Top 10 Baseball Distractions

February 15, 2010 | Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: NASCAR: Auto Club 500 (Sunday 3pm from Fontana, CA live on FOX); Monterrey La Raza @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from 1st Mariner Arena streamed live on; Women’s College Basketball: Maryland @ Duke (Sunday 1pm from Durham, NC live on Comcast SportsNet)

10. Martina McBride & Trace Adkins (Saturday 7:30pm First Mariner Arena), John Mayer (Saturday 8pm Verizon Center), Chrisette Michele (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live), Citizen Cope (Monday 7pm Recher Theatre), Harry Connick Jr. (Thursday 8pm Lyric Opera House), Lewis Black (Friday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Shutter Island opens in theaters (Friday)

I wasn’t thrilled when the Cope show was pushed back to Monday night, but I think I’ll deal with it. Especially if he does that song from “The Wire”….

I haven’t decided for certain yet which show I’m going to Saturday night, but I think either one is a winner.

There’s Chrisette Michele…

And there’s some fella named John Mayer. I heard he’s good….

Yeah, he’s pretty good.

9. PBA Bowling: 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open (Final Sunday 12:30 from Indianapolis live on ESPN)

I knew they had the Final Four and the Super Bowl, but you mean to tell me Indy has the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open TOO?!?!? It’s just not fair!!!

For the record, I’m picking Ernie McCracken…

8. Tennis: ATP/WTA Regions Morgan Keegan Championships (Finals Sunday 4pm from Memphis live on MASN)

Blah blah blah Andy Roddick lost again, to Fernando Verdasco in the San Jose final Sunday. Blah blah blah Andy Roddick has a pretty wife…


7. Golf: WGC Accenture Match Play Championships (Wed-Friday 2pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am live on Golf Channel; Saturday & Sunday 2pm live on CBS. All golf from Marana, AZ); PGA Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun (Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm, Sunday 7pm from Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico live on Golf Channel); LPGA Honda PTT Thailand (Friday 10am, Saturday & Sunday 4:30pm from Chonburi, Thailand live on Golf Channel); Champions Tour Allianz Championship (Friday 11:30am, Saturday & Sunday 2pm from Boca Raton, FL live on Golf Channel)

Do I (or does anyone else) care about this event in Tucson this weekend? Of course not. BUT, do I care what the event is if it gives me the chance to fill out brackets?


Of course I don’t.

I’d literally fill out a bracket about which Twilight characters would be voted the most popular. Or about which Chick-Fil-A menu items would win taste tests.

Come to think of it, is that bracket available???

6. WWE “Elimination Chamber” (Sunday 8pm from St. Louis live on Pay-Per-View)

Yes, I think this event is for me….

But if it’s not for you, how about Gail Kim???


5. UFC 110: Minotauro Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez (Saturday 10pm from Sydney, AUS live on Pay-Per-View)

I tend to root for Cain Velasquez. It has a lot to do with the fact that Cain Velasquez went to Arizona State. Which has a lot to do with the fact that this young lady went to Arizona State….


4. NBA: Timberwolves @ Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Nuggets @ Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Wizards @ Raptors (Saturday 7pm from Toronto live on Comcast SportsNet), Bulls @ Wizards (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet & NBA TV)

Finally, a reason to go root at a ‘Zards game! Carmelo is coming!!!

Before I go, can anyone tell me anyone who plays for the Wizards? I guess it would be nice to know…

3. College Lacrosse: Manhattan @ Johns Hopkins (Friday 5pm from Homewood Field live on ESPNU), Delaware @ UMBC (Saturday 1pm UMBC Stadium), Loyola @ Navy (Saturday 12pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)

You know what’s missing from the college lacrosse game that they have in the pro indoor game?



I think I’m going to root for the Chicago Shamrox in the future…

2. Winter Olympics (Live coverage Tuesday 3pm & 8pm NBC, 12pm USA, 5:30pm MSNBC, 5pm CNBC; Wednesday 3pm & 8pm NBC, 12pm USA, 3pm MSNBC, 5pm CNBC; Thursday 3pm & 8pm NBC, 12pm USA, 5:30pm MSNBC, 5pm CNBC; Friday 3pm & 8pm NBC, 12pm USA, 3pm MSNBC, 5pm CNBC; Saturday 1pm & 8pm NBC, 12pm & 7:30pm MSNBC, 5pm & 10pm CNBC; Sunday 12pm & 7pm NBC, 12pm & 7pm MSNBC, 5pm & 10pm CNBC; Monday 3pm & 8pm NBC, 12pm USA, 5pm CNBC. All Olympic goodness from Vancouver.)

I should have never made fun of Canada as much as I have. How could I possibly forget about what the great white north has given us….


1. College Basketball: Maryland @ NC State (Wednesday 9pm from Raleigh live on Comcast SportsNet), Georgia Tech @ Maryland (Saturday 2pm from Comcast Center live on Racyom, WNUV 54 locally); ESPN BracketBuster: Morgan State @ Murray State (Saturday noon from Murray, KY live on ESPNU), Morgan State @ UMES (Monday 7:30pm from Princess Anne); Stony Brook @ UMBC (Tuesday 7pm RAC Arena); St. Peter’s @ Loyola (Wednesday 7pm Reitz Arena), New Hampshire @ Loyola (Saturday 1pm Reitz Arena); Coppin State @ UMES (Saturday 4pm from Princess Anne)

I can only hope this trip goes as well as some other trips to NCSU….


Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..