If the Cleveland Cavaliers stay in the number one spot in the 2013 NBA Draft, pretty much everyone on the planet figures they are going to take Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel. He is a legitimate seven footer who can anchor a professional team for many seasons, but he is probably not the best all-around player available in this year’s National Basketball Association draft. He impressed scouts by playing incredibly hard throughout a miserable Kentucky season this year, and his shot blocking ability is second to none.
LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat are known as The Big Three, and they were predicted to bring multiple championships to Miami. But it was an uncelebrated three “no name” players for the San Antonio Spurs that have the Heat in hot water after game 3 of the NBA finals. The championship series now stands at 2 games to 1 in favor of the underdog and veteran Spurs team, with game 4 in San Antonio Thursday promising an all out effort by the Heat to get fired up and tie the series at 2 games apiece.
The NBA Finals are back and hotter than ever. The young, strong and powerful Miami Heat met up with the grizzled veterans and four-time champion San Antonio Spurs for game one Thursday night at American Airlines Arena. LeBron James finished the Eastern Conference Finals against Indiana by laying it all out on the court, and he did so again in this NBA Finals game one matchup. King James had 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists for his third ever NBA Finals triple-double, but it was not enough.
The finale for American Idol Season 12 is upon us. It is hard to believe that the exciting 12th edition of the iconic American Idol singing competition is here, and to close out this sometimes surprising, always entertaining American Idol year is a stunning Guest Performer list. This Season 12 finale is likely to go down as one of the most memorable evenings in the history of the landmark show. On the Wednesday finale performance, tween singing sensation Carly Rae Jepsen of the popular “Call Me Maybe” will be performing her new song, “Take A Picture”.
This will only be the second race this year on a superspeedway. The new Gen 6 car developed a game of follow the leader at this year’s Daytona 500, but the race teams have had ten weeks to work on their new vehicles. Pack racing should return to Talladega, and as is always the case, there is not a question of if a huge wreck will occur, but rather when and where “The Big One” will claim more Talladega victims. If a race car driver Sunday in the Aaron’s 499 is merely at the right place at the right time, avoiding a huge pileup can vault him (or her) into victory lane.
The NFL Draft 2013 is big on “beef and potatoes” as one NFL exec stated. With no clear high-profile quarterback projected to go number one overall, and no wide receiver or running back destined for that historical pick, an offensive tackle appears to be the right move. After four straight years of a marquee quarterback going number one overall, this year could see three offensive tackles in the top 10 picks. The Kansas City Chiefs have the number one pick of this year’s NFL draft, and have openly talked about trading down, but if they do pick first, Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel is about the surest thing in a draft which is filled with question marks.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are the Vegas odds on favorites to win this year’s Masters golf tournament. Phil Mickelson is looking to collect green jacket number four, and won the Masters as recently as 2010. Many people forget he was in the hunt right until the end last year, and finished in a tie for third. Mickelson has four majors overall, and certainly knows how to play Augusta National. Then there is this other fellow named Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods won eight majors and three Masters from 1997 to 2002, but as hot as he was playing at that time, he was only getting started knocking down major titles.
Wichita State nearly pulled off another shocker, but number one Louisville came through in the end for a four-point win. The Shockers led nearly the entire game, but could not outlast a Cardinals team that just wouldn’t go away. The last time that Louisville made it to the NCAA Championship game was 1986, and they will face a Michigan team that beat Syracuse in a close contest. The championship game will be played Monday night, April 8, in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, and the last time the Wolverines played for the title was when they lost to North Carolina in 1993.
Cee-Lo will certainly be missed in the fourth season of The Voice, but Usher is a competent replacement thus far. And the sexy Shakira is a welcome replacement for Christina Aguilera. The Colombian star actually wears clothes that fit her, and looks great only three months after having a baby. She employs sweetness and humility where before Ms. Aguilera was catty and egotistical, and the two new coaches fit in very well with the returning Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. The reality singing show sometimes is focused more on the celebrity judges/coaches than the talent, and the Usher/Shakira move was a good one. The most recent episode saw Team Adam adding Patrick Dodd and Latin pop singer Agina Alvarez among its members, and that leaves Levine with four more spots […]
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is coming to an end, as March Madness extends into April with the Final Four teams set. The Elite Eight finished up this past Saturday, and saw the #1 Louisville Cardinals and the #4 Michigan Wolverines join the #4 Syracuse Orange and the appropriately nicknamed #9 Wichita State Shockers heading on to Atlanta for Final Four action. The top-seeded Louisville Cardinals bested the number two Duke Blue Devils by a score of 86 – 63. That Midwest Regional final game was an emotional one for Louisville, as teammate Kevin Ware received a tournament ending leg injury in the first half of the game. Louisville came out fired up after that point, and outscored Duke by 19 over the last 20 minutes.