The eyes of the sports-loving world are on Daytona this weekend. There’s not a whole lot of mystery about what our panel of experts will pick for the most anticipated sporting event of this weekend. But what are the other four? Read on for the answers.
#5 Ducks, the Mighty
The Anaheim Ducks are the hottest team in the NHL. The winners of nine of their last 10, the Ducks are easily tops in the Pacific Division and are gaining ground on the current Western Conference leaders, the Chicago Blackhawks. Standing between Anaheim and a six game win streak is Sunday’s competition, the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado can’t find anything much in the way of offense or defense so far this year but have managed to pull off three of their last four contests. There’s a lot to be said for momentum and Colorado is building a little right now.
#4 Michigan State at Ohio State
The top spot in NCAA Men’s Basketball has been a nebulous, fleeting thing this year. Michigan State is sitting at #4 with room to move up. A strong outing against #18 Michigan State would make a powerful statement, especially if combined with a weak performance by one of the teams ahead of them in the current standings. March is now just a few weeks away. The time is now to get onboard.
The Miami Heat is hot, hot, hot. Nine wins in their last 10 games hot. Ridiculous, record-setting hot. The 2013 edition of the Cleveland Cavaliers are not. Not at all. Not even bound for the playoffs barring a big late season run. Sunday’s game in Miami against the best team in the East would be a good time to get started on that run.
#2 Mr. Robinson’s New Neighborhood
The Houston Rockets added some much needed firepower by picking up Thomas Robinson from the Sacramento Kings. Houston is sitting in eighth place in the Western Conference, holding onto the final playoff spot by a thread. The Rockets will have a chance to try out their shiny new toy against a not-too-shabby Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
#1 The Daytona 500
For the first time in the long, grand history of NASCAR a woman will be sitting at the pole position for the Daytona 500. And not just any woman, mind you. THE woman. The Go Daddy girl. Ricky Stenhouse Jr’s main squeeze. Danica Patrick. Patrick’s history-making feat is delicious icing on the top of the cake that is the biggest event in motor sports.
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