“This is the best time of the year.”
Not really, it’s almost the sporting equivalent of Christmas.
Most of the sports calendar is in front of us every year.
From mid-March to the first few weeks of April come some of the best sporting events the world has to offer and enjoy.
Movements and exchanges of free agencies across the National Football League (NFL) started the ball and created a tidal wave that affected the entire sports landscape, and it all ends with the NFL draft starting on April 28.
The March Madness ended Monday night in New Orleans, when the first seed of Kansas won the 2022 national championship over the eighth seed of North Carolina after a wild and unpredictable tournament. Heavy defeat for UNC, but they have key players potentially returning for another title race.
A small school that most people have never heard of, St. Peter’s, rushed to Elite 8, and the basketball world said goodbye to coach Duke Mike Krzizevski for the last time, and both fell into the hands of the UNC. The Duke-UNC rivalry has written a new chapter in a stunningly impressive history book, ending coach K’s career with a total score of 0.500 against Tar Heels (50-50).
South Carolina beat UConn 64-49 in the women’s tournament on Sunday night after dominating at the start of the action and pulling ahead 22-8 after the first quarter.
The NBA and NHL playoff races continue to heat up with talent-rich teams – the LA Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets – collapsing and potentially missing the playoffs or going into a low-seeded game.
Monday also begins Masters Week and “Tradition Unlike Any Other” in Augusta, Georgia. Tiger Woods – who received five green jackets – is also at the tournament, and rumors are circulating that he will return to the track.
Participate in NASCAR, WrestleMania and World Cup qualifiers, and this time of year is facing October when all four major leagues – NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB – are on display.
Major League Baseball will join the party on Thursday, April 7, after a shortened spring affected by the 99-day lock.
The return of baseball may not be welcome to fans who are still frustrated by the latest CBA by ignoring the economic crisis of the sport. It also doesn’t help that the negotiations postponed the start of the matches for a week, and the people with tickets for the early spring matches missed the national party.
Despite its shortcomings, baseball still has a way of attracting audiences and is an important part of the summer months for some people.
Pirates will suffer in 2022, maybe not as much as the previous two seasons, but they have reason for a small dose of optimism.
The changes in PNC Park were announced even before the public returns on April 12.
This time of year should be celebrated and enjoyed similarly to October, November and December, but obviously for different reasons and circumstances.
As many other sports and events end, baseball is just beginning and marks Home Opening and Opening Day as another big event found in many local calendars.
It is a paradise on earth for sports fans for a week or more to sit back and soak up in it.
So sit back and enjoy the ride, at least if you have no special interest. I know I will.