Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tuesday 03/25 A.M. Quickie:
Curry, Sixers, MLB in Japan, Tiger, More

In case you missed it yesterday:
* Mrs. Shanoff's picks rule. (h/t: Deadspin)
* Nova fans trump Duke fans. (h/t: About.com CBB)

Today's Names to Know in today's Sporting News column:

Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, Dirk, Donnie Walsh, Joe Nathan, Kerry Wood, Tiger, NIT, MLB in Japan and More!

Including:
Why Stephen Curry is so unique...
Why the Sixers deserve better...
Why Joe Nathan is intriguing...
Why Kerry Wood is The Man...
Why Tiger sucks (kidding)...
Why I skipped the Red Sox game...
And more... after the jump!

Meanwhile, launching a new recurring feature on Ballhype, I debate Fanhouse's Tom Ziller on whether the NBA is a "niche" sport rather than still deserving of the "big" label.

(To be honest, this began as an fairly innocuous email back-and-forth with Tom about what a column COULD be, then suddenly turned into a published column on Ballhype. So excuse any lapses in logic or argumentation on my part -- more than usual, I should say. I am not actually in the recurring feature; I am merely a participant in its debut.)

Bonus Post coming later today: Revisiting the National Bracket (as many of you know, one of my favorite parts of the Tournament).

-- D.S.

1 comment:

Kev Wash said...

I have a comment about the NBA being a "niche sport". I don't think that ratings for the championship series should be used as a barometer. If that is the case, then a case could be made for baseball. Now hear me out, in 1997 the World Series average rating was a 16.8 (Florida vs. Cleveland). In 2007, the average was 10.6 (Rox vs. Sox, 16.8 to 6.2 for NBA). This has been the trend for championships consisting of 7 game series as of late. There could be 2 factors in my opinion for this 1)If the matchup is lopsided, viewership decreases big time from game 1 to game 4 2)They are just not as compelling as the one and done format. That is why NCAA and NFL are doing so well. You don't have to follow a series for 2 weeks to see who advances, it is only decided in one game. Plus it gives the underdog a fighting chance to win.