Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wednesday 04/15 A.M. Quickie:
NFL Schedule, Paulus, NHL Playoffs, Taxes

Some hockey fans might see it as a slight that I didn't preview the NHL playoffs in today's SN column. Quite the contrary: Take it as a sign of respect that I didn't want to diminish your sport by attempting to be profound in any way about the results -- beyond my affection for Ovechkin.

Instead, I am somewhat obsessed with the latest turn in the best story of the week: Greg Paulus' future in football. Even better than him working out for the Packers (there is no WAY he is getting drafted) is the rumor that he could transfer to Michigan and play QB for Rich Rodriguez. I love that idea. In fact, it totally reinvents Paulus from "Duke uber-punk" to "the next Pat White."

Meanwhile, there's lots to say about the release of the NFL schedule -- I personally like the idea of projecting the entire season based on a list of dates and opponents in mid-April. Yes, the experts can TOTALLY see things coming like the Dolphins or Falcons a year ago, just from the schedule release. Among the few things this is good for -- beyond extending the offseason hype for the NFL, which is not a bad thing -- is to see who gets the marquee primetime slots. Oh, and to see that the Steelers have a very favorable schedule, particularly for a defending champ.

NBA Playoffs: I find it amusing that anyone bothers to care how the seeding in the West shakes out today. Like the Lakers are going to lose to anyone in the West?

Plus: Why John Wall should skip college. More on that later.

Complete column here. More later.

-- D.S.

1 comment:

Michael W said...

Seeding doesn't matter very much out West, but not for the reason you describe; the difference between the 2 seed and the 8 seed is a whopping 6 games, and that's only because Utah has been falling apart. Playoff picks are gonna be tough with that kind of parity, and it wouldn't be the first time the Lakers looked invincible, only to go down. Say, how many games did you pick LA in on ATH?

Out East, the difference is 23 games. Ouch. Hopefully somebody can do this year what Atlanta did last year or this is going to be a horrible first round.