“Weekly Nickel”

Come next Saturday, Dick Vitale (pictured above) will be screaming at the top of his lungs with a plethora of big time matchups to cover. It should be "Totally Awesome Baby, with a capital A!"

I know there has been a brief hiatus from the typical “Weekly Nickel.”  But now it is back, and better than ever.  What a week of sports that we just had, and what a week we have ahead.  Lets jump right into the list.

5.  The NHL is coming up on the half way marker.  And you know what that means.  The ice is heating up.  This week is highlighted by a stellar lineup of games on Tuesday.  First of all the Washington Capitals head to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers.  These are two of the top teams in the East.  And who does not want to watch the great Ovechkin take on the team with the top record in the East.  Also on Tuesday evening, one of the best in the West, the Detroit Red Wings, will take on Sid “the Kid” Crosby, and the very dangerous Flyers.  Should be a great night for the hockey fanatics.  Barry Melrose will be doing his thing without a doubt.  He is the best in the business.

4.  The MLB offseason transactions continue to heat up.  Joey Votto just signed a 3 year deal with the Reds.  Good luck to Cincinnati on being able to resign this guy next time around if he continues to put up these monster numbers.  In addition, the Yankees added Soriano to set things up for Mr. Rivera.  Reminiscent of the 96 Yankees combo of Mariano Rivera/John Wetteland?  With the pickups the Red Sox have made this offseason, the AL East will be scarier than normal.  Whats the next big move?

3.  The NBA continues to creep closer to the All Star Break.  And this week, as is typically the case, every night of the week features a marquee matchup.  Lets look at the big ones coming up.

Tuesday

Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat

The high-flying Hawks are just 3 games behind the star-studded Miami Heat.  Both of these teams are playing great basketball and are two of the best in arguably the NBA’s best division, the Southeast.  Can Atlanta continue to roll and stifle the flame that has been burning in Miami?

Wednesday

Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs have dealt with a plethora of injuries as of late.  And they currently sit 8.5 games behind the rival Spurs in the Southwest.  Phil Jackson and Mark Cuban recently had a nice exchange of words.  The Mavs have lost 8 of their last 10 games, while the Lake Show has gotten back on track and won 8 of their last 10 games.  This is a game that Dallas really needs.  Can they protect their home court?

Thursday

Dallas Mavericks at Chicago Bulls

This will be the 2nd big game in as many nights for Dallas.  Not much of a break after playing the defending champs.  Their reward, is a trip to the windy city, to take on a very good Bulls team, that currently are 18 and 3 on the year at home.  Tough draw for Dallas this week.  How will they respond?

Friday

Utah Jazz at Boston Celtics

Utah is a half game behind the Thunder, while the Celtics sport the best record in the East.  The Celts are 18 and 3 at home for a reason.  They have dealt with injuries and continue to roll.  But Jerry Sloan has quietly put together one of the best coaching careers of all time.  This would be a huge win for the Utah guys.

Saturday

New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder

Want to see some young and exciting teams that can really get up and down the floor?  This is a game you will want to watch.  It will be a game of high-flying dunks, great perimeter shooting, and smooth pick and roll action.  The defense will be lacking, but Kevin Durant and Amare Stoudemire are both in the midst of monster seasons.  This will not be a game you will want to miss.

2.  Monster Monday was truly a “Big East Monster” tonight.  Well strap in, Conference play is in full force.  And you all know what that means.  Intense battles, heated rivalries, and lots of upsets.  It is the precursor to all that is March Madness.  Tuesday will be a big night in the Big Ten, as the Michigan State Spartans take on a tough Illinois squad.  Wednesday night will be highlighted by a Big 12 showdown between Texas A&M and Texas.  Thursday will be the night where the PAC 10 shines.  Arizona heads to Washington to take on the Huskies.  And then Saturday.  I am just flabbergasted.  Saturday will truly embody why people love College Basketball.  Some of the main matchups are as follows:

Ohio State at Illinois, Texas at Kansas, Villanova at Syracuse

Kansas State at Texas A&M, Michigan State at Purdue

Simply wow.  Do not watch too many games on Saturday.  But watch as much as you can.

1.  Its Conference Championship Weekend in the NFL.  The Jets head to Heinz Field to take on the Steelers.  Then Aaron Rodgers and the lethal Packer offense travel to Soldier Field to take on the Bears for Round 3.  Much more to come later this week on these games from our very own Wesley Kaminsky and myself.

I would like to state though that my Preseason Super Bowl Matchup is still alive and well.  I had the Jets taking on the Packers.  It could happen.

It should be another awesome week of sports.  Take it all in.

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.

-TheSportsKraze

 

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