This is the time of the year where sports fans are forced to make the transition away from football. It's time to put the flags away, hang up the jerseys, and put the tailgating equipment in storage. There's only one game left to crown a champion and then we fade to black. Fortunately there's other sports to pick up the slack and hold our interest until training camp starts again. Can you imagine the void that would be left if the NBA were still locked out? Here are some observations over the weekend.
Tiger Woods finished a respectable 3rd in his first tournament of the year. It looks like he might get his name engraved on a few trophies this year.
The Pro Bowl is the most meaningless all star game there is. There's no defense played, everybody runs a half speed, and no one really remembers who won or lost. Do we really need this game?
The New York Jets locker room was more fragmented this year than they were letting on. Rex Ryan's style of coaching may have run its course if he can't get players to buy into his philosophy.
Novak Djokovic is as mentally tough as anyone who's ever played the game. Rafael Nadal would be closing in on Pete Sampras and Roger Federer if he didn't have to play this guy in grand slam finals. I think Novak is headed for a Tiger slam with a victory at the French this year.
The Miami Heat vs. the Chicago Bulls is the best rivalry in the NBA right now. The battle for Eastern conference supremacy should be compelling and exciting down the stretch. If the Bulls can find one more scorer to take some pressure off of Derrick Rose the Heat may be in trouble.