Lakers-Celtics, U.S. Open, World Cup: One of the Best Sports Weekends Ever!

Bill CodyCorrespondent IIIJune 16, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15:  Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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All I can say is wow! If you're a sports fan, this will be one of the best weekends ever. 

Starting on Thursday afternoon, we will be treated to a U.S. Open golf tournament that appears to be wide open.

In a normal year, a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach would make Tiger Woods a lock. But this, of course, is not a normal year.

If you're even a casual sports fan, I'm sure you are aware of the trouble plaguing, formerly, the Superman of Golf. Only, it wasn't Kryptonite that caused his downfall.

With Tiger hitting more spectators than greens these days, Phil Mickelson is the logical front-runner as he goes for his second major win of the year. But, as we all know, Phil is never a sure bet. Which should make for an exciting tournament.

Then, on Thursday night, the Lakers and the Celtics will get it on in what looks like one of the best NBA Finals in a quite some time. 

Nothing says NBA basketball like the Lakers and the Celtics. But this year's series has been a great one. 

Not only are the teams tied at three games apiece, but they are a Kevin Garnett injury away from three straight Finals showdowns. The winner of this series will not only make a claim for being the best team in 2010—they can make a claim as being the best team in the NBA for the last three years. 

Take that, LeBron.

Finally, on Friday, the United States World Cup team has a chance to all but lock up a spot in the knockout round when they face Slovenia at 10:00 A.M. (EST). 

If the U.S. can knock off the Slovenians, they will move into first place in Group C and will only have to get a tie against Algeria to get into the final 16.

Who knows how everyone will do this weekend? I'm picking the Lakers, the field against Tiger and Phil at Pebble Beach, and a big win for the USA in Johannesburg.

But I wouldn't bet my house on any of them.