LAMM AT LARGE: Anticipating life after football season

LAMM AT LARGE: Anticipating life after football season

By: David Lamm

I don’t know about you, but I’m already sick of hearing about the Super Bowl. If you’re not, well, there’ll be lots more Super Bowl talk this week.

Me? I want to look ahead today – talk about life after football.

College basketball:

I said two month ago you could hand the trophy to Duke. I still believe the Blue Devils are the best team, but their supporting players aren’t adjusting well to Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett dominating the ball. No one more so than Cam Reddish, who’s hardly a supporting player. He was a top-5 recruit and is still seen as an NBA draft top 5 pick. But he’s often invisible as his teammates shine.

There’s a handful of other teams, including Tennessee, who are capable of winning it all. Gonzaga is legit; so is Michigan. North Carolina and Kentucky are getting their acts together. Surely one of those northeastern teams will rise at tournament time.

PGA Tour:

I do expect Tiger Woods to win a couple of tournaments and contend in at least two majors. Absolutely he can win a major. But I think the bounce-back player of year will be Rory McIlroy, who will win often, including another major, and reclaim the No. 1 ranking.

Flip a coin about who among the newcomers will become a consistent contender.

I am worried about Jordan Spieth. His short-putting woes suggest a lack of concentration. Could so much success so early have dulled Spieth’s focus? This is an important year for him.

Phil Mickelson won’t be heard from this year. He can join the seniors in 17 months and that will be interesting.

NBA:

No surprise here. Who’s going to beat the Warriors?

Major League Baseball:

Pitchers and catchers report in a week or so and spring brings hope. But I think the Red Sox and the Astros are clearly the two best teams and one will win the Series. The Sox may be at the beginning of a great run.

Sorry, I don’t think about the NHL or the MLS. Not my sports.

You can add NASCAR to that list. My strong love affair with racing died 20 years when the sport changed too much for my liking.