Friday's Mashup: Little League World Series canceled

Nick "Fitzy" Stevens
May 01, 2020 - 6:00 am
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Actually, it's Day 51 now, but who's counting? Not like it's May already or anything. Oh wait ...

As you march merrily, and masked, into your weekend, mourning what would've been Kentucky Derby weekend (feel free to have a socially distanced block party with Derby fashion and Juleps and tweet us pics, @weei), here are a couple of things you might like to watch, read, know and the like. Sports are coming back, we promise. NASCAR is roaring into frame in just over two weeks. I can't believe how excited we are to watch high-speed lefthand turns soon.

BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS

FRIDAY

2004 Red Sox Postseason Encore ALCS Game 5: Red Sox vs. New York Yankees, 8:30 p.m., NESN

The legend of Big Papi grows as the greatest baseball comeback continues. BYO hot dogs and beer.

SATURDAY TRIPLE HEADER

**Wizards/Celtics Game 2, 2017 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, 6 p.m., NBA TV

The Isaiah 53, as rewatchable as any recent Celtics game.

**The Timeline: The Tuck Rule, 8 p.m. NFL Network

Where a single call gave birth to a dynasty...just don’t tune in early, The Helmet Catch is on at 7 p.m.!

**THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF THE POLICE SQUAD!, MLB Network, 9 p.m. 

Still as funny as the first time you laughed till your stomach hurt

SUNDAY

1991 WORLD SERIES GAME 7, 8 p.m., MLB Network

As great a baseball Game 7 as you'll see, with a walk-off for the ages

LITTLE LEAGUE, BIG HEARTBREAK

The cancelation of live sports and events where people congregate continued Thursday and this one hurt for everyone young and old, as the Little League World Series was canceled for 2020. The LLWS is so much fun to watch! Drama! Heroics! Emotions! Scandals! Both international and local (those NH vs. RI accusations last summer were wicked). Not to mention the birth of internet legends.

Everyone plays Little League, and it stinks we can't sacrifice parts of sunny Spring weekends herding cats in the infield, coaching the kiddos and watching them mash, flail, cheer and scream. It's as American as it gets, right dow to coach getting everyone Freez-Pops afterward. So it's understandable why the LLWS has such broad appeal home and abroad (not to mention is sneaky fun to bet on...or so we've been told). If you're bummed like we are, we won't shame you for shedding a tear, even if...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY

On This Day In Boston Sports History...Irving Fryar was the first overall pick in the 1984 NFL Draft, heading to your New England Patriots. He was only the second wide receiver to go first overall in the draft. Fryar never reached his potential in Foxboro, running into more domestic trouble, and trees, than he did the endzone. Upon leaving the Patriots he finally achieved success and reached his true potential, with four 1,000+ yard seasons and four Pro Bowl selections after the age of 30. And in his post-playing career, he ran into some trouble but eventually escaped lockdown coverage.

BECAUSE YOU NEED THIS

Quite possibly the most accurate, and well-hydrated, portrayal of modern star QBs. Looking forward to his Stidham imitation next year.

STAT OF THE DAY

We've eschewed QUOTE OF THE DAY this weekend in favor of something that might open a few eyes, or minds, should the Patriots pursuit of The Red Rifle become legitimate.