Folks, we have made it through 1/3 of 2019, which sounds crazy considering 2018 seems like it was just yesterday (time never slows down, does it). Anyway, this past week the intensity we saw the past 2-3 weeks let up, but now we have some truly competitive matchups taking place in the NBA and NHL. Every team except Houston has won at least one game in the second round of the NBA playoffs, while in the NHL, other than a 3-0 lead Carolina has over the Islanders, every other series is tied 2-2. In baseball… you know what, we’ll congratulate CC Sabathia for becoming the the 17th pitcher in MLB history to strike out 3,000 batters, and only the third lefty to ever do so. Other than that, eh, it’s on the back burner until the playoffs lighten up… unless you consider Nick seeing Jared Carrabis at South Station last Friday news (no, he was not able to say hello to the Rocket). In the NFL, we saw 2018 first round pick Josh Rosen get traded to Miami, ending his tenure in Arizona. Other than that, rounds 2 through 7 of the NFL Draft took place, as teams restocked with young talent (both through the draft and via undrafted free agents). Oh, and the Rockets apparently cried to the league about Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals.
In case you missed Part One of this series (NBA), click here
In this edition of “They Should’ve Been a Dynasty,” we explore recent NFL teams that should have won more than they ultimately did.
Remember the rules, I see a dynasty as the following: a team that has won at least three championships in a 10-year window. It can be a smaller window (i.e. a three-peat), but I think the simplest barometer is winning three championships within a certain window of time, showing that you were the best of your sport, and you showed it repeatedly.
We just witnessed another GREAT week in sports. In the NHL, there were three Game 7s, games in which the Bruins, Sharks, and Hurricanes advanced. Boston won 5-1; San Jose was trailing 3-0 before scoring 4 goals in less than 5 minutes to take the lead back, but Vegas tied the game to force OT, where San Jose ultimately won; in D.C., the Hurricanes beat the defending champions in double OT, another upset in a first round full of them. The NBA was not without it’s fair share of dramatics. Damian Lillard had one of the best closeout games in recent NBA history, capped off by one of the coldest buzzer beaters (and a wave OKC). Portland, as well as Boston, Milwaukee, Toronto, Philly, and Houston moved onto the second round. The Clippers forced a Game 6 on Wednesday behind a great performance from Lou Williams. The Spurs won at home to force a Game 7 in their series against the Denver Nuggets.
The Eastern Conference Semifinals will begin on tomorrow, as Toronto will host the 76ers. Game 7 of the Spurs/Nuggets series will take place after that game at 10:00 PM. The Clippers host the Warriors for Game 6 of their series tonight at 10:00 PM.
Also, congratulations to those drafted in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Rounds 2-3 will take place starting at 7:00 PM tonight, and the remainder of the draft will be tomorrow starting at noon.
I’ll be honest, I thought there might have been some more drama in the first round, but other than Nuggets/Spurs and Warriors/Clippers, every series went between 4 and 5 games. This is only the second time since the first round went to a best-of-7 format in 2003 that less than 3 series’ went at least 6 games (2004 being the other). Continue reading “2019 NBA Playoff Predictions (Semifinals)”