Weekly Nickel 6-20-2011

Photo courtesy of draftpacks.com. My main event for this week in the wide world of sports is none other than the NBA Draft, set for Thursday night.

By Josh Kramer

Last week was absolutely wild.  A Stanley Cup Game 7.  Riots in Vancouver.  A 22-year-old making a mockery of golf on the big stage. Plus there was continued hope,  and then loss of hope from the NFL regarding a possible CBA.  What should you be looking forward to this week?

5.  The College World Series has begun in Omaha.  It appears the transition from Rosenblatt Stadium to TD Ameritrade Park has not changed the level of play in the College Baseball Classic by any means.  Solid pitching, great defense, and SEC dominance have defined the World Series through the first weekend.  Continue to expect more of the same as South Carolina looks to defend their title in Omaha.

4.  The US took care of business against Jamaica at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.  Continue to keep your eye on this always exciting tournament.  The finals are set for Friday the 25th, at the Rose Bowl (Pasadena).  Will the US win this always prestigious tournament?

3.  Albert Pujols injured.  Edwin Rodriguez resigns as manager of the Florida Marlins.  And the Red Sox continue to pound the ball.  It feels as if the Boston “Mashers” could score double digits every night.  The MLB picture is really starting to take shape.  Here is the marquee matchup of the week.

Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals:  Two first place teams out of the National League will go head to head for a three game set in the great baseball city of St. Louis early this week.  This could definitely be a preview to a potential playoff matchup.  These are both teams that have seen their fair share of success this year due to completely different factors.  St. Louis lives on their lethal lineup, while Philadelphia relies on their outstanding pitching staff.  What wins in baseball?  Pitching and defense.  Not to mention we are still unsure of the extent of the injury to the wrist of Albert Pujols.  I expect Philadelphia to make a statement by taking two of three from Larussa’s Cardinals behind their outstanding pitching staff.

2.  The best tennis tournament of the year gets under way today.  Welcome to Wimbledon.  All tennis fans love the tradition filled two-week grind that takes place at the All England Club.  And for all of my American tennis fans out there, at least Venus and Serena will be participating and give us a glimmer of hope at bringing back a Grand Slam title to the states.  Plus Andy Roddick is always dangerous on the grass courts with his lethal serve and huge forehand.

1.  After all of the hype and hoopla over the past few months, the NBA Draft is finally here.  Come Thursday night, all eyes will be glued to their television sets as fans get a glimpse into the future of their respective teams.  Is Kyrie a lock to go number one?  Where will the Jimmer Show end up?  Kemba or Brandon Knight?  All of these questions and more will be answered in New York on Thursday night.

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.


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