OPINION: Find a couch, watch a game or two

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It is the most wonderful time of the year for sports fans.

There is so much going on right now, and if your television isn’t on sports every night this time of the year, what exactly are you doing?

First off, the MLB is at the center of its playoff race. The Dodgers had no trouble with the Diamondbacks, and the Astros looked pretty darn good against the Red Sox.

I’m going to make a prediction and say the World Series will be between Los Angeles and Houston. The young talent on both teams is amazing to watch, and I really hope we get to see these two teams face off.

The battle for the Stanley Cup is now underway, as the NHL is off to the races. The Pittsburgh Penguins look to defend the title they won the past two seasons.

My favorite storyline of the NHL season is the new expansion franchise in Las Vegas, the Golden Knights. So far, they have played very well and will be a force to be reckon with in the Western Conference. My pick to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup this season is the Washington Capitals.

In the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs sure do look good as they are undefeated behind Alex Smith, who is playing with a little more fire. If Kansas City can keep playing this well, a Super Bowl appearance is not out of the question whatsoever.

In the NFC, the race to be the best team is wide open. Dallas has struggled a little bit, while the Atlanta Falcons seem to not have the Super Bowl hangover everyone thought they might. For my Super Bowl prediction, I have the Chiefs against the Carolina Panthers.

Finally, the NBA starts games next week. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics should breeze into the Eastern Conference finals, while the Western Conference could feature some dark horses.

Oklahoma City should be better acquiring Paul George and Carmelo Anthony while the Lonzo Ball era begins in Los Angeles. I just don’t see anyone beating the Cavaliers or the Golden State Warriors.

So while your midterm exams and papers are very important, don’t forget to take a seat on the couch, turn on a game and enjoy one the best time of the year for a sports fan.

Avery Osen is a graduate student in mass communications. The views and opinions expressed in this letter are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to [email protected]

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