There are so many sports every weekend that it can be nearly impossible to keep track of them all. Here is a weekly guide to the five games/events/experiences that you will be in danger of missing if you make the mistake of going outside. Dive into these five.
1. MLS Season Begins. This is the 22nd season of Major League Soccer -- 22 years! That's actually sort of a long time! You are getting very old! The big games:
• Defending champion Seattle, the most popular team in the league, kicks off its defense of its first-ever title in Houston against the Dynamo at 8:30 ET Saturday night (Q13 FOX, KIRO Radio).
• The two expansion teams kick off, Minnesota on Friday night against Portland and then, on national television, Atlanta United -- whose season ticket sales have been so strong some are calling them "Seattle South" -- plays the New York Red Bulls at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1. (They move into the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 30.)
• Andrea Pirlo, the long-haired 37-year-old midfielder whom you know is smoking several cigarettes at half time, returns with MVP David Villa for NYCFC against Orlando City (Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN).
2. World Baseball Classic Opener, sort of. Technically speaking, the first World Baseball Classic begins Monday morning at 4:30 a.m. But jeez, 4:30 a.m. on Monday morning is essentially the weekend: You're certainly going to have to adjust your weekend to watch it. Anyway, if you can get up that early -- or stay up that late -- the World Baseball Classic gets going with Israel vs. Korea at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul (on MLB Network.) Technically speaking it's sort of a doubleheader for Israel that day, at least in the Eastern Time Zone: They play again at 10:30 that night -- 20 hours later -- against Chinese Taipei. A real fan would make sure to watch both. You should also subscibe to MLB.TV and watch some Spring Training games.
3. NFL Draft Combine continues. If you are of the sort who enjoys spending his or her weekend watching middle-aged men with stopwatches and clipboards and whistles staring at 20-year-old men run sprints in their underwear, far be it from me to stand in your way. Seriously, though, there are actual sports, with actual competitions and actual scores, going on this weekend. The Combine goes on all weekend on NFL Network, you weirdo.
4. What's going on with the Warriors? So Golden State hasn't won since Kevin Durant went down with his knee injury, which sounds terrible except it has only been two games, though then again the Warriors losing two games in a row really does feel like news anymore. An ugly loss to Chicago on Thursday night has everybody worried, which is why the Warriors have the perfect tonic on Sunday afternoon. They get a nationally televised 3:30 p.m. ET game on ABC against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. If something goes wrong in that game and they lose their third in a row, it's seriously time to panic.
5. Conference Tournament Madness. Selection Sunday is one week from this Sunday, which means next week will have all the major conference tournaments. But some fun ones wrap up this weekend, from the Atlantic Sun to the Big South to the Ohio Valley to the "big" one, the Missouri Valley Conference Final on CBS on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. If you're a bubble team, you should cheer for a Wichita State-Illinois State final: Both of those teams are (probably) in the tournament already, so they won't take a bid away from you. And once this game is over, strap in.
Also, there is an Illinois-Rutgers game at noon ET on Saturday (ESPNU) that only I care about, but man, I care deeply about that game.
Dive Into Five is a weekly guide to the weekend's activities of sport. Make sure I don't miss anything great by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org.