Thursday, April 19, 2007

NBA Playoff Roundup & Verizon Gives Back

The NBA's regular season ended last night and the playoffs are now set... Some teams, such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards, literally limped in - though both of those teams won last night... Others, like the Golden State Warriors, New Jersey Nets and the Orlando Magic, finished strong to secure a playoff spot - the Warriors won their final five games, while the Nets and Magic both won their last four. Here are the seedings:

Western Conference:
1. Dallas Mavericks
2. Phoenix Suns
3. San Antonio Spurs
4. Utah Jazz
5. Houston Rockets
6. Denver Nuggets
7. Los Angeles Lakers
8. Golden State Warriors

Eastern Conference:
1. Detroit Pistons
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Toronto Raptors
4. Miami Heat
5. Chicago Bulls
6. New Jersey Nets
7. Washington Wizards
8. Orlando Magic

While on the topic of the NBA, I have to give some recognition where recognition is due... On Tuesday night, Miss DC 2006 Kate Michael was awarded with the Verizon 2006-2007 Pollin Award for her service to the Washington DC community during the Wizards' game versus the Orlando Magic. Kate gives selflessly of her time to serve her community in many different ways and is also a strong advocate of literacy. All I have to say is this award is VERY much deserved! Congratulations, Kate! For more information on Kate and the award, please visit Kate's blog at

As an employee of Verizon, it's nice to see Kate recognized, and it's also nice to see that my employer wants to help out with the Virginia Tech tragedy. I received an eMail early in the afternoon yesterday about giving to this cause. Virginia Tech has established the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund to aid in the healing process and to generate financial support for the families of those whose lives were lost... Verizon, along with many other companies, will match 1:1 any employee gift ranging from $25 - $1,000 to the fund. To make a contribution, please go to

Note: the VT link above may appear to be broken at times... this is because the site is receiving a HUGE amount of traffic. If it's busy or broken, PLEASE it try again later.

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