Since I’ve been in Spain for the last two and a half months, my ingles might be a little rusty. Anyway, last week I had the pleasure of visiting a bullfight in Madrid with some of my fellow ex-patriots.
Baseball season is officially over. Too bad, right? Wrong! The first NBA game is on November 1st, and, personally I couldn’t be more excited. If this year is anything like last year, we’re in for quite a season. It’s been a long layoff since the San Antonio Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons in game seven of the finals, so, let me kick off this upcoming year with my 100% accurate Division by Division NBA Preview. Giddy up.
In my previous hockey article, I think I estimated that there were about 12 fans on campus. After the ridiculous NHL lockout that cancelled the entire 2004-2005 hockey season, I believe that number has probably been halved. But, for you six loyal fans, the looming NHL season is sure to be as exciting as being a substitute pre-school teacher if you’re Michael Jackson.
So lean back like Fat Joe, because here comes my baseball stretch run preview, a division by division (and wild card) look at who have the best chances to sip on some Dom Perignon (or other assorted hip-hop drinks) in the next few weeks.
I trust you have all read dozens of these lists and are probably sick of them already. But, give me a chance; my unprofessional journalism has definitely carried over to my choices for this list, adding a dimension never before seen in sports movie lists. I bet you haven’t ever seen “Space Jam” on a top 10.
Sadly, for us basketball faithful, the grueling NBA season is about to come to a close-an 82-game marathon spanning six months. Eighty-two games that don’t mean a damn thing if you don’t make it into the second season-the playoffs. The 30 NBA teams have two remaining regular season games this year, and for 14 of them those will be their final two games until next November. The other 16 will play each other for a golden trophy that Michael Jordan has kissed more times than his own wife.
What a great weekend to be a sports fan in St. Louis. If you think I’m referring to the Final Four, you’re way off. No basketball for me (besides the Cleveland Cavaliers romping of the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday…alas, I digress). I’m talking Division III men’s tennis.
I imagine I grew up in a household similar to yours. You know, the standard guidelines that parents of our generation try to instill in their progeny: honor your parents, respect your elders, fear God and take everything Jose Canseco says as absolute truth.
As far as I can remember, hockey has always been a constant in my life. Growing up in a small village in Siberia, I can remember playing hockey in the streets after school with my best friends Vlad, Petr and Sergei. With a collapsing infrastructure and sagging economy, things were pretty bad back then.