Tuesday, October 30, 2007

2007-2008 NBA Playoff Predictions

Playoffs Rankings
I like Chicago in the East. They are one of the hardest playing teams and have a stock of young talent. Detroit is always good but I think they are on the decline. I just can't see LeBron and the Cavs doing as well in the playoffs this year. Orlando is my surprise pick this year. they had a great start last season and then faded. In the West I like Utah, but I don't see them getting past the second round this year. San Antonio did it too easily last year and I think either Phoenix or Dallas will have enough emotion to finally get past them. Houston and Denver are my two question marks. They both could make a deep run if things work out.


  1. Chicago
  2. Boston
  3. Orlando
  4. Detroit
  5. Cleveland
  6. New Jersey
  7. Miami
  8. Washington


  1. Dallas
  2. Phoenix
  3. San Antonio
  4. Denver
  5. Utah
  6. Houston
  7. Golden State
  8. New Orleans

2007-2008 NBA Season Predictions

Eastern Conference
– If the big 3 can stay healthy and play together well then look out.
New Jersey – Can the Nets big 3 ever be dominant together? I doubt it.
Toronto – I think they struggle to keep up with last year’s great season.
Philadelphia – Good finish last year. Nice young team.
New York – Alas New York. slowly improving but got a long ways (like 4 years) to go.

Chicago – The pieces are there. Relatively inexperienced but I think it will be their year.
Detroit – Slowly fading in the East but they will continue to win.
Cleveland – Amazing run last year. I don’t think this team goes back to the finals.
Indiana – Young, unknown. They will surprise some teams but they won’t be that good.
Milwaukee – A few pieces are there, but something is lacking.

– My bold pick in the East.
Miami – The old and the injured.
Washington – Gilbert Arenas and crew. They need more crew.
Charlotte – My sleeper team in the East. Morrison’s injury hurts.
Atlanta – Every year the same: High picks, young talent, lose, repeat next year.

Western Conference
– Look out these guys are mad.
San Antonio – Confident and dang tough. But it’s an even year (LINK) so no title.
Houston – So close but something’s missing. Maybe that piece was Adelman.
New OrleansPeja is on the Hornets? Division is too good, but should sneak into playoffs
Memphis – Stay healthy and maybe it won’t be so bad this year

Denver – I think they will finally put it together.
Utah – A very good team, but no surprising anyone this year.
Portland – Young guns. But no Oden.
Minnesota – Did Boston and Minnesota merge? Introducing the CeltWolves.
Seattle – Maybe in a few years.

– This might be the last shot for Phoenix as we know it
Golden State – Why did they change their roster after last year? Baron stays healthy? No
Sacramento – This might finally work. Artest will be big.
LA Lakers – This is what happens when Kobe is in charge
LA Clippers – Too many injuries. No Brand no chance.

Friday, October 26, 2007

NBA Season Preview

There are a couple of big issues heading into this NBA season.
1. The Boston Celtics rebuilt. The Celtics are built as a team of “now”. Can Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Peirce join together for a Celtic run? They must stay healthy. Any injuries and this plan may be foiled. With the East as open as it is these three all stars may be able to come together and make a long run.
2. As the World Turns: a Kobe Bryant saga. Kobe is constantly surrounded with drama. We’ve heard it all; Kobe trade demands earlier this summer, Kobe being traded, Kobe and Phil Jackson reconnecting, etc etc. Will the Lakers make a move for buddy for Kobe or just move Kobe? The Lakers should not make the playoffs as the team is.
3. Talented rookie class. The 2007 rookie class may be touted as one of the best ever. But already losing the poster child Greg Oden to season ending knee surgery how will the rest of the class hold up? Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Yi JianLian, Al Horford, Mike Conley Jr., Corey Brewer and more.
4. The Spurs dynasty. The Spurs were so dominant in the playoffs a year ago. Can anyone compete with them come this year’s playoffs? Can they make it 5 titles in 10 years?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

NCAA Football ranking Top 25 - Week 8

Sports Gorilla College Football Ranking Top 25- Week 8

  1. Ohio State
  2. Boston College
  3. LSU
  4. Arizona State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Kansas
  7. South Florida
  8. Oregon
  9. Missouri
  10. Virginia Tech
  11. West Virginia
  12. USC
  13. Kentucky
  14. California
  15. Florida
  16. South Carolina
  17. Hawaii
  18. Virginia
  19. Texas
  20. Michigan
  21. Georgia
  22. Connecticut
  23. Alabama
  24. Rutgers
  25. Penn State

Bubble Teams: Auburn, Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Boise State, Clemson, Wake Forrest, UCLA, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, BYU, Purdue, Tennessee, Kansas State, Illinois, Oregon State, Fresno State, Troy

Thursday, October 18, 2007

South Florida Bulls

Give them some love. Come on big name schools, you are mad because a relative nobody is ranked higher and you think you deserve it because it has always been given to you. I could not be happier to see the South Florida Bulls football team ranked number 2 in the BCS. I desperately hope they win the rest of their games. wouldn't it be awesome to see them in the title game. Will it happen? Probably not.

As much as I want them to make it, the problem is with the voters. Their schedule says it all. They shouldn't be given a disadvantage because they have only had a football program for 11 years, or that they have never really been ranked. I hate to see big name schools and conferences (which are tough I admit) get ranked above other deserving teams just because they have always been ranked. The computers can't see popularity. That's why South Florida is ranked.

Monday, October 15, 2007

NCAA Football ranking Top 25 - Week 7

Sports Gorilla College Football Ranking Top 25- Week 7

  1. Ohio State
  2. Boston College
  3. South Florida
  4. LSU
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Arizona State
  7. South Carolina
  8. Kentucky
  9. Kansas
  10. West Virginia
  11. California
  12. Oregon
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. USC
  15. Missouri
  16. Hawaii
  17. Florida
  18. Texas
  19. Texas Tech
  20. Virginia
  21. Cincinnati
  22. Michigan
  23. Auburn
  24. Tennessee
  25. Georgia

Bubble Teams: Kansas State, Boise State, Penn State, Rutgers, Michigan State, Illinois, Clemson, Wake Forrest, Connecticut, Alabama, Maryland, Wisconsin, BYU, Florida State, Purdue

Friday, October 12, 2007

Go Colorado Rockies!

I am not a baseball enthusiast. I haven't watched a full game of MLB this year. But I watch sports center and check in on who's winning and losing. I respect the game. But I have never had a passion for it. That being said, how can you not route for the Rockies. With a few weeks left in the season, this perennial bummer team had no chance for the playoffs. And then... they got on a hot streak. Okay, maybe more than a hot streak. They have been amazing. They win like 14 of their last 15 games to qualify for a one game playoff tiebreak against the Padres to see who makes it as the Wild Card. Of course Colorado pulls off an amazing overtime thriller.

No one gave the Rockies a chance against the power house hot Phillies. But the Rockies sweep the series 3-0. Last night the Rockies beat the DiamondBacks in game 1 of the NLCS. They have now won 18 of their last 19 games, that is amazing for any sport, especially baseball. The team plays together. They lack the selfish superstars of so many other teams. They don't have a payroll the size of a small country. Go Rockies. Go win the World Series, I routing for you.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Big East has 3 undeated teams, who are they?

If someone told me at the beginning of the college football season that the Big East would have 3 undefeated teams I would have guessed West Virginia, Louisville and Rutgers. However that is not the case. The three undefeated teams in the Big East are Cincinnati 6-0, South Florida 5-0, and Connecticut 5-0. South Florida is ranked in the top ten for the first time ever. Crazy.

Monday, October 8, 2007

NCAA Football ranking Top 25 - Week 6

Sports Gorilla College Football Ranking Top 25- Week 6

  1. LSU
  2. California
  3. Ohio State
  4. Boston College
  5. South Florida
  6. Oklahoma
  7. West Virginia
  8. USC
  9. Missouri
  10. Arizona State
  11. Oregon
  12. South Carolina
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. Hawaii
  15. Cincinnati
  16. Kentucky
  17. Illinois
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Florida
  20. Kansas
  21. Texas
  22. Florida State
  23. Texas A&M
  24. Purdue
  25. Texas Tech

Bubble Teams: Auburn, Michigan, Boise State, Virginia, Connecticut, Penn State, Tennessee, Wyoming, Indiana, Colorado, Rutgers, Georgia, Michigan State, Clemson, Nebraska, Alabama, Maryland, BYU, Mississippi State

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

NCAA Football ranking Top 25 - Week 5

Sports Gorilla College Football Ranking Top 25- Week 5

  1. USC
  2. LSU
  3. California
  4. Ohio State
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Boston College
  7. Florida
  8. South Florida
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Kentucky
  11. West Virginia
  12. Oregon
  13. South Carolina
  14. Virginia Tech
  15. Georgia
  16. Hawaii
  17. Missouri
  18. Arizona State
  19. Texas
  20. Nebraska
  21. Cincinnati
  22. Rutgers
  23. Purdue
  24. Michigan State
  25. Clemson

Bubble Teams: Kansas State, Florida State, Auburn, Michigan, Boise State, Miami (FL), Virginia, Connecticut, Kansas, UCLA, UCF, Texas A&M, Penn State, Illinois, Alabama