May 27, 2012; Chester, PA, USA; USA goalkeeper Hope Solo (1), USA defender Becky Saurbrunn (4) and USA defender Rachel Buehler (19) celebrate win over China at PPL Park. USA defeated China, 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
Kind of a tweener day. We haven't gotten to the point where the various strong U.S. squads in team sports are in title games, and track is now just kind of rolling along. A good day to sample some sports you don't see on TV much outside the Games. For NBC, Monday would be a pretty good day for Olympic controversy to break out and give marginal fans a new reason to think about the London Games. Viewing suggestions (all times ET):
NBC Sports Network at 8:30 a.m.: Chance to cross women's boxing off you list of Olympic sports sampled with live coverage of women's quarters in the flyweight, lightweight and middleweight division.
NBCSN at 2:30 p.m.: The U.S. women's soccer team plays Canada in live coverage and needs just two wins to clinch its third consecutive gold. Seems like it was a month ago since the team made its fans edgy by going down by two goals in its opener against France.
MSNBC at 2:30 p.m.: Live coverage of a classic Olympic event - wrestling's Greco Roman finals. Only Zeus knows who wins and he's not even telling Hera.
NBC Sports Network at 5:15 p.m.: Now the the U.S. men's basketball team game Saturday - when it beat Lithuania with in a pretty close 99-94 win - suggests things could get more interesting for LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and teammates. In live coverage, Team USA plays Argentina, which lost to the U.S. 86-80 last month in an exhibition game.
NBC prime time at 8:00 p.m.: As always, NBC will save its most-mediagenic footage for prime time, which Monday includes the men's finals in track's 400-meter run and the men's final in track cycling's sprint. Plus some other stuff, like men's beach volleyball and gymnastics.
Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY