June 18, 2010 4:00 PM ET
The Orange make it look like clockwork.
We know it's a bummer that the NBA Finals are over, but we can't be sad for too long. We have a whole weekend full of World Cup games, U.S. Open golf, Nascar and College World Series baseball ahead of us. So sit back, relax and, oh yeah, have your credit card handy. This weekend's offers - and events - are too good to miss.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Netherlands vs. Japan
Saturday at 7:30 (ET)
Saturday morning the Netherlands take on Japan in World Cup action to determine who will come out on top in Group E going into the final game of group play. The Netherlands is the clear favorites to win both the match and the group, but Japan is riding high after an upset over Cameroon for its first Cup win on foreign soil. Kickoff is at the eye-blearing time of 7:30 AM (ET), but be sure to wake up with the rising sun and paint your room orange with Dutch Boy paint (we suggest Pumpkin Pie Mousse as it's the most Netherlandy). It might seem like a big effort, but hey, the World Cup only comes once every four years. Ghana-Australia (10 AM ET) and Cameroon-Denmark (2:30 ET) play later in the day.
College World Series First Round: TCU vs. Florida State
Saturday at 2 (ET)
Ping! The College World Series kicks off from Omaha, NE today and will last through June 30. First up, TCU vs. Florida State (Florida and UCLA face off later, at 7 ET). In addition to the viewers, pro scouts will have their eye on the next crop of Big League Players. If these players want to prep themselves for the Bigs - where no aluminum bats are allowed - they're going to need something to bridge the gap. May we suggest, the axe bat? Yes, it really exists, and yes, it's really for sale (only $109.95!).
2010 FIFA World Cup: Brazil vs. Ivory Coast
Sunday at 2:30 (ET) ABC, MOBILETV
After Slovakia-Paraguay (7:30 AM ET) and Italy-New Zealand (10 AM ET) Round 2 of Group of Death play kicks off as two tournament favorites, Brazil and Ivory Coast, square off in the last match of the weekend. The stakes are high: Brazil beat North Korea, 2-1, Tuesday while Ivory Coast played Portugal to a scoreless draw. So Ivory Coast really needs the points to advance. If the Elephants are eliminated, though, at least their fans around the world can console themselves by starting at aquariums full of African Cichlid Ivory Coast Sand. That makes up for the devastation of being bounced from the World Cup, no?
US Open at Pebble Beach: Final Round
Sunday at 3 (ET) NBC
Sure he struggled in the first round, but Phil Mickelson still has a shot at the U.S. Open title when the final round rolls around Sunday afternoon. To inspire a rally for everyone’s favorite Krispy Kreme eater, this shirt is a must. So, it might be a little tight for some of you guys out there, but you pull out all the stops when it comes to a rally, right? Right?!
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma
Sun, Jun. 20 3:00 (ET) TNT
Road course races are no Sunday drives for NASCAR guys, so it's a good thing there are only two a season. Three drivers, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Paul Menard will drive in the Nationwide race at Wisconsin's Road America on Saturday afternoon, then fly to Sonoma, Calif., in time for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Infineon Raceway.