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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

Aside

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“From a King to a Prince”

The Miami Heat, with the additions of Lebron James and Chris Bosh are an early favorite to bring home the 2011 NBA Championship.

There are 7 seconds left in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.  The Heat have the ball at half court.  The game is tied with an NBA Championship hanging in the balance.  Who takes the final shot?…

Lebron has chosen the road less traveled.  He has chosen this fate.  From being the unquestioned “King,” to now being a “Prince” in Dwyane Wade’s South Beach Kingdom.  As Dwyane Wade has said many times before, “This is my house!”  Well welcome Lebron to the residence of Mr. Wade.  I am still utterly shocked at the choice Lebron made on “The Decision” last evening and admit I thought he was going to the Knicks.  But also do realize, that no matter where he went, there would be critics and doubters.  So I am very happy that he finally made his storied “Decision.”

This whole story in a way reminds me of both of the Alex Rodriguez offeseason sagas which started with the free agency sweepstakes at the end of the 2000 season.  A Rod was beloved in Seattle and one of the most up and coming players in the League.  Then he signed the most lucrative contract the League had ever seen, and all the sudden was no longer beloved.  He was still liked by many, but he was no longer beloved.  This was different from Lebron’s free agency frenzy though, in that he went for the money.  Lebron left to “win.”  After a few years in Texas, A Rod decided that he wanted to “win” as well.  Just before the 2004 season, Rodriguez decided that winning was more important than being the “guy” in Texas, so he went to Derek Jeter’s Yankee Kingdom in a big time blockbuster trade.

Does Rodriguez regret this decision?  Nobody knows except the star himself.  But he went from being the unquestioned best player in the game and “King” of his former team, to a “Prince,” on Derek Jeter’s Yankees.  He now is not even considered one of the top 5 players in baseball and is not even well liked by the city he plays in.  Not to mention he had to reduce his role from the shortstop and leader of the infielder to a 3rd baseman.  Not too many superstars have to move to 3rd before their skills even begin to wane (A Rod did).  But the guy did win a World Championship though.  So you decide for yourself if he is happy.

Lebron has chosen a similar fate to Mr. Rodriguez.  Now lets hope that he never used steroids or that there is no big time media war forthcoming between him and Dwayne (like Rodriguez and Derek had).  But I will tell you this.  The Heat are Dwyane Wade’s team.  He has been there for 7 years and brought them a championship.  He is the unquestioned leader and “King” of Miami.  Lebron will now be working for Dwyane.  Since this is not baseball, he will not have to make the move from shortstop to 3rd, but in a way he will make the move from unquestioned leader and the franchise, to another star on the team.  Which is still a big time role, but a reduction from what he has become accustomed to.  Also Lebron for the first time in his career will have to deal with fans booing him all over the country.  This whole free agency bonanza has made a lot of people dislike Lebron.  Though I will not fully blame Lebron, in that it was the media’s fault too, he now has “haters.”  And you better believe that Cleveland will be at the top of his “hater” list.

Now I give Lebron props for wanting to “win.”  It was not about the money.  This is good in that it has always been a hit on the former “King” that he just cared about his global status and becoming a global icon.  That he lacked the killer instinct and desire to win like a Kobe Bryant.  Though this whole free agency insanity has definitely increased his recognizability whether it was for better or worse.  But now him (LBJ), Wade, and Bosh set out to bring Miami another championship.  And many are already saying that the Heat will be the NBA 2011 Champions.  And I say not so fast partner.

They have 3 stars.  Then they will probably only be able to afford 9 minimum salary players.  Talk about it being the right year to be a 2nd round selection for the Miami Heat.  Guys like Da’Sean Butler, Dexter Pittman, and Jarvis Varnardo.  Your chances of making the squad just went up immensely.  And you get to play alongside 3 of the League’s biggest stars.  Not a bad deal.  Now the Celtics proved that a trifecta of stars can bring home a title right away as they did in 08.  But that team had guys like Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins step up in big ways.  And role players like James Posey bring the intangibles needed for a championship.  Does this Miami team have guys ready to do that?  It remains to be seen.  So I am not crowning the Heat champions for the 2011 season yet, though I do think they will be a very tough team to beat.

And I will leave you with this.  No matter where Lebron would have landed, there would have been people criticizing his decision.  Had he stayed in Cleveland, people would have said, “He will never win a title there and is staying on blind loyalty.”  Had he have went to Chicago, people would have said, “Enjoy Jordan’s shadow for the rest of your career.”  Had he have gone to New York, people would have said, “You are now entering a situation that will not be fixed for at least another few years.”  By going to Miami, people are saying, “You can win a title now.  But it will not be your title, it will be Dwyane Wade’s.”

So this was no easy decision.  But I do know this.  If he wins a title, he had to go to Dwyane Wade’s house to get it.  I did not ever see Jordan have to go to another superstar’s city to team up and win a title.

Lebron has officially gone from the “King” of Cleveland, to a “Prince” in Miami.

Best of luck to the former “King.”

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.

-Kraze