It's halfway through the hockey and basketball seasons
and a few surprises have taken place.
First in hockey, the return of Mario Lemeiux. Now
wouldn't you want the owner of your business working
right along side you? Of course this guy is the best at
what he does, which helps. The all star game takes place
Feb 4th in Denver, with the World all-stars vs the North
American all-stars. This is the game that goalies in this
league just hate to be a part of. Scores end up being
14-12 or something similar. The hot teams in hockey have
been the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, New Jersey
Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, and San Jose Sharks. Right
now the race to the Stanley Cup looks pretty wide open.
Of course it really depends on who gets hot at the end of
the regular season.
For basketball -- What has gotten into the Philadelphia
76ers? They have the best record in
the NBA but I doubt that they could beat a team coming
out of the west in the finals. The surprise in the NBA is
the Dallas Mavericks. A year after year doormat, they
have finally got a chemistry that seems to be working.
Other teams that seem to have a shot at the championship
are the Portland Trailblazers, Los Angeles Lakers, San
Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, and the surprising Sacramento
Kings. The all-star game, which will be played Feb. 11th
at the MCI Center in Washington, features a couple of
guys who have played very little or not at all. Alonzo
Mourning has not played a game all year due to a kidney
ailment and Grant Hill has played a total of 4 games
before breaking an ankle. How can you vote on 2 guys that
have played a total of 4 games? I don't understand.
Baseball has had it's usual "better teams getting
better" and "poorer
teams getting poorer" style winter. Most teams have
their pitchers and catchers reporting to camp later in
February, and the rest of the players in early March. Can
anyone take the championship from the New York Yankees?
Will A-Rod find happiness in Texas? These are just a few
of the questions that will be dealt with more in next
months sports report.
The XFL kicks off on Feb. 4th. The league was formed by
WWF magnate Vince McMahon. Will we see body slams and full nelsons, or will it be worth
watching? The league says it is going to be smash mouth
football. The way the NFL is going I sure would like to
see some mouths smashed in that league. The taunting and
trash talk has gotten out of hand in my opinion and the
league seems to be doing nothing to curtail it. Oh yeah,
there was an NFL game played on January 28th in Tampa and
in case you have been unconscious for 2 weeks it was won
by the Baltimore Ravens 34-7 over the New York Giants.
Ray Lewis was voted the MVP.
I would like to
extend my condolences to the Oklahoma State Cowboys mens
basketball team. One of the three planes carrying players
and other personnel crashed in Colorado and all aboard
were killed. My thoughts and prayers are with them.
Till next month good night and good sports!