One Great Season
+ Did you watch any of the first night of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday? Hockey has the best postseason by far, so if you're not into it, you'd better start following along. Its regular season lacks the excitement of college and pro football and college basketball, but its tournament is outstanding. I say it every year around this time, but I'll say it again: no sport's players try harder in the postseason than hockey's. Sure everyone wants to win a championship, but you won't see NBA guys leave it on the floor the next two months the way NHL's skaters will. If you don't believe me, check any of the three series set to begin tonight ... if you can find them on your television.
+ Speaking of the NBA, its postseason begins with four first-round games on Saturday. Miami's road to the first of their expected seven NBA championships begins at home against Philadelphia. All eyes will be on LeBron, D-Wade and Bosh and every playoff loss or narrow victory will be analyzed and dissected. Watching Miami in the postseason will be almost as interesting as it will be to watch the coverage of Miami in the postseason. Expect the hyperbo-meter and panic-meter to be off the charts throughout April and May.
+ It's been a while since I listened to Jim Rome on the regular, but this time of year is usually when he drops the sarcastic ol' "Wait a minute, we're hearing reports that an NFL expert is going to predict the first round of the draft." There is seldom a larger waste of energy than the one we see from the February combine to what was once called Draft Day. Then, thanks to ESPN's curious NFL Draft boner, it became a two-day event, and last year it became a three-day draftasm. Stupid, though I will give the WWL credit for bringing in many current and former NFL players through its studios to try their hands at on-camera work. Trevor Pryce and another NFL player I wasn't familiar with made appearances on Wednesday.
+ Lastly on the 90 today, did anyone care about the Barry Bonds trial? I sure didn't. Way to be decisive, Bay Area jurors. They returned three deadlock decisions and a mostly harmless guilty verdict on an obstruction charge that yielded no official answer on whether Bonds used steroids. That dude needs to go away.