The two long weeks of waiting are nearly over. Broncos and Seahawks fans with fingers crossed will be at MetLife Stadium tonight in East Rutherford, New Jersey, for Super Bowl XLVIII. Meanwhile, we’re fresh off a fantastic Saturday of thrilling college basketball and NBA hoops. Here at the Sports Town, we’ve got a lot of sports-related thoughts floating around our heads. Here they are, organized by sport.
Super Bowl Thoughts:
- Throughout the season, we’ve heard the concerns of NFL pundits about Peyton Manning’s loss of ability in cold weather. Well, Danny testifies that this Super Bowl Sunday is shaping up to be a beauty, and he has the Weather Channel backing him up- it is 50 degrees around noon (when this is being written), and it projects to be 44 degrees right around kickoff. Seahawks fans hoping that Mother Nature would take down Manning for them are going to be disappointed.
- Releasing Super Bowl ads before the Super Bowl seems strange, but this Chobani Super Bowl ad, which utilizes Bob Dylan’s “I Want You” (a favorite song of ours at the Sports Town) is pretty money.
- College Sports Town doesn’t really have an official pick. Tim likes the Seahawks. Danny and Harvardfan94 like the Broncos. By vote totals at least, it seems we like the Broncos.
College hoops thoughts:
- Duke fell by two points, on the road, in the Loud House last night to the second ranked (soon to be first ranked, after Arizona’s late-night loss to Cal) Syracuse Orange in an instant classic. The overtime battle leaves me with a couple of thoughts. First of all, Duke, which entered the week ranked 17th in the nation, is a far better team than that ranking indicates. They plowed through Pitt on the road earlier in the week and their near dethroning of Cuse was even more impressive given the fact that three of their best players (including that Jabari kid) fouled out. My other thought: The Duke-Cuse rematch at Cameron Indoor Stadium can’t come soon enough.
- George Mason might be 0-7 in A-10 play, but the Patriots have taken many good teams down to the wire. They got to overtime against St. Louis yesterday and had already nearly won against such teams as UMass, George Washington, and St. Joe’s. Of course, close losses don’t do you much good.
- Florida-Texas A&M was…interesting. The Gators are playing incredible basketball.
- Cal’s narrow win over numero uno Arizona was huge for the Golden Bears’ chances of dancing in March. Their win over Oregon had been looking less and less impressive and Cal entered the weekend on a three game losing skid.
- Oklahoma State’s undeniably super-talented, but with their loss yesterday to Baylor, the Cowboys have now lost three out of four and Marcus Smart’s field goal percentage has sunk to 42%. They could really use a win over Iowa State on Monday.
- It has been almost a month since the Cleveland Cavaliers traded for Loul Deng and the addition of the defensive stalwart has not done much to improve the fortunes of the lowly Cavs. They’re just 5-8 since the trade and got blown out by the Knicks (YES, THE KNICKS *bleh*) on Thursday.
- On the other side of the trade, Tom Thibodeau’s Bulls have continued to truck along. The prevailing opinion after the trade seemed to be that it would be tank city in Chicagoland after the deal, but the Bulls are 9-5 since losing Luol and sit at 23-23, good for sixth in the Eastern Conference. Go ahead and look at the Bulls’ roster and tell me their recent success is not magic. Thibs is a magician, but who knows how long the Bulls’ good fortunes (or bad fortunes when it comes to lottery pick hunting) can last?
- The Suns beat the Bobcats yesterday to move to 29-18. Jeff Hornacek might be Jesus.
- Kevin Durant and the Thunder ran out of steam last night, as The Slim Reaper missed all 6 of his three-point attempts in a 96-81 loss to the .500 Wizards. The Thunder had a rare poor offensive output while KD’s hometown team had a great game, powered by new All-Star John Wall (17 points, 15 assists, 6 steals).