There's a reason why it was so difficult choosing the winners and losers of last nights games. Every single game went down to the last seconds, literally. And thus, 1-2 I went.
Yesterdays games and picks:
Atlanta Hawks @ Boston Celtics. Prediction: Atlanta. Final: Boston 103-102, last second fade-away by Paul Pierce wins it.
Central Michigan @ Northern Illinois. Prediction: Central 34-21. Final: 33-30 CMU. After blowing a 30-6 lead over a 16 minute period, NIU took CMU to overtime, where CMU kicked the field goal to avoid the embarrassing loss.
Boston Bruins @ Chicago Blackhawks. Prediction: 4-3 Blackhawks. Final: 2-1 Boston via the shootout. 1-0 with little time left, but of course, Boston had to score. OT yielded no clear winner, and the shootout gave the extra point to the Bruins.
And now today's picks...
NY Jets (6-3) at New England Patriots (6-3). TV: NFL TV, 8:15 p.m. ET
Quick take: Well, in week one we thought this would be the battle of two tremendous quarterbacks. Little did we know Tom Brady would forfeit the season due to injury. Surprisingly however, Brett Favre's return to the NFL as a Jet has put his team in a virtual tie in first place with the Patriots, and Matt Cassel has shown that he can adequately fill in without a huge fall off for the Pats. This should be a heck of a game, and is definitely the must-see-game of the day.
The Winner: I am going to be honest, I didn't think Favre would do jack in his "comeback stint" as a Jet. He's proved me wrong, they are a contender. And I still believe the Patriots are the class of the NFL. However, I feel the tide changing course a little bit. Jets in a close one 17-7.
Virginia Tech (6-3, 3-2) at Miami (FL) (6-3, 3-2). TV: ESPN, ESPN360.com, 7:30 p.m. ET
Quick take: Another team with identical records facing off. Each team currently sits at 3-2 in the ACC Coastal division, and the winner stays a live in the divisional race. Both teams suffer inconsistency issues, but Tech did beat now ranked No. 16 North Carolina this year, and know they can play a hand in their own destiny. They'll put it all on the line tonight. VT over Miami 28-17.
Denver Nuggets (4-3) at Cleveland Cavaliers (6-2). TV: TNT, 8 p.m. ET.
Quick take: Who can resist a Carmelo Anthony versus LeBron James match-up? Throw in the addition of Chauncey Billups, an old central division foe to the Cavs, and things are spiced up just a bit more. This should be a fun game to watch. The Nuggets seem to be adjusting to the Billups trade nicely, and they are definitely a better team with him. The Cavs will always be the Cavs, a one man show, but hey, you can win any game with the King. Denver gets this one though.
Montreal Canadiens (9-2-2) at Boston Bruins (9-3-3). TV: No National. Regional: RDS, NESN.
Quick take: In the NHL, it continues to be all about the original six match-ups. And again, how exciting is it to see two original six teams with great records facing off? This is how it's meant to be. Boston is coming off a shutdown victory against the Blackhawks last night, whereas the Canadiens shutout the Senators on Tuesday, 4-0. Only one point currently separates these teams, but I like the offense the Canadiens have; they'll get it done tonight. Habs win 4-2.
Feel free to comment, discuss, debate and disagree. It will be a fun sports night tonight, so sit back, relax and enjoy.
Until next time.