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2010 Stanley Cup finals features 'two sizzling cauldrons'

One of the reasons God created blogs was for writers to indulge areas of personal interest without feeling guilty about doing so.

Thus we conclude our blogging week by looking at two upcoming events that are among my annual favorites.

The NCAA Division I lacrosse semifinals begin at 4 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2, the later-than-usual starting time reflecting the increased relevance of national TV coverage for the sport.

Another huge crowd is expected in Baltimore, where in 2007 the semis attracted a record 50,004. (Without my family, it would have been 50,000 even.)

Here is Bob Herzog's preview.

Sunday brings the Division III and Division II men's finals - the latter featuring Post against Le Moyne, with Matt Danowski as the game analyst - as well as the women's Division I final, all on CBS College Sports.

The Division I final is at 3:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN.

Meanwhile, in the NHL . . . The Stanley Cup finals begin Saturday night on NBC, with the hockey world jazzed over a meeting between two teams with long histories, long Cup droughts and very large television markets.

Said NBC's Pierre McGuire:

“This is going to be a whole lot of nasty…It’s going to be great hockey. It’s everything you want. You’ve got two sizzling cauldrons here in Chicago and back in Philadelphia.

"It’s going to be a ton of fun to watch.”

Enjoy, North America.

New York Sports