Granted, I haven't watched a whole lot of Clippers basketball this season.
But a wise man has suggested a litany of reasons why this exciting, talented, young team may not quite yet be championship material. There are four teams in the NBA that have more experience and, arguably, more talent: the Heat, Pacers, Thunder and Spurs. It's hard to get past that many teams with seasoned players who know how to navigate a treacherous postseason.
The Clippers' road record suggests they could run into trouble when arenas get even louder and more hostile during the postseason. And they will most likely only be able to enjoy a home-court advantage for the first round.
And, until the Clippers prove things have changed, Southern Californians will always expect things, at some point, to go wrong for this franchise. It always seems to. They are, after all, the Clippers.
Not that the Dodgers have exactly been a dazzling show for the past few generations, having won their last World Series 26 years ago. But this is clearly an organization bent on a hostile takeover of Major League Baseball. They've spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 billion -- that's billion, with a b -- remaking the roster and fixing up Dodger Stadium.
Money doesn't translate directly into wins, of course, and for a while it looked as though the plan would lead to an expensive mess. Then the pitching of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, and the hitting of Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig proved too much for the National League to hold off any longer.
Here's why the Dodgers will be practically unstoppable: Things don't have to go right for them to win. No other team in baseball can say that. They advanced to within two games of the World Series last October even though they were besieged by injuries. Josh Beckett and Matt Kemp were out by that point, Ramirez and Andre Ethier hobbled. The Dodgers won two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia while playing at about 60 percent of their potential.
The Dodgers are better in 2014 than they were in 2013. They have better reserves in the minor leagues, a deep bullpen and the belief that they are the best team in the league. You could feel it in spring training. This team has a singular goal: a ring. I wouldn't bet against them.