As we head towards Thanksgiving here are some random sports thoughts. A Sports Buffet during a time when buffet’s no longer exist.
•With seven weeks remaining in the NFL regular season, there are nearly 10 legitimate MVP candidates. It’s time to change the voting process. Currently, each of the 50 voters select their choice for league MVP. There are no second or third-place votes. My solution would be 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for second place, and 1 point for third place. My current MVP scorecard would be Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, and Kyler Murray.
•There are no “Super” teams in the league this year. The AFC has nine teams with three or fewer losses while the NFC has 6 teams with only 2 or 3 losses. The final 2 1/2 months of the regular season and playoffs should be interesting.
•The four teams in the NFC East are a combined 10-26-1. It gets worse. Since one team must win and one must lose in intra-divisional games, the Eagles, Giants, Cowboys, and Washington are 2-18-1 in games played outside of the NFC “Least”. YESH!
•The polar opposite of the NFC East is the NBA’s Western Conference. The only playoff team that is in total rebuild mode is Oklahoma City and perhaps Houston. Meanwhile, non-playoff teams like the Warriors, Suns, Pelicans, Timberwolves, and Grizzlies will all be improved. Can’t wait!
•In the Eastern Conference, the Brooklyn Nets will be must-watch TV. If they acquire James Harden from Houston to add to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Nets would be the favorite to win the East all the while certainly giving their rookie head coach Steve Nash an ulcer. With three talents like Durant, Harden, and Irving, it could be part basketball art and part of an implosion waiting to happen, all rolled into one.
•The 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot was released. I implore the voters to put Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Curt Schilling into Cooperstown. Those three greats represent the best all-around player, best pitcher, and best “big game” pitcher of my lifetime.
Enjoy the games, and stay safe.
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