Consider this the last big blowout weekend of the playoff season. By next weekend, we'll be down to a more manageable, eight combined NBA and NHL series. Sleep patterns will be returning to normal. I will be able to purge the PVR, and re-introduce myself to solid foods.
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|Brother Derek: Derby fave and JABS pick.|
But first comes this: Another round of NHL starts up - Buffalo-Ottawa is must-see, and I'll be especially looking in on San Jose as well; the Kentucky Derby; the world hockey championships start; as many as three Game 7s in the NBA; the Jays, back at home; OHL Final begins tonight. And it's tape-delayed Sunday night, but Arsenal says goodbye to Highbury with the final game at the old relic. Truly, something for everyone. Enjoy it. And please, don't forget to stock a little extra Viseine.
Breaking news. Seven more inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Now, if only the Hall could find a home.
One last read. If you've last this long with The Sopranos, congratulations. But they're losing me, and I'm a Day 1'er. I'm beginning to think the Vito storyline is an elaborate fantasy, with its stilted dialogue, fairyland setting and large question marks (like, what does Vito do now? How does he earn a living, or is it really just johnnycakes and romantic waddles through the village green?). Here's Alan Sepinwall's latest review:
Either last night's Dartford scenes were a deliberate homage to Sirk or writers Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider went overboard trying to illustrate how different Vito's new world is from the one he abandoned. There were times where it didn't just feel like a different world, but a different show.
Like watching a pack of young hyenas bring down a fat, aging, lame wildebeest.
Sports around town. The Sporting Life 10K goes Sunday morning on Yonge just south of Lawrence, the route ending up hard by the Rogers Centre. A nice day, the largest field of the year, good crowds watching -- and downhill all the way.
Watching. The Kentucky Derby, Saturday, 5 p.m., NBC. I find it hard to go by Brother Derek here, but he's the favourite and he looks to me like he can handle this competitive group and maybe even that lousy post. But be warned: I haven't picked the Derby winner since Thunder Gulch (at 25-to-1, hey!).
Not watching. PGA Wachovia Championship golf, Sunday, 3 p.m., Global, CBS. If Miguel Angel Jimenez isn't in it, JABS ain't interested.