June is not my favorite sports month -- usually.
College basketball is a distant memory, while football season is on the horizon but still far enough away that it's hard to really get excited.
But as far as a June weekend goes, it doesn't get much better than this weekend.
There are major sporting events all over the place, something to keep your thirst for athletic excitement satiated for at least a few days.
So now the question becomes which is the most interesting to you?
Do you love the "Beautiful Game"? Are you riveted by golf's biggest tournaments? Do the finals get your blood pumping?
Everyone probably has their own way of ranking the weekend's big showdowns, including me.
So here's my countdown of the Top 5 sporting events this weekend:
5. Major league baseball
For those who can't get enough of America's Pastime -- yes, Neil Warner aka the Great Zuke, I looking at you -- this is probably very near heresy to have baseball at the bottom of the list.
But they've only played 65-70 games out of 162. Even the team with the worst record (Tampa Bay is at 25-42) is only 13.5 games back so theoretically they could make a big run.
It's just too early to get excited about baseball, so even though many consider the summer to be baseball season, it takes a back seat to other events.
4. U.S. Open golf
I love to play golf, but I've never been much for watching it. The leaderboards are of interest and it's fascinating to see the ebbs and flows of the tournament, but only the final day can be riveting and that's when it's really close.
But Martin Kaymer (yeah, I had no idea who that was either) holds a commanding lead after the first two rounds of the U.S. pro championship, and thus I'm not planning on it turning into a really big deal. As a sidenote, I am pulling for Cougar golfer Zac Blair, who was at 5-over-par after his round on Friday, to finish strong.
3. Provo Open golf
I find the big local golf tournament far more interesting than the big national tournament, simply because I know a lot more of the golfers competing.
When it wraps up today, I'm hoping that guys I've talked to at various tournaments, covered in high school or even a couple I've actually played a few holes with will be atop the leaderboard.
Kai Ruiz, Milo Lines, Nick Killpack, Clay and Cole Ogden, Mike Jurca and Ryan Rhees all appear to be in the mix heading into the final round, which makes it a pretty thrilling local event.
2. The World Cup
Soccer fans will be aghast that the world's biggest sporting event isn't the top draw; non-soccer fans will be aghast that the World Cup will be this high on the list.
I grew to love the "Beautiful Game" played at the highest level while in Europe 15 years ago. I remember being on a somewhat rural street during the Euro Cup in 2000 when a goal was scored by that country's team and being awed at how the cheers echoed from all across the countryside (nothing in the USA gets that reaction).
But it's still very early in the tournament, as this will just be the first weekend of action. I get a month to enjoy watching the best players in the world represent their countries as they seek the immortality of World Cup fame.
1. The NBA Finals
Some would argue that with the San Antonio Spurs holding a commanding 3-1 lead over Miami, the thrill of this year's pro basketball championships is fading fast.
But to me, this has been a fascinating exhibition of contrasts: team vs. stars, passing vs. 1-on-1, the older generation vs. the new superpower.
I think there is a vast contingent across the country of non-Miami, non-LeBron James fans who delight in seeing the two-time defending champs not just lose, but get crushed by a team that simply is playing the overall game better.
Some Jazz fans cling to lingering hate of the Spurs for what they did to Utah for so many years, but I love the way they play basketball. That's why I hope San Antonio proves it learned its lesson from 2013 and just closes it out at home in Game 5 on Sunday.