Sunday, March 8, 2009

It's tournament (and Thin Mints) time!

This is my favorite time of the year and it really hit home Saturday. Basking in the 70-plus degree weather, the snowfall Sunday and Monday seemed months away. It went from winter to nearly summer in three days.

The grass is starting to get a little greener. The Bradford pear tree in my neighbor's yard is about to explode with white blossoms. I've got a box of Thin Mints from the Girl Scouts in my freezer. Baseball season is just around the corner (except the colleges and high schools which have already started) and , best of all, it's almost tournament time.

The NCAA Division I regular season ends Sunday. The Atlantic Coast Conference tournament starts Thursday. We're a week away from Selection Sunday. If you're a college basketball fan, this is what you've been waiting for. No matter what happened at the NIT Tip-Off or the Maui Invitational or the Great Alaska Shootout or January or February, the next few weeks is how the 2008-09 season will be defined.

Then, on a local note, there's the Div. II selections to be made Sunday night and both Barton College teams will find out what's next.

It's a dream scenario, one I have lived in bliss each March since I was about 10 years old. The birds are chirping, the gentle sunshine warms the earth, you can watch tournament basketball all day (while flipping to spring training games during commercials) and don't forget the Thin Mints. I like mine frozen.

Life is good!

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