NBA Finals predictions: rematch from last year

Conference Finals have finally ended, and the final series of basketball is upon us. It is the NBA Finals, and it just so happens to be a rematch from last year, pitting the defending champion Miami Heat against the San Antonio Spurs. As many basketball fans remember, the Spurs were just a minute away from winning the series in Game 6, but a last-second surge allowed them to get back into the game and win, … Continue reading

2014 NBA Playoffs: predictions for the semifinals

• 5 Game 7s (NBA record) • 8 Overtime games • 23 games by 5 pts or fewer An INCREDIBLE 1st round of NBA Playoffs! pic.twitter.com/THCs3v9Wn7 — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 4, 2014 The first round of this year’s NBA playoffs was legendary. As per the tweet above from SportsCenter, there was nothing quite like the performances we saw. Does that mean the playoffs are on track to get even better? I sure hope so. After going 5-3 in … Continue reading

Measuring the spending of NBA teams in 2013-14: dollars per win (end of year edition)

Well, that’s the end of the regular season. The playoffs are set and will begin very soon. After I measured every team’s efficiency in how well they were spending their money earlier in the season, I promised that I would provide an update at the end of the season. Well, here it is. Most of the teams have similar team salaries to what they did last time, but every team’s win totals have changed (yes, … Continue reading

Measuring the spending of NBA teams in 2013-14: dollars per win

It’s annoying to me that so many of the teams in the NBA go over the salary cap. And why wouldn’t they if they had the money? The luxury tax doesn’t really affect teams to the point where they stop spending. I’m all for a much higher actual cap as long as it’s a hard cap, but that doesn’t seem to be in the near future. Or, they could just raise the luxury tax to … Continue reading

Seahawks embarrass Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII

As long as I’ve been watching the Super Bowl, I have never seen one this lopsided and surprising. The last one I remember being this much of a blowout was when the Ravens beat the Giants for their first in franchise history, but that was over a decade ago. And this game was even more of a rout, with the Seahawks managing a 35 point victory by a score of 43-8. This game proved one … Continue reading

Super Bowl XLVIII prediction: Broncos vs. Seahawks

Ah, where to begin. The Super Bowl is the culmination of 20 weeks of NFL football, some teams playing only 16, but the lucky ones playing in more. The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks are the last two standing, and I can’t say I’m too surprised by this one. While it’s actually rare to have both #1 seeds in the Super Bowl, these two teams were just too dominant not to keep winning. This … Continue reading

Foles wins Pro Bowl MVP, but not enough to lead team to win

About two hours before the game was supposed to start, I had absolutely no intention of watching any of it. Then my inner football-loving self told me “hey, it’s a football game. How bad could it be?” Even Al Michaels admitted last night on live TV how bad last year’s game was, and I didn’t think the rule changes would make this year’s any better. Hall of Famer captains? Really? Well, it somehow avoided disaster … Continue reading

2014 NFL Playoff predictions: Divisional Championship Round

After a wonderful week of games in the Wild Card Round, this round should bring equally exciting games with no matchup that should be a mismatch. Despite some serious differences in seeding, all teams have shed their seeds and proved that anything can happen once the playoffs roll around. Even though the home teams this week have a combined record of 29-3 at home, 3 of 4 of the home teams lost last round. There … Continue reading

2014 NFL Playoff results: Wild Card Round

This weekend produced an excellent group of NFL games that proved just how exciting playoff football can be. We saw a 28 point comeback, two game-winning FGs, and a “weak” 6th seed dismantle an AFC favorite. The lower seed won 3 of the 4 games, which just further proves how unimportant seeding and records become when the playoffs come. Records were being broken left and right and it created a wonderful four games of football. … Continue reading

2014 NFL Playoff Predictions: Wild Card Round

The Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs for this year is approaching, which means it’s time for the obligatory predictions. These games should be pretty competitive as there doesn’t seem like any game that would be a big mismatch. That being said, it’s always possible that one team could end up crushing the other. It should be a good weekend of football. NFC (6) New Orleans Saints vs. (3) Philadelphia Eagles As I already … Continue reading