Cinco De Mayo Celebration Excuses, Boston Sports Style

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Was your Anna's Taqueria burrito for lunch really enough to satisfy this year's Cinco de Mayo festivities?

Of course not. That's why there's a case of Corona, a couple of limes, a jug of Cuervo and a bucket of margarita mix in your fridge at home. If you aren't of Mexican descent, there are still a few good reasons to celebrate this terrific holiday, and it starts with a group of hockey players from the North End taking on the Flyers in Philadelphia.

Here are five (sorry — cinco) acceptable reasons for everyone to celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2010 in Boston:

Numero Cinco
The Celtics are back in Boston after evening up their series with the Cavaliers. The C's are on their second of four days off before hosting LeBron James and the Cavs on Friday night and can take a 3-1 series lead with a pair of wins at the TD Garden this weekend.

Numero Cuatro
The Red Sox host the Angels with an opportunity to clinch the four-game series with a win on Wednesday night. Their third straight win couldn't come at a better time for the local nine, who just dropped three in a row over the weekend in Baltimore to the last-place Orioles. And on the hill for the Sox is John Lackey, the Halos' former ace who would love to hand his former club its sixth straight loss.

Numero Tres
After accusing our beloved Marc Savard of gnawing at his finger, Philly's Dan Carcillo has another opportunity to embarrass himself as his Flyers host Savvy and the B's. Hopefully, Carcillo gets a little confident on his own ice and throws down with an actual Bruins fighter so the national audience can see Shawn Thornton, Milan Lucic or Zdeno Chara feed him a knuckle tortada.

Numero Dos
The day isn't just about pounding Dos Equis and dancing to mariachi music. It's also a day to remember one of the nation's most historic sports arenas. On this day in 1995, the Boston Garden hosted its final basketball game when the Celtics lost to the Orlando Magic. Pour out a little cerveza for the barn at North Station.

Numero Uno
Two words: Negro y Oro. That's right, the Black and Gold. The B's have a chance to jump on the Broad Street Bullies with a 3-0 series lead, which would put them one win away from the conference finals, a round they haven't reached since 1992 when they were swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins — the very team they could face in the next round later this month.

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