Monthly Archives: November 2012

College Hoops Takes the Court

NCAA Basketball has tipped off; March Madness has officially started in November! This is one of the best times of year for any diehard sports fan.

Is the Big Ten really the best basketball conference? The preseason polls suggest that!  The Big Ten has 5 teams in the Preseason Top 25, which include 3 in the top 5 and the Indiana Hoosiers #1 for the first time since 1979-80, when the team was coached by Bob Knight.

The Big Ten is followed by the rest of the pack, with the Big East and ACC tied with 4 teams respectively in the Top 25. Can Calipari take Kentucky to its third straight Final Four with another team full of freshmen? Your guess is as good as mine. We’ll find out soon enough. Kentucky plays early games against Maryland and Duke, so they will be tested right out of the gate.

That brings me to Tobacco Road and the NC State WolfPack with a preseason ranking of #6 and top in the ACC. Basketball on Tobacco Road just got real! NC State is positioned to overtake the stronghold Duke and UNC held on the ACC. The WolfPack play Michigan in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and UConn in the Jimmy V Classic, so they too have a tough road agead.

Now, I’m really going to step-out on a limb for real this time. I think the WolfPack will live up to the hype, beat Duke and Carolina, win the ACC Regular Season and finish by winning the ACC Tournament as well. We may even have a #1 seed this March.

Call me crazy, I have March Madness and it’s only November!

Stay tuned for more bold predictions, and be sure to check out Pro Sports Memorabilia for all your NCAA Autographed Memorabilia & Collectibles!

Early Surprises for the 2012-2013 NBA Season

If you’re an NBA fan like me, you’re just as excited to not have to wait until DECEMBER for game one of the regular season like we had to last year because of the dreadful lockout! This year’s season is already packed with excitement and a lot of surprises.

Western Conference:

BREAKING NEWS:  The Los Angeles Lakers Fire Defensive Minded Coach Mike Brown!

The first “surprise” that is more evident than the others is the win/loss column for the once mighty Los Angeles Lakers. After adding Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, the fans & critics expected the Lakers to start winning right away. Now, granted Steve Nash is injured, Kobe Bryant and Howard should be more than capable to get the Lakers more W’s. They’ve been doing their part on the offensive end, but can’t seem to play good team defense. Is it time for the Zen Master, Phil Jackson, and his Triangle offense to make a comeback?

Let’s hope the Western Conference favorites can gel soon enough to play with some sort of continuity come playoff time.

We can’t forget to mention James Haden and his move to the Houston Rockets. One of the most surprising trades of the CENTURY! It’s still very early, but for now Harden is leading the NBA in scoring (30.3 PPG).The Rockets have reloaded their roster this past offseason by adding the likes of Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin. They’ve gone from mediocre to one of the most exciting teams to watch. Coach Kevin McHale has plenty of young talent to work with!

Eastern Conference:

The Basketball Mecca, Madison Square Garden, is once again HAPPY! Almost all NBA players dream about playing at MSG, but only a few can take the pressure of playing for the New York Knicks. Carmelo Anthony has not only handled the pressure well, he’s playing winning basketball. New York brought back a fan favorite Raymond Felton to help take some pressure off Melo.

The Knicks have always struggled on defense, but this year they look hungrier and more assertive on that end of the court. Tyson Chandler, last year’s Defensive Player-of-the-Year, has rubbed off on the Knicks and Coach Mike Woodson couldn’t be happier!

The same can’t be said about the team on the other side of town, The Brooklyn Nets. The Nets have invested a good amount of money in revitalizing their brand, and they’ve made big moves in the past offseason while building a multi-billion dollar stadium. Unfortunately, though, they have not gotten off to the hot start their in-town rivals have. A backcourt consisting of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson is a great compliment to the Nets’ front court of Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, and Gerald Wallace.

The Brooklyn Nets are currently in 4th place in their division, however, I’m sure Ex-Coach-of-the-Year Avery Johnson has a few tricks up his sleeve to change that!

We’re only 2 weeks into the Regular 2012-2013 NBA season and have plenty of exciting basketball ahead of us! I’ve listed a few of my early predictions below. Let us know if you agree or disagree, and why? And be sure to check out tons of great NBA Autographed Memorabilia and Collectibles at Pro Sports Memorabilia!

 

Early Predictions:

Anthony Davis – ROY

Serge Ibaka – DPOY

Jamal Crawford – SMOY

Kevin McHale – COY

LeBron James – MVP

Miami Heat – 2012-2013 NBA Champions