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May 31, 2011 |

Today we begin the series that will determine the 2011 NBA champion. We have on one side the veteran Dallas Mavericks trying to find redemption from their implosion against this same heat organization in 2006. On the other side is the Miami Heat trying to take it all in the first season of the big three era. On close inspection this is a pretty evenly matched contest with good reasons to favor either side. There is definitely no lack of star power with LeBron, Wade and Dirk all ready to show their stuff.


May 14, 2011 |

There were some exciting finishes to the previous round (Sharks/Wings) and some not so exciting matchups (Caps flameout). Now we are on the the final four of Lord Stanley’s Cup. All four teams have a legitimate shot to take home the whole thing. Vancouver probably has the best combination of goaltending and offense, hence their great regular season record; but none of the teams is fatally flawed in any particular facet of the game. It should be another fun week or two of hockey to pare this down to the Finals.

NBA Conference Semifinals Picks

May 01, 2011 |

We are now down to the final eight of the NBA season. Other than the historic defeat of number one seed San Antonio, it is about who we would think would be there. The obvious draw of this round is the Celtics-Heat, but the other matchups should produce some exciting basketball as well. We will take a quick look at the starting lineups and see how they match up.

Just for the record, I am using minutes played, not who actually starts in these lineups. Some teams like the Heat will start a Zydrunas Ilgauskas, but Joel Anthony ends up playing double the minutes.

NHL Conference Semifinals picks

April 28, 2011 |

After a first round full of seventh games, we can only hope that the second round can match that excitement. Unlike in past years, all of the top seeds have advanced; so we should see the best of the best from here forward.

NCAA Tournament Locks (Final Edition)

March 13, 2011 |

Well here we are, a mere hours away from the selections. There is only one conference final left. There is some intrigue with that. Penn State is right on the bubble. A particularly bad loss could drop them back. You have to wonder though, because the Big Ten Final butts right up against the selection show, are they likely to just go ahead and put Penn State in to save them any extra headaches at the last minute.