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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Must See Sports – Fourth Weekend of January 2013
Last 2012 weekly advantage/disadvantage record: 4-4 FINAL Must See Sports 2012 record (excluding series): 84-49
FINAL Advantage/disadvantage record in series, 2012: 12-9-1 2013 Advantage/Disadvantage Record: 3-1
Must See Sports is back after a lengthy layoff.With the NFL season approaching its end, the
hardwood is going to dominate the sports scene for the next couple of months.
If you are like a lot of sports fans and been immersed in the NFL, let’s get
you caught up.
Sunday, January 27
NCAA Men’s Basketball
(13) Michigan State Spartans at (7) Indiana Hosiers
The winner of this game will sit atop the Big 10. Michigan
State has been on the cusp of a top ten ranking all season. With consecutive
wins over Ohio State and Wisconsin, the Spartans, yet again, have a chance to
rise to the elite ranks, which will matter come March. Junior Keith Appling (14
PPG, 4 APG) has continued to assume his veteran leadership role. In a game that
will be very close, MSU coach Tom Izzo can take solace in knowing that Appling,
a point guard who has averaged over 35 minutes per game in Big 10 competition,
has only missed three free throws in his last five games.
As for the Hosiers, I have been of the opinion that they
have been overrated all season. Their
super sophomore forward Cody Zeller (16 PPG, 8 RPG) is the real deal but
Indiana only has one signature win, over then #14 North Carolina in November (UNC
is not ranked today). They melted in overtime to in-state rival Butler last
month and lost to unranked Wisconsin last week.
The Spartans are playing well and with urgency and I have
yet to be really sold on an Indiana performance.
Advantage: Michigan State
Appling has some hops, too. 1
2013 NFL Pro Bowl
Standard formations…no blitzing…no strategy…being named to the
Pro Bowl is soon going to be like winning a gold glove. It’s an honor, but one day it will
have nothing to do with something we will see on the field of play if the product continues to be so bad. What we’ll
see on Sunday won’t have much to do with football, either, but if you are
jonesing for some pigskin, it’s the only item on the buffet.
If I am going to watch football that doesn't really matter, I'd rather watch the Los Angeles Temptation of the Lingerie Football League. 2
Wednesday, January 30
Happy birthday to me! Yours truly turns 38 on this day.
Pickings are a little slim in the sports world, though.
Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets
Two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference square off
in what could be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals.Winners of 10 out of their last 11, the Nets
(so far) have demonstrated that the controversial decision to fire Head Coach
Avery Johnson and replace him with P.J. Carlesimo may have been the right one.
Center Brook Lopez (19 PPG, 7 RPG, 2 BlkPG) and point guard
Deron Williams (17 PPG, 8 APG) have been an unstoppable offensive force while power
forward Reggie Evens (9 RPG) has made the Nets extremely tough under the glass.
LeBron James (27 PPG, 8 RPG, 7 APG) and the defending NBA champion Heat
have gotten out to a quiet first place start in the early half of the season.
Their Achilles heel has been in the paint and under the glass. With this game
being played in Brooklyn and the energy that can be expected with the Heat
visiting, I think the Nets will have just a little more in the tank.
Lopez and James have battled under the basket before. 3