If you're a pro sports fan what a week end this should be. The three pro teams are all at home and the Red Wings and Pistons will be playing at the same hour tomorrow night. That's a big deal for restaurants and sports bars-- fans can watch both games at the same time, although you'll need the Versus channel to watch the first two Stanley Cup final games between the Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins-- let's just say the NHL doesn't have a very lucrative or broad ranging television deal. The final games after the first two will be seen on NBC Channel Ten in hi def.
The Pistons are good when they are in synch and they were for much of the night in game two Thursday in Boston. The Celtics now must win a road game and they won at the Palace during the regular season so it's not as if that would be new ground for them. But the Pistons can sure take control if they can hold serve and win their two home games and make the series three games to one.
I think the Red Wings will have a rugged series with the Penguins who are very good. It could go seven and if it does, the finale would be in a frenzied Joe Louis Arena. The Wings need to get high scoring Johan Franzen back and he could be in the lineup indeed for game two on Monday night. By the way the Pistons also play again on Monday night.
The Diamond Classic gets a week off until Monday, June 2nd. Holt will face DeWitt at 5:30pm at Olds Park in one semi-final and Grand Ledge will play St. Johns in the nightcap. It will be a major upset if the 28-1 Comets don't win the title on Wednesday, June 4th. I predict they'll face DeWitt, a team that despite its baseball tradition, has never won the Classic title.
The Big Ten baseball tournament wraps up over the week end in Ann Arbor. Host Michigan should win and then probably host an NCAA tournament regional. Can Michigan become the first Big Ten team to make the College World Series since the Wolverines last played in Omaha in 1984? We'll see.
A busy week for the high schools next week with district tournaments getting underway as the school sports year winds down. And all the MSU teams, except for crew, are done until the fall. Happy Memorial Day.