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The Great NBA Oz and Peter King

By Patriots Blog Writer Doug Cutler Jr.

First, a word about the NBA

Ever since the 1984 Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers there have been lingering doubts in my mind that somehow, some way, the NBA front office picks and chooses who it wants to win various playoff series. Call me paranoid, tell me my tin foil is wrapped too tightly, say what you will, but I just can’t shake the thought.

Back then, I witnessed what I believed to be very best team in the NBA get clobbered (quite literally…just ask Kurt Rambis) by the Green Team even when logic defied it. The Lakers were so good, so stacked, so talented, and so well conditioned, there seemed to be no Achilles heel on that team. There were no chinks in their armor. Naturally, the Celtics won anyway.

I thought the same thing during the 1994 playoffs when the New York Knicks marauded their way through the playoffs and into the finals. I distinctly remember thinking “the NBA wants the Knicks in the finals and they’re going to make it happen.” It did.

At this moment, the Cleveland Cavaliers are waiting to see who they will play in the Eastern Conference Championship. Beating either the Celtics or the Orlando Magic doesn’t seem to be a particularly difficult draw for these Cavs, but something bothers me about their march through this year’s playoffs. It’s as if no matter what happens, the Cavs are sure to be crowned NBA champs next month. Who knows, maybe that tin foil is indeed cutting off circulation to my brain or something, but it seems as though one way or another, this is Lebron James' year.

Even if it isn’t.

Can you feel the love?

Now that the Vegas odds makers and Peter King have officially declared the New England Patriots as favorites to win the Super Bowl, one has to wonder if the Pats really are that good heading into 2009. Personally, I believe it’s foolhardy to make such predictions before training camp and the pre-season, when early injuries can thwart an entire season. Barring one of those types of injuries, I do like the Patriots’ chances, but that’s as far as I will go right now.

I’m really putting myself out there, aren’t I?

Interesting statistic I’ll bet you didn’t know

Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the Patriots have never had a tie game.

Answer to last week’s question:

John Hannah is widely regarded as the best guard in the history of the NFL.

Question of the week:

Which Patriots head coach is the longest tenured?

(Answer will be provided next week)


  1. The Cavs huh? I believe you too! John Hannah wasn't my favorite (nor any Patriot) but he was really really good, in fact he was great.

    Longest tenured coach?
    Umm...I can't go that far back...I'll say Bill Bellechick

  2. I think John Hannah was the best ever linemen! You do great work Doug, love the question of the week part too!