The city of Chicago is on championship alert tonight, as the Blackhawks take what can be the first of two chances to hoist the Stanley Cup. Game 6 of the Finals will be in Boston tonight at 8 PM ET on NBC, the focal point of Monday’s daily sports schedule.
There is championship action in two other sports—Wimbledon is being carried on ESPN at this moment, on Monday morning, and goes until 5 PM ET. This is the first day of the traditional tennis tournament. And in the College World Series, Mississippi State and UCLA play the first game of their best-of-three series to settle the NCAA baseball title at 8 PM ET on ESPN.
ESPN2 will have major league baseball coverage in the late window tonight, as the Giants-Dodgers go from Los Angeles at 10 PM ET. We’ve reached the point where the death watch has to be in place on the tenure of Dodger manager Don Mattingly and beating his franchise’s historic rival, and the defending World Series champion would be a good place to start saving his job.
Outside the lines, it’s a day to look back at the beginnings of the New England Patriots dynasty. NFL Network will re-telecast the 2001 Super Bowl against the Los Angeles Rams, starting at 8 PM ET. Then immediately following, at 9:30 PM ET, will be a feature on the 2003 Patriots, who won the franchise’s second Super Bowl. It’s somewhat of a curious programming decision by the NFL Network—you would think the ratings for this would be best in New England, and that entire region is going to be locked in on the Bruins tonight.
Here at TheSportsNotebook we’re going to have MLB coverage. Now that the NBA is over, and the NHL is almost finished, baseball is going to take over the features here, and we’re going to give each division a weekly focus. Today will be the NL East. You can also get yourself ready for the hockey game tonight with the NHL analysis that was posted after Game 5.