There are still four plus months left in the NBA regular season.However, the NBA finals might as well begin tomorrow. If you watched yesterday’s game between the Cavs and Warriors, it is hard to imagine any other teams advancing to the finals next June. It is also hard to imagine the inevitable series not going 7 games. The basketball purest may ask, How can you discount the regular season when 2/3 of the season has yet to be played? Well, both teams are leading their respective conferences at the moment, both have lost a combined 11 games, and both have plenty of depth in case of injury.
Taking a look at the conference standings you’ll find that at this point, the playoffs should be a repeat of last year. There’s no question that Toronto can win a game or two against Cleveland but in the end, Lebron and Co. have taken care of business. As for the Warriors, while the Spurs can mount a challenge, but San Antonio still has to deal with father time, as they are not the yongest team in the league. Also, unlike the Warriors, Greg Popovich’s club doesn’t have the depth should a key player go down.
While an argument can be made that a 3rd straight Warrior-Cavs final is not good for the league, no one can deny that we are headed for yet another classic series in June. It seems all that’s left to do is see who will get the number one pick in next year’s draft.
Just a few moments from now the first pitch of the 2016 World Series will be thrown. The Indians and Cubs are about as evenly matched as two teams vying for a championship can be. The Indians won the AL Central by 8 games, while the Cubs dominated the NL Central, winning by 10 games. The lovable losers in Chicago racked up the best record in the majors with 108 wins, against just 58 losses. Both managers, Joe Madden (Cubs) and Terry Francona (Indians) keep things loose, and you can see their passion for their players and the game of baseball.Both teams have dynamic, shut-down bullpens, led by two of the best closers in the game, Andrew Miller(Indians) and Aroldis Chapman (Cubs). Perhaps, the greatest similarity with both clubs is the fact that they have two of the most loyal, long-suffering fan bases in all of sports. The Cubbies have not been to the mountain top in 108 years, and have had many well documented close calls in their century plus of obscurity. Not to be outdone, the Tribe has not hoisted the World Series Trophy since 1948.
With so many similarities between the two, it is very difficult to pick a winner, although, I’ll do that shortly. The clear winner in this World Series is Major League Baseball! Once known as, “America’s past time”, baseball has lost a bit of its luster when it comes to TV viewership. Just two weeks ago, a regular season NFL game saw 3 million more views than did a deciding game 5 between the Nationals and Dodgers. This World Series should have no problem drawing eyeballs simply because of the profiles of both teams. Viewers are drawn to drama, and it doesn’t get more dramatic than two teams that haven’t won a championship in 176 years. I believe Chicago will celebrate when the final out is made, but the bigger winner will be baseball itself