This weekend it's all about tennis and soccer. True, none of the matches will be played on American soil, and the fact that we call them "matches" proves that neither sport is this country's most popular, however you can still grab a beer and hamburger and celebrate American independence plopped in front of the TV. And if you want to feel extra American, you can tune in to watch a NASCAR race and embrace our southern heritage.
Wimbeldon, Ladies' and Men's Finals
July 5th and 6th, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m
ESPN will devote 7 hours each day to Wimbledon coverage, airing the women's finals and men's semis on Saturday and the men's final on Sunday from the venerable Old England Club. On the ladies' side, the finals are already set with 20 year old, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard set to battle Czech Petra Kvitova Saturday. The 13th seeded Bouchard defeated Romanian Simona Halep 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 earlier this morning to advance. Kvitova is a 6 seed and won Wimbledon in 2011. The lefty and 6 seed defeated fellow Czech Lucie Safavora to make the finals. The men's semi-finals are Friday and the winners will square off Sunday for the silver plate.
July 5th, All Day
Yes, the United States has been eliminated, but now you're hooked even if you won't admit it. And if you don't watch you have to wait another 4 years to see such fervent jingoism. We are not the World at the World Cup! It is on the quarterfinal round, so tomorrow at 4 so tune into ESPN to see Columbia play host Brazil. Saturday at noon, France and Germany kick each other in the shins and Belgium will battle Argentina, and at 4 you can see the Netherlands play Costa Rica. Any true American patriot will be rooting for Belgium because if they win the tournament, we can say we got knocked out by the best team, right?
Coke Zero 400 at Daytona
July 5th, 7:30
For all you NASCAR fans the green flag waves in Daytona at 7:30 Saturday night for the Coke Zero 400. The 43 drivers will take to the famous Florida track to race 400 miles in this NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Jimmie Johnson will try to reclaim his title but he faces stiff competition from the likes of Danny Hamlin, who many pick as the favorite this weekend as he has dominated superspeedways all year and finished second at the Daytona 500 in February. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 2014 Daytona 500 and is expected to put up a tough chase to the checkered flag as well. Watch the action unfold on TNT this Saturday.