NBA: Nets at Suns
I legitimately did a double take when I read the current record of the Suns, considering they have been absolute trash for years. At 17-9, the Phoenix Suns currently hold the number 4 spot in the Western Conference, and have the 5th best record in the NBA. Apparently I need to start watching more basketball because I’m definitely in shock learning all of this. I’ve always seen Chris Paul as pretty overrated but perhaps having a solid veteran on the team, and someone that can at least competently work with Devon Booker, really has an impact for this team. It has at least led to the first time I’ve included the Suns in a game of the week, and in reality the first time I’ve even considered them whatsoever. I’ll also be rooting for them against the newest annoying super team, the Brooklyn Nets. The whole season I will be watching this team to see how they play together. Kyrie whined for years about playing second fiddle to Lebron and is now playing third fiddle to Lebron and Harden, so I’m pretty sure this season will end with him leaving and trying his luck elsewhere. Although if he wants more championships he really should just learn that he can’t be the number one option to do so. Great player, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes we gotta find our lane. Check this game out Tuesday, February 16th at 10:00 on TNT.
NHL: Maple Leafs at Canadiens
The Canadian teams have, for the most part (sorry Senators and Canucks fans), come to play this year. The North Division is full of talented young players as well as time-tested veterans. Auston Mathews is definitely one of the young talents and potentially a generational talent. The young man can score and has lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to the top spot in the NHL through 15 games. The Leafs organization has done a great job since drafting Mathews and surrounded him with plenty of talent. This may be the best chance they have in the next foreseeable future in lifting the Stanley Cup. The Montreal Canadiens, on the other hand, just always seem to be a solid team. You rarely find anyone towards the top of the league in scoring, but they have a great system and a squad full of players that buy into their system, and the results tend to speak for themselves. One thing they’ve always had, however, is top goaltending. Carey Price has been around for a while now and is almost always a top 5 goalie in the NHL. This year he’s seen a little less time simply because the Canadiens also have arguably the best backup goalie in the NHL in Jake Allen, who was once a top 5 starter himself. I can definitely see Montreal putting together a phenomenal season. Right now they’re only a few points behind Toronto, so this game could be huge by the time Saturday comes. Tune in Saturday, February 20th at 7 pm for this Canadian showdown.
Premier League: Manchester City at Everton
This should be a very good match and has a huge impact on the Premier League moving forward. Manchester City are running away with the league right now. They are 7 points up on 2nd place Manchester United AND have a game in hand, having only played 23 matches compared with the 24 that the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place teams have played. In my opinion, Manchester City should win the Premier League every year. They have more talent than any other two teams combined. They could split into two teams and those two teams should both be expected to compete for a championship. Regardless, they tend to choke a bit or just simply underperform against other top clubs. They’ll beat Sheffield United 9-0 but then fail to score a goal against a Manchester United or a Tottenham. But, as I said, this year they’ve been getting it done. They thrashed Liverpool recently and are poised to cruise to a league title. Everton is an interesting team because they have some solid talent and a great coach. While they’ve always been on the cusp of a top 4 team but never quite there, this year they have the chance (in my opinion) to step forward and take advantage of some of the other struggling clubs. While they are currently in 7th, they actually have TWO games in hand, having only played 22. Two wins would put them in 4th through 24 games, so this game against Man City is huge. While they are definitely underdogs, they get to play at home, so hopefully they can draw some motivation out of that and put a great performance in. Mind says Man City. Heart says Everton. Heart generally loses, but we will hope once more. Watch this match Wednesday, February 17th at 3:15 pm.
Netflix Movie of the Week: Shutter Island
Shutter Island might be one of the most slept on Leo DiCaprio movies, and is this week’s Netflix recommendation. The movie has a great plot and keeps you on the edge of your seat, has top-notch acting, and may even have a twist or two. DiCaprio’s character, Teddy Daniels, heads to an insane asylum to investigate the escape of a murderer. He and his partner Chuck, played by Mark Ruffalo, encounter plenty of oddities within the hospital walls, which leads the two to more and more questions the deeper they search. That’s all I’m going to say because it’s a super suspenseful movie and I don’t want to give anything away whatsoever. Check Shutter Island out and let me know what you think!