So your Euroleague bracket got busted at some point during the quarterfinal round — No problem! BallinEurope offers a shot at prognosticatory redemption today. We want to know: What’s your prediction for the 2013 Euroleague championship game?
What is your prediction for the 2013 Euroleague championship game?
Right, so let’s get a week’s worth of Euroleague hype started the democratic, opinionatin’ way. BallinEurope wants to know: Who do you have winning in the first pair of games and advancing to the championship?
Euroleague Final Four: Who wins, CSKA Moscow or Olympiacos?
CSKA Moscow (55%, 37 Votes)
Olympiacos (45%, 30 Votes)
Total Voters: 67
Euroleague Final Four: Who wins, FC Barcelona or Real Madrid?
Real Madrid (51%, 35 Votes)
FC Barcelona (29%, 20 Votes)
It doesn't matter; either will lose in the finals (20%, 13 Votes)
BallinEurope killed much time the past two weeks in catching up with basketball-centric movie releases of 2012, and subsequently devoted much verbiage to these films on this site. So now it’s your turn, and who doesn’t love an online poll? Tell us: What was your favorite hoops flick of the past year? Vote below and please feel free to elaborate on your vote in the comments section — BiE looooooooooves talking sports movies…
What was your favorite basketball movie released in 2012?
– and with the calendar page about to be flipped into 2013, BallinEurope’s question is: Which is the best basketball team in Europe right now?
Straight by the qualification system, the top four teams in Euroleague round one were Real Madrid, Maccabi Tel Aviv, FC Barcelona and Žalgiris Kaunas – not a bad start there, but Eurobasket.com’s mathematically-derived rankings on Monday morning includes CSKA Moscow at no. 1 and Olympiacos at no. 3. Maccabi, likely saddled by the competitive imbalance they enjoy back home in the Ligat Ha’Al, places a lowly eighth…
a shout out to all those who voted in the BiE poll; you’re gonna love part two for sure; and
apologies for the relative lack of contributions last and, foreseeably, this week. To put it in brief, BiE headquarters is relocating (read: “Os is moving”), but in December things will be again running smoothly here.
Erazem Lorbek got some support from commenters and BiE admits that once again the Barcelona big went underrated on these pages. So BiE didn’t have Lorbek in his top five for Euroleague MVP balloting last season; this nomination should make up for that. While Lorbek’s numbers are generally down in 2012-13, he looks to be rearing back with three consecutive double-digit EL games and could be wearing the Blaugrana colors for some time yet.
The BallinEurope endorsement, however, goes to Sofoklis Schortsanitis. Not only is Big Sofo a fan favorite, not only would Sofoklis be done well in caricature, but can’t you just imagine him squaring off against Sabonis? Vote Sofo.
Despite the possibility of imminent retirement, Juan Carlos Navarro stays on the list. And Bo McCalebb’s there because he’s Bo. And because BiE wants that FYR Macedonia jersey in the logo.