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.
1. Watching golf with Dad! In my family, it's more like "watching Dad fall asleep to golf and then changing the channel to baseball when you're sure he's in a deep sleep," but hey, to each his own. Anyway, yes, it's Father's Day Weekend, which means the U.S. Open, this year at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, the first time the tournament has ever been held there. (The course is only 11 years old.) Weather may be a factor, but you and your dad (and anybody else, really) will be able to park yourself on the Barcalounger from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET on both Saturday and Sunday on Fox. Don't worry: That Skip Bayless/Shannon Sharpe show that aired live from Erin Hills on Thursday and Friday isn't on this weekend. That would be a horrible thing for your father to wake up to.
2. MLS Teams Back to Full Strength. The U.S. Open Cup was this week -- that was the weird little tournament where the beer league team from Baltimore almost beat D.C. United -- and of course we're coming off an international break in which USMNT got everybody all excited, so the MLS regular season has taken a back seat for a bit. This weekend should be a fun one, from NYCFC-Seattle to New England-Chicago to, my favorite, Atlanta United-Columbus Crew. That's the game of the week from this perspective, one you can watch on MLS LIVE at 7 p.m. ET. It should be the return of Josef Martinez to the Atlanta United lineup, it's one of the last games remaining at Bobby Dodd Stadium and, heck, I'm gonna be there. Look for me, I'll be the guy wearing a red and black jersey.
3. Your Weekly MLB matchup rankings:
1. Red Sox at Astros
2. Indians at Twins
3. Nationals at Mets
4. Dodgers at Reds
5 .Yankees at A's
6. Cardinals at Orioles
7. Rays at Tigers
8. Cubs at Pirates
9. Giants at Rockies
10. Diamondbacks at Phillies
11. Padres at Brewers
12. Royals at Angels
13. Mariners at Rangers
14. White Sox at Blue Jays
15. Marlins at Braves
4. Some American League Central clarity, please? Hey, lookee here, the Twins are still in first place and occasionally dropping 20 runs on teams. They've got a chance to get a little separation on the Indians -- the team that was supposed to run away with this division -- with this weekend's set at Target Field, both afternoon games: 2:10 p.m. ET Saturday and 2:10 p.m. ET Sunday on MLB.tv. The Indians could take control of their division back this weekend, or the Twins could start to make this a lot more interesting.
5. Be Like LeBron. One of the things LeBron James said he was going to do this offseason was watch some WNBA. Listen to LeBron, he is smart. If you were holding off until the NBA Finals to finish, here's what you've missed:
- Minnesota is undefeated, 9-0.
- The defending champion Los Angeles Sparks are right behind them at 7-3.
- The San Antonio Stars haven't won a game yet, 0-10.
- The best team in the Eastern Conference is Washington, which will surely just break fans' hearts in the playoffs again. This is Washington, after all.
- The leading scorer so far? Phoenix's Brittney Griner, at 23.8 points per game.
Be like LeBron.
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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.