While the NFL draft is over (and the players remain in limbo because of the re-instituted lockout), we've got quite a May coming up in the Charlotte-area sports world. May is one of my favorite months on our local sports calendar, as it includes more variety than almost any other month.
1) The Wells Fargo Championship runs Thursday through Sunday -- here's an excellent story from Ron Green Jr. about the preparations.
2) The Charlotte Checkers -- one of the few successful pro sports franchises in Charlotte in terms of win-loss record -- are in the playoffs. You can get ticket info here.
3) The UltraSwim, which once again will feature Michael Phelps and also this time a unique "duel in the pool" between two Olympic-level swimmers who live in Charlotte, runs May 12-15.
4) The Kentucky Derby is Saturday. Not a local event, I know, but it has a Hickory connection this year. Watch for my column on that in Tuesday's newspaper and online.
5) Last but not least, Charlotte Motor Speedway will host its two biggest races of the year in May -- the all-star race May 21st and the Coca-Cola 600 May 29th. NASCAR's induction of its second hall of fame class also comes this month.