Here are some deep thoughts I come up with that we don't always get to on the Show each day. I will cover a broad range of topics, mainly covering sports, but also from other realms as well that I hope you will enjoy.
Yeah, I know. It's been a long while since I blogged in on the website, but I'm made that one of my New Year's resolutions and I am going to try very hard to see it through! So with that in mind, why not talk about the great weekend we just experienced in the sports world.
First off, you had the NCAA Basketball Tournaments front and center. And what a weekend it was. Wisconsin shooting 80% from beyond the arc to outlast Arizona in a rugged rematch from a year ago. Michigan State coming from behind to oust Louisville, thus giving the Big Ten two Final Four teams in what most experts said, was an "slightly down year" for the league. On top of that there was Duke getting back to the Final Four for Coach K for the first time since 2010 and the cherry on top of the sundae with Kentucky holding off Notre Dame in a game that made us all think back to Georgetown-Villanova from 1985(which was incidentally played at...Rupp Arena in Lexington). Who goes to the Title game next Monday night? I think it will be Kentucky vs. Duke, even though my heart would like to see it the other way with Wisconsin-Michigan State. If the Big 10 gets one team to advance to the final, I would consider that a win.
We also have Major League Baseball wrapping up Spring Training and teams starting to head north soon, all with dreams of pennats dancing in their heads. My next blog will be my 2015 MLB predictions...I know you all can't wait to read that entry.
Golf is nearing it's first Major of the year as the azeleas and dogwoods are, hopefully, starting to bloom, in anticipation of the Masters which is a little over a week away. I will also include that pick in the next blog.
Enjoy the season...whatever sports you follow and love. It is a great time of the year.
The 2013 Iowa High School Football playoffs begin next Wednesday, October 30. As we head into week #9 of the regualr season, it's time to speculate about the Class 4A eastern Iowa playoff predictions. Who plays who, and where. The following is the projected first round matchups and the way the teams would be bracketed, base on the favorites winning this week. There are several "tossup" games which could change these predictions in a big way, including City High at Kennedy, Davenport Central at North Scott, Prairie at Waterloo West and Hempstead at Cedar Falls. By the way, this may be the first year since the expanded playoff field that a team with a 4-5 record would not make the playoffs. Here is the rundown in order after tie-breakers have been used:
1. Pleasant Valley (9-0) 425 pts.
2. Dav. Assumption (8-1) 405 pts.
3. IC West (8-1) 405 pts.
4. CR Xavier (8-1) 405 pts.
5.IC High (8-1) 400 pts.
6. Bettendorf (7-2) 385 pts.
7. CR Washington (6-3) 370 pts.
8. Cedar Falls (6-3) 365 pts.
9. CR Kennedy (5-4) 350 pts.
10. CR Prairie (5-4) 350 pts.
11. Muscatine (5-4) 345 pts.
12. North Scott (5-4) 345 pts.
13. Dbq Hempstead (4-5) 330 pts.
14. Clinton (4-5) 330 pts.
15. Dav. Central (4-5) 330 pts.
16. Waterloo West (4-5) 330 pts.
1-Pleasant Valley vs. 16-Wat. West
8-Cedar Falls vs. 9-CR Kennedy
4-CR Xavier vs. 13-Dbq. Hempstead
5-IC High vs. 12-North Scott
2-Dav.Assumption vs. 15-Dav.Central
7-CR Washington vs. 10-CR Prairie
3-IC West vs. 14-Clinton
6-Bettendorf vs. 11-Muscatine
With spring football wrapping up over the next couple of weeks, it's a good time to take a leap forward to the end of the summer and which college football programs will be poised to take home a title next January.
Iowa State will end their spring training with a pseudo game this Saturday at Jack Trice, at 1:45pm on 1600 AM KGYM, while the Hawks end theirs the following week with a "open practice" at Kinnick on the 27th. UNI, by the way, has their scrimmage in the Domw also on the 27th.
Here is my pre-pre-season Top 10 heading into fall drills:
2. Oregon (*Could be on probation by next fall however)
4. Texas A&M
5. Ohio State
Lots of very good talent returning to college football for the 2013 season. It should be fun.
What a great time of the year! College Basketball is finishing up, the Masters is around the corner...and above all Baseball is here! With that, I give you my predictions for the upcoming season. You can compare them to my colleague Todd Brommelkamp's at his blog, "Sprinkling The Infield", no charge for the plug Todd.
1. Tampa Bay
4. NY Yankees
2. Chicago White Sox
3. Kansas City
2. LA Angels
4. NY Mets
2. St. Louis
5. Chicago Cubs
1. San Francisco
2. LA Dodgers
4. San Diego
Wild Cards: AL- Toronto, LA Angels NL- Washington, LA Dodgers
World Series: Detroit over LA Dodgers 6 games
Enjoy a hot dog and a beer at your favorite ballpark this summer!
I know I promised last year, and why I don't make New Year's resolutions, that I would blog more. Well, this year I mean it. I will blog more.
Let's start off talking Big 10 Basketball and how I see the league race playing out this year. This is as good a year the Big 10 has seen in more than a decade and the play should be fantastic. So here's how one pundit sees the race playing out.
1. Michigan- You win with guards and Michigan is loaded.
2. Indiana- Hoosiers have the talent to go the Final 4
3. Ohio State- Buckeyes are good, but a year away from a title. Craft is an amazing player though.
4. Michigan State-Never under estimate Tom Izzo. Will go as far as Appling will take them.
5. Minnesota- Dark horse of the league. Mbkawe is the best player in the country, and league, no one has heard of.
6. Illinois- Has the talent, and now the fire under John Groce that they didn't show for Bruce Webber.
7. Iowa- Hawks way better than a year ago, but still a year away from the upper division. Bubble team for sure.
8. Wisconsin- How can the Badgers be 8th. The league is that good.
9. Purdue- Will win some games they shouldn't, but will probably be NIT bound.
10. Northwestern- Poor Bill Carmody, he deserevs some good luck. No Drew Crawford, no NCAA's...again.
11. Nebraska- Will be better, but still don't have the talent to compete for a NCAA bid yet.
12. Penn State- Hit by the injury bug with Tim Frazier going down, and their dreams of a decent season going down also.