Monday, April 1, 2013

Weekend Observations

The Final Four has shaped up just they way I predicted except there is no Michigan St., Indiana, or Kansas.  Other than that it looks perfect!  At least the team I picked to win it all (Louisville) is still in the mix.  They are playing with a heavy heart however after the gruesome injury to Kevin Ware.  I didn't see the fracture to his leg, but from what I hear I'm better off without that image in my mental Rolodex.  You know it's bad when Joe Theismann tweets his condolences and can relate to what that young man is going through.  You have to feel for for what Kevin Ware is dealing with emotionally and psychologically.  He's supposedly in good spirits after the surgery and that may help the Cardinals get re-focused on the task at hand which is winning a championship and helping me save face.  Here are some observations over the weekend.

The college career of Brittney Griner came to an abrupt end with a stunning defeat to Louisville last night and from what I saw the Cardinals basically wrapped her up like a new born baby.  The 3 time player of the year only took 10 shots and had to wrestle 3 or 4 girls on every possession.  Not to make excuses for Griner (she hardly needs my protection), but the Cardinal women would be arrested for assault if they did that on a public street.  Only Shaq and Wilt know what that kind of treatment is like.

Sidney Crosby is an injury waiting to happen.  After battling back from his issues with concussions Crosby got hit in the face with a puck on Saturday and broke his jaw.  The injury comes just as the Penguins were on the verge of breaking the NHL record for consecutive wins (17).  Of course anything that happens this hockey season has to be taken with a grain of salt because they're only playing a handful of games and no one is really paying attention.

As the Big East goes through its transformation next season it's important to note they had 3 teams in the Elite 8 and 2 teams in the Final Four this year.  Never has a power conference been dismantled  after experiencing so much success.  If a Big East team wins the national championship (which they will) won't it be hard to justify the massive re-alignment that's taking place?

The Seattle Seahawks have traded Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders for a 5th round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015.  Although I understand the deal was made to give the team more financial flexibility in the future I was getting used to the idea of having a Lloyd's of London type insurance policy if anything happened to Russell Wilson.  In a year where the Seahawks will reach the Super Bowl it's not out of the realm of possibility that Wilson may miss a game or two.  Now instead of having Flynn to fall back on it might be Matt Leinart or Tyler Thigpen.  I'm a little concerned.   

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