What Your Television Is Doing This Weekend

The Kentucky Derby:
↵I don't know what it is about this event that gets people who couldn’t care less about Horse Racing to start drinking mint juleps, and bet their friends based on cool animal names. Whatever “it” is, no one is going to complain about another excuse to day drink. The Kentucky Derby will air on NBC (5 something PM), but there's a whole day’s worth of coverage to get you ready for the 134th running of the race.
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↵ESPN will have way more coverage than is necessary for a race they aren't even airing, but that's nothing new. Kenny Mayne and Rece Davis will host "Today at the Kentucky Derby" starting at 11am and will be joined throughout the day by analysts Jerry Bailey, Randy Moss and Jeannine Edwards, as well as handicapper Hank Goldberg.  The day starts on ESPN2 but will switch over to ESPN at Noon.
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↵NBC's coverage will start at 4pm with a grandiose red carpet affair hosted by Access Hollywood's Billy Bush.  Bush will give us insight into the Derby parties, interview celebrities and show us all of the crazy hats they're wearing. This should only last about a half an hour before they go into their hour-long race preview.
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↵NBA Playoffs:
↵It's hard to project the whole weekend for the Playoffs, but there's one thing we do know.  There are three Game 6s on ESPN tonight.  The Cavs-Wizards kick off the action on ESPN2 at 7pm with Mike Tirico and the surprisingly good Doris Burke on the call.  At 8pm on ESPN it's the Celts at Hawks with Mike Breen, Mark Jackson, and Jeff Van Gundy in the booth.  Dan Shulman and Hubie Brown round out the night with the call of the Rockets and Jazz at 10:30 on ESPN.
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↵On Saturday TNT will give us two conference final games, one from the East and one from the West.  Game One of the Magic-Pistons series will air at 7:30 with Matt Devlin and Mike Fratello on the call.  That contest will be immediately followed by the opener of the Spurs-Hornets series at 10pm and will have Marv Albert and Reggie Miller in the booth.
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↵Sunday is where it gets confusing as we could get any of the following combinations via ESPN:  "Sunday's NBA Playoffs on ABC will include one of the following scenarios for the 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. broadcasts: two First Round Game 7 matchups; two Conference Semifinal Game 1 contests; or one First Round Game 7 and one Conference Semifinal Game 1."
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↵I’m confused already.
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↵ ↵MLB:
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↵Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals- Joe Buck, Tim McCarver & Ken Rosenthal- 65% (FOX, Saturday 3:55pm)
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↵MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Detroit, Greensboro, Greenville, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa
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↵New York Mets vs Arizona Diamondbacks- Kenny Albert & Mark Grace- 22% (FOX, Saturday 3:55pm)
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↵MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Buffalo, Denver, Fort Myers, Hartford, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, West Palm Beach
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↵Baltimore Orioles at Los Angeles Angels- Dick Stockton & Jose Mota- 12% (FOX, Saturday 3:55pm)
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↵MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington
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↵ ↵Sunday
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↵New York Mets vs Arizona Diamondbacks- Chip Caray & Jim Kaat (TBS, Sunday 1pm)
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↵Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals- Jon Miller & Joe Morgan (ESPN, Sunday 8pm)
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↵ ↵Other Options: 
↵The Best Shot In Golf: How Cameras Have Changed The Game (CBS, Saturday 2pm), PGA Tour:  Wachovia Championship (CBS, Sat & Sun 3pm), NASCAR:  The Crown Royal Dan Lowry 400 from Richmond (FOX, Saturday 7pm)↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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