The Chicago Cubs dominated the National League Central in 2016. The Cubs rode their historic momentum all the way to their first World Series championship since the 1908 season. The other four division rivals stood no chance against Chicago last season. 2017 has been a completely different story. Nobody has been able to get out of the blocks and take command of the division. It is safe to say the National League Central is the least intriguing division in Major League Baseball in 2017.
Fierce competition exists in the National League West in 2017. Three teams, separated by less than three games, are fighting for their place atop the division standings by the time the postseason rolls around. The possibility of three teams, from this division, reaching the playoffs is very real. The west is not all peaches and cream. This division, however, has still been the most exciting thus far.
Las Vegas finally has a professional sports team. With the help of the NHL, the Golden Knights are scheduled to begin play in 2017. Las Vegas is one of the most popular cities in the United States. Known for its exotic casinos and resorts on the famous “strip,” will Sin City be able to support a professional sports franchise?
The defending NBA Champions are most likely heading back to the finals in 2017. The Cleveland Cavaliers are the best team in the Eastern Conference. There does not appear to be much competition for them this season.
The Los Angeles Clippers made a statement following their dominant victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Clippers’ message to the Western Conference is loud and clear: take them seriously. Rave about the Golden State Warriors. Rave about the San Antonio Spurs. The Los Angeles Clippers are the real deal.
The Cleveland Indians came one win shy of their first World Series Championship since the 1948 season. The Indians blew a 3-1 series lead to the Chicago Cubs before losing game seven at home. Cleveland fans still celebrated their team’s miraculous postseason effort in 2016. 2017 will be a year of higher expectations for the Tribe. Similar to a certain AL Central Division rival, the Cleveland Indians could find a way to win it all next season.
The final five weeks of the 2016 NFL Season loom ahead for football fans across America. This wildly entertaining campaign, filled with excitement, drama and controversy, is about to get even more interesting. Contending teams are jockeying for playoff positions. The holiday season is closing in. Regular season football is almost over. Here are five things to think about as we enter the “home stretch.”