By this time last year, I had multiple posts on the NCAA tournament. The main reason was that the Miami Hurricanes were involved. In any case, this year I am having my best Bracket selection ever. So far I am 37-8 with 15 of 16 Sweet 16 teams in it. Wake Forest busted my Midwest bracket with a first round loss. Missouri, Mich St, and Louisville are all in trouble right now, so my brackets are on the verge of falling apart like a $2.00 watch.
If they find a way to come out with wins, I am sitting pretty. Louisville particularly needs to win considering I have selected them to play Pitt in the championship. Siena is really putting it on them right now.
Every year in late June through the end of August, sports fans, with the exception of die hard baseball fans, experience what could be described as a sports “Dead Zone”. With the end of NCAA Basketball in March and the NBA finals in June, NFL is still months away, and college football doesn’t start until September. OUCH! So we will just sit around and watch reruns on ESPN Classic, Sunshine and FSN dreaming of endzones and pigskins. Baseball is fine for playoffs, but the regular season is Boring, with a capital B. Tennis and golf are OK, but nothing to get your blood pumping every day. We need longer football seasons. No! We need two football seasons. 🙂 The crazy thing is how long the NHL season runs, yet I don’t even watch.
- It’s raining, it’s pouring! I love it when it rains at work. It cools down the power block considerably.
- The 08 Miami Hurricanes Baseball squad has to go down in our history as a big disappointment. I am a big fan, but I have to admit with this much talent we should have gone further. The two teams who beat us were not supposed to go as far as they did. The Canes had the most talent, the most high draft choices, most wins, and fewest losses in the country.
- I had a great time fishing in Boynton Beach on Monday. Read about my first kingfish.
- I wouldn’t mind heading back up there, but we need 5 people on the boat to make it really cheap.
- I found myself rooting for a team in the finals that I don’t like (the Celtics) because they were playing a team that I like even less (I hate the Lakers).
- Why are there so many Super Hero movies out these days? Spiderman, Batman, Superman, X Men, The Hulk, Ironman, and the list goes on and on! Is it because people need something to believe in but they are avoiding God?
- The doldrums of the sports world are officially here. The NBA finals are the last ray of sunshine before the reality of the bleak sports winter sets in. Sometimes we have the CWS to look to, but the Canes screwed that one up. There will be nothing exciting going on until the college football season kicks off.
- I will be working this weekend, so I won’t be at church. That is one of the bummers of working where I do. Working night shift allows me to be at church every week, but working days lets me spend the whole Sunday that I am at church fully awake.
- Blog traffic has been up bigtime over the past week. I am going to post my State of the Blog Address shortly.
- I believe it is going to level off and die back again now that the NBA finals are finished. You won’t believe how many hits my post about Red Auerbach vs Phil Jackson brought in.
- It’s cool to see how many people from LPC are joining the Blogosphere. Especially Billy-barue.
- I’m going to try and attend the Life Pointe 2.0 Seminar. Great idea Trav!
- Last night was my first night at Paul’s life group. We had a great time talking about loving God and loving each other. Joey facilitated and did a great job, although we didn’t quite have enough time to finish. The meatballs were good too.
- Marcela said she will be presenting the Talk Soup this weekend. I am looking forward to that.
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It’s set. Thursday night we get a glimpse at the past with the Celtics and the Lakers in game one of the NBA finals. I know the NBA has cha-ching in their ears and $$ in their eyeballs. I don’t remember a time when the NBA playoffs fell nearly perfectly in line with the seeding, almost all home teams advancing, and no upsets except San Antonio over New Orleans. This should be an entertaining finals. My predictions in the NBA and college tourney this year have been uncharacteristically BAD, but even some of the best hitters went through slumps. The only way out of a slump is to keep swinging away.
So here is my call. The Lakers have been playing very well in the playoffs (and most of the season); the Celtics are getting hot at the right moment. That sets up some good basketball. The Celtics have been nearly unbeatable at home, and they have home court advantage. The Lakers have faced tougher competition all season long and in the playoffs. Home court is huge. I gotta go with the Celtics in this one. It will go the distance, Celtics in 7. If the Lakers break the Celtics service, they will be way too strong at home for the Celtics to win. Kobe and the boys will be more likely to win on the road than Garnet’s bunch. So IF the Lakers can take one of the first two from the Celtics, it will be the Lakers in 5. Let’s see if the refs keep cheating for LA as they did in the series against the Spurs, or if they give the Celtics a chance in this one.
How’s that for equivocation?
OK, at this point LA looks to have a stronger position than SA, and Boston looks to have Detroit on the ropes. Both of the #1 seeds (LA and Boston) maintain a straight home advantage. Also, LA has not cracked at home this year, and Boston has only lost once at home. But I have to say that Detroit appears to have the big mo on their side, and if San Antonio had been able to convert their free throws and hold a near insurmountable lead in game one, they would be up 2-1 and would have home court advantage. SA needs to continue to play lights out and keep their foot on LA’s throat once they get a lead. Otherwise, LA will win another come-from-behind classic since they have the very best clutch player in basketball (Kobe). Boston has not looked like a 60 win team this whole playoffs, much less a 66 win team. They broke the jinx and won on the road. Now they have to figure out how to stop McDyess along with all the other vets on the team with so much experience.
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LA is taking on San Antonio in the conference finals for the 4th time. So far the Lakers have had the upper hand 3 times, most recently in 2004. The possibility of the classic LA vs Boston final matchup has to have the NBA salivating over the potential revenue and ratings. LA has the home advantage and is playing lights-out right now, so SA will have another huge task ahead of them if they are to advance. The Spurs won at New Orleans last night marking only the 5th time this post season that a road team has won and becoming the first team to advance as a lower seed without home advantage. Their playoff experience was huge!
Detroit will face Boston on the road in the East final. The game features a superstar stacked Boston Celtics team that was thrown together this year to make a run at the championship vs the veteran defense-oriented Detroit team that has gone to battle together numerous times in the playoffs. They always tend to play to the level of their competition so this should be a hard fought series. Detroit has won on the road and Boston has not. I believe Detroit can take Boston out, but it’s going to be nasty. I don’t think they have a legit chance at winning without Billups. I’m sure the rest was beneficial, so Detroit is probably thanking Cleveland for stretching the series to 7 against the Celtics.
I am going to equivocate here but my head tells me LA will take out SA in 7 and Boston will advance in 7 as well. These are two evenly matched series though. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see SA or Detroit steal one on the road and take their series. I’m pulling for SA in the long run.
- Round 1 is in the books. All the favorites have advanced. I don’t know when the last time that has happened, but I will have to research it.
- Round two is going to be excellent. All the match ups are exciting. I am particularly interested in the east with Detroit playing Orlando and Celtics against the Cavs.
- The Cavs and the Celtics each won their regular season home games. The season record is 2-2.
- The Lakers beat Utah Jazz and have yet to lose a game in the playoffs. Victor is ecstatic.
- The Celtics avoided the biggest choke in NBA history beating the Hawks in game 7 to advance to round two. Essentially, the Celtics have to win the championship this season or it would be monumentally disappointing to the city of Boston. First the Patriots put together the most dominating regular season in NFL history and lose the championship. Now you have the Celtics with the third best record in NBA history. They have to win the title or this will only be a smidge less disappointing than the choke job the Patriots came up with this year. Could Boston handle the embarrassment for a second time in the same year?
- KG looked like a TE laying a blindside block on a corner trying to defend the double reverse. I forget who he put the pick on, but he laid his shoulder into it and leveled the poor guy.
- The defending champion San Antonio Spurs are down 1-0 against the Hornets. ESPN speculates that if SA loses game 2, it’s over! I don’t if I would take it that far, but certainly SA does not want to lose game 2!