Best month of the year. So far. Consider the options:
Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals
Starts June 3, ends, perhaps, June 17. With lots off off days to analyze who’s been done wrong.
Thursday through Sunday:
Beach volleyball in Huntington Beach:
The AVP will be in Hermosa, Manhattan and Malibu later this summer, but the first event in a month, and the only one in California this month, is at the south side of the Huntington Pier. It can get pretty crazy. In a good way. The prelims lead up to the women’s final Sunday at 11 a.m., followed by the men’s final at 1 p.m. Gates open at 7:45 a.m. No sleepovers the night before, unless you know someone who knows someone who can get you some space at the local hostel and …
A pro basketball game heads outside:
The WNBA’s Sparks go to the Home Depot Center’s tennis facility to play the Seattle Storm at 8 p.m. C’mon, it’s crazy enough to work. The June gloom that hangs over the stadium could affect the trajectory of the shots … making the percentages perhaps go up. Who’ll be the first to dunk outside?
Run to rock ‘n’ roll:
The San Diego Marathon, and half marathon, starts at 6:15 a.m. in Balboa Park.
A Broxton bobblehead:
The Dodgers’ home game against the Cardinals includes a freebie of closer Jonathan Broxton looking mean. What we mean by that, it’s really not to scale. As we see it, Big Bad Jon is about 280 pounds heavier than this clay statue. Here, he looks more like Jeff Weaver.
June 11-12-13; June 22-23-24:
Dodgers v. Angels:
The first three, a weekend set at Dodger Stadium. The second three, all mid-week in Anaheim.
Kickball in South Africa: U.S. vs. England:
Secure a stool at your favorite British pub this Saturday morn — 11 a.m. kickoff from somewhere called Rustenburg. The American games later against Slovenia (Friday, June 18, 6:30 a.m.) and Algeria (Wednesday, June 23, 6:30 a.m.) probably won’t have the same kind of buzz.
Golf like (and with) a King:
The Dave Taylor/Jim Fox 22nd Annual Cystic Fibrosis Golf Classic at Moorpark Country Club has spots open for you to swing the stick with some of the past and current Kings players. Aside from Taylor and Fox, there’ll be Luc Robitaille, Gary Edwards, Nelson Emerson, Mark Hardy, Glen Murray, Brad Norton and Ian Turnbull.
Sign up here (at this link)
Cooperstown. Father’s Day.
Last year, they held the first Hall of Fame Classic game at Doubleday Field, where some players from the past come back to do what’s been called the Oldtimers Games of yesteryear. This year’s commitments include Jeff Kent, Tim Leary, Paul Blair, Bert Campaneris, Jay Johnstone, Bill Madlock, Mike Pagliarulo, Dennis Rasmussen, Lee Smith and Mike Timlin. The day before, they open Doubleday Field for a dad’s catch with their kids.
On a personal note, we’ll be there. Just giving you a heads up.
And that weekend, the Dodgers are at Fenway Park, if you’re able to arrange a side trip.
It might not be too late to scramble to get this done for dad on a short notice. We believe it’ll be well worth the effort.
The new Adam Sandler movie, “Grown Ups,” debuts this weekend. Sandler and co-star Kevin James will serve as the grand marshals for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on June 13 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, of course to promote it. There’s a sports hook to this movie plot: After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend. And all heck breaks loose. Does that not inspire you to hit a water park?
Jeter, A-Rod and the Yankees at Dodger Stadium:
Finish strong: A three-game interleague series that puts Joe Torre up against the team he took to hundreds of thousands of World Series victories. They’ll all be on TV — Saturday and Sunday are national broadcasts — but why not get out there for some early postseason feel. Tickets are pretty much only available now on Stubhub and other brokers.