THE NBA PLAYOFFS – I might actually pay half attention this year with the King James and the Cavaliers a favorite to reach the NBA Finals. James gets 38 points in the playoff opener on Saturday, showing every reason why the Cavs should get there.
THE NHL PLAYOFFS – What was that thud in Washington this week? The Capitals losing twice at home to the N.Y. Rangers certainly was not in my horoscope, much less that of any Capitals fan. Talk about being in dire straits? Where has Alex the Great been?
JOHN MADDEN – The kind of guy I would never want mad at me … Madden announced his retirement after 30 years in the broadcast booth earlier this week. It turns out his final game was the Super Bowl and he goes out successfully – he did a great job with Al Michaels in what turned out to be a very good game. The way he called the game made it a great way for him to go out at the age of 73. Madden was unique in his own way. He taught the average fan with his analysis in terms of ‘Whaps and Booms’ instead of always boring us with the intracacies of inside terminology. He was a Hall of Fame coach and a HOF broadcaster.
NEW YORK YANKEES – Of course I couldn’t be happier that my Cleveland Indians spoiled the very first game in the new Yankee Stadium on Thursday with a 10-2 win over that team. And then, 24 runs on Saturday. It’s not often an Indians fan can gloat against the Yankees, so I’ll take ‘em when and where I can get them. Andy Schotz – what did you think about Saturday?
NASCAR — From Joey Logano to Mark Martin – I guess anyone young and old that can hold on to a steering wheel can win a race.
An interesting column by John Buccigross on espn.com (the kings of cross-promotion) naming the four faces on the Mount Rushmore of each NHL franchise.
Of course, this coincides with ESPN’s Mount Rushmore of Sports, which puts four faces on the side of the mountain from each state and allows viewers to vote for the greatest state Rushmore.
As for the NHL version, I’m pretty much on board with the picks for the Capitals. I had Alex Ovechkin, Olaf Kolzig, Dale Hunter and Rod Langway.
Buccigross had Peter Bondra in place of Langway, and certainly there would have to be an argument for Mike Gartner to be included, too.
Oh, and I was dead on predicting ESPN’s list for Maryland: Cal Ripken, Johnny Unitas, Brooks Robinson and Michael Phelps. How can you argue with any of those four guys??
When it comes to the National Hockey League, I’m not as much of a basher as I am on the NBA. I even look to see how the kids — Ovechkin and Crosby — are doing.
About the only time of year I watch hockey on TV is the Stanley Cup, and that doesn’t even happen until the night a team can clinch Lord Stanley …. such as it looked like would happen Monday night.
I don’t like anything about Detroit — period — so I was glad that Pittsburgh — the lesser of two evils — scored with 35 seconds left in regulation to tie the game.
By the time we got done and put our sports section to bed, the second overtime had just concluded. Me, I was out the door, in the car, and a few minutes to home just in time for the players to head to the ice for the third overtime and BOOM, there’s no celebration for Detroit as the Penguins win 4-3.
Game 6 is in Pittsburgh Wednesday night, so hopefully I wont have to worry about the Lord Stanley dance for Detroit.
Goodness gracious already …. it’s June 3 and let’s get this hockey and basketball stuff over with.
Have you lost sleep in anticipation and all the buildup to the Lakers-Celtics finals?
First, the NFL:
At the halfway point of the National Football League season, let me go out on a limb and say the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts WILL NOT win the Super Bowl. Somewhere along the way, I think there will be a stumble, or two, and the same thing will happen as it did to the Colts last year.
Who will win you ask? Beats the daylights out of me other than to say it will be one of two teams playing in The Super Bowl.
Next, the NBA:
As I have said before in print, I’m no big fan of the Nonsence Basketball Association, but I will watch with interest how my favorite team, the Cleveland Cavaliers and King James, perform. I think they’ve got the tools to do it this year if they stay healthy. I think the Cavaliers can, and will, win the Eastern Conference and I think San Antonio will come through in the Western Conference. Get the champagne ready at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland for a Cavaliers championship in 7 games.
Next, the NHL:
Ho-hum … but I really would like the Capitals to do well … I actually pay attention to Alex Ovechkin and his prowess. Maybe they can break through and do some damage. However, I think the Buffalo Sabres could come through and make their fans very happy the franchise never moved.
And now, for the BCS:
Ohio State-Michigan. One-Two. Nov. 18. Columbus, Ohio. And that’s just the regular-season final. And it’s probably going to be the first of two meetings, even though the next one won’t be for about 6 weeks when the BCS title game is played Jan. 8. I really do think the game will be so close and agree with the experts that it won’t make a great difference in the top 2 places and a rematch will be in order.
Too bad for Louisville, because I think they’ll beat Rutgers Thursday night and run the table undefeated.
So, my final decision is an easy one — Ohio State baby! (Especially if it can’t be Notre Dame).