Jeff Harvey

A lot of sports news this week before we get to NFL predictions.

First, congratulations to the Milwaukee Bucks and their star Giannis Antetokounmpo for winning the NBA title. I rather enjoyed the series and Giannis’ general demeanor, thanking former head coach Jason Kidd for his help in developing his skills, among other incidents.

Unfortunately, he’s not good at transferring attitude adjustments to others namely minority shareholder Aaron Rodgers, whose continued Hamlet routine is wearing on everyone except ESPN, which is making a cottage industry out of it.

From the ridiculous to the serious is a major step but it’s necessary as former WVU and Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden is in very poor health. In addition to his achievements as a coach, he came to the aid of the Marshall football program after the plane crash in 1971.

Former Bluefield State College coach Terry Brown has been moved to a rehab facility as part of his recovery from a stroke.

The Concord University men’s basketball program announced its 2021-22 schedule this past week. The schedule returns to its pre-Covid norm of 28 games, 22 in-conference and six nonconference games.

Of the six latter games, they play BSC home-and-home and play in two out-of-state tournaments.

My final note before predictions has to do with the new rumors of Texas and Oklahoma leaving the Big 12 for the SEC. I think it’s unhealthy for college sports for all the power to be concentrated in a few areas even more than it is now. Teams like WVU will get hurt in the bargain.

As for the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs still are the favorites with Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and a revamped offensive line. They have a decent defense.

The Los Angeles Chargers are the rising team in the division. Justin Hibbert had one of the best records as a rookie quarterback, with good support and the team added offensive linemen and a good defense.

The Las Vegas Raiders are third by default. Derek Carr is a decent quarterback undermined by his coaching and the management of the team.

The Denver Broncos could contend for the wild-card should they get Rodgers in a trade. He could click with a young set of skill players and the defense is solid.

Minus him, they are fourth.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com

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