Go ahead and plan to take a sick day next Friday. Call it a vacation day or personal day if you want. But with an 8:30p.m. start next Thursday for what figures to be a can't-miss Game4 between the Wild and Chicago at the X, you won't want to work the next day.


Even if you have no personal stake in rooting for the Red Wings or Lightning, it's hard to beat a Game 7 in the NHL playoffs. Check out Detroit at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m., NBCSN.


"Finally able to book my flight from Denver. Now I just need to find tickets to Game 4. I better work on creating a first born because that's what it looks like it's going to take."

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"@thebiglead obtained an email the NFL sent to TV partners saying: Don't tip picks."

Jason McIntyre of the website The Big Lead, on this week's NFL draft.