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May 2, 2015: A Sports Day for the Ages

By: John Galletley

It’s not often that there are so many significant sporting events in the variety of sports that we have presented to us on this day. May 2 has a chance to go down as one of the best sports days we’ve had in years. Everything mixes in so well with all of the major sports represented along with some that aren’t in the spotlight every day. Since there are so many sporting events, I have decided to do a countdown of them representing seven different sports in celebration of just how great of a sports day this is going to be.

7. NFL Draft

Time: 12:00 pm EST

Some people may question why this is even on the list with only the later rounds still left to go in this on Saturday. Despite the more entertaining rounds already having been completed, the interesting part about rounds 4-7 are that we get to see just how smart some of these GMs really are. These are the rounds players like Tom Brady, Ray Rice, Marques Colston and Richard Sherman came from.

It’s also a special day for hardcore fans of the mock draft and the NFL in general who get to have fun speculating players that most casual fans have probably never heard of. Despite it not being an actual game, race or match, it’s nevertheless a great event that concludes today for the most popular sport in America.

6. New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox

Time: 1:35 pm EST

When the biggest rivalry in baseball is only number six on a list of best games for the day, you know you have an unbelievable lineup ahead. However, it’s still good enough to be the baseball representative on this list. The names, brand, and following of these two teams already make this game interesting enough no matter what the records. However, there are added bonuses as a game to watch.

The first is that these are the top two teams in the AL East right now. It’s still very early in the season, but every chance at separation or gain (depending on what side you’re on) is important and you never know when you’ll be looking back at these games in September if there is a tight division race.

There is also the fact that Alex Rodriguez just hit his 660th home run to tie Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time hit list. People still don’t quite know how to react to that and it had to hurt the Red Sox and their fans to give that up. Theoretically, A-Rod can pass Mays on the list today. With that as another thing to keep in mind, it certainly gives you reason to keep an eye on this game.

5. Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers

Time: 12:30 pm EST

Over the past few years, this has developed into a little bit of a rivalry in the playoffs at least. They meet tomorrow as the only hockey game in the middle of this crazy day. This is a good matinee in this great day of sports as it picks up from an exciting or heartbreaking point in Game 1 depending on what side you’re on.

Joel Ward scored the game-winning goal for the Capitals with just 1.3 seconds remaining. The Rangers lost that game about as late as they could. Now they’re tasked with bouncing back from that loss and evening the series to avoid going to Washington down 2-0. The Capitals on the other hand will be looking to do real damage to put themselves in a position to finally get over the hump that is the Rangers.

4. World Golf Championships- Cadillac Match Play

Time: 9:50 am EST

Unless you’re a golf fan, you’re probably surprised to see a golf event this high on the list. This is a special event in golf though because it’s one of the few times you get to see the match play format. If you have ever watched match play golf, you could see that it can increase the excitement of the sport especially to the casual viewer.

The tournament started with 64 players but after Round Robin pool matches, the field has been cut to the 16 group winners. Now we are treated with golf for most of the day playing out the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals of this tournament.

The top matchup to keep an eye on in the Round of 16 has to be Rory McIlroy vs. Hideki Matsuyama. Matsuyama is a young golfer trying to make a name for himself ranked 16th in the tournament and McIlroy is of course the big name and top seed. To see two of the better golfers in this generation compete in match format makes it truly special to watch by itself. The scary thing is there are seven other matchups.

3. San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Time: 8:00 pm EST

This has been without a doubt the best series in the First Round of the NBA Playoffs. Attach the two best words you can hear in sports to that: Game 7. That sets this up as one of the top games to watch. It adds to the hype that not only has this been a great series, it’s been one of the few competitive ones to start the playoffs.

Some fans are making the argument that the winner of this series could go on to become champions. This series is going to lead to one of two things. It will either lead to the de-throning of the Spurs with a changing of the guard or the Clippers will once again have an early playoff exit and possibly blow up their core.

2. Kentucky Derby

Time: 6:24 pm EST

It’s amazing to think with a sports event as traditional as the Kentucky Derby this time of year, it has been minimized with everything else going on. Nevertheless, it’s still the biggest horse race of the year and arguably the greatest two minutes in sports. On a day like today, a two-minute high stakes race is the perfectly timed event.

The story going into the Derby is that Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert trained the two favorites in this year’s race. Those two favorites are American Pharaoh who seems to wow handicappers with his workout times and Dortmund who is undefeated going into this race and is the son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown. This also seems to be a year where there aren’t many pretenders in the field so it not only makes this race harder to predict, but creates more anticipation for a likely entertaining race.

1. Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

Time: 9:00 pm EST

This not only earns the top spot in most anticipated sporting events today, but it also earns the title of the most anticipated boxing fight in over 20 years. What better way to end an incredible sports day than with a fight with so much on the line? This is a fight that is expected to break revenue records and rightfully so with fans waiting five years for this fight to happen.

The story going into this fight is to truly determine the greatest boxer of this generation. Pacquiao gave into all of Mayweather’s demands to make this fight happen such as taking a pay cut to 40%, wearing certain gloves, agreeing to certain rematch agreements, the date, and the location of the fight. Despite all of that, it’s Mayweather that has everything to lose in this fight.

Mayweather is 47-0 and has his undefeated record on the line. Most fans of the sport look down on his record because he hand-picked certain matches and avoided facing his biggest challenger until now. With this fight though, Mayweather has the opportunity to quiet the critics for good truly beating every challenger in his path. If Pacquiao wins, it would be a huge upset in the sport and he would not only be known as the man that took down an undefeated champion, but also the greatest boxer of this generation.

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Want to talk sports? John Galletley is the man to go to. He has been following sports of all kinds since he was a child but had a first love for baseball being in a family of Yankees fans. He also loves to travel and has used sports in order to do this including taking several road trips to MLB stadiums and other sports venues. John has always dreamed of working in the sports world and wants to make his way there as a writer in order to follow the philosophy of never working a day in your life if you love what you do.

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