Today is a sports lover’s dream

For even the casual sports fan, today is all about planning, preparation and perhaps moderation.
The University at Albany men's lacrosse team plays Stony Brook for the America East championship at 10 this morning.
The University at Albany men's lacrosse team plays Stony Brook for the America East championship at 10 this morning.

For even the casual sports fan, today is all about planning, preparation and perhaps moderation.

If you like a sport, you’re covered. If you like all sports, well, pace yourself. Otherwise, you won’t even make it out of the afternoon, let alone into the late night — or early Sunday morning — when the main event may begin.

The day’s sports calendar is a legendary collision of major events — local, national and international — that span the realm, falling on a traditional party day. A local college championship with the NCAAs on the line in the morning, baseball and the NHL playoffs in the afternoon, the Run for the Roses and NBA postseason to usher in the evening, capped by a rare boxing match that has captured the nation’s attention in the late night. Even the NFL makes a spring appearance.

All that doesn’t count your kid’s soccer match, or your golf outing.

“It’s a sports lover’s dream day,” said Rita Cox, senior vice president of marketing at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

Where to begin? Start in the morning.

At 10 a.m., the NFL draft resumes with its third and final day and rounds 4-7.

Of local note, at the same time the seventh-ranked University at Albany will be playing for the America East men’s lacrosse title when the Great Danes take on Stony Brook at Bob Ford Field, with an automatic NCAA bid on the line.

And we’re off . . .

At 12:30 p.m. the New York Rangers host the Washington Capitals in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

A little more than an hour later up in Boston, the New York Yankees play the Red Sox.

At 6:34 p.m. they will Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs when the gates fly open for the Kentucky Derby. American Pharoah is the favorite, but will be going off from the outside at the 18th position.

More? Oh, yeah, there’s more.

For an after-dinner mint (julep), the New York Mets, the surprising first-place team in the National League East, will host everyone’s favorite to win the division, the Washington Nationals, at 7:10 p.m. That is one of eight night baseball games.

Hoops: The reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs will be playing for their playoff lives in a Game 7 matchup at the Los Angeles Clippers starting at 8 p.m.

All this is leading up to the main event: The much-anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, the title match five years in the making. The fight, a pay-per-view event, could start anywhere between 11:10 p.m. and after midnight.

Select area establishments will be showing the fight, for a price. Vapor at the racino is charging $30 to watch on a 16-foot screen, but Cox warned late Friday afternoon that tickets were running out. She added that today could be a historic day for the racing/betting venue.

“When you consider we do simulcasting all day, and we have the Derby, then the fight Saturday night, it’s shaping up to be one of our biggest sports days ever, if not our biggest,” she said.

There is your sports day, stretching 13 to 15 hours or more. Unless you had a really early tee time.

In an unscientific poll on dailygazette.com Thursday, 42 percent said they were looking forward to the Derby the most, followed by Yanks-Sox (15 percent), then the fight (12 percent) — which tied “Other.”

Like we said, there is a lot to do today.

Like we said, pace yourself.

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