NBA Playoffs First Round Bulls and Wizards

HG - The Chicago Bulls have once again made the playoffs without Derrick Rose as they finished the 2013-14 season going 48-34, good for the fourth seed.  They open up the 2014 playoffs hosting Washington.  It appeared the Brooklyn Nets would be the fifth seed, but conveniently the Nets slide to the sixth seed.  Do the Nets have bad memories of the Bulls beating them last year in the first round?

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NBA First Round Hawks & Pacers

BG Finally, the playoffs start after going through the poor play that was the Eastern Conference.  For the Pacers, the long season has come and gone and they have reached the playoffs.  However, they struggled mightily down the stretch even if they ended up with the one seed.  Up first is the Atlanta Hawks.

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Blackhawks have the Blues?

HGThe 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin in earnest this week, and for the defending Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, they draw divisional foe and the spiraling St. Louis Blues.  The Blues are probably closer to black and Blues, limping to the finish line by losing their last six contests of the regular season.  While the Blackhawks have backed in themselves by losing five of their last nine games.

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A Conservative Spring Game

BG After a 1-11 season in Darrell Hazell’s first season in West Lafayette, the spring game was the Boilermaker’s faithful to see what’s in store in Ross Ade Stadium for this fall.  It was a critical scrimmage for a very young team, especially with a lot of freshmen coming in and expected to take starting positions.

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Fantasy Baseball Week Three: Blooming Flowers

HG - Baseball is moving onto week 3 quickly as the season has just begun it’s long grind.  For fantasy owners, you cannot ignore relative unknowns if their stats look like video game numbers, despite Mr Beisbol’s cynicism.  This week there is another batch of waiver claims to grab and introduce into your lineup.

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Fantasy Baseball Week 2: Waiving them In

HG - The MLB season is already to week two and there are always players who fantasy owners need to be aware of and make claims to improve your teams.  Owners who are always looking to upgrade their bench, or find a gem to add to their lineup, are active and that starts in earnest this week with waiver claims.

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2014 NL East Preview

BG This division was expected to be a two team race with both expected to compete for a spot in the World Series.  However, the Nationals didn’t perform as well as expected and missed the playoffs.  Atlanta won the division but didn’t get anywhere.  This year Washington is expected to bounce back and that’s it for this division.

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2014 AL Preview: Central

HG - Well after what has been a miserable winter for most Americans east of Rockies and north of the Mason Dixon line, baseball is back which means allegedly so is Spring and baseball.  In the Central the Tigers still appear to be the class.  Will the Tigers ever win a Series before Justin Verlander joins Kate Hudson in retirement and Max Scherzer leaves via free agency?

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2014 NL Central Preview

BGThe NL Central has the potential to be one of the competitive division in baseball.  The St. Louis Cardinals are the class of not only the division, but the league.  There’s talent throughout the division, but a step back seems to be in line for the likely choices for possible playoff participants.

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2014 White Sox Preview: Ventura a Guess?

HG - The Chicago White Sox bottomed out in 2013 going 63-99 after giving the Detroit Tigers a run in the season prior.  New GM Rick Hahn has in earnest put his stamp on this team with both his moves last year, but more importantly, the Sox’s off-season moves over the winter.  Though it wouldn’t take much to be better than 2013, the true debate seems to be how much better is better?

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