Baseball season, for me, is now officially over – I have no teams left to root for (a nice season for Baltimore kept me in the game a little longer than is, unfortunately, usual) or against (with the Cardinals losing in exquisitely bone-headed fashion). It’s time to turn a full set of eyes towards the 2015 season and the hope that awaits, separated from today by the unknown void of the offseason. The Cubs should be busy, so the offseason should be fun.
Meanwhile, the Saints have an incredibly important game this weekend in Detroit and my nervousness level is at -9 fingernails. Mark Ingram should be back to bolster a run game that has been one of the bright spots this season, but the beleaguered secondary is going to have their hands full with Megatron & Stafford, LLC. Coming off the bye week the team should be prepared, so the result of this game will likely dictate the rest of the season – a win on the road can be the catapult towards the lofty heights we expected before week 1, while another ugly loss would be…well, let’s just say ugly.
Providing the spring to baseball’s winter (even though they’re both in the winter…damn, I don’t think that metaphor is going to work…) is the Washington Wizards, as we’re less than two weeks from the start of the NBA regular season. With a small handful of games left in the preseason, the Wizards are dealing with injury issues (again), but this year’s team might have the depth to withstand them. Otto Porter is looking vastly improved and has the opportunity for the extra minutes created by Bradley Beal’s wrist surgery. Similarly, Kevin Seraphin looks like a completely different player than last year and is joined by DeJuan Blair to bolster deeper, more versatile front court than last year’s version. With a somewhat easier schedule out of the gate, here’s hoping the Wizards can get off to a good start and the return of Beal and Kris Humphries in several weeks feels more like additional reinforcements and not a rescue squad.
You know what I really dream of…a year where all three teams are playing meaningful games at the same time. If that were this year, it would have taken the Cubs going to game 7 of the World Series.