One: Major League Baseball executives, agents and media members converge on Disney World for the annual four-day Winter Meetings, which started on Monday with three managers — Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox — being selected to the Hall of Fame. The meetings end Thursday morning. After the player movement that occurred last week, led by the 10-year, $240 million deal reached between the Mariners and second baseman Robinson Cano, it will be difficult for MLB to match that eye-popping development.
Two: It’s a ho-hum week in the NFL with the most attractive game occurring on Thursday night when the Chargers play the Broncos in Denver. Broncos QB Peyton Manning should pad his already-sensational stat sheet and take a tighter grip on the MVP award against the up-and-down Chargers. The next-best game figures to be Sunday when the Patriots visit Miami to play the Dolphins. A win secures yet another AFC East title for the Brady Bunch.
Three: The college basketball schedule has its usual lineup of outstanding matchups, beginning Tuesday night when No. 20 Gonzaga travels cross-country to face West Virginia. Another stellar showdown comes the same night when No. 13 Kansas visits No. 19 Florida. The five-star game on Wednesday night features new No. 1 Arizona at home against New Mexico State. Two Saturday games catch our eye: Arizona at Michigan and No. 11 Kentucky at No. 19 North Carolina.
Four: Jumping the gun is never too early for golferswest.com, so check out Tuesday night’s NBA game between the Pacers (18-3) and Heat (16-5) in Miami — a preview of the East Conference finals come next June. Or is it July? Regardless, this is a must-watch battle for all NBA zealots.