March Madness just isn’t the same

Watching college basketball in March is one of my favourite things to do. Every year (except for the first COVID year), the last few weeks of March and start of April are all about buzzer beaters, heartaches and watching a new batch of college kids shine or crumble under the pressures of the craziest sports tournament on the planet.

Just this past weekend I watched teams both steal and hand away games with under 10 minutes to go. While it’s hard to watch when a team messes up your bracket, it makes sense. These are essentially kids playing in front of millions of viewers. They are not professional athletes (yet) and with so few stars sticking around for more than a year, of course there will be meltdowns and brain farts.

But even with the unexpected teams moving on.

Despite the buzzer beaters and feel good stories.

To me, the tournament just isn’t the same. Maybe I am just getting old and after ## years of watching this tourney I am just getting crusty.

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Revisiting my 2022-23 NBA Predictions

Now that we are over half done the 2022-23 NBA season, I thought it was a good practice to revisit my early season predictions. It’s been an odd season so far, especially from the perspective of a Toronto Raptors fan. Boy was I off. Scoring is way up, no team looks like they are unbeatable and honestly I think the biggest key to winning the title will be health.

Here are my predictions for the season with a little commentary added on how it’s going as of January 30th.

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Early NBA thoughts

A few weeks in and the NBA is on fire for all the wrong reasons.

Here is a random list of thoughts as we near 10 games.

  • The bad teams are good and the good teams are bad. Utah doesn’t look like it wants to tank and the Nets, well they are a legit dumpster fire.
  • Pascal Siakam looks like a Top 10 guy. Unstoppable.
  • Scoring is out of control.
  • Scandals are grabbing all the headlines.
  • Kawhi sadly I think is done. His knee is not bouncing back. He should have never left TO.
  • Giannis is without a doubt the best player in the NBA.
  • Cleveland is legit. I bet they could pull a 14/15 Atlanta Hawks and win 60.
  • Trouble is brewing in NYC. TT is going to be fired.
  • The Sixers stink. Which is amazing.
  • Where is SGA going to end up? He needs to be let loose from OKC.
  • The West standings are very backwards.
  • O.G. making a case to be all-defense.
  • Who is Anfernee Simons man.
  • The Timberwolves look bad. Edwards isn’t happy.
  • Luka looking like MVP, but Dallas needs more wins.
  • Happy that Steve Nash got out of Brooklyn.