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They were written off last year, they were written off this year, but the San Antonio Spurs now have a realistic chance of winning the title again. It's pretty incredible, considering that their team's stars are all of over thirty, but it's just a testament to what an amazing job Gregg Popovich has done as coach. Year in year out he has got them not only making the playoffs but also performing really well and mostly getting to the finals (last year being the exception).
Tony Parker is better than he's ever been this season, and at least this year, he's shown that he is one of the best point guards in the NBA. Duncan's the consistent performer he's always been, while Ginobili, like Parker, has taken on a new dimension and is better than ever. It's very interesting to see the veterans of the game rediscover their peak form. It's rather like if Ronaldinho were to recommend the best player in the world. It's incredibly rare to see, and it shows that some oldies are truly golden.
It seems that experienced teams do really well on the NBA: the Mavs won last year, with Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki, the Celtics seem to keep doing well despite the big three being over 30, so it's really a weird sport in that regard. In football, older players are dismissed in favour of young starlets, but in basketball, old players you could argue sometimes perform much better than younger players. That's partly the reason of San Antonio's success - in football they wouldn't have a chance.
In terms of predictability, last year's F1 championship was as bad as it gets. One leader from start to finish, no surprises, Vettel, Vettel, Vettel. However, from the first two GPs we've seen this year, things would appear to be very different indeed. So far it's been as unpredictable as possible, wi the seemingly uncompetitive Ferrari winning in Malaysia and Sergio Perez finishing a close second. This season looks like real entertainment, and I'm definitely looking forward to it.
What's so great is that we have no idea what's coming next. HRT or Marussia could come out and win for all we know. This is exactly how F1 is meant to be. Who knows why it has changed so radically so quickly, as there were no considerable rule changes, but it's great. Sauber have a great chance, Lotus don't look bad with Raikkonen, and even though Massa is still rubbish, Alonso looks good for Ferrari.
You know what's even better? Vettel and Red Bull are not championship material. They have been adrift in the first two races and don't look like serious challengers. This makes a huge change, and hopefully it will remain this way through the season.
The Malaysian GP was fantastic, the Australian one wasn't bad either, and if all stay at that level of entertainment, we are in for possibly one of the best seasons ever. Whatever you did over Christmas Bernie, it has been brilliant. Formula 1 is once again a spectacle to watch.
I recorded this a while ago, but it's still relevant. My thoughts on the France vs Ireland game being postponed due to the weather. Why don't all big stadiums have undersoil heating?
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My thoughts on Jeremy Lin, who has gone from zero to hero in the past week for the Knicks.
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