The Most Can't-Miss Remaining Sports Days of 2015
The year we've learned to call 2015 has already been a wonderful one in terms of sports.
We've seen Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors win an NBA title and the New England Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX in dramatic fashion. After months of speculation, The Undertaker finally returned to face off with Brock Lesnar.
With only a few months left to go before we turn the page on another calendar year, we decided to list the best remaining sports days in '15.
Spanning the vast and complex universe of sports, here are the gems we came up with.
SummerSlam 2015: August 23
People who don't consider WWE as a form of sports should kindly move onto the next slide. Though the outcomes are scripted, WWE has done a remarkable job over the years of giving consumers some of the best sports entertainment on the planet.
In March 29, 2015, WrestleMania 31 set the bar as far as WWE programming goes. It was a relentless night filled with twists and turns.
Now that we've hit August, SummerSlam has a chance to be that much better. The card is stacked with talent. And based on everything we've seen far on TV, names like John Cena, Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker will all be in attendance.
If SummerSlam 2015 can be a fraction as good as WrestleMania 31 was, we should all be in for a visual treat.
New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos: November 29
All of the hyperbole and confusion that evolved from Deflategate hasn't tarnished Tom Brady and Peyton Manning's memorable rivalry.
These two greats have collided many times over the years, creating some unforgettable moments along the way. We can sit here and debate who's better, or we can simply appreciate both men for what they've achieved in their combined 32 seasons of action.
The 17th chapter in this conflict is set to go down November 29. That's when Brady will march his Patriots into Sports Authority Field at Mile High, with the hope of putting one over on his nemesis.
Can Manning close this potential final chapter with a win? Only time will determine that.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors: TBD
Who doesn't want to see LeBron James and a healthy Cleveland Cavaliers team square off with the defending NBA champions?
Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors were built for long-term success. We know that. Thanks to a young nucleus of talent, the Warriors have a chance to repeat as champions.
The Warriors' first contest with the Cavs will be a true test of that talent. Pitting the champs against Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and LeBron James could be a preview of the 2015-16 Finals.
Look, free agency has given all of us a deep slate of games to look forward to. But the one that will take top billing early into the 2015-16 NBA season is going to be Cavs vs. Warriors.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers: September 20
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady's feud is prominent. But at this stage of the game it represents the NFL's past.
Rodgers is for all intents and purposes the best quarterback in the NFL. From Pro Football Focus' perspective, he was the top-ranked QB in 2014.
It wasn't even close when you put his skills to the eye test. Rodgers creates with his arm and extends plays with his legs. He isn't a runner, yet he understands how movement matters in the NFL.
Wilson is another young quarterback who is looking to build on an already impressive resume. He's played in back-to-back Super Bowls—winning one—and has been the face of an elite NFC franchise.
When these two men collide for the third time, Wilson will look to extend his unbeaten streak against Rodgers and the Pack. This will be a must-watch game. It pits two great clubs against each other in a battle for NFC supremacy.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto: September 12
Floyd Mayweather Jr. catches a lot for flak for not being the most entertaining fighter around. He doesn't churn out knockout performances like some of his peers.
But the fact remains that he is still undefeated. When he puts his 48-0 record on the line in September, there's a good chance that it will be the last time we will get to see him in a boxing ring, per Susan Stapleton of the Los Angeles Times.
His opponent, Andre Berto, isn't an exciting name at this stage of the game. Over his last six fights, he's walked away with only three wins.
That's not what this date is about. It's about watching the end of an era in boxing. The last true cash cow in the business is all set to walk away with a ton of loot to his name. Even if we get another boring match, boxing fans should bid Money Mayweather a proper farewell in September.
Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots: October 18
Deflategate returns for a second chapter on October 18 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Not really, but the matchup that started all of this drama resumes in the form of a 2015 regular-season game.
The Indianapolis Colts have thrived under the leadership of Andrew Luck. Easily one of the best quarterbacks in the game, Luck has carried the Colts to the playoffs three years in a row. In order to take that next step, the team will have to beat the New England Patriots on a big stage. This is his best chance to do that.
Brady will be one week off his four-game suspension, which could motivate the iconic Patriots' signal-caller to carry his team to even greater heights.
October 18 is a day to mark on your calendars. Deflategate's second showing should be nothing short of a vivacious affair.
2015 US Open: August 31
One of the last official moments of summer comes by way of the U.S. Open.
Played in the Queens region of New York, the U.S. Open is a genuine spectacle. We get to see our favorite stars line up for the final Grand Slam of the 2015 season.
Hall of Fame-type talent like Pete Sampras, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have all lifted that coveted Open trophy. Who will be the next to gain that honor in '15?
College Football's Opening Weekend: September 3
Hooray for college football—a place where big programs get upset and college powerhouses come to play each and every Saturday.
This year's season feels a little different than most. It's the second year where we all get to witness the playoff format in full effect, and that's going to be awesome.
Besides that, we have some new personalities to fawn over. Jim Harbaugh is at Michigan, which should intensify the feud between the Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes.
Who cares if you get down with the SEC, Pac-12 or any other outstanding conference? College football is almost here, and that first weekend is a sign that football is truly back in our lives for good.
Chelsea vs. Manchester United: December 28
Toward the end of those blazing summer months comes the Premier League in all its football glory. There are plenty of battles to look forward to, but one in particular is the duel between Manchester United and Chelsea.
This season's first showdown is scheduled for December 28 at Stamford Bridge. It will pit two prestigious English clubs against each other, restoring a classic rivalry.
When United and Chelsea go at it, everyone wins. It not only gives Premier League followers a chance to get back into the feud, but it gives your average sports fan the opportunity to watch something new.
Prepare for a post-holiday battle between the Reds and Blues. It should make for an entertaining day of TV.
2015 World Series: October
The final championship of 2015 is Major League Baseball's World Series. It's an important event for all sports fans to watch because of how culturally prominent baseball has been over the years.
In an era when pitching has resurfaced and youthful talent is thriving, baseball has seen a great turnaround. This year's World Series should be entertaining regardless of who climbs to the top of the mountain. You have two New York teams that are vying for playoff positions, and the Kansas City Royals are back on track. Heck, even the Houston Astros are making a push.
When it gets down to it, we are likely going to see a compelling World Series.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles: September 20
Besides this September 20 encounter being a tone-setting NFC East game early in the season, it also represents the first time DeMarco Murray will play against his old team.
Murray has taken over halfback responsibilities in a run-friendly Philadelphia offense. Coming off a 1,845-yard season in 2014, he should be considered a serious threat to the division's well-being.
It will be a pleasure to watch Romo and the Cowboys try to put up points and contend with the new-look Eagles.
Nothing gets the blood going quite as much as an Eagles vs. Cowboys game. This first installment of 2015 should be no different.
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