The college men’s basketball season came to a close Monday with Louisville and Rick Pitino taking an 87-76 win over Michigan to cap the campaign with the NCAA Men’s Championship.
It made Pitino the first coach to win a national title at two different schools. He had won a championship at Kentucky, of all places, in 1996. Basketball fans know the rivaly of Kentucky and Louisville.
Last week I picked the Cardinals to win it after I messed up on the games having Syracuse meeting Wichita State and Louisville meeting Michigan in the semi-finals, which ain’t the way it was.
Anyway, I was in Atlanta during Saturday night’s semi-finals but didn’t attend the games. However, some buds and I enjoyed watching the games at an Atlanta watering hole.
Next year the event is in Dallas and as of right now I plan to go.
Florida had some kind of something last Saturday to close their spring football show. I can’t really figure out what they had and don’t know anybody else that can.
Things may be a little different this week when FSU closes their spring portion of football.
A spring game is set for 2 p.m. at Doak and a big crowd is expected for a real spring game.
The Major League Baseball season has been underway for two weeks and quickly I’ll give my predictions for this year.
MLB has finally evened the leagues with both the National and American League comprising 15 teams each. The divisions are equal also with each division having five teams in each division.
In the AL East I think Tampa Bay’s pitching will help them win that division with the Yankees and Boston being the closest competition.
Baltimore won’t surprise people like they did last year and Toronto tried to shore up their team but it might not work out.
The AL Central could be the most interesting of all divisions. Detroit should be the class of the bunch but Kansas City and the White Sox got better in the off season and if Minnesota can keep their bunch healthy, the Twins could make a run. I think Cleveland can only run to avoid last place in the division.
In the AL West Houston is the new kid on the block. They’ll battle with Seattle to avoid being under the block. Oakland, Texas and the Angels could all have good season and this division will go to the wire.
In the NL East, Atlanta, the Mets and Washington will be in a squabble all year at the division top. Philadelphia is having trouble getting back to where they were and Miami is a minor league team.
The NL Central should belong to Cincinnati who appears to be the class of the division. Saint Louis could give the Reds a run for the division but Chicago, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee will probably struggle during the year.
The NL West appears to be the strongest division of all mainly due to pitching. Defending MLB champ San Francisco still has a deep staff as do the Dodgers. Colorado and Arizona helped themselves in the pitching department during the winter while San Diego will battle Miami for MLB’s worse team.
In the end I predict Tampa Bay, Detroit and Oakland will win AL division titles and the Yankees and Kansas City will be the wild card teams.
Tampa Bay will win the AL play-offs.
Washington, Cincinnati and the Giants will win the NL divisions and Atlanta and Arizona will be the wild card teams. The Giants will survive in the NL and will again win the World Series beating Tampa Bay in six games.