NFL Football season is over. MLB Spring training and NASCAR opening day are just around the corner. What were the most fascinating developments in the world of sports in the twilight in between? Read on for the answer.
#5 Snedeker Time
Two weeks ago, Brandt Snedeker was the runner up to Tiger Woods. Last week, Snedeker finished second again, this time behind Phil Mickelson. This week, Snedeker finally got his time to shine. Although he’s not the household name that Woods and Mickelson are, Snedeker has easily got the hottest hand in golf right now.
#4 Off the Bench and Off the Hook
Grant Hill proved that there is still some basketball left in his 40-year-old bones. He came off the bench and came up huge in a defensive effort guarding the New York Knicks‘ Carmelo Anthony. Anthony, who had 40 points through the first three quarters, managed only two points in the final frame while being covered by Hill, the Los Angeles Clippers’ ageless wonder.
#3 Hoosier Bounce
The Indiana Hoosiers were embarrassed by their loss to unranked Illinois earlier in the week. So much so that they came out and had a statement game against 10th ranked
Ohio State. Indiana had three players (Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller, and Christian Watford) with 20 or more points in a 81-68 rout of Ohio State. Was that enough to hold onto the #1 rank with three weeks left to go before the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament?
#2 Not Nadal at all
Rafael Nadal doesn’t lose on a clay court. It just doesn’t happen. And on the rare occasion, the exception that proves the rule, it is only to a Novak Djokovic or a Roger Federer. Until now. Horacio Zeballos (Who?), welcome to the exclusive I Beat Rafael Nadal in a Final on a Clay Court Club. Your membership pin is in the mail. This also bodes well for the next time you face Nadal. Each of the other members of the club have beaten him in a clay court final twice in their careers. That’s pretty good company to be in for a guy who had never won a title before Sunday.
#1 All Hail King James
LeBron James (pictured) is so fun to watch. He is playing some of the best ball of his career (so far) right now. Not only is his shooting percentage off the charts, he set a franchise record for the Miami Heat by scoring 30 points in each of the last five games. His 32 on Sunday were complemented nicely by Dwayne Wade’s 30 as the Heat rolled to their 10th win in the last 12 games.