There hasn't been this much anticipation for an NBA season since Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were ballin' in the mid-80's.
The Los Angeles Lakers were tired of getting bounced in the second round of the playoffs in back-to-back seasons so they acquired Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.
The Miami Heat might not get to the eight titles Lebron James was hoping for, but they have a very good chance at repeating this season.
The Boston Celtics lost Ray Allen, but they brought in a nice group of guys to add some depth to a team that was one win away from competing in the NBA Finals last year.
The Oklahoma City Thunder made a surprising move shipping James Harden to Houston, but it made them that much better for the future and they are still good enough to compete for an NBA championship this year.
The San Antonio Spurs still have the old three coming back to go with a nice mix of youngsters to help get Tim Duncan one more title before he hangs it up.
Thursday Night Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Minnesota Vikings Preview, Analysis, and Prediction
The Thursday Night Primetime game features two young teams headed in opposite directions.
The Minnesota Vikings (5-2) have been one of the most surprising teams in the NFL as we near the mid-way point.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4) have struggled to find ways to win games late. They have lost four games by a combined 22 points and have blown two fourth quarter leads this season.
The Vikings are a perfect 4-0 at home, while the Buccaneers are still looking for their first road victory of the season (0-2).
If Tampa Bay wants to hand Minnesota it's first home loss they will have to play a near flawless game.
The Bucs are coming off a 35-28 loss to the New Orleans Saints (2-4) in which they believed they'd scored a game-tying touchdown as time expired, but an illegal touching penalty on Mike Williams cost the Buccaneers a chance in overtime.
All of the talk going on in Hollywood has been focused on the Kings of Los Angeles. And, no not the Los Angeles Kings, the Los Angeles Lakers. The team that has won 16 NBA titles, 31 conference titles, and have had 24 Hall of Famers and counting.
Plain and simple Jack Nicholson does not like losers. He is a Laker and Yankee fan, which have a combined for 43 championships.
While Nicholson took the summer off, the Lakers were extremely busy this offseason. They made a deal with the Phoenix Suns to acquire Steve Nash and then made a blockbuster deal to land Dwight Howard. The organization knows Kobe Bryant only has a few good years ahead of him so it was crucial to get the Black Mamba some more help.
However, like usual, the Los Angeles Clippers are back to being the step child of Los Angeles. They had a very good summer bringing in some veteran players to add depth to a team that made it to the second round of the playoffs last season.
Their moves have gone under the radar because the Lakers have been the talk of the town. Anytime a powerhouse like the Lakers acquire two superstars, everything else in the city is overlooked.
After the New England Patriots lost last Sunday to the Seattle Seahawks a lot of people were starting to wonder if the Patriots were no longer an elite team. They have now lost to the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, and Seattle Seahawks this season.
That begs the question, are the New England Patriots on the decline? Are they still a Super Bowl contender?
I think this is a pretty easy answer, the Patriots are still an elite team in the NFL. They will be right in the thick of things when January comes around and nobody will want to play New England in the playoffs. Last year they started the season 5-3 and then reeled off eight straight wins to earn the top seed in the playoffs. I would not be surprised to see Tom Brady and crew pull off something similar this year.
Through six weeks of the college football season, it is evident who the best team in the nation is.
Alabama is on another level than every other program.
The Heisman race is really not a race whatsoever, let's just say Teddy Roosevelt finally winning the President's Race at Nationals' Park after 500+ races would be considered a bigger surprise than someone other than Geno Smith emerging to win the Heisman.
While Smith might be on his own level, there still has been some great quarterback play this year.
I looked through stats, watched game film, and decided who I feel are the best quarterback/wide receiver duos in the nation. This was a very tough list to come up with because there are so many talented quarterbacks and wideouts, but I could only select five.
5. MATT SCOTT & AUSTIN HILL (ARIZONA)
The senior quarterback has been lighting up defenses all year. Matt Scott is second in the nation in passing yards (2,099). He has thrown for over 300 yards in four of his six games and has been one of the best quarterbacks in the nation.