State of the Sports address

Jan 20, 2009 5:02 PM
Diamond's Gems by Sid Diamond |

As this time of the year comes, so comes the state of everything, such as State of the City by the Mayor, State of the State by the Governor, as well as State of the Nation by the President. So it goes, without hesitation, I’ll have to be a copycat and do the State of Sports article.

Let’s start with the least sport on anyone’s mind right now – baseball. After last season we were all shocked by the two teams that made it to the World Series, especially the team from Tampa. They were projected by authorities such as myself to be dead last in their division, which is the strongest in baseball.

Faced with the prior year’s champs, the Red Sox, the mighty Yankees and a much improved roster in Toronto, I felt they’d be lucky to finish ahead of the Orioles. So, lo and behold they get to the World Series.

In the National League, the Phillies beat out the payroll heavy Mets, amongst others, to become the world champs for the first time in many years.

Currently in the NBA one can envision the Kobe Bryant led Lakers to come out of the West as they’ve improved with the full time play of center Bynum. Last year’s champs, the Celtics, appear to not be as hungry as in the past, and could be overtaken in the playoffs by a one man team, the Cavaliers, but what a one man they’ve got. LaBron James has everything Jordan had, and could go all the way and bring the trophy to Cleveland, with his uncanny ability and drive.

In the NFL we are faced with two teams in the Super Bowl that few could have legitimately predicted. Lowly Arizona led by an old quarterback named Warner somehow will play for all the marbles. They’ll be opposed by the defensive strength of the Steelers, who many, including myself, thought were just barely third in their league. Most of us believed it would be the Colts led by Manning or New England led by Brady.

Well, folks, as I’ve written many times, anything can happen in the NFL, and usually does. Show me a man who can predict that league, and I’ll show you a hell of a man. If one can hit 60%, he’s at or near the top of any handicappers who can project football on a somewhat consistent basis.

I don’t know much about hockey, but Detroit and San Jose seem to be the cream of the crop, so I’ll take a shot that one of them winds up with the cup this year.

Just because Pete Carroll made an ass of himself when his QB decided to turn pro, I must admit that I thought USC had the best team in the country.

That completes my State of the Sports World for this year. Hopefully by next year your house will be worth more, your bankroll will be fatter, your job is still intact and I’m betting Obama’s hair turns gray like mine.

Have a great week!

I don’t know much about hockey, but Detroit and San Jose seem to be the cream of the crop, so I’ll take a shot that one of them winds up with the cup this year.

Just because Pete Carroll made an ass of himself when his QB decided to turn pro, I must admit that I thought USC had the best team in the country.

That completes my State of the Sports World for this year. Hopefully by next year your house will be worth more, your bankroll will be fatter, your job is still intact and I’m betting Obama’s hair turns gray like mine.

Have a great week!