We are back with another "Which way Wednesday."
You ready? We ready.
From the "Talks too much" studios, be them high atop Whiskey Hill, on the shores of Lake Martin or in the friendly confines of press boxes and SEC media days, it's go time.
Which is better
OK, we are facing a real possibility of the NBA ending in a fizzle.
The series everyone wanted to see — Golden State-Houston — hinges on a must-win Game 2 tonight. And in truth, we all have to see that Golden State is far superior to the rest of the NBA.
It begs the question of which is better: A dominant favorite that has the expectation of championships from within and from outside or a wide-open field in which one of eight or nine teams could win it all?
For practical comparisons, the Warriors are as close to a predetermined championship team in a best-of-seven since the 1960s Celtics. The NHL playoffs feature the smallest market in team sports vs. a first-year franchise that had 300-to-1 odds to win it all before the season in one conference final. Baseball — other than wildcard games — is more like hockey considering the last five World Series champs are Houston, Chicago, Kansas City, San Francisco and Boston.
Which is better and more fun for the fans? A super team or a super-wide-open playoff bracket.
(The one-loss-and-your-out sports such as college football and basketball and the NFL also have these examples. Heck, Alabama football and UConn women's hoops are every bit in the "it's their title until someone proves otherwise" as the Warriors are.)