Apr 19

What's Goin' On....

Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC  Tags:

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I have had a whirlwind week, and apologize for not keeping the site as updated as usual. But I am back home now, and without a particular story to zero in on, here are my thoughts (for what they're worth) on what is going on in the world of sport...

NFL Draft - The NFL Draft is finally almost here. It seems like we have been hearing about this non-stop since the Super Bowl, and I cannot wait to get it going. Yes, I am full of anticipation of where these superstars of the future will land, but mainly I am just tired of looking at Mel Kiper Jr's hair. The St. Louis Rams have the first pick, followed by the lowly Detorit Lions, who had the first pick last year. The event will take place from Radio City Music Hall in New York Cty, and starts Thursday at 7:30 pm. The event lasts for three days, and will be covered by ESPN and the NFL Network. This is the 75th NFL Draft.

PGA Tour - After treking around Harbour Town Golf Links for round one of the Verizon Heritage last week, it was fun to watch the other three rounds on the tube when I had a few minutes. In the end, Jim Furyk defeated Brian Davis in a one-hole playoff. Davis' approach on the playoff hole (eighteenth hole played again) went onto the beach, while Furyk's ended up on the green. After a two-stroke penalty for his club touching a movable piece of debris, Davis conceded to Furyk....Up next for the players is a trip to the down to bayou country, and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. And while this event will be fun to watch, deep down everyone is gearing up for the Quail Hollow Championship from Charlotte the following week (begins April 29th). Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have announced that they will play this tournament, instantly making it a very demanding ticket. I have put out my search party in hope of attending this one of the four days, but I am not holding my breath!

MLB - The Major League Baseball season is underway, and the top teams out of the gate are Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Oakland in the American League, and Philadelphia, St. Louis and San Francisco in the National League. Of particular impressiveness are the Devil Rays. They are 10-3, but it is a good thing. The defending world champion NY Yankees are just behind at 9-3, a half game back. My favorite team in the MLB is the Atlanta Braves, who at 7-5 are just one game back in the NL East. I love this new, very young (20 years old) rookie, Jason Heyward. He is batting .302 on the season, .727 (8 of 11) with runners in scoring position, and seems to get a big hit nearly every night. Last night he had his first career walk-off hit in a Braves win over the Rockies. The Braves trail Philadelphia, who they begin a three-game series with Tuesday night at Turner Field in Atlanta. I would love to see Chipper, McCann and Heyward lead them to the playoffs in Bobby Cox's final season. Cox has been ejected more than any coach in the history of the game, and is fun to watch nightly managing the Braves dugout.

College Baseball - I will admit, keeping up with college baseball is tough. I've been trying to keep an eye on these games I have been seeing more and more of on CSS and SportsSouth, but it is still tough to make an overall analysis. I watch the regionals and College World Series very, very closely (and the ACC tournament, too), as Omaha is as good an event as there is. Right now, as I type this, Arizona State is the top team in the land, being number one in both polls (Collegiate Baseball poll and Baseball America poll) for the sixth straight week. Also in (or near) the top ten of both polls are Virginia, LSU, Texas, GT, FSU, Florida, South Carolina, UCLA and Arkansas. Coastal Carolina is also having a big year, including a win over my Clemson Tigers - who are fading fast. We had reached number two in the polls, but have now dropped to number twenty-six in both...My money will remain on defending champ LSU to win it all.

College football - Spring goes great with flowers, the Easter Bunny, baby farm-animals and the Final Four. But college football is not the first thing I think of this time of year. Yes, I live and die college football, but I live it and die it from August to January. From February to July it is other sports. Congrats to all of those teams that had sell-outs in their spring games. You have just proven to the nation you have nothing else to do right now, haha! Ok, that was a joke. What your sold-out stadiums really show is that you and your school have tremendous school pride, and that is impressive to potential recruits. Plus, spring games are a fun, casual way to see your favorite players up close. I have been to the Clemson spring game more times than I can remember, but, ironically, have not been able to get over to it since I have had Fans25.com....  

World Cup - I know soccer doesn't interest some of you on here, but it really interests others. In about a month and a half, the soccer hooligans of the world will get their four-year hunger for global soccer filled when the World Cup gets going from South Africa. The favorites going in are Brazil and Germany, but there are about ten teams that have a real shot at bringing it home. I want to talk about this guy, Messi, from Argentina. He is playing for Barcelona in the European Champions League, and I see him on SportsCenter embarassing folks every night, seemingly. We have all heard of Pele and Beckham, but this guy is the main show right now. If you havent seen some of his goals, go tho this site called "Youtube" and search "Messi." You will not be disappointed.

NBA - Last, and least, is the NBA. I apologize ahead of time to those of you that love this sport, I can see where you are coming from. But I just cannot get into it. I love to watch the Finals, and will probably even take in a game or two of the conference finals, but outside of the SportsCenter highlights, that's about as far as I take the pros of the hardwood. I know the Lakers are the defending champs, and are back in the playoffs and now have Ron Artest on the team. I also know LeBron James is looking for his first title, and has a decent little team to work with. The chase to the NBA Finals involves sixteen teams. In the East, The Cavs are the top team, and lead Boston one game to zero. The second seed is Orlando (leads the Bobcats 1-0), followed by Atlanta (leads Milwaukee 1-0) and Boston (lead the Heat 1-0). In the West, the Lakers are the top seed and lead the Thunder one game to zero. The second seed is Dallas (lead the Spurs 1-0), follwed by Phoenix (trail Portland 1-0) and Denver (lead Utah 1-0)....Wow, now I am caught up on the NBA playoffs, myself! http://espn.go.com/nba/bracket That is a great link to very easy on the eyes brackets for the NBA playoffs...

So there you have it folks - my take on what is going on in this small segment of time until college football gets cranked back up. We are now under four months to football season!



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