televised undercard starts at 9 p.m. ET, although the main event isn’t expected to get underway until about 11:30.
As you know, you’ll need to pony up some extra cash for this one. You can pay $ 90-$ 100, depending on your provider and whether you want standard or HD. You can find a buddy who has ordered the fight and invite yourself over. Or you can watch it at a bar, such as Buffalo Wild Wings, which will charge you a cover of about $ 20.
Whatever you choose, the fight should be a potent nightcap to a historic smorgasbord of sports.