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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

Posted by lozenp on March 15, 2007

I love NCAA Tournament time. It was so hard being at work today with the first round games starting, on top of that I was slammed at work so I couldn’t even follow scores closely.

However, once I got home, it was hoops all night (save for a little Xbox). Got to see MSU hand it to Marquette pretty good, VCU beating Duke (something good about Duke losing, why is that?), and got off to a pretty good start in my two pools. Better than last year when I had already thrown out my sheets by the end of the first night of games.

Anyhow, the Free Press asked a good question the other day: Is March the best time for Sports? NCAA Tourney, NHL and NBA setting up playoffs, MLB opening day. What do you think?

I’m not sure it competes with September when both NCAA and pro football start up, but it’s darn close. These first four days of games were like an additional holiday in college, class attendance was definitely something that was optional.

It was a bit odd around the Lozen house tonight, as Amy is in Grand Rapids with Jack so I didn’t get to see him tonight. Not until Saturday. The little guy is missing his first NCAA Tourney with his dad. We’ll have to make up that lost time with Saturday and Sunday’s games.

One final note: Comcast stinks. For the second year in a row, my nice, big 50-inch HDTV was rendered absolutely ordinary because Comcast couldn’t figure out how to get the CBS HD feed working until the 9 p.m. games, meaning I had to watch MSU in SD. My brother got to see the game in all its HD glory in Lansing (including Ibok’s elbow dislocation, ewwww). I was further frustrated when I called Comcast and spent 15 minutes on hold and with a person who I’m pretty sure didn’t even know what HD was, let alone why I wasn’t getting it. Grrrr.

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Are the Wings and Pistons championship bound? Oh, and Go Green!

Posted by lozenp on February 27, 2007

First, let’s get this out of the way. Say goodbye to Tommy Amaker after tonight’s game in Ann Arbor. UM is on the verge of yet another NIT berth (whooppeeee) and missing the NCAA for the ninth year in a row. Go Green! Adendum 11:20 p.m. UM wins to keep their slim NCAA hopes alive. MSU played poor, but Drew Neitzel, Raymar Morgan and Luke Walton all were battling the flu, Neitzel the worst. Still think MSU is a tourney lock, but it will be nice for them to get a Big Ten Tournament Win to solidify it.

Last year, both the Red Wings and Pistons were the best teams in their respective leagues in the regular season. And both teams bowed out before reaching the Finals of their sports. Will it happen again?

The Wings
The trade deadline came today, and the Wings made two moves: aquiring Kyle Calder from the Flyers and Todd Bertuzzi from the Panthers. I don’t know anything about Calder, except that he was having a poor season thus far. Bertuzzi is infamously known for his sucker punch a couple years ago that ended Steve Moore’s career. Lately he’s been hurt.

Do these moves help the Wings? They essentially gave up Jason Williams from the everyday lineup for both players, along with some picks. I’ve always thought the Wings lacked toughness in the playoffs, maybe these moves help. Maybe someone can now protect Pavel Datsyuk so he can score in the playoffs. If these two stay healthy, it should make for a great stretch run between the Wings and Predators.

The Pistons
I will admit I didn’t think the Chris Webber signing would work out. He’s old, slow, oft-injured of late. I will now light my words on fire and eat them. They are looking like a better team right now than they did at this time last year. I do not miss Ben Wallace, nor did I worry when he left. As his stats show, he’s past his prime. His numbers in rebounding, blocks and points have all gone down each year for the past 4.

With their best-in-the-league starting 5 and solid bench (I love Jason Maxiell) I think they are clearly the class of the East. Cleveland isn’t there yet, and Lebron seems uninterested in getting them there with the current roster. Washington won’t win a long playoff series because if you stop Agent Zero, you beat them, and he can’t win four games alone.

That leaves the West. Dallas looks stacked, and San Antonio is tough as well. The league top three is probably Dallas, San Antonio and Detroit right now. If Dallas and SA beat the tar out of each other for seven games, that could bode well for Detroit in the Finals.

The verdict
I think the Pistons have a better chance than the Wings of getting to the Finals. If I had to pick right now, I’d say Wings out in conference finals, Pistons lose tough, hard-fought Finals to Dallas.

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