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The Weekender: Extended Edition

Where we pay homage to those that have died while serving this country.

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It's another weekend, but not just any special kind of weekend. While it's true most of us get three days off to enjoy the burgeoning summer heat, it's for a reason we should all be thankful for.

Memorial Day began as a way to pay tribute to soldiers that died in the Civil War and has since expanded to include all soldiers that passed away while serving this country. So thank a soldier this weekend, talk to your family members if they served (and talk to them even if they didn't), and then crack a few beers in remembrance.

Now here's what's on tap for the more important sporting events this weekend (sorry, baseball, you're not even in mid-season form yet).

Friday, May 22nd

NBA Playoffs: Cleveland at Atlanta - 7:30 PM CT - TNT

NHL Playoffs: New York at Tampa Bay - 7:00 PM CT - NBCSN

Saturday, May 23rd

NHL Playoffs: Anaheim at Chicago - 7:00 PM CT - NBC

NBA Playoffs: Golden State at Houston - 8:00 PM CT - ESPN

Sunday, May 24th

Indianapolis 500 - 11:00 AM CT - ABC

NASCAR Sprint Cup at Charlotte - 5:00 PM CT - Fox

NHL Playoffs: Tampa Bay at New York - 7:00 PM CT - NBCSN

NBA Playoffs: Atlanta at Cleveland - 7:30 PM CT - TNT

Monday, May 25th

NBA Playoffs: Golden State at Houston - 8:00 PM CT - ESPN

NHL Playoffs: Chicago at Anaheim - 8:00 PM CT - NBCSN

And as a continuation from the Mid-Morning Dump, what's on tap this weekend? Both figuratively and literally.