Well, you got 2/3 right. But I was shocked the Blackhawks got swept, as I'm sure you were from what you wrote. When's the last time they got beat 4-0, let alone didn't make it out of the first round?
Seems the Predators might be good enough to go all the way. Next up for them is the Blues. I can see them winning there for sure. Then it's either the Oilers or the Ducks. Call it a coin flip to get to the finals. Just feels like they are playing the best of the teams that won, from the first round.
Adrian Peterson is going to be a Saint, at least for the next 2 seasons. It's not been completely finalized yet, but seems the deal is roughly 2 years for about $7 million.
With AP being 32 years old, New Orleans being a pass start offense, and Mark Ingram already there, how do you think AP will fit into the offense? Are they going to use him like a true #1 running back, or do you think he will time share with Igram?
I'm thinking Peterson will get a lot out of Bress' ability to pass off the ball. AP was pretty solid in Minnesota with the catch, but he never played in an offense where they are expert at it. Could be a great combo. Looking forward to this; can't imagine the Saints would acquire Adrian Peterson, if they don't plan to use him in a big way.
Seems everything is going according to plan, except for the Celtics. The Bulls are walking all over them so far. Up 2-0. At this point, aside from the championship, I am most looking forward to a possible Cavs/Bulls Eastern championship playoff.
I haven't watched the Bulls during the regular season, but I will now. I like the Wade, Rondo, Butler combo. Weird that Rondo is playing for the Celtics now. And then Wade could play Lebron. Gone are the days where players stay put for long.
The final round came down to just two players really, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose. The lead changed several times on the back nine until it was all tied up after 18. Then we got a playoff, which was great to watch, and completely redeemed my interest after Jordan Spieth totally fell out of contention pretty early on, say around hole 6 or 7 of the first 9.
If you don't want spoilers, avoid watching this video. Otherwise, enjoy:
The refs are getting deservedly trolled online after the National Championship game, for how bad the officiating was. And I can't say I feel sorry for them. Sure their job is tough, but they made several costly mistakes, and that deserves negative feedback. The game was certainly changed because of all the many, many calls and the several no calls were even worse.
If they had been more consistent, I think it would be less justified. Problem is, they were all over the place. What I don't think happened though is that the refs were one sided in their bad officiating. Lots of people seem to want to act like they were somehow on the side of NC. But Gonzaga got plenty of calls they shouldn't have gotten in their favor. And I think it all washed out fairly cleanly in the end.
Still, it hurts to watch a full game with bad officiating. So many moments that had the potential to go one direction or another were thwarted by it.
Sweet 16 matchups for #1 seeds:
Kansas plays #4 Purdue
Gonzaga plays #4 West Virginia
North Carolina plays #4 Butler
None of them got a break there. Still think NC has the hardest draw of the 3.
Yeah, we only have 4 teams that aren't #1-4 seeds in the Sweet 16. So it's been a pretty predictable 2nd round outside of this game and a few others. South Carolina, Wisconsin, Xavier and Michigan are now the underdogs, Xavier being my favorite of that bunch, and coincidentally the lowest seed still left alive (#11). I like underdogs for sure.
Thought this was pretty cool ---> 2017 March Madness Predictions
538 has a real time probability bracket, showing each team remaining's chances at winning it all.
March Madness Live Bracket
We have 2 upsets so far. 11 Xavier over 6 Maryland, and 12 Middle Tenn over 5 Minnesota. Luckily I picked Xavier, but not Middle Tenn. Got the others so far. I usually pick pretty straight in the first round; just chose the higher seed. But I usually will pick 2-3 middle match-ups for upsets. Every year it seems a few 4-6 seeds fall to some 11-13 seeds. Every other match-up spread seems pretty safe to pick the higher seed.
Anyone still perfect?
Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina and Gonzaga are the #1 seeds this year. Which of the four do you see falling off first? I think it will be Kansas. I was low on Gonzaga at the beginning of the year. But toward the end of the season I started to think they are the best team in the nation. Now I think they are the best #1 seed, with the best chance of winning it all.