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“Weekly Nickel”

Mark Ingram (pictured above) and Alabama look to show the country what could have been on Friday, and spoil their rival Auburn's hopes of a perfect season.

And the beat goes on..

Football is heating up.  Baseball’s awards are being dispersed.  The NBA has taken flight and is now coasting.  College Basketball is heating up as teams look to show that their conference is the best.  Plus baseball free agency continues.

There is so much going on that it would be impossible to follow it all.  Here is my top 5 for the week though.

5.  The Yankees continue to play “Lets Make a Deal” with the “Captain” and playoff stud, Cliff Lee.  Joey Votto awaits a possible MVP announcement at 2PM Eastern time today.  The games are done.  Now it is time for recognition.  All of Cincinnati anxiously awaits to hear the announcement of their star as the NL’s best.

4.  The NBA is coasting now with great games every night.  Basically every night this week has a big time matchup.

-Monday (Tonight):  The Magic head to the Alamo to take on the 11 and 1 Spurs.   Many thought that the Spurs were getting too old.  Many were wrong.  Tony Parker may be getting a divorce, but he is still playing at a very high level.  This should be a great game between two of the top teams in basketball.

-Tuesday:  The Bulls head to LA to take on the Lake Show.  Both of these teams lead their respective divisions for a reason.  This could be a major statement win for the Bulls if they could shock Kobe, Pau, and Co.

-Wednesday:  The Battle of Florida commences for Round 2.  Can the Magic redeem themselves after an embarrassing loss back on October 29th to their in-state rival?  Dwight Howard will need to expose the Heat’s lack of an interior presence and have a big night for the Magic to grab a W in this one.

-Thursday:  Really a rain check night with two lackluster matchups on Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving Day has always been about football anyways.

-Friday:  One of basketball’s best rivalries commences as the Mavericks head to the Alamo to take on the Spurs.  Can the Mavericks redeem themselves after their embarrassing playoff exit last season at the hands of their in-state rival?  This will be their first crack at Tim, Tony, and the boys since last April.

-Saturday:  Lebron and the traveling Miami Show head to Dallas to take on Mark Cuban’s Mavericks.  These are two of the top teams in the League.  Can Dirk lead the Dallas boys to a big time home victory?

3.  Dick Vitale is back, and more enthusiastic than ever.  A big slate of games all week highlighted by a ranked showdown between Kansas State and Gonzaga tonight.  Expect Frank Martin to occasionally yell during this one.  Continue to keep an eye on Ohio State and their stellar group of freshman.  Outside of Duke, the Buckeyes appear to be the team to beat.

2.  Did you think Week 12 of College Football was exciting? Wait until you get a look at Week 13.  What an amazing slate of games.  Plus we get 2 full days of games between Friday and Saturday.  So enjoy the NFL on Thanksgiving, but strap in for some College Football for the following two days. 

Should Friday be called, “The D-Day of the Undefeated Teams?”

Friday’s Major Matchups:

Auburn at Alabama-This should be yet another SEC slugfest.  Alabama would like nothing more than to spoil Auburn’s perfect season and show people that they are still talented enough to beat any team in the country. I am putting this game on a Major Upset Alert Watch.

Arizona at Oregon-Though Arizona has struggled lately losing their past 2 contests, they also have an opportunity like Bama to spoil a conference opponent’s perfect season.  I do not see the upset happening here, but Arizona may come out and shock the country with some very inspired football.

Boise State at Nevada-Boise faces their last test of the season.  Nevada has an opportunity to not only ruin Boise’s National Championship hopes, but also their outright WAC Championship hopes.  This could be a tragic day for Boise Football if Nevada could pull of the unthinkable.  But sadly for Nevada, I do not think they have the horses to pull this monumental upset off.

Saturday’s Major Matchups:

LSU at Arkansas-  Both of these teams are still looking to make it into BCS Bowls.  It will be stellar matchup of great offense versus great defense.  Does offense or defense reign supreme in this one?

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State- The winner of this Big 12 regular season finale looks to have a great  chance to head to the Big 12 Title Game.  Who will win the Battle of Oklahoma this year?

1.  The Turkey Bowl that is Thanksgiving Thursday.  People across the country will get to sit on the couch, eat lots of food, and watch the Lions take another Thanksgiving Day beating.  I will state that the other matchups though should be a bit more exciting.  As two playoff bound teams (Saints and Jets) take on two very talented, but underachieving opponents (Cowboys and Bengals). 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy this amazing week of sports.

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.

-TheSportsKraze

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“I Thought the Magic were in Orlando?”

The Heat continue to shock the world with their amazing 2010 Summer.  I am not sure how they are pulling this off.  But they continue to bring in players to a team that has already has 3 of the best players in the League.  It is just simply amazing.  There is one of three things going on here.  Either the Heat truly are possessing “magic” and just doing an amazing job.  Secondly, these guys could all just be extremely selfless people striving to get a title.  Which would be a truly beautiful thing.  Or thirdly, something fishy is going on.  Like  a John Calipari type of sketchyness.

Most thought it would be impossible to get Wade, James, and Bosh on the same team.  They did that.  Then they signed seasoned veteran Mike Miller.  The former Florida standout has been in the League for 10 years now and made nearly 10 million in salary last season.  Next, the Heat somehow magically got Udonis Haslem or UD as they call him in Miami to come back.  Udonis has spent all 7 of his years in the League with the Heat.  This guy is a solid player who is entering his prime and made a little over 7 million in salary last season.  Today, the saga continued with the announcement that 12 year NBA veteran and a teammate of James for the last 7, Zydrunas Ilgauskas will be in South Beach next season.

Now none of these 3 guys are All Stars.  But they are all seasoned veterans who will help this team get to that championship level.  Had Derek Fisher have signed with this Heat team, then I would have gone nuts.  I am very reluctant to believe that there is completely fair play going on here, but I also realize that the League is watching this all with a very close microscope. So I thought about rolling through the numbers:

The NBA Salary Cap this year is right around 58 million.  Currently the Heat have 7 players on the roster.

Pat Riley may be fist pumping a lot come next June with the amazing summer the Miami Heat have had.

Haslem due to his experience would have to make a minimum of 1, 146,337 this year.  He made over 7 million last year.  Udonis was signed to a deal of 4 million per year.  Mike Miller due to his 10+ years of experience would make a minimum of 1.3 million.  He made a little less than 10 million last year.  Miller signed for around 6 million per year.  Ilgauskas also due to his experience would make a minimum of 1.3 million.  Lets also not forget that Lebron, Wade, and Bosh all made nearly 16 million last year apiece.  They each took a cut in order to help make this happen.  All 3 of them will be making around 14.6 million a year, which is 2 million less than the max of 16.6 that they could have made.  Wade has stated that he would be fine making around 11 million a year.  Finally, the Heat have Mario Chalmers.  The former Kansas Jayhawk is set to make around 756,000 or 800,000 this year.

So between these 6 guys, 55.8 million in cap room would be used if Ilgauskas takes the minimum possible salary.  So did Miller take 4 million less than he made last year to win a title?  Did Udonis take 3 million less than he made last year as he is entering his prime to win a title? 

Could there be something going on?  I am honestly not sure and I hope not.  I  know that Pat Riley is a mastermind and one of the  finest coaches and executives of all time.  Possibly these guys could be demonstrating that sport is about winning and not about the money.  Which would be an extremely selfless and commendable act. 

I am very curious to see how the rest of the roster gets filled out.  Realize that all rookies signed this year make a minimum of $473,604.  There are a good 5 more roster spots left.  Should be very interesting to see how this works out.

Perhaps the “Magic” has moved from Orlando to Miami in the East?

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.

-Kraze

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