Sports and stuff
Thank goodness for Thomas Bryant! The freshman center for Indiana basketball helped lead IU to a Sweet Sixteen trip and a Big Ten regular season championship this past season, and he has decided to return for his sophomore year. Personally, I thought he would leave for the NBA. Too often in the NCAA these days kids come for a year and then are gone the next, which coined the term “one and done”. Nonetheless, Bryant is going to be a huge part of next year’s team, especially with Yogi graduating this year. Bryant will have to develop into a leader in order for this team to be successful. Indiana will return a strong core of Colin Hartman, Robert Johnson, James Blackmon, and of course, Thomas Bryant. Troy Williams is still deciding as to whether he will return for his senior season, but I am fairly certain that he will test the NBA waters. Some fans are skeptical as to how the team will perform next season, but I have a lot of faith in Coach Crean. I think he does a tremendous job with his players and I have confidence that IU basketball fans have a lot to look forward to next year.
The reign of the St. Louis Cardinals over the NL Central may be coming to an end. The Cardinals have started the season 0–3 for the first time since I can remember, and although the season is just beginning, as a fan I am worried about the future of this organization. Of course some of the struggles and frustration stems from the never ending injuries that seem to plague this team, but I think some of the competing teams in the division may finally have an advantage over the St. Louis squad that has dominated the division for the last decade or so. The Chicago Cubs have a really deep team this year, including former Indiana Hoosier Kyle Schwarber and also Jason Hayward (whom the Cubs stole from the Cards). The Pirates have been consistently good for years and may even go from good to great this season. I am defintely intrigued to see how this MLB season pans out.
The NBA Playoffs start next week. I cannot hide the fact that I am extremely excited, but also quite nervous. This year’s playoffs will be the most important in Oklahoma City history, as it will likely decide whether Kevin Durant stays or goes this summer. I have never seen or watched a more talented OKC Thunder team, but it is all a matter of putting the pieces together at the right time. This means not turning the ball over and getting stagnant on offense at the end of games. This means the bench players being confident and playing hard. This means the defense needs to be there each and every possession. I think it can be done; I have seen it quite a few times this season, and I hope to see it a lot over these next month or so. Despite this being one of the best Thunder teams in history, they are unfortunately playing alongside two other teams who are having spectacular seasons themselves, including a Warriors team that is 3 games away from breaking the regular season record for games won. This has led to a 3 seed for OKC, and most likely a meeting with the San Antonio Spurs in the second round. Only the first 4 seeds of the West are known as of right now, so I can’t make a full playoff preview yet, but look forward to that next week. As hard as it is for me to say, I truly believe that the Thunder must win a championship this year in order for them to keep Durant. I am confident they can do it. And I really hope they do because if they don’t, my entire wardrobe is going to be made up of KD shirts I won’t want to wear anymore.
Thanks again for reading my weekly blog. As previously mentioned, next week’s blog will be made up of a detailed playoff preview of both the Eastern and Western conferences. See you then.