Sideline Sips

Do you know what goes well with wine and cheetos? Sports.

June is arguably the greatest month of the year: warm weather, no more school bus traffic, and championship level sports! Sure, football doesn’t start for a few months. But the month of June does have a few of the best sporting events on the calendar. So, grab a glass of wine, a bag of Cheetos, and prepare to learn about the sporting events you need to watch over the next few weeks!


NBA Finals (Basketball)

Should you watch: PROBABLY

For the third year in a row, the NBA Finals has pit the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers from the Eastern Conference against the Golden State Warriors from the Western Conference.

As of Wednesday, June 7, the Golden State Warriors lead the series 2-0, with Game 3 of the series scheduled for Wednesday evening in Cleveland. The Warriors have dominated the first two games, led by outstanding performances from Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. The Cavaliers, led by incredible effort from LeBron James, have struggled to keep up with the pace and efficiency of the Warriors for all 4 quarters. Cleveland has been thoroughly outplayed in the second halves of Games 1 and 2, but hopefully they can get a win and make this a series worth watching.

Game 3 has potential to be very exciting, especially with the Cavaliers in a must-win position. LeBron James and the Cavaliers might have an epic performance while defending their home court. Or Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and the rest of Warriors might continue to shoot the ball at an incredibly high level. Either way, this should be exciting to watch!


Stanley Cup  (Hockey)

Should you watch: DEFINITELY

The Stanley Cup is a best-of-seven championship series between the Nashville Predators and defending champion PIttsburgh Penguins. The series is tied at 2-2, with Game 5 scheduled for Thursday.

I’d give you names of players, but you probably wouldn’t remember. What I can say is that you should definitely watch the remainder of this series. Playoff hockey is probably the most exciting postseason in professional sports, with a visible passion, intensity, and speed that are unmatched in other sports.


French Open

Should you watch: SURE

Now that the opening rounds are complete, the remaining players are likely to produce some really good tennis matches. Names aren’t that important here, though there are a few high profile players remaining in the Men’s and Women’s brackets. Worst case scenario, you get to see players hitting amazing tennis shots while sliding around on the clay courts of Roland Garros!


BONUS: Belmont Stakes (Saturday, June 10)


No Triple Crown means no real buzz for horse racing. But horse racing means racetrack bets and people-watching at one of the largest horse racing events in the world. So, if you are considering watching the race on TV or have nothing else to do Saturday, you should probably consider making the pilgrimage to the Belmont Raceway.  


Until next time, make sure you watch some sports and enjoy those Sideline Sips!

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