PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE – SEPTEMBER 7
By Leo Haggerty

WHERE ARE WE SPORTS WISE

I am going to have to apologize right now.  Normally, you would be looking at our weekly poll question but I screwed up.

I thought I sent out the poll question but, in reality, I forgot to hit the send button.  So, when I went to collate all the responses yesterday, there were none.  My bad.

We will get back to the poll question next Monday.  As a substitute, I am going to do an “around the pro sports universe” review to see how each league is progressing toward an eventual champion.

The National Basketball Association is playing their Conference Semifinal games.  In the East, the Boston Celtics took a 3-2 advantage over the Toronto Raptors.  In the other series, the 5th-seeded Miami Heat are up 3-1 over the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks. That would be an upset, for sure.

In the West, the Los Angeles Lakers are tied with the Houston Rockets at one win apiece.  The other best-of-seven series has the Los Angeles Clippers leading the Denver Nuggets two games to one.

The National Hockey League has advanced to the Conference Championship round.  In the East, the Tampa Bay Lightning hold a 1-0 advantage over the New York Islanders.  In the West, the Dallas Stars won the first game of their best-of-seven series with the Las Vegas Golden Knight.

Major League Baseball is still playing out their 60-game regular season.  In the American League, the Tampa Bay Rays has the best record.  In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers leads the Senior Circuit but, in both leagues, there is still a lot of baseball to played before MLB gets to their second season.

The National Football League kicks off their regular season this week with the Texans heading to Kansas City to play the defending Super Bowl Champion Chiefs on Thursday.  The rest of the league gets underway on Sunday and Monday.

That means I get to add the NFL to the column.  Now well be able to really talks professional sports.  That’s Covid permitting of course.