Given that we've had our summer (and what a belter it was) and this weekend’s forecast is for rain, rain and more rain, we take time out to look ahead at some of this weekend’s top sporting action on the tele box. So;
Set alarm for 10am. Check
BBQ gear safely packed away for another year. Check
Mini bar stocked and cooled. Check
Saturday, Sky Sports 2 HD, 10.30am - Lions V New South Wales Waratahs
Munster and Ireland winger, Simon Zebo gets his first start in a Lions jersey as the tour gathers momentum to next week's first test against the Wallabies. For many, it will be the last chance to impress coach Gatland before he names his team for the Brisbane showdown. Rob Kearney has been named on the bench and he’ll hope to get some game time as he makes his return from a hamstring injury that has prevented his involvement thus far. Johnny Sexton also starts.
The Waratahs, although missing a raft of first teamers due to Aussie call up's, should provide decent opposition for the visitors and given that the game is a sell-out, there’ll be more of a test match feel about this one.
Prediction: Lions to win by 15 or more, our man Zebo to score a hat trick of tries and force his way into the test team. We can but dream.
Thursday – Sunday, Sky Sports 1, 2 and 3 from 2pm – US Open Golf
If you'd a told me last week that Tim Tebow would be joining the New England Patriots, I'd have said you were goofball crazy. Crazy like the type of crazy that doesn't put flags on flag sticks, sure why not replace the flag with say… a basket and be done with it.
Turns out, that at Merion Golf Club in Philadelphia, tradition dictates that they do just this. Merion GC is the venue for this year's US Open, the 113th staging of the tournament. As per usual Tiger Woods is the bookies favourite to win his first major in 5 years. Woods is in staggering form of late, even by his own standards, winning 4 tournaments this year already and finishing 4th in the Masters.
However the US Open always throws up a surprise given the ridiculously tough course set up. With the weather forecast also for wind and rain, this championship is anybody's.