Tomorrow the AL Cy Young award winner will be announced to the public. It will be very interesting to see who wins the prestigious award. Unlike in the NL, the winner will definitely not be by a unanimous vote.
However, there is really only one player who deserves this year's award. Felix Hernandez was the best pitcher in baseball, hands down.
Take out his low win total and no one even comes close to his 2010 stats. Put him on the Yankees and he would have easily won 25 games.
With his amazing ERA and WHIP and his very high strikeout rate, King Felix should escape with the crown. Look for David Price and CC Sabathia to finish second and third, respectively.
Hoops and Pig-skin
Thursday night is when I will truly become interested in the brand new season of college basketball—with the start of the Puerto Rico tournament, and most importantly, the beginning of the 2K Sports Classic at MSG.
During the first night at MSG, Maryland will take on No. 5 Pittsburgh and No. 13 Illinois will take on Texas.
Pittsburgh is a superb team and I don't see them having any problem dismantling Maryland. The Terrapins are a solid team, but they will not be good enough at this stage of their season to take down Pitt. Maryland looked weak against Charleston, and Ashton Gibbs and company should be able to push the Panthers into the finals.
The matchup between the Longhorns and the Illini will be much more interesting. Texas is a very good team and even though they are not ranked at this point, they will make moves in the Big 12 during the season.
With the duo of Jordan Hamiltion and Gary Johnson, the Longhorns can put up points in a hurry. The Illini are back and people in Illinois could not be more excited about what this team can do this year. They have a solid young team, but I see the Longhorns escaping with the win when its all said and done.
Thursday night NFL football will continue with Chicago traveling to South Beach to take on the Dolphins. The Dolphins are down to their third-string QB, Tyler Thigpen. In order for the Dolphins to have any chance of winning, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams will have to run the ball effectively.
I have faith in Thigpen and feel that if he is used correctly he can be effective. However, the Bears have a strong defense and Jay Cutler is coming off a very nice win. The Bears will come away with the big victory on the road.
Friday Night Lights
Friday night should be a great kickoff to a very exciting weekend of sports. The 2K Sports Classic Finals will take place and Boise State will host rival Fresno State in football.
If both Pittsburgh and Texas advance you can look for the Panthers get out to an early lead and never look back. The Panthers are one of the most talented teams in the country and I believe they can earn themselves a No. 1 seed come March Madness.
Boise State is playing do-or-die football at this point. In many cases its even more than that, as they need to win and win by a lot. Fresno is a very talented team and showed the nation it can play with any team by losing by just one to Nevada last week.
The Broncos are going to win this game, there is no doubt in my mind about that one. On the blue turf they are just too talented. The real question is by how much can they win? Look for Boise to win 42-24 as they remain unbeaten with just two more games on the schedule.
There is a lot on tap for all the fans out there prior to the weekend. It should be exciting, so after work, come home and enjoy a full slate of events.