All sorts of sports things going on in Detroit right now:
- The Red Wings close out the Predators: What a difference a new goalie makes. Dominik Hasek played fairly well in the first couple of games, but in Nashville he really fell apart. Chris Osgood looked near unbeatable once he got in, and he only let up one goal in 2 and 2/3 games. Nick Lidstrom's goal from center ice was nothing short of amazing (and I still haven't decided whether that was his intent or was just trying to waste time...). It was a fun series, no doubt, but I'm nervous about the potential next round match ups. I want no part of the Calgary Flames, which is why I'll be rooting for the Sharks to close them out soon. Miikka Kiprusoff and Jerome Iginla scare me, especially because they have eliminated us in the past. There is nothing more that I would like to see than a renewal of the Colorado - Detroit rivalry that was so great during the 90's. Either way, its good to see that the Wings have gotten over their recent trend of losing in the first round to a hot goalie, especially because Ellis played so great for the Predators.
- The Lions and the NFL Draft: I'm not much of a Lions fan, to be honest, they're more of a punchline to me, but, I still follow with some sort of morbid curiosity that I can't expel. I blame my father for raising me a Lions fan. Either way, I think that this draft could potentially be something that would get me back and interested in the Lions. There seems to be a lot of talk in Detroit now of the Lions trading Roy Williams. There is speculation that Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington are all interested in the man who is best known for celebrating a first down while getting pummeled. However, the one that intrigues me the most is the Buffalo Bills. They have the 11th spot and they are reportedly interested in Devin Thomas, out of Michigan State. If Ryan Clady (from Boise State) is available, I would swap Roy Williams for him and then pick up a running back, which would also play into the Lions new offensive strategy of running the ball (which somehow they plan on doing without improving any aspect of the running game yet). If they don't do a good job in this draft, I think they will only be 4-12 this year.
- Where is the Offense?: Its interesting that the Tigers have one of the highest payrolls in the country and invested all this money into offense, and yet they have probably the most inconsistent offense in the country. 13, 1, 8, 2, 3, 5. That is the run totals of their last 5 games. It is incredibly frustrating watching this team play and wondering which offense you're going to see. There is a chance I'm going to be at the game on Sunday, but who knows which offense will show up. However, the recent pitching of Galarraga has been something to behold. Hopefully he doesn't get the Zach Miner syndrome and start to fall off once teams have seen him more than once. I can't wait for the pitching to get out of this slump, I think this team can be really amazing once they finally pick it up. Bandwagon fans around here are incredibly frustrating, freaking out because the Tigers have started off so slowly. Relax folks, its a long summer. The Tigers will be fine. They might not win 110 games, but they will be fine.
- The NBA Playoffs are here: Tim Duncan and Steve Nash gave us a show in their first round game last weekend. Is there anyone who can will their team to victory like Tim Duncan? 0-4 all season on 3's? Doesn't matter. I think the Spurs will win that series, but its definitely going to go all 7 games. Other series that intrigue me are the Mavs and Hornets. I personally can't stand the Mavericks, but I really am starting to fall in love with the Hornets. Maybe its the Katrina sympathy vibe, or maybe its just the fact that I love watching Chris Paul dominate defenses night in and night out. Either way, these teams match up pretty well, and it should be fun to watch. The Pistons did drop game one to Philly, but I don't expect that to be a trend in this series. The loss was probably the best thing that could happen to them, as they tend to get complacent when they blow out opening teams. I say Pistons in 6.