So many genius, bold, head-scratching moves and events have happened as of late. It’s almost a troubling task to figure out where to start. The Final Four is upon us, teams are fighting for their playoff lives in the NBA, the NFL draft is less than 30 days away and how sweet it is to have baseball back. Let’s not waste anymore time, let me tell you how I feel about what’s going on around here:
1. The Carson Palmer dilemma
What do you mean you don’t want to take a pay cut? What has Carson Palmer done in his dull, mediocre and pedestrian 11-year NFL career that has led him to believe he has any right to call the shots? Is it his two Pro-Bowls? I hope not. Maybe it’s his outstanding postseason record? Oh, wait, that’s right, Palmer has zero playoff wins. With Palmer opting not to reconstruct the $13 million he is owed this season, the Raiders are forced to cut him or make him take a pay cut.
Well, they had another options in mind by trading a fifth-round pick in the 2014 draft and a conditional pick in 2015 for Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn. Now, Palmer is involved in trade discussion with the Arizona Cardinals.
About that pay cut, aye Palmer?
2. 119.5 million reasons why the Cowboys have lost their mind
Maybe Jerry Jones grew weary cooped up in his million dollar home. Maybe he wanted to slick back his silver hair, dust off the cobwebs and spend a little money to get back at the NFL for basically voiding the Cowboys off-season. But Jones is walking the a line of insanity by investing over a 100 million dollars in perhaps the biggest gamble of a QB in Tony Romo. Sure, I get it. Romo does put up great numbers in the regular season, has a knack for ad libbing and extending plays and uncanny accuracy when he has time in the pocket, but I can’t help but to watch Romo with one eye open and one eye closed. There is so much love about Romo as a QB, but somehow he always seem to let you down. The infamous botched snap against Seattle, the 3 INTs in the second half against Detroit in 2011, two back-to-back season in a win and you’re in only to lose both times, he continues to prove he is untrustworthy.
Judging Romo on his numbers is like judging porn solely off the dialogue, you’re missing the point. Romo will continue to break hearts right along with the Jones’ pockets.
3. Eight games left
Injuries, lack of chemistry, old and slow and now on the cusp of not making the playoffs? Say it and so, Lakers. I’m saying so. Six of the Lakers last remaining eight games are against playoff teams. The Lakers are a half game out of 8th place trailing the superstar-less Utah Jazz. Quite frankly, a team loaded with 32 combined all-star appearances, two players earning MVP honors, three-time defensive player of the year and the best center in pro basketball should not waltz on the brink of missing the playoffs. Kobe Bryant guaranteed his Lakers will not miss out on the post season, but the only guarantee I see is a first round exit even if they do manage to back their way in.
Against the Sacramento Kings this past Saturday, Bryant passed the legendary Wilt Chamberalain for fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. No doubt a historic feat by one of the best players in NBA history. However, if Bryant is unable to lead this talented group of players to the playoffs, this Laker team will go down as one of the biggest busts in professional sports history.
4. The nation’s capital
Slowly, but surely I saw the Washington Nationals becoming a force in the National League. With the two phenoms in Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the sky is the limit for this team. Harper went deep twice and Strasburg threw seven shutout innings while retiring 19 batters in a row after allowing a single to Juan Pierre.
As a sellout crowd at Nationals Park watched the two stars put on a show on Opening Day baseball in a 2-0 victory over the Marlins, could the thought of a World Series appearance prance through the minds of fans? Call me a prisoner of the moment, but right now, I am saying the Nationals will win the World Series. If these two can stay healthy, along with Washington’s solid rotation and stacked roster, baseball might see a new dynasty come of age.
5. Fantastic Four
As it stands, (1) Louisville vs. (9) Wichita State and (4) Michigan vs. (4) Syracuse. The Cardinals began the season ranked second, shared the Big East regular-season title, soared through the Big East tournament, transformed that into an overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and found themselves back to the Final Four.
Syracuse started the season at No. 9, climbed as high as No. 3 in the country and then trickled all the way to 19th, but the Orange are here. Michigan started the season ranked fifth in the nation, eclipsed the No. 1 overall ranking and then lost to Indiana to end its reign atop the standings, but alas, the Wolverines are here. Wichita State had a different journey. They started the year unranked and worked their way up to as high as 15th in the country. But alas, the Cinderella Wichita State Shockers are here.
A 9 seed vs a 1 seed and two 4 seeds will battle it out come Saturday. My pick remains the same, I have Michigan winning it all. Three legit stars in Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Glenn Robinson III with sharp shooter Nick Stauskas on the wing, and not to mention a 6’10″ 250 pound immovable object in Mitch McGrary. Besides a lack in bench scoring, this team has no glaring weakness.
Thanks for reading.