The 2013 NFL season is in the books. It’s all over. Baltimore Ravens fans are dancing in the street, everyone else is thinking that next year is their year. With the Super Bowl in the rear view mirror, it is time to look ahead to the first post-football weekend of the year.
#5 NASCAR Acceleration Weekend
NASCAR’s new season doesn’t start for another week, but racing fans can take comfort in a full slate of fan events this weekend designed to get your engines revving in anticipation of next weekend’s non-points races. Fans in the greater Charlotte area (or within reasonable travel distance thereof) may taste the fruits of the new season a bit early at NASCAR Preview 2013. The Acceleration Weekend events also include the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony and a whole lot of fast cars.
#4 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Pro-Am golf tournaments are just fun to watch. Pebble Beach is one of the greatest golf courses in the world. Put them together and you’ve got an event worth watching.
#3 The Streak is Back
The San Antonio Spurs are on a tear through the NBA’s Western Conference. The Spurs have run off an 11 game winning streak, most of them by double digits. They haven’t lost since January 11th. The lowly Detroit Pistons have lost nine of their last 13 games. Could the meeting of the two in Detroit on Friday night be a recipe for upset?
#2 Blackhawks – Predators
The Chicago Blackhawks have been absolutely unbeatable in regulation so far this season. To this point, the only way to beat them has been to wear them down in overtime. The Nashville Predators have been absolutely, incredibly, undeniably so-so in 2013. They do have a rock-solid defense; it’s just that they can’t seem to to put the puck into the goal very often. Things may be looking up for Nashville, who is riding a three game winning streak and coming off a six goal onslaught against St. Louis on Thursday. We’ll see on Sunday if this is the beginning of a turnaround for Nashville or just a little trip to the positive side of mediocre when the Predators take on the best team in the NHL. If the Preds’ defense can keep the score low and ride a tie into OT, they just might have a chance.
#1 Indiana – Ohio State
Indiana is still the top ranked team in NCAA Men’s Basketball, despite a stunning loss to unranked Illinois on Wednesday night. They will need a big bounce back to take care of business against a much better #10 Ohio State on Sunday. A statement game will cement Indiana’s standing as #1. A weak outing could open the door for Florida to make their case. Another loss, well best for the Hoosiers not to think about such things at this point in time.