NBA Draft New York Yankees and The College Football Playoff

The NBA draft is tonight and it seems there is a consensus number one pick Anthony Davis to the New Orleans Hornets. After that it is anyone’s guess. Several teams are talking to the Charlotte Bobcats about trading up to their pick which is second. The hottest rumor was the Cleveland Cavaliers trading up from number four to select guard Bradley Beal from Florida. A sticking point in potential deal with the Bobcats is Charlotte wants to dump Tyrus Thomas and his large contract in the trade. Thomas still has three years on his contract and is owed over 25 million dollars.

It looks like Pau Gasol will be traded tonight or by Sunday the first day of free agency in the NBA Draft. The Houston Rockets would be interested especially if their potential deal for Orlando’s Dwight Howard falls through. The Rockets could offer guard Kyle Lowry who wants out of Houston and a number one pick. Houston owns the 12th, 14th, and 18th picks in the first round.  Some other names that could be traded tonight are Wilson Chandler of Denver, Josh Smith of Atlanta, Luol Deng of Chicago, and Zach Randolph of Memphis.

The New York Yankees have been playing the best baseball of any team in the Major leagues the last three weeks. The Yankees suffered two blows to the pitching staff in the last few days. Andy Pettite took a line drive off his leg Wednesday and broke his left fibula. He is expected to miss up to two months. Petitte has been pitching very well in his comeback. Then CC Sabathia was placed on the 15 day disabled list with a strained groin. These two injuries occurred just when the Yankees were starting to put some distance between them and their fellow American league East rivals. The Yankees are up by five games over Baltimore. One thing that will help the Yankees is the rest of the starting rotation has been outstanding during the hot streak.

Finally, the college presidents have done something right. After the 2014 college football season there will be a four team playoff to determine the national champion. Two of the current BCS bowls will serve as semi-final matchups and the championship will be bid out on an annual basis much like the Super Bowl. A committee will select the top four teams and seed them in a process identical to the NCAA basketball tournament. This is not a perfect solution but, it is a lot better than the BCS that drew so much criticism. Eventually, in my opinion, the playoff will be expanded to eight, where every current BCS bowl site will have a playoff game.

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