Monday, April 17, 2017

NBA PLAYOFFS - Previews and Forecast

The 2016-17 NBA Playoffs are underway and the favorites without a doubt to win the NBA championship are the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors (67-15) closed the regular season on a 15-1 roll to clinch home court advantage throughout the playoffs, including the NBA Finals. Led by Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, they should cruise to the NBA title for the second time in three years.
The only team that could possibly stop them would be the San Antonio Spurs (2-1 vs. Golden State in the regular season, including a 20-plus point blowout victory when Durant was active for the game) who finished the season with a 61-21 mark, but staggered home by going just 9-7 to close the regular campaign.
The Spurs are led by Kawhi  Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge and still have two of the "Big Three" in Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, along with a deep bench with Patty Mills and David Lee among the stalwarts.
Look for these two teams to clash in the Western Conference Finals in a series that may very well go the full seven games.
In the East, it appears the Cleveland Cavaliers (defending NBA champs) will get back to the Finals once again. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love lead the way for the Cavs and only the Boston Celtics have an edge (or so it seems) against Cleveland as they are the number-one seed in the playoffs.
The dark horse team could be the Washington Wizards, who finished strong and are looking healthy as the post-season begins.

PREDICTIONS - Western Conference
Golden State over Portland in four games
San Antonio over Memphis in five games
Houston over Oklahoma City in six games
Los Angeles Clippers over Utah in seven games

Semi-Finals
Golden State over Los Angeles Clippers in four games
San Antonio over Houston in six games

Western Conference Finals
Golden State over San Antonio in seven games


PREDICTIONS - Eastern Conference
Boston over Chicago in seven games
Cleveland over Indiana in six games
Milwaukee over Toronto in six games
Washington over Atlanta in seven games

Semi-Finals
Boston over Washington in seven games
Cleveland over Milwaukee in five games

Eastern Conference Finals
Cleveland over Boston in six games


NBA FINALS -  Golden State Warriors over Cleveland Cavaliers in five games.




Tuesday, April 11, 2017

NHL - Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview

The Stanley Cup Playoffs get it going this week and the favorites to advance to the Finals are the Chicago Blackhawks (Western Conference) and the Washington Capitals, the top team in the Eastern
Conference, who also had the best record in the NHL this season.
The Caps have been labeled as "chokers" in recent years after posting big regular seasons before exiting the playoffs short of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Blackhawks were one of the hottest teams going from early February all the way through the end of March, which catapulted them past the Minnesota Wild to win their division as well as compile the most points in the West.
The question is whether either team can make it to the Finals this year. The Blackhawks bowed out early in last year's playoffs the year after winning their third Stanley Cup in a six year span.
Both conferences have several teams that could get hot and make it to the Finals, so that makes the playoffs look like they will be ultra-competitive, at least on paper.

For a look at the playoff chase for the 2016-17 NHL season, Heftyinfo will attempt to pick the Stanley Cup champion.

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers -  Canadiens in five games.
Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins -  Senators in six games.
Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - Capitals in six games.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets in seven games.

Second Round
Montreal Canadiens over Ottawa Senators in six games.
Washington Capitals over Columbus Blue Jackets in seven games.


WESTERN CONFERENCE
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators -  Blackhawks in six games.
Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues -  Wild in six games.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames -  Flames in seven games.
Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks -  Sharks in six games.

Second Round
Chicago Blackhawks over Minnesota Wild in five games.
San Jose Sharks over Calgary Flames in six games.

Conference Finals
EAST -  Montreal Canadiens over Washington Capitals in six games.
WEST - Chicago Blackhawks over San Jose Sharks in five games.




                                                                  STANLEY CUP FINALS

              
   Montreal Canadiens over Chicago Blackhawks in seven games.


























Sunday, April 9, 2017

War Is Sell

Here we go again.
After fourteen years, the republicans once again have complete control of the power in Washington, D.C. and the drums of war are starting again. Cue the music reminiscent of the Bush/Cheney years (2002-03 to be exact) when they and their cronies went on the political talking shows on TV and radio and sold the American people that a Middle East war was necessary to keep America safe.

Yeah right.

Remember the "weapons of mass destruction" that now deceased Iraqi leader Sadaam Hussein supposedly had possession of and was ready to hit the United States with?
Me neither.
There were NONE, but Hussein did gas his own people, much like what happened in Syria in recent days.
So now here is Trump and his minions beating the drums of war once again. In fact, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham was stating we should have a repeat of the actions from 2003 and do for Syria (and possibly other Middle Eastern countries) what we were supposed to do back when W and company were running things.
We all see how that has turned out.
Never again people . . .  NEVER AGAIN!
It doesn't work and causes even more terrorism to form among the people living over there. They hate us for the actions taken and will do so again.
So why bother repeating these same failing policies and put our troops at risk?
As Ozzy and Black Sabbath said decades ago in song, "The war machine keeps turning."
Indeed it does and now with the GOP in charge of things (thanks idiot voters) after the 2016 elections, look for the worse to come in the next four years (possibly two years if the American voters can get their heads out of their collective asses) as the same old tired policies take shape again.
We have seen this show before my fellow Americans and it doesn't turn out well . . .  for anyone.
But the political talkers will be following in lock step with the mantra we must fight the "war on terror" and repeat the actions of 2002-03 and invade foreign countries, destroy their infrastructure and then rebuild them.
Dramatic pause . . . 
The congressional elections are in less than two years (November 2018) and that will be the chance for the American people to send a real message to the powers that be that we the people do not want this crap again like we saw a decade-and-a-half ago.
Vote the bums out (if you can get to the polls thanks to the aggressive voter suppression efforts as well as gerrymandering via the republican parties in control in so many states) in November of 2018 and replace them with leaders who will enact a different strategy.
The United States of America cannot go down this road we are currently on any longer.
We cannot afford it, in human or monetary losses.

Stay tuned . . .








Thursday, April 6, 2017

MITCH McCONNELL HIJACKS DEMOCRACY

Today, democracy died in  the United States of America.
McTurtle
 The U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch (McTurtle) McConnell, a REPUBLICAN, decided to use the so-called "nuclear" option to blow up the Democratic filibuster of Neil Gorsuch, a radical right-wing extremist for the United States Supreme Court.
McConnell is nothing more than a corporate shill and this action further proves just that after he bowed to his corporate masters once again.
This same spineless McConnell is the one who refused to give a hearing to President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland for the SCOTUS last spring, following the death of Antonin Scalia.

Hey Mitch McConnell, you are a TRAITOR to the United States of America . . . Gorsuch will always have an asterisk next to his name regarding being a justice on the United States Supreme Court.





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

North Carolina Reigns Once Again In College Hoops

The North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 71-65 to capture their sixth overall NCAA Basketball championship.
It was Gonzaga's first ever appearance in the championship game while the Tar Heels were able to get a measure of redemption after losing a close one last year to Villanova in the title game.

Congratulations  NORTH CAROLINA . . .  2016-17 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions !!!