The Lineup: Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30
Take a left at Maggotts, first-person soccer riots and exclusionary cheerleading
Chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool, but not playing bball outside of the school. (All times Eastern)
Soccer Confederations Cup Final: Spain vs. Brazil, 5:30p.m. Sunday (ESPN)
I can say from personal experience that Maracana in Rio De Janeiro is one of the best sporting venues in the world. Below is footage I shot during a game at there in 2008. It was one of the most intense crowds I’ve ever witnessed.
It’s probably worth noting that this was an exhibition game between a bunch of 40 and 50-year-old retirees. The atmosphere inside Maracana on Sunday will be a wee bit amplified.
Boxing Gennady Golovkin vs. Matthew Macklin, 9:45p.m. Saturday (HBO)
Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin throws some of the biggest haymakers on the business. The undefeated 31-year-old from Kazakistan has knocked out 23 of the 26 opponents he’s fought, the highest KO rate of any current title holder. His opponent, Matthew Macklin stands a chance, but only if he avoids the champ’s right hand, which has a tendency to make people disappear.
Cycling Tour De France: Stages 1-2, 7:30a.m. Saturday and Sunday (NBC Sports & NBC Sports Live Extra)
Lance Armstrong claims that you can’t win the world’s marquee bike race without doping. Enjoy the spotlight, prohibitive favorite Chris Froome of England (above)!
NHL 2013 NHL Draft, 3:00p.m Sunday (NBC Sports & NBC Sports Live Extra)
There is perhaps no better indicator of the gap in pomp between the major drafts than venue. The NFL holds its draft in historic Radio City Music Hall. The NBA had its event in the sparkly Barclays Center. The NHL hosts its draft at the Prudential Center in downtown Newark. So.
Indy Car British Grand Prix at Silverstone, 7:30a.m. Sunday (CNBC & NBC Sports Live Extra)
Racing groups don’t just name the tracks that events are held on, but individual corners as well. The drivers at Silverstone on Sunday will have to slow themselves down for Luffield and brake hard for Vale, but they can just power straight through Maggotts.
Extreme Sports X Games Munich, 1p.m. Saturday (ABC) 11:a.m. Sunday (ESPN)
“Red Bull Phenom Mountain Bike Slopestyle” is either an X Games event or some sort of coded navigational phrase for fighter pilots.
Tennis Wimbledon: Third Round, 6:30a.m. Saturday (ESPN & ESPN3)
There has been so much chaos in the field that no one had really noticed how immaculate the weather had been in London—until today, that it. Rain finally made its annual appearance, causing a few delays. Match organizers have to hope that the wet weather doesn’t cause an even slipperier pitch than the early round, which claimed a few high profile casualties such as Victoria Azarenka:
Cheer Cheerleading World Championship, 1:00p.m. Sunday (ESPNU)
It seems a bit disingenuous to call these the “World Championships” of cheerleading when the U.S. is really the only place that competes. Foreign squads should be given a shot. We don’t want to be oppressive. B-E inclusive.