7 Burning Questions
1. Have you been able to wrap your head around the Junior Seau tragedy?
I'm shocked by this. Not even in a million I would've thought of any player I've grown up watching NFL football in the last 24 years would it be Junior Seau taking his own life (allegedly) especially considering the kind of character he exhibited on and off the field. Obviously this will tie into the recent deaths of guys like Dave Duerson who also took his own life and the recent controversy surrounding the concussion issues. And its also telling that this happened the same day Roger Goddell laid the hammer on the New Orleans Saints players (namely) Jonathan Vilma on bounty gate. Whatever the case may be may Junior Seau Rest in Paradise and thank you for your years of service to the NFL and the lives you affected on and off the field.
2. Will Mariano Rivera being carried off on a cart Thursday night be the last image we ever see of him in a baseball uniform?
Most likely especially giving the fact that it is a torn ACL and he is 42 years of age. Now while Rivera did say via twitter that he will indeed come back and wont go out "like that," the bottom line is that recovery time for these injuries are an average one full year and even then he would have to work the knee back into shape upon his return. I'm not a Yankees fan (love that other NY team) but it is sad sight to see especially considering he hurt it shagging balls during batting practice. It's bad enough he already hinted he was retiring following the 2012 season but in my opinion barring a miracle this more than likely is the end of the road. Let's hope not.
3. Can the LeBron/Melo comparisons please stop?
To all the "basketball fans" who actually said Carmelo Anthony was in the class of LeBron James as a basketball player, please stop. I think this Miami/New York series has shown actually the gap between the 2 player. Furthermore LeBron has downright shut down Melo in this series. 75% (I think) of Carmelo points in this series has come when he is guarded by Shane Battier or others. So Knick fans, Melo fans.....STOP IT! You look foolish
4. Will the Heat and Thunder complete the 4 game sweeps in their respective series this weekend?
While I do agree both the Mavericks and Knicks have checked out and already booked their upcoming fishing trips I do think both squads have one win in them. Odds are the Heat sweep the series and the soon to not be defending champion Mavs give the home crowd one last win of the year before bowing out in Game 5.
5. Is the 1 year suspension of Saints LB Jonathan Vilma too harsh?
I thought 8-10 games with no pay would've sufficed but you have to give Commissioner Roger Goddell credit, he does go hard and is consistently that way with most to all of his rulings. Agree of disagree, Goddell is consistent. That being said a full season in my opinion is too harsh.
6. How dangerous are the San Antonio Spurs?
I mean come on it IS the Utah Jazz they are playing. Let's revisit this question next week. (although I'm the idiot who said Utah would take San Antonio to 7 games).
7. Sold on Spurs coach Gregg Poppovich as NBA Coach of the Year?
A close race between Pop, Tibs (Tom Thibodeau), and Doc (Doc Rivers). But I picked Poppovich solely on the consistency of this season and how he did it in a much more competitive conference top to bottom. Sorry the Eastern Conference really disappointed me this season.