I'm sorry: I just can't see the Celtics winning the East -- let alone the NBA title -- if they can't win on the road.
The Pistons already won in Orlando (and I had earlier picked them to beat the Celtics in the East finals). Meanwhile, someone in the West will eventually break HCA in this round, and that team will instantly be my favorite to win the title.
That's the lead of today's Sporting News column, found here.
Meanwhile, the OJ Mayo saga continues, with the agent denying everything, the NCAA being its ineffectual self and the NBA finding out that its age-limit has some serious unintended consequences. (Although anyone could have seen them coming.)
In MLB, how can you not love the unassisted triple-play? It's baseball immortality! (I still remember the game in '94 I was at where it happened.) Oh, and Ryan Braun rules.
Want a tale of two no-decisions? There's Cliff Lee, who missed out after 9 shutout innings, then there's Barry Zito, for whom an ND is actually a huge improvement.
David Stern hates the pre-game pyrotechnics at NBA games, and while I like to think of myself as a highly progressive fan, I totally agree with him. You don't have to be a purist or a fuddy-duddy to think it is out of control.
Matt Walsh is talking with Roger Goodell RIGHT NOW (wonder what they're talking about?) and he meets with Arlen Specter this afternoon. Should be lots of fun hearing the Commish and the Senator spin their conversations.
There's a bunch more in the SN column today and more coming later today on the blog.