In the world of sports it's easy to over analyze the outcome of competitive events, but sports is not a mathematical equation or a formula with a precise answer. It is the ultimate reality show unscripted and dramatic and the results are not always predicable. There are a lot of so called experts (including myself) who should be standing in the corner wearing a dunce cap after this weekend's games. If nothing else this weekend proved anything is possible and things are not always what they appear. Here are a few observations.
Someone forgot to tell the 49ers and the Giants they weren't invited to the NFC championship game. The Packers looked a step slow and out of sync while the Saints gave up too many big plays at crucial times. The team with the best stats on paper doesn't always win and that makes it more interesting.
The tight end has become an important position in football again. Vernon Davis, Jimmy Graham, and the two headed monster in New England (Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski) played a significant role in their team's success. Lets hope this trend continues.
The Los Angeles Clippers are capable of holding up their end of the bargain when it comes to an inner city rivalry with the Lakers. From a talent perspective the Clippers are younger, more athletic, and have more depth than the Lake show. Kobe Bryant has been on a scoring binge as of late (4 straight games scoring 40 or more), but if he doesn't get help Lob City will get all the headlines in Tinseltown. Stay tuned.
College basketball lacks star power. With all the one and dones it's hard to get excited about unpolished players with no proven track record of success. Wake me when it's tournament time.
I sure hope the Seattle Mariners know what they're doing. On the surface trading Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero and some minor league prospects looks like an absolute joke. Pineda is a proven commodity with a huge upside capable of becoming a 20 game winner. Those other guys need to make a quick impact to justify parting with a #2 starter.