Happy New Year! Time to stick and move…
This was Gordon Gee to The Associated Press back in November 2010 discussing a college football playoff : “…Having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, it’s like murderer’s row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day. So I think until a university runs through that gantlet that there’s some reason to believe that they not be the best teams to [be] in the big ballgame.”
Well, Mr. Gee, those Big 10 guys haven’t been playing against the Little Sisters of the Poor, but they sure played like they WERE the Little Sisters of the Poor over the last week. Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State all lost. And the big kick in the teeth, Wisconsin losing to those pesky upstarts, TCU in the Rose Bowl.

If the Big 10 is such a tough conference, why then can’t they win the big ballgames?

 

And doesn’t this prove once again that a playoff system is needed to determine which school is the best? TCU, after an unbeaten season, now has to sit and watch Oregon and Auburn play and know that they can also legitimately make a claim to be the best team and never get to prove it. It’s a joke of a system.

The Miami Heat are finally putting it together and reeling off some impressive wins. I am still unconvinced that they are championship material this season. I say this for three simple reasons: no bench, no point guard and no post players. The LA Lakers, Dallas, San Antonio, Boston and Orlando are better than Miami in those three areas and in a seven game series, I am unconvinced that the Heat can grind out a win. Let’s see what happens in March when instead of beating up on Detroit, Charlotte and Sacramento they have to play back to back games against Orlando, San Antonio and Chicago then host the Lakers less than a week later.

I’m sticking to my belief that the Lakers will face either Boston or Orlando in the Finals.

Hey, I could be wrong, but I could also be right…..last year I predicted Spain would win the World Cup and the San Francisco Giants to come out of the NL West (no, I didn’t think they’d win the World Series, but I thought they were one of the best teams in the NL. Check my blog post!)

And speaking of predictions, I’m going out on a limb now and saying this: The New England Patriots will not play in or win the Super Bowl this year.

Yes, Tom Brady is having a great year, will probably be named the MVP, but that defense is not good and will be expsoed. Belichek or no Belichek, this team can be beat and I don’t see them getting by Pittsburgh, Baltimore or for that matter the NY Jets. Yes I know they beat all of those teams I mentioned in the regular season. But they also lost to the Jets and a five win Cleveland team.

They are a good team, with a great quarterback and one of the best coaches around, but the defense is soft. They will be knocked out of the playoffs before the Super Bowl.

And on a lighter note…..
 
More than ten years ago, in 1999 Dr. Dre released one of the best albums in hip hop history, The Chronic 2001. The album cemented his status as the greatest producer in the genre, sold over 6 million copies, helped to blow up Eminem as the next big thing and defined the West Coast sound. Ever since then he has teased us with talk and rumors of the follow up album, Detox. Hip hop fans waited patiently, eagerly, rushed to the stores (and the internet-shhh!) to check on every rumor and reported leak and singles to no avail.
 
Then a month ago, a first single from Detox came out. Pandemonium in the streets! I bought the single from Itunes, a song called Kush featuring Akon and Snoop Dogg.
 
Wow. All I can say is this:
 
 
I WAITED OVER TEN YEARS FOR THIS SHIT?!?!?!