This is the first edition of the Sports Unbiased Mailbag. I will be here with Chris every week to answer the questions you guys propose to us. So it works like this: fans, like you, send your sports questions to us at either @SU_Mailbag on Twitter or email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This week we will just be covering a few hot topics in sports, because we set this up these week. Any questions that were sent to us will be used in next week edition. Be sure to ask us questions because this article relies on these questions.
Can the Seahawks Repeat?
Alex: Can they? Anything is possible, as KG said, but will they? No, they won’t. It is very hard to make the playoffs after winning the Super Bowl, much less win it again. The last team to repeat was the 2004-2005 New England Patriots, and only been done seven times in history. They are young, and while that would usually help them I think it is going to hurt them this season. They have to stay hungry, and winning a Super Bowl with an average age of 26 on the roster it will be hard to explain to them that it isn’t common to go to Super Bowls, and it will be difficult to keep them hungry for another.
Chris: Absolutely they can. With an average age of 26 on their roster, the Seahawks have built themselves into the dynasty of the decade. Russell Wilson, in just his second year, plays and talks as if he has been playing in the NFL for as long as Brett Favre (okay, maybe not that long). He has a calm and commanding demeanor about him that only comes around once or twice in a lifetime. The Seattle offense didn’t even reach its full potential, with Percy Harvin on the bench all year leading up to the big game. Pete Carroll is becoming the new Bill Belichik of the great Northwest.
Duke v. Syracuse, the best college game in recent years?
Alex: It was an amazing game no doubt, but I can’t even say it was the best game of the season after the Iowa State versus Oklahoma State game that went to triple overtime and kept me on the edge of my seat. The Duke game was a fun one to watch, and a great game, but it wasn’t atop some big games in recent years. It couldn’t be, seeing as it wasn’t the best game this season.
Chris: It was an unforgettable game, no doubt. However, I cannot put it on the top of my list from the past five or so years. The games that you never forget about happen in the tournament, where it matters. It was a great game in and of itself, but in the grand scheme of things, meant very little. I do, however, argue that it was Syracuse’s “official welcome” into the ACC against the great Coach K and set the bar for an amazing rivalry to come
Who is the best college basketball team right now and why?
Alex: No question it is the Syracuse Orange. From day one this season I have said that the Orange have something special, and they have proved it so far going 22-0 and 9-0 through their new conference, the ACC. They aren’t a high powered offense only averaging 72 points per game, making them 171st overall, but their points allowed ranks eighth overall at 59 points per game. As we learned in the Super Bowl defense wins championships, and that message carries over to basketball. Other than the Duke rematch coming up, I don’t think there is a game that they will come close to losing.
Chris: There’s no question that the best team in college basketball right now is the Orange Crush of Syracuse. Intimidating home court: check. Legendary coach: check. Young, athletic playmaker(s): check. Senior experience and leadership: check. Quality in conference win: check. And lastly, an undefeated record: check. I don’t see this changing anytime soon.
Will Peyton Manning ever make it back to a Super Bowl?
Alex: Sadly to say, I think it’s done. Manning may go down as the best quarterback of all time, but his Super Bowl days are over. He is 37 years old, has had neck surgery, and just got his butt kicked in the Super Bowl. He will make the playoffs no doubt, probably win the division, but the AFC was on a down year. They still have the Patriots, Ravens, Steelers, Colts, Chiefs, and a few other teams that will contend next year, making it harder for Manning, because most of these teams were not at full strength. We also learned that Manning needs a defense. They gave up 43 points in the Super Bowl. I think that is a bigger story than the messily eight points the offense scored. Manning is aging quickly, and the Broncos may lose key players this year to free agency. The defense has so many holes in it that it can’t be improved in one season, and to be honest, I’m not quite sure how much long Peyton has left.
Chris: Peyton Manning will in fact reach another Super Bowl, but will not win one. Here’s why: the AFC is like the Eastern Conference of the NBA. It has two or three great teams with a lot of in-betweeners, making it a fight between either New England or Denver every year. The NFC, I can argue, has the three or four best overall teams in the NFL. As of now, there is no way Peyton beats any of those top NFC teams on the big stage unless it is in a dome. But as for him reaching the Super Bowl again, there is no doubt The General can pull it off.
Who is the NBA MVP halfway through the season?
Alex: I have to go with Kevin Durant here. He went on that 12-game stretch of scoring 30 points or more, which overshadowed the fact that the Thunder won 10 straight. MVP must also be leading be team to victories, which Durant is doing, not to mention he is doing this without his All-Star sidekick in Russell Westbrook. Durant led the Thunder to be the first team to hit the 40 win mark. The Thunder are 13-2 in their last 15 games, and KD is the one who has shouldered the load. He is averaging a career high in points at 31, assist at 5, and above his career average in rebounds with 7.7. He is having a career year, and I think this is the year he dethrones “The King” LeBron James.
Chris: I would have to agree with my colleague Alex on Kevin Durant for all the reasons he listed and more. However, the argument can be made for Paul George to be the MVP. As far-fetched as it sounds, he has consistently led his team to wins, albeit in a dismal Eastern Conference. His “man on a mission” attitude to dethrone the Heat has the Pacers focused and playoff read. Also, we have to see how Durant and the Thunder do after the return of Russell Westbrook, and then we can make a better judgment.
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