If you're a Chicago sports fan, don't make any plans this coming Saturday. If your family member or close friend is a fan, don't ask them to do anything, because they will be either be glued to the TV or at the games.
With the Bulls, Cubs, Sox, and Hawks in action, it will be a great day in the Windy City.
At 11:30 AM Central time, the Bulls kick off the NBA playoffs against the defending champion Boston Celtics. The Bulls fell into the No. 7 seed with a loss to Toronto on Wednesday. Prior to that slip at home, the Bulls had won 12 of 15 and looked like they could hang with any team not based in Cleveland.
I'm not sure that this Bulls team can take down the defending champs, but the excitement of being back in the playoffs with such a promising young star should be thrilling for all Bulls fans to watch. Who knows, maybe with KG at less than 100 percent the Bulls can steal game one in the Garden.
As soon as the Bulls game ends, next up, at 2:40 PM Central, you've got the Cubs taking on the Cardinals in the FOX Saturday Game of the Week. These two bitter rivals sit first and second in the NL Central to start the year, and fireworks always ensue when the teams play each other.
A matchup of Ryan Dempster vs. former Cub Todd Wellemeyer could provide a pitcher's duel, but we could also see an explosion from these two potent offenses. It's game three of a four-game series, and with 70-degree weather forecast (fingers crossed), it should be a beautiful day at Wrigley.
If you're not a fan of the Northsiders, not to worry, as the White Sox take on the defending AL Champion Tampa Bay Rays down in Florida at 6:08 PM Central. A battle of lefties is on tap, as 1-0 Mark Buerhle is slated to take on 2-0 Scott Kazmir in what should be a good game.
Both the Rays and White Sox have gotten off to slower starts than they would have liked, but these teams are fun to watch regardless. Look for a power display from Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton, and Carl Crawford to be matched by Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko, and my pick to click, Alexei Ramirez, in this one.
Finally, to top it off, playoff hockey.
Game two of the Blackhawks' opening round series vs. the Calgary Flames is in the United Center on Saturday night, with the puck dropping at 8:00 PM Central. After missing the playoffs for seven straight seasons, I can't imagine how loud the United Center is going to be for these first two games.
This series is being billed as youth vs. experience. The young Hawks are ripe with talent, but the Flames have been there before. Hopefully the Hawks will be coming off a win in game one on Thursday night, and can build on it with a strong performance from Nikolai Khabibulin in goal.
So there you have it Chicago. Four games, four teams, 12 hours of exciting sporting events. And for you Bears fans, don't worry, the draft is next weekend and training camp kicks off at the end of July, so only three-plus months to go.
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