Weekly Nickel 11-14-2011

Photo courtesy of lakers.topbuzz.com. Will Derek Fisher (pictured above) and the NBPA find a deal they like this week?

By Josh Kramer

It was another wild week in the sporting world.  The Jerry Sandusky scandal in a not so “Happy” Valley.  Great games at both the collegiate and professional ranks on the gridiron.  Plus we even got our first of NCAA hoops actions since last April.  It is safe to say that last week was fun.  But the fun is just beginning.

Here are the events to keep an eye on this week.

5.  The NBA player’s association will meet today in New York.  This is without question the most important meeting yet, but also seems to hold the answer to the question we have all been waiting to learn.  Whether there will be NBA basketball this season or not.  Now I realize this is not the end all be all of meetings.  But it will really give everyone an idea of if a deal is a possibility.  Let’s pray the reps from all 30 teams are satisfied with the seven page summary of the NBA’s latest CBA proposal.

4.  The NASCAR Sprint Cup heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the home stretch.  Strap in for what appears to be a finale for the ages.  With the Jimmie Johnson six-peat out of the question, Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart will go toe to toe for the Cup.  Even if you are not traditionally a NASCAR fan, you may want to tune into the race on Saturday night on ABC.  Or at least check in around 9 or 9:30 to catch the stretch run.

3.  The Carrier Classic was certainly a night to remember and a great way to “officially” kick off the college hoops season (I realize games had already been played).  College hoops this year will be at its highest level in a long time and features two dominant squads in North Carolina and Kentucky.  Plus, due to the uncertainty surrounding the future of the NBA, the NCAA reaped the benefits in keeping many players that would have most likely fled for the draft under normal circumstances.  In addition, if there is no NBA season, College hoops will take center stage in the basketball world.  There will be plenty of great games this week, but Tuesday night takes the cake.

Tuesday Slate:

Kentucky vs Kansas (State Farm Champions Classic at MSG)

Florida at Ohio State (Two very teams battle it out in Columbus)

Duke vs Michigan State  (Coach K goes for the record in the State Farm Champions Classic at MSG)

Belmont at Memphis (Nobody is sleeping on Belmont anymore)

2.  Saturday was defined by kicking woes and broken dreams.  Dan Goodale became the new Kyle Brotzman as Boise State once again choked away a “possible” shot at the National Championship.  In addition, Stanford was huffing and puffing as Oregon “sprinted” their way to a big-time victory in Palo Alto.  And finally, Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini really put things into perspective following the game in Happy Valley (courtesy of SB Nation).

Here are the marquee matchups to keep an eye on this week.

-Nebraska at Michigan (A Big Ten Legends Division Showdown in Ann Arbor)

-USC at Oregon (Pac-12 track meet)

-Oklahoma at Baylor (Sooners try to move one step closer to setting up a “Super Game” in Stillwater)

-Kansas State at Texas (Big-12 showdown)

(All picks for the big games will be released in my weekly College Football picks)

1.  The often maligned NFC West went “undefeated” on Sunday.  In addition, Pittsburgh flexed their muscles in Cincinnati, while Tom Brady stole the show at MetLife Stadium. Week 10 is nearly in the books, but Week 11 is right around the corner.

-Tampa Bay at Green Bay (Not the best place to play in a must-win situation for Tampa)

-Cincinnati at Baltimore (It will get physical as these two AFC North powers go to war)

-Philadelphia at New York (Giants) (When is this game not fun)

All of the picks for Week 10 will be included in the weekly “TheSportsKraze Pick’em Challenge” on Friday)

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.

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