Sports Weekend: Memorial Day
Memorial Day in the USA is not a holiday anywhere else.
We honor Veterans and fallen military.
We visit cemeteries.
We go boating or grill out with friends.
Summer has begun.
Many sports opportunities abound today, for those who want to lay around in the air conditioning.
Roland Garros is hosting the first rounds of the week for the French Open. The Qualifiers ended Saturday, and yesterday the round of 128 began, which continues through Tuesday. While often these rounds are not telecast on network television, Rafael Nadal, Simone Bolelli and the lot will be available, in all their tennis glory, this Memorial Day. Currently, Rafale Nadal and Simone Bolelli (check the keywords to see even more great pics of each of these tennis stars) are facing off, in a match which has been suspended due to heavy rain.
Nadal leads two sets to nil, but in the third set, Bolelli is playing strong. Whether or not they finish today is anyone's guess, but there is plenty of other action being televised. French Open Play continues at Roland Garros throughout this week with the men's singles Round of 128, the Round of 64 beginning on Wednesday.
The Stanley Cup finals kick off tonight in grand style. The finals will be between a city known for glitz, and nouveau riche corruption, against the new Vegas Golden Knights, or so some commentators say. Washington D.C. is that first city, LOL, and they, the Washington Capitals, and the Vegas Golden Knights, will oppose each other to win Lord Stanley's Cup.
The Capitals open the series by travelling to Vegas. The teams play each other tonight and Wednesday in Las Vegas, and travel to D.C. to face each other on Saturday.
In the NBA, more than the requisite excitement was generated last night, when the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics to reach the NBA Finals. Lebron James will have another chance to play in the Finals, as his Cavaliers beat the Celtics 87-79.
Tonight, The Golden State Warriors will travel to the Houston Rocket for game seven of their series. The winner will be Conference Championships, and will play the Cavaliers for the overall championship, beginning later this week.
This space would like to congratulate all of the NBA teams, who have played hard all season, and have brought lots of energy and excitement to the playoffs!