Here are 10 sports things to do this week

Tri-City HeraldOctober 21, 2013 

So your time is limited, but you love sports and still want it to be a part of your life.

Well here are 10 things this week that may be worth your time:

30 for 30: ESPN has a great list of sports documentaries that grab hold of you and suck you in.

I have the original 30 in two boxed sets and I love them.

But the outcry from fans for more convinced ESPN to continue with them. Since the beginning of this month, the channel has run on every Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Tonight’s is called Big Shot, and it’s about John Spano, who purchased the New York Islanders in 1996 with what amounted to be smoke and mirrors.

Obviously I haven’t seen it. But if it’s close to the other 30 for 30 films, it should be good.

World Series: Disclaimer here. I don’t really like the St. Louis Cardinals or the Boston Red Sox.

But what I do like is that they had the best records in all of baseball this year, each with 97 victories.

So maybe this will be worth watching.

It starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday. It’s also on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday — and possibly Monday if a Game 5 is needed. All games start a little after 5 p.m.

And it’s all televised on FOX.

Edgar Martinez: Who doesn’t love Edgar Martinez? I am among those who believe the former Mariners’ designated hitter should be in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Martinez will be in the Tri-Cities on Thursday as the keynote speaker at the ninth annual Dinner with Friends fundraiser at TRAC in Pasco.

The event, which helps the Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties, starts at 6 p.m.

Sponsorships and tickets may still be available. Contact Sarah Murphy at 509-543-9980 or at for more information.

Connell at River View football: There are a lot of high school football games in our area Friday night.

But this small-school game may be the best matchup.

Both teams are 4-0 in 1A South Central Athletic Conference East Division play (that’s a mouthful).

River View, at 7-0 overall, is ranked fourth in the state, while Connell is 5-2 but bouncing back after a slow start.

YMCA Trick or Treat on the Trail: Here’s a good thing to do with your kids.

Have your kids dress up in their Halloween costumes on Saturday, show up at the trailhead at Badger Mountain and get treats as you go up the trail.

Everyone gets a good workout too.

The event is free, but you must register your child with the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities — at their Richland office (1234 Columbia Park Trail) or call them at 509-374-1908.

There will also be face painting, raffle baskets and pumpkin decorating.

Americans games: Tri-City Americans fans get a tripleheader this week at the Toyota Center — Swift Current visits tonight; Seattle’s Thunderbirds come calling on Friday; and the Brandon Wheat Kings visit on Saturday.

If we had to pick one, it might be that Friday night contest against the U.S. Division Thunderbirds.

The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. each night.

UCLA at Oregon football: Another big Pac-12 matchup with ESPN’s College GameDay in the house (the Cougars’ flag won’t have to go too far this weekend).

Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.

Sprint Cup: The Chase for the Cup is down to its final few races.

Sunday’s race in Martinsville (10:30 a.m., ESPN) has Jimmie Johnson leading Matt Kenseth by just 4 points.

It’s getting tight.

Tri-Cities Marathon: Very rarely do we have a chance to watch a marathon. This 33rd edition will also be a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

You’ll have to get up early, though. It starts at 8 a.m. Sunday in the Shilo Inn parking lot in Richland.

The course, covering 26.2 miles, will run through all three of the Tri-Cities. And it will also finish in the Shilo Inn parking lot.

Seahawks at Rams: Seattle should be well rested for this Monday Night Football game (Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m., ESPN) since the Seahawks’ last game was Oct. 17.

Plus the Rams lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford to a knee injury. And Percy Harvin may — may — play.

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