Orioles for the 8th year in a row, had a sellout crowd on opening day. No place like the Yard. (Simon Bruty/SI)

Orioles for the 8th year in a row, had a sellout crowd on opening day. No place like the Yard. (Simon Bruty/SI)

In front of a sellout crowd of 46,000+, the Orioles sparked off their season with a victory over the defending world champs, Boston Red Sox, 2-1. Newly acquired, Nelson Cruz, hit the go ahead home run in the 7th inning that put the O's up 2-1. All the experts has the O's being on the bottom of the totem pole in the AL East but I see differently. When you look at the O's lineup, it's power all over it, especially now with the Cruz addition. The one thing that will determine whether or not the O's can overcome the hype of the Red Sox and Yankees is the pitching. If the pitching can be consistent and above average, the O's will make the playoffs. 

Can't think of a better feeling than hitting a walk-off home run in your hometown, for the hometown team. Great job Neil Walker, you're officially certified.

courtesy of Sportingnews.com 

courtesy of Sportingnews.com 

Only 2 freshmen were selected this year, which I find surprising a little bit. I thought Julius Randle could have made this list for his season, averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds. I have no issue with the rest of the team, it's pretty much accurate with the best players. The Wooden award winner for player of the year will be announced Friday and more than likely will be Doug McDermott. If it's not McDermott, I think a couple people should lose their job but congrats to all the players that made the team. 

Geno Auriemma is a bad man. Is it safe to say he is the John Wooden of Women's Basketball? In the past six trips, he has 3 National Championships, with 8 total. What will be great for TV though is if Geno and the Huskies can win their 9th title and complete a 40-0 season against the undefeated Notre Dame Lady Irish. 

The disparity in the NBA really looks bad when you look at this statistic but I digress. Spurs have set a new franchise record with 18 straight regular season wins, defeating the Indiana Pacers, 103-77. I am more intrigued with how the Pacers are collapsing at the end of the season, going 4-6 in their last 10 games,  more so than the Spurs streak. The Pacers have officially lost the #1 seed in the East to the Heat and I doubt they get it back. But like I said before they don't necessarily need home-court, just play smart basketball. They already know they can compete with the Heat at every position, they just have to play smart. As for the Spurs, they're coasting into the playoffs and their only challenge in the west seems to be the Thunder. All I can say is good luck with that Kevin Durant guy. 

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