Play-By-Playmate: Out With The Old, In With The New

By Jaime Edmondson

Jaime's sad to see baseball go, but happy the NBA is back to keep her company. See what your favorite sports-obsessed Playmate had to say about the World Series

They say when one door closes another one always opens, and that is especially true when it comes to sports. Just as the MLB season is coming to a close, the NBA season is getting set to open. So emotions today are running wild depending on where your heart lies. If you’re a baseball fan, you’re probably heartbroken that another World Series is in the books. But if you’re a basketball fan, this is friggin’ Christmas Eve. You’re pumped up.

I’m a little bit of both, so this is a transition period for me. Usually it’s one that’s a little conflicting; I hate to see the boys of summer go south for the winter, but thankfully the Detroit Tigers made it easy on me this year by putting on one of the most anticlimactic finishes to a sports season ever.

Seriously: that World Series was one of the most boring events I’ve ever witnessed. Paint drying puts on more of a show. The Tigers were lethargic, lazy, lackadaisical, all those things. I don’t know if it was the five days off they got in between the ALCS and the Series, but they looked bad. They were bad: any team that hits .159 over a series, a World Series, en route to a sweep is bad. They got outplayed offensively, which is where they were supposed to shine, having signed Prince Fielder in the offseason. I mean, they have the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years! I think everyone knew something was up when Verlander lost Game One. I think after that everyone rooting for Detroit knew there was trouble a-brewing. 

And San Fran? Well they just outplayed them (not that it took much). They had all the momentum coming into the Series and just rode it to a clean sweep. They shut the door on the Tigers and the MLB Season. See ya next year, boys. 

But now we’ve got basketball, which crept in through the back door, I guess, ’cause I have hardly heard anything about it. It wasn’t until I was watching Game Three and saw the ESPN ticker displaying news about James Harden being traded that I even realized the season was so close. Of course, that got my attention. I spent the next 20 minutes waiting to catch the ticker saying it again to make sure I didn’t misread something. 

I didn’t; James Harden is a Rocket.  

So that changes things a little bit. It’s gonna be another wild, wild Western Conference with the Thunder, the Lakers, the Clippers and the Spurs all realistic contenders. I still think the Thunder will make it to conference finals, but it might be a little trickier this year for them to get back to the NBA Finals with Kobe and Company all beefed up by Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. That’s gonna be a tough team to get around.

Things are smoother out east with the Heat looking like an easy lock for another Finals trip. The Bulls are for sure a playoff contender, but depending on how long Derrick Rose is out, they might not have what it takes to unseat the Heat. Same with Boston, who are always feisty but looking a little old and gray this year. I just don’t see them being able to play on the same level as the Heat.

But you never know; I thought Detroit was gonna win the World Series and they got swept. Who do you guys think could challenge the Heat in the East? 

Jaime’s Fantasy Football Update

Another HUGE win this week for the Big Red (Headed) Machine! I stomped the only undefeated team left in the league 119-68 and am still the undisputed Queen of the East. Take that 2 Live Drew!


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