Best 48 Hours for Sports Fans
The 48 hours between April 30th and May 2nd may be the best 48 hours of the year for sports fans like me. Here are some of the things happening during that time frame. In addition to some big national sporting events, all four professional Minnesota teams have something going on as well.
On Thursday afternoon, Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves was named NBA Rookie of the Year. He’s a budding superstar on a young team that looks like it is just a year or two away from being very good.
Thursday night with the 11th pick in the NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected Trey Waynes, projected to be the best cornerback in the draft. The NFL Draft continues Friday and Saturday.
Meanwhile at Target Field Thursday night, the Minnesota Twins throttled the Chicago White Sox 12-2. Those teams meet for games two and three of the series on Friday and Saturday. (My 11-year-old son and I are going to Saturday’s game and the weather is supposed to be perfect!)
The Minnesota Wild open up the second round of the NHL playoffs Friday night in Chicago against the Blackhawks. The Wild are the hottest team in hockey the past couple of months and are on a roll behind their red-hot goalie Devan Dubnyk.
And there are two huge national events on Saturday. American Pharoah is the 5-2 favorite to capture the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Some call the Kentucky Derby the “best two minutes in sports”. Let’s hope the other big event goes longer than two minutes. Boxing fans all over the world are excited for the ‘Fight of the Century’ between eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and undefeated, five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. This could go down as the richest fight in boxing history, generating over $300 million.
Toss in the NBA and NHL playoffs and this weekend is about as good as it gets for sports fans everywhere.