If you are a sports fan or if you live with a sports fan then your weekly schedule becomes inextricably linked with what sporting events are on at what times during each week. The conflict between missing a sporting event for a poorly committed to social event and missing an appealing social event to watch a game is an important balancing act in any kind of romantic, familial, or business relationship between a sports fan and a non-sports fan. To help facilitate this complicated advanced mathematics, Dear Sports Fan has put together a table showing the most important sporting events of the upcoming week. Print it out, put it on your fridge, and go through it with your scheduling partner.
Tuesday: The hockey game between the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers is not single elimination, like the play in games to the men’s NCAA Championship is, but it’s almost as big. These two teams are fighting for the last playoff spot in the east with only a dozen games remaining.
Wednesday: Soccer in the afternoon, basketball at night. What more could you want? Oh, right, silly question given what’s coming tomorrow…
Thursday: THE FIRST DAY OF MARCH MADNESS IS ONE OF THE BEST SPORTS DAYS OF THE YEAR!! FIND A WAY TO GET OFF OF WORK! OR STREAM THERE.
Friday: Date night! Which you will, of course, spend watching the second 16 games of March Madness. Some years, these are even better than the first. Sip wine as your bracket gets totally busted.
Saturday: You’ve seen all the teams once, now you get to watch the winners from the first two days play each other. Some of your favorites will be eliminated. Sad times. Some of your favorites will move on, fun times!
Sunday: Mix a little bit of Manchester vs. Manchester soccer and Crosby vs. Ovechkin hockey into the last day of the first weekend of March Madness, and you’ve got a superlative Sunday of sports.
Caveat — This forecast is optimized for the general sports fan, not a particular sports fan. As such, your mileage may vary. For instance, you or the sports fan in your life is a fan of a particular team, then a regular season MLB baseball game or MLS soccer game may be more important on a particular day than anything on the forecast above. Use the calendar as a way to facilitate conversation about scheduling, not as the last word on when there are sports to watch.