Friday, June 15, 2007

Weekend Preview: Futbol, Soccer, Golf, Fathers Day

La Liga Crowns It's Champion
Sunday is the final round of La Liga matches, and although Los Campeones will be crowned it is likely that we will not see the crazy excitement of last weekend's penultimate round.

As it stands:

Real Madrid 73 pts
Barcelona 73 pts
Sevilla 71 pts

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!:

Real Madrid-Mallorca
Gimnastic de Tarragona- Barcelona

All matches are at noon PST. Real Madrid-Mallorca is onGolTV live. Immediately after at 2 p.m. PST on GolTV is "TBA", which means that they will show on tape delay whichever of the other two matches turns out to be most compelling and/or affects the title race the most {if RM don't get a result, they will show whatever match determined the league champion}. I hope they show Barca, this mught be the final time we get to see the great quartet of Eto'o, Messi, Ronaldinho, and Deco play together in the same team.

Quite simply, here are the scenarios whereby Real Madrid don't win the league:

Barca win if:
1)Barca win and Real Madrid draw.
2)Barca draw and Real Madrid lose.

Sevilla wins if and only if:
1)Sevilla win, Barca lose, and Real Madrid don't win.

Any other scenario and Real Madrid are Campeones.

Phil Ball's always excellent weekly column describing last week's madness also serves as a good preview for Sunday's final showdowns.

Gold Cup Quarterfinals Are Set

Canada-Guatemala 10 a.m. PST
USA-Panama 1 p.m. PST

Honduras-Guadalupe 3 p.m. PST
Mexico-Costa Rica 12 p.m. PST

Full knockout schedule/bracket here. All matches will be on Univision/Galavision/Telefutura, and I'm guessing the US match at least willl be on ESPN/2 or Fox Soccer Channel.

Guadalupe made it after all. I'm pulling for the underdog of underdogs, although I think that if Honduras get past Guadalupe they have a great shot at getting to the final, as Mexico and Costa Rica have not been at their best.

All that being said, it looks like this things is the U.S.'s to lose. Semifinal will be next Thursday evening with the final next weekend.

U.S. Open
Yesterday only 2 dudes finished under par, and after some rain on Wednesday the course was playing as easy as it will all week, so look out. I'm guessing that the wining score will be over par, somewhere between +2 and +4. It sure should be entertaining. NBC Sports Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. PST.

On Sunday I'll be watching on tape later at night, as the parentals fly in today and I'll be golfing with my pops on Sunday down in Monterrey. Not at Pebble Beach, but Spanish Bay I believe. Pretty damn good way to spend Father's Day I must say.

Happy Weekend whatever you get into, and to all the dad out there, Happy Father's Day from me to you.


Moin said...

Actually, there is one extra way for Sevilla to win (that I didn't include).

RM loses, Barca draws, and Sevilla wins by 12 goals.

I'm not sure which one is less likely, Barca losing or Sevilla winning by 12 goals (especially since they are losing Kanoute to the African Nations Cup).

Solon said...

It's too bad Sevilla didn't win last week, because--if I am not mistaken--it would have set up a rather crazy situation whereby none of the three teams would have controlled their destiny for the title.

No doubt it would have accounted for the most exciting finish in La Liga history.

Moin said...

After all that scenario figuring. Turns out all that needed to be said was:

If RM wins, they are campeones.

Hala Madrid!