“The most wonderful time of the year” takes on a dual meaning. The seasons and fates of multiple teams are decided by inches in December. The final Wild Card spot is completely up for grabs in the NFC, with seven teams within two games or less of that final spot. The AFC Wild Card sports will leave one of the following thee out in the cold: Steelers, Bengals, and Colts. The Ravens, Texans, Patriots, Broncos, Packers, Bears, Falcons, Giants, and 49ers should expect to be playing in January.
The Amare Stoudemire-less Knicks have been the talk of the NBA. The Lakers appear to be a train wreck, but I am not yet sold on that. The Grizzlies will go back into hibernation, eventually. And James Harden is answering his critics and, along with Jeremy Lin, has the Rockets back to relevancy. It’s a strange year when the Miami Heat are flying along quietly.
The Hot Stove is BLAZING. The Dodgers are determined to buy their way back to the postseason. The Yankees seem determined to do the same to remain relevant. Both teams may be sorry by next October. The Braves and Rays are making their usual offseason power moves. The Cubs and Blue Jays may be quietly flying below the radar. The Red Sox…which way is up for them?
Someone needs to call NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and remind him that his sport is HOCKEY. They are acting like people care, like is is something other than HOCKEY. If HOCKEY is not played, it won’t make a sound and most people will not notice. His hardball negotiating tactics would be cute and adorable if they weren’t endangering the sport.
A freshmen is set to win the Heisman for the first time, ever. Alabama is about to remind those whose memories are too short or too stubborn the remember that the SEC is a cut above every other conference in college football. Notre Dame is set to remind us all why they don't really belong in the BCS Championship Game in the first place.
Kentucky has provided a real life demonstration of the law of gravity, falling from #8 to completely vanishing from the Top 25. Expect #1 Indiana to provide an encore demonstration once conference play begins.
|This is what Notre Dame sees in its crystal ball.|