Basketball already?

It’s the first weekend in October.  The leaves are starting to turn yellow.  It’s rainy, it’s cold…perfect sleeping weather… or just perfect weather period if you’re like me and love the cooler, flannel shirt-wearing fall days.

If you’re a fan of the Auburn Tigers right now, my alma mater, you may be starting to (gulp) think about the upcoming basketball season (which, in their defense, could be pretty good with coach Bruce Pearl and a new set of stellar recruits).  With two SEC losses already, the football team is kaput.  Across state, the football outlook may not be much better as fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide could soon enough be looking forward to the basketball season and new coach Avery Johnson after this afternoon’s rainy visit to Athens, Georgia.  Imagine, the state of Alabama and its passionate football fan base looking ahead to basketball the first weekend in October!

As for the Washington Wizards and their upcoming season, playoff expectations are again high, but I’m not sure the team can contend for a championship built around John Wall.  Wall’s up-tempo game, court awareness, and ball distribution may be the best in the NBA; however, he’s still not a natural shooter, a threat from behind the arc like Stephen Curry who drains 3’s like he’s shooting lay-ups (then again, nobody’s like Curry who likely decides whether he wants to swish or bank it in from anywhere, anywhere, within the half court line).  Bradley Beal and Otto Porter are good players, Nene can still bring his paint game when healthy, but the Wizards need another scoring threat to contend.

Enjoy your rainy, fall weekend!