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L.A. Pride is a true sports enthusiast. A former youth, and division II assistant basketball coach, who studied the martial arts, he enjoys and follows all sports, even hockey. His quick wit and insight brings a fresh view to the world of sports. You may not always agree with him, but you will enjoy his highly opinionated thoughts.
Is it me…
Or is Super Bowl XLVII a family affair? The San Francisco 49’ers coached by Jim Harbaugh will face the Baltimore Ravens coached by John Harbaugh in the Super Bowl.
The 49’ers went to Atlanta and spotted them a 17-point lead before turning things around and defeating the birds 28-24. The Ravens, on the road, handed the New England Patriots a loss, by a score of 28-13. Thus setting up the ‘Brother Bowl’ in New Orleans.
On the field, the two teams have a lot in common. Both have proud, linebacker-driven defenses, good running games led by hard-nosed stars with four-letter last names (Baltimore’s Ray Rice and San Francisco’s Frank Gore), and passing games that only recently became more explosive and downfield oriented. And both teams used last year’s near miss in their conference title games as motivation to get back here and get the job done. We will give our prediction next week.
Who does Mom cheer for? Which jersey does she wear and for how long? Which game film does dad review first? How insightful can Dad be? Does he point out major flaws or just minor ones? As you can see, the real pressure is on the family.
What is the Harbaugh family going to do? They have serious issues to deal with. This could put the family in therapy for years.
Congrats to Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens, for putting off his retirement to the last possible game of the season. It is a nice story, as a great ‘warrior’ gets to go out in the big game on his shield.
NFL teams continue to adjust and shape their rosters;
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Is it me…
Or did Coach D’Antoni, Los Angeles Lakers, hit the nail on the head when he said the Lakers have too many issues? The Lakers have some serious problems and they are playing them out in the public’s eye. The Lakers are losing to bad teams and are cutting corners, in addition to not giving a good effort. There is a real possibility that they may miss the playoffs. Should the Lakers look to rebuild, or are they too proud to do so? Rebuilding means sweeping out the old and bringing in the new. Do they have the courage to even consider such a move? Hmmm food for thought.
The Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets have developed a true rivalry. They have split the season series 2-2, and all four games have been competitive. The Knicks who have championship aspirations are one game ahead of the Nets in the standings and are starting to feel the pressure.
Fortunately for the Knicks they will be getting back injured players soon and this should make them better, or will it? The chemistry of the team and the rotation are being tested as ‘new’ players are added. It makes for interesting coaching moves by Coach Woodson and his staff. Go New York, Go!
Seattle is getting an NBA franchise, again. The Sacramento Kings have been sold to a Seattle base group, which will relocate the Kings. Why???? The last franchise in Seattle (The Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City.) were not overly successful, which is why they moved. Do I foresee a new arena being built in Seattle?
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Is it me…
Or is Manti Te’o, of Notre Dame University, a victim? Now that we know Te’o’s girlfriend did not exist and that he was mislead in a sick scheme, should we go after the perpetrator of this hoax? I say yes. There was nothing funny here. Granted Manti implied there was more to the relationship than there was, but that is still no reason to blame him for this mess. Te’o was duped and publicly embarrassed. He deserves to be given the benefit of the doubt.
Is it me…
Or is the number one ranking in college basketball a guaranteed loss? Louisville ranked no. 1 going into the weekend, was beaten by Syracuse. This is the second week in a row, where the top team has gone down. (Duke lost last weekend when it was no.1, and is currently no. 1 again).
Thank goodness they have March Madness. If college basketball depended on a poll to select a champion it would be near impossible, given the upsets and the fact that any team can win a game on a given night. Another good reason for March Madness.
Is it me…
Or is the seeding at the Australian Open suspect? Sloane Stephens will play Serena Williams in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. Why are the people of color always seeded to knock each other out early in tournaments? I know the rankings have something to do with it, but so does the seeding.
Is it me…
Or is it with deep regret we note the passing of:
Stanley Frank Musial, the St. Louis Cardinals star who was one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, died Saturday. He was 92.
Musial won seven National League batting crowns, was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s.
He played his entire 22-year career with the Cardinals. He played in 24 all-star games (Baseball played two all star games several seasons.) He was in many ways an equal to Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio, just in a smaller market.
Earl Weaver, the feisty former manager of the Baltimore Orioles. He was 82.
Weaver took the Orioles to the World Series four times over 17 seasons but won only one title, in 1970. His .583 winning percentage ranks fifth among managers who served 10 or more seasons in the 20th century.
Weaver was known for spinning his hat back and literally getting in an umpire’s face during his many ‘debates’ with umps. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1996.
Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.
Edited by D. Pride.