By Stephen Barston
Although the Darien High School sports seasons may be over, there are plenty of sports events taking place this summer that demand attention. Here are a select few that seem to be the most intriguing of all.
1. Stanley Cup Finals- Even though this is technically already underway, the intensity of the Stanley Cup is too great to ignore. It seems like every game goes to overtime and the action always comes down to the wire. The Bruins and Blackhawks will inevitably send this series to six or seven games, and that right there is impossible to not appreciate.
2. Confederations Cup- To get the whole lowdown of the Confederations Cup, check out my other article. To put it succinctly, eight of soccer’s best nations come together in Brazil exactly one year before the World Cup and battle it out. You will be amazed to see the skill that some of these players have; just ask Brazilian superstar Neymar.
3. MLB All-Star Game- Arguably the best all-star game out of the four major sports leagues, this showdown brings together the best players in The Bigs for one great matchup to determine playoff home-field advantage. The National League has ended its streak of 13 straight seasons without a victory and has won the past three years. To see if this trend continues, tune in on July 16th, or head on over to nearby Citi Field (home of the Mets) to check it out.
4. MLS All-Star Game- A game that doesn’t get as much credit as it should, the MLS All-Star Game has been increasingly entertaining over the past couple of years, and this summer, as the MLS superstars take on perennial Italian powerhouse AS Roma, we can finally see if the oft-discussed strides that the league has supposedly taken are true.
5. 2013 Open Championship- The oldest of the four major championships in professional golf takes place in Scotland this summer at Muirfield Gold Links. After a poor performance at the US Open, everyone will be watching to see if Tiger Woods can finally win his 15th major and begin to track down Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record of 18.
Caption: The MLS All-Star Game is one of many exciting sporting events to watch for this summer