The NBA is the one league where one player -- one out-for-this-world player can make all the difference. The Atlanta Hawks saw that first hand in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers/LeBron James dispatched the Hawks with ease in four games with the clincher coming Monday -- an 84-74 loss at home.
AUGUSTA - I have figured out a way to get our country back on track. Let the folks who put on the Masters Tournament run it.
Ah, it's finally here. March Madness. If you are a true basketball purest, this is what you've been waiting for all season long. It's young people with their whole lives in front of them pouring their hearts out, doing something they love, not for money, but for love of the game. As CBS says of our beloved Master's, the NCAA tournament is "A tradition unlike any other."
Let's be honest for a moment. How many NASCAR fans thought Tony Stewart would be sitting 113 points behind Jeff Gordon and sixth in Sprint Cup points at this point in the season? Hands, anyone?
Have you seen the new Nike "The Good Life" TV spot yet? If you haven't, check it out. It depicts Stewart Cink, Trevor Immelman, Justin Leonard and Anthony Kim living la vida loca in Tiger Woods' absence from the PGA tour. Woods walks in on the group chatting it up in a men's clubhouse and the proverbial air in their balloons goes screaming quicker than hurry up. It's quite apropos really.
Word came down the pipeline that Braves' icon John Smoltz is packing up his gear and heading to Beantown. Normally, I would love to write about how I feel about such a defining moment in Braves' baseball history. After all, I arrived in town in 1995 and have witnessed the evolution of a perennial doormat into, well, the Atlanta Braves. But I decided I wasn't the best person to write such a piece.
I haven't beat down a dead horse for a while so forgive me. But college football's bowl season makes it too damn hard to resist.
Sunday's NASCAR race at Homestead marks the end of an era. Jimmie Johnson will win his third straight championship – that's the big story. But perhaps as equally significant, Tony Stewart will crank the engine of No. 20 The Home Depot car for Joe Gibbs Racing for the last time.
It's not often you remember something that happened to you 23 years ago as if were yesterday. Then again, it's not often you meet someone like Paul Newman.