So everyone that correctly predicted Wichita St in the Final Four, please stand up now. Syracuse, Lousiville and Michigan were solid all year and you could have made a case for them, but no one I know had these four teams in. I guess this year’s tournment proved just how much parity there is in college basketball. Not that I have had much success in picking this year’s tournemnt, so take this for what it is worth; I believe the championship should come down to Louisville and Michigan, with Michigan winning the whole thing.
Speaking of shocking, no one qualified for the drawing of the Old World Humidor by correctly picking all the Final Four teams. The marketing deparment and I have decided to have 2 drawings for correctly picking the champion. One person will still get the 2 cigars picked by Kayla, and the other will now win the humidor. If no one correctly picks the champion, the humidor will be used for a Facebook prize later on.
I have not addressed NFL free agency and this might be a good week to look at some of the teams that really improved themselves this offseason.
Miami may have been the biggest spender, getting Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe and Brent Grimes, but they did loose Jake Long and Sean Smith. The track record does not show a trend that if you spend the most money you will win (ask the Redskins and Eagles). The Ravens, had a mass exodus but were able to resign Joe Flaco and get Elvis Dumervill; although I think breaking the bank for Flaco is going to handicap them for some time. He needs to continue to play well, if not better, for them to continue their success. My Bucs improved there secondary with the signing of Dashon Goldsten. Pairing him up with Mark Barron may give the Bucs the best safety tandom in the NFL.
The Bears spent some money to protect Jay Cuttler by signing Jermon Bushrod away from the Saints. Reggie Bush signed with the Lions but you never know what you are going to get from him. He can look like Barry Sanders on one play then Curtis Enis the next. Tony Romo got a huge contract to avoid free agency next year, and it looks like Aaron Rogers will be right behind him. All in all there was not a lot of movement of superstars. Teams were spending there cap space to keep their own players off the market, and make sure they develope for the teams that drafted them.AJ’s Smokin’ Sports Corner: Final Four & NFL Free Agency Recap by Drew Brannen