It has been just over two weeks since my last blog post but I am officially back.
I pulled a Brett Favre and decided to retire — obviously with less media coverage — only to un-retire right before the season. I took a trip to the 15-day disabled list with an undisclosed injury and have fully recovered. I took a temporary leave of absence to clear my head once the Red Wings were bounced from the playoffs in dramatic fashion.
Actually, I think most people would call what I took a vacation. Ill admit it, I took a little vacation that ended up being way too long. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun.
Anyway, all that matters is that I am going to be getting back to posting more consistently.
Since my last blog post, a lot, and I mean A LOT, has happened in the world of sports. Instead of writing a 5,000+ word post that most of you would attempt to read and comprehend but eventually get sidetracked, I’m going to change it up.
Instead, I’m going to write 30 of my thoughts/opinions on everything that has happened including my NBA Finals pick, Stanley Cup Final pick and my top five MLB teams.
Here we go:
- I feel bad for them, I really do, but the choke jobs performed by J.R. Hildebrand and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Sunday would’ve made the San Jose Sharks proud. Both of them have to be kicking themselves this morning, but speaking of the San Jose Sharks…
- They finally got what they deserved. After knocking my Red Wings out of the playoffs, it was sickening to watch them fight for an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. I discovered the cure for my sickness was watching the Sharks lose in overtime in one of the most improbable finishes ever. Oh, laughing as they skated off the ice helped, too, in case you were looking for tips.
- The retirement of Red Wings’ defenseman Brian Rafalski has it’s pros as well as it’s cons. His retirement freed up some cap space for the Wings to play with heading into free agency but if Lidstrom decides to retire, the Wings’ defense will be very suspect.
- With the move of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg now official, it looks as if the Red Wings will be screwed over by the NHL once again. Early reports are that Nashville, instead of the Wings will be moved to the Eastern Conference when realignment occurs before the start of the 2012-13 season.
- It may have happened years later than everyone suspected, but Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes have finally been caught. A program that everyone suspected of being dirty is actually a lot dirtier than anyone expected. Click here for SI’s article containing more details.
- With Jim Tressel gone, Ohio State under NCAA investigation, and Terrelle Pryor under his own investigation, Pryor is all but headed to the NFL. Experts expect NCAA penalties against OSU to be similar to those assessed to USC which could provide an opportunity to teams in the Big 10 to jump ahead of the Buckeyes.
- The three teams set to gain the most from the OSU investigation are:
– Michigan Wolverines
– Nebraska Cornhuskers
– Michigan State Spartans
- From LeBron James to Kobe Bryant, Mike Brown is the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. A new head coach is a start, but there are a lot more problems concerning the Lakers.
- As much as I hate to admit it, the Heat are doing what they said they were going to do. They are living up to the hype and then some. I absolutely despise the way James left Cleveland but he has been nothing short of spectacular this postseason.
- The only player this season that has had a better postseason than LeBron James is Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk carried the Mavericks on his back over the Thunder to the NBA Finals. This may be Dirk’s last shot at the NBA title he has been chasing and he deserves one.
- The Oklahoma City Thunder’s future is bright, but this year’s playoffs were necessary for them to succeed going forward. They gained valuable experience and if they can find a consistent third scoring option, they should be back in the Western Conference Finals again next year.
- If there was any doubt of who the best club in the world was before Saturday, then Barcelona’s Champions League Final performance should end all doubt. They dominated Manchester United and it wasn’t even close.
- In the tennis world, Novak Djokovic has been absolutely incredible. Djokivic extended his unbeaten streak to 43-0 (41-0 in 2011) and advanced into the semi-finals where he will match up against Roger Federer.
- The two most surprising teams this MLB season have to be the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cleveland Indians. Last season both teams were sitting at the bottom of their division without a glimmer of hope. This season, both teams lead their respective divisions about a third of the way through the season.
- Justin Verlander looks to be becoming the ace that the Tigers desperately needed. This season, Verlander threw his second no-hitter and has posted a 5-3 record with a 3.12 ERA. When the Tigers were in danger of being swept by the Red Sox this past series Verlander came up huge with 7 2/3 shutout innings. In his 132 and final pitch of the night, Verlander hit 100 mph on the radar gun.