By JOHN P. WISE
One Great Season
There used to be a time when I hated March Madness almost as much as I loved it.
The NCAA Basketball Tournament is always the top sporting event each calendar year, but compared to most playoffs, it always ended too quickly.
So once the first week of April would roll around and the great sport has crowned its annual champion, I'd find myself in a sports-deprived funk. And before you can tell me about Opening Day, let me first tell you that Major League Baseball in April, May and June is boring as hell.
But then I developed an interest in hockey and found the Stanley Cup Playoffs also to be a great tournament. And then I moved to Louisville and took a liking to horse racing, particularly Derby Season that grabs its headlines throughout April.
And then Lebron James turned pro and suddenly my hometown Cavaliers are a television staple throughout the month of May.
And this year, we'll have a World Cup to enjoy in June. And after the July 11 final in Johannesburg, we can then shift our attention to the MLB trading deadline and the second half of the season, hoping for two or three intriguing pennant races.
Or we can say, "Screw baseball," as I'll probably do, and start thinking college football.