Sports Watcher for the Weekend of 8/2-3

All times PDT.

11-1:30 PM: Little League Baseball, Big League World Series (ESPN). Yep, it’s Little League World Series season again! And August is only now starting…

3-6 PM: NFL Football, Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (ESPN/NFL Network). Art Monk is the only interesting guy in the class and he should have gone in a few years ago. Wasn’t Cris Carter supposed to be a lock this year back in 2004? And now, a brief acknowledgement of the X Games…

6-8 PM: Action Sports, X Games 14 (ESPN). …that was it.

10-12 PM: LPGA Golf, Women’s British Open, final round (ABC). Gets the nod over the PGA event below because it’s a major and the Bridgestone isn’t (ditto for valuing the US Senior Open over the Bridgestone). Would get the nod over the US Senior Open, if there were an actual conflict, because I actually consider the LPGA the top level of competion for its gender-sport combination. Golf Channel covering the final round of the McDonald’s LPGA notwithstanding. Grr. (Incidentially, I was amazed to find out this only became a major in 2001. What was the fourth major before then? The event now known as the Canadian Women’s Open. Canada was once important enough to hold a major? And back then it had the rather dense name of “du Maurier Classic”…)

12-3 PM: Champions Tour Golf, US Senior Open (NBC). Wait, the senior tour has two majors in a row?

Honorable Mention: 11-3 PM: PGA Golf, WGC Bridgestone Invitational, final round (CBS). Jesus Christ, all three original major networks have huge golf tournaments on this weekend! They have an event this big right before a major? Well, at least it’s not two majors in a row like the senior tour. And the PGA Championship isn’t the only big event next week, even with the Olympics starting…

5-8 PM: MLB Baseball, Philadelphia @ St. Louis (ESPN). Because I haven’t had my Recommended Daily Allowance of major sports yet. And I’m not even mentioning the NFL Hall of Fame Game. I have a moratorium on NFL preseason games.

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