This weeks blog should be viewed as a reflection on what America has best to offer. The events in Boston were something close to on par with how our hearts and souls were effected like the 9/11/01 attacks. Granted, the destruction was nowhere near what happened on that day in New York, but the impact it has had on us has caused us to come together again. The events in Waco were similarly impacting and only has us asking ourselves as a country once again: Are we strong enough to get up off the canvas, or are we going to crumble. To quote the great David Ortiz to represent our entire country, "This is our fucking city." The FCC let David's words ring true as they did not sensor the f word when he made his statement about the eventual catching of the suspects in the Boston attacks. This is our fucking country. I'm proud to be an American. Let's get back to sports.
The Oregon Ducks were caught cheating. This is not shocking considering their immense rise in the college football landscape the past 5 years. I like how they tried to cover up what they did with taking away one scholarship. Do they really think they will get off that easy especially after what happened at Ohio State? They are so funny, I expect Oregon to get their socks knocked off and anticipate at least a three year ban coming. There is a reason Chip Kelly left, just read between the lines people.
Pat Summerall died on Tuesday this week at the age of 82. The man made some of the best calls and was one of the best broadcasters I had ever heard. I think enough people have said their piece better than I would say something about the great Pat Summerall. All I know is when I was growing up in the late 1990's and early 2000's, I heard Pat call the big games on FOX with the great John Madden, and I could not be more satisfied with the product I was listening too. He was the voice of football, and did nothing but spark the interest with his minimalist style making the game speak for itself. Look at the NFL today and don't tell me Pat Summerall didn't have a huge impact on the popularity. He changed the way the NFL was heard, and was the diamond in the rough when it came to personality. Rest in peace Pat. Your voice was late Fall bliss that may never be repeated as long as I live.
The Lakers got the #7 seed after networks were mapping out the drama of their season all year long. They were expected to be an NBA Finals favorite after signing Dwight and Steve Nash in the off-season. Now they are in and playing possibly the best franchise in sports of the last 10 years. This Lakers team does not deserve the press so I am going to move on, all I know is how they are playing right now is better than if Kobe were on the floor. If anything, it should show you that Kobe is one heck of a player, but it really does take a special dynamic to have a guy like Kobe in your lineup and utilize him to the best of his abilities. This year I think he has been a hindrance to his "team's" performance, and that him being gone will make this team better because Kobe does have the tendency to put everything on his back when that isn't always the answer. The Lakers are a scary team coming in, the Spurs definitely have their work cut out for them in the first round.
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When it comes to the NFL, their regular season schedule was released and now everything is set in stone for the 2013 Regular season to get underway. Yes, I know it's 4 months away, but we can dream right? The NFL Draft is next week, I'll have my blog up talking about it. The Jets should have the 13th pick with the tradeing of Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay looks like they are trying to get back to form with what they were about 10 years ago with their vaunted defense. Other then that, the NFL is heading into the draft relatively quiet... too quiet. Expect big news soon.
The MLB is now 3 weeks in the books. Derek Jeter is now projected to not return until sometime until late July, and the Yankees can only prey to be contending at that point in time of the season. The teams that are looking good, and hot out of the gate are the Boston Redsox who a year ago were under scrutiny with Bobby Valentine of not being the same franchise as they once were. With what has happened in Boston over the past week, they deserve nothing but praise and will probably play off emotion for the rest of the month. Just prey they don't burnout at the end of May and go back to their ways from a year ago. The Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies are also playing on fire and look like teams that will stay near the top for a while unless the Dodgers and Nationals have something to say about that. Other then that, both Central divisions have been middle ground city for the entire year. You know when the Kansas City Royals are leading the division, it's still early. Either way, the Miami Marlins are already eliminated from the playoffs. It looks like they will be letting the Miami Heat celebrate in their nightclub in June because by then they will be 30 games out in the NL East. Other than that it's early, but the MLB season is slowly starting to take shape. Give it another 3 weeks and trends will start to develop and we'll all get a true sense of how the season is going.
I'll see you all next week as I break down the draft because none of us will be right until the prospects play the game. Enjoy the NBA Playoffs!
Pray for the survivors of the events this week.