Box Scores: This Space for Rent

We were either short on games or short on a week, or both, so in the aftermath of E3 we'll dispense with the usual highlights and get straight to Kotaku's sports gaming open thread.

That's not to say I played nothing this week. I saw lots, and I'm still writing it up. The big highlight was my 24-21 victory, Saints versus (ahem) Chiefs, with EA Sports' Rob Semsey helping me against two unknown QA leads from EA Sports' Tiburon studio, in the Madden 11 online team-play demo at E3. Our booth in L.A., overseen by Madden designer Yuri Bialoskursky, was linked up with testers back in Florida, who would have tore us two new ones had they been playing with anything better than a terrible team, and we with anything worse than the best. Of course, I was also talking to Yuri and trying to take notes, so my head wasn't completely in the game. Credit to Rob, as the quarterback, for sensible game management and getting us in range for the winning field goal while I gabbed with Yuri.

Box Scores will press ahead, though. I'm not going to guilt you into sending in highlights. You know the drill; anything you play, just grab a pic - a crappy cell-phone screengrab is great - and mail it to me: owenATkotakuDOTcom, or tweet it to Stick Jockey's Twitter feed. Say a few words about why it was grand and we'll open the discussion with it next Saturday.

For now, spout off about the World Cup, the U.S. Open golf tournament, baseball or anything else on the TV or on your mind.

(all times U.S. Eastern)

  • World Cup
    ABC's afternoon contest is Cameroon vs. Denmark at 2 p.m. Sunday, Group F begins to sort itself out; all sides have one point, as Slovakia meets Paraguay at 7 a.m and Italy plays New Zealand at 9:30, both on ESPN, with the Ivory Coast facing up to Group G shot-caller Brazil on ABC at 2 p.m.

  • Golf
    Phil Mickelson's 66 on Friday pushed him into second place after two rounds of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Tiger Woods is seven shots back and has never won a major he's trailed by more than six shots at this point. 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday on NBC.

  • College baseball
    TCU makes its first appearance in the last College World Series from Omaha's historic Rosenblatt Stadium, facing longtime participant Florida State at 2 p.m. today, Florida faces UCLA at 7 p.m.

    Tomorrow, it's Oklahoma vs. South Carolina and Arizona State vs. Clemson at 2 and 7 p.m. respectively. All games on ESPN except for the Sun Devils-Tigers nightcap, which is on ESPN2.

  • MLB
    The second weekend of interleague play concludes with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at the Cook County Cubs of Chicago on WGN right now; Fox's game of the week is the Dodgers at the Red Sox or the Twins at the Phillies, 4 p.m.

    Sunday, it's Mets vs. Yankees on TBS at 1, Angels-Cubs on WGN at 2:10, and ESPN's game of the week is the Dongers-Sox at 8.

  • Remember, send all Game of the Week nominations to owenATkotakuDOTcom, and flag it "Game of the Week" in the subject header. Please include your commenter handle for proper credit.