So if you dropped by earlier, you saw my pronouncement about John Wall and Kentucky: There's your 2010 NCAA Tournament champs -- preseason No. 1 feels like a formality.
That leads today's SN column -- I couldn't resist, even though there are at least two big stories I could have led with:
(1) The NBA Draft Lottery tonight. Or, as I like to call it, "The Wizards' annual playoffs." If the Wiz get the No. 1 pick, they will take Blake Griffin, and -- if everyone is healthy -- they will be a Top 3 team in the East next season. If they get the No. 2 pick, I would love to see them take Ricky Rubio, but I suspect they will trade the pick. If they get the No. 3 pick or worse, they will be totally trading that thing, probably for cap space. (Rah.)
(2) My picks for the NBA Conference Finals. Because I went with a contrarian view (I'm sure you're shocked).
I pick the Nuggets in 6 over the Lakers -- almost entirely on the strength of Chauncey Billups as a proven Laker-killer. Stop thinking these Nuggets are the same lame choke-masters that they have been in previous seasons.
And I pick the Magic over the Cavs in 6 -- I think the Cavs are overrated right now and the Magic are almost certainly underrated. I think beating the Celtics in Boston in Game 7 by 20 was a psychological breakthrough for a team that is otherwise fairly collectively mushy in the head. Also, I think between Orlando's 3-point shooting and Dwight Howard, they play a style that can keep up with the Cavs. In my pre-playoff prediction, I had the Cavs over the Magic in 7 -- so it's not like I thought the Cavs would waltz to the Finals. (And in my preseason picks, I had the Magic winning the East altogether. Guess I'm back on that bandwagon.)
More you'll find in today's column:
*Salute to Lackey!
*Jeers to Harrison!
*Make Favre stop!
*In the battle between Vince McMahon and David Stern, McMahon is going to win, actually.
Complete column here on a loaded day. More later.