It’s another Tuesday, and you know what that means. Another edition of “Food for Thought.” There is just so much going on in the sporting world, that this gives me the opportunity to hit on multiple topics of interests and let you know how I feel regarding them.
Here are some of the main headlines today.
South Beach Bringing the Heat?
Tonight, the ice-cold Miami Heat take on the very hot, Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks have won 4 straight road games, and 8 of 10 overall. The Heat are in the midst of a 3 game losing streak, and are really beat up physically. Now Miami is in no way, shape, or form in a state of turmoil. 3 game losing streaks happen even to the best teams. See the Lakers at the end of December. But they are somewhat beat up physically. Bosh is out with a sprained left ankle. The King is a game time decision also due to a sprained ankle. Could this night be reminiscent of the good old days in Miami? When it was simply the D Wade Show? Either way, I will state that analysts such as Jeff Van Gundy, and even the Sports Illustrated NBA Preview were blatantly wrong in saying that this team would not only finish with the best record in the East, but they would have a shot at eclipsing the 95/96 Bull’s record of 72 wins in a season. This team is very, very good. But due to a lack of depth, injuries will make it impossible for this Heat team to keep up with the pace of Boston, or even Orlando. Now for the playoffs though, if Miami is healthy, they would have the potential to knock off anyone in a 7 game set. Key word in that statement, “potential.” But the 82 game regular season is too long of a grind.
Not a Good Week to be Number 1
First Duke was shocked by a mediocre at best Florida State team on Wednesday. Now, it should be known that the Seminoles also knocked off number 1 ranked Duke squads in both 2002 and 2006. But then following the Dukie’s loss came the weekend that wasn’t for number 1 seeds in the NFL Playoffs. On Saturday night, Aaron Rodgers and the 6th seeded Packers, laid a massive smack down on the heavy favorite in the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons. Then on Sunday, the Jets somehow found a way to knock off a seemingly invincible New England team, in their kingdom that is Foxborough. The Patriots had not lost a home game all season. Not to mention they had defeated the Jets 45 to 3 in Week 13. The new number 1 team in the College Basketball ranks, Ohio State takes on Iowa tomorrow night and Illinois on Saturday. Could they suffer a similar fate to the Dukies? Undefeated teams seem to be dropping like flies at this point. In addition, in the NFL, I foresee both higher seeded squads going down leading to a Jets vs Packers Super Bowl. This is the Super Bowl I predicted back in the preseason. It could happen. Being higher ranked does not always spell success.
Votto is Cincinnati’s Motto
This is a story that really hits home with the Cincinnati fans. Joey Votto, the reigning National League MVP signed a 3 years contract to remain a Cincinnati Red. In the money hungry game that is baseball, where the big market teams push around the small market teams, many thought that the Reds may not be able to resign their star. And I will state that I, along with most of the rest of America, will be shocked to see the Reds resign this guy in 3 years if he keeps on playing the way he has been. The Reds are a middle market team. Their team salary normally wavers around the 68 to 72 million dollar mark, typically ranking them right around 20th (this year they were 21st) in the MLB in overall salary. But I will give props to the Reds GM, Mr. Jocketty, and the Owner, Mr. Castellini. This offseason, they have demonstrated the fact that they really want to win now. They realize how talented their young nucleus is and how unforgiving the MLB can be to middle and small market teams. The time is now for Cincinnati. Can they utilize this 2 to 3 year window with Votto to possibly bring a title back to Cincinnati for the first time in over 20 years?
So there is my look into some of the main topics going on in the sporting world. I also realize that the Australian Open has begun. Coaches in the NFL are trading places and taking on new jobs left and right. Lastly, Blake Griffin continues to wow the world with his amazing ability to get to the rim.
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