Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Underclassmen declaration watch and some other sports thoughts

The list so far from espn:

Arron Afflalo, SG, UCLA
Corey Brewer, SG, Florida
Roy Bright, G, Delaware State
Chris Daniels, C, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Glen Davis, F, LSU
Kevin Durant, F, Texas
Taurean Green, PG, Florida
DeVon Hardin, C, California*
Spencer Hawes, C, Washington*
Al Horford, PF, Florida
Dominic McGuire, F, Fresno State*
Josh McRoberts, F, Duke
Joakim Noah, F/C, Florida
Jason Smith, PF, Colorado State*
Marcus Williams, SF, Arizona
Julian Wright, F, Kansas

* To preserve college eligibility, player has not hired an agent

I expect at least a dozen more to declare in the next week or so.

Semi-humorous note- My "hometown" Atlanta Hawks played the Boston Celtics last night in what we have to call a lottery game. I didn't watch (and have not watched the NBA since 1999), but I have to imagine they both tried to lose. Ironic that the Hawks can't lose when they need to and can't win when they want to.

An annual hockey post- I didn't watch a single regular season game all year, but I'm tuned in for the playoffs. The NHL playoffs might be the best of the major sports (if hockey is still considered a major sport) and I'm rooting for the NY Islanders to summon the ghosts of Billy Smith, Mike Bossy, and Dennis Potvin to upset the #1 seed Buffalo Sabres. Fat chance.

Ok, I'm hoping the Atlanta Thrashers beat the crap out of the NY Rangers. This one's more probable. Now I need to figure out what channel Versus is on. Regardless, I suggest you check out the NHL playoffs... just about every game goes to the wire.

- Alex Rodriguez is ON FIRE! It's his potential contract year so he might have some inspiration.
- Jonathan Papelbon is unhittable right now. As a Yankee fan I hope he follows in the footsteps of Eric Gagne and only sustains this for another year.
- The Atlanta Braves are 6-1... and Brian McCann IMO is the best catcher in the majors. The 2007 Braves are a rootable bunch... a good mixture of proven veterans and up and coming stars produced by their farm system. Also, Tim Hudson is looking like the guy they got from Oakland. If him and Chuck James can produce this year the Braves have a legitimate shot at winning the World Series.

That's all... I'll throw some periodical updates on underclassmen declaring as I read/hear them.

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