Monday, April 04, 2005

Wonderful Weekend of Sports

Oh my, what a weekend for sports. So much to watch and it was all worth it. NCAA Final Four games (both men’s & women’s), Yankees-Red Sox, NBA season winding down with some great games, Anna Kournikova, Alex Sanchez and David Terrell…I’m going to try my best to get to it all.

Let us begin with tonight’s NCAA Men’s Championship game. For the first time in thirty years the #1 and #2 teams in the country will face-off for all the marbles. Bruce Webber’s Fighting Illini will take the court tonight with a 37-1 record but are in many people’s eyes the underdogs to UNC. The Tar Heels have the most talented team in the country and are looking to cut down the nets for the first time since 1993, all the while taking the piano off of Roy Williams’ back.

I see this game being a lot closer than the Final Four games were. Don’t be surprised when Illinois runs with UNC – because they’re a very athletic team too. The difference maker in this game for Illinois will be the interior defense on May. Can they stop this guy? And for North Carolina it will be keeping the three-headed monster of Head/Williams/Brown from taking the game over.

LeBron James (who would only be a college sophomore) went for 37 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists yesterday leading his Cavaliers to a 100-80 victory against the Dallas Mavericks. The Cavs scored 39 points in the 2nd & 3rd quarters combined before dropping 40 points in the 4th quarter. Is this kid the best player on the planet already? Yes.

38 points, 9 assists and 6 steals. Allen Iverson’s 76ers may or may not get the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference but this guy deserves MVP recognition. AI led Philly to a 97-93 win over the Boston Celtics yesterday and has the 76ers in the 8th and final spot in the playoffs right now. Samuel Dalembert had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Sixers while Ricky Davis and Paul Pierce went for 27 and 26 respectively for Boston. If the Sixers get in they’ll be playing the Miami Heat – but any way you look at it AI has been incredible this year.

Hardy-har-har. Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t going to make the playoffs this year. With a 33-40 they look just flat-out awful. They can’t catch Denver or Memphis and better rethink the idea of having Kobe lead the team. Lakers management and Kobe drove Shaq out of town…idiots.

The New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 9-2 last night to start the Major League Baseball season. David Wells wasn’t sharp in his first start with the hated BoSox and the Yankees Randy Johnson looked good in his pinstripe debut. Jason Giambi got a near standing ovation when he stepped to the plate for the first time and promptly singled to right field. Although this was just the first of 19 meetings between these two teams it almost felt as if it was Game 15 of the ALCS (2003 & 2004). Forget what people are saying about how A-Rod is going to have a great year, I bet Derek Jeter has one of the best years of his career.

Michigan State vs. Baylor. One of them will win their first NCAA Women’s Championship on Tuesday night. MSU came back to beat the Tennessee Lady Vols and Pat Summit last night 68-64. Summit, in her 16th Final Four, lost the opportunity to play in the championship game for the 12th time. Earlier, LSU was beaten by Baylor. After the murder of Men’s player Patrick Dennehy in the summer of 2003 this was truly what Baylor University needed. Sophia Young led the way and the Lady Bears 3-2 zone defense just confused LSU. It should be a great match up.

Wide Receiver David Terrell signed a one-year contract to play for the two-time defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. The 6’3” Terrell gives the Patriots a nice down field, deep threat and reunites the Michigan Wolverine star with his former college quarterback Tom Brady. After several sub-par years in Chicago Terrell finally will get the chance to shine and Brady will love having a big target to throw to.

Anna Kournikova took the stand against a crazed man that has been stalking her…and had to answer questions from him because this lunatic represented himself. He was found naked on a beach chair of a next door neighbor of Kournikova’s last month. Dude, put your clothes back on, get some serious help and get a life.

Alex Sanchez probably never imagined that he would go down in Major League Baseball history…especially since he’s not really that good. 4 career homers and a leadoff hitter that was released earlier this spring by the Detroit Tigers. The newly acquired Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ outfielder is the first player to be suspended for breaking the steroid abuse policy. He will begin his 10-game suspension today as the D’Rays start their season.


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